Swan beaten in Melbourne final


Published: Saturday 31st January 2015 by The News Editor

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Britain’s Katie Swan saw her superb Australian Open campaign come to a disappointing end as she lost to Slovakia’s Tereza Mihalikova in the final of the girls’ singles on Saturday.

Swan beat the top seed in the third round in Melbourne and saved three match points in an epic semi-final victory on Friday, where she struggled badly with cramp in a three-set match which lasted more than two and a half hours.

But the 15-year-old from Bristol, who is now based in Kansas, perhaps paid the price for those heroics in the final, losing 6-1 6-4 in an hour and 29 minutes on Rod Laver Arena.

After losing the first set in comprehensive fashion in the windy conditions, Swan threatened to make a comeback when she saved two break points in the opening game of the second set and then broke serve on her way to a 3-0 lead.

However, she then left the court for a medical timeout and looked to be suffering from an injury to her right leg when she returned, losing the next five games in a row.

Swan bravely saved two match points to force Mihalikova to serve for the match, but the unseeded Slovakian held her nerve from 0-30 down to seal victory.

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

Published: Saturday 31st January 2015 by The News Editor

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