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Jan 8, 2015

Tennis-Raonic starts new year with ace blitz

BRISBANE, Jan 8 (Reuters) – There are no real secrets to the success of rising tennis star Milos Raonic. The towering Canadian has a booming serve that is one of the most dangerous weapons in the game.

Last year, he served 954 aces, third overall behind Ivo Karlovic and John Isner. After just one match this year, he already has 17, an ominous warning that his delivery is getting even harder to handle.

Jan 8, 2015

Ibrahim shows Qatar’s home grown talent can succeed

BRISBANE (Reuters) – Winning the right to host the World Cup was only part of the challenge facing Qatar. The second, and seemingly more difficult, was to develop a team good enough to make a splash when the tournament goes to the Middle East for the first time.

For a while, part of the strategy seemed to be to scour the globe for talented foreign-born players prepared to move to Qatar and switch nationalities.

Jan 7, 2015

Dimitrov launches new season with eye on next level

BRISBANE (Reuters) – Big things are expected of Grigor Dimitrov this year. If the experts are right, the Bulgarian could be a major player in 2015.

The 23-year-old has been one of the most talked about players in men’s tennis for the past few years, even though he did not make much of an impression at the grand slams until last season.

Jan 7, 2015

Tennis-Dimitrov launches new season with eye on next level

BRISBANE, Jan 7 (Reuters) – Big things are expected of Grigor Dimitrov this year. If the experts are right, the Bulgarian could be a major player in 2015.

The 23-year-old has been one of the most talked about players in men’s tennis for the past few years, even though he did not make much of an impression at the grand slams until last season.

Jan 6, 2015

Sharapova in ominous form in first outing of 2015

BRISBANE (Reuters) – Maria Sharapova made a powerful start to the new tennis season on Tuesday, crushing Kazakhstan’s Yaroslava Shvedova 6-0 6-1 at the Brisbane International on Tuesday.

After spending more than half her life on the professional circuit, the 27-year-old knows the follies of reading too much into her early matches but the Russian was still pleased by her performance.

Jan 6, 2015

Tennis-Sharapova in ominous form in first outing of 2015

BRISBANE, Jan 6 (Reuters) – Maria Sharapova made a powerful start to the new tennis season on Tuesday, crushing Kazakhstan’s Yaroslava Shvedova 6-0 6-1 at the Brisbane International on Tuesday.

After spending more than half her life on the professional circuit, the 27-year-old knows the follies of reading too much into her early matches but the Russian was still pleased by her performance.

Jan 6, 2015

Nishikori confident heading into new season

BRISBANE (Reuters) – For Kei Nishikori, one of the rising stars of men’s tennis, the start of the new year could not come quick enough.

The 25-year-old Japanese finished 2014 in a blaze of glory, reaching the final of the U.S. Open, the semi-finals of the season-ending championships in London and climbing to a career best ranking of fifth.

Jan 6, 2015

Tennis-Nishikori confident heading into new season

BRISBANE, Jan 6 (Reuters) – For Kei Nishikori, one of the rising stars of men’s tennis, the start of the new year could not come quick enough.

The 25-year-old Japanese finished 2014 in a blaze of glory, reaching the final of the U.S. Open, the semi-finals of the season-ending championships in London and climbing to a career best ranking of fifth.

Jan 5, 2015

Azarenka loses comeback match at Brisbane International

BRISBANE (Reuters) – The decibel readings were not needed for Victoria Azarenka on Monday as the groans from the crowd at the Brisbane International almost drowned out her trademark shrieks.

Still struggling to get back to her best, the former world number one was beaten 4-6 7-6(7) 6-4 in the first round by Czech Karolina Pliskova.

Jan 5, 2015

Tennis-Azarenka loses comeback match at Brisbane International

BRISBANE, Jan 5 (Reuters) – The decibel readings were not needed for Victoria Azarenka on Monday as the groans from the crowd at the Brisbane International almost drowned out her trademark shrieks.

Still struggling to get back to her best, the former world number one was beaten 4-6 7-6(7) 6-4 in the first round by Czech Karolina Pliskova.

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