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Jan 17, 2014

Defiant Dellacqua keeps Australia flag flying Down Under

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – The paucity of Australian success at Melbourne Park over the past four decades has not stopped tournament organisers from pushing local battlers onto centre court, invariably for a thumping loss.

On Friday, however, 120th-ranked wildcard Casey Dellacqua lived up to her Rod Laver Arena billing by reaching the fourth round, sending packed terraces of fans home with a warm, fuzzy and somewhat rare feeling.

Jan 17, 2014

Tennis-Defiant Dellacqua keeps Australia flag flying Down Under

MELBOURNE, Jan 17 (Reuters) – The paucity of Australian success at Melbourne Park over the past four decades has not stopped tournament organisers from pushing local battlers onto centre court, invariably for a thumping loss.

On Friday, however, 120th-ranked wildcard Casey Dellacqua lived up to her Rod Laver Arena billing by reaching the fourth round, sending packed terraces of fans home with a warm, fuzzy and somewhat rare feeling.

Jan 17, 2014

Serena mulls lifting Indian Wells boycott

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Women’s world number one Serena Williams has held out the possibility of lifting her 13-year boycott of the Indian Wells tournament after being inspired by a movie about Nelson Mandela, the American said at the Australian Open on Friday.

Williams, who eased into the fourth round with a victory over Daniela Hantuchova, and older sister Venus have never returned to the tournament in the California desert after being jeered by spectators in a controversial final in 2001.

Jan 17, 2014

Tennis-Serena mulls lifting Indian Wells boycott

MELBOURNE, Jan 17 (Reuters) – Women’s world number one Serena Williams has held out the possibility of lifting her 13-year boycott of the Indian Wells tournament after being inspired by a movie about Nelson Mandela, the American said at the Australian Open on Friday.

Williams, who eased into the fourth round with a victory over Daniela Hantuchova, and older sister Venus have never returned to the tournament in the California desert after being jeered by spectators in a controversial final in 2001.

Jan 16, 2014

Murray rides thrilling 23-point streak to victory

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Andy Murray won 23 consecutive points in an inspired passage of play to emerge from a hole and roar to a 6-2 6-2 7-5 victory over qualifier Vincent Millot on Thursday and reach the third round of the Australian Open.

Two sets up and 1-1 in the third, Wimbledon champion Murray looked poised to coast to another easy win at Melbourne Park but was reduced to a spectator as the Frenchman charged into a 5-1 lead with a barrage of sweetly-struck winners under the lights at Rod Laver Arena.

Jan 16, 2014

Tennis-Murray rides thrilling 23-point streak to victory

MELBOURNE, Jan 16 (Reuters) – Andy Murray won 23 consecutive points in an inspired passage of play to emerge from a hole and roar to a 6-2 6-2 7-5 victory over qualifier Vincent Millot on Thursday and reach the third round of the Australian Open.

Two sets up and 1-1 in the third, Wimbledon champion Murray looked poised to coast to another easy win at Melbourne Park but was reduced to a spectator as the Frenchman charged into a 5-1 lead with a barrage of sweetly-struck winners under the lights at Rod Laver Arena.

Jan 16, 2014

Frazzled Sharapova fumes over murky heat policy

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Maria Sharapova criticized Australian Open organizers for a lack of transparency over their ‘extreme heat policy’ when the Russian was left toiling on court for nearly an hour after organizers had invoked an official halt on Thursday.

Sharapova and her opponent Karin Knapp of Italy slugged it out in 40 degrees Celsius (104 Fahrenheit) heat at Rod Laver Arena for three-and-a-half hours before the Russian prevailed 6-3 4-6 10-8 in their marathon second round encounter.

Jan 16, 2014

Tennis-Frazzled Sharapova fumes over murky heat policy

MELBOURNE, Jan 16 (Reuters) – Maria Sharapova criticised Australian Open organisers for a lack of transparency over their ‘extreme heat policy’ when the Russian was left toiling on court for nearly an hour after organisers had invoked an official halt on Thursday.

Sharapova and her opponent Karin Knapp of Italy slugged it out in 40 degrees Celsius (104 Fahrenheit) heat at Rod Laver Arena for three-and-a-half hours before the Russian prevailed 6-3 4-6 10-8 in their marathon second round encounter.

Jan 15, 2014

Teasing Lendl a ‘pest’, says Rafter after doubles loss

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Two-times grand slam champion Pat Rafter’s return to the big-time after retiring 13 years ago lasted just 73 minutes when he and his former Davis Cup team mate Lleyton Hewitt lost in straight sets in the Australian Open doubles on Wednesday.

Australia’s Davis Cup captain Rafter had enjoyed smiting foes in the senior’s tour since his retirement, but admitted to huge nerves when he agreed to team up with former world number one Hewitt at Melbourne Park.

Jan 15, 2014

Tennis-Teasing Lendl a ‘pest’, says Rafter after doubles loss

MELBOURNE, Jan 15 (Reuters) – Two-times grand slam champion Pat Rafter’s return to the big-time after retiring 13 years ago lasted just 73 minutes when he and his former Davis Cup team mate Lleyton Hewitt lost in straight sets in the Australian Open doubles on Wednesday.

Australia’s Davis Cup captain Rafter had enjoyed smiting foes in the senior’s tour since his retirement, but admitted to huge nerves when he agreed to team up with former world number one Hewitt at Melbourne Park.

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