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Australian Open 2013 LIVE: Laura Robson takes on Melanie Oudin

Australian Open 2013 LIVE: Follow all the action as Laura Robson kicks off her campaign against Melanie Oudin

Liv Lee


03:53 GMT, 15 January 2013



04:06 GMT, 15 January 2013

Join Sportsmail for the very best live coverage of the 2013 Australian Open.

Tonight Laura Robson takes on Melanie Oudin as she seeks a second round spot in Melbourne. If she can beat the American it will be the first time that Robson has made it past the first round at this tournament, and she could face either Francesca Schiavone or Petra Kvitova in the next round.

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03.59: Robson
has made it past the first round of a Grand Slam before. The
18-year-old went all the way to the fourth at last year’s US Open,
overcoming Kim Clijsters and Li Na on the way.

She was eventually knocked out by Sam Stosur 6-4, 6-4.

 The British No 2 made broke into the top 50 earlier this month

On the way up: The British No 2 made broke into the top 50 earlier this month

03.41am: Heather
Watson fought through illness to overcome Romania’s Alexandra Cadantu
in her first round match yesterday, and now British No 2 Robson will be
doing her best to join her.

These two actually met during the qualifying rounds of last year's Australian Open. Robson took the victory in straight sets but since then the American has climbed from 166 in the world to 84th.

Robson has also risen in the rankings over the last year, breaking into the top 50 for the first time only this month.

Favorite one-club players: Sportsmail"s verdict

The Saturday debate: Who are the greatest one-club players



22:18 GMT, 14 September 2012

With Paul Scholes about to clock up 700 games for Manchester United, Sportsmail asked a selection of its writers for their favourite one-club player.

Derek Lawrenson

Golf Correspondent

STEVEN GERRARD (Liverpool, 1998- )

Gerrard has played all his career for one club during an era where money rules and nearly all the best players gravitate to the few clubs with the wherewithal to win the Premier League. Given all his gifts and all the offers to move, his is a singular act of loyalty.

Leader: Steven Gerrard has been at Liverpool his whole carrer

Leader: Steven Gerrard has been at Liverpool his whole carrer

Laura Williamson

Football Writer

JOHN McDERMOTT (Grimsby Town, 1987-2007)

'Macca' spent 21 seasons at right back, playing 754 games. Through the highs of two Wembley wins in 1998 and the lows of tumbling down the divisions he seemed like the one constant: nippy, keen to get forward and dependable. I just enjoyed watching him.

Ian Ladyman

Northern Football Correspondent

CARLES PUYOL (Barcelona, 1999- )

If your daughter brought him home for tea your instinct might be to throw him out. Puyol looks like trouble. If he played for your team, though, you would fall in love with him. Versatile, ruthless and loyal, the 34-year-old defender has played more than 500 times for Barca over the last 13 years.

Barca boy: Carles Puyol has been at Barcelona through their recent glory period

Barca boy: Carles Puyol has been at Barcelona through their recent glory period


Football Writer

TONY ADAMS (Arsenal, 1983-2002)

The big, imposing centre half was at the heart of football’s meanest defence under George Graham, when ‘1-0 to the Arsenal’ was a Highbury anthem. He later blossomed into a footballing centre half under Arsene Wenger’s influence.

Chris Wheeler

Football Writer

MATT LE TISSIER (Southampton, 1986-2002)

Mercurial forward Le Tissier stayed loyal for 16 barren years when he could have picked up trophies, more money and more caps by moving. Chelsea and Tottenham both tried to sign him but ‘Le God’, as Southampton’s fans call him, kept faith with the Saints.

True Saint: Matt Le Tissier stayed loyal to Southampton

True Saint: Matt Le Tissier stayed loyal to Southampton

Colin Young

Football Writer

FRANCO BARESI (AC Milan, 1977-97)

Quite simply, Baresi was one of the greatest defenders ever. He glided round the pitch, made the brutal work of a defender look like art and was one of the coolest footballers ever. He played in some very good Milan and Italy teams and won the lot.

Derek Lawrenson: Americans in form, so it won"t be an easy Ryder

Americans in form, so it won’t be an easy Ryder



22:00 GMT, 30 April 2012

When the UK’s finest were cutting a swathe through Florida in March, the golf correspondent of America’s best-selling newspaper turned in my direction and said: ‘This year’s Ryder Cup could get ugly for the US.'

What seemed a pessimistic viewpoint at the time bears no relation to reality come the first day of May. Make no mistake, the revival of American golf is in full swing.

Two years ago, the sport’s most powerful nation was in such a bad way that 11 out of 15 tournaments staged during the middle of the season were won by players from overseas. Only last year, a plaintive American voice asked Lee Westwood: ‘Do you think in our lifetime an American will win another major’ Now look at the transformation.

States of play: Bubba Watson and Jason Dufner are two of those leading America's resurgence on the Tour

States of play: Bubba Watson and Jason Dufner are two of those leading America's resurgence on the Tour

States of play: Bubba Watson and Jason Dufner are two of those leading America's resurgence on the Tour

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In 19 events staged on the US Tour this year, the only non-Americans to get inside the winner’s circle were the trio of UK players — Rory McIlroy, Justin Rose and Luke Donald — who won in successive weeks in the Sunshine State, and the Swede Carl Pettersson, who just happens to be an American citizen.

On Sunday in New Orleans it was the turn of Jason Dufner to keep the internationals at bay, winning a play-off against South African Ernie Els for his first victory on tour.

Dufner is getting married on Saturday, so it is safe to say this week will go down as a life-changer. He and his wife are planning to take their honeymoon in the autumn but they might want to think about a further delay considering he seems a certainty to make America’s Ryder Cup team.

Masters champion Bubba Watson, US PGA champ Keegan Bradley, Phil Mickelson, Hunter Mahan, Dufner, Steve Stricker and Tiger Woods.

That’s not a bad core for captain Davis Love to work with, as he waits to see what the summer holds for Dustin Johnson, Jim Furyk and Rickie Fowler, plus the immensely promising Kyle Stanley and John Huh.

This American renaissance, together with home advantage, points towards a tense beauty in Chicago in September rather than an ugly one-sider.

Luke who is top of the tree again

Thanks to the grit and class of Luke Donald, Rory McIlroy’s second stay at the top of the world rankings lasted no longer than his first.

The Englishman’s third-place finish in New Orleans on Sunday was sufficient to limit the Ulsterman’s latest residency at the summit to just a fortnight. Don’t expect this to-ing and fro-ing between the pair to end any time soon, either.

Luke who's back: There is a familiar face at the top of the world rankings once again

Luke who's back: There is a familiar face at the top of the world rankings once again

McIlroy returns to action this week at the Quail Hollow Championship, the scene of his first American victory in 2010 and a course right up his alley.

Then both players will compete the following week at the Players Championship in Florida on a course that favours Donald’s strategic gifts over McIlroy’s naked aggression.

Then again, what price neither of them leading following the Players, with third-placed Lee Westwood bagging the biggest title of his career to leapfrog them both

Fascinating, isn’t it

Good enough

How good is the standard at amateur level these days For this weekend’s Lytham Trophy, those entrants playing off a handicap of plus 2.0 were balloted out of the original 144-man field.

'Makings of a great player': Javier Ballesteros

'Makings of a great player': Javier Ballesteros

Callum Shinkwin, 18, winner of the Hampshire Hog last week and a likely England international who plays off that mark, only got in as third reserve. Mind you, how many will play to their handicap around Lytham

I’ll certainly be impressed if the German Marcel Schneider — who plays off plus 5.2, would you believe — manages to do so.


‘Javier has started very strongly. He is close to joining us very soon. He has the makings of a great player.’

Spaniard Pablo Larrazabal, after watching Seve Ballesteros’s son Javier notch a notable top-12 finish while competing as an amateur in a minor pro tournament in Barcelona last week. Javier, 21, is completing a law degree at Madrid University and has yet to decide whether to become a lawyer or a pro golfer.

Pain in Spain

‘There will be a reckoning,’ warned a Spanish journalist friend of mine after Spain was overlooked for the role of host for the 2018 Ryder Cup in favour of France.

As the European Tour sets down in Spain this week at the beginning of an extended stay on its home continent, it would appear to be already in place. Five events will take place in Spain this year, down from seven last year — and two of those scheduled to take place in the autumn currently have no venue listed or sponsor.

Indeed, the number of events to be staged in Europe as a whole is down from 27 last year to 23 at best. Meanwhile, another big event attracting all the stars was announced last week for Shanghai in October. Right now, watching Europe trying to compete against the Far East is a bit like watching the BBC taking on Sky.