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Jan 23, 2014

Tennis-Li’s feet on the ground after reaching third final

MELBOURNE, Jan 23 (Reuters) – Li Na will hope to keep her head in check and feet on the ground during her third Australian Open final after her coach Carlos Rodriguez helped calm her for a thumping victory over teenager Eugenie Bouchard in the semi-finals on Thursday.

Runner-up last year and in 2011, the battle-hardened Chinese smashed the Canadian sensation 6-2 6-4 in a sun-drenched Rod Laver Arena and will battle Slovakia’s Dominika Cibulkova, the 20th seed, for the trophy.

Jan 22, 2014

Federer fells Murray to book Nadal semi-final

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – A resurgent Roger Federer weathered a belated challenge from Andy Murray at the Australian Open on Wednesday to win 6-3 6-4 6-7(6) 6-3 and set up a mouthwatering semi-final with great rival Rafa Nadal.

Stingy on serve and dominant at the net, the 17-times grand slam champion wobbled when serving out for the match at 5-4 in the third set and was dragged into a tiebreak in an atmosphere of unrelenting tension at Rod Laver Arena.

Jan 22, 2014

Tennis-Federer fells Murray to book Nadal semi-final

MELBOURNE, Jan 22 (Reuters) – A resurgent Roger Federer weathered a belated challenge from Andy Murray at the Australian Open on Wednesday to win 6-3 6-4 6-7(6) 6-3 and set up a mouthwatering semi-final with great rival Rafa Nadal.

Stingy on serve and dominant at the net, the 17-times grand slam champion wobbled when serving out for the match at 5-4 in the third set and was dragged into a tiebreak in an atmosphere of unrelenting tension at Rod Laver Arena.

Jan 22, 2014

Tennis-Radwanska ends Azarenka reign at Melbourne Park

MELBOURNE, Jan 22 (Reuters) – Silent assassin Agnieszka Radwanska toppled a shrieking Victoria Azarenka 6-1 5-7 6-0 on Wednesday to end the Belarusian’s bid for a hat-trick of titles and reach her maiden Australian Open semi-final.

The crafty Pole frustrated Azarenka with a scrambling, cat-and-mouse game early and completely dismantled the Belarusian in the final set to close out one of her finest victories in two sun-drenched hours at Rod Laver Arena.

Jan 22, 2014

Azarenka beats herself up to lose title defense

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – After two years in the spotlight as Australian Open champion, Victoria Azarenka was reduced to a spectator against Agnieszka Radwanska as she crashed out of the quarter-finals in a bout of self-flagellation on Wednesday.

Though digging deep to prise a set from the enterprising Pole, the world number two’s title defense ended dismally, with a “bagel” the final flourish on the 6-1 5-7 6-0 score at Rod Laver Arena.

Jan 22, 2014

Tennis-Azarenka beats herself up to lose title defence

MELBOURNE, Jan 22 (Reuters) – After two years in the spotlight as Australian Open champion, Victoria Azarenka was reduced to a spectator against Agnieszka Radwanska as she crashed out of the quarter-finals in a bout of self-flagellation on Wednesday.

Though digging deep to prise a set from the enterprising Pole, the world number two’s title defence ended dismally, with a “bagel” the final flourish on the 6-1 5-7 6-0 score at Rod Laver Arena.

Jan 22, 2014

Radwanska dumps champion Azarenka from Melbourne

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Silent assassin Agnieszka Radwanska ended Victoria Azarenka’s bid for a hat-trick of titles at Melbourne Park on Wednesday and reached her maiden Australian Open semi-final with a 6-1 5-7 6-0 win.

The crafty Pole frustrated Azarenka with a scrambling, cat-and-mouse game early and completely dismantled the big Belarusian in the third set to close out the match in exactly two hours under bright sunshine at Rod Laver Arena.

Jan 22, 2014

Tennis-Radwanska dumps champion Azarenka from Melbourne

MELBOURNE, Jan 22 (Reuters) – Silent assassin Agnieszka Radwanska ended Victoria Azarenka’s bid for a hat-trick of titles at Melbourne Park on Wednesday and reached her maiden Australian Open semi-final with a 6-1 5-7 6-0 win.

The crafty Pole frustrated Azarenka with a scrambling, cat-and-mouse game early and completely dismantled the big Belarusian in the third set to close out the match in exactly two hours under bright sunshine at Rod Laver Arena.

Jan 21, 2014

Wawrinka dumps Djokovic out of Australian Open

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – A brilliant Stanislas Wawrinka ended Novak Djokovic’s three-year reign at Melbourne Park on Tuesday, closing out a five-set classic at a heaving Rod Laver Arena to sensationally dump the Serb from the Australian Open quarter-finals.

Heartbroken by Djokovic in two five-set epics in Melbourne and the U.S. Open last year, the eighth-seeded Swiss played out of his skin to upset his grand slam nemesis 2-6 6-4 6-2 3-6 9-7 in an exhilarating four hours.

Jan 21, 2014

Tennis-Wawrinka dumps Djokovic out of Australian Open

MELBOURNE, Jan 21 (Reuters) – A brilliant Stanislas Wawrinka ended Novak Djokovic’s three-year reign at Melbourne Park on Tuesday, closing out a five-set classic at a heaving Rod Laver Arena to sensationally dump the Serb from the Australian Open quarter-finals.

Heartbroken by Djokovic in two five-set epics in Melbourne and the U.S. Open last year, the eighth-seeded Swiss played out of his skin to upset his grand slam nemesis 2-6 6-4 6-2 3-6 9-7 in an exhilarating four hours.

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