Typically here in Australia we love to bag what we see as the British determination (and/or desperation, delete as applicable) to trumpet ANY sort of sporting success, no matter how minor, to fill up their sports pages with some sort of local interest. This practice is getting more difficult though, in particular with the likes of Laura Robson looking like future stars.
As such you have to laugh at the following quote last week from the Brisbane Times, after Casey Dellacqua was knocked out of the women’s doubles:
With Dellacqua’s exit Australia’s last remaining senior player was gone, with local hopes now resting on the pairing of Isabella Holland and Sally Peers in the junior girls’ doubles quarter-finals.
Local HOPES? Incidentally, they made it to the semi-finals via a walkover, but didn’t make the final.