SA's Grandin into Oz quarters

2011-01-24 14:11

Melbourne - South African tennis player Natalie Grandin and her Czech Republic partner Vladimira Uhlirova are through to the quarter-finals of the women’s doubles competition at the Australian Open in Melbourne.

The unseeded duo beat seventh seeds Julia Goerges and Lisa Raymond in the third round, going through in three sets against the
German/US combination.

The final score of a match that lasted just over two hours was 7-6 (5) 3-6 6-4. It was an evenly matched encounter with Grandin, 29, and Uhlirova recording a first service percentage of 60% compared to their opponents’ 66%.

They lost the aces tally 2-3 and the double-fault count was three apiece. For their efforts East London-born Grandin and Uhlirova will now come up against the tournament’s top seeds, Gisela Dulko of Argentina and Italian Flavia Pennetta.

Later on Wednesday the Margaret Court Arena was due to see a clash between some former great players in the Legends Doubles.

South Africa’s most famous player Wayne Ferreira and Russian partner Yevgeny Kafeinikov will take on the mighty power of Frenchman Henri Leconte and “home boy” Patrick Rafter.


  • Chilli Boy - 2011-01-24 15:18

    Wayne Ferreira would hardly be considered SA's most famous player.His results never matched his talent. In terms of being famous, there are a number of players who would lead the pack before Ferreira - Sturgess, Drysdale, Hewitt, Curren, Forbes , Segal, Ray Moore and Robert Maud.

      Jaco - 2011-01-24 16:08

      Too true, Chilli Boy. It's probable that this reporter is a youngster who don't know much about the genuine stars and ambassadors that came before Ferreira.

      michael jennings - 2011-01-24 17:07

      there is some truth in what you say, however, i seem to think that Wayne Ferreira still holds the record for playing in the most consecutive grand slams (in the proffesional era) - something like 54 tournaments without a break...(would mean 13 and a half years without missing a grand slam) - pretty impressive stuff. Tho of cours, he didn't ever look like winning one!

  • elspeth.hassall - 2011-01-24 16:53

    Well done Natalie...go for it!!!

  • tarryn.atkinson - 2011-01-24 18:44

    Congratulations to Natalie! We are rooting for you all the way. And thanks to Sport24 for giving her some recognition. Our tennis players work hard overseas, leaving their families behind to live out of their suitcases for 10 months of the year trying to make a living from the sport they love and receive very little recognition back here in SA, not to mention the lack of support from most structures within SA.

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