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Brits in the Land down under: meet the players competing in Melbourne

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Here are the 27 British players competing in the 2022 Australian Open, in Melbourne. Who they will be facing against and how on earth did they get here in the First Grand Slam of the year?

At the very Latest,

  • Jamie Murray and Bruno Soares are through to the third round after beating Lloyd Glasspool and Harri Heliovaara
  • Neal Skupski and Wesley Koolhof extend unbeaten run in 2022 to reach the third round
  • French and US Open champions Joe Salisbury and Desirae Krawczyk were knocked out of the mixed doubles
  • Seven Brits on the court on Saturday, headlined by Dan Evans’ Round 3 singles match against Felix Auger-Aliassimeon (not before 6 am)
  • Round 2 men’s doubles match on Saturday for Joe Salisbury and Dom Inglot / Ken Skupski, and Round 1 mixed double for Neal Skupski
  • Britain’s Louis Bowden, Matthew Rankin, and Ranah Stoiber competing in the junior main draws – Stoiber and Bowden both in action on Saturday
  • Elite wheelchair draws announced – play starts Sunday featuring Brits Alfie Hewett, Gordon Reid, Lucy Shuker, and Andy Lapthorne
  • Emma Raducanu goes out in the second round to Danka Kovinic 6-4, 4-6, 6-3
  • Andy Murray defeated 6-4, 6-4, 6-4 by Japan’s Taro Daniel

QUALIFYING

*Both Liam Broady and Harriet Dart won through qualifying to earn places in the main draw.

Katie Boulter

Events: Women’s Singles qualifying

World ranking: 190

LTA Support: Pro-Scholarship Programme

  • Singles:
    • Qualifying Round 1: lost 6-3, 6-4 v. Emina Bektas (USA, world no.216)

Jodie Burrage

Events: Women’s Singles qualifying

World ranking: 213

LTA Support: Pro-Scholarship Programme

  • Singles:
    • Qualifying Round 1: lost 5-7, 6-1, 6-4 v. Seone Mendez (AUS, world no.241)

Fran Jones

Events: Women’s Singles qualifying

World ranking: 151

LTA Support: Pro-Scholarship Programme

  • Singles:
    • Qualifying Round 1: 5-1 (retired) v. Usue Maitane Arconada (USA, world no.185)

Samantha Murray Sharan

Events: Women’s Singles qualifying

World ranking: 290

LTA Support: NTC Pro Access

  • Singles:
    • Qualifying Round 1: lost 6-1, 6-7 (2-7), 7-6 (10-8) v. Hailey Baptiste (USA, world no.168)

Katie Swan

Events: Women’s Singles qualifying

World ranking: 246

LTA Support: Pro-Scholarship Programme / NTC Pro Access

  • Singles:
    • Qualifying Round 1: won 6-2, 6-4 v. Abbie Myers (AUS, world no.440)
    • Qualifying Round 2: lost 6-0, 7-5 v. Viktoriya Tomova (BUL, world no.119)

Written by: jaimmynanayakkara@yahoo.com

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