Kokkinakis falls in French Open qualifying

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Thanasi Kokkinakis and Matt Ebden have been defeated in the first round of qualifying for the French Open, leaving just two Australian men in the hunt for a main draw spot.

Kokkinakis, fresh from his Challenger tour triumph in Italy last week, was outplayed 6-4 6-4 by American Mackenzie McDonald.

Ebden took the first set against Alejandro Tabilo but the Chilean fought back to take the match 4-6 6-3 6-4.

Only Marc Polmans, who will play Bernard Tomic's 16-year-old conqueror Arthur Fils, and world No.208 Aleksandar Vukic remain in contention for a place in the second grand slam of the year.

Vukic faces 35-year-old former world No.12 Viktor Troicki in the second round.

In women's qualifying, only world No.161 Storm Sanders advanced to the second round with three countrywomen falling at the first hurdle.

The left-handed Sanders took just 65 minutes to dispatch Poland's Katarzyna Kawa 6-3 6-1 to keep alive her dream of a maiden appearance in the main draw at Roland Garros.

The hopes of Queensland trio Olivia Gadecki, Lizette Cabrera and Priscilla Hon were dashed.

Gadecki lost 4-6 6-0 6-1 to Russian Anastasia Gasanova while Cabrera and Hon were beaten in straight sets.

Sanders will face Turkey's Cagla Buyukakcay in the next round while world No.239 Ellen Perez's opponent will be Romanian Alexandra Dulgheru.