- Mokoka makes Marathon Majors debut in Tokyo
- Park’s 68 puts her two shots clear at SA Masters
- Banyana get right into training regime in Reunion
- Future speedsters strut their stuff at Green Point
- Garcia tames wind to share the lead at SA Women’s Masters
- Skhosana starts his 2017 season in France
- Birkett spearheads big field for Drak Challenge
- Olympian Barrow chooses SA over Australia
- Prinsloo starts 2017 with another payday
- Junior Bok star Davids gets Blitzboks call-up
Grandin goes out
- Updated: January 26, 2011
South African involvement in the first grand slam tennis tournament of the year is over.
That’s after our Natalie Grandin went out in the quarter-finals of the women’s doubles at the Australian Open in Melbourne. Grandin and Czech Republic team-mate Vladimira Uhlirova did well to reach the quarters but found it a match too far.
The two went down to top seeds Gisela Dulko of Argentina and Flavia Pennetta of Italy in straight sets, 6-0 6-3.
The match lasted three minutes shy of an hour, the first set come and gone in 20 minutes. Grandin and Uhlirova failed to serve an ace and had two double-faults against them.
Unforced errors cost them dearly as they recorded 27 compared to the top seeds’ 14.
Dulko and Pennetta have since gone on to reach the final of the doubles category, getting past the third seeded combination of former South African Liezel Huber and Russia’s Nadia Petrova in the semi-finals. They’ll now take on 12th seeds Victora Azarenka (Blr) and Maria Kirilenko of Russia in the final.