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Thursday, January 14, 2010

Black Tennis Pro's Shenay Perry 2010 Australian Open QualifyingShenay Perry, USA

American Shenay Perry marched into the second round of women’s qualifying at Australian Open 2010 on Thursday, beating Melanie South of Great Britain 6-3 6-3.

Perry is ranked 108 in the world and the third seed in the women’s qualifying draw.

Perry sealed the straight-sets win with a backhand winner down the line, her 26th for the match. The American will now meet Ivana Lisjak of Croatia, who knocked out Russian Elena Chalova 6-4 2-6 6-4 earlier on Thursday.

Black Tennis Pro's Alexandra Stevenson 2010 Australian Open QualifyingAlexandria Stevenson, USA

Former Wimbledon semi-finalist Alexandra Stevenson has been forced to withdraw from qualifying for the women’s singles main draw at Australian Open 2010 with a left foot injury.

The American, who made the final four at the All England Club 11 years ago and is currently ranked No. 218, retired in the second set of her first round qualifying clash with Andrea Hlavackova of the Czech Republic on Thursday. Hlavackova led 7-6(7) 3-1 at the time, taking a marathon 64-minute first set after recovering from an early 1-4 deficit.

Black Tennis Pro's Donald Young 2010 Australian Open QualifyingDonald Young, USA

Twenty-year-old US player Donald Young cruised through to the second round of qualifying with a 7-5, 6-0 victory over Marc Lopez on court 10.

In the second round of play Young defeated German Bjorn Phau 7-5, 6-3.

Young said he’s feeling fit and in good form.

“I was little bit tight in the first set, but I came right and I’m just happy to be through to the second round.”

He said the Australian Open is an important event for him as he aims to break back into the top 100 players in 2010.

“Definitely, that’s my primary goal for the year. I’d like to do it in the first quarter if I can,” he said.

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