After making their Grand Slam main draw debuts as Roland Garros qualifiers a month ago, Mirjam Bjorklund and Fernanda Contreras Gomez both repeated the feat at Wimbledon to reach the SW19 main draw for the first time. .

3 seed Bjorklund triumphed in the longest game of the last qualifying round 7-6(2), 6-7(5), 6-1 over Maria Lourdes Carle in 2 hours and 57 minutes . The Swede was two points away from victory in the second-set tiebreak but fought back strongly in the decider to become the highest seed to successfully navigate qualifying.

Contreras Gomez managed to defuse the power of former world number 25 Timea Babos with tricky slices, going 6-3, 1-6, 6-3 in 1 hour and 31 minutes. As she had done in Paris, the Vanderbilt alumnus celebrated her place in the main draw with a shout out of “Vamos Mexico!” as she draped herself in her country’s flag.

Contreras Gomez, ranked at No. 157, was particularly proud of the clever slice pass with which she brought match point. “My coach has been telling me for so long to use that shot,” she said afterwards.

Another triumph for touch over power came with Maja Chwalinska’s 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 loss to No. 2 seed CoCo Vandeweghe. The No. 172-ranked Pole, a former Junior Fed Cup teammate of Iga Swiatek, is making a comeback after being sidelined for three months last year as she battled depression. But Chwalinska, 20, was all smiles after delighting the crowd with a series of exquisite dropshots and lobs.

Louisa Chirico and Yanina Wickmayer are two players returning to a Grand Slam main draw after several years of absence. Former world No. 58 Chirico missed a match point in the second set tiebreaker against Kathinka Von Deichmann of Liechtenstein but recovered to win 6-3, 6-7(6), 6-1 and book his place in his first big main draw. since Roland Garros 2017.

Wickmayer, who gave birth to daughter Luana last April, returned from maternity leave in February. Belgium’s former world No. 12, who reached the fourth round at Wimbledon in 2011, didn’t drop a set in her three qualifying matches and finished with a 6-1, 6-4 loss to Jang Su -Jeong.

Likewise, last year’s Wimbledon junior runner-up Nastasja Schunk also dominated every single match without conceding a set. The 18-year-old German, who took down Simona Halep in straight sets on her Grand Slam main draw debut at Roland Garros last month, ended her qualifying competition with a 6-1, 6-3 win over Danielle Laos.

However, former junior world number 1 Victoria Jimenez Kasintseva was unable to make her first big main draw. The 16-year-old Andorran lost 3-6, 6-2, 6-3 to No.10 seed Astra Sharma.

No. 9 seed Mai Hontama and former UCLA student Catherine Harrison both sealed their main draw debuts in style. Hontama delivered a resilient comeback after missing three set points in the opening set against Lulu Sun, eventually going 6-7(9), 6-2, 6-3 after 2 hours and 28 minutes of octane punching raised.

Harrison, ranked at No. 264, trailed No. 15 seed Yuan Yue 6-1, 5-2 but missed a narrow backhand on her first match point and eventually needed a break. tied to pass 6-1, 7-6 (3). The 28-year-old had never played a Grand Slam qualifier before this week.