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13th - 26th January 2014
Melbourne Park, Australia
Last updated: 16/01/2011
Anne Keothavong has reached the main draw of the Australian Open.
The British No.2 won her third qualifying round 6-3, 6-4 against Irina-Camelia Begu of Romania.
In round one of the main draw she will play Arina Rodionova of Russia in round one.
"I'm very pleased to come through that match. Funnily enough it's the first time I've ever come through qualifying to reach the main draw of a Grand Slam so this is very pleasing.
"Its been good to get three matches under my belt under these conditions so tomorrow should be another good day. My opponent is someone I've never played but I have played her sister at Wimbledon and I think they're quite similar and it will no doubt be a good challenge. I have high expectations of myself and I'm feeling good about it.
"It's pleasing to win three matches in qualifying but it doesn't stop there. I'm in the main draw now and I've earnt my place there but I still want to win tomorrow's match and do the best I can. It's a Grand Slam and it's a great opportunity for everyone in the draw and I've got to go out there feeling good about myself and give it my best shot. I definitely feel now that I can get back inside the top 100 and back to where I was before and break the top 50 again. Its one of the things that keeps me motivated."
British No.1 Elena Baltacha will face Jamie Hampton in the first round of the main draw on Monday (fourth on Court 10)
Hampton is a 21-year-old American qualifier who trains in Atlanta. She is ranked 134 and has never played the Australian Open before. This is her first meeting with Baltacha.
"I don't know much about my opponent so I'll probably ask around and make a few phone calls this evening to get some information about her, but she's come through qualifying so she's obviously playing well on these courts.
"However she plays, it's about me going out there and delivering. You have to control the things you can control and I can't dictate how she plays, but I can control how well I play and how well I handle my emotions on the day. I've had another great practice today and I feel really ready, so it's just about trying to get the job done now."
British Eurosport and BBC (television and radio) will be broadcasting the Australian Open in the UK
Judy Murray has been blogging from the Australian Open qualifying in Melbourne.
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