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The full tennis spectrum was on display at the Australian Open on Wednesday as 5ft 8in Thomas Fabbiano of Italy defeated 6ft 11in American Reilly Opelka. On the Tennis Podcast, presenters David Law (BBC 5 Live, BT Sport) and Catherine Whitaker revel in this David and Goliath story. How can someone hit
A side effect of not playing much for Maria Sharapova is the likelihood of having to face highly ranked rivals in the first week of a major. The third-ranked Wozniacki had a 6-1, 6-3 win over Johanna Larsson to finish the day session on Margaret Court Arena before the sun went down. No. 30 Sharapova
Frances Tiafoe rolled up his white shirt's right sleeve, flexed his biceps and slapped the muscle five times. Then he pounded his chest and yelled, "Yeah! Let's go! Let's go! Come on!"
Teenager De Minaur beat qualifier Henri Laaksonen 6-4 6-2 6-7 (7) 4-6 6-3 to set up a clash with second seed Rafa Nadal. Earlier in the day, Barty beat Wang Yafan 6-2 6-3 in a straight-forward affair, and will play Greece's Maria Sakkari in the third round. The pair carry the hopes of a nation
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) -- A quick look at the Australian Open:
Roger Federer ground out a tough three-set win to make the Australian Open third round for an incredible 20th straight year Wednesday, with long-time rival Rafael Nadal also safely through in his drive towards an 18th Grand Slam title. Women's defending champion Caroline Wozniacki also progressed
MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Rafa Nadal picked apart second round opponent Matthew Ebden 6-3 6-2 6-2 at the Australian Open on Wednesday, in a near flawless display of top-spinning artistry. The second seed overcame an early first set challenge from the Australian, who should have secured a break-of-serve with
Since the week before this Australian Open, the world's leading players have been involved in a backstage game of tennis politics, with the central issue being the possible renewal of Chris Kermode's contract as ATP tour president and chief executive. Novak Djokovic - the world No 1 and chairman of the
The Wimbledon champion broke the 22-year-old Haddad Maia twice in the opening set and converted her first set point when the Brazilian sent a forehand wide for her 29th unforced error in the set. Another wide forehand groundstroke from the Brazilian gave Kerber the match on the Rod Laver Arena.
Andy Murray has criticized Britain's Lawn Tennis Association for failing to build on his success and grow the game over the last decade. Three-times Grand Slam champion Murray went out of the Australian Open in the first round on Monday, and said the match could be the last of his professional career
(Reuters) - A look at the records of Serbia's Novak Djokovic and Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga before their second-round match at the Australian Open on Thursday (prefix number denotes seeding): 1-NOVAK DJOKOVIC Age: 31 ATP Ranking: 1 Grand Slam titles: 14 (Australian Open 2008, 2011, 2012, 2013,
The doubles champion Bob Bryan has urged Andy Murray to press ahead with the "Birmingham hip" operation, which he says will transform Murray's quality of life, and could even help him rejoin the professional tennis tour. The operation is a halfway house to a full hip replacement. It involves replacing
10:06AM Nadal* 1-1 Ebden (*next server) Ideal, nerve-settling game for Ebden. Big serving sets up a comfortable love hold, and warm applause from those assembled in the Rod Laver Arena. 10:04AM Nadal 1-0 Ebden* (*next server) Nadal, already dripping with sweat in his orange vest and white shorts combo
(Reuters) - Highlights of Wednesday's third day of the Australian Open, the first Grand Slam tournament of the year (all times GMT): 0943 KERBER SAILS THROUGH Angelique Kerber beat Brazilian qualifier Beatriz Haddad Maia 6-2 6-3 in 81 minutes to advance to the third round. The Wimbledon champion
World No 2 Angelique Kerber booked her place in the third round of the Australian Open with an accomplished 6-2, 6-3 win over Beatriz Haddad Maia. The Wimbledon champion was composed and relaxed throughout, dropping just 10 points off her serve. Kerber broke in the second game of the match and sustained
Third seeded Wozniacki took just over an hour to secure her second consecutive straight-sets win for a possible match-up between two former world number one players against Sharapova who plays Rebecca Peterson in the second round. Wozniacki made just 12 unforced errors in her second round match against
Murray was eliminated from the first round of the Australian Open on Monday, and said the match could be the last of his professional career, with the pain of his right hip having become unbearable. Bryan, who has won 23 Grand Slam titles in men's and mixed doubles, and an Olympic gold medal with
The top three seeds at Melbourne Park raffled all four of the majors between them last year, with Federer winning his sixth Australian Open, Nadal claiming his 11th French Open and world number one Djokovic sweeping Wimbledon and the U.S. Open. The Swiss master is bidding for his 21st Grand Slam crown
Having thrashed Denis Istomin in his Melbourne Park opener, third seed Federer faced a different beast in world number 189 Evans, who made a mockery of his ranking and pushed the Swiss hard throughout a high-quality duel at Rod Laver Arena. "It feels like playing a mirror a little bit and that
Former junior number one and Wimbledon junior champion Potapova had a strong 2018 in her second year on the WTA circuit when she reached two finals which secured her a season-end finish in the top 100. In her Australian Open debut on Tuesday she played her first round match against Frenchwoman Pauline
Australian Open fifth seed Kevin Anderson lost his second round match to Frances Tiafoe 4-6 6-4 6-4 7-5 in a major upset on the third day of the Grand Slam on Wednesday. After sealing match point against the South African, Tiafoe slapped his right bicep, thumped his chest and roared at the terraces.
The 15th-seeded Barty is the highest ranked local player -- either man or woman -- in the tournament and is known for her court craft and is an accomplished doubles player, while she has also played elite-level cricket. "I felt like today was pretty clean, except for a couple of games where I got
Melbourne (AFP) - Fifth seed Sloane Stephens said she was desperate to improve her "terrible" Australian Open record after advancing to the third round at Melbourne Park on Wednesday.
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) -- The Latest on Wednesday from the Australian Open (all times local):
Former US Open champion Sloane Stephens powered into the Australian Open third round Wednesday as she strives to win a second major, but the tournament ended for ninth seed Kiki Bertens. The American fifth seed swatted aside former doubles partner Timea Babos 6-3, 6-1 on Rod Laver Arena to keep her
MELBOURNE, Australia - Sloane Stephens has advanced to the third round at Melbourne Park with a 6-3, 6-1 win over her former junior doubles partner Timea Babos.
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) -- Former U.S. Open champion Sloane Stephens plays Timea Babos to open second-round singles play at Rod Laver Arena on Wednesday on Day Three of the Australian Open.
Despite the excellent form of Alex de Minaur and Ash Barty, all is not well with Australian tennis. On a day which saw defeats for Thanasi Kokkinakis, Sam Stosur and Nick Kyrgios in Melbourne, it was Bernard Tomic's criticism of Davis Cup captain Lleyton Hewitt, accusing him of favouring certain players
Roger Federer continues his quest to defend his Australian Open title on Tuesday night when he faces Dan Evans. The match is expected to begin at 10 p.m. ET.
Serena Williams's 'granddaughter' Qai Qai aces the Australian Open
Andy Murray has criticised British tennis for not doing more to build on his legacy. In an interview in Melbourne, Murray said it was "madness" that so few indoor courts have been built in Scotland since he became a force in the world game. Murray's comments came as he steps away from the match court
You could tell that Monday was a special night whenever the cameras panned to Andy Murray's player box. His ashen-faced brother, Jamie, was clearly suffering, to the point where he looked like a man attending a funeral. This is the reason why the brothers usually prefer to find a hidden corner for the
It is more likely than ever that Andy Murray will undergo a second hip operation, and thus probably bring down the curtain on his career, after he declared himself satisfied with Monday night's near-miss against Roberto Bautista Agut. If he is to go out, he suggested, it might as well be after a five-set
(All times local, +11 hours from GMT) Rod Laver Arena 11:00: (5) Sloane Stephens (USA) v Timea Babos (Hun), (15) Ashleigh Barty (Aus) v Yafan Wang (Chn), Daniel Evans (Gbr) v (3) Roger Federer (Swi), Beatriz Haddad Maia (Bra) v (2) Angelique Kerber (Ger), Matthew Ebden (Aus) v (2) Rafael Nadal (Spa)
The only bug in the system was of the genuine flying variety when Naomi Osaka secured her first win at a major as a Grand Slam champion.
Serena Williams is back at the Australian Open for the first time since winning the major while pregnant. Andy Roddick addresses Williams' incredible career and says she belongs on the Mount Rushmore of sports.
A MP of German far-right party AfD has been ordered to pay damages to the son of tennis star Boris Becker over a racist slur posted on the lawmaker's Twitter account, Spiegel Online reported Tuesday. A tweet sent from the account of Jens Maier, a former judge, had attacked Noah Becker for reportedly
After retiring seven years ago, former U.S. Open champion Andy Roddick cannot believe that some of the greats he competed with are still at the top of men's tennis.
It was a good night for American women at the Australian Open as both Williams sisters and Madison Keys progressed into the second round.
Serena Williams won her first competitive match since the US Open final - that infamous night in New York when she suffered three code violations - and then made it clear that any discussion of the biggest tennis story of 2018 was completely off the table. In the immediate aftermath of Williams's extraordinary
The only bug in the system was of the genuine flying variety when Naomi Osaka secured her first win at a major as a Grand Slam champion. The U.S. Open champion beat Magda Linette 6-4, 6-2 to end play at Rod Laver Arena on Tuesday at the Australian Open. The only delay in the 58-minute match came just
Djokovic bowed out of the fourth round of last year's tournament bothered by a painful elbow injury but successfully came back from surgery to win Wimbledon and the U.S. Open. "It feels great to be healthy and back on this court again," the 14-times Grand Slam champion told reporters.
In a rematch of last year's U.S. Open first round, where Kanepi dumped her out in straight sets, Halep had to dig deep against the powerful groundstrokes of her opponent, who is ranked 71 but had not played since New York. Halep, who will next play American Sofia Kenin, said she was not putting
A prodigious yet polarizing talent, former quarter-finalist Kyrgios suffered his earliest exit from Melbourne Park, leaving further doubts as to whether the 23-year-old Australian can realize his potential.
Victoria Azarenka gave an emotional press conference in the aftermath of her Australian Open defeat where she opened up on her recent struggles on and off the court. The Belarussian won back-to-back grand slams in Melbourne in 2012 and 2013 but it was reflecting on her past achievements and where she
It was happening all over again to Simona Halep: Seeded No. 1 at a Grand Slam tournament, in danger of bowing out in the first round - and against the same opponent, no less. This time, Halep dug herself out of a deficit and figured out a way to stay at Melbourne Park. Down by a set and a break Tuesday
(Reuters) - Key statistics from the 6-7(2) 6-4 6-2 victory for Romania's Simona Halep over Estonian Kaia Kanepi in the first round of the Australian Open on Tuesday (prefix denotes seeding): 1-Simona Halep Kaia Kanepi Aces 4 4 Double faults 0 5 Break points won 5/12 2/4 Net points won 3/7 14/19 Winners
(Reuters) - A look at the records of Britain's Dan Evans and Switzerland's Roger Federer before their second-round match at the Australian Open on Wednesday (prefix number denotes seeding): DAN EVANS Age: 28 ATP Ranking: 189 Grand Slam titles: 0 2018 Australian Open performance: Did not play
(Reuters) - Highlights of Tuesday's second day of the Australian Open, the first Grand Slam tournament of the year (all times GMT): 1140 OSAKA RACES INTO SECOND ROUND Fourth seed Naomi Osaka produced a clinical display to beat Poland's Magda Linette 6-4 6-2 in 58 minutes. The reigning U.S. Open
MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Japan's Naomi Osaka clubbed her way into the second round of the Australian Open on Tuesday night, beating Poland's Magda Linette 6-4 6-2. It was Osaka's first Grand Slam match since her breakthrough U.S. Open triumph last year, which was partly overshadowed by a row