Casey Dellacqua of Australia celebrates defeating Zheng Jie of China in their women's singles match at the Australian Open 2014 tennis tournament in Melbourne January 17, 2014. REUTERS/Petar Kujundzic
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The paucity of Australian success at Melbourne Park over the past four decades has not stopped tournament organizers from pushing local battlers onto center court, invariably for a thumping loss.The 28-year-old turned back the clock to upset a heat-affected Chinese Zheng Jie 6-2 6-4 in the afternoon.Three hours into the evening session, she became the only Australian left in either of the men's and women's draws after 17th seed Sam Stosur was overhauled by former world No. 1 Ana Ivanovic 6-7(8) 6-4 6-2 . Hewitt, the country's last men's grand slam winner who won the second of his two majors at Wimbledon in 2002, was dumped from the opening round along with the much-hyped 21-year-old Bernard Tomic.Instead, it was two teenage wildcards in Nick Kyrgios and Thanasi Kokkinakis who were left flying the Australian flag in the second round and neither disgraced themselves in their exits.
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