Katie volynets, American, number 178 of the WTA, fulfilled the predictions by winning in the qualifying round of the Australian Open in one hour and ten minutes by 6-3 and 6-3 to the american Hanna chang, number 250 of the WTA. After this result, the winner manages to add new points to her ranking to be able to participate in the Australian Open.
In the tournament Melbourne (Australian Open Indiv. Fem.) there is a preliminary qualification phase in which the tennis players with the lowest rankings have to reach the highest possible points to get to participate in the official tournament. Specifically, a total of 128 players participate in this phase of the competition. It also takes place from January 9 to 30 on an open-air hard court.