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Townsend Wins Australian Open Singles Title

January 18, 2012 10:45 AM
Irini Falconi, formerly of Georgia Tech, is playing doubles in Australia.
Taylor Townsend
Six Southern players are in main draw action at the 2012 Australian Open, the year's first Grand Slam tournament. Two Southern juniors are also competing.
Girls' Singles finals
Taylor Townsend defeated Yulia Putintseva of Russia 6-1, 3-6, 6-3 on Saturday to win the girls' singles championship. The win comes one day after she and partner Gabrielle Andrews of Pomona, Calif., won the girls' doubles title.
Girls' Doubles finals
In a comeback victory, the unseeded team of Taylor Townsend and American Gabrielle Andrews defeated the top seeds, Irina Khromacheva of Russia and Danka Kovinic of Montenegro. Townsend, of Stockbridge, Ga., and Andrews won 5-7, 7-5, [10-6].
Girls' semifinals
Townsend continued to roll over opponents in the singles draw. She dispatched American Krista Hardebeck 7-6(3), 6-4. The Georgian has lost only one set in singles.
In doubles, the unseeded team of Townsend and Andrews continued to impress. They haven't lost a set in the tournament and rolled in the semifinal 6-3, 6-1 over Rutuja Bhosale and Aldila Sutjiadi. They face a tough final against the top seeds, Irina Khromacheva of Russia and Danka Kovinic of Montenegro.
Girls' quarterfinals
Townsend needed three sets to outlast the 12-seed, Sabina Sharipova of Uzbekistan. The Stockbridge, Ga. player won 6-3, 2-6, 6-4 and will face unseeded American Krista Hardebeck in the semifinal.
Townsend and  Andrews won their quarterfinal match with a 6-1, 6-0 shellacking of the fourth-seeded Anna Schmiedlova and Sabina Sharipova.
Third-round junior action
Third match ... third straight-set victory. Townsend may be only 15 years old but she's playing like a very seasoned junior player. She eliminated the third-seeded Anett Kontaveit 6-4, 6-4 in the third round. Townsend hasn't lost a set in the tournament.
Second-round junior action
Townsend continued her thunderous roll at the Australian Open with a strong 6-1, 6-1 victory over Ioana Loredana Rosca in the second round. Townsend and Andrews crushed the seventh seeds Anna Danilina and Zuzanna Miciejewsak of Poland 6-2, 6-2.
Germantown, Tenn.'s Catherine Harrison and American Krista Hardebeck were defeated by the top-seeded team of Irina Khromacheva and Danka Kovinic in the girls' doubles 2-6, 6-0 [10-4].
First-round junior action
Townsend had two dominant first-round victories in girls' competition. Townsend, of Stockbridge, Ga., defeated India's Ratnika Batra 6-1, 6-2. In doubles action, Townsend and Andrews crushed Elena-Theodora Cadar and Ioana Loredana Rosca of Romania 6-0, 6-1.
Townsend, who trains full-time at the USTA Training Center Headquarters in Boca Raton, Fla., is the highest-ranked American girl in the girls' field at No. 24 in the ITF World Junior Rankings. She is currently the top-ranked player in the USTA Girls’ 18s National Standings.
Harrison and Hardebeck downed Iva Mekovec and Jade Suvrijn 6-3, 7-5 in the girls' doubles. Harriosn was defeated by fourth-seed Yulia Putintseva 6-2, 6-2 in the girls' singles first round.
Third round
After going toe-to-toe with David Nalbandian over four hours and 41 minutes and five sets, John Isner didn't have much left. His third round opponent, Feliciano Lopez, of Spain, took the product of Greensboro, N.C., into another long five-set match. Isner could only muster one game in the exhausting fifth set and fell 6-3, 6-7(3) 6-4, 6-7(0), 6-1.
First two rounds
John Isner continued his mastery of the long five-set match in the second round. He outlasted David Nalbandian 4-6, 6-3, 2-6, 7-6(5), 10-8 in a four-hour, 41-minute marathon. He also defeated Benjamin Mitchell in the first round.
Donald Young defeated Peter Pjowczyk in the first round. But the Atlanta resident and No. 42 player in the world fell Lukas Lacko in four sets in the second round. Young and partner Jordan Kerr lost to Michael Llodra and Nenad Zimonjic 7-6(6), 6-3 in doubles. 
Atlanta's Irina Falconi, ranked No. 81, lost to Alberta Brianti 6-2, 7-5 in the first round. She is also scheduled to play doubles with Rebecca Marino.
Jamie Hampton, of Auburn, Ala., won three qualifying matches to move into the main draw. She dominated Mandy Minella of Luxembourg 6-1, 6-1 in the first round. But, she ran into the fourth-seed Maria Sharapova in the second round, losing 6-0, 6-1.
Alison Riske, of Hilton Head Island, S.C., successfully moved through qualifying. In the first round of the main draw. However, she lost to Urszula Radwanska of Poland 6-4, 1-6, 6-2 in the main draw first round.
Ryan Harrison, who was born in Shreveport, La., had a tough first few days. He met No. 4 Andy Murray in singles and fell in four sets. In doubles, he and Ryan Sweeting lost to Brits Colin Fleming and Ross Hutchins, the No. 15 seeds, in straight sets.



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