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Breathless Nadal, Serena in q-finals

Posted by on 23/01/2017
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Breathless Nadal, Serena in q-finals

Breathless Nadal, Serena in q-finals

MELBOURNE: Rafael Nadal struggled into his first Grand Slam quarter-final since 2015 at the Australian Open yesterday, as Serena Williams accelerated towards a record title and the number one ranking. Nadal, searching for a revival after injuries wrecked last season, was tested by France’s Gael Monfils before winning 6-3, 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 to book a […]

Top-ranked Murray, Kerber crash in day of upsets

Posted by on 22/01/2017
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Top-ranked Murray, Kerber crash in day of upsets

Top-ranked Murray, Kerber crash in day of upsets

MELBOURNE, Jan  22, 2017 (AFP) – World number ones Andy Murray and Angelique Kerber both crashed out of the Australian Open on a day of major upsets yesterday, as Roger Federer fought his way closer to an 18th Grand Slam title. Murray was stunned by 50th-ranked serve-and-volley specialist Mischa Zverev in four sets before Kerber, […]

Ageless Nadal outlasts teenager, Serena cruises

Posted by on 21/01/2017
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Ageless Nadal outlasts teenager, Serena cruises

Ageless Nadal outlasts teenager, Serena cruises

MELBOURNE: Rafael Nadal’s ageing legs outlasted German teenager Alexander Zverev in an epic five sets as Serena Williams sailed into the last 16 at the Australian Open yesterday.  Nadal needed all his trademark grit against Zverev, 19, dubbed “the future of tennis”, and his superior fitness told as he ground out a thrilling 4-6, 6-3, […]

Vintage Federer floors Berdych – Swiss master wins in 3 straight sets

Posted by on 20/01/2017
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Vintage Federer floors Berdych – Swiss master wins in 3 straight sets

Vintage Federer floors Berdych – Swiss master wins in 3 straight sets

MELBOURNE: Swiss marvel Roger Federer blitzed long-time rival Tomas Berdych in straight sets to storm into the fourth round with a vintage performance at the Australian Open yesterday. The 17-time Grand Slam champion, seeded 17th after an injury-hit 2016, downed the 10th-seeded Czech 6-2, 6-4, 6-4, in just 90 minutes. Federer reached the round of […]

Djokovic suffers huge shock, Serena serene

Posted by on 19/01/2017
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Djokovic suffers huge shock, Serena serene

Djokovic suffers huge shock, Serena serene

MELBOURNE: Novak Djokovic suffered arguably the biggest defeat of his career when he crashed out of the Australian Open to 117th-ranked Uzbek Denis Istomin yesterday, extending his mystifying slump in form. With Istomin inspired, the defending champion sent down 72 unforced errors as he lost 7-6 (10/8), 5-7, 2-6, 7-6 (7/5), 6-4 in the second […]

No cakewalk for birthday girl Kerber, Federer

Posted by on 18/01/2017
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No cakewalk for birthday girl Kerber, Federer

No cakewalk for birthday girl Kerber, Federer

MELBOURNE: Roger Federer was made to work by 200th-ranked Noah Rubin at the Australian Open yesterday-and it was no cakewalk for birthday girl Angelique Kerber either. In what could be ominous signs for Federer, America’s Rubin kept him largely at bay in the first set and broke in the third, before the 35-year-old won it […]

Djokovic, Serena share stage with record man Karlovic

Posted by on 17/01/2017
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Djokovic, Serena share stage with record man Karlovic

Djokovic, Serena share stage with record man Karlovic

MELBOURNE: Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams launched their Australian Open campaigns in style yesterday as Ivo Karlovic smashed a record 75 aces in an unprecedented, 84-game marathon. Djokovic and Williams have both dropped to world number two and faced awkward opposition, but they won in straight sets against Fernando Verdasco and Belinda Bencic respectively. Rafael […]

Puig hopes for golden form in Melbourne

Posted by on 16/01/2017
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Puig hopes for golden form in Melbourne

Puig hopes for golden form in Melbourne

MELBOURNE: Monica Puig would never trade her surprise singles gold at the Rio Games for any grand slam success but Puerto Rico’s first Olympic champion felt compelled to lock the medal away amid the lean period that followed her greatest tennis triumph. She had worn the medal with pride for a while, most notably during […]

Kerber lurks as Serena chases record Slam

Posted by on 15/01/2017
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Kerber lurks as Serena chases record Slam

Kerber lurks as Serena chases record Slam

MELBOURNE:  Serena Williams has vowed to make life difficult for top seed Angelique Kerber and a host of dangerous players out to derail her at the Australian Open, warning she is in Melbourne to win.  The American gets her quest for an Open-era record 23rd Grand Slam title underway in a difficult first-round clash against […]

Wozniacki’s Sydney ends again at quarterfinals

Posted by on 11/01/2017
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Wozniacki’s Sydney ends again at quarterfinals

Wozniacki’s Sydney ends again at quarterfinals

SYDNEY:  Former No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki’s streak of not advancing past the quarterfinals in her past seven Sydney Internationals was extended in stifling heat yesterday. In temperatures reaching 40 degrees Celsius (104 degrees Fahrenheit) for much of the match, Wozniacki lost 7-5, 6-7 (6), 6-4 to Barbora Strycova in a duel that stretched to 3 […]

Five men to watch at the Australian Open

Posted by on 10/01/2017
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Five men to watch at the Australian Open

Five men to watch at the Australian Open

MELBOURNE:  Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic will be big favourites for the Australian Open when it begins in Melbourne on Monday.  Here are five players who might challenge the world’s top two. MILOS RAONIC The tall, serious Canadian ended 2016 as world number three as he continued his steady rise up the rankings, and it […]

Mattek-Sands dethrones Mirza as world number one

Posted by on 08/01/2017
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Mattek-Sands dethrones Mirza as world number one

Mattek-Sands dethrones Mirza as world number one

LONDON: American Bethanie Mattek-Sands will rise to number one in the world when the WTA doubles rankings are released today. Mattek-Sands sealed top spot after winning her 23rd WTA doubles title in Brisbane on Saturday with partner Sania Mirza. She ended her Indian partner’s 91-week reign as world number one. “Being number one is something […]

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