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  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Maria Sharapova fumes over murky heat policy January 16, 2014

    Melbourne: Maria Sharapova criticised Australian Open organisers for a lack of transparency over their 'extreme heat policy' when the Russian was left toiling on court for nearly an hour after organisers had invoked an official halt on Thursday. Sharapova and her opponent Karin Knapp of Italy slugged it out in 40...
  • Rafael Nadal joins Roger Federer in 2nd round at Australian Open January 14, 2014

    Melbourne: After a day of searinglyhot temperatures that raised complaints from players, topseeded Rafael Nadal advanced to the second round of the Australian Open in cooler night temperatures under relatively easy circumstances. Nadal's Australian opponent Bernard Tomic, clearly bothered from the start by a leg injury, retired from the match after...
  • Tried to cool down on court, says Li Na January 24, 2013

    Melbourne: China's top women's tennis player Li Na on Thursday said after winning her semifinal encounter at the Australian Open that she has learned to cool down on court. "It's like Hollywood, you know. You don't have to show your opponent what you are thinking," Li said at the aftermatch press...
  • Serena, Azarenka into 3rd round at Melbourne January 17, 2013

    Melbourne: Serena Williams cautiously walked onto the court, and tried to keep the points short to avoid irritating her injured right ankle as she advanced to the third round at the Australian Open. Apart from a swollen lip from hitting herself in the face with her racket in the sixth...