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Aussie No.1 Arina Rodionova makes tennis history after shock Aus Open snubbing

Australian No.1 Arina Rodionova sarcastically declared she gave Tennis Australia something to “celebrate” when she lost her opening round match in Australian Open qualifying after being snubbed for a wildcard into the tournament.

Now the top-ranked female in the nation has given TA more food for thought after making tennis history by becoming the oldest woman to make it into the world’s top 100 for the first time aged 34.

A hard-fought three-set win at the Thailand Open in Hua Hin not only secured Rodionova a quarter-final berth for the first time since 2017 at a WTA event, it was also enough for her to crack the top 100 for the first time.

Rodionova is the only Australian woman inside the top 100, with Kim Birrell next best at 124.

Australia’s Arina Rodionova is now in the world’s top 100. Picture: Patrick Hamilton / AFPSource: AFP

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