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  • Radwanska suffers first-round heartache

    Radwanska suffers first-round heartache

    Third seed and former semi-finalist Agnieszka Radwanska was knocked out of the second round of the Australian Open by Croatia’s Mirjana Lucic-Baroni yesterday, becoming the highest seed to fall in the women’s draw at Melbourne Park. World number...

  • Andy Murray hands out a masterclass

    Andy Murray hands out a masterclass

    Andy Murray looked every bit the world number one as he gave Russian teenager Andrey Rublev a lesson in grand slam tennis to reach the third round of the Australian Open with a clear 6-3 6-0 6-2 win yesterday. The Briton was troubled only briefly...

  • Birthday girl Kerber survives another meltdown

    Angelique Kerber celebrated her 29th birthday with a shaky 6-2 6-7 6-2 win over Carina Witthoeft at the Australian Open yesterday but the world number one will have much to ponder in her title defence once the candles are blown out. The top seed...

  • Federer makes winning return in Melbourne, Murray through

    Federer makes winning return in Melbourne, Murray through

    Roger Federer made a winning return to competitive tennis after six months out of the game yesterday, thrilling a packed Rod Laver Arena as he beat qualifier Juergen Melzer 7-5 3-6 6-2 6-2 to reach the Australian Open second round. The 35-year-old...

  • Staying number one harder than getting there – Kerber

    Staying number one harder than getting there – Kerber

    Melbourne Park was ground zero for the stunning breakthrough of Angelique Kerber’s career so the German has naturally savoured some golden memories before the defence of her Australian Open title. The emotions bubbled to the surface as...

  • Murray confidence sky high despite final hurdle failures

    Murray confidence sky high despite final hurdle failures

    Losing five Melbourne Park finals would leave many believing they were destined to never win the Australian Open title but world number one Andy Murray remains confident that this could be the year he lays his demons to rest. Murray, after all,...

  • Teenaged Russian ousts no.1 Kerber

    Teenaged Russian ousts no.1 Kerber

    Angelique Kerber’s build-up for next week’s Australian Open suffered a setback when the world number one was beaten 7-6 6-2 by Russian teenager Daria Kasatkina in the second round of the Sydney International yesterday. An error-prone Kerber...

  • Murray upbeat despite defeat to Djokovic

    Andy Murray believes there is more to come from him in 2017 as he switches focus to success at the Australian Open following a dramatic three-set defeat to Novak Djokovic in the final of the Qatar Open, on Saturday. Defending champion Djokovic...

  • Djokovic makes statement in epic win over Murray

    Djokovic makes statement in epic win over Murray

    Novak Djokovic made an immense statement in his bid to rule men’s tennis again when he defeated Andy Murray, the man who deposed him as world no.1, 6-3 5-7 6-4 in an epic Qatar Open final in Doha yesterday. Looking back to near his peerless best...

  • Svitolina knocks out world no.1 Kerber

    Svitolina knocks out world no.1  Kerber

    World number one Angelique Kerber was knocked out of the Brisbane International by Elina Svitolina yesterday while second seed Dominika Cibulkova also succumbed to a quarter-final upset. Ukrainian sixth seed Svitolina prevailed 6-4 3-6 6-3 in her...

  • Erratic Serena shocked by Brengle in Auckland

    Erratic Serena shocked by Brengle in Auckland

    Serena Williams’s Australian Open preparation suffered a jolt with fellow American Madison Brengle stunning the world number two 6-4 6-7 6-4 in the second round of the Auckland Classic yesterday. Playing her first tournament since her semi-final...

  • Zverev humbles Federer in Hopman Cup

    Roger Federer’s return from a six-month injury lay-off suffered a setback when German teenager Alexander Zverev shocked the Swiss great 7-6 6-7 7-6 in an entertaining Hopman Cup tie yesterday. The 17-times grand-slam winner underwent knee surgery...

  • Serena shakes out rust to advance in Auckland

    Serena shakes out rust to advance in Auckland

    World number two Serena Williams shook out any cobwebs from four months away from tennis with a 6-3 6-4 victory over France’s Pauline Parmentier in the first round of the Auckland Classic yesterday. The 35-year-old had not played a competitive...

  • Roger Federer makes very smooth return to action in Hopman Cup

    Roger Federer makes  very smooth return to action in Hopman Cup

    Roger Federer showed no signs of rust in his first competitive match for six months when he outclassed Dan Evans 6-3 6-4 at the Hopman Cup, yesterday. The 17-times grand slam winner underwent knee surgery in February and, after missing the French...

  • Ferrer, Muguruza break Australian hearts in Brisbane

    David Ferrer sent local favourite Bernard Tomic packing with an easy 6-3 7-5 win in the opening round of the Brisbane International yesterday. The eighth-seeded Spaniard capitalised on Tomic’s poor serve, breaking the flat-looking Australian three...

  • Kyrgios impresses but Spain beat Australia

    Kyrgios impresses but Spain beat Australia

    It was a perfect start for Nick Kyrgios at the Hopman Cup, but after Daria Gavrilova fell to Lara Arruabarrena in straight sets, Spain stormed back to defeat Australia in the mixed doubles rubber to complete a 2-1 win, yesterday. Kyrgios was...

  • Murray ends year with win over Raonic

    World number one Andy Murray ended 2016 with a 6-3 7-6(6) win over big-serving Canadian Milos Raonic to take third place at the year-ending exhibition tournament Mubadala World Tennis Championship in Abu Dhabi yesterday. The 29-year-old Scot...

  • Serena in New Zealand ahead of the 2017 season opener

    Serena in New Zealand ahead of the 2017 season opener

    Newly-engaged Serena Williams touched down in Auckland yesterday and quickly made her way to the court to hit some balls ahead of the start of her 2017 season. The 22-times grand slam singles champion announced her engagement late on Thursday to...

  • Murray tries different preparation for the Australia Open

    Murray tries different preparation for the  Australia Open

    After five runner-up finishes at the Australian Open, world number one Andy Murray is taking a different approach to the season-opening grand slam at Melbourne Park next month. The Briton is preparing for the Jan. 16-29 tournament by competing in...

  • Federer hopes layoff prolongs his career

    Federer hopes layoff prolongs his career

    Roger Federer believes his six-month absence due to a knee injury could help prolong his playing career, with the 17-times grand slam winner saying he has enjoyed the break. The 35-year-old Swiss had surgery on his left knee in February and, after...

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