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Jan 21, 2015

Tennis-Murray makes perfect response to Marinko’s coach jibe

MELBOURNE, Jan 21 (Reuters) – Andy Murray trounced Marinko Matosevic 6-1 6-3 6-2 to reach the third round of the Australian Open on Wednesday but insisted there was no edge to the match after the Australian’s criticism of his decision to hire Amelie Mauresmo as coach.

The Briton’s appointment of the French two-time grand slam winner was a surprise to many in the game, but Matosevic’s response was slammed by pro-women’s groups.

Jan 20, 2015

Jittery Serena fends off plucky Belgian

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – 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 the back foot as the 106th-ranked 20-year-old went for broke, attacking the world number one’s serve and pushing her behind the baseline.

Jan 20, 2015

Liverpool fan Wozniacki laments Gerrard departure

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – World number eight and Liverpool fanatic Caroline Wozniacki has lamented the departure of another number eight, describing Steven Gerrard’s impending exit from the Merseyside club as “sad” as she ponders trips to Los Angeles to watch him play.

The 34-year-old Liverpool captain announced earlier this month he was moving to Major Soccer League champions Los Angeles Galaxy after playing his entire career at Anfield.

Jan 20, 2015

Tennis-Liverpool fan Wozniacki laments Gerrard departure

MELBOURNE, Jan 20 (Reuters) – World number eight and Liverpool fanatic Caroline Wozniacki has lamented the departure of another number eight, describing Steven Gerrard’s impending exit from the Merseyside club as “sad” as she ponders trips to Los Angeles to watch him play.

The 34-year-old Liverpool captain announced earlier this month he was moving to Major Soccer League champions Los Angeles Galaxy after playing his entire career at Anfield.

Jan 20, 2015

Wawrinka opens title defense with quickfire win

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Coming back to the Australian Open as defending champion has felt surreal at times for Stan Wawrinka but the Swiss fourth seed was all business in his first-round thrashing of Turkish trailblazer Marsel Ilhan.

Already appearing jaded by the media attention in the leadup, the 29-year-old Wawrinka was keen to break the seal on his title defense and was a man in a hurry as he despatched Ilhan 6-1 6-4 6-2 in a tick under 90 minutes on a warm and windy day at Rod Laver Arena.

Jan 19, 2015

Federer and Sharapova shine after seeds scattered

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Roger Federer and Maria Sharapova glittered under the Rod Laver Arena lights on Monday, restoring order at the Australian Open after eight women’s seeds crashed out in the afternoon sun on a manic opening day.

The evergreen Federer strolled into the second round with a classy 6-4 6-2 7-5 win over Taiwan’s Lu Yen-Hsun before fellow second seed Sharapova ruined Croatian qualifier Petra Martic’s 24th birthday with a 6-4 6-1 victory.

Jan 19, 2015

Nadal answers doubts, Ivanovic ousted at Australian Open

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – A relieved Rafa Nadal felt the confidence come flooding back in a first-round romp at the Australian Open on Monday after former world number one Ana Ivanovic crashed out on the opening day at Melbourne Park.

Sixth seed Andy Murray enjoyed a solid first win as the leading men marched into the second round, but world number five Ivanovic, upset 1-6 6-3 6-2 by Czech doubles specialist Lucie Hradecka, was one of five women’s seeds to fall during a sun-drenched day session.

Jan 18, 2015

Kyrgios flying Australian flag at home grand slam

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – A first-week choke by leading woman Sam Stosur and a grudging loss by ageing men’s warrior Lleyton Hewitt has generally been the blueprint for the home players at the Australian Open, but teenage talent Nick Kyrgios may be poised to buck the trend of local underachievement.

Kyrgios gave notice of his prodigious talent with a quarter-final appearance at Wimbledon after knocking out Rafa Nadal in one of the bigger shocks of the tournament.

Jan 18, 2015

Stan ‘the Man’ not daring to dream at Melbourne Park

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – One of the first orders of business for Stan Wawrinka on his return to Melbourne Park last week was to see the photo of himself holding the Norman Brookes Challenge Cup on the ‘Walk of Champions’ under the Rod Laver Arena centre court.

His second order of business was to banish any thoughts of holding another.

Winning the Australian Open was dream-like for the Swiss, and for most pundits incapable of imagining the Big Four’s stranglehold on the grand slams might be broken so soon.

Jan 17, 2015

Murray unfazed by ‘extremely difficult’ draw in Australia

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – The draw has done few favors for Andy Murray at Melbourne Park, but the Briton believes he has put in the off-season work to be rewarded at the Australian Open.

Murray will be seeded sixth at the year’s first grand slam starting Monday, bunched on the same half of the draw as Roger Federer and Rafa Nadal, and with a possible fourth round match against Bulgarian danger-man Grigor Dimitrov.

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