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Feb 19, 2014

Cricket-Watson’s selection no longer elementary for Australia

MELBOURNE, Feb 19 (Reuters) – The perennial fitness battles of Shane Watson are likely to rule the all-rounder out of Australia’s second test against South Africa.

Selectors are unlikely to be crying.

Watson’s unique ability to hog the spotlight whether playing or languishing injured on the sidelines may be unmatched in test cricket, but another win for Australia in Port Elizabeth could put the 32-year-old’s career at a cross-roads.

Feb 12, 2014

Chiefs eye hat-trick as Super Rugby ponders future

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – The future of the southern hemisphere’s Super Rugby competition will be hammered out behind closed doors this season but on the field the Waikato Chiefs will hope for more of the status quo as they bid for a hat-trick of titles.

The Australian, South African and New Zealand unions have a June deadline to present a unified product to broadcasters, with the current rights deal set to expire in 2015.

Feb 12, 2014

Rugby-Chiefs eye hat-trick as Super Rugby ponders future

MELBOURNE, Feb 12 (Reuters) – The future of the southern hemisphere’s Super Rugby competition will be hammered out behind closed doors this season but on the field the Waikato Chiefs will hope for more of the status quo as they bid for a hat-trick of titles.

The Australian, South African and New Zealand unions have a June deadline to present a unified product to broadcasters, with the current rights deal set to expire in 2015.

Jan 26, 2014

Bitter-sweet victory for new Swiss number one Wawrinka

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Winning the Australian Open was bitter-sweet for Stanislas Wawrinka, whose delight at stepping out of Roger Federer’s shadow with his first grand slam title was tempered by the knowledge that his opponent Rafa Nadal was hampered by injury.

The 28-year-old Swiss overcame top seed Nadal 6-3 6-2 3-6 6-3 at Rod Laver Arena on Sunday, having survived a crippling bout of nerves sparked by the ailing Spaniard’s dogged fightback in the third set.

Jan 26, 2014

Tennis-Bitter-sweet victory for new Swiss number one Wawrinka

MELBOURNE, Jan 26 (Reuters) – Winning the Australian Open was bitter-sweet for Stanislas Wawrinka, whose delight at stepping out of Roger Federer’s shadow with his first grand slam title was tempered by the knowledge that his opponent Rafa Nadal was hampered by injury.

The 28-year-old Swiss overcame top seed Nadal 6-3 6-2 3-6 6-3 at Rod Laver Arena on Sunday, having survived a crippling bout of nerves sparked by the ailing Spaniard’s dogged fightback in the third set.

Jan 26, 2014

Wawrinka defeats injured Nadal to win Australian Open

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Stanislas Wawrinka held firm in a match of high drama to defeat an injured Rafa Nadal 6-3 6-2 3-6 6-3 and win the Australian Open on Sunday.

The eighth seed roared to a two-set lead after top seed Nadal struggled with an apparent back injury sustained early in the second set, but the Swiss was left stunned as his opponent suddenly revived in the third at Rod Laver Arena.

Jan 26, 2014

Tennis-Wawrinka defeats injured Nadal to win Australian Open

MELBOURNE, Jan 26 (Reuters) – Stanislas Wawrinka held firm in a match of high drama to defeat an injured Rafa Nadal 6-3 6-2 3-6 6-3 and win the Australian Open on Sunday.

The eighth seed roared to a two-set lead after top seed Nadal struggled with an apparent back injury sustained early in the second set, but the Swiss was left stunned as his opponent suddenly revived in the third at Rod Laver Arena.

Jan 26, 2014

Wawrinka takes two-set lead against ailing Nadal

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Stanislas Wawrinka raced into a 6-3 6-2 lead against Rafa Nadal in the Australian Open final on Sunday as the top seeded Spaniard appeared severely hampered by a back injury he picked up early in the second set.

The eighth-seeded Swiss won the first set, broke Nadal in the opening game of the second and held serve to take a 2-0 lead before Nadal grimaced in pain and clutched at his back after playing a shot from the baseline midway through the next game.

Jan 25, 2014

Third-time lucky Li keeps her wits to win Australian Open

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – “Best speech ever” was the universal verdict to Li Na’s unscripted thanks at the trophy ceremony after she erased two near-misses at Melbourne Park with a joyous victory in her third Australian Open final on Saturday.

Runner-up in 2011 and 2013, the 31-year-old overwhelmed Dominika Cibulkova 7-6(3) 6-0 to win her second grand slam title and then left a packed Rod Laver Arena in stitches as she paid tribute to her team.

Jan 25, 2014

Tennis-Third-time lucky Li keeps her wits to win Australian Open

MELBOURNE, Jan 25 (Reuters) – “Best speech ever” was the universal verdict to Li Na’s unscripted thanks at the trophy ceremony after she erased two near-misses at Melbourne Park with a joyous victory in her third Australian Open final on Saturday.

Runner-up in 2011 and 2013, the 31-year-old overwhelmed Dominika Cibulkova 7-6(3) 6-0 to win her second grand slam title and then left a packed Rod Laver Arena in stitches as she paid tribute to her team.

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