Pic from the first qualifying round.
Former Wimbledon quarter-finalist Michaella Krajicek cruised through her first round women’s qualifying match at Australian Open 2010 on Thursday, posting a comprehensive 6-3 6-2 win over Frenchwoman Claire Feuerstein.
Dutchwoman Krajicek, who turned 21 last week, played a solid serve-volley game to easily advance to the second round.
It was 23-year-old Feuerstein who grabbed the early advantage in the match, breaking Krajicek in her second service game.
Krajicek then stepped up a gear, breaking Feuerstein in successive service games and then setting up set point with her only ace of the opening set. She took the set 6-3 on the next point.
The former world No.30 didn’t let up in the early stages of the second set, breaking the Frenchwoman in the third game to take a 2-1 lead.
Krajicek, who won 85 per cent of points on her first serve in the second set, took advantage of Feuerstein’s errors to break again, and then served out the match 6-2, sealing the victory with a volley.
Krajicek, who is currently ranked No. 129, reached the quarter-finals of Wimbledon 2007 at the age of 19, but has since been afflicted by a series of injuries. She will meet young British sensation Laura Robson in the next round after Robson toughed it out to defeat Australian Sophie Ferguson 6-4 2-6 6-4.