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Southern Players Advance At Australian Open

January 15, 2013 04:04 PM
Ryan Harrison won the doubles crown at 2012 BB&T Atlanta Open.
Brian Baker
Jamie Hampton
Five Southerns were among the singles players in the Austalian Open main draw in Melbourne.

Third Round
Auburn native Jamie Hampton was the only Southern player to advance to the third round. Her third round match saw her drawn against the top seed Victoria Azarenka. Hampton gave Azarenka a very good match but unfortunately came up a little short.  Hampton was defeated in three sets 4-6 6-4, 2-6 by Azarenka. Hampton is the only player to have won a set on Azarenka thus far in the tournament.
First/Second Round
Auburn, Ala. native Jamie Hampton overpowered Urszula Radwanska 6-2, 6-4 to advance to the second round. Hampton played Luksika Kumkhum in her second-round match. Hampton continued her dominance in the tournament thus far. She defeated Kumkhum in two sets to set up a third round match with the top seed Victoria Azarenka.
Ryan Harrison, of Shreveport, La., won his first round match. Harrison outlasted Santiago Giraldo in four sets. Harrison got the tough task of facing top-ranked Novak Djokovic in the second round. Harrison was defeated in three sets by Djokovic to knock him out of the second round draw. Harrison and partner Matthew Ebden were knocked out in the first round of doubles 6-7, 2-6.
Atlanta’s Irina Falconi won her doubles match with Shuko Aoyama of Japan 6-3, 5-7, 7,6 to advance to the second round. In the second round Falconi and Aoyama came up against a very good doubles combo in Cara Black and Anastasia Rodionova. Black and Rodionova defeated Falconi and Aoyama in two sets.
Nashville’s Brian Baker, ranked No. 81, defeated Alex Bogomolov Jr. in five sets to win his first round match. His first round win set up a match up with fellow American Sam Querrey. Unfortunately for Baker he was forced to withdraw from the match with a knee injury. Initial reports state that Baker has suffered a meniscus injury and could face a few months on the sidelines.
A second notable American John Isner, of Greensboro, N.C., was forced to withdraw from the Australian Open due to a knee injury.
Rhyne Williams, of Knoxville, Tenn., lost to German Florian Mayer in five sets. Williams fought in a long match, losing 8-6 in the fifth set to the No. 28 ranked Mayer.
Marietta, Ga. native Melanie Oudin was defeated in two sets by Laura Robson in the opening round of the Australian Open.





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