TENNIS

  • Leander Paes gears up for Australian Open 2015 6 days ago

    Leander Paes and Raven Klaasen, who won the Heineken Open in Auckland, are seeded 10th at the Australian Open. ...
  • Serena, Djokovic advance to 2nd round at Australian Open 1 week ago

    Serena Williams claims to suffer from nerves and jitters before her first-round matches at the Grand Slams. She certainly didn't show it, winning her first set in 21 minutes on Tuesday night on the way to a 6-0, 6-4 win over Alison Van Uytvanck at the Australian Open. The 18-time major winner...
  • Serena Williams eases into Australian Open second round 1 week ago

    Melbourne: Serena Williams was dragged into a second set scrap by unheralded Belgian Alison Van Uytvanck but put down the minor threat with some powerful serving to reach the second round of the Australian Open with a 6-0 6-4 win on Tuesday. Having roared through the first set, Williams was on...
  • Rafael Nadal still a contender says advancing Novak Djokovic 1 week ago

    Melbourne: Rafael Nadal has been shrugging his shoulders and suggesting he may not be ready mentally or physically to win this year's Australian Open after an injury-riddled 2014, but top seed Novak Djokovic is having none of it. "Well, I don't know what his intentions are, how he feels, but he...
  • Caroline Wozniacki defeats Taylor Townsend in Australian Open 1st round 1 week ago

    Melbourne: Caroline Wozniacki saved seven of eight break points she faced to withstand a tough challenge from 18-year-old American Taylor Townsend, winning 7-6 (1), 6-2 in the first round of the Australian Open on Tuesday. Townsend hit 30 winners to just 20 for the eighth-seeded Wozniacki, but the No. 99-ranked American...
  • Wimbledon champ Petra Kvitova wins 1st-rounder at Australian Open 1 week ago

    Melbourne: Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova is through to the second round of the Australian Open after a 6-1, 6-4 win over Richel Hogenkamp of Netherlands in 63 minutes on Tuesday. Kvitova won her second Wimbledon title last year, beating Canadian Eugenie Bouchard in the final, to remain the only player born...
  • Novak Djokovic wins 1st-round match at Australian Open 1 week ago

    Melbourne: Novak Djokovic began his quest for a fifth Australian Open title with a 6-3, 6-2, 6-4 win over Aljaz Bedene of Slovenia in the first-round match on Tuesday. Djokovic, who said he had flu symptoms on the weekend, showed no apparent signs of illness in dominating the 116th-ranked Bedene. Djokovic won...
  • Stan Wawrinka opens Australian Open title defence with win 1 week ago

    Melbourne: Stan Wawrinka began the defence of his Australian Open title with a 6-1, 6-4, 6-2 win over Turkey's Marsel Ilhan on Tuesday. Wawrinka was barely tested against the No. 100-ranked Ilhan, striking 34 winners and saving the only two break points he faced. The Swiss player is coming off a breakthrough...
  • Australian Open: Federer, Nadal, Sharapova cruise; Ivanovic crashes out 1 week ago

    Melbourne: Big guns Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Maria Sharapova successfully blasted their way into the Australian Open second round on Monday but the Grand Slam dream of Ana Ivanovic was shattered. Second seed Federer, third seed Nadal and sixth seed Andy Murray all enjoyed straight sets wins, with rising stars...
  • Maria Sharapova wins first round match at Australian Open January 19, 2015

    Melbourne: Second-seeded Maria Sharapova concluded an opening day of matches on Rod Laver Arena with a 6-4, 6-1 win on Monday over Czech player Petra Martic at the Australian Open. Sharapova, who began the season by winning the Brisbane International title, broke Martic's service in the last game of the opening...
  • Australian Open crowd behaved like 'animals': Russian player January 19, 2015

    Melbourne: Russian tennis player Alexander Kudryavtsev accused the Australian fans of behaving like "animals" during his defeat at the hands of local talent Marinko Matosevic on Day 1 of the Australian Open on Monday. "They are animals," the Russian was heard saying to the umpire, reports news.com.au on Monday. Matosevic, however,...
  • Roger Federer wins opening match at Australian Open January 19, 2015

    Melbourne: Second-seeded and 17-time major champion Roger Federer defeated Lu Yen-hsun of Taiwan 6-4, 6-2, 7-5 on Monday in a first-round match at the Australian Open. Federer, wearing a neon yellow shirt which matched his shoes, won his 74th match in 85 starts at Melbourne Park, a record that has seen...
  • Rod Laver Arena is really imposing, says smiling Lucie Hradecka January 19, 2015

    Melbourne: For about 20 minutes on Monday, Lucie Hradecka felt that playing on Rod Laver Arena was so overwhelming that she was never going to be able to nail a first serve or return anything that Ana Ivanovic blasted at her. About an hour later, she was screaming in delight after...
  • Rafael Nadal advances to second round at Australian Open January 19, 2015

    Melbourne: Rafael Nadal didn't give the impression he was lacking any confidence as he raced through the first round of the Australian Open with a 6-3, 6-2, 6-2 win on Monday over Russian veteran Mikhail Youzhny. Coming back from a right wrist injury and an appendix operation that sidelined him late...
  • Ana Ivanovic crashes out in 1st round of Australian Open January 19, 2015

    Melbourne: Fifth-seeded Ana Ivanovic struggled with her serve and lost in three sets to Czech qualifier Lucie Hradecka in first big upset of the Australian Open. The former No. 1-ranked Ivanovic, a finalist at the 2008 Australian Open, breezed through the first set in 21 minutes with three service breaks on...
  • India's Yuki Bhambri loses to Andy Murray in 1st round of Australian Open January 19, 2015

    Melbourne: Two-time Grand Slam champion Andy Murray beat Indian qualifier Yuki Bhambri 6-3, 6-4, 7-6 (3) on Monday to begin another quest to win an elusive Australian Open title. Playing in the newly refurbished Margaret Court Arena, Murray trailed 4-1 in the third set before coming back to level the set...
  • Simona Halep advances to 2nd round at the Australian Open January 19, 2015

    Third-seeded Simona Halep continued her strong start to the year with a 6-3, 6-2 first-round win over Karin Knapp of Italy at the Australian Open on Monday. Halep, who opened the season by winning the Shenzen Open in China, was a quarterfinalist at last year's Australian Open, losing to eventual finalist...
  • IOTY nominee Sania Mirza hoping to impress at Australian Open January 18, 2015

    Excerpts from India's tennis star Sania Mirza's Q&A session on IBNLive's Facebook page. India's tennis sensation Sania Mirza who earlier took a step forward in her quest to become world number one as the Indian equalled her career-best doubles rank of five on Sunday, following her stupendous title win at the...
  • Bopanna-Nestor seeded 7th, Paes-Klaasen 10th at Australian Open January 18, 2015

    Melbourne: India's doubles exponent Rohan Bopanna and his Canadian partner Daniel Nestor were on Sunday seeded seventh in the men's doubles event of the Australian Open, where they will begin their campaign against Marcos Baghdatis and Marinko Matosevic. Bopanna and Nestor are coming into the first Major of the year after...
  • Indian tennis needs top class singles players: Tim Henman January 18, 2015

    Kolkata: The likes of Somdev Devvarman and Yuki Bhambri might be doing well in the circuit but that's not enough and Indian tennis needs some top class singles players to take the interest to a higher level, Britain's former No 1 Tim Henman said on Sunday. "The interest has always been...
  • Sania Mirza equals career-best fifth in WTA rankings January 18, 2015

    New Delhi: Sania Mirza took a step forward in her quest to become world number one as the Indian equalled her career-best doubles rank of five on Sunday, following her stupendous title win at the WTA Apia International with Bethanie Mattek-Sands in Sydney. Sania earned 470 points, which pushed the Indian...
  • Australian Open preview: Novak Djokovic primed to reclaim Melbourne throne January 18, 2015

    Melbourne: Last year's Australian Open kicked off the biggest shakeup in men's tennis for a decade but Novak Djokovic is primed to stave off the charge of 'Generation Next' and take back his throne at Melbourne Park. Stan Wawrinka holds the title and a band of young upstarts are determined to...
  • Australian Open preview: Tired, frustrated, patchy Serena still favourite January 18, 2015

    Melbourne: Serena Williams' Australian Open preparations included smashing a racquet in frustration, complaining of fatigue and losing to players she had never lost to before, yet she is still the favourite to claim her sixth title at Melbourne Park. The 33-year-old had a terrible buildup to the season-opening grand slam while...
  • Stan Wawrinka not daring to dream at Melbourne Park January 18, 2015

    One of the first orders of business for Stan Wawrinka on his return to Melbourne Park last week was to see the photo of himself holding the Norman Brookes Challenge Cup on the 'Walk of Champions' under the Rod Laver Arena centre court. His second order of business was to banish...
  • Juan Martin del Potro pulls out of Australian Open January 18, 2015

    Melbourne: Juan Martin del Potro's injury time-off from Grand Slam tournaments just got a little longer. The 2009 US Open winner withdrew Sunday from the Australian Open on the eve of the tournament to avoid re-injuring a surgically-repaired wrist that he said had been hurting him for the "last couple...
  • Novak Djokovic downplays concerns over illness, ready to go January 18, 2015

    Melbourne: Novak Djokovic pronounced himself fit and raring to go in search of his fifth Australian Open title on Sunday after overcoming a bout of illness that had prompted social media users to suggest he was in doubt for the tournament. Djokovic had cancelled a practice session and news conference on...
  • Yuki Bhambri up against Andy Murray in Australian Open 1st round January 17, 2015

    Melbourne: Indian youngster Yuki Bhambri could not have asked for a tougher draw as he has been pitted against world number six and two-time Grand Slam champion Andy Murray in his first round of the Australian Open. Yuki, the lone Indian to feature in the singles main draw, has endured a...
  • Viktor Troicki crushes Mikhail Kukushkin to win Sydney title January 17, 2015

    Sydney: Serbian Viktor Troicki ruthlessly dismantled ailing Kazakh qualifier Mikhail Kukushkin 6-2 6-3 to win the Sydney International for his second career ATP title on Saturday. The 28-year-old right-hander won the last four games of the first set and was 4-1 up in the second when Kukushkin took a medical timeout...
  • Rohan Bopanna-Daniel Nestor win Apia International tennis tournament January 17, 2015

    Sydney: Third seeded Indo-Canadian pair of Rohan Bopanna and Daniel Nestor won the Apia International tennis tournament here on Saturday, defeating the second seeded team of Dutchman Jean-Julien Rojer and Romanian Horia Tecau 6-4, 7-6 (5). The match was closely fought as both teams found it difficult to their opponents' serve...
  • Leander Paes-Raven Klaasen win Heineken Open doubles title January 17, 2015

    Auckland: India's Leander Paes and his South African partner Raven Klaasen, seeded fourth, beat Dominic Inglot and Florin Mergea to win the Heineken Open men's doubles title on Saturday. They beat the British-Romanian pairing 7-6 (1), 6-4 at the $519,395 hard court event for their first title this year. It was the...