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  • Williams beats Sharapova for her 19th grand slam

    Williams beats Sharapova for her 19th grand slam

    Top seed Serena Williams fought off a barking cough to clinch her 19th grand slam singles title with a 6-3 7-6 victory over Maria Sharapova in the Australian Open final yesterday. Williams’s sixth title at Melbourne Park moved her into a tie with...

  • Murray, Djokovic bidding for firsts in Australia

    For two men who have accomplished so much in their closely intertwined careers, the Australian Open final between friends Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray today could achieve a number of firsts. Should Djokovic beat Murray he will become the first...

  • Djokovic beats Wawrinka

    Djokovic beats Wawrinka

    Novak Djokovic once again stood tall at the Australian Open as he reached his fourth final in the past five years with another five-set victory over Stan Wawrinka, the man who dumped him out of Melbourne Park last year. Djokovic, bidding to become...

  • Williams bids to continue tyranny of Sharapova

    One of the few players with the game to trouble Serena Williams, Maria Sharapova’s decade-long losing streak to the American great is one of the more curious anomalies in women’s tennis. Sharapova was a 17-year-old sensation when she last beat...

  • Murray books fourth final, Serena to face Sharapova

    Murray books fourth final, Serena to face Sharapova

    After three heart-breaking trips to the final, Andy Murray secured another shot at Australian Open glory by overhauling Tomas Berdych yesterday after women’s top seed Serena Williams set up a blockbuster title-decider with Maria Sharapova. Edged...

  • Djokovic, Wawrinka set up epic showdown, ill Serena through

    Djokovic, Wawrinka set up epic showdown, ill Serena through

    Top seed Novak Djokovic and champion Stan Wawrinka set up ‘The Djoker v The Man 3.0’ at Melbourne Park after impressive quarter-final victories yesterday, while an ill Serena Williams moved a step closer to her 19th grand slam title. The American,...

  • Berdych ends Nadal tyranny

    Berdych ends Nadal tyranny

    Iron-willed Czech Tomas Berdych ended eight years of tyranny under nemesis Rafa Nadal to storm into the Australian Open semi-finals yesterday before his next opponent Andy Murray restored British colonial rule to the floodlit centre court. Maria...

  • Venus fireworks illuminate Australia Day

    Venus fireworks illuminate Australia Day

    A scintillating fireworks show that illuminated the cityscape and commemorated Australia Day fittingly capped an explosive performance by Venus Williams and the Stars and Stripes brigade at the Australian Open yesterday. The fireworks display,...

  • Sweet revenge for Murray

    Sweet revenge for Murray

    Dressed in black and oozing menace, Andy Murray extracted sweet revenge by felling Wimbledon nemesis Grigor Dimitrov in a late-night thriller as the old guard stood firm to march into the Australian Open quarter-finals yesterday. Former champions...

  • Williams sisters lead US charge

    Williams sisters lead US charge

    Top seed Serena Williams and her older sister Venus led a foursome of American women into the Australian Open fourth round yesterday, while men’s top seed Novak Djokovic survived a nervous start to overcome Fernando Verdasco. It is the first time...

  • Federer toppled but pain-free Nadal powers on

    Federer toppled but pain-free Nadal powers on

    Rafa Nadal restored a semblance of order to the Australian Open yesterday after Italian Andreas Seppi sent shockwaves through the tournament by toppling Roger Federer in one of the greatest Melbourne Park upsets in recent memory. Under the lights...

  • Djokovic, Serena rush through in Melbourne

    Djokovic, Serena rush through in Melbourne

    Top seeds Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams barely moved out of second gear while Victoria Azarenka underlined her Australian Open pedigree as players experienced the hottest conditions of the championship so far yesterday. Four-times champion...

  • 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...

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