West Australian Maddison Inglis to face in-form Dalma Galfi on Wimbledon debut

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Mitchell WoodcockThe West Australian
Maddison Inglis will make her Wimbledon debut.
Camera IconMaddison Inglis will make her Wimbledon debut. Credit: Jacob King/AP

West Australian Maddison Inglis will have to topple an in-form Dalma Galfi if she’s to win on her Wimbledon debut next week.

Inglis’s boyfriend Jason Kubler also qualified for the main draw, with the former world junior no.1 to face 28th seed Dan Evans, who recently won the Nottingham Open.

Inglis, 24, shocked the tennis world earlier this year when she had an incredible run in the Australian Open, making the final 32, the first time she’d passed the opening round of a grand slam.

The world no. 129 stormed through the qualifiers this week to book her place in the main draw for the first time since she was a junior eight years ago.

However, she will face Galfi, who won an ITF grass court tournament in England last week.

“I can’t believe it,” Inglis said.

“I’ve always dreamed of qualifying for a slam. I always go on the last day and see everyone’s reaction and I always wished one day it was me so I can’t believe it’s happened.”

Fellow West Australian Astra Sharma will play German Tatjana Maria after she also won her way through qualifying last week.

Sharma, 26, reached a career-high ranking of 84 in February but has slipped outside of the top 100 after a string of poor results, including being knocked out of the French Open in the first round last month.

With defending champion Ash Barty retired, Ajla Tomljanovic will head into the Grand Slam as Australia’s top-ranked female player.

Tomljanovic will be full of confidence after making the quarter-finals at Wimbledon last year, where she lost to Barty, but must get past 18th seed Jil Teichmann in the first round.

Controversial star Nick Kyrgros should have little trouble making the second round of the men’s tournament after he drew Great Britain wildcard Paul Jubb on Tuesday.

Australia's Nick Kyrgios has a favourable run.
Camera IconAustralia's Nick Kyrgios has a favourable run. Credit: David Inderlied/AP

A potential match-up against no.4 seed Stefanos Tsitsipas looms for Kyrgios in the third round, with the Australian defeating him just last week at the Halle Open.

Alex de Minaur, the top-ranked Australian male and no.19 seed, has drawn Bolivian Hugo Dellien in the first round.

James Duckworth will face two-time Wimbledon champion, Andy Murray, while Thanasi Kokkinakis could play six-time champion and top-seed Novak Djokovic in the second round.

Fellow Australian John Millman will face Serbian Miomir Kecmanovic, while qualifier Max Purcell will battle Frenchman Adrian Mannarino.

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