TENNIS

  • Australian Open: Down but not out, Djokovic just glad to make final 18 hours 30 minutes ago

    Melbourne: A solemn Novak Djokovic will look for positives from his previous clashes at Melbourne Park after playing arguably his worst match of the tournament in edging a mentally "dead" Stan Wawrinka in five sets on Friday. The top-seeded Serb blew hot and cold in the 7-6(1) 3-6 6-4 4-6 6-0...
  • Djokovic beats defending champion Wawrinka to reach Australian Open final 22 hours 6 minutes ago

    Melbourne: Novak Djokovic reached his fifth Australian Open final with a five-set win over defending champion Stan Wawrinka that fell flat compared with their previous encounters at Melbourne Park. The top-ranked Djokovic finished over the top of Wawrinka in a seesawing 7-6 (1), 3-6, 6-4, 4-6, 6-0 win on Friday night...
  • Mattek-Sands, Lucie Safarova win Australian Open doubles title Yesterday

    Melbourne: American Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Lucie Safarova of the Czech Republic won the Australian Open women's doubles title in their first tournament as a combination, beating Chan Yung-jan of Taiwan and China's Zheng Jie 6-4, 7-6 (5) in Friday's final. It marked the first time a new pairing has won a...
  • Paes-Hingis storm into Aussie Open mixed doubles final, Sania-Soares bow out Yesterday

    Melbourne: Leander Paes kept himself in line for his 15th Grand Slam title by reaching the Australian Open mixed doubles final with Martina Hingis but Sania Mirza bowed out with Bruno Soares after losing the semi-final on Friday. The seventh seeded Indo-Swiss pair recorded a comfortable 7-5 6-4 win over...
  • Serena Williams aims for 19th major after reaching Australian Open final Yesterday

    Melbourne: It wasn't until Serena Williams forced herself to relax, and not focus too intently on a milestone Grand Slam title, that she rediscovered the art of winning the biggest events in tennis. Now she's on the verge of a 19th major championship after beating 19-year-old Madison Keys 7-6 (5), 6-2...
  • Andy Murray battles into Australian Open men's final Yesterday

    Murray advanced to his fourth Australian Open final with a 6-7 (6), 6-0, 6-3, 7-5 semi-final win over Tomas Berdych. ...
  • Australian Open 2015: Will it be an all-Indian mixed final? Yesterday

    Sania and Soares defeated Casey Dellacqua and John Peers while Paes and Hingis registered an easy win over Hlavackova and Alexander Peya in their mixed doubles quarter-finals. ...
  • Novak Djokovic and Stan Wawrinka in showdown at Melbourne Park Yesterday

    Top seed Novak Djokovic and defending champion Stan Wawrinka will brace for another epic clash at the Australian Open on Friday as they bid for a place in the final with Andy Murray. Serb Djokovic and Swiss Wawrinka's five-set marathons at Melbourne Park in 2013 and 2014 were arguably the most...
  • Somdev, Myneni advance to quarters of Hong Kong Challenger Yesterday

    Hong Kong: India's top two singles players, Somdev Devvarman and Saketh Myneni progressed to the quarter-finals of the USD 50,000 Hong Kong ATP Challenger tournament, here on Thursday. Myneni got the better of compatriot Ramkumar Ramanathan 7-5, 7-5 in his second round while seventh seed Somdev advanced when his opponent Philipp...
  • Andy Murray into Australian Open final with win over Tomas Berdych Yesterday

    Melbourne: Andy Murray advanced to his fourth Australian Open final and a chance to win his third Grand Slam title with a 6-7 (6), 6-0, 6-3, 7-5 semi-final win over Tomas Berdych on Thursday. Murray broke Berdych's serve in the 11th game of the final set and clinched the match with...
  • Madison Keys new American star born at Australian Open Yesterday

    Melbourne: After Madison Keys walked off the court from the biggest match of her young career, she received quite a compliment from her celebrated opponent. The opponent was No. 1-ranked Serena Williams, who won their semi-final at the Australian Open on Thursday after a tournament that might be remembered as the...
  • Serena Williams to maintain No. 1 ranking after Melbourne 2 days ago

    Melbourne: Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova will remain No. 1 and No. 2 in the WTA rankings, regardless of who wins the Australian Open final on Saturday. Sharapova needed to win the title combined with Williams failing to reach the final to overtake the 33-year-old American, who has spent almost two...
  • Lleyton Hewitt to play on, groomed as Davis Cup captain 2 days ago

    Melbourne: Lleyton Hewitt said on Thursday he intends to play on until next year's Australian Open as he was positioned as the future Davis Cup captain after Pat Rafter announced he was stepping down. Long-time team coach Wally Masur will fill in as Australia's interim captain, starting with the Cup tie...
  • Serena Williams, Maria Sharapova to meet in Australian Open final 2 days ago

    Melbourne: Serena Williams weathered a barrage of big serves and heavy groundstrokes early and needed nine match points before beating Madison Keys 7-6 (5), 6-2 to set up an Australian Open final against second-seeded Maria Sharapova. Top-ranked Williams, bothered by a cold in recent days, dominated the second set of the...
  • Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal headline field for Indian Wells 2 days ago

    Indian Wells: Defending champion Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal headline the field for the BNP Paribas Open in March, giving the tournament the top three men's players in the world during its 40th anniversary in the Southern California desert. Among the other men's entries are the rest of the...
  • Maria Sharapova reaches Australian Open final for fourth time 2 days ago

    Melbourne: The confidence of overcoming two match points in a second round clash against Alexandra Panova has ultimately paid off for Maria Sharapova as she advanced to her fourth Australian Open final with a 6-3 6-2 victory over Ekaterina Makarova on Thursday. In that second round match more than a week...
  • Sania-Soares, Paes-Hingis pairs reach Australian Open semis 2 days ago

    Melbourne: Sania Mirza and Leander Paes were on course for a Australian Open showdown as they reached the mixed doubles semi-finals with their respective partners, Wednesday. Sania Mirza and her top-seeded Brazilian partner Bruno Soares carved out an easy 6-2, 6-2 win over the home pair of Casey Dellacqua and John...
  • Novak Djokovic reaches his 25th Grand Slam semi-final 2 days ago

    Melbourne: Novak Djokovic reached his 25th Grand Slam semi-final by beating No. 8 Milos Raonic, 7-6 (5), 6-4, 6-2 at the Australian Open on Wednesday. The No. 1-ranked player cruised through his quarter-final without ever facing a break point by his 24-year-old opponent, a rising Canadian star known for having one...
  • Sania Mirza-Bruno Soares enter Australian Open semis 3 days ago

    Melbourne: Top-seeded mixed doubles duo Sania Mirza and Bruno Soares marched in to the semi-finals of the Australian Open, beating local pair Casey Dellacqua and John Peers 6-2, 6-2 in a last-eight match on Wednesday. The Indo-Brazilian pair started the match on a bright note, breaking their opponents twice to claim...
  • Kei Nishikori not disappointed with Australian Open finish 3 days ago

    Melbourne: US Open runner-up Kei Nishikori was circumspect about his quarter-final loss at the Australian Open on Wednesday, saying there's nothing wrong with getting to the final eight of any Grand Slam tournament. He's done it three times now, two of them at Melbourne Park, but he realizes there is plenty...
  • Sisterly advice to help Serena Williams prepare for Madison Keys 3 days ago

    Melbourne: Serena Williams will turn to her sister for advice for her all-American semi-final against Madison Keys, the teenager with designs on the throne of US women's tennis. An injury-hampered Keys defeated Venus Williams in three sets on Wednesday to continue her fairytale run at Melbourne Park and now faces the...
  • Wawrinka through to semi-finals of Australian Open 3 days ago

    Melbourne: Defending champion Stanislas Wawrinka advanced to the semi-finals of the Australian Open with a 6-3, 6-4, 7-6 (6) win over US Open runner-up Kei Nishikori on Wednesday. Wawrinka, who beat Rafael Nadal last year in the final for his first Grand Slam title, will play either top-seeded Novak Djokovic or...
  • Managing thigh injury key to Madison Keys' success 3 days ago

    Melbourne: Madison Keys continued to ride her wave of success, fuelled in part by celebratory chocolate biscuits, as she advanced to her first grand slam semi-final with a gutsy 6-3 4-6 6-4 victory over Venus Williams on Wednesday. The power-hitting 19-year-old had to battle through a re-occurrence of the thigh injury...
  • Madison Keys injury time-out cost me momentum: Venus Williams 3 days ago

    Melbourne: Venus Williams blamed an injury time-out by opponent Madison Keys for robbing her of rhythm and momentum during their Australian Open quarter-final on Wednesday. The seven-times grand slam champion was leading 4-1 in the second set when play was halted for about eight minutes to allow 19-year-old Keys to have...
  • Australian Open: Serena thrashes Cibulkova to set up Keys semi-final 3 days ago

    Melbourne: Serena Williams moved one step closer to her 19th Grand Slam title by beating Dominika Cibulkova 6-2, 6-2 in 65 minutes on Wednesday to advance to the Australian Open semi-finals. The No. 1-ranked Williams displayed her immense power, reeling off heavy returns that included 58 winners compared to 38 from...
  • Keys overcomes injury to beat Venus to reach Australian Open semi-finals 3 days ago

    Melbourne: American teenager Madison Keys overcame a left thigh injury to beat Venus Williams 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 at the Australian Open on Wednesday, ensuring there would be no Williams sisters semi-final. The 19-year-old Keys will play either Serena Williams or last year's finalist, Dominika Cibulkova, in Thursday's semifinal. The Williams sisters...
  • Australian Open: Williams sisters look to turn back clock in quarters 3 days ago

    Melbourne: Serena and Venus Williams will be looking to turn back the clock almost six years when they play their quarter-finals at the Australian Open on Wednesday. The American sisters face the possibility of meeting each other in a grand slam for the first time since the 2009 Wimbledon final if...
  • The phone call that turned around Maria Sharapova's Australian Open 3 days ago

    One phone call was all it took for Maria Sharapova to shake off whatever it was that almost ended her Australian Open. That call came early on in the tournament when the No. 2-ranked player came very, very close to losing in the second round to a lowly ranked qualifier. That...
  • Andy Murray beats local hope Nick Kyrgios in 3 sets at Australian Open 3 days ago

    Melbourne: Testing wind conditions could not blunt Andy Murray's clinical win over local hope Nick Kyrgios at the Australian Open on Tuesday as the Briton set up a semi-final with Tomas Berdych with a 6-3, 7-6 (5), 6-3 victory. The sixth seed put the hype surrounding Kyrgios's second grand slam quarter-final...