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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

By
Liv Lee

PUBLISHED:

03:53 GMT, 15 January 2013

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UPDATED:

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.

London 2012 Olympics sailing: Hannah Mills and Saskia Clark assured bronze at least in 470 class

Brit sailors Mills and Clark in fight for gold with New Zealand in women's 470 class

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15:51 GMT, 8 August 2012

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Great Britain's Hannah Mills and Saskia Clark are mathematically assured of a medal in the women's 470 class at London 2012.

The pair have amassed a large enough points margin after the end of the opening 10-race series to be sure that they will leave with at least a bronze.

Leading the way: Hannah Mills and Saskia Clark are guaranteed at least bronze in the women's 470 class

Leading the way: Hannah Mills and Saskia Clark are guaranteed at least bronze in the women's 470 class

Water performance: Mills and Clark will battle it out with New Zealand for the gold

Water performance: Mills and Clark will battle it out with New Zealand for the gold

Silver is also theirs as long as they are not disqualified or black flagged in Friday's medal race.

Mills and Clark now face a straight fight with New Zealand's Jo Aleh and Olivia Powrie for gold, with the pair level on 33 points.

On Tuesday, Britain's 470 men, Luke Patience and Stuart Bithell, secured at least a silver ahead of their medal race on Thursday.

Shore thing: Mills and Clark can look forward to a podium place in Weymouth

Shore thing: Mills and Clark can look forward to a podium place in Weymouth

LONDON OLYMPICS 2012: Britain to make historic synchronised swimming appearance

Britain set to make history with synchronised swimming appearance at London Games

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UPDATED:

14:02 GMT, 8 August 2012

History will be made on Thursday when Great Britain compete in the synchronised swimming team event in the Olympics for the first time.

Synchro was first included on the Olympic programme in Los Angeles in 1984 and 12 years later the team event was introduced, replacing the duet and solo although they were then reinstated in the subsequent Games in Sydney.

In the four Games that the team event has been included, there has been no British involvement.

Water wonderful sight: Olivia Federici and Jenna Randall compete during the duet synchronized swimming on Tuesday

Water wonderful sight: Olivia Federici and Jenna Randall compete during the duet synchronized swimming on Tuesday

Synchro has made great strides in Britain over the last few years, mainly since Biz Price was appointed national performance director in 2007 and the high performance centre at Aldershot was established.

Already competing at international level on little training or funding were Jenna Randall and Olivia Federici, the most high-profile synchronettes in Britain.

In 2006 they were fourth in the duet at the Commonwealth Games while Randall took silver in the solo. The pair remain the flagbearers in this country and yesterday came a highly-creditable ninth in the duet at the Aquatics Centre, four years after failing to reach the Beijing final.

They are the only ones of the eight-strong team to have competed at an Olympics and they will be the experienced heads when they all take to the water tomorrow for the technical routine and for the Peter Pan-inspired free routine a day later.

Federici said: 'It will be really exciting for them to join us on the team and feel the crowd and give our best performance. They've been watching so they have been able to see how it is and see the atmosphere which is great for them.

'But also is it too loud Does it make them nervous But for us it definitely made it even better – the boost gave us more confidence so it was really great.'

The pair have been issuing advice to
their less experienced team-mates, telling them not to put too much
stress upon the fact it is an Olympics.

Looking good: The synchronised swimming is one of the true spectacles of the Games

Looking good: The synchronised swimming is one of the true spectacles of the Games

Randall said: 'The most important thing we have told them is that it is another competition. For many years we've been doing so many competitions together as a team so they've experienced World Championships.

'So it's just going in with the same mind frame – that we do our same competition warm-up and it is just another competition.

'We're really excited to go out there and perform and take another step up again.'

Price has overseen the progress of the sport in this country with participation numbers increasing year on year, something she expects will have a knock-on effect internationally in years to come.

Describing Randall and Federici as 'very good role models who can teach from experience', Price has no fear for her Olympic first-timers.

She said: 'They are really good, very excited. The first week we came in for four or five days so they could get over the woo-woo factor of the Olympics and train in the environment and then took them back to Aldershot to train for four of five days to remain focused and then come back when the duet were competing.

'The mood in the camp is excellent, the athletes are focused. We tend to train more than a lot of sports I think to keep the synchronisation, the technical skill there and not drop the fitness level because if we drop that the routines are too difficult to get correct.'

London 2012 Olympics rowing: Team GB women"s eight reach final

Dutch of class as Team GB women's eight qualify in fourth for final at Eton Dorney

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10:25 GMT, 31 July 2012

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Great Britain women's eight qualified for the Olympic final after finishing fourth in the repechage at Eton Dorney.

The race was won in thrilling fashion by Holland, who held off a strong challenge from Romania, with Australia in third.

The British crew, bronze medallists at the world championships last year, finished a length behind in fourth to claim the last available place in Thursday's final.

Team GB women's eight crew (right to left) Victoria Thornley, Katie Greves, Annabel Vernon, Natasha Page, Lindsey Maguire, Jessica Eddie, Louisa Reeve and Olivia Whitlamfinished fourth in the repechage at Eton Dorney

May the fourth be with you: Team GB women's eight crew (right to left) Victoria Thornley, Katie Greves, Annabel Vernon, Natasha Page, Lindsey Maguire, Jessica Eddie, Louisa Reeve and Olivia Whitlam finished fourth