Rodionova falls match short of Aussie wild-card win day after wedding

Sunday December 20th, 2015

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Russian-born Australian Arina Rodionova has fallen one match short of gaining a wild-card entry into January’s Australian Open, losing the deciding match a day after her marriage.

Teenager Maddison Inglis beat Rodionova 6–4, 6–2 in the women’s wild-card final Sunday to gain entry to the main draw of the Grand Slam tournament beginning Jan. 18.

Rodionova had won her semifinal on Saturday morning which was re-scheduled to accommodate her afternoon wedding to Australian Football League player Ty Vickery.

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There was also some family drama in the men’s final: James Duckworth won by walkover when his opponent, Ben Mitchell, had to rush back to Brisbane to be with his partner for the birth of their first child.

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