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Jan 14, 2014

Tennis-Federer has no plans to wow Edberg, just to win

MELBOURNE, Jan 14 (Reuters) – Glancing up at the legends of tennis can make 17-times grand slam champion Roger Federer push too hard for the “wow” factor, so new coach Stefan Edberg can expect a cold shoulder from the cool Swiss when watching from the stands.

Federer has hired Edberg, twice a winner at Melbourne Park, to help him win more slams and the new partnership began successfully on a baking hot Tuesday as the Swiss moved into the Australian Open second round with a 6-4 6-4 6-2 trouncing of local wildcard James Duckworth.

Jan 13, 2014

Hot-serving Serena storms into second round

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Ruthless Serena Williams kicked off her bid for an 18th grand slam title on Monday with a 6-2 6-1 demolition of local wildcard Ashleigh Barty to advance to the Australian Open second round.

In ominous form after winning the Brisbane International warmup event, the American did not concede a point on her first serve under the lights of Rod Laver Arena and roared to her 23rd straight victory.

Jan 13, 2014

Tennis-Hot-serving Serena storms into second round

MELBOURNE, Jan 13 (Reuters) – Ruthless Serena Williams kicked off her bid for an 18th grand slam title on Monday with a 6-2 6-1 demolition of local wildcard Ashleigh Barty to advance to the Australian Open second round.

In ominous form after winning the Brisbane International warmup event, the American did not concede a point on her first serve under the lights of Rod Laver Arena and roared to her 23rd straight victory.

Jan 13, 2014

Plucky Thai dumps Kvitova from Australian Open

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Thai world number 88 Luksika Kumkhum sprang the biggest upset of the Australian Open’s first day by dumping sixth seed and former Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova 6-2 1-6 6-4 on Monday in her first match against a top 10 player.

The 20-year-old Luksika, the only Thai in the top 200 of the women’s tour, showed great composure at a frenetic Margaret Court Arena to fend off the powerful Czech who came roaring back into the first round clash to force a decider.

Jan 13, 2014

Tennis-Plucky Thai dumps Kvitova from Australian Open

MELBOURNE, Jan 13 (Reuters) – Thai world number 88 Luksika Kumkhum sprang the biggest upset of the Australian Open’s first day by dumping sixth seed and former Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova 6-2 1-6 6-4 on Monday in her first match against a top 10 player.

The 20-year-old Luksika, the only Thai in the top 200 of the women’s tour, showed great composure at a frenetic Margaret Court Arena to fend off the powerful Czech who came roaring back into the first round clash to force a decider.

Jan 13, 2014

China’s Li to tweak training schedule as mercury rises

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – China’s Li Na will adjust her training schedule in a bid to beat the heat at the Australian Open this week after enjoying more favorable conditions on Monday in a one-sided rout of Croatian teenager Ana Konjuh in her opening match.

Asia’s first grand slam singles winner, fourth-seeded Li cantered to a 6-2 6-0 thrashing of last year’s junior champion in the second match at Hisense Arena as a mooted 35 degree Celsius day (95 Fahrenheit) failed to materialize.

Jan 13, 2014

Tennis-China’s Li to tweak training schedule as mercury rises

MELBOURNE, Jan 13 (Reuters) – China’s Li Na will adjust her training schedule in a bid to beat the heat at the Australian Open this week after enjoying more favourable conditions on Monday in a one-sided rout of Croatian teenager Ana Konjuh in her opening match.

Asia’s first grand slam singles winner, fourth-seeded Li cantered to a 6-2 6-0 thrashing of last year’s junior champion in the second match at Hisense Arena as a mooted 35 degree Celsius day (95 Fahrenheit) failed to materialise.

Jan 13, 2014

Venus crashes out of first round of Australian Open

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – A promising start to the season for Venus Williams was undone in two-and-a-half hours on Monday as the 33-year-old crashed out of the Australian Open’s opening round with a crushing defeat to her sister Serena’s 2012 nemesis Ekaterina Makarova.

Making her 61st grand slam appearance and 14th at Melbourne Park, the American had arrived Down Under with an encouraging run to the final of the Auckland Classic, raising hopes of a fresh start after recent seasons blighted by injury and illness.

Jan 13, 2014

Tennis-Venus crashes out of first round of Australian Open

MELBOURNE, Jan 13 (Reuters) – A promising start to the season for Venus Williams was undone in two-and-a-half hours on Monday as the 33-year-old crashed out of the Australian Open’s opening round with a crushing defeat to her sister Serena’s 2012 nemesis Ekaterina Makarova.

Making her 61st grand slam appearance and 14th at Melbourne Park, the American had arrived Down Under with an encouraging run to the final of the Auckland Classic, raising hopes of a fresh start after recent seasons blighted by injury and illness.

Jan 12, 2014

Nervy Rafter could ‘choke’ in doubles return with Hewitt

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Australia’s Davis Cup captain Pat Rafter has enjoyed smiting foes in the senior’s tour since his retirement, but fears he may have bitten off more than he can chew by agreeing to partner Lleyton Hewitt in the Australian Open doubles.

The partnership with Hewitt, the most recent of Australia’s grand slam winners, may leave sentimental locals misty-eyed as it hearkens back to the days when Australian men walked tall on the tour at the turn of the century.

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