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  • Tennis hit by fixing reports

    World tennis was rocked yesterday by allegations that the game’s authorities have failed to deal with widespread match-fixing, just as the Australian Open, the first grand slam tournament of the year, kicked off in Melbourne. Tennis authorities...

  • Djokovic calm about extreme Melbourne heat

    Djokovic calm about extreme Melbourne heat

    World number one Novak Djokovic is a red hot favourite to overcome all opponents and clinch another Australian Open title this year, although extreme temperatures will be a wild card the Serb has to watch out for. Djokovic opens the defence of his...

  • Federer gives Djokovic ‘little star’ of approval

    Federer gives Djokovic ‘little star’ of approval

    Novak Djokovic deserves a “little star” next to his name for a spectacular 2015 season that saw him win three grand slams among his 11 titles but the men’s game is not simply a matter of the Serb versus the rest, Roger Federer said yesterday. The...

  • Djokovic to battle rising South Korean first up

    Djokovic to battle rising South Korean first up

    Top seed and defending champion Novak Djokovic’s road to a sixth Australian Open title starts with a first-round match against South Korean young gun Chung Hyeon, while women’s champion Serena Williams faces feisty Italian Camila Giorgi. A rising...

  • Halep holds off Pliskova

    World number two Simona Halep continued her preparations for next week’s Australian Open by booking a semi-final berth at the Sydney International with a gritty straight-sets win over Karolina Pliskova yesterday. The Romanian withdrew from the...

  • Fitness doubts remain on Halep

    Fitness doubts remain on Halep

    World number two Simona Halep overcame a nagging Achilles problem to beat Caroline Garcia, of France, at the Sydney International yesterday ahead of next week’s Australian Open. The Romanian withdrew from the Brisbane International last week...

  • Murray hopes for Djokovic drop-off

    Murray hopes for Djokovic drop-off

    Finally clinching an elusive Australian Open crown is Andy Murray’s number one goal for the new year but the Briton concedes that his hopes of success at Melbourne Park may rest on champion Novak Djokovic having an off-day. World number one...

  • Raonic takes revenge on Federer to win in Brisbane

    Raonic takes revenge on Federer to win in Brisbane

    An inspired Milos Raonic toppled Roger Federer 6-4 6-4 to win the Brisbane International yesterday and avenge his defeat to the Swiss master in last year’s final. Raonic unleashed his usual serving blitz but it was the rangy Canadian’s...

  • Bouchard heads to Melbourne with low expectations

    Former golden girl Eugenie Bouchard is heading into the Australian Open with “zero expectations” of success after a year plagued by injury and poor form. Following a breakout year in 2014, the Canadian tumbled out of the top 10 with first round...

  • Azarenka sounds warning with fine win in Brisbane

    Azarenka sounds warning with fine win in Brisbane

    Victoria Azarenka displayed the kind of form that could lead her to a hat-trick of Australian Open titles later this month by brushing aside German fourth seed Angelique Kerber 6-3 6-1 in the Brisbane International final, yesterday. The former...

  • Djokovic crushes Nadal to start new year with Doha title

    Djokovic crushes Nadal to start new year with Doha title

    Novak Djokovic moved ahead for the first time in his long-running rivalry with Rafael Nadal when the world number one thrashed the Spaniard to win the Qatar Open in Doha today. Serbian Djokovic, appearing in his 16th consecutive final, won 6-1 6-2...

  • Federer edges past Dimitrov in Brisbane quarter-finals

    Federer edges past Dimitrov in Brisbane quarter-finals

    Roger Federer quelled Grigor Dimitrov’s challenge in three sets in the Brisbane International quarter-finals and Victoria Azarenka blew away Samantha Crawford to reach the final in the women’s draw yesterday. Azarenka ended American qualifier...

  • Great Britain miss out on final spot in the Hopman Cup

    Great Britain were denied a place in the Hopman Cup final as Australia Green edged out France in a tense finish. The British team of Andy Murray and Heather Watson had put pressure on Australia by beating Germany 3-0 in Perth, earlier in the...

  • Federer sails in Brisbane

    Roger Federer took 55 minutes to dispel all injury doubts with a 6-2 6-1 routing of unheralded German Tobias Kamke in the second round of the Brisbane International yesterday. Media speculations swirled around the fitness of the world number three...

  • Brit Broady prevails after racquet row in Auckland

    Brit Broady prevails after racquet row in Auckland

    A fired-up Naomi Broady let her racquet do the talking as she stormed back to beat Jelena Ostapenko in an ill-tempered Auckland Classic clash marred by an on-court row after the Briton called for the Latvian to be disqualified. Tensions boiled...

  • Serena withdraws from the Hopman Cup

    Serena withdraws from the Hopman Cup

    Serena Williams has withdrawn from the Hopman Cup because of a knee injury and will not play in the USA’s final match today. The world number one missed the first match of the round-robin tournament and then retired during the second set of her...

  • Injured Sharapova and Halep out of the Brisbane event

    Injured Sharapova and Halep out of the Brisbane event

    Australian Open contenders Maria Sharapova and Simona Halep withdrew from the Brisbane International yesterday after suffering injuries less than two weeks before the first grand slam of the year. Romanian top seed Halep was felled by inflammation...

  • Venus eclipsed by rising Russian in Auckland

    Former world no.1s Venus Williams and Ana Ivanovic endured a humbling start to the season after the top two seeds were dumped out of the Auckland Classic in the first round by unheralded opponents yesterday. Russian teenager Daria Kasatkina,...

  • Serena retires from Hopman Cup match

    Serena Williams retired from her Hopman Cup match against Australian Jarmila Wolfe yesterday with a knee injury barely two weeks before launching her bid for a seventh Australian Open title. Williams was trailing 7-5 2-1 when she decided not to...

  • Tennis coaching clinics at VLTC

    The Vittoriosa Lawn Tennis Club (VLTC) will be hosting another series of the Wilson Tennis Coaching Courses, starting on January 17. Coaching sessions will be divided into two categories: beginners and advanced beginners, starting from...

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