Four British players rise above heat to win qualifying matches
Friday 11 January 2008
Four out of the five British players in action at the Australian Open qualifying tournament here defied the 40-degree heat to emerge as winners yesterday. Anne Keothavong, Elena Baltacha and Katie O'Brien all won their first-round matches and Jamie Baker reached the men's third round by beating Austria's Alexander Peya 7-6, 6-4.
Keothavong beat Argentina's Jorgelina Cravero 6-4, 6-4, while Baltacha and O'Brien, facing France's Virginie Pichet and Darya Kustova, of Belarus, respectively, went through when their opponents retired after losing the first set. Mel South had the toughest task of the British women and was beaten 6-3, 3-6, 6-2 by Thailand's Tamarine Tanasugarn.
The British No 1 Andy Murray is the No 9 seed for the Australian Open, with Roger Federer and Justine Henin the top seeds. There were few surprises in the list, based on the world rankings, and Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, Nikolay Davedenko and David Ferrer round out the top five in the men's draw.
On the women's side, Henin is followed by the Russian Svetlana Kuznetsova, the Serbian pairing of Jelena Jankovic and Ana Ivanovic while Kuznetsova's compatriot Maria Sharapova is ranked fifth. The women's champion Serena Williams has been seeded seventh, one place ahead of her sister Venus.
Henin set up a final against Kuznetsova after beating Ivanovic at the Sydney International yesterday. Henin booked her place in the final with a 6-2, 2-6, 6-4 win while Kuznetsova advanced after a tough 7-5, 7-6 win over Czech Nicole Vaidisova.
Apple agrees deal with Visa on contactless payments
Arsenal transfer latest: Arsene Wenger set to sign...no one on transfer deadline day as manager heads to Rome to referee charity match
Manchester United transfer news: Louis van Gaal offloads fringe players as he looks to the long term
Radamel Falcao transfer latest: Manchester United, Arsenal and Manchester City linked with blockbuster move
Tottenham to offer Andros Townsend to Southampton in £14m deadline day bid for Jay Rodriguez
Radamel Falcao to Manchester United: Striker hasn't played in Champions League since 2010
- 1 Half of young women unable to ‘locate vagina’ and 65% find it difficult to say the word
- 2 Perez Hilton apologises for Jennifer Lawrence naked photo leak
- 3 A teacher speaks out: 'I'm effectively being forced out of a career that I wanted to love'
- 4 Mexican woman becomes world’s 'oldest person' at 127
- 5 Jennifer Lawrence 'naked sex video' will be leaked threatens 4Chan celebrity photo hacker
Rotherham child sex abuse scandal: Labour Home Office to be probed over what Tony Blair's government knew - and when
Robin Williams Emmys tribute led by Billy Crystal criticised for including 'racist' joke about Muslim woman
The Rotherham child abuse scandal is a tale of apologists, misogyny and double standards
What do immigrants really think of Britain? Polish immigrant's Reddit post goes viral
Do you realise just how foolish the UK looks?
With Douglas Carswell joining Ukip, my party has taken another giant step forward