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Cumberland's Anne nudges her way towards Top 50 place

PUBLISHED: 15:19 15 January 2009 | UPDATED: 15:49 07 September 2010

CUMBERLAND s Anne Keothavong continued her great start to 2009 with a straight sets victory over fifth-seeded Agnes Szavay at the Hobart International this week, writes Patrick Mooney. The British No.1 built on her impressive run to the semi-finals of th

CUMBERLAND's Anne Keothavong continued her great start to 2009 with a straight sets victory over fifth-seeded Agnes Szavay at the Hobart International this week, writes Patrick Mooney.

The British No.1 built on her impressive run to the semi-finals of the ASB Classic in Auckland last week with a 6-3 7-5 win over the world No.25.

Last year Keothavong became the first British woman since the turn of the century to break into the world's top 100.

She is now ranked 53 in the world going into the Australian Open next week.

On Tuesday, the 25-year-old lost 4-6, 6-0, 7-5 to Virginie Razzano in the second round.

"I didn't serve as well as I did on Monday, which let me down as I had more than my fair share of chances to win the match," said Keothavong.

"She played well though and I can still go to Melbourne feeling confident about my tennis and well prepared."

Keothavong saw her hopes of a first WTA final come to an end with a 6-7 (3-7) 6-1, 7-5 defeat by Elena Vesnina at the ASB Classic.


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