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Kerber stuns Williams to win first major title

Posted by on 30/01/2016
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Kerber stuns Williams to win first major title

Kerber stuns Williams to win first major title

MELBOURNE: A tearful Angelique Kerber stunned an errant Serena Williams to win the Australian Open yesterday and thwart the American top seed’s bid to equal Steffi Graf’s Open-era record of 22 Grand Slam titles. In a huge upset, the seventh seed toppled the 34-year-old 6-4, 3-6, 6-4 to win her maiden major title and become […]

Murray beats Raonic in grueling five set duel

Posted by on 29/01/2016
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Murray beats Raonic in grueling five set duel

Murray beats Raonic in grueling five set duel

MELBOURNE: Andy Murray twice fought back from a set down to win a grueling five-setter against injury-hampered Milos Raonic yesterday and reach his latest Australian Open final against five-time champion Novak Djokovic. The four-time runner-up reached his fifth final at Melbourne Park after overcoming the gallant Canadian 4-6, 7-5, 6-7 (4/7), 6-4, 6-2 in four […]

Murray beats Raonic in grueling five set duel

Posted by on 29/01/2016
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Murray beats Raonic in grueling five set duel

Murray beats Raonic in grueling five set duel

MELBOURNE: Andy Murray twice fought back from a set down to win a grueling five-setter against injury-hampered Milos Raonic yesterday and reach his latest Australian Open final against five-time champion Novak Djokovic. The four-time runner-up reached his fifth final at Melbourne Park after overcoming the gallant Canadian 4-6, 7-5, 6-7 (4/7), 6-4, 6-2 in four […]

Djokovic, Williams win Australian Open s-finals

Posted by on 28/01/2016
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Djokovic, Williams win Australian Open s-finals

Djokovic, Williams win Australian Open s-finals

MELBOURNE: Like Serena Williams before him, Novak Djokovic moved into another Australian Open championship decider with a relatively untroubled semifinal win. Top-ranked Djokovic had a 6-1, 6-2, 3-6, 6-3 victory over No. 3 Roger Federer. Hours earlier on Rod Laver Arena, Williams advanced to within one win of another Grand Slam milestone, beating Agnieszka Radwanska […]

Fuming Azarenka vows to bounce back stronger

Posted by on 27/01/2016
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Fuming Azarenka vows to bounce back stronger

Fuming Azarenka vows to bounce back stronger

MELBOURNE: Victoria Azarenka yesterday admitted she was gutted at failing to make the Australian Open semi-finals but said it will quickly be forgotten with her game heading in the right direction. The former world number one was upset by Germany’s Angelique Kerber 6-3, 7-5 to deprive the Belarusian of a crack at a third Melbourne […]

Hingis-Mirza in doubles semis

Posted by on 26/01/2016
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Hingis-Mirza in doubles semis

Hingis-Mirza in doubles semis

MELBOURNE: Martina Hingis and Sania Mirza extended their winning streak to 34 matches to reach the Australian Open semi-finals with victory over German-American duo Anna-Lena Groenefeld and Coco Vandeweghe yesterday. Swiss Hingis, 35, the former singles number one whose career has blossomed again as a doubles specialist, is also in the quarter-finals of the mixed […]

Djokovic, Federer to meet in semis as Williams beat Sharapova

Posted by on 26/01/2016
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Djokovic, Federer to meet in semis as Williams beat Sharapova

Djokovic, Federer to meet in semis as Williams beat Sharapova

MELBOURNE: Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer are 22-all in career head-to-heads, have nine Australian Open titles between them, and warmed up for a semifinal meeting with clinical quarterfinal wins. Six-time champion Serena Williams advanced to the semifinals yet again, extending her dominance in a 12-year rivalry with an 18th straight win over Maria Sharapova. The […]

Ominous Azarenka fires up as Zhang dream continues

Posted by on 25/01/2016
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Ominous Azarenka fires up as Zhang dream continues

Ominous Azarenka fires up as Zhang dream continues

MELBOURNE: Two-time champion Victoria Azarenka remained in ominous form yesterday to surge into the Australian Open quarter-finals, as Chinese qualifier Zhang Shuai’s amazing Grand Slam run stayed alive. Former world number one Azarenka proved too strong for Czech Barbora Strycova on Rod Laver Arena, storming through 6-2, 6-4 to set up a last-eight clash with […]

‘Brain freeze’ for Djokovic as Federer nails Goffin

Posted by on 24/01/2016
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‘Brain freeze’ for Djokovic as Federer nails Goffin

‘Brain freeze’ for Djokovic as Federer nails Goffin

MELBOURNE: Novak Djokovic dished up 100 unforced errors in a five-set struggle with Gilles Simon yesterday as Roger Federer roared into the Australian Open quarter-finals with ruthless efficiency. After the top seed’s “match to forget”, Federer looked in a hurry to brush off David Goffin when they came on court just before 11:00 pm-and he […]

Super Serena, Djokovic soar into 4th round – Federer defuses Dimitrov; Sharapova hits 600

Posted by on 22/01/2016
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Super Serena, Djokovic soar into 4th round – Federer defuses Dimitrov; Sharapova hits 600

Super Serena, Djokovic soar into 4th round – Federer defuses Dimitrov; Sharapova hits 600

MELBOURNE: Novak Djokovic underlined his supremacy in men’s tennis on Friday as he marched unstoppably into the Australian Open fourth round-along with Serena Williams, who raced through in just 44 minutes. As Roger Federer reached a landmark 300th Grand Slam win, Djokovic still looked like the man to beat as he weathered a strong challenge […]

Emotional farewell as Hewitt bows out – Murray disarms Groth with masterly display

Posted by on 21/01/2016
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Emotional farewell as Hewitt bows out – Murray disarms Groth with masterly display

Emotional farewell as Hewitt bows out – Murray disarms Groth with masterly display

MELBOURNE: Lleyton Hewitt bade an emotional farewell under the Australian Open floodlights yesterday as David Ferrer snuffed out any chance of fairytale final flourish from the local hero. After world number two Andy Murray had trampled on home sensibilities by mauling Australian Sam Groth to reach the third round, the Rod Laver Arena crowd settled […]

‘Heavy’ match-fixing in tennis lower tiers

Posted by on 20/01/2016
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‘Heavy’ match-fixing in tennis lower tiers

‘Heavy’ match-fixing in tennis lower tiers

MELBOURNE: Match-fixing is commonplace in tennis’s lower levels and efforts to fight it are inadequate, a senior anti-corruption official said after cheating claims rocked the sport during the Australian Open. After an explosive report claimed match-fixing was repeatedly going unpunished, Chris Eaton of the International Centre for Sport Security (ICSS) criticized tennis’s “opaque and secretive” […]