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  • Ailing Nadal survives on day of great escapes

    Ailing Nadal survives on day of great escapes

    An ailing Rafa Nadal dug deep into his vast reservoir of grit to stave off American qualifier Tim Smyczek and stagger into the third round of the Australian Open on a day of great escapes, yesterday. Gushing sweat and stooping woozily between...

  • Top favourites march on

    Top favourites march on

    Top seeds Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams stuck to the Australian Open script with fairly routine victories yesterday, while men’s champion Stan Wawrinka joined them in the second round. The tournament had been turned on its head on the first...

  • Azarenka revels in role of Melbourne dark horse

    Azarenka revels in role of Melbourne dark horse

    Injury is a cruel mistress for any professional sportsperson, a fact no more evident than yesterday when Victoria Azarenka faced Sloane Stephens in the first round of the Australian Open. Azarenka, after all, was a two-time champion on the...

  • Federer and Sharapova shine after seeds scattered

    Federer and Sharapova shine after seeds scattered

    Roger Federer and Maria Sharapova glittered under the Rod Laver Arena lights yesterday, restoring order at the Australian Open after eight women’s seeds crashed out in the afternoon sun on the opening day. The evergreen Federer strolled into the...

  • Injured Del Potro out of Australian Open

    Injured Del Potro out of Australian Open

    Former US Open champion Juan Martin del Potro has withdrawn from the Australian Open due to a lingering wrist injury that he was concerned could cause him further damage if he played the season opening grand slam, starting today. The 26-year-old...

  • Doubtful Nadal rules out glory

    Doubtful Nadal rules out glory

    Rafael Nadal has downplayed his chances of winning the Australian Open, saying his back remains a concern and he lacks confidence from having little match practice in the lead-up. On the comeback trail after injury and illness wiped out the latter...

  • Sharapova backing to super-coaches

    Sharapova backing to super-coaches

    Maria Sharapova has backed the super-coach trend that will see two of her rivals tapping into the knowledge of grand slam champions at the Australian Open. Sixth seeded Pole Agnieszka Radwanska has taken on 18-times grand slam title winner Martina...

  • Troicki crushes Kukushkin to win Sydney International

    Troicki crushes Kukushkin to win Sydney International

    Serbian Viktor Troicki (picture) ruthlessly dismantled ailing Kazakh qualifier Mikhail Kukushkin 6-2 6-3 to win the Sydney International for his second career ATP title yesterday. The 28-year-old right-hander won the last four games of the first...

  • Watson beats Brengle in final

    Britain’s Heather Watson defied the Tasmanian wind to secure her second WTA title with a 6-3 6-4 victory over American qualifier Madison Brengle in the final of the Hobart International yesterday. Watson was a popular winner of an event which...

  • Kvitova outpowers Pliskova to win the title in Sydney

    Petra Kvitova completed her preparations for an assault on a third grand slam title in triumphant style yesterday by downing fellow Czech Karolina Pliskova 7-6 7-6 to win the Sydney International title. It was a contest every bit as close as the...

  • Smooth draw for Djokovic

    Smooth draw for Djokovic

    Novak Djokovic’s chances of winning a fifth Australian Open title have been boosted by a kind draw in the opening week, while women’s top seed Serena Williams kicks off her campaign against 106th-ranked Belgian Alison Van Uytvanck. World number...

  • Kazakh qualifier ends Del Potro’s comeback bid

    Former US Open champion Juan Martin del Potro’s comeback from a lengthy injury lay-off was cut short by Kazakhstan qualifier Mikhail Kukushkin in the quarter-finals of the Sydney international yesterday. The towering Argentine has been out for 10...

  • Del Potro and Kvitova claim three-set wins at Sydney International

    Former US Open champion Juan Martin del Potro stepped up his comeback from surgery by toppling top seed Fabio Fognini at the Sydney International yesterday. The 4-6 6-2 6-2 victory was only the second match the Argentine had played in 11 months...

  • Del Potro wins on comeback

    Former US Open champion Juan Martin del Potro made a successful return to the circuit yesterday, winning his opening match at the Sydney International. Playing for the first time in 11 months after undergoing surgery to his left wrist, the...

  • 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...

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