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Wedding, tennis day conflict, but no worries for Rodionova

Australian player Rodionova's Aussie Open qualifier moved forward to make room for her wedding

Wedding, tennis day conflict, but no worries for Rodionova

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) -- Arina Rodionova has a big day planned Saturday -- a semifinal match in an Australian Open wildcard qualifier and in a fairly huge conflict, her wedding.

The Russian-born Australian advanced to Saturday's final four of the Australian Open playoffs, which could see her gain a spot in the main draw for January's first Grand Slam of the year at Melbourne Park.

Only trouble is that she's also marrying Australian Rules football player Ty Vickery at 4 p.m. that day.

But with some help from tournament organizers and her opponent, Storm Sanders, the match has been moved to 9 a.m. Saturday from a scheduled afternoon start.

Temperatures in Melbourne are forecast to reach 41 degrees Celsius (106 Fahrenheit) on Saturday afternoon -- not unlike the weather in Melbourne during January's tournament.

Updated : 2021-09-21 01:36 GMT+08:00