Australian Open 2012

  • Sharapova beats Makarova to set up semis clash with Li Na January 22, 2013

    Melbourne: Maria Sharapova continued her dominating form at the Australian Open with a straight-sets win over Ekatrina Makarova on Tuesday, conceding only nine games in five matches en route to a semifinal against Li Na. No.2-ranked Sharapova had a 6-2, 6-2 quarterfinal win over fellow Russian Makarova on Rod Laver Arena...
  • Murray laments easy ride on path to second slam January 21, 2013

    Melbourne: Andy Murray lamented the ease of his victory over an exhausted Gilles Simon at the Australian Open on Monday despite it taking him to within three wins of back-to-back grand slam titles. Frenchman Simon was a physical wreck after Saturday's marathon third round victory over Gael Monfils and Murray...
  • Ignore statistics when Federer faces Raonic January 20, 2013

    Melbourne: Roger Federer has won 17 grand slam titles, Milos Raonic has only ever been to a grand slam fourth round twice previously. At the start of the 2013 season, Federer had won 76 titles and more than $76 million in prize money. Raonic, three titles and just under $2...
  • Frenchman Chardy stuns sixth-seed del Potro January 19, 2013

    Melbourne: Sixth-seeded Juan Martin del Potro became the first major casualty of the Australian Open when he lost in five sets on Saturday to Jeremy Chardy of France. The 6-foot-6 Argentinian, the 2009 U.S. Open champion, had only dropped 13 games in two matches before facing Chardy - the fewest number...
  • Berdych eyes first Grand Slam title in 2013 December 30, 2012

    Chennai: Top seed Tomas Berdych takes a lot inspiration from his country's stupendous show in 2012 as he now targets to win his his maiden Grand Slam title in the new season. Czech Republic made a clean sweep of team events in 2012, winning the Hopman Cup, Fed Cup and...
  • Azarenka continues to cruise at Roland Garros May 30, 2012

    Paris: Victoria Azarenka was back to her top-ranked self at the French Open on Wednesday. The Australian Open champion from Belarus easily advanced to the third round at Roland Garros by beating Dinah Pfizenmaier of Germany 6-1, 6-1 on Court Philippe Chatrier. In the first round, Azarenka struggled early before winning...
  • Azarenka's journey back from brink to No. 1 February 18, 2012

    Doha: When top-ranked Victoria Azarenka thinks about her newfound success, she might want to thank Daniela Hantuchova. She was beaten in the first round by the Slovakian at the Qatar Open a year ago, causing a crisis of confidence in the 22-year-old Belarusian. She rushed home, ready to tell her family...
  • 15-year old earns spot in Aus Open main draw December 11, 2011

    Melbourne: Fifteen-year-old Ashleigh Barty and Marinko Matosevic earned spots in the 2012 Australian Open main draws with victories in Sunday's finals of a wild-card play-off among Australian players. The Wimbledon junior champion Barty rallied from an opening break of serve to beat Olivia Rogowska 7-6 (6), 6-2 and finish the tournament...
  • Hingis may partner Federer in Aus Open December 16, 2011

    Melbourne: Former World No. 1 Martina Hingis of Switzerland, along with compatriot Roger Federer, is expected to return to the Grand Slam with the 2012 Australian Open in a bid to compete in the London Olympics. Hingis, 31, is understood to be partnering Federer in mixed doubles here and also participate...