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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.