Australian Open 2012: British pair scare the Bryan brothers but top-seeds come out on top in Melbourne

January 23rd, 20125:03 am @


It was an encouraging assessment for Fleming and Hutchins, especially as their
stated aim this year is to climb in to the top eight in the world and thus
gain entry to the season-ending jamboree at the O2 Arena. But Fleming knows
that near-misses will not be enough: they will have to start winning
tournaments and beating the top pairs consistently.

“We’ve shown we have a level that can get us there,” Fleming said, “but it’s
up to us to go and do it, week in, week out, and not become nearly men.
Today, it was positive that we played that great set but we have to look at
what happened and why.”

There was better news yesterday in the junior boys’ tournament, where all four
Britons scored first-round wins. Although Ollie Golding, the winner of the
US Open junior title last year, has moved on to the hard graft of the
Futures circuit in Turkey, there is another strong crop here in the shape of
Liam Broady, last year’s junior Wimbledon finalist, Kyle Edmund, Luke
Bambridge and Josh Ward-Hibbert.

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