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Keothavong notches up doubles win


Anne Keothavong and Croatian partner Mervana Jugic-Salkic came through their first round doubles at the Australian Open on Wednesday.

The British-Croat pair eased past Aussie combo Sophie Ferguson and Jessica Moore 6-3, 6-2.

Their reward is a second round meeting with seventh seeds Maria Kirilenko from Russia and Italian Flavia Pennetta.

Considering it was the first time Mervana and I had played together I think we did a pretty good job of beating the Aussies in straight sets, Keothavong told her personal website.

Mervana is very intense on the court and so am I so between us you could say we were very pumped up especially as they had a lot of vocal supporters and we didnt want to give them anything to cheer about!

It’s nice to get the win in the doubles after a disappointing singles performance and I’m looking forward to our next match against Kirilenko and Pennetta which will be a lot tougher.

Keothavong lost her first round singles match against Russian 17th seed Anna Chakvetadze on Monday.

Read Anne’s Oz Open blog here

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