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Tennis

  • ‘Big Four’ in last eight

    Rafa Nadal came through his first proper test to storm into the quarter-finals of the Australian Open yesterday but Maria Sharapova was ushered to the exit after a second big shock in as many days in the women’s draw. Victoria Azarenka was left as...

  • Azarenka sidesteps marriage talk

    Victoria Azarenka had more trouble ducking questions about marriage than she did in overcoming Sloane Stephens on her way to the Australian Open quarter-finals yesterday. The Belarussian was too consistent for Stephens and wrapped up a 6-3 6-2...

  • Mixed doubles tournament

    The John West Foods mixed doubles tournament at the Vittoriosa Lawn Tennis Club (VLTC) came to a close recently. Pairs were grouped in five divisions according to their tennis ability and the format was best-of-three tie-break sets. The duo made...

  • Inspired Ivanovic stuns top seed

    An inspired Ana Ivanovic blew the race for the Australian Open women’s title wide open when she stunned overwhelming favourite Serena Williams in the fourth round at Melbourne Park yesterday. Novak Djokovic was for once forced to cede the...

  • Williams turns her back on injury excuse

    Serena Williams admitted that a bad back sustained during practice hampered her movement during her shock fourth round loss to Ana Ivanovic yesterday, but re-fused to blame the injury for her stunning exit that blew the Australian Open wide...

  • Nadal leads race into second week

    Rafa Nadal beamed with delight after laying down an emphatic marker with a brilliant display of all-court tennis to charge into the last 16 of the Australian Open yesterday. The Melbourne heatwave may have broken but arch-competitor Nadal was...

  • Djokovic doles out another lesson

    Novak Djokovic bared his teeth to finish off Denis Istomin and ex-tend the hottest winning streak in tennis to 27 matches in the third round of the Australian Open yesterday as a cool front brought respite to Melbourne after a four-day...

  • ­Williams mulls lifting Indian Wells boycott

    Serena Williams has held out the possibility of lifting her 13-year boycott of the Indian Wells tournament after being inspired by a movie about Nelson Mandela, the American said yesterday. Williams and older sister Venus have never returned to...

  • Nadal thrives but Del Potro beaten

    Rafa Nadal swept into the Australian Open third round under the Rod Laver Arena roof yesterday but Juan Martin del Potro was sent packing as sweltering temperatures, lightning and rain caused chaos on the outside courts. Fifth seed Del Potro,...

  • Djokovic and Serena keep it quick to beat the heat

    Tournament favourites Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams raced into the third round of the Australian Open and out of the heat yesterday as controversy over play continuing in scorching temperatures rumbled on for a second day. Cloud cover and a...

  • Top seeds through in ‘inhumane’ heat

    Rafa Nadal got a free pass into the second round of the Australian Open when Bernard Tomic retired injured yesterday, a welcome reprieve from stifling heat that led one player to describe conditions at Melbourne Park as “inhumane”. Australian...

  • Djokovic blows hot and cold

    Novak Djokovic showed some early season rustiness but Serena Williams roared into the second round like a well-oiled machine as the tournament favourites took centre-stage on the first evening of the Australian Open yesterday. Williams, looking...

  • Faster courts will ruin spectacle – Toni Nadal

    Rafa Nadal’s uncle and coach Toni joined the world number one yesterday in criticising Melbourne Park’s faster hardcourts which, he felt, will ruin the spectacle for the Australian Open fans. The speed of the blue Plexicushion courts has polarised...

  • Melbourne Park set for a grand slam scorcher

    Melbourne Park gets its first glimpse of title favourites Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams in action on the opening day but it is not just the heat of the on-court action that is exercising minds at the year’s first grand slam. While the world’s...

  • Nexia Junior Open at VLTC

    The Vittoriosa Lawn Tennis Club (VLTC) recently held its annual Junior Open. This ranking event, played under the auspices of the Malta Tennis Federation, attracted the participation of a good number of promising young players who competed in a...

  • Del Potro strolls to Sydney title

    Argentine Juan Martin Del Potro served notice of his strong form ahead of the Australian Open starting today when he crushed defending champion Bernard Tomic 6-3 6-1 in the final of the Sydney International yesterday. The 2009 US Open champion...

  • Sharapova realistic on grand slam return

    Maria Sharapova happily admits that patience is not her strongest trait but the Russian will temper her expectations as she begins her Australian Open title campaign tomorrow. The 26-year-old missed the last few months of the 2013 season,...

  • Pironkova stuns Kerber in Sydney for her first title

    Bulgarian qualifier Tsvetana Pironkova’s fairytale run at the Sydney International ended with her first WTA title when she stunned world number nine Angelique Kerber 6-4 6-4 in the final yesterday. Pironkova had already beaten world number six...

  • Nadal to face Aussie favourite Tomic in Melbourne

    World no.1 Rafa Nadal will battle the bad boy of Australian tennis Bernard Tomic and a partisan crowd in the first round at Melbourne Park as he bids for a 14th grand slam title. The Spaniard dumped a teenaged Tomic from the 2011 tournament but...

  • Djokovic looks to Becker for mental gain

    Boris Becker’s first priority will be to help Novak Djokovic gain a “mental edge” when the pressure rises at the grand slams, the Australian Open champion said in Melbourne yesterday. Djokovic, who will bid for a fourth straight title at Melbourne...

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