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Filipina Cabrera nails 1st Australian Open 2nd round berth

Beatrice Go

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Filipina Cabrera nails 1st Australian Open 2nd round berth

PURE GRIT. Lizette Cabrera is set to see action in her first Grand Slam 2nd round with partner Maddison Inglis.

Photo by Kelly Defina/Reuters

After 3 years of joining the Australian Open, Fil-Aussie Lizette Cabrera advances to the 2nd round with partner Maddison Inglis in gritty fashion

Filpino-Australian Lizette Cabrera and Australian partner Maddison Inglis pulled off a gritty escape in their 2021 Australian Open doubles opener on Thursday, February 11 at Court 5 of Melbourne Park.

Cabrera and Inglis outlasted the tandem of Renata Voracova of Czech Republic and China’s Wang Yafan, 7-6 (7-3), 4-6, 7-6 (12-10) to advance to the 2nd round of the doubles tournament in a match that lasted 3 hours and 4 minutes.

This is Cabrera’s first 2nd round appearance in a Grand Slam since she started playing in the main draw in 2017.

Cabrera and Inglis, who have been training together, staged a comeback in the opening set as they rallied from a 2-4 deficit to equalize at 4-4.

Although they were a game away from taking the opening frame at 5-4, the Voracova-Wang pair forced an extended set before the home bets scored 4 of the last 5 games to gain the 1st set advantage.

The back-and-forth action continued in the 2nd set as both pairs held their serves.

But Cabrera and Inglis yielded back-to-back errors, allowing Voracova and Wang to convert set point and bring the match to a decider.

Though the Australian duo broke serve right in the opening game, Voracova and Wang stunned them when they converted a break point to tie the game at 3-3.

The stalemate continued on as the mixed nationality tandem brought the game to a tie break. Cabrera and Inglis’ chances later looked bleak, but they rallied from a 3-7 deficit to finally take the match with a 12-10 tie break score.

Cabrera was booted out of the singles tournament last Monday, February 8 when world No. 2 Simona Halep overpowered her on opening day.

A full-blooded Filipino who grew up in Australia, Cabrera started playing tennis at the age of 4, and was exposed to a variety of sports such as golf and inter-school sports, but decided to focus on tennis at the age of 9.

In order to fund her tennis career, her parents Ronnie from Pampanga and Dolly from Basilan – who moved to Australia in their early 20s – worked in a slaughterhouse.

Now, the Filipino-Australian is based in Brisbane for her tennis career and managed to practice with world No. 1 Ashleigh Barty and other top Australian tennis players like Inglis, Kim Birrell and Priscilla Hon. –

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Beatrice Go

More commonly known as Bee, Beatrice Go is a multimedia sports reporter for Rappler, who covers Philippine sports governance, national teams, football, and the UAAP. Stay tuned for her news and features on Philippine sports and videos like the Rappler Athlete’s Corner and Rappler Sports Timeout.