BRISBANE

  • Bangladesh eye World Cup quarter-finals 4 days ago

    Dhaka: Bangladesh have set their sights on the quarter-finals of next month's cricket World Cup in Australia and New Zealand, the team's Sri Lankan coach said today. Chandika Hathurusinghe told journalists in Dhaka he was happy with the team's preparations and hoped they would go "all the way". But he said he...
  • Roger Federer notches 1,000th match win, claims Brisbane title January 11, 2015

    Roger Federer notched his 1,000th career victory and collected his 83rd title with a seesawing 6-4, 6-7 (2), 6-4 win over third-seeded Milos Raonic of Canada in the Brisbane International final on Sunday. The 17-time major winner broke Raonic's serve in the third game and again in the opening game of...
  • Maria Sharapova beats Ana Ivanovic to win Brisbane International January 10, 2015

    Maria Sharapova beat Ana Ivanovic in the final of the Brisbane International on Saturday in a display that bodes well for her chances at the Australian Open. It has been seven years since Sharapova won her only Australian Open title but if she can take her form from Brisbane to Melbourne,...
  • Injured Marin Cilic withdraws from Australian Open January 10, 2015

    US Open champion Marin Cilic has withdrawn from this month's Australian Open because of a shoulder injury, the world number nine said on Saturday. The 26-year-old has been struggling with a right shoulder problem for more than a month and the Croatian skipped the Brisbane International in the hope of recovering...
  • Roger Federer sets up meeting with Raonic in Brisbane final January 10, 2015

    Brisbane: Roger Federer moved to within one win of his 1,000 career victory when he crushed Bulgaria's Grigor Dimitrov on Saturday to reach the final of the Brisbane International. The Swiss maestro produced a masterclass display to brush aside his young challenger, dubbed "Baby Fed", 6-2 6-2 in just 53 minutes....
  • Milos Raonic edges Kei Nishikori to reach Brisbane International final January 10, 2015

    Brisbane: Milos Raonic fired 34 aces to grind out a 6-7 (4), 7-6 (4), 7-6 (4) win over second-seeded Kei Nishikori on Saturday to reach the Brisbane International final. The third-seeded Raonic appeared to grow in confidence as the match progressed, earning three match points with an ace in the third...
  • Gritty Ana Ivanovic advances to Brisbane International final January 9, 2015

    Brisbane: Serbia's Ana Ivanovic battled her way into the final of the Brisbane International on Friday, beating American Varvara Lepchenko 7-6(2) 6-4. Ivanovic, who came from a set down to win her previous match, once again had to dig deep before seeing off Lepchenko after nearly two hours on the Pat...
  • Roger Federer express shows no signs of slowing down January 9, 2015

    Roger Federer sent a reminder to the young guns of men's tennis that he is nowhere near close to riding quietly into the sunset when he romped to victory in just 39 minutes at the Brisbane International on Friday. The 33-year-old Swiss maestro produced a masterclass of shot-making as he thrashed...
  • Kei Nishikori leads generation next into Brisbane semis January 9, 2015

    Brisbane: Kei Nishikori, Milos Raonic and Grigor Dimitrov lived up to their status as new-generation Grand Slam contenders by winning through to the semifinals of the Brisbane International with victories on Friday. Dimitrov had 6-3, 6-4 win over Martin Klizan of Slovakia, and his semifinal opponent will be the winner of...
  • Rusty Federer scrapes through to win season debut in Brisbane January 8, 2015

    Brisbane: Roger Federer avoided an embarrassing start to the new season when he dug himself out of trouble to beat little-known journeyman John Millman 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 at the Brisbane International on Thursday. What was expected to be a romp in the park for the Swiss maestro quickly turned into a...
  • Maria Sharapova through to Brisbane International semifinals January 8, 2015

    Brisbane: Maria Sharapova moved into the Brisbane International semifinals with a 6-1, 6-3 win over Carla Suarez Navarro on Thursday, weathering a challenging opening few games before taking the momentum away from her Spanish rival. Top-seeded Sharapova dropped her opening service game and then needed eight breakpoints before converting for a...
  • Kei Nishikori opens with a straight sets win at Brisbane January 7, 2015

    Brisbane: Kei Nishikori opened his season with a 6-4, 7-5 win over Steve Johnson at the Brisbane International on Wednesday, converting a break point in each set and raising his game a notch when he needed it most. The 25-year-old Japanese player set benchmarks for Asian men in tennis during a...
  • Sania Mirza-Wei Hsieh make winning start at Brisbane International January 6, 2015

    Brisbane: Indian tennis star Sania Mirza began the 2015 season and her partnership with Su-Wei Hsieh with a hard fought 7-5, 6-3 win over Jarmila Gajdosova and Ajla Tomljanovic on Tuesday. The top-seeded Indo-Taipei pair got the better of unseeded Australian-Croatian pair in one hour and 10 minutes. In the quarter-finals of...
  • Sharapova opens season with easy win; Serena loses in Perth January 6, 2015

    Brisbane: Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova were playing in tournaments on opposite sides of Australia, their form veering in opposite directions. The second-ranked Sharapova opened her 2015 season by winning nine straight games in a 6-0, 6-1 win over Yaroslava Shvedova on Tuesday in the second round of the Brisbane International....
  • Angelique Kerber advances to Brisbane quarterfinals; Venus Williams gets going January 6, 2015

    Brisbane, Australia: Third-seeded Angelique Kerber secured the first spot in the quarterfinals of the Brisbane International with a 6-3, 7-5 win over Daria Gavrilova on Tuesday. Varvara Lepchenko also advanced with a 6-4, 6-4 win over fellow American Madison Keys, who had ousted Australian Open finalist Dominika Cibulkova in the first...
  • Azarenka loses comeback match at Brisbane International January 5, 2015

    The decibel readings were not needed for Victoria Azarenka on Monday as the groans from the crowd at the Brisbane International almost drowned out her trademark shrieks. Still struggling to get back to her best, the former world number one was beaten 4-6 7-6(7) 6-4 in the first round by...
  • Roger Federer looks to have an easy start to 2015 in Brisbane opener January 3, 2015

    Roger Federer will ease into his new season with a match against either a wild-card entry or a qualifier at the Brisbane International next week. Federer, who arrived in Australia on Saturday, has a first-round bye in the Australian Open tune-up tournament. Then the 17-time Grand Slam champion will play the...
  • Don't care about rankings anymore: Lleyton Hewitt January 2, 2015

    Brisbane: Former World No.1 tennis star Lleyton Hewitt said on Friday he wasn't concerned about rankings despite staring at the prospect of a huge drop in the pecking order if he fails to defend his Brisbane International title next week. Hewitt's rankings would slide to 84 from 50 if he gets...
  • Del Potro joins Marin Cilic on Brisbane withdrawal list January 1, 2015

    Brisbane, Australia: Juan Martin del Potro of Argentina has withdrawn from the Brisbane International with a left wrist injury, joining another former US Open champion, Marin Cilic, on the tournament sidelines. Del Potro has been off the tour since undergoing surgery in March, but had targeted Brisbane as his return. The...
  • Victoria Azarenka under pressure to retain Grand Slam seeding December 25, 2014

    Melbourne: Australian Open champion Victoria Azarenka is in danger of going unseeded at next year's first Grand Slam tournament if she takes an early loss in her comeback at the Brisbane International. Azarenka has not played since early September and managed just nine tournaments this year due to a left foot...
  • If you know Australians we tend to like verbal banter: Michael Bevan December 25, 2014

    New Delhi: India did try to turn the sledge handle towards Australia at the Gabba but the tactic probably backfired and Mitchell Johnson, who was at the receiving end while batting, came up trumps. Michael Bevan said that Australian's relish the verbal banter and opposition teams should never use it...
  • Kohli used a knife and stabbed Dhawan, mocks MS Dhoni December 25, 2014

    Dismissing the reports of a dressing room clash between Virat Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan, India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni laughed off the media speculations and said these are tales more suited for a movie script. Dhawan was struck on his wrist during a practice session at the Gabba and didn't come...
  • India in Australia: Two Tests India should not have lost December 21, 2014

    Another Test is behind India, leaving a lot of ifs and buts. Skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni is right it doesn't matter how close you were to winning - what matters is the end result. India were beaten by four wickets to go down 0-2 in the four-match series. Looking at the...
  • 2nd Test: Sorry India surrender inside four days, Australia win by 4 wickets December 20, 2014

    An unforeseen change in batting order and some poor shot selection cost India another sorry Test defeat in Australia on Saturday as the hosts completed a four-wicket victory at the Gabba with more than a day to spare to go 2-0 up in the four-Test rubber. The visitors went downhill from...
  • Angry Ishant Sharma leaves Gabba because of no vegetarian food December 20, 2014

    Brisbane: Barely two weeks after mutually sharing the grief of Phillip Hughes' death, Indian team's relations with Cricket Australia is turning sour as pacer Ishant Sharma left the Gabba at lunch on the third day, after finding that there was no vegetarian preparation in the menu. Apparently they have been unhappy...
  • As it happened: Australia vs India, 2nd Test, Day 4 December 20, 2014

    (For ball-by-ball commentary scroll down to the bottom of the page) Day 4 Round-up: Twenty wickets is what you need to win a Test, and that's where India have been found out so far in Australia as the visitors failed to dislodge the Australian tail quickly on day three to concede...
  • As it happened: Australia vs India, 2nd Test, Day 3 December 19, 2014

    (For ball-by-ball commentary scroll down to the bottom of the page) Day 2 Round-up: India failed to drive home the advantage of a good start as Australia bowled them out for 408 on day two, thanks to Josh Hazlewood's 5 for 68 on debut, and then reached 221 for 4...