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 straightsets win over Ekatrina Makarova on Tuesday, conceding only nine games in five matches en route to a semifinal against Li Na. No.2ranked Sharapova had a 62, 62 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 backtoback 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 sixthseed del Potro January 19, 2013

    Melbourne: Sixthseeded 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 6foot6 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 topranked 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 61, 61 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 topranked 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 22yearold Belarusian. She rushed home, ready to tell her family...
  • Hard work of 20 years paid off: Paes February 3, 2012

    Leander Paes, who recently completed a career Grand Slam by winning the Australian Open doubles crown, talks about the high points of his career. ...
  • Exclusive: Amritraj on the epic Aus Open final February 2, 2012

    The former Indian tennis player and now a commentator says Novak Djokovic is capable of reaching great heights. ...
  • 'It was one of the finest tennis matches ever' January 30, 2012

    India's Davis Cup coach, Nandan Bal talks about the marathon tussle between Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic in the Australian Open final. ...
  • Djokovic beats Nadal in longest Aus Open final January 29, 2012

    Melbourne: Novak Djokovic ripped off his shirt and let out a primal scream, flexing his torso the way a prize fighter would after a desperate, lastround knockout. This was the final act in Djokovic's 57, 64, 62, 67 (5), 75 victory over Rafael Nadal in the Australian Open final a...
  • Paes conquers final frontier with landmark win January 28, 2012

    The 2011 men's doubles final at the Australian Open saw Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi team up for the third time in their career in an attempt to lay their hands on something that had eluded them both. However, the opponents on the other side of the net on that occasion,...
  • PaesStepanek enter Australian Open final January 26, 2012

    Melbourne: Leander Paes had a great day at the Australian Open as he reached the final of the men's doubles pairing Radek Stepanek, and also made it to the mixed doubles semifinals with Elena Vesnina in Melbourne on Thursday. The unseeded IndoCzech pair of Paes and Stepanek fought brilliantly to come...
  • Sharapova beats Kvitova to set up Azarenka final January 26, 2012

    Melbourne: Maria Sharapova has advanced to the Australian Open final and given herself a chance to regain the No. 1 ranking, beating Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova 62, 36, 64 on Thursday. Sharapova, the 2008 Australian Open champion, can take the No. 1 ranking if she beats Victoria Azarenka in Saturday at...
  • Paes paces ahead at Australian Open January 25, 2012

    Melbourne: Leander Paes had a productive day at the Australian Open, making it to the semifinals of the men's doubles with Radek Stepanek and then entering the mixed doubles quarterfinals with Elena Vesnina here on Wednesday. The unseeded IndoCzech pair of Paes and Stepanek registered a straightsets victory over the 10th...
  • SaniaBhupathi enter Australian Open SFs January 25, 2012

    Melbourne: Sania Mirza and Mahesh Bhupathi reached the semifinals of the Australian Open mixed doubles event by beating Liezel Huber of USA and Colin Fleming of Great Britain in straight sets 76 (75), 62. After being stretched in the opening set which went right down to the wire, the Indian pair...
  • It's Djokovic vs Murray in Aus Open semis January 25, 2012

    Melbourne: Appearing ill for much of the match, defending champion Novak Djokovic held on to beat David Ferrer 64, 76 (4), 61 and complete a blockbuster semifinal lineup at the Australian Open. He leads the top four men in tennis into the semis at Melbourne Park Djokovic against No 4...
  • SaniaVesnina beaten in Aus Open semis January 25, 2012

    Melbourne: Sania Mirza and her partner Elena Vesnina missed a great opportunity to make the women's doubles final when they went down to the Russian duo of Vera Zvonareva and Svetlana Kuznetsova. Sania and Vesnina lost both the first and third sets after being in a commanding position and it was...
  • Aus Open: Nadal sets up Federer clash January 24, 2012

    Melbourne: A dominating win by Roger Federer which was incidentally his 1,000th career victory and a more difficult workout for Rafael Nadal set up a rare Grand Slam marquee semifinal between the former topranked players. Fourtime Australian Open champion Federer advanced to his ninth straight semifinal at Melbourne Park with a...
  • Aus Open: Djokovic wins, Williams crashes out January 23, 2012

    Melbourne: Novak Djokovic showed the first signs of vulnerability at the Australian Open before holding off Lleyton Hewitt and reaching the quarterfinals in the last match of a day that had featured a stunning loss for Serena Williams. The defending champion held his composure and survived to win 61, 63, 46,...
  • Sharapova enters last eight stage of Aus Open January 23, 2012

    Melbourne: Maria Sharapova is back into the quarterfinals of the Australian Open for the first time since she won the title at Melbourne Park in 2008. The No. 4ranked Sharapova had a 36, 62, 63 win over No. 14 Sabine Lisicki at Rod Laver Arena on Monday night and will meet...
  • Serena powers into Australian Open fourth round January 21, 2012

    Melbourne: Serena Williams raced into the last16 of the Australian Open with a powerhouse display that left Hungary's Greta Arn stunned after a 61, 61 drubbing on Rod Laver Arena in the opening night match on Saturday. Fivetime Australian champion Williams, who came into the tournament with a left ankle...
  • Djokovic, Kvitova, Williams advance at Aus Open January 21, 2012

    Melbourne: Serena Williams was so dominant in her 61, 61 thirdround win over Greta Arn at the Australian Open that there's probably only one shot she'll remember more than most. At 50 and a point from winning the first set, Williams lined up in the ideal position for an overhead but...
  • Nalbandian fined for throwing water at official January 20, 2012

    Melbourne: David Nalbandian was fined $8,000 on Friday for throwing water at a staff member at the Australian Open. The 30yearold Argentine player was penalized for unsportsmanlike behavior for the incident, which followed Nalbandian's fiveset, secondround loss to American John Isner on Wednesday. During the match, Nalbandian had been upset when umpire...
  • Indians cap off a good day at Aus Open January 20, 2012

    Melbourne: India on Friday recorded a perfect day at the Australian Open with Leander Paes, Sania Mirza, Mahesh Bhupathi and Rohan Bopanna winning their respective doubles matches. Paes and his new partner Radek Stepanek advanced to the prequarterfinal of the men's doubles event after scoring a hard fought 62, 76(5) win...
  • Aus Open: Wozniacki advances to fourth round January 20, 2012

    Melbourne: Topseeded Caroline Wozniacki has advanced to the fourth round of the Australian Open with a nearflawless 62, 62 win on Friday over Monica Niculescu of Romania. Wozniacki, who needs to advance to the quarterfinals to have any chance of retaining the No 1 ranking, is still aiming for her first...
  • Federer, Nadal into R4 at Australian Open January 20, 2012

    Melbourne: In the same half of a Grand Slam singles draw for the first time since 2005, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer are taking similar paths to a potential semifinal matchup at the Australian Open. A rematch of the women's 2011 final is already in place, with defending champion Kim Clijsters...
  • Serena, Roddick team up for Aussie mixed doubles January 19, 2012

    Melbourne: The mixed doubles draw is a little more starstudded than usual at the Australian Open this year, all thanks to the upcoming London Olympics. Serena Williams and Andy Roddick are teaming up to get some practice just in case they decide to combine at the Olympics, where mixed doubles will...
  • Australian Open: SaniaVesnina sail into Round 2 January 19, 2012

    Melbourne: Sania Mirza, along with her Russian partner Elena Vesnina, stormed into the second round of the Australian Open women's doubles with a comprehensive 60, 62 victory over Greece's Eleni Daniilidou and Alexandra Panova of Russia on Thursday. The sixthseeded IndoRussian duo dominated from the word go to completely outplay their...
  • Baghdatis smashes four racquets in outburst January 19, 2012

    Melbourne: Down two sets and a break, Marcos Baghdatis sat in his chair at the changeover and smashed his racquet seven times until it was almost unrecognizable. He wasn't finished yet. Baghdatis calmly gave the mangled racket to a ballboy, plucked a new one out of his bag and cracked that...