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Nara, Sema advance in Australian Open qualifying

Kyodo

Kurumi Nara and Erika Sema reached the second round of the Australian Open women’s qualifying as Yurika Sema and Junri Namigata crashed out Thursday.

Nara beat American Julia Cohen 6-0, 6-1 and Erika Sema got past Spain’s Ines Ferrer Suarez 6-4, 6-4 to advance. But Yurika Sema lost to Nicole Gibbs of the U.S. 6-4, 6-3 while Namigata was eliminated 7-6, 3-6, 6-4 by South Africa’s Chanel Simmonds.

The women’s main draw starts Monday.