Sara Tomic awarded wildcard for Canberra International

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Greg Jones won his qualifier against American Nathan Pasha to advance to the main draw of the Canberra International. Photo: Ben Southall Sara Tomic is looking to produce a big week in Canberra. Photo: Pat Scala
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Sara Tomic is setting herself for the Australian tennis season after she was awarded a wildcard entry to this week’s Canberra International.

Tomic, the sister of world No.25 Bernard, has enjoyed a strong year with International Tennis Federation wins in Egypt and reaching the semi-finals in Mildura.

And now the 18-year-old said the time was ripe for her to make her push in the tennis world.

“I hope so,” Tomic said. “I’ve really worked hard on a lot of things this year and I hope this upcoming year is going to be the best for me.

“I’ve just got to be patient and success will come if I work hard.”

Earlier this year Tomic made the semi-finals at the Australian Open junior championship, which gave her a taste for the sport’s main stage.

“That was a really good experience having so many people watching and cheering for me, it was incredible, especially to make the semi-finals,” Tomic said.

“I was playing against top 50 players in the world, they were incredible. It was good to play against them and learn something from them.”

Meanwhile, Sydney’s Greg Jones recovered from losing the first set to triumph 3-6, 6-4, 7-6 over American Nathan Pasha in a thriller during qualifying on Sunday at the International Tennis Centre.

The two battled swirling winds but entertained the crowd with long rallies and high-quality passing shots, and Jones was relieved to be going through to the main draw of the ATP Challenger tournament.

“It was of a high standard, it was a little bit tricky with the wind as well, so it’s just one of those days you’ve got to try and survive,” Jones said.

“I like making it hard for myself, so that was another week of me doing that but I’m happy to win.”

World No.99 Yoshihito Nishioka from Japan breezed through his final qualifying match in straight sets against South Australia’s Nathan Eshmade.

Steven de Waard and German Daniel Massur also qualified for the main draw.

Play starts at 10am on Monday with world No.95 Jordan Thompson flying the Australian flag.

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