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13th - 26th January 2014
Melbourne Park, Australia
Last updated: 15/01/2011
Anne Keothavong has reached the final round of qualifying at the Australian Open in Melbourne after beating Ioana Raluca Olaru of Romania 6-4, 6-2 on Saturday.
British No.2 Keothavong broke her opponent for the first time in game nine of the opening set and then went on to break twice in the second set to secure the victory and build on a first round win over Darya Kustova of Belarus.
"Obviously I'm pleased to get a win” the Briton said afterwards. “It wasn't my best tennis out there but it was good enough to do the job and I'm looking forward to my next one.”
The 27 year-old will now take on another Romanian Irina-Camelia Begu in the final qualifying round on Sunday.
Looking ahead Keothavong added: "I'm playing Begu next but I don't know her at all. She's obviously won two matches like myself and there's of course a lot to play for so I'm sure it will be a tough one.
“The wind picked up in the second set today and I felt like the match could have been over quicker had she been a bit faster between points but I felt like I dealt with it well and I just got on with it. Hopefully I can up my game for tomorrow and get that one last result I need to make the main draw."
Meanwhile Heather Watson was defeated 7-5, 7-6(0) in a tough contest with Ukrainian Lesya Tsurenko.
After losing the opening set the 18 year-old recovered from 4-1 down in the second to force a tie-break.
However the 21 year-old Tsurenko held her nerve to win the tie-break and continue her progress in Melbourne.
Tennis Australia’s Kids Tennis Day attracted close to 8,000 tennis fans to Melbourne Park on Saturday, including children of all ages who had the unique opportunity to play tennis on the same courts as their Australian Open heroes.
“The motivation behind Kids Tennis Day was all about giving kids a great tennis experience and having fun,” Tennis Australia’s Director of Tennis Craig Tiley said.
“We wanted to put a racquet in the hand of every child in attendance and ensure they had fun - and they certainly did!
“The reaction we’ve had from the kids and their families has been tremendous. We had over 2,000 children registered to attend today, and ended up with a crowd of close to 8,000.
“It was fantastic to see so many kids here enjoying the chance to play on the same courts as the best players in the world.“
Ahead of beginning her main draw campaign on Monday British No.1 Elena Baltacha visited the Kids Tennis Day.
Watch a video of Elena Baltacha who attended the Kids Tennis Day.
Judy Murray has been blogging from the Australian Open qualifying in Melbourne.
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Image - Anne Keothavong by Getty Images