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Moodie out in first round
- Updated: January 20, 2011
Our top-ranked doubles player, Wesley Moodie was dumped out of the Australian Open tournament in Melbourne on Thursday.
Seeded ninth for the tournament, Moodie and Belgian partner Dick Norman went out in the opening round of the doubles category when they lost in straight sets 6-4 6-0.
They lost to unseeded Xavier Malisse of Belgium and Britain’s Jamie Murray. The match lasted exactly an hour with the first set taking 36 minutes and the second and final set just 24 minutes.
Between them Moodie and Norman failed to muster one ace and their opponents only managed a solitary ace. First service percentage was 59% for Moodie and Norman while Murray and Malisse achieved a 68% success rate.
Malisse and Murray now go on to play Germany’s Bjorn Phau and Serbian Janko Tipsarevic in the second round.
In other action featuring South African interest, Natalie Grandin and Czech partner Vladimira Uhlirova won their first round doubles match 7-6 6-2 against Alize Cornet (France) and Edina Gallovits-Hall of Romania. Grandin and Uhlirova will now take on Michaella Krajicek of the Netherlands and Petra Kvitova (Czech Republic) in the next round.