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Ice-cool Edmund on hot streak and hailing mum's wise words

By Eleanor Crooks

Kyle Edmund's mum makes sure he is always ready for the sun, and the Yorkshireman is showing form as hot as the Melbourne summer at the Australian Open.

The British No.2 followed up his statement upset of Kevin Anderson in round one by breezing past Denis Istomin 6-2 6-2 6-4 in just an hour and 29 minutes to reach the third round at Melbourne Park for the first time.

It was hot enough for the players to drape ice towels around their necks during changeovers but, by the time Edmund takes on Georgia's Nikoloz Basilashvili tomorrow, the thermometer may have hit 40 degrees.

Edmund, with his fair hair and pale complexion, was not built for such conditions, but he will at least make sure he applies enough sun cream.

"I got a bit burned on Monday," he said. "I didn't put enough on then. It's my neck that gets the worst. You're in the sun quite a bit. I know I have to pause because of my pale skin. I have to take responsibility - my mum gives me a lecture if I don't!

"It's going to be hot and you just have to do your best. It's the same for both players really, that's one way of looking at it. You expect it to be hot in Australia, that's why you prepare, do all the hours on court in the off-season.

"That's why most players don't really do a pre-season indoors in the cold, because the first tournaments of the year are in very hot conditions in Australia. You have to be fit for it. Whoever manages it best probably will have a better outcome."

Caroline Wozniacki credited her competitive family for the fighting spirit that helped her recover from a seemingly impossible position against Jana Fett in the second round of the Australian Open.

The second seed looked certain to be making a premature exit when she trailed little-known Croatian Fett 1-5, 15-40 in the deciding set only to save the two match points and reel off six games in a row.

After completing her 3-6 6-2 7-5 victory, Wozniacki revealed she used Fett's inexperience - the 21-year-old is ranked 119th and had never won a Grand Slam match prior to this tournament - to give herself the belief to come through.

The Dane said: "At 5-1, 40-15, I felt like I was one foot out of the tournament. She served a great serve down the T. It was just slightly out. I was kind of lucky.

"Then I felt her tighten up just slightly. I thought, 'Make her win it, don't give it to her'.

"She's about to beat the No.2 player in the world. Obviously she's about 100. That's a big moment for her. I know how it feels whenever you're close to reaching something really big."

Wozniacki, who hails from a very sporty family, added: "If you lose a game to anyone in my family, you're going to hear about it for at least a week. That definitely helped me."

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