20 Jan Louk Sorensen’s winning streak comes to an end at the Australian Open
Louk Sorensen’s winning streak comes to an end at the Australian Open
Earlier today, Ireland’s Louk Sorensen was in action on court no. 8 for the second round of the mens singles at the Australian Open. He faced American John Isner who is currently ranked 28 in the world. Sorensen put up a strong fight but eventually lost to American John Isner 6-3 7-6 7-5.
Isner will now play no. 12 seed Gael Monfils (FRA) who he defeated last March at the Indian Wells tournament in California.
Louk came through the qualifying singles with a 7-6(6) 6-3 win over Benjamin Balleret of Monaco in the first round, a 6-4 3-6 6-3 win over Michael Yani in the second round and Daniel King-Turner (NZL) on a scoreline 6-4 7-6(3) in the final round of qualifying.
Sorensen’s last event before the Australian Open was at the Chennai Open in India where he achieved a place in the main draw after three great wins in the qualifiers.
The last time that Ireland had a player in a mens grand slam event was 1985, the year that Louk was born. When interviewed, Sorensen said "I’m feeling great, it’s the biggest achievement of my career so far."
Louk’s father, Sean who is the Davis Cup captain for Ireland competed in Wimbledon in 1980 and his older brother Kevin represented Ireland at international level in the Davis Cup.
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Also competing at the Australian Open was Conor Niland, he narrowly missed a place in the main draw in the final round of the qualifiers. He was defeated 6-1 4-6 3-6 by Brazilian Ricardo Hocevar . Next week John Morrissey and Sam Barry will compete in the Australian Open Juniors main draw.
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