Katie swans into Australian final


Published: Friday 30th January 2015 by The News Editor

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Britain’s Katie Swan produced a brilliant fightback to book her place in the final of the girls’ singles in the Australian Open on Friday.

Swan was badly hampered by cramp in the third set but saved three match points on her way to winning a rollercoaster clash with fifth seed Dalma Galfi, the 15-year-old eventually securing a 0-6 7-6 (7/5) 7-5 win in two hours and 36 minutes.

Annabel Croft was the last British winner of the girls’ title in 1984, while Laura Robson reached the final in 2009 and 2010 after winning the junior title at Wimbledon in 2008.

Bristol-born Swan, who is now based in Kansas, looked to be heading out of the competition after losing the opening set in just 21 minutes and falling 4-2 down in the second.

However, after beating the top seed in the third round Swan was determined not to waste her chance of claiming a junior grand slam title and fought back to eventually win the tie-break 7-5 after 78 minutes.

Galfi was given a warning for racket abuse as 14th seed Swan raced into a 4-2 lead in the decider, but the Hungarian regained her composure and won three games in a row to serve for the match at 5-4.

Swan saved three match points and won the next two games as well to secure her place in the final, which will be played on the 15,000-capacity Rod Laver Arena, against Slovakia’s Tereza Mihalikova.

Published: Friday 30th January 2015 by The News Editor

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