Robson fails to qualify for Australia Open

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Laura Robson's bid to reach the Australian Open main draw has been ended by Michaella Krajicek in the second round of qualifying today.

The 15-year-old Robson was attempting to reach just her second grand slam, but was beaten in straight sets by her Dutch opponent 6-4 7-6 (9/7).



It was always going to be a tough task for the 406th-ranked Robson against her 20-year-old opponent who reached a career-high ranking of 30 in February 2008 and who reached the third round at Melbourne Park in 2006.



After losing the opening set Robson showed resolve to break Krajicek's serve and force a second-set tie-break.



The teen then fended off two match points in the decider before her resistence was eventually broken.



Robson beat a top-30 player for the first time in her career at the Hopman Cup last week when she defeated Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez in straight sets to raise expectations the teenager could qualify for a place in a grand slam for the first time.



Robson was handed a wildcard entry into Wimbledon last year, when she took Daniela Hantuchova to three sets in the first round, before failing to qualify for the US Open at the last hurdle.



The Melbourne-born left hander, who will turn 16 next week, will stay in Australia to compete in the women's junior event where she is one of the favourites.

Naomi Cavaday was also bundled out as she lost 6-0 6-1 to Yanina Wickmayer.

The Belgian is ranked 16 in the world, but a doping ban prevented her from entering the main draw.



The ban was subsequently overturned which allowed Wickmayer to qualify and she looms as a dangerous opponent in the main draw should she make it.



In the men's draw, British number four Dan Evans was soundly beaten 6-1 6-2 by Santiago Ventura, meaning none of Britain's qualifying hopefuls remained.



The news was better for Ireland's two men as Louk Sorensen and Conor Niland both overcame players ranked 100 places above them.



Sorensen, the world 287, progressed to the final round of qualifying by beating Michael Yani 6-4 3-6 6-3 after Niland, who is ranked one place behind his countryman, recovered from a set down to beat Jesse Witten 2-6 6-1 6-4.



Sorensen will play New Zealand Daniel King-Turner, who is ranked 263 in the world, to reach the main draw while Niland must beat Brazil's 192nd-ranked Ricardo Hocevar.



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