Apisah, Fourlis win Open girls’ matches

Sydneysider Violet Apisah and Melbourne local Jaimee Fourlis have recorded opening-round wins in the girls’ draw of the Australian Open.

Apisah, who was born and raised in Port Moresby before shifting to Australia, outclassed Taiwanese qualifier I-Hsuan Cho 6-3 6-1 on Sunday.

Fourlis accounted for Great Britain’s Ema Lazic 6-4 6-3 to also join Sara Tomic in advancing beyond the first round.

Tomic defeated Chinese sixth seed Wushuang Zheng 7-5 7-5 in one hour and 43 minutes on Saturday.

There hasn’t been a local winner of the Australian Open girls competition since Siobhan Drake-Brockman in 1995.

Michaela Haet, a 16-year-old from NSW, was beaten 6-1 6-4 by fifth-seeded Belarusian Vera Lapko on Sunday.

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