Papamichail defeated in second round of Australian Open 2023 qualifiers

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Greek tennis player, Despina Papamichail, was defeated by opponent Serbian, Olga Danilovich, in the second round of the Australian Open qualifiers in Melbourne, Victoria on Wednesday.

The 29-year-old Greek (No.158) was defeated by 21-year-old Danilovich (No.153) 6-3, 6-1 in 67 minutes and was out of the third qualifying round for the AO finals in Melbourne.

On Tuesday, Papamichail had advanced to the second qualifying phase of the AO by defeating Hungarian tennis player, Reka Luca Jani, in the chase for her first Grand Slam appearance.

In the fight to qualify for the third phase of the AO qualifiers, Despina levelled the match in the first set 3-3 and lost a break point in the fourth game.

The tennis player was “betrayed” by her serve and suffered four straight breaks. Despina lost the first set 6-3 and fell behind in the second 5-0 resulting in defeat.

Despina held her serve on that point, but Danilovich, daughter of the legendary Predrag Danilovic, successfully served to qualify for the third phase of the AO.

The two Greek tennis players who have qualified for the tournament finals, Stefanos Tsitsipas and Maria Sakkari, will move forward to play at the Australian Open which begins from January 16.

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