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Jan 24, 2015

Lopez apologises to injured ball-boy for low blow

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Spaniard Feliciano Lopez showed a compassionate streak in addition to a dangerous serve by apologising to the ball-boy he struck in the groin at the Australian Open.

Lopez, seeded 12th at Melbourne Park, unleashed a 196 kmph serve which hit local teenager Sam Day during his second round match with Adrian Mannarino on Thursday.

Jan 24, 2015

Serena sets up clash with French Open nemesis

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Serena Williams was a picture of torment for a set and a half on Saturday before finding her range to fend off Elina Svitolina 4-6 6-2 6-0 and set up a fourth round clash with French Open nemesis Garbine Muguruza.

The top seed entered Rod Laver Arena with a frown and grumbled through an hour of miscued groundstrokes, but she was all smiles as she approached the net to commiserate the 26th-seeded Ukrainian after doling out a third set bagel.

Jan 24, 2015

Tennis-Serena sets up clash with French Open nemesis

MELBOURNE, Jan 24 (Reuters) – Serena Williams was a picture of torment for a set and a half on Saturday before finding her range to fend off Elina Svitolina 4-6 6-2 6-0 and set up a fourth round clash with French Open nemesis Garbine Muguruza.

The top seed entered Rod Laver Arena with a frown and grumbled through an hour of miscued groundstrokes, but she was all smiles as she approached the net to commiserate the 26th-seeded Ukrainian after doling out a third set bagel.

Jan 23, 2015

Magic match-point helps Seppi trick stunned Federer

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Andreas Seppi’s stunning upset of Roger Federer at the Australian Open on Friday was a three-hour affair but the shot that ended the Swiss’s 11-year run to the semi-finals at Melbourne Park will be replayed for years to come.

Serving at 6-5 on his first match point of a nerve-jangling fourth set tiebreaker, the 46th-ranked Italian had to scramble hard across court as Federer rushed to the net with a forehand approach shot that burned down the line.

Jan 23, 2015

Normal service returns for sharp Sharapova

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Maria Sharapova proved her second round scare against Alexandra Panova was no more than a blip as she destroyed Zarina Diyas 6-1 6-1 to charge into the Australian Open fourth round on Friday.

The statuesque second seed was forced to save match points against fellow Russian Panova on Wednesday but roared back into form against the hapless Kazakh, who was completely out-gunned in the baseline duels.

Jan 23, 2015

Murray and Dimitrov book grand slam re-match

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Andy Murray has set up a mouth-watering clash with Grigor Dimitrov and a chance to avenge his defeat at Wimbledon after hammering Portugal’s Joao Sousa 6-1 6-1 7-5 to reach the fourth round of the Australian Open on Friday.

The Briton had his Wimbledon title defence ended by Dimitrov in the quarter-finals last year and will face the rising Bulgarian after he prevailed in a five-set dog-fight against Marcos Baghdatis.

Jan 23, 2015

Sensational Seppi dumps Federer in Australian Open upset

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Italian Andreas Seppi sent shockwaves through the Australian Open on Friday as he toppled four-times champion Roger Federer in one of the greatest Melbourne Park upsets in recent memory.

Ranked 46th in the world and on a 23-match losing streak against top-10 opponents, the 30-year-old Seppi jumped out to a two-set lead and weathered the inevitable comeback to triumph 6-4 7-6(5) 4-6 7-6(5) in the thrilling third round encounter played out before a heaving Rod Laver Arena.

Jan 23, 2015

Bouchard gets by with a little help from no friends

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Away from the court, the women’s tennis tour can seem a merry-go-round of social get-togethers, support groups and ‘selfies’ shared between leading players but Eugenie Bouchard has no desire to forge firm friendships with her rivals.

“For me, I see them as competition,” the straight-talking Canadian told reporters after mowing through Frenchwoman Caroline Garcia 7-5 6-0 to reach the fourth round at the Australian Open on Friday.

Jan 22, 2015

Azarenka makes loud statement at Melbourne Park

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – The fluorescent yellow outfit Victoria Azarenka wore as she dismantled Caroline Wozniacki at the Australian Open on Thursday was a one-word fashion statement — loud.

A defiantly single-tone ensemble matching a skirt with a long-sleeve top, Azarenka made a huge impression on social media even before a racket was swung at Margaret Court Arena.

Jan 22, 2015

Wozniacki fears Australia hex after Azarenka loss

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Caroline Wozniacki said she felt “cursed” at Melbourne Park after losing in straight sets to a resurgent Victoria Azarenka in the Australian Open second round on Thursday.

The eighth-seeded Dane Wozniacki enjoyed making the semi-finals in 2011 but has since suffered diminishing returns in every trip to the year’s first grand slam.

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