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Jan 10, 2015

Loss to China compounds Saudi Arabia’s woes at Asian Cup

BRISBANE (Reuters) – It has not been a good start to the Asian Cup for Saudi Arabia. After just one match the Green Falcons are in trouble and luck seems against them.

Once a powerhouse of Asian football, winning the title three times and making the final three more times between 1984 and 2007, the Saudis are suddenly struggling, much of it caused by their own doing.

Jan 10, 2015

Sharapova beats Ivanovic to win Brisbane International

BRISBANE (Reuters) – Maria Sharapova beat Ana Ivanovic in the final of the Brisbane International on Saturday in a display that bodes well for her chances at the Australian Open.

It has been seven years since Sharapova won her only Australian Open title but if she can take her form from Brisbane to Melbourne, a second title does not seem out of the question.

Jan 10, 2015

China upset Saudi Arabia 1-0 at Asian Cup

BRISBANE (Reuters) – China saved a second half penalty then scored a fortuitous goal that took a wicked deflection off a defender to upset Saudi Arabia 1-0 at the Asian Cup on Saturday.

Two days into the tournament, everything had gone according to plan, but China tore up the script at Lang Park by producing the first real upset of the event.

Jan 10, 2015

Federer beats Dimitrov to reach Brisbane final

BRISBANE (Reuters) – Roger Federer moved to within one win of his 1,000 career victory when he crushed Bulgaria’s Grigor Dimitrov on Saturday to reach the final of the Brisbane International.

The Swiss maestro produced a masterclass display to brush aside his young challenger, dubbed “Baby Fed”, 6-2 6-2 in just 53 minutes.

Jan 9, 2015

Federer tells next generation the Big Four aren’t finished yet

BRISBANE (Reuters) – Roger Federer knows the next generation of tennis players are closing in fast on the Big Four, the so-called elite quartet who have dominated the last decade of men’s tennis.

Federer himself has not won a grand slam title since 2012 and the other members of the troupe, Rafa Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray, have all been battling injuries and illness.

Jan 9, 2015

Gritty Ivanovic advances to Brisbane final

BRISBANE (Reuters) – Serbia’s Ana Ivanovic battled her way into the final of the Brisbane International on Friday, beating American Varvara Lepchenko 7-6(2) 6-4.

Ivanovic, who came from a set down to win her previous match, once again had to dig deep before seeing off Lepchenko after nearly two hours on the Pat Rafter Arena.

Jan 9, 2015

Nishikori leads generation next into Brisbane semis

BRISBANE (Reuters) – Japanese sensation Kei Nishikori led a trio of tennis young guns into the semi-finals of the Brisbane International on Friday, sending out another message that the next generation are getting ready to challenge the old guard.

Nishikori, still on a high after reaching the final of last year’s U.S. Open, continued his impressive build-up to this month’s Australian Open when he demolished Bernard Tomic 6-0 6-4.

Jan 8, 2015

Rusty Federer scrapes through to win season debut

BRISBANE (Reuters) – Roger Federer avoided an embarrassing start to the new season when he dug himself out of trouble to beat little-known journeyman John Millman 4-6 6-4 6-3 at the Brisbane International on Thursday.

What was expected to be a romp in the park for the Swiss maestro quickly turned into a old-fashioned scrap as he struggled to overcome a player ranked 153rd in the world who had only won three ATP matches in his career.

Jan 8, 2015

Tennis-Rusty Federer scrapes through to win season debut

BRISBANE, Jan 8 (Reuters) – Roger Federer avoided an embarrassing start to the new season when he dug himself out of trouble to beat little-known journeyman John Millman 4-6 6-4 6-3 at the Brisbane International on Thursday.

What was expected to be a romp in the park for the Swiss maestro quickly turned into a old-fashioned scrap as he struggled to overcome a player ranked 153rd in the world who had only won three ATP matches in his career.

Jan 8, 2015

Sharapova and Ivanovic reach semis in Brisbane

BRISBANE (Reuters) – Ana Ivanovic recovered from an awful start to beat Kaia Kanepi at the Brisbane International on Thursday and remain on track for a glamor meeting with Maria Sharapova.

Ivanovic looked anything but the world number seven as she lost the opening five games, prompting her coach Dejan Petrovic to join her in an animated courtside chat.

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