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Jan 29, 2015

Hewitt flags retirement after next Australian Open

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Two-time grand slam champion Lleyton Hewitt has flagged his retirement after a record 20th campaign at his home Australian Open next year.

Hewitt, who has battled a number of injuries in recent years and will be 34 next month, was knocked out of the second round of this year’s campaign at Melbourne Park.

Jan 29, 2015

Fairytale ends for Keys but grand slam hunger grows

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Making the semi-finals of the Australian Open gave Madison Keys belief she could contend with the best players in the women’s game, but also made the hard-hitting 19-year-old more determined to take an extra step at the grand slams.

Keys’ fairytale run at Melbourne Park ended with a fighting 7-6(5) 6-2 loss to top seed Serena Williams at Rod Laver Arena, a performance that underlined her claim as a future standard-bearer for American tennis.

Jan 29, 2015

Serena fends off Keys to book blockbuster Sharapova final

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Serena Williams brushed aside the latest member of ‘generation next’ trying to steal her crown by beating teenager Madison Keys 7-6(5) 6-2 on Thursday, setting up a blockbuster Australian Open final against Maria Sharapova.

Top seed Williams, who at 33 is 14 years Keys’ senior, faces Sharapova on Saturday after the Russian trounced compatriot Ekaterina Makarova 6-3 6-2 in the earlier semi-final.

Jan 28, 2015

Djokovic says ready for another epic with Wawrinka

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – After booking a much-anticipated semi-final with his Australian Open title usurper Stan Wawrinka on Wednesday, Novak Djokovic wasted little time reminding the Swiss of the heavy burden of being defending champion.

Djokovic’s three-year reign at Melbourne Park was ended by the Swiss last January in an epic five-set quarter-final, which followed a year after fending off Wawrinka in another nerve-jangling marathon in the fourth round.

Jan 28, 2015

Sisterly advice to help Serena prepare for Keys

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – 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 U.S. 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 ultimate test against top seed Serena.

Jan 28, 2015

Keys injury time-out cost me momentum, says beaten Venus

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – 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 treatment on her left thigh.

Jan 27, 2015

Kyrgios bows out with good memories and another broken racquet

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Teenager Nick Kyrgios bowed out of the Australian Open on Tuesday having shown further proof of his prodigious talent but he leaves Melbourne Park with three smashed racquets, code violations and concerns about his on-court histrionics.

The 19-year-old Australian was handed a code violation for an audible obscenity in his 6-3 7-6(5) 6-3 quarter-final loss to Andy Murray and was lucky not to receive another when he smashed his racquet during the second set tiebreak.

Jan 27, 2015

Nadal disappointed but bows out content with comeback

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – A fourth-round thrashing of big-serving South African Kevin Anderson had given Rafa Nadal hope he might be back to his best, but the Spaniard’s limited preparations came back to haunt him against Tomas Berdych at the Australian Open on Tuesday.

The rangy Czech played majestically to reach his second semi-final at Melbourne Park, upsetting Nadal 6-2 6-0 7-6(5) to snap a record 17-match losing streak against the 14-times grand slam champion.

Jan 27, 2015

Berdych ends Nadal tyranny on day of shocks

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Iron-willed Czech Tomas Berdych ended eight years of tyranny under nemesis Rafa Nadal to storm into his second Australian Open semi-final on Tuesday after Maria Sharapova inflicted another grand slam reality check on Eugenie Bouchard.

Stunned by Sharapova’s 6-3 6-2 demolition of the seventh-seeded Canadian, the Rod Laver Arena crowd were knocked off their seats by Berdych’s 6-2 6-0 7-6(5) victory over the 14-times grand slam champion.

Jan 26, 2015

Comeback kid Nadal seeks to maintain Berdych domination

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Rafa Nadal will hope to make it 19 wins in succession against seventh seed Tomas Berdych on Tuesday to book an Australian Open semi-final berth and continue his impressive comeback from injury and illness.

The third seeded Spaniard played only a handful of matches in the second half of 2014 but has grown in stature and confidence with every outing at Melbourne Park, the last a straight sets demolition of 14th seed Kevin Anderson.

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