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British quintet is defeated on beginning day in Melbourne

British quintet is defeated on beginning day in Melbourne


Britain undergoes an unsatisfactory opening day at the Australian Open as 5 of its 6 representatives were defeated.

Elena Baltacha lost 6-2 6-4 to Stephanie Foretz Gacon, Heather Watson 6-1 6-0 to Victoria Azarenka and Laura Robson 6-2 6-0 to Jelena Jankovic.

Ward was defeated 6-4 6-3 6-4 by Blaz Kavcic and Anne Keothavong, suffering from illness, withdraw against Mona Barthel after down the 1st set 6-0.

Andy Murray begins his crusade against American RyanHarrisonon Tuesday.

Britainhad 6 singles players in the main tie of a foreign Grand Slam for the 1st time since 1992.

But that rapidly became 5 when Watson, sporting a lot short of money left ankle, was send off by Azarenka in the 1st match on a sweltering Rod Laver Arena.

Watson’s serve abandoned her in game 3 as 2 double mistakes, a poor drop shot and a long forehand handed Azarenka the first break.

Azarenka then created an excellent crosscourt backhand pass and placed a forehand winner on the line to go 4-1 forward.

Watson looked to be stressed with the heat and could not hide her irritation after perched a backhand long to concede the

36mints 1st set.

The 105th ranked right-hander began the 2nd set brilliantly but her day got another turn for the worse with an ignored backhand to fall 2-0 behind.

As Watson effort badly to land her 1st serve and Azarenka create the corners at will, it was no shock to observe theWimbledon semi finalist safe the double break.

And she conserved the match when Watson netted a backhand for her 27th unforced error.