Fernanda Contreras wants to play his second consecutive Grand Slam and on Tuesday he took the first step to access the main draw of Wimbledonby beating the Croatian in the first round of the qualy Tena Lukas, 6-4 and 7-6 (3).
The Mexican took control of the match from the first point and on his third break chance, he hit a backhand that gave him the game. The rest of the first set held his serve, weathering the storm in game six, in which saved three break points, and took it 6-4.
The second set started the same way as the first. Contreras broke in the first game, in what would be the first of six breaks in the first seven games of the set that left Lukas with a 5-2 lead.
As she did in qualifying at Roland Garros, the Mexican did not lose patience and recover the break in the ninth game and finished in the tie break, where he got a mini break in the fourth point which gave him a 5-2 lead, he added one more in the eighth game and, on serve, finished the match in 1 hour and 33 minutes with a forehand winner.
On Wednesday, Contreras will face the American in the second round Jamie Loeb, #216 in the world and who beat local Talia Neilson Gatenby 6-2. Whoever wins will be measured in the ‘final’ of the qualifying key to the winner of the duel between Daria Snigur y Timea Babos.
To be the third duel in the history between Loeb and Contreraswith the American winning in three sets on the clay of Pelham in 2021 and the Mexican winning in straight sets in Bendigo in early 2022.