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  • Madison Keys new American star born at Australian Open 12 hours 13 minutes ago

    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 15 hours 38 minutes 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...
  • Serena Williams, Maria Sharapova to meet in Australian Open final 16 hours 46 minutes 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...
  • Maria Sharapova reaches Australian Open final for fourth time 18 hours 26 minutes 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...
  • Sisterly advice to help Serena Williams prepare for Madison Keys Yesterday

    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...
  • Managing thigh injury key to Madison Keys' success Yesterday

    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 Yesterday

    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 Yesterday

    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 Yesterday

    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 2 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...
  • Venus Williams' strong Australian Open run continues 3 days ago

    Melbourne: Venus Williams' strong run at the Australian Open continued on Monday when she beat sixth-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska 6-3, 2-6, 6-1 to reach a Grand Slam quarter-finals for the first time since 2010. After recovered an early break in the third, 34-year-old Williams dominated the rest of the match and clinched...
  • Serena Williams to meet Cibulkova in Aussie Open quarters 3 days ago

    Melbourne: Serena Williams avenged her heaviest Grand Slam defeat with a comeback 2-6, 6-3, 6-2 win over Garbine Muguruza on Monday to reach the Australian Open quarter-finals. The top-ranked Williams was pushed all the way by No. 24-seeded Muguruza, who matched her in the heavy-hitting rallies, and who conceded only four...
  • Australian Open: Djokovic and Serena advance, Kvitova knocked out 5 days ago

    Melbourne: Novak Djokovic fine-tuned his voice and his game at the Australian Open on Saturday, advancing to the fourth round with a straight-sets win over Fernando Verdasco and then urging the crowd of 15,000 to sing Happy Birthday to his mother back home. After his 7-6 (8), 6-3, 6-4 win, the...
  • Serena Williams starts slow but reaches 4th round at Australian Open 5 days ago

    Melbourne: A frustrated Serena Williams was a picture of torment for a set and a half before she found her range to fend off Elina Svitolina 4-6 6-2 6-0 and reach the fourth round of the Australian Open on Saturday. The top seed entered Rod Laver Arena with a frown and...
  • Venus Williams into 4th round at Australian Open 5 days ago

    Melbourne: Venus Williams has reached the fourth round at a Grand Slam tournament for the first time since Wimbledon in 2011, coming back from a set and a break down to beat Camila Giorgi 4-6, 7-6 (3), 6-1 on Saturday. The seven-time major winner couldn't contain her delight after the win...
  • Williams, Force India launch new cars for 2015 6 days ago

    Williams and Force India became the first Formula One teams to take the covers off their cars for 2015, revealing Wednesday the most significant design change from last season: a new front. Technical regulations in F1 have been remained stable except for the requirement to change the nose of the cars,...
  • Novak Djokovic, Stan Wawrinka join Williams sisters in 3rd round in Australia 1 week ago

    Melbourne: Top-ranked Serena Williams fended off three set points before going on a 10-game roll to beat Vera Zvonareva 7-5, 6-0 and move into the third round of the Australian Open. Men's No. 1 Novak Djokovic had an easier run, spending a minute less than Williams on Rod Laver Arena in...
  • Williams sisters withdraw from doubles at Australian Open January 21, 2015

    Melbourne: Serena and Venus Williams have pulled out of women's doubles at the Australian Open, where they've won four titles. The Williams sisters were scheduled to play their first-round match on Wednesday against Anabel Medina Garrigues of Spain and Yaroslava Shvedova of Kazakhstan. A tournament official confirmed that the Williams sisters had...
  • Serena, Djokovic advance to 2nd round at Australian Open January 20, 2015

    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...
  • World Cup 2015: What to expect from the minnows January 20, 2015

    The cricket World Cup over the years has been a place for the minnows where you can showcase your talent, although giving an opportunity to a side after every four years neither does any good to their confidence nor does it help their cricket grow. Some of the minnows, like...
  • Serena Williams eases into Australian Open second round January 20, 2015

    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...
  • 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...
  • Serena Williams wants Australian Open title 'more than anyone else' January 17, 2015

    Melbourne: Serena Williams enters the Australian Open as a strong favourite to lift the Daphne Akhurst Memorial Cup, but is also aware that a sixth Melbourne Park title has now eluded her for five years. "I've been going for number six for a number of years now," the world number one...
  • Shaky Serena Williams still Australian Open favourite January 16, 2015

    Melbourne: Serena Williams remains the red-hot favourite for the Australian Open, despite some patchy form in the lead up to her campaign for a 19th career Grand Slam. Arch-rival Maria Sharapova is again expected to be the American's main challenger, with injuries marring the preparation of other leading hopefuls including Simona...
  • Novak Djokovic, Serena Williams top seeds in Australian Open January 14, 2015

    Melbourne: World No.1s Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams were Wednesday installed as the top seeds of their respective draws for Australian Open Jan 19-Feb 1. Four-time Melbourne Park winner Djokovic, 27, will be looking to atone for a quarter-final exit at last year's event at the hands of eventual champion Stanislas...
  • Serena Williams loses 2 of 4 singles matches at Hopman Cup January 11, 2015

    Perth: While her older sister Venus was winning the WTA event in Auckland, New Zealand, Serena Williams was losing two of four singles matches at the Hopman Cup - and then her cool in the final. Serena's week started with ordering a coffee court-side after being shut out 6-0 in her...
  • Radwanska downs Serena, powers Poland to Hopman Cup title January 10, 2015

    Agnieszka Radwanska showed why she should be considered among the favourites for the Australian Open later this month by beating world number one Serena Williams and helping Poland to its first Hopman Cup title in Perth on Saturday. World number five Radwanska claimed a 6-4 6-7(3) 6-1 win to put her...
  • Venus Williams beats Caroline Wozniacki to win ASB Classic January 10, 2015

    Auckland: Venus Williams turned back the clock with a vintage performance to beat Caroline Wozniacki 2-6, 6-3, 6-3 in Saturday's final of the ASB Classic, displaying her advanced preparation for the upcoming Australian Open. Wozniacki swept through the first set in 30 minutes on the back of a series of unforced...
  • Caroline Wozniacki, Venus Williams advance to set up Auckland showdown January 9, 2015

    Denmark's Caroline Wozniacki and the evergreen Venus Williams won their semi-finals at the Auckland Classic on Friday to set up a final showdown between two former world number ones. Wozniacki advanced to her 38th WTA career final with a hard-fought 4-6 6-3 6-4 victory over Czech Barbora Zahlavova Strycova. Then Williams,...
  • Sluggish Serena downs Safarova in Hopman Cup thriller January 8, 2015

    The promised "two thousand times better" improvement did not materialise as a sluggish Serena Williams eked out a narrow 6-3, 6-7 (1), 7-6 (6) win over Lucie Safarova at the Hopman Cup in Perth on Thursday. Williams belted 41 winners, eight more than Safarova, but also committed 46 unforced errors in...