'I'm going to cry': Aussie shakes up Aus Open in ousting teen star

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Aussie wildcard Maddison Inglis (pictured) celebrates defeating Leylah Fernandez in their first round Australian Open clash.
Aussie wildcard Maddison Inglis (pictured) has stunned the tennis world after defeating Leylah Fernandez in their first round Australian Open clash. (Images: Channel Nine)

Aussie wildcard Maddison Inglis has recorded the biggest win of her career after outplaying US Open finalist Leylah Fernandez in the first round of their Australian Open clash.

The 24-year-old was up against the impressive Fernandez, who made a name for herself in an epic US Open final run, but showed little nerves as she took the first set against the Canadian.

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Despite never having won a match at a grand slam before, Inglis was able to hold her nerves and serve out the clash to win 6-4, 6-2.

The Perth-born World No.133 recorded her first ever main card victory and advanced to the second round of the Australian Open.

When asked about if she could believe she had just won her first Aus Open match, Inglis couldn't contain her excitement.

"No, I seriously can’t. I am shaking. I am super stoked," she said.

“I executed my gameplay really well.”

Inglis played with poise when called upon with a first serve rate of 75 per cent.

The 24-year-old said she was 'going to cry' when asked about the support she received from friends and family during the match.

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Fans around the world couldn't believe the major upset.

Fernandez seemed set to take the tennis world by storm at the beginning of 2022, after her 2021 US Open charge, but found it tough at the first hurdle.

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Inglis' win marked a good day for the Aussies after Sam Stosur ended a six-year streak of exiting the Australian Open in the first round, advancing to the second round on Tuesday in her final singles campaign at Melbourne Park.

Stosur announced before the grand slam in December that she will be playing singles for the final time at the Australian Open.

She has left the door open to continue in doubles, however her singles career will come to an end in Melbourne.

However the final bow did not come on Tuesday, with Stosur producing a brilliant comeback to beat America's Robin Anderson 6-7 (5), 6-3, 6-3.

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