GLUSHPEER

Peer (right) is one win away from reaching the first round of the Australian Open, though Gluskho (left) is already out

Shahar Peer is just one win away from reaching the first round of the Australian Open, but Julia Glushko’s tournament is already over.

Peer, ranked ninth in the qualifying tournament, once more made hard work of it, but secured her passage into the third and final qualifying round by beating Australia’s Anastasia Rodinova 6-1, 3-6, 6-1. She next faces Netherlands’ Richel Hogenkamp for a place in the first round.

She won’t though be joined there by Glushko, as she was beaten 7-5, 6-2 by China’s Yafan Wang.

Already into the first round is Israel’s sole men’s singles representative, Dudi Sela. He faces German Jan-Lennard Struff. A win would likely see him then play the Czech number 28 seed Lukas Rosol, while the world number three seed, Rafael Nadal would potentially await him in the third round.