Wildcard Maddison Inglis: Prize money earned in Melbourne is going to be huge help

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Wildcard Maddison Inglis: Prize money earned in Melbourne is going to be huge help

Wildcard Maddison Inglis was absolutely thrilled after making the Australian Open third round and securing the biggest payday of her career. Inglis, ranked at No. 133 in the world, defeated Hailey Baptiste 7-6 (4) 2-6 6-2 to reach the Australian Open third round.

Inglis, 24, has never been ranked inside the top-100. "I mean, it's incredible. The prize money is something that I try really hard not to think about. I actually haven't this tournament very much at all, which I think has helped me out there," Inglis said, per Tennis Majors.

"If you're thinking about stuff out there, it's hard to focus on the things that you need to be focusing on. But it's going to be a huge help for me this year. It's going to take a little bit of pressure off just me financially.

"It's obviously quite expensive traveling, hiring a coach. Not being able to come back to Australia, you're on the road for a long time. I'm pretty grateful to have some of that stress taken off."

Inglis having a great run at Melbourne Park

On Tuesday, Inglis claimed a shock straight-set win over US Open runner-up Leylah Fernnadez.

It was the biggest win of Inglis' career and now she feels she belongs to the main level. “I pushed myself last year to play a lot of the WTAs because I’m used to playing the ITFs, winning a few matches there, just playing at the lower level a bit,” Inglis explained.

“I thought to get to the next stage I’m going to have to play these bigger tournaments and the better players. I think that definitely helped me going into this event. “I felt really comfortable out there at this level, and I have to push myself to do it more and more”. Inglis will be fighting Kaia Kanepi for a place in the Australian Open round-of-16.