Tennis - Australian Open

Watson, Keothavong through in qualifying

Heather Watson and Anne Keothavong both booked their places in the second round of Australian Open qualifying after the rain finally abated in Melbourne.

Watson, Keothavong through - Tennis - Australian OpenPA Photos

Heavy rain caused qualifying to be washed out on Thursday meaning a backlog of matches ahead of Monday's start to the first Grand Slam of the year.

Former US Open juniors champion Watson (pictured) needed just 98 minutes to complete a 6-3 6-2 win over talented French youngster Kristina Mladenovic, while second seed Keothavong was similarly emphatic in posting a 6-1 6-2 win over Darya Kustova of Belarus.

The 18-year-old Watson will next face Ukraine's Lesya Tsurenko while Keothavong will take on Ioana Raluca Olaru of Romania.

But Katie O'Brien threw away a one-set lead as she crashed out 6-3 5-7 3-6 at the hands of 16th-seeded Luxembourger Mandy Minella.

Former world number 22 Sabine Lisicki snuck through a tight clash with Dutchwoman Michaella Krajicek 7-6(2) 6-3 while top-seeded American prospect Coco Vandeweghe battled past Japan's Aiko Nakamura 7-5 6-3.

In the men's draw, Frenchman Nicolas Mahut, seeded 18th, was forced to recover from a set down to book his place in the final round with a 6-7(6) 7-5 6-3 win over Spaniard Guillermo Olaso, while fifth-seeded Marco Chiudinelli of Switzerland lost 6-4 3-6 1-6 at the hands American Alex Bogomolov Jr.

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