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Friday, January 30, 2009

Laura Robson reaches Aussie Open final

Laura Robson reached the final of the Australian Open junior event on Friday.

Yet to drop a set in the entire competition, Robson knocked out Thailand's Noppawan Lertcheewakarn in the semi-final, beating the No.1 seed 6-4 6-3.

The match, which was a repeat of last year’s Wimbledon final, suffered a two-hour delay to allow the temperature in Melbourne to drop from a high of 44C.

Robson finally finished the job off in 74 minutes notching six breaks of serve and three aces along the way.

The 15 year-old, who celebrated her birthday last week, will now meet Ksenia Pervak in Saturday’s final. The Russian defeated Heather Watson in the last eight and is the No.3 seed.

Robson will be chasing her second junior Grand Slam title and, if victorious, is expected to rise to the top of the junior world rankings.

Norfolk's title defence back on track
Peter Norfolk has reached the quad singles final after coming through his must-win third round-robin match on Friday.

Norfolk, who lost his second match against world No.1 David Wagner, got his title defence back on track with a victory over Nick Taylor, beating the American 7-5 6-1.

The British No.1 will face Wagner once again in Saturday’s final as he attempts to win his third quad singles title at Melbourne Park. He will also be bidding to lift the quad doubles trophy when he teams up with Johan Andersson against Wagner and Taylor in the final.

Back in Britain, Norfolk will be making his debut on BBC1’s Question of Sport when the popular quiz show is broadcast on Friday at 7:30pm.

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