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Marc Polmans and Olivia Gadecki saved two match factors in an exciting first-round blended doubles win at Australian Open 2024.

Melbourne, Australia , 20 January 2024 | Leigh Rogers

Olivia Gadecki and Marc Polmans scored an epic opening-round win at the moment within the Australian Open 2024 blended doubles competitors.

The Aussie wildcards made a blistering begin in opposition to the fourth seeds, world No.19 Chan Hao-Ching and world No.11 Santiago Gonzalez, of their showdown at Kia Area.

They constructed a 6-4 5-2 lead, nonetheless this benefit rapidly evaporated as their higher-ranked opponents got here charging again and saved a handful of match factors.

The 21-year-old Gadecki and 26-year-old Polmans then staged an unbelievable comeback of their very own from 2-7 within the deciding match tiebreak.

The Aussie pair saved two match factors earlier than finally clinching a hard-fought victory on their sixth match level.

“It was a brilliant shut match at the moment,” world No.237 Polmans mentioned after their 6-4 6-7(5) [12-10] triumph.

“We had a lead within the second set, however our opponents performed superb, clutch tennis.”

Gadecki and Polmans proved shock packets at Australian Open 2023, the place they reached the blended doubles semifinals. Reuniting this summer time, they’d love to higher that consequence.

“I feel we each consider we will, however we’re simply going to take it one match at a time, take pleasure in it and see what occurs,” world No.93 Gadecki mentioned.

“Taking part in right here in entrance of family and friends is superior, so we wish to keep right here longer and hopefully hold successful,” Polmans added.

Ellen Perez and her Dutch companion Jean-Julien Rojer additionally saved a match level of their first-round victory in opposition to Norway’s Ulrikke Eikeri and Finland’s Harri Heliovaara.

The eighth seeds held their nerve to edge out a 6-7(6) 7-6(4) [12-10] victory.

It proved a difficult day for Aussie rivals within the males’s doubles competitors, with 5 Australians shedding within the second spherical.

This included defending champions Rinky Hijikata and Jason Kubler, who misplaced a three-set battle in opposition to German duo Yannick Hanfmann and Dominik Koepfer.

There was higher information for world No.1 Storm Hunter within the girls’s doubles competitors, with the Aussie advancing to the third spherical alongside Czech companion Katerina Siniakova.

The third seeds got here inside two factors of exiting in straight units, earlier than combating again to document a 2-6 7-5 6-1 win in opposition to Aussie wildcards Destanee Aiava and Maddison Inglis.

Aussies in motion – Australian Open

Males’s doubles, second spherical
[4] Marcel Granollers (ESP)/Horacio Zeballos (ARG) d John-Patrick Smith (AUS)/Andreas Mies (GER) 6-4 6-4
[7] Hugo Nys (MON)/Jan Zielinski (POL) d Max Purcell (AUS)/Jordan Thompson (AUS) 6-3 7-6(5) 6-1
Yannick Hanfmann (GER)/Dominik Koepfer (GER) d [16] Rinky Hijikata (AUS)/Jason Kubler (AUS) 6-4 4-6 6-3

Ladies’s doubles, second spherical
[3] Storm Hunter (AUS)/Katerina Siniakova (CZE) d [WC] Destanee Aiava (AUS)/Maddison Inglis (AUS) 2-6 7-5 6-1

Blended doubles, first spherical
[8] Ellen Perez (AUS)/Jean-Julien Rojer (NED) d Ulrikke Eikeri (NOR)/Harri Heliovaara (FIN) 6-7(6) 7-6(4) [12-10]
[WC] Olivia Gadecki (AUS)/Marc Polmans (AUS)
 d [4] Chan Hao-Ching (TPE)/Santiago Gonzalez (MEX) 6-4 6-7(5) [12-10]
[3] Hsieh Su-Wei (TPE)/Jan Zielinski (POL) d [WC] Kimberly Birrell (AUS)/John Friends (AUS) 6-2 6-2
Liudmila Samsonova/Andrea Vavassori (ITA) d [WC] Daria Saville (AUS)/Luke Saville (AUS) 6-3 6-3

Males’s doubles, third spherical
[2] Matt Ebden (AUS)/Rohan Bopanna (IND) v [14] Wesley Koolhof (NED)/Nikola Mektic (CRO)

> VIEW: Australian Open 2024 males’s doubles draw

Ladies’s doubles, third spherical
[3] Storm Hunter (AUS)/Katerina Siniakova (CZE) v Ekaterina Alexandrova/Anna Kalinskaya

> VIEW: Australian Open 2024 girls’s doubles draw

Blended doubles, first spherical
[1] Storm Hunter (AUS)/Matt Ebden (AUS) v Lyudmyla Kichenok (UKR)/Mate Pavic (CRO)

Blended doubles, second spherical
[8] Ellen Perez (AUS)/Jean-Julien Rojer (NED) v Heather Watson (GBR)/Joe Salisbury (GBR)
[WC] Olivia Gadecki (AUS)/Marc Polmans (AUS) 
v Aldila Sutjiadi (INA)/Michael Venus (NZL)
[WC] Jaimee Fourlis (AUS)/Andrew Harris (AUS) 

> VIEW: Australian Open 2024 blended doubles draw

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