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Baines seeks to capitalise on Cole’s England absence

British junior sent home in disgrace as LTA maintains hard line

It took until day seven of the Australian Open but a Briton finally entered the winners' enclosure at Melbourne Park yesterday. However, Jamie Murray's first-round mixed doubles victory in partnership with America's Liezel Huber also came on a day when one of the Lawn Tennis Association's most promising juniors was sent home in disgrace.

Baghdatis too lean and mean for Safin

Despite his status as a leading international sportsman, Marcos Baghdatis always had the appearance of a man who would order the moussaka rather than a horiatiki salata on a night out in his native Cyprus. This year, however, the 2006 Australian Open finalist looks determined to satisfy his hunger only while at work.

Sharapova revels in smooth progress

Judging by her broad smile and the high fives exchanged by her entourage you might have thought that Maria Sharapova had claimed her third Grand Slam title rather than a straight-sets victory over a lowly ranked veteran in the second round of the Australian Open. Lindsay Davenport, however, is not your typical world No 51 and Sharapova, after her annus horribilis in 2007, believes that good times are around the corner again.

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