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Sania sails into the Second Round

sania_mirza_2.jpgFederer, Djokovic, Jankovic and Ivanovic also cruise into Round 2...

The year's first grand slam, the Australian Open, got off to a great start today with many of the top seeds in early action. The first day saw some very interesting ties, especially on the women's side.

Jelena Jankovic, Ana Ivanovic and Jelena Dokic had their first matches but all eyes from India were riveted on Sania Mirza's singles performance in this grand slam and she didn't disappoint.

In the first round she faced off against the world number 61 Marta Domachowhska from Poland who she had met unsuccessfully in 2003. There were some concerns about Sania's preparation coming in, fol

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Australian Open Day 1 Schedule

andy_roddick.jpgFormer world No.1 and this year's seventh seed Andy Roddick will kick off play at the Australian Open on Rod Laver Arena on Monday morning. Roddick will face Sweden's Bjorn Rehnquist on the opening day of the tournament which sees matches from the bottom half of the men's draw and top half of the women's draw take place.

Following Roddick onto court will be World No.1 Jelena Jankovic who is seeking her first Grand Slam win and will face Austria's Yvonne Meusburger.

Last year's defending champion Novak Djokovic (3) will complete the day session line up on Rod Laver Arena when he faces off against Italy's Andrea Stoppini.

Aussie No.2 Casey Dellacqua will be hoping to re-capture the form that saw her reach the four

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Somdev crashes out, Sania gets tough draw

sania_mirza_australian_open.jpgIndian hope Somdev Devvarman crashed out of the second qualifying round at the Australian Open at the hands of Poland's Lukasz Kubot in a tight three set encounter that could have easily gone the other way.

Somdev started the brighter of the two and wrapped up a rather lacklustre first set, 6-4 doing particularly well on the return of serve. Kubot picked up his game in the second and served a lot better conceding no break points and took his sole opportunity to break Devvarman's serve.

The decider was a marathon encounter which saw 5 breaks of serve and 22 chances created by either player in a set that lasted over an hour and half,

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Nadal, Jankovic Top Seeds

nadal_wimbledon.jpgSeedings for Tennis' first major extravaganza of the year, the Australian Open were announced today with world No.1s Rafael Nadal (ESP) and Jelena Jankovic (SRB) topping the men's and women's lists in what will be very strong draws. Tennis fans can expect to see the world's best players at this year's Australian Open, with all but one of the top 32 ranked men, and 30 of the top 32 ranked women seeded.

Russia's Nikolay Davydenko has withdrawn due to a recurring heel injury; Maria Sharapova's ongoing shoulder complaint will prevent her from defending her Australian Open 2008 title, and China's Na Li has a knee injury.

Men's defending champion Novak Djokovic is seeded 3rd and last years losing finalist Jo-W

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Somdev beats Prakash

somdev_devvarman_2.jpgIndia's latest tennis sensation Somdev Devvarman followed up his final appearance in the Chennai Open with a victory in the first qualifying round of the Australian Open Men's Singles over his Davis Cup team-mate Prakash Amritraj 6-4,3-6, 6-4 in three very close sets.

Somdev is seeded in the qualifying draw (no. 28) after having jumped 48 places in the latest ATP rankings released this Monday to No. 154 in the World. His opponent today Prakash, son of Indian tennis legend Vijay Amritraj too played in the Chennai Open, but was unfortunate to get knocked out in the first round at the hands of German veteran Rainer Schuettler.

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Spain win the Davis Cup

verdasco.jpgFernando Verdasco fought brilliantly from two sets to one down to beat Argentine substitute Jose Acasuso in five desperately competitive sets to help Spain clinch the Davis Cup 3 - 1 with the final reserve singles cancelled (dead rubber).

Spain, champions in 2000 & 2004 continued their track record of winning one every four years this century pulling off an amazing upset in front of a hostile Argentine home crowd and that too without their top two players world no. 1 Rafael Nadal & Tommy Robredo.

Verdasco, coming in for the out of form David Ferrer - beaten in the first match of the tie by Argentine star David Nalbandian on Friday - picked up his game tremendously in the crucial doubles rubber yesterday and kept his nerve at crucial momen

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Romania crush India 4-1 in World Group Play-off

paes01.jpgBucharest was the scene of India's latest failure to rejoin the elite World Group of Men's tennis, a category she hasn't belonged to since 1998. India hasn't beaten Romania in the Davis Cup since the 1920s, though there have been some memorable matches in the past featuring Romanian legends Ilie Nastase and Ion Tiriac and India's davis cuppers Premjit Lall & Jaideep Mukherjee.

Playing lead singles for India was Davis Cup veteran Vijay Amritraj's son Prakash, ranked 220th in the World and partnering him was debutant Somdev Devvarman (#244).

Prakash played a couple of competitive sets against Victor Crivoi. Prakash raced out of the blocks and broke Crivoi in his opening service game. Games went with serve till 5-3 when Prakash had an opportun

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