Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Polansky and Andreescu Advance in Qualifying While Auger-Aliassime Falls

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Polansky and Andreescu Advance in Qualifying While Auger-Aliassime Falls

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Polansky, Andreescu earn qualifying wins

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MELBOURNE, Australia - Peter Polansky and Bianca Andreescu advanced to the third round of the Australian Open's qualifying draw on Thursday while fellow Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime was eliminated.

Polansky, from Thornhill, Ont., defeated Slovenia's Blaz Rola 6-2, 7-6 (6), 6-3 and Andreescu, from Mississauga, Ont., dispatched Valentini Grammatikopoulou of Greece 6-4, 6-1.

Auger-Aliassime, from Montreal, dropped a 7-6 (4), 6-3 decision to American Christopher Eubanks.

Polansky can advance to the main draw with a victory over Australia's Thanasi Kokkinakis in the third round.

The 118th-ranked Canadian reached all four Grand Slam main draws last season as a lucky loser. That's the term for someone who falls in the final stage of qualifying but is randomly selected to play in the main draw if a spot opens up because of a withdrawal. …

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