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Cara in Australian Open doubles title defence

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Zimbabwean tennis ace Cara Black will take part in the first Grand Slam of the year — the Australian Open — which gets underway from Today until January 30 at the Melbourne Park.

Black, who is ranked fourth in the world in women’s doubles, will contest in the women’s and mixed doubles competitions.

In the women’s doubles event, Black, who is seeded fifth, will partner Australian Anastasia Rodionova and in the first round they have been drawn against the unseeded pair of Austrian Tamara Paszek and Bulgarian Tsvetana Pironkova.

Black finally settled for Rodionova after struggling to settle with five other players since she separated with Huber and the two reached the semi-finals of the US Open together.

If they manage to win their first round match they will meet either the pair of Britain’s Sarah Borwell and Marie- Eve Pelletier or Romania’s Sorana Cirstea and Lucie Safarova from the Czech Republic.

Black will be competing in the women’s double without her regular American partner Liezel Huber after the two mutually separated in April last year.

The two reached the final of the women’s doubles tournament where they lost to the extremely talented American sisters Venus and Serena Williams for the second year in a row.

Serena, the two time singles and doubles defending champion, will however not be taking part at the tournament after struggling to shake off a foot injury which has sidelined her since July last year.

Although the Williams sisters denied Black the women’s doubles title, she came back to win the mixed doubles title for the second year in a row with her Indian partner Leander Paes.

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