Australian Open 2013 – Day 1 – Watson to open play for the Brits

By Ros Satar

Heather Watson starts the action off for the Brits on Monday’s schedule, at the Australian Open, Melbourne.

Watson is looking to improve on her AO debut last year, where she went out in the first round to the eventual champion Victoria Azarenka.

This year, Watson faces Romania’s Alexandra Cadantu, with a singles ranking of 89.

The pair have met once before, in 2012 on clay where Cadantu got the better of Watson in straight sets.

Watson ended 2012 as the first British woman to win a WTA title in 24 years (taking that accolade away from Sara Gomer, Atpos 1988).

Watson reached the 3R at Wimbledon this year and was part of the British Olympic Team.

This should be a winnable match for Watson and could set up a 2R with either the 22nd seed Mona Barthel (Germany) or Ksenia Pervak (Kazakhstan).

Pervak came to attention earlier this month after despatching Caroline Wozniacki in the first round of the Brisbane International.

Barthel enjoyed her first season in the top 40, reaching the 3R in last year’s Australian Open, beating Britain’s Anne Keothavong in the first round, before also falling to the eventual champion.

Watson is scheduled 3rd up on Court 13, Monday 14th January

Heather WATSON (GBR)

Alexandra CADANTU (ROU)


1 (Cagnes-Sur-Mer, 2012:

Clay: 6-1, 6-4)





Guernsey, England

Bucharest, Romania


5’ 7” (1.70m)

5’ 7” (1.70m)


138lbs (63kg)

123lbs (56kg)


Right Handed

Right Handed

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