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  • Melbourne Park set for a grand slam scorcher

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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...

  • Del Potro reaches Sydney semis, Kvitova ousted

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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 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

    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 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

    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

    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...

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