Konjuh, a former world No. 20, has endured 18 months away from the sport and undergone 4 elbow surgical procedures over the course of her younger profession.
However her 6-2 6-7 6-Four victory over fourth seed Friedsam noticed her advance to the second spherical of qualifying on Sunday and enhance her possibilities of taking part in in a primary main match since Wimbledon in 2018.
The 23-year-old Croatian, who was granted a wildcard for qualifying, was comfortably main 6-1 5-2 earlier than Germany’s Friedsam launched a comeback and commanded a break lead within the deciding set.
Konjuh, nevertheless, rallied within the closing three video games and is now doubtlessly two video games away from a spot within the Australian Open major draw.
“To must undergo the entire steps once more to get there, it is arduous, it is irritating.
“Proper now I simply really feel privileged to have an opportunity to compete and be wholesome, and I feel that I simply actually respect these items a lot extra proper now.”
It is the primary time ever that Australian Open qualifying has taken place abroad with the ladies’s matches staged in Dubai, UAE, and the lads’s in Doha, Qatar.