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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.

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Karolina Pliskova outlasts Madison Keys for third Brisbane title

January 12, 2020 1:28:05 pm

The 2017 and 2019 winner broke again for 6-5 and then served it out to clinch victory in her first meeting with the eighth-seeded American in a little over two hours.

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Serena Williams breaks three-year title drought to win in Auckland

January 12, 2020 1:04:08 pm

The 38-year-old Williams now has the opportunity to sweep both titles at the Auckland Tennis Centre, having also advanced to the doubles final with good friend Caroline Wozniacki.

Karolina Pliskova outlasts Naomi Osaka, to meet Madison Keys in Brisbane final

January 11, 2020 5:03:51 pm

Karolina Pliskova and Naomi Osaka served 29 aces between them and were often locked in fierce baseline rallies before the second-seeded Czech won 6-7(10), 7-6(3), 6-2 in two hours and 48 minutes.

Ekaterina Alexandrova wins maiden title in Shenzhen Open

January 11, 2020 4:56:20 pm

Ekaterina Alexandrova, playing in only her second WTA title clash, breezed through the first set and staved off a potential comeback from Elena Rybakina in the next to become the first tour champion of 2020.

Bianca Andreescu to miss Australian Open

January 11, 2020 6:27:20 pm

Bianca Andreescu, who suffered a knee injury at the WTA Finals in Shenzen, is undergoing a rehabilitation programme now, and had earlier opted out of the Auckland Classic.

ATP Cup: Rafael Nadal secures comeback win for Spain to set up final against Serbia

January 11, 2020 6:18:23 pm

While Spain's Rafael Nadal recovered to win 4-6, 7-5, 6-1 against Australia's Alex de Minaur, Serbia's Novak Djokovic picked apart Russia's Daniil Medvedev at the inaugural ATP Cup by 6-1, 5-7, 6-4.

Brisbane International: Naomi Osaka to face Karolina Pliskova in semis

January 11, 2020 1:33:57 am

It was Naomi Osaka's third consecutive three-setter in the tournament and the former world number one eventually prevailed in two hours to reach the semi-finals for the second year in a row at the Pat Rafter Arena.

ATP Cup: Rafa Nadal recovers from upset loss to help Spain move into semis

January 11, 2020 1:22:49 am

Rafael Nadal recovered from an upset loss against Belgium's David Goffin to win the deciding doubles match and send Spain into the semi-final of the ATP Cup teams event.

Naomi Osaka, Petra Kvitova, Madison Keys into Brisbane International semifinals

January 10, 2020 3:16:02 pm

Keys, a 2017 U.S. Open finalist, reached the semifinals in Brisbane for the first time in four attempts.

Novak Djokovic pulls Serbia into ATP Cup semi-final after surviving Denis Shapovalov challenge

January 10, 2020 12:13:31 pm

The victory, set up earlier by Serbia's Dusan Lajovic's upset win over Canadian teenager Felix Auger-Aliassime 6-4 6-2, means Serbia will play Russia in the semi-final. That clash will see Djokovic face world number five Daniil Medvedev

Serena Williams and Caroline Wozniacki reach Auckland semifinals

January 10, 2020 11:30:49 am

Siegemund, who beat American teenager Coco Gauff in the second round, stretched Williams with her variety and placement but couldn't match Williams' power from the baseline.

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