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Keothavong upbeat despite defeat

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Originally published on: 26/02/10 11:27

Anne Keothavongs run at the Memphis Regions Morgan Keegan Championships ended on Friday when she lost her semi-final against top seed and world No.12 Caroline Wozniacki.

‘I’m sure with better performances my ranking will climb further’

The British No.1 struggled to find the same kind of form that had put her into her second WTA Tour semi-final of the year as she went down 6-1, 6-0 at the Racket Club of Memphis.

After victories over Maria Elena Camerin, Michelle Larcher de Brito and Marina Erakovic earlier this week, however, Keothavong is expected to be rewarded with a career-high world ranking inside the top 50 when the new Sony Ericsson WTA Tour list is published on Monday.

The 25-year-old began the week at No.52 but is expected to climb to No.48 on Monday making her the first British woman to crack the top 50 since Jo Durie in March 1993.

That’s another little goal of mine I’ve achieved and I’m sure with better performances my ranking will climb further, Keothavong said.

Right now I don’t really have an explanation as to why I was so bad out there today. It’s like anything, some days are good and some are just bad and today was more than bad.

I think this is a match to forget and I’ll move on from it and go back to London to prepare for my next tournament at Indian Wells.

In the other semi on Friday second seed Victoria Azarenka squeezed past sixth seed Sabine Lisicki 6-4, 3-6, 7-6(1).

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