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Jan 18, 2014

Stephens can’t wait for rematch of Azarenka semi

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Victoria Azarenka was understandably keen to look forward to an Australian Open rematch with Sloane Stephens in the fourth round rather than look back at their controversial semi-final at Melbourne Park last year.

Azarenka, who humiliated Austria’s Yvonne Meusburger 6-1 6-0 in the evening session at Hisense Arena on Saturday, was slammed last year for taking a 10-minute medical time-out after blowing five match-points against the young American.

Jan 18, 2014

Tennis-Stephens can’t wait for rematch of Azarenka semi

MELBOURNE, Jan 18 (Reuters) – Victoria Azarenka was understandably keen to look forward to an Australian Open rematch with Sloane Stephens in the fourth round rather than look back at their controversial semi-final at Melbourne Park last year.

Azarenka, who humiliated Austria’s Yvonne Meusburger 6-1 6-0 in the evening session at Hisense Arena on Saturday, was slammed last year for taking a 10-minute medical time-out after blowing five match-points against the young American.

Jan 18, 2014

Southpaw-slayer Murray continues Melbourne march

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Andy Murray continued his domination of left-handers by swatting aside Feliciano Lopez 7-6 (7-2) 6-4 6-2 to reach the Australian Open fourth round on Saturday.

Murray’s win over the big-serving Spaniard was his 14th in succession against southpaws, part of a prolonged mastery dating back to hitting practice with his left-handed brother Jamie.

Jan 18, 2014

Tennis-Southpaw-slayer Murray continues Melbourne march

MELBOURNE, Jan 18 (Reuters) – Andy Murray continued his domination of left-handers by swatting aside Feliciano Lopez 7-6 (7-2) 6-4 6-2 to reach the Australian Open fourth round on Saturday.

Murray’s win over the big-serving Spaniard was his 14th in succession against southpaws, part of a prolonged mastery dating back to hitting practice with his left-handed brother Jamie.

Jan 18, 2014

Sharapova advances but still searching for form

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Maria Sharapova continued her erratic Australian Open campaign with a scratchy 6-1 7-6 (8-6) win over Alize Cornet that put her into the last 16 on Saturday but also sent her straight to the practice court in search of some sorely needed form.

Still rebuilding from a long layoff due to her troublesome right shoulder, Sharapova ran hot then cold against the 25th seeded Frenchwoman, her serve going awry in the hard-fought second set and only a late rally in the tiebreak saving the Russian from another potential marathon.

Jan 18, 2014

Tennis-Sharapova advances but still searching for form

MELBOURNE, Jan 18 (Reuters) – Maria Sharapova continued her erratic Australian Open campaign with a scratchy 6-1 7-6 (8-6) win over Alize Cornet that put her into the last 16 on Saturday but also sent her straight to the practice court in search of some sorely needed form.

Still rebuilding from a long layoff due to her troublesome right shoulder, Sharapova ran hot then cold against the 25th seeded Frenchwoman, her serve going awry in the hard-fought second set and only a late rally in the tiebreak saving the Russian from another potential marathon.

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.

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