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Jan 19, 2014

Ivanovic stuns Serena at Australian Open

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Serbia’s Ana Ivanovic stunned world number one Serena Williams at the Australian Open on Sunday with a 4-6 6-3 6-3 fourth-round upset at Rod Laver Arena.

Ivanovic ended the American’s 25-match winning streak to reach her first grand slam quarter-final since the 2012 U.S. Open with an inspired display of clean hitting.

Jan 19, 2014

Tennis-Ivanovic stuns Serena at Australian Open

MELBOURNE, Jan 19 (Reuters) – Serbia’s Ana Ivanovic stunned world number one Serena Williams at the Australian Open on Sunday with a 4-6 6-3 6-3 fourth-round upset at Rod Laver Arena.

Ivanovic ended the American’s 25-match winning streak to reach her first grand slam quarter-final since the 2012 U.S. Open with an inspired display of clean hitting.

Jan 18, 2014

Relentless Nadal issues warning with Monfils mauling

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – A relentless Rafa Nadal shrugged off an injury scare before turning on a masterclass under the lights of Rod Laver Arena to destroy flamboyant Frenchman Gael Monfils 6-1 6-2 6-3 and storm into the Australian Open fourth round on Saturday.

Serving at 1-1 in the second set, the world number one stooped after a forehand from behind the baseline and clutched his right foot before limping off the court at the change of ends during the late match.

Jan 18, 2014

Tennis-Relentless Nadal issues warning with Monfils mauling

MELBOURNE, Jan 18 (Reuters) – A relentless Rafa Nadal shrugged off an injury scare before turning on a masterclass under the lights of Rod Laver Arena to destroy flamboyant Frenchman Gael Monfils 6-1 6-2 6-3 and storm into the Australian Open fourth round on Saturday.

Serving at 1-1 in the second set, the world number one stooped after a forehand from behind the baseline and clutched his right foot before limping off the court at the change of ends during the late match.

Jan 18, 2014

Stephens can’t wait for rematch of Azarenka semi

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Victoria Azarenka was understandably keen to look forward to an Australian Open rematch with Sloane Stephens in the fourth round rather than look back at their controversial semi-final at Melbourne Park last year.

Azarenka, who humiliated Austria’s Yvonne Meusburger 6-1 6-0 in the evening session at Hisense Arena on Saturday, was slammed last year for taking a 10-minute medical time-out after blowing five match-points against the young American.

Jan 18, 2014

Tennis-Stephens can’t wait for rematch of Azarenka semi

MELBOURNE, Jan 18 (Reuters) – Victoria Azarenka was understandably keen to look forward to an Australian Open rematch with Sloane Stephens in the fourth round rather than look back at their controversial semi-final at Melbourne Park last year.

Azarenka, who humiliated Austria’s Yvonne Meusburger 6-1 6-0 in the evening session at Hisense Arena on Saturday, was slammed last year for taking a 10-minute medical time-out after blowing five match-points against the young American.

Jan 18, 2014

Southpaw-slayer Murray continues Melbourne march

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Andy Murray continued his domination of left-handers by swatting aside Feliciano Lopez 7-6 (7-2) 6-4 6-2 to reach the Australian Open fourth round on Saturday.

Murray’s win over the big-serving Spaniard was his 14th in succession against southpaws, part of a prolonged mastery dating back to hitting practice with his left-handed brother Jamie.

Jan 18, 2014

Tennis-Southpaw-slayer Murray continues Melbourne march

MELBOURNE, Jan 18 (Reuters) – Andy Murray continued his domination of left-handers by swatting aside Feliciano Lopez 7-6 (7-2) 6-4 6-2 to reach the Australian Open fourth round on Saturday.

Murray’s win over the big-serving Spaniard was his 14th in succession against southpaws, part of a prolonged mastery dating back to hitting practice with his left-handed brother Jamie.

Jan 18, 2014

Sharapova advances but still searching for form

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Maria Sharapova continued her erratic Australian Open campaign with a scratchy 6-1 7-6 (8-6) win over Alize Cornet that put her into the last 16 on Saturday but also sent her straight to the practice court in search of some sorely needed form.

Still rebuilding from a long layoff due to her troublesome right shoulder, Sharapova ran hot then cold against the 25th seeded Frenchwoman, her serve going awry in the hard-fought second set and only a late rally in the tiebreak saving the Russian from another potential marathon.

Jan 18, 2014

Tennis-Sharapova advances but still searching for form

MELBOURNE, Jan 18 (Reuters) – Maria Sharapova continued her erratic Australian Open campaign with a scratchy 6-1 7-6 (8-6) win over Alize Cornet that put her into the last 16 on Saturday but also sent her straight to the practice court in search of some sorely needed form.

Still rebuilding from a long layoff due to her troublesome right shoulder, Sharapova ran hot then cold against the 25th seeded Frenchwoman, her serve going awry in the hard-fought second set and only a late rally in the tiebreak saving the Russian from another potential marathon.

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