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DUCKWORTH EXITS THE OLYMPICS

Posted By Jedd Zetzer  
27/07/2021
19:00 PM

Australia's last remaining player in singles action at The Olympic Games has fallen, with James Duckworth going down to no. 12 seed Karen Khachanov 5-7, 1-6 on Tuesday in Tokyo. 

Duckworth kicked off proceedings in fine fashion on Court 3 at The Ariake Tennis Park, breaking Khachanov's serve early for a 3-1 lead in the opening set. Unfortunately, the Aussie was unable to consolidate his break. From that point onwards, the momentum shifted heavily in favour of the Russian, who went on to win 12 of the following 15 games, sealing an impressive straight sets victory. 

The defeat means there are no Aussies left standing in singles action in Tokyo. However, the same can't be said on the doubles side of things. 

For the first time since tennis returned to the Olympic Games in 1988, two Australian pairs in the women's doubles draw are through to the quarterfinals. 

Sixth seeds Ash Barty and Storm Sanders are through and will face No. 1 seeds and three time grand slam champions Barbora Krejcikova and Katerina Siniakova from the Czech Republic.

Five time Olympian Sam Stosur and Olympic debutant Ellen Perez are also through to the quarterfinals. They will play Swiss duo Belinda Bencic and Viktorija Golubic. 

In mixed doubles action, Ash Barty and John Peers will take on Argentinian pair Horacio Zeballos and Nadia Podoroska in the first round.

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