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Sorry, not sorry: Net cords & insincere apologies in tennis
Sorry, not sorry: Net cords & insincere apologies in tennis

It might just be the most insincere gesture in sports: A tennis player apologizes by raising a hand after a ball clips the net tape and makes it over, accidentally winning - or eventually helping to win - a point. Happens all the time, on courts all around the world, from public parks to the pros, all

Sorry, not sorry: Net cords & insincere apologies in tennis
Sorry, not sorry: Net cords & insincere apologies in tennis

It might just be the most insincere gesture in sports: A tennis player apologizes by raising a hand after a ball clips the net tape and makes it over, accidentally winning - or eventually helping to win - a point. Happens all the time, on courts all around the world, from public parks to the pros, all

Thiem stuns Nadal in
Thiem stuns Nadal in 'epic' to set up semi-final with Zverev

Austria's Dominic Thiem stunned Rafael Nadal in an "epic" four-setter Wednesday to send the world number one tumbling out of the Australian Open and set up a semi-final against Alexander Zverev. The fifth seed, beaten by Nadal in the last two French Open finals, battled past the Spaniard 7-6 (7/3), 7-6 (7/4), 4-6, 7-6 (8/6) to deny him a crack at a record-equalling 20th Grand Slam title. Awaiting the winner of that clash will be either seven-time champion Novak Djokovic or six-time winner Roger Federer, who meet in the other semi-final.

Nadal
Nadal 'sad' as tie-breaker woes end bid for 20th Slam title

Rafael Nadal said he was "sad" to be out of the Australian Open Wednesday, depriving him of the chance to equal Roger Federer's 20 Grand Slam titles, but credited "great opponent" Dominic Thiem after their four-set thriller. Federer is still in the tournament and plays Novak Djokovic for a place in the final on Thursday as the ageless Swiss hunts for a 21st Slam crown to pull further away from his old rival. Defeat also means Nadal, 33, must wait another year to try to become the first man in the Open era -- and only the third in history -- to win all four Major titles twice, after Roy Emerson and Rod Laver.

Thiem floors Nadal, Zverev knocks out Wawrinka as youngsters gun into semis
Thiem floors Nadal, Zverev knocks out Wawrinka as youngsters gun into semis

Dominic Thiem shocked top seed Rafael Nadal and Alexander Zverev ousted former champion Stan Wawrinka as tennis's young pretenders stole a march on the old guard to reach the Australian Open semi-finals on Wednesday. Austria's Thiem, 26, beat Nadal 7-6 (7/3), 7-6 (7/4), 4-6, 7-6 (8/6) -- his first win in six attempts at Grand Slams, including two French Open finals -- to end the 33-year-old's bid to equal Roger Federer's record 20 Major titles.

Thiem slays nemesis Nadal to reach Australian Open semi-finals
Thiem slays nemesis Nadal to reach Australian Open semi-finals

Dominic Thiem ended six years of Grand Slam frustration against Rafa Nadal on Wednesday with a seismic 7-6(3) 7-6(4) 4-6 7-6(6) upset that booked his maiden Australian Open semi-final and rocked the old guard of men's tennis. Fifth seed Thiem will head into Friday's clash against the young German brimming with confidence, having ended top seed Nadal's bid for a record-equaling 20th Grand Slam title, despite a few wobbles on the way to victory. Turning the tables on the man who had beaten him in all five of their previous Grand Slam meetings, including the last two French Open finals, Thiem became only the second Austrian to reach the last four at Melbourne Park, following Thomas...

Navratilova sorry for protocol breach, not for Court protest
Navratilova sorry for protocol breach, not for Court protest

Martina Navratilova has apologized after getting caught on a technicality in her on-court campaign to have a stadium renamed at the Australian Open. Navratilova has regularly objected to Margaret Court Arena being named to honor the Australian tennis great who has become a religious minister and made

Navratilova sorry for protocol breach, not for Court protest
Navratilova sorry for protocol breach, not for Court protest

Martina Navratilova has apologized after getting caught on a technicality in her on-court campaign to have a stadium renamed at the Australian Open. Navratilova has regularly objected to Margaret Court Arena being named to honor the Australian tennis great who has become a religious minister and made

'I was struggling' - Wawrinka runs out of steam in Zverev defeat

Stan Wawrinka admitted Wednesday he ran out of steam in his Australian Open quarter-final after a gruelling tournament, but is taking a lot of positives out of the first Grand Slam of the year. The veteran Swiss crashed out in the last eight to German young gun Alexander Zverev, unable to maintain a

Barty time as home hero bids to live up to Australian Open hype
Barty time as home hero bids to live up to Australian Open hype

Ashleigh Barty is two victories away from becoming the Australian Open's first home-grown winner in 42 years, but the top seed must first tame aggressive American Sofia Kenin on Thursday. The other-semi final at the Australian Open in Melbourne, where temperatures are forecast to soar to nearly

Navratilova, McEnroe apologize for Margaret Court Arena protest
Navratilova, McEnroe apologize for Margaret Court Arena protest

Tennis greats Martina Navratilova and John McEnroe have apologized for a breach of "protocol" at the Australian Open after being taken to task by tournament organizers for an on-court protest against Margaret Court. Navratilova and McEnroe called for Court's name to be stripped from the

Australian Open glance: Federer faces Djokovic for 50th time
Australian Open glance: Federer faces Djokovic for 50th time

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) -- A quick look at the Australian Open:

McEnroe, Navratilova sorry for rules breach after Margaret Court protest
McEnroe, Navratilova sorry for rules breach after Margaret Court protest

Tennis legends John McEnroe and Martina Navratilova apologised on Wednesday for breaking Australian Open protocols after their on-court protest targeting controversial Australian great Margaret Court. The two Americans said sorry after unfurling a banner calling for a stadium named after Court -- criticised

Zverev renews pledge to donate $2.8 mn winner
Zverev renews pledge to donate $2.8 mn winner's cheque to bushfire relief

Alexander Zverev renewed a pledge Wednesday to donate the Aus$4.12 million ($2.83 million) Australian Open winner's cheque to bushfire relief if he lifts the title, after sweeping into the semi-finals. The generous 22-year-old German has already raised $50,000 by handing over $10,000 for each match

Halep, Muguruza take contrasting paths to semis in Australia
Halep, Muguruza take contrasting paths to semis in Australia

Simona Halep went to work a long way from home in the off-season, out near the desert, not taking a day off. Garbine Muguruza climbed Kilimanjaro, got away from it all. After contrasting preparations, Halep is back in the Australian Open semifinals for the second time in three years, and Muguruza has

Halep, Muguruza take contrasting paths to semis in Australia
Halep, Muguruza take contrasting paths to semis in Australia

Simona Halep went to work a long way from home in the off-season, out near the desert, not taking a day off. Garbiñe Muguruza climbed Kilimanjaro, got away from it all. After contrasting preparations, Halep is back in the Australian Open semifinals for the second time in three years, and Muguruza has

Zverev sweeps past Wawrinka to make first Grand Slam semi
Zverev sweeps past Wawrinka to make first Grand Slam semi

German young gun Alexander Zverev stormed into his first Grand Slam semi-final on Wednesday, rallying from a set down to shatter the dreams of veteran Stan Wawrinka at the Australian Open. "It feels awesome," said Zverev who has been donating $10,000 for each win at Melbourne Park to Australian

'Roger is Roger' - Djokovic not underestimating ageless great

Novak Djokovic is ever respectful of "great fighter" Roger Federer, but the Serb goes into their Australian Open semi-final as clear favourite after beating the Swiss maestro in every Grand Slam meeting since Wimbledon 2012. While Federer won their last clash at the ATP Finals in November,

Halep, Muguruza to meet in Australian Open semifinals
Halep, Muguruza to meet in Australian Open semifinals

A pair of two-time major winners will play for a spot in the Australian Open final.

Fitter than ever, Halep breezes into Australian Open semis
Fitter than ever, Halep breezes into Australian Open semis

Simona Halep spent her off-season away from home for the first time so she could focus fully on 2020 and her quest for a third major title.

Coco Gauff joins Serena Williams in US team for Fed Cup
Coco Gauff joins Serena Williams in US team for Fed Cup

Teenager Coco Gauff was included in the U.S. Fed Cup team for the first time on Tuesday, joining the likes of Serena Williams for a qualifying series against Latvia next week.

Halep, Muguruza to meet in Australian Open semifinals
Halep, Muguruza to meet in Australian Open semifinals

A pair of two-time major winners will play for a spot in the Australian Open final after No. 4 Simona Halep and unseeded Garbiñe Muguruza won their quarterfinals in straight sets on Wednesday. Both have already won Wimbledon and the French Open and are bidding for their first Grand Slam title on a hard

The Latest: Muguruza, Halep to meet in Australian Open semis
The Latest: Muguruza, Halep to meet in Australian Open semis

Garbine Muguruza has beaten 30th-seeded Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 7-5, 6-3 to move into an Australian Open semifinal against Simona Halep. Unseeded at a major for the first time since 2014, Muruguza has reached the Australian Open semis for the first time and is back in the last four at a Grand Slam

Halep going shopping after romp to last four in Melbourne
Halep going shopping after romp to last four in Melbourne

Simona Halep needed just 53 minutes to thrash Estonian Anett Kontaveit 6-1 6-1 to reach the semi-finals of the Australian Open on Wednesday, a whirlwind victory that gives the fourth seed more time to go "shopping". The two-times Grand Slam champion had not lost a set in her previous two meetings

Halep destroys Kontaveit to reach Australian Open semis
Halep destroys Kontaveit to reach Australian Open semis

Simona Halep sent out a warning at the Australian Open on Wednesday, powering into the semi-finals in 53 minutes with a 6-1, 6-1 destruction of Estonia's Anett Kontaveit. The red-hot fourth seed meets either former world number one Garbine Muguruza or Russian 30th seed Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in

Coco Gauff joins Serena Williams in US team for Fed Cup
Coco Gauff joins Serena Williams in US team for Fed Cup

WHITE PLAINS, NY (AP) -- Teenager Coco Gauff was included in the U.S. Fed Cup team for the first time on Tuesday, joining the likes of Serena Williams for a qualifying series against Latvia next week.

Coco Gauff joins Serena Williams in US team for Fed Cup
Coco Gauff joins Serena Williams in US team for Fed Cup

Teenager Coco Gauff was included in the U.S. Fed Cup team for the first time on Tuesday, joining the likes of Serena Williams for a qualifying series against Latvia next week. The 15-year-old Gauff is set to become the second youngest American to play in the competition behind Jennifer Capriati, who

Canada
Canada's Andreescu to make season debut at Fed Cup qualifier

Reigning U.S. Open champion Bianca Andreescu will make her 2020 season debut next week as a member of the Canadian team that will face Switzerland in a Fed Cup qualifier, Tennis Canada said on Tuesday. World number six Andreescu, who missed this year's Australian Open due to a knee injury suffered at the WTA Finals in Shenzhen last October, will be joined in the Canada squad by Eugenie Bouchard, Gabriela Dabrowski and Leylah Annie Fernandez. The winner of the Feb. 7-8 tie in Biel will qualify for the Fed Cup Finals in Budapest, Hungary in April.

WTA Tour to trial electronic line calls on clay
WTA Tour to trial electronic line calls on clay

The WTA Tour said Tuesday it would introduce electronic line calling for the first time on clay, starting with April's event in Charleston. The decision comes just days after the ATP Tour announced a similar initiative, with players previously unable to challenge line calls on clay like on hard and grass courts.

Battling Jabeur sets new benchmark for Arab tennis
Battling Jabeur sets new benchmark for Arab tennis

A straight sets defeat at the hands of Sofia Kenin on Tuesday was hardly the script that Ons Jabeur deserved but the Tunisian's passage to the quarter-finals of the Australian Open is already one of the stories of the tournament. The 25-year-old, who will break into the world's top 50 after

Djokovic sets up Federer showdown with Raonic rout
Djokovic sets up Federer showdown with Raonic rout

Defending champion Novak Djokovic set up a semi-final showdown with 'Big Three' rival Roger Federer at the Australian Open on Tuesday with a thumping 6-4 6-3 7-6(1) victory over Canada's hapless Milos Raonic. Federer saved seven match points in a five-set thriller with American battler

Del Potro undergoes second operation on injured knee
Del Potro undergoes second operation on injured knee

Former US Open champion Juan Martin Del Potro, out of action since June 2019, underwent surgery on his right knee in Miami on Monday. It was a second operation after Del Potro fractured his right kneecap at Queens in June.

McEnroe, Navratilova
McEnroe, Navratilova 'breached protocols' with Margaret Court protest

Tennis greats Martina Navratilova and John McEnroe were rapped for breaking "protocols" at the Australian Open on Tuesday after they unfurled a protest banner demanding Margaret Court's name be stripped from a main arena over her controversial views. The two legends had rounded on Court

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It's Barty time at Australian Open; local hope is into semis

It's already bigger than the Barty party that took over Melbourne Park last year. This one picked up with Barty's 7-6 (6), 6-2 quarterfinal win over the two-time Wimbledon champion. The 23-year-old Barty, who clinched her first major title at the French Open and won the season-ending WTA Finals

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It's Barty time at Australian Open; local hope is into semis

It's already bigger than the Barty party that took over Melbourne Park last year. This one picked up with Barty's 7-6 (6), 6-2 quarterfinal win over the two-time Wimbledon champion. The 23-year-old Barty, who clinched her first major title at the French Open and won the season-ending WTA Finals

'Back to the drawing board' for Sandgren after Federer near-miss

A bitterly disappointed Tennys Sandgren said it was "back to the drawing board" Tuesday after he missed a golden opportunity to upset the great Roger Federer in their Australian Open quarter-final. The unheralded 28-year-old held seven match points as he pushed six-time champion Federer to the brink, but couldn't find the killer blow and lost 6-3, 2-6, 2-6, 7-6 (10/8), 6-3. Despite the defeat, it was a gallant effort from a man who likes Melbourne Park, having also made the last eight in 2018.

Halep, Muguruza close on hat-tricks in Australian Open quarter-finals
Halep, Muguruza close on hat-tricks in Australian Open quarter-finals

Simona Halep and Garbine Muguruza are each chasing a hat-trick of Grand Slam titles as they head into Wednesday's quarter-finals in an Australian Open where most of the top seeds have fallen by the wayside. History-chasing Serena Williams and defending champion Naomi Osaka were chief among six of the top 10 women's seeds who tumbled out in round three. After top seed Ashleigh Barty, Halep is the highest remaining seed at four and is in full flow, not dropping a set in reaching the last eight.

Federer saves seven match points in
Federer saves seven match points in 'miracle' escape

Swiss great Roger Federer said that "I believe in miracles" after he saved seven match points in a five-set nail-biter against 100th-ranked Tennys Sandgren to labour into the Australian Open semi-finals on Tuesday. The six-time champion, struggling physically, saved three match points at 4-5 in the fourth set and four more in the tie-breaker to win 6-3, 2-6, 2-6, 7-6 (10/8), 6-3 and set up a clash against either title-holder Novak Djokovic or Milos Raonic. "I believe in miracles," Federer said, revealing that he thought his groin strain had ended his chances.

Australian Open Glance: Nadal-Thiem QF could be a long one
Australian Open Glance: Nadal-Thiem QF could be a long one

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) -- A quick look at the Australian Open:

Federer stages great escape to reach Australian Open semis
Federer stages great escape to reach Australian Open semis

Roger Federer pulled off one of the greatest escapes of his career Tuesday, saving seven match points to come from two sets down and beat Tennys Sandgren for a place in the Australian Open semi-finals. The six-time champion's reward is a showdown against either long-time rival Novak Djokovic or big-serving Canadian Milos Raonic. "I don't deserve this one, but I'm standing here and obviously very happy," said Federer, 38, who became the oldest man in 43 years to make the last four at Melbourne Park after Ken Rosewall.

Barty advances to Australian Open semifinals; Kenin next
Barty advances to Australian Open semifinals; Kenin next

Ashleigh Barty is a step closer to ending a four-decade drought for Aussies at the national championship.

Sofia Kenin is first through to Australian Open semifinals
Sofia Kenin is first through to Australian Open semifinals

Sofia Kenin's breakthrough run at a Grand Slam tournament has continued to the semifinals at the Australian Open.

Barty advances to Australian Open semifinals; Kenin next
Barty advances to Australian Open semifinals; Kenin next

Ash Barty is a step closer to ending a four-decade drought for Aussies at the national championship. Top-ranked Barty was under pressure on her serve and saved a set point in the tiebreaker before seizing the momentum against two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova in a 7-6 (6), 6-2 quarterfinal win at the Australian Open on Tuesday. The so-called Barty Party in 2019 ended in a quarterfinal loss to Kvitova.

Pressure cranks up as Barty reaches first Australian Open semi-final
Pressure cranks up as Barty reaches first Australian Open semi-final

Ashleigh Barty said Tuesday that she prefers the quiet life but there is no chance of that after Australia's world number one reached the semi-finals of her home Grand Slam for the first time. The top seed plays 14th-seeded American Sofia Kenin in the last four after surviving a tough first set to defeat Petra Kvitova 7-6 (8/6), 6-2 in the quarter-finals. There is intense pressure on the 23-year-old Barty, the last remaining Australian in the tournament, to deliver the first homegrown women's champion since Chris O'Neil in 1978.

'Everyone is crazy' - president among well-wishers as Tunisia's Jabeur exits

A phone call from her president wasn't enough to help Tunisia's Ons Jabeur as she bowed out of the Australian Open after her historic run to the quarter-finals on Tuesday. Jabeur, the first Arab woman to reach the last eight of a Grand Slam, went down 6-4, 6-4 to the American Sofia Kenin. Jabeur said her phone was still red-hot even after defeat.

Kyrgios not setting himself up for success, warns tennis great
Kyrgios not setting himself up for success, warns tennis great

Seven-time Grand Slam winner Mats Wilander has urged Nick Kyrgios to play more matches on the Australian Open's centre court if he's serious about winning his home Grand Slam. Wilander said the Australian needs to get used to playing at Rod Laver Arena, rather than sticking to his favoured Melbourne Arena, a smaller but rowdier venue. Kyrgios played his first three matches at Melbourne Arena but then lost to world number one Rafael Nadal at Rod Laver Arena late Monday, going down in four sets.

The Latest: Barty advances to Australian Open semifinals
The Latest: Barty advances to Australian Open semifinals

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) -- The Latest on the Australian Open (all times local):

Ivanisevic, Conchita Martinez elected to tennis Hall of Fame

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) -- Wimbledon champions Goran Ivanisevic and Conchita Martinez were elected to the International Tennis Hall of Fame.

Sofia Kenin is first through to Australian Open semifinals
Sofia Kenin is first through to Australian Open semifinals

Sofia Kenin's breakthrough run at Grand Slam tournament has continued to the semifinals at the Australian Open. The 21-year-old Kenin beat No. 78-ranked Ons Jabeur 6-4, 6-4 in the first match Tuesday on Rod Laver Arena. For Kenin, who was born in Moscow but moved to the United States as a baby and grew up in Florida, the degree of difficulty increased dramatically.

Kenin ends Jabeur history run to reach first Grand Slam semi-final
Kenin ends Jabeur history run to reach first Grand Slam semi-final

Coco Gauff's conqueror Sofia Kenin reached the semi-finals of a Grand Slam for the first time Tuesday as the American ended the historic run of Tunisian Ons Jabeur at the Australian Open. The 14th seed defeated the unseeded Jabeur 6-4, 6-4 and faces top seed Ashleigh Barty or Czech seventh seed Petra Kvitova in the last four in Melbourne. The Moscow-born 21-year-old, who defeated American 15-year-old Gauff in the previous round, said that she was "super-excited".


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