AUSTRALIAN OPEN

  • Rafael Nadal trains after wrist injury December 6, 2014

    Madrid: Spanish tennis star Rafael Nadal has returned to training and has set his sights on the tournaments in Abu Dhabi and Doha to try and prove his fitness ahead of the Australian Open in January. "I began to train two days ago and yesterday, I played tennis for the first...
  • Australian Open tweaks heat policy for 2015 December 2, 2014

    Melbourne: Australian Open organisers have tweaked their 'Extreme Heat Policy' for next year's tournament after being accused of forcing players to perform in "inhumane" conditions during a heatwave in January. Despite water bottles melting, ballboys collapsing and players vomiting and passing out when temperatures exceeded 40 degrees Celsius (104 degrees Fahrenheit)...
  • Golf: Spectacular Spieth walks away with Australian Open November 30, 2014

    Rising American talent Jordan Spieth shot the round of his life for an eight-under-par 63 as his rivals laboured in the Sydney wind to claim his second professional title by six strokes at the Australian Open on Sunday. The Texan, who shared second place on his US Masters debut in April,...
  • Jordan Spieth among 3rd-round leaders at Australian Open November 30, 2014

    Sydney: American Jordan Spieth was one of few players to master a wind-swept course at the Australian Open on Saturday, shooting a 2-under 69 to move into a three-way share of the lead. Adam Scott stayed close while defending champion Rory McIlroy dropped five shots in two holes and shot 76. Spieth,...
  • Rory Mcllroy still alive in Sydney despite mid-round collapse November 29, 2014

    Rory Mcllroy suffered a spectacular two-hole meltdown in the third round of the Australian Open on Saturday but he was not quite ready to give up on his title defence after windy conditions kept his rivals in check. The world number one plummeted down the leaderboard when he dropped a combined...
  • Australian Open: Rory McIlroy to cut out 'bad stuff' after rollercoaster round November 28, 2014

    World number one Rory McIlroy said all he needed to do was cut the "bad stuff" out of his game for a really low score at the Australian Open after managing to par only five holes in a rollercoaster second round on Friday. The Northern Irishman hit an eagle, six birdles...
  • Recuperating Nadal targets Australian Open November 19, 2014

    Madrid: Injured World No. 3 Rafael Nadal said on Wednesday that it is his goal to be fully fit for the 2015 Australian Open tennis tournament and competitive enough to challenge for a 15th Grand Slam title. Nadal missed the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) World Tour Finals in London after...
  • Australian Open lifts prize money by 10 percent October 7, 2014

    The Australian Open will hike total prizemoney 10 percent in 2014 to A$36 million ($31.44 million), organisers said on Tuesday. The Australian dollar has retreated by over six percent against the US dollar over the past month, but the 2015 prize pool is still competitive against last year's A$33 million, which...
  • Saina Nehwal beats Carolina Marin to win Australian Open Super Series title June 29, 2014

    India ace shuttler Saina Nehwal clinched the Australian Open Super Series women's single title in style with a straightgame victory over World Number 11 Carolina Marin of Spain on Sunday. The London Olympics bronze medallist staved off the challenge from Marin 2118, 2111 in the women's singles summit clash, which lasted...
  • Saina beats top seed Shixian to enter Australian Open Super Series final June 28, 2014

    Sydney: Ace Indian shuttler Saina Nehwal stands just a win away from clinching her second title of the year after she stunned world number two and top seed Chinese Shixian Wang in a gruelling threegame semifinal contest of the USD 750,000 Star Australian Super Series on Saturday. Sixthseeded Saina prevailed 2119,...
  • Stanislas Wawrinka to miss Rotterdam tournament February 5, 2014

    Rotterdam: Swiss Stanislas Wawrinka has withdrawn from next week's ABN Amro World Tennis Tournament. The reigning Australian Open champion is recovering from a leg injury and will be replaced by Russian World No.43 Denis Istomin. Last Friday Wawrinka was active for Switzerland in the Davis Cup tie against Serbia but wants...
  • Australian Open final was 'worst hour and a half on court': Nadal February 5, 2014

    Madrid: Spanish world No. 1 Rafael Nadal said the Australian Open final, which he lost to Switzerland's Stanislas Wawrinka, was "the worst hour and a half" he ever spent on a tennis court. The 27yearold Nadal, a 13time Grand Slam champion, said in an interview with the COPE radio network that...
  • Nadal not to miss any tournaments with back injury January 29, 2014

    Madrid: Rafael Nadal doesn't expect to miss any tournaments as a result of the back injury that contributed to his loss in the Australian Open final. A statement from the world's topranked player says he will have another medical exam on Monday after doctors in Barcelona examined his back following his...
  • Australian Open is my favourite Grand Slam: Li Na January 28, 2014

    China's Li Na, who picked up her second Grand Slam title at the Australian Open on Saturday, spoke to CNN about her journey to lifting that trophy. ...
  • New Australian Open champion Wawrinka now World No. 3 January 27, 2014

    Former Davis Cup coach Enrico Piperno talks about Stanislas Wawrinka's stunning win over World No. 1 Rafael Nadal in the Australian Open final....
  • I never dreamt of lifting a Grand Slam trophy: Stanislas Wawrinka January 27, 2014

    Melbourne: For 35 Grand Slam tournaments, the words of an Irish poet became something of a mantra for Stan Wawrinka. After one too many defeats, he had them inscribed on his left arm. At each ball toss, if he cared to glance, he could see the words of Samuel Beckett: "Ever...
  • We could not do anything against them: Sania on her opponents January 26, 2014

    New Delhi: Sania Mirza has no qualms in admitting that she and Horia Tecau were "outplayed" in the Australian Open mixed doubles final on Sunday but said she had a great tournament as she lost only to best teams in her two events. Playing against an unseeded but a very formidable...
  • Wawrinka wins maiden Grand Slam title, beats Nadal in Australian Open final January 26, 2014

    Melbourne: Stan Wawrinka held off an injured Rafael Nadal to win his first Grand Slam title with a 63, 62, 36, 63 victory on Sunday in the Australian Open final. The 28yearold Swiss player had never taken a set off Nadal in 12 previous meetings, but attacked from the start at...
  • As it happened: Stanislas Wawrinka vs Rafael Nadal, Australian Open final January 26, 2014

    Rafa Nadal has the opportunity to add another chapter to his storied career, and intensify an already robust debate, should he beat Stanislas Wawrinka in Sunday's Australian Open final. A victory would make the Spanish lefthander the third man to win all four grand slam titles twice, joining Australians Rod Laver...
  • Rafael Nadal can surpass Roger Federer's grand slam record: Sampras January 26, 2014

    Pete Sampras has tipped Rafa Nadal to beat Roger Federer's 17 grand slam titles, saying he has never seen anything like the powerhouse Spaniard. American Sampras saw Federer go past his own 14 grand slams, and Nadal will draw level if he beats Switzerland's Stanislas Wawrinka in Sunday's Australian Open final. "He's...
  • Sania Mirza fails to win Australian Open, loses in mixed doubles final January 26, 2014

    Melbourne: India's Sania Mirza and her Romanian partner Horia Tecau failed to clinch the Australian open mixed doubles title as they lost to FrenchCanadian combination of Kristina Mladenovic and Daniel Nestor in straight sets in the summit clash here on Sunday. Sania, who was gunning for her third mixed doubles Grand...
  • As it happened: Sania Mirza in Australian Open Mixed Doubles Final January 26, 2014

    Sania Mirza stands just one win away from clinching her third mixed doubles Grand Slam title after the Indian and her Romanian partner Horia Tecau entered the Australian Open final with a comefrombehind win on Friday. Sania and Tecau defeated the Australian pair of Jarmila Gajdosova and Matthew Ebden 26, 63,...
  • Dominika Cibulkova hopes first grand slam final won't be her last January 26, 2014

    Melbourne: Dominika Cibulkova didn't speak to her parents back in Slovakia before the biggest tennis match of her life. In fact, she hadn't spoken to them for nearly two weeks. "We were superstitious," she said in her postmatch news conference, beaming despite losing the women's final to Li Na 76 (3),...
  • Kubot, Lindstedt win Australian Open doubles title January 25, 2014

    Melbourne: Lukasz Kubot and Robert Lindstedt won the Australian Open men's double title in their first Grand Slam as a team with a 63, 63 win on Saturday over American Eric Butorac and South Africa's Raven Klaasen. Kubot and Lindstedt dominated from the start, fending off the only breakpoint they faced...
  • Li Na wins the Australian Open 2014 women's singles title January 25, 2014

    Melbourne: Li Na made it third time lucky in the Australian Open final, beating Dominika Cibulkova 76 (3), 60 on Saturday to become the oldest woman to clinch the title here in the Open era. Li, who turns 32 next month, lost Australian Open finals to Kim Clijsters in 2011...
  • Rafael Nadal win may intensify 'alltime greatest' debate January 25, 2014

    Melbourne: Rafa Nadal has the opportunity to add another chapter to his storied career, and intensify an already robust debate, should he beat Stanislas Wawrinka in Sunday's Australian Open final. A victory would make the Spanish lefthander the third man to win all four grand slam titles twice, joining Australians Rod...
  • Nadal beats Federer to set up summit clash with Wawrinka January 24, 2014

    Former Indian Davis Cup coach Enrico Piperno talks about Rafael Nadal's victory over Roger Federer in the second semifinal of the Australian Open on Friday. ...
  • Playing Federer always brings out my best, says Nadal January 24, 2014

    Melbourne: Rafael Nadal said playing Roger Federer always brings the best out of him after he bludgeoned his way past the Swiss on Friday to reach the final of the Australian Open. In breezy conditions inside Rod Laver Arena, Nadal romped to a 76(40, 63, 63 victory his 23rd in...
  • Federer hopeful of great year despite Nadal defeat January 24, 2014

    Melbourne: A defiant Roger Federer said he still believes his best tennis is ahead of him, despite going down in straight sets to Rafael Nadal in the semifinals of the Australian Open. After a tight first set, Federer was outplayed and outgunned by the world number one, beaten 76(4) 63 63...