British number one Andy Murray and Olympic silver medallist Laura Robson joined Heather Watson in the second round of the Australian Open.
Murray kicked off his 2013 Grand Slam campaign with a speedy win against Robin Haase of the Netherlands, winning in straight sets. Laura Robson also had an impressive start against American Melanie Oudin, blazing through 6-2 6-3. Unfortunately, it wasn’t such a magical tournament for Jamie Baker. The qualifier faced Lukas Rosol in the first round, the man who shocked Rafael Nadal in last year’s Wimbledon, but was unable to force an upset against the Czech. He did, however, push him all the way including a tiebreak in the first set but Baker tailed off towards the end.
World number two Judd Trump staged a brilliant comeback to progress to the quarter-finals of the Betfair Masters, overcoming the plucky Barry Hawkins. Both had their fair share of errors, but they also amassed large breaks and exhibited plenty of skill, giving the audience the decider they obviously wanted. Shaun Murphy was the other winner, beating Ricky Walden 6-4.
Five Premier League sides returned to action in last night’s FA Cup Third Round replays. All but two won the rematches, with Sunderland falling to Bolton and Marvin Sordell’s two goals. Elsewhere, Stoke hammered Crystal Palace 4-1 but it took to extra time to do it, Jonathan Walters making up for a nightmare of a weekend with two goals in the right end this time. Wigan and QPR scored 1-0 away wins against Bournemouth and West Brom respectively, whilst Fulham edged out Championship side Blackpool 2-1 in extra time.
Only British players made up yesterday’s World Indoor Bowls Championships Singles field yesterday, with mixed results for the four home nations. Mervyn King beat countryman Les Gillett 2-0 but fellow Englishman Jamie Chestney was well beaten by Wales’ John Price. Scotland’s Darren Burnett was shocked by Clifford Craig of Northern Ireland, losing 5-12 6-10. The other Scot, Stewart Anderson, tied his first set with Mark Dawes of England but was the eventual winner.
England’s cricket team showed a complete reverse in their fortunes as they were trounced in the second one-day international against India. The tourists notched up just 158, nowhere near enough to challenge India’s 285-6. The series is now levelled at 1-1 with three matches left to play.
Jordan Fitzgerald again finished ninth in the Schweitzer downhill event. The giant slalom race in Aal saw Charles Richardson end up in 35th, but Matthew Thompson and Jo Morrison did not finish. In terms of global World Cups, Emily Sarsfield qualified in 30th place out of 35 participants for the main Ski Cross event in Megeve, with Pamela Thorburn close behind in 32nd. Ed Drake did not finish the men’s equivalent. Flachau hosted the latest leg of the Slalom World Cup, but Charlotte Guest did not qualify for her second run.
In round 6 of the English Squash Premier League, Exeter Diamonds enjoyed an almost perfect clean sweep against Bristol to remain top of Group B. In Group A, Duffield, the only unbeaten side, only just maintained their status after a narrow 3-2 win against Chapel Allerton. There were also 3-2 wins for Team Chichester, TWP St George’s Hill and a 4-1 beating of Nottingham. Daryl Selby and Alison Waters were 3-0 winners for their respective teams.
Gary Wirdnam was Britain’s top performer in the Hang Gliding Championships, beating Grant Crossingham into third and 29th for the day. Wirdnam enjoyed 13th place, followed by Carl Wallbank in 27th. Crossingham still is top of tbe Brits overall in 11th, whilst Wirdnam moves into 17th. Kathleen Rigg is the second best woman overall and Great Britain lie 5th in the team competition.