Francesca Jones, a British tennis participant that suffers from a uncommon genetic situation that medical doctors mentioned would stop her from going skilled in her sport, formally certified for the Australian Open on Wednesday. She defeated Lu Jiajing within the ultimate spherical of the event’s qualifying competitors in Dubai.
Ranked No. 241 on this planet, Jones has ectrodactyly ectodermal dysplasia syndrome and was born with three fingers and a thumb on every hand, three toes on her proper foot and 4 toes on her left. Medical doctors instructed her as a baby that she wouldn’t be capable of pursue a profession in professional tennis due to the bodily disadvantages the situation gave her.
Her defiance of medical expectations continued throughout her 6-Zero, 6-1 victory over her opponent Wednesday. The 20-year-old, who has undergone 10 surgical procedures in her life to date, is now set to play in opposition to a few of the finest on this planet at her first ever Grand Slam competitors.
“I am simply tremendous completely satisfied to qualify and actually wanting ahead to getting out to Australia,” Jones mentioned, per Reuters.
“I’ve by no means been earlier than and I am certain it will be a tremendous expertise. I suppose any draw for me can be an enchanting one. I stay up for any match I will play, whether or not it’s going to be Serena Williams or one other qualifier.”
The Australian Open’s warm-up occasions begin on Jan. 31 with the event itself opening on Feb. eight.