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  • 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...

  • Murray defeats Nadal in semis

    Andy Murray made a statement for the 2015 season by easily defeating Rafael Nadal to reach the final at an exhibition event in Abu Dhabi. Although the grandly-titled Mubadala World Tennis Championship carries no ranking points, both men were fully...

  • Winning start for Murray in Abu Dhabi

    Winning start for Murray in Abu Dhabi

    Andy Murray enjoyed a positive start to the 2015 season with victory in the opening round of the Mubadala World Tennis Championship yesterday. The British number one needed three sets to see off Spanish player Feliciano Lopez 7-6 5-7 6-4 to set up...

  • Top players look to lay down early marker

    Top players look to lay down early marker

    As the Malta Tennis Federation (MTF) gears up for a busy 2015, the country’s top players are vying to lay down an early marker by winning the BOV Malta Men’s Masters Tournament at the Marsa Sports Club. Top seed Matthew Asciak, who has dominated...

  • Djokovic and Williams take ITF annual honours

    Djokovic and Williams take ITF annual honours

    Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams have been named 2014 World Champions by the International Tennis Federation (ITF). The annual award takes in performances on the regular Tour and grand slams. Wimbledon champion Djokovic takes the men’s prize for...

  • New crop threatens ‘Big Four’ hegemony, says Djokovic

    With a crop of talented young players such as Kei Nishikori and Milos Raonic knocking on the door of the exclusive men’s grand slam club, the “Big Four” hegemony over the game’s top tournaments may be coming to a close, said Novak Djokovic. World...

  • Nadal back in training

    Nadal back in training

    Rafael Nadal is optimistic about his chances of being ready for next month’s Australian Open after returning to training this week following surgery. The 28-year-old Spaniard admits, however, that he will start the 2015 season “from almost zero”,...

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