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Ottawa's Dabrowski wins mixed-doubles opener at Australian Open

Gabriela Dabrowski Gabriela Dabrowski - The Canadian Press

MELBOURNE, Australia — Ottawa's Gabriela Dabrowski and partner Nathaniel Lammons of the United States defeated wild cards Priscilla Hon and Adam Walton 6-3, 6-2 to advance to the Australian Open mixed doubles second round Friday.

Dabrowski and Lammons, who are seeded sixth, hit 26 winners compared to five for their Australian opponents and won 75 per cent of first-serve points to 48. They needed just 53 minutes to win.

The 31-year-old Dabrowski also advanced in women's doubles alongside Erin Routliffe of New Zealand. The fourth-seeded pair defeated American Ashlyn Krueger and Czechia's Linda Fruhvirtova 6-1, 7-5 in their opening match on Thursday.

Dabrowski and Routliffe, the reigning U.S. Open champions, did not have to play their second-round match against Russians Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova and Veronika Kudermetova. Dabrowski and Routliffe advanced on a walkover.

Dabrowski is ranked seventh in women's doubles while Routliffe, a Montreal resident, is ranked ninth. They are seeded fourth in Melbourne.

Montreal's Felix Auger-Aliassime is the lone Canadian remaining in singles action. He meets No. 3 seed Daniil Medvedev of Russia in the third round on Saturday after defeating Hugo Grenier of France 6-1, 3-6, 6-1, 6-2.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Jan. 19, 2024.