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Tennis

  • 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...

  • Del Potro reaches Sydney semis, Kvitova ousted

    Juan Martin del Potro continued his encouraging build-up to the Australian Open by reaching the semi-finals of the Sydney International yesterday, but women’s contender Petra Kvitova was stunned by a Bulgarian qualifier in the last four. World...

  • Del Potro stands firm as seeds tumble in Sydney

    World number five Juan Martin del Potro, the man tipped to challenge for grand slam titles this season, began his year with a scrappy win over Frenchman Nicolas Mahut to advance to the quarter-finals of the Sydney International yesterday. The...

  • Radwanska and Wozniacki bundled out early in Sydney

    The Sydney International continued to be a graveyard for some of the top names in women’s tennis with champion and top seed Agnieszka Radwanska and former world number one Caroline Wozniacki both losing in the second round yesterday. Men’s...

  • Serena should surpass twenty grand slam titles – Navratilova

    World number one Serena Williams shows no signs of slowing down with age and should win more than 20 grand slam singles titles, former great Martina Navratilova has said. The 57-year-old Navratilova who won 18 grand slam singles titles, and 41 in...

  • Stosur survives as top players toil in warm-ups

    Australia’s Samantha Stosur failed to allay fears she could be heading for another early exit at her home grand slam with a scrappy performance in Hobart while a trio of big names tumbled out of the Sydney International yesterday. Double grand...

  • Hewitt grinds down Federer to claim Brisbane title

    Roger Federer’s hopes of starting the year with a long-overdue title ended in failure yesterday when the Swiss was beaten by local hero Lleyton Hewitt in the Brisbane International final. The 17-times grand slam champion, who won the last of his...

  • Coaching clinics at VLTC

    The Vittoriosa Lawn Tennis Club (VLTC) will be holding another series of Sunday Coaching Clinics, starting on Sunday, January 19. The Wilson Coaching Clinics consist of ten sessions in all and will be held on Sunday mornings with staggered starts...

  • Serena fires her way to victory

    Serena Williams laid down an imposing marker ahead of the first grand slam of the year by powering to a 6-4 7-5 victory over Australian Open champion Victoria Azarenka at the Brisbane International. Serena Williams yesterday won the battle between...

  • Ivanovic beats Venus to claim Auckland title

    Ana Ivanovic claimed her first WTA Tour title in more than two years with a 6-2 5-7 6-4 victory over fellow former world number one Venus Williams to clinch the Auckland Classic yes-terday and boost her confidence ahead of the Australian Open. The...

  • Serena books Azarenka clash

    Serena Williams emerged from an error-strewn 6-2 7-6 victory over Maria Sharapova to book a meeting with Victoria Azarenka in the final of the Brisbane International. Williams served up seven aces but also produced the same number of double faults...

  • Sharapova survives scare to set up Serena semi-final

    Maria Sharapova rallied to beat Kaia Kanepi yesterday and next faces Serena Williams in the Brisbane International semi-finals knowing she must dramatically improve to end a run of 13 straight defeats against her nemesis. World number one Williams...

  • Refreshed Federer makes encouraging start to year

    A refreshed Roger Federer’s clinical demolition of Jarkko Nieminen in his first match of 2014 suggested he could be a factor in the first major of the year. His debut appearance at the Brisbane International yesterday was rapturously greeted by...

  • Rusty Serena wins her WTA opening match in Brisbane

    World number one Serena Williams showed plenty of rust in her first competitive outing of the year ahead of the Australian Open, but battled through to defeat Andrea Petkovic in straight sets at the Brisbane International yesterday. The number one...

  • Sharapova shines on return from injury in Brisbane

    Maria Sharapova returned after four months out injured with a completely dominant 6-3 6-0 victory over France’s Caroline Garcia in the opening round of the Brisbane International yesterday. The world number four showed no signs of the shoulder...

  • Federer, Serena looking to get on a roll in Brisbane

    Roger Federer and Serena Williams had contrasting 2013 seasons but both kick off their new campaigns at the Brisbane International this week showing no signs just yet of calling time on their illustrious careers. Born just a month apart and each...

  • Murray records first win on return to court

    Andy Murray recorded his first victory since back surgery in convincing fashion against Stanislas Wawrinka in Abu Dhabi, yesterday. The Wimbledon champion looked pretty sharp as he saw off world number eight Wawrinka 6-3 6-4 to finish fifth at the...

  • Djokovic call surprised me, says coach Becker

    Boris Becker said Novak Djokovic approached him to become his head coach the day the Serb lost the world number one ranking to Spaniard Rafael Nadal in October this year. Djokovic’s announcement last week that the German six-times grand slam...

  • Old rivalries resume as Djokovic hires Becker

    Boris Becker once shared a bitter rivalry with Ivan Lendl across the net and now the two former world no.1s will try to outwit each other from courtside after the German’s shock appointment as coach to Novak Djokovic. After Djokovic was named ITF...

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