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Francesca Jones not fazed after remarkable path to Australian Open

The Guardian
Wednesday 13 January 2021 10:48

‘I know what the level is’ says player who overcame barriersBarcelona-based Jones took emotional call from parentsBritain’s Francesca Jones has qualified for the Australian Open main draw, dismantling Lu Jia-Jing of China 6-0 6-1 in just 61 minutes to reach a Grand Slam main draw for the first time in her career.Despite being one of the lowest-ranked players in the field and only making the cut-off in December after some withdrawals, the 20-year-old marked her first appearance in an overseas Grand Slam qualifying draw by defeating three higher-ranked players and producing her best tennis under the notorious pressure of the final qualifying round. The victory has secured Jones at least AUS$100,000 (£56,556), by far the biggest earnings of her career. It also led to an emotional phone call with her parents, who she has not lived with since she moved to the Sanchez-Casal academy in Barcelona aged 9. Related: Francesca Jones: 'I want to achieve big things and inspire young kids' | Tumaini Carayol What. A. Story.

20-year-old Francesca Jones has qualified for the @AustralianOpen main draw after being told by doctors that she wouldn't be able to play tennis pic.twitter.com/dXHOFZopTV Continue reading...

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