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  • Wozniacki retires in Sydney due to injury

    Wozniacki retires in Sydney due to injury

    World number eight Caroline Wozniacki pulled out of her first-round match at the Sydney International with a wrist injury yesterday, just a week before the start of the Australian Open. The 24-year-old Dane, who lost the final of the Auckland...

  • Federer humbled after winning 1,000th match

    Federer humbled after winning 1,000th match

    With 17 grand slam titles under his belt, Roger Federer has made a habit of smashing barriers and passing milestones but even he was moved by his latest achievement. Yesterday, he chalked up another watershed, registering his 1,000 ATP career...

  • Radwanska powers Poland to the title

    Radwanska powers Poland to the title

    Agnieszka Radwanska showed why she should be considered among the favourites for the Australian Open later this month by beating world number one Serena Williams and helping Poland to its first Hopman Cup title in Perth yesterday. World number...

  • Venus beats Wozniacki in windy Auckland final

    Venus Williams became one of the oldest players to win a WTA title when she beat Caroline Wozniacki in the final of the Auckland Classic yesterday. The 34-year-old Williams took a little while to get going but managed to overcome the blustery...

  • Federer express shows no signs of slowing down

    Federer express shows no signs of slowing down

    Roger Federer sent a reminder to the young guns of men’s tennis that he is nowhere near close to riding quietly into the sunset when he romped to victory in just 39 minutes at the Brisbane International yesterday. The 33-year-old Swiss maestro...

  • Cornet wins for Paris attack victims

    An emotional Alize Cornet rallied to beat world no.5 Agnieszka Radwanska 6-4 2-6 7-5 at the Hopman Cup yesterday, the Frenchwoman spurred by her determination to win for the victims of the Charlie Hebdo attack in Paris. Wednesday’s killing of 12...

  • Wozniacki, Venus still on collision course

    Caroline Wozniacki and Venus Williams remained on course for an early-season heavyweight showdown after winning their quarter-finals at the Auckland Classic yesterday. The top seeded Wozniacki overcame Julia Goerges 6-4 6-4 while Williams saw off...

  • USA seal final spot

    USA seal final spot

    The United States pairing of Serena Williams and John Isner achieved the 3-0 victory needed to secure a place in the final of the Hopman Cup, ending the Czech Republic’s challenge in the Perth tournament yesterday. The USA needed to beat their...

  • Federer scrapes through

    Roger Federer avoided an embarrassing start to the new season when he dug himself out of trouble to beat little-known journeyman John Millman 4-6 6-4 6-3 at the Brisbane International yesterday. What was expected to be a romp in the park for the...

  • Wozniacki, Williams advance to quarters

    Top seed Caroline Wozniacki and Venus Williams advanced to the Auckland Classic quarter-finals and kept alive the hopes of an anticipated final between the pair in dramatically contrasting circumstances yesterday. Denmark’s Wozniacki had to battle...

  • Del Potro set for comeback

    Juan Martin del Potro will make his comeback from injury in Sydney next week and has decided to play in the Australian Open. The former US Open champion has not played since February last year because of a left wrist problem that required surgery...

  • Radwanska, Murray continue winning run

    Radwanska, Murray continue winning run

    Agnieszka Radwanska and Andy Murray picked up morale-boosting victories in the Hopman Cup yesterday to keep their Australian Open preparations on track. World number five Radwanska took just 65 minutes in scorching conditions in Perth to defeat...

  • Canada’s Bouchard thrashes Williams

    Canada’s Bouchard thrashes Williams

    World no.1 Serena Williams suffered a straight-sets defeat to Eugenie Bouchard at the Hopman Cup in Perth, yesterday, as the United States lost 2-1 against Canada. The 33-year-old American on Monday recovered from a slow start to see off Flavia...

  • Sharapova in fine form in her first outing of 2015

    Sharapova in fine form in her first outing of 2015

    Maria Sharapova made a powerful start to the new tennis season yesterday, crushing Kazakhstan’s Yaroslava Shvedova 6-0 6-1 at the Brisbane International yesterday. After spending more than half her life on the professional circuit, the 27-year-old...

  • Azarenka loses comeback match in Brisbane

    The decibel readings were not needed for Victoria Azarenka yesterday as the groans from the crowd at the Brisbane International almost drowned out her trademark shrieks. Still struggling to get back to her best, the former world number one was...

  • Coffee and bagel served up in Serena’s victory

    Coffee and bagel served up in Serena’s victory

    World number one Serena Williams credited an on-court coffee for her recovery after she stormed back from a first set bagel to beat Italy’s Flavia Pennetta in her opening match of the year at the Hopman Cup yesterday. The 33-year-old American...

  • Asciak retains BOV Masters title

    Asciak retains BOV Masters title

    Matthew Asciak confirmed his top ranking in the local tennis scene by retaining the BOV Malta Tennis Masters title yesterday. In the final, Asciak overwhelmed Denzil Agius 6-0, 6-0 for the victory. Asciak has definitely stamped his authority on...

  • Serena welcomes Perth heat as Bouchard wilts

    Serena welcomes Perth heat as Bouchard wilts

    World number one Serena Williams backed the searing Perth conditions as perfect preparation for her Australian Open title bid but the weather proved too hot for Canadian Eugenie Bouchard, who was thrashed in yesterday’s Hopman Cup opener. Williams...

  • Petkovic and Jankovic crash out

    Seeds Andrea Petkovic and Jelena Jankovic crashed out in the opening round of the Brisbane International yesterday. German fifth seed Petkovic fell at the first hurdle when she was beaten 4-6 7-5 4-6 by Estonia’s Kaia Kanepi, who won the 2012...

  • Shoulder boost for Murray

    Shoulder boost for Murray

    Andy Murray picked up his first title of the new season in Abu Dhabi and received positive news about a shoulder problem. The Scot did not have to play a match to win the exhibition Mubadala World Tennis Championship after world number one Novak...

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