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Jan 20, 2014

Frustrating Australian Open all over for Sharapova

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Picking up her racquet bag and marching straight out of Rod Laver Arena without a nod or a wave, Maria Sharapova’s abrupt exit after her fourth-round loss to Dominika Cibulkova on Monday spoke volumes of her disdain for a forgettable Australian Open.

After a long layoff and with doubts surrounding the state of her troublesome right shoulder, the 26-year-old entered the tournament with only four matches of preparation and with rust caked on so thick she could not shake it off.

Jan 20, 2014

Tennis-Frustrating Australian Open all over for Sharapova

MELBOURNE, Jan 20 (Reuters) – Picking up her racquet bag and marching straight out of Rod Laver Arena without a nod or a wave, Maria Sharapova’s abrupt exit after her fourth-round loss to Dominika Cibulkova on Monday spoke volumes of her disdain for a forgettable Australian Open.

After a long layoff and with doubts surrounding the state of her troublesome right shoulder, the 26-year-old entered the tournament with only four matches of preparation and with rust caked on so thick she could not shake it off.

Jan 19, 2014

Berdych sets up quarter-final date with Ferrer

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Tomas Berdych trounced Kevin Anderson 6-2 6-2 6-3 in a battle of big servers at the Australian Open on Sunday to set up a quarter-final with Spanish hustler David Ferrer.

Berdych, wearing his trademark blue-and-white striped shirt, outgunned Anderson at a rowdy Margaret Court Arena with an impressive array of winners to extend his record to 10-0 over the South African beanpole.

Jan 19, 2014

Tennis-Berdych sets up quarter-final date with Ferrer

MELBOURNE, Jan 19 (Reuters) – Tomas Berdych trounced Kevin Anderson 6-2 6-2 6-3 in a battle of big servers at the Australian Open on Sunday to set up a quarter-final with Spanish hustler David Ferrer.

Berdych, wearing his trademark blue-and-white striped shirt, outgunned Anderson at a rowdy Margaret Court Arena with an impressive array of winners to extend his record to 10-0 over the South African beanpole.

Jan 19, 2014

Williams turns her back on injury excuse after shock exit

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Serena Williams admitted that a bad back sustained during practice hampered her movement during her shock fourth round loss to Ana Ivanovic on Sunday, but refused to blame the injury for her stunning exit that blew the Australian Open wide open.

Raging favorite to clinch her 18th grand slam title and sixth at Melbourne Park, the world number one was overhauled 4-6 6-3 6-3 in front of an astonished Rod Laver Arena crowd as the resurgent Ivanovic soared to her finest victory in years.

Jan 19, 2014

Tennis-Williams turns her back on injury excuse after shock exit

MELBOURNE, Jan 19 (Reuters) – Serena Williams admitted that a bad back sustained during practice hampered her movement during her shock fourth round loss to Ana Ivanovic on Sunday, but refused to blame the injury for her stunning exit that blew the Australian Open wide open.

Raging favourite to clinch her 18th grand slam title and sixth at Melbourne Park, the world number one was overhauled 4-6 6-3 6-3 in front of an astonished Rod Laver Arena crowd as the resurgent Ivanovic soared to her finest victory in years.

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.

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