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Friday, January 17, 2020


Alexander Zverev unloads on ‘inconsistent’ Nick Kyrgios ahead of Australian Open

January 17, 2020 4:12:58 pm

Nick Kyrgios is Australia's highest-ranked player in the men's draw, but Alexander Zverev was blunt when asked about the prospect of the 23rd seed ending the host nation's 42-year wait for a homegrown singles champion.

Australian Open organisers on alert for return of bushfire smoke

January 17, 2020 3:54:39 pm

Several of those who played on Tuesday and Wednesday suffered breathing problems, with Slovenia's Dalila Jakupovic forced to retire after a coughing fit.

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Prajnesh Gunneswaran out of Australian Open qualifiers after loss in finals

January 17, 2020 1:40:22 pm

Prajnesh Gunneswaran failed to make the main draw of the Australian Open men's singles event after going down in straight sets to Ernests Gulbis of Latvia in the final round of the qualifiers on Friday.

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Sania Mirza sails into women’s doubles final of Hobart International

January 17, 2020 11:39:42 am

Sania Mirza and her Ukrainian partner Nadiia Kichenok stormed into the women's doubles final of the Hobart International with a straight-set win.

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Alex de Minaur pulls out of Australian Open due to injury

January 16, 2020 4:48:23 pm

Alex de Minaur, who was also forced to pull out of this week's Adelaide International, said he had suffered a "four-centimeter Grade 2" abdominal tear representing his country at the ATP Cup.

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Australian Open: New decade begins with Serena, Osaka, Halep chasing Melbourne glory

January 16, 2020 2:01:42 pm

Caroline Wozniacki will take her final bow over the next fortnight at Melbourne Park, the scene of her only Grand Slam victory in a career that earned her praise for her tenacity and approachable character but also saw her acquire detractors.

Sania Mirza enters women’s doubles semifinals of Hobart International

January 16, 2020 12:27:30 pm

Sania and Kichenok made a strong start and broke their opponents twice to take the lead. They also did well to save four break points in the opening set.

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Kim Clijsters urges Australian Open organisers to tackle smoke risks

January 16, 2020 12:27:24 pm

Tournament organizers faced criticism this week for going ahead with qualifying rounds, as smoky conditions forced a player to retire after a coughing fit.

Prajnesh Gunneswaran advances to final round, Sumit Nagal makes early exit in Australian Open qualifiers

January 16, 2020 4:26:39 pm

The lone Indian contender in women's singles qualifier, Anikta Raina also made an early exit after losing 6-2 7-6 against Bulgaria's Viktoriya Tomova.

‘Selfish’: Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal slammed at smoke-shrouded Australian Open qualifiers

January 15, 2020 4:38:17 pm

Canada's Brayden Schnur took aim at 20-times Grand Slam champion Roger Federer and world number one Rafael Nadal for not taking a vocal stand for the lower-profile players in qualifying.

As poor air disrupts Australian Open qualifiers, Sumit Nagal forced to wait

January 15, 2020 3:53:05 pm

The 22-year-old Indian was scheduled to take on Egypt's Mohamed Safwat in the first round of the qualifiers, but smoke from bushfires that are blanketing Melbourne played spoilsport.

Australian Open: Roger Federer eyes another miracle, Novak Djokovic bank on history repeating itself

January 15, 2020 4:09:53 pm

Roger Federer continues to defy the ageing process but even the great Swiss will know the window of opportunity to add to his Grand Slam haul is growing narrower every passing month.

Angelique Kerber suffers Australian Open injury scare in Adelaide

January 15, 2020 3:24:42 pm

Angelique Kerber, who won the Australian Open in 2016, had on-court medical help for her lower back injury and then retired in her match against Dayana Yastremska.

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Melbourne Ultimatum: Smog threatens Australian Open

January 15, 2020 8:37:54 am

A Slovenian player suffers a coughing fit as smoke, poor air quality blight Aus Open qualifying event.

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Prajnesh Gunneswaran progresses, Ramkumar Ramanathan ousted from Australian Open qualifiers

January 14, 2020 5:12:03 pm

While Prajnesh Gunneswaran will face Germany's Yannick Hanfmann in the second-round, Sumit Nagal will open his campaign in the qualifiers against Egypt's Mohamed Safwat on Wednesday.

Dalila Jakupovic retires from Australian Open qualifying after coughing fit

January 14, 2020 3:31:26 pm

Slovenia's Dalila Jakupovic was leading Stefanie Vogele at Melbourne Park when she slumped to her knees at the back of the blue hardcourt suffering breathing difficulties because of the bushfire smoke.

Sania Mirza wins in WTA Tour return after more than two years

January 14, 2020 1:48:18 pm

Returning to the court after two years, Sania Mirza and Ukrainian partner Nadia Kichenok prevailed 2-6, 7-6 (3), 10-3 over Oksana Kalashnikova of Georgia and Japan's Miyu Kato in a contest lasting one hour and 41 minutes.

No clear favourite for Australian Open, says Novak Djokovic

January 13, 2020 2:27:23 pm

Novak Djokovic recorded a ninth consecutive hard-court win over world number one Rafael Nadal on Sunday as Serbia were crowned champions at the inaugural ATP Cup team event.

Novak Djokovic leads Serbia to ATP Cup glory over Spain

January 12, 2020 10:08:18 pm

With the final locked at 1-1 after the singles were shared, Novak Djokovic partnered veteran Victor Troicki to beat Spain's Pablo Carreno Busta and Feliciano Lopez 6-3, 6-4 and win the title.

Sania Mirza-Nadiia Kichenok pair to open campaign against Oksana Kalashnikova-Miyu Kato in Hobart

January 12, 2020 5:57:16 pm

Sania Mirza and her partner Nadiia Kichenok have been drawn to meet Oksana Kalashnikova of Georgia and Miyu Kato of Japan in their opening round at the Hobart International.