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Jan 23, 2014

Tennis-Cibulkova stands tall to set up Li final

MELBOURNE, Jan 23 (Reuters) – China’s Li Na swept past teenager Genie Bouchard into her third Australian Open final and dynamo Dominika Cibulkova joined her by humbling Agnieszka Radwanska as Melbourne Park served up two lop-sided semi-finals on Thursday.

Li, who has lost two of the last three finals, got off to a flier in her match against Bouchard but the Canadian stalled her progress in the second set before succumbing 6-2 6-4.

Jan 23, 2014

Cibulkova stands tall to set up Li clash final

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – China’s Li Na swept past teenager Genie Bouchard into her third Australian Open final and dynamo Dominika Cibulkova joined her by humbling Agnieszka Radwanska as Melbourne Park served up two lop-sided semi-finals on Thursday.

Li, who has lost two of the last three finals, got off to a flier in her match against Bouchard but the Canadian stalled her progress in the second set before succumbing 6-2 6-4.

Jan 23, 2014

Pittman on board as Australia name biggest Winter team

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Former world champion track athlete Jana Pittman will become the first Australian woman to compete in both a Summer and Winter Olympics after being named in her country’s delegation for Sochi on Thursday.

The team is the biggest Australia has ever sent to a Winter Games with 56 athletes set to compete in 10 of the 15 sports and two more possibly joining them pending a case at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).

Jan 23, 2014

Olympics-Pittman on board as Australia name biggest Winter team

MELBOURNE, Jan 23 (Reuters) – Former world champion track athlete Jana Pittman will become the first Australian woman to compete in both a Summer and Winter Olympics after being named in her country’s delegation for Sochi on Thursday.

The team is the biggest Australia has ever sent to a Winter Games with 56 athletes set to compete in 10 of the 15 sports and two more possibly joining them pending a case at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).

Jan 22, 2014

Federer wins Murray dog fight, Nadal gets lucky

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Roger Federer’s revival gathered pace as he edged Andy Murray in a late-night dog fight to set up a blockbuster Australian Open semi-final with world No.1 Rafa Nadal who earlier on Wednesday had rode his luck to beat Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov.

Swiss Federer played sublime tennis to open a two-set lead over Murray but had to withstand a late charge from Briton before claiming a 6-3 6-4 6-7(6) 6-3 win in the first “Big Four” clash of the year.

Jan 22, 2014

Azarenka follows Djokovic out the door at Australian Open

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – The Australian Open was left without a defending champion in the semi-finals for the first time in the professional era when Victoria Azarenka followed Novak Djokovic out of the door on Wednesday.

Azarenka, champion for the last two years, tumbled out with a 6-1 5-7 6-0 loss to Agnieszka Radwanska less than 15 hours after Djokovic, who had been in the hunt for a fourth straight title, was upset by Stanislas Wawrinka in his quarter-final.

Jan 22, 2014

Azarenka follows Djokovic out the door in Melbourne

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – The Australian Open was left without a defending champion in the semi-finals for the first time in the professional era when Victoria Azarenka followed Novak Djokovic out of the door on Wednesday.

Azarenka, champion for the last two years, tumbled out with a 6-1 5-7 6-0 loss to Agnieszka Radwanska less than 15 hours after Djokovic, who had been in the hunt for a fourth straight title, was upset by Stanislas Wawrinka in his quarter-final.

Jan 22, 2014

Tennis-Azarenka follows Djokovic out the door in Melbourne

MELBOURNE, Jan 22 (Reuters) – The Australian Open was left without a defending champion in the semi-finals for the first time in the professional era when Victoria Azarenka followed Novak Djokovic out of the door on Wednesday.

Azarenka, champion for the last two years, tumbled out with a 6-1 5-7 6-0 loss to Agnieszka Radwanska less than 15 hours after Djokovic, who had been in the hunt for a fourth straight title, was upset by Stanislas Wawrinka in his quarter-final.

Jan 21, 2014

Wawrinka dethrones Djokovic in Melbourne Park thriller

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Stanislas Wawrinka brought a dramatic end to Novak Djokovic’s quest for a fourth successive Australian Open title in the quarter-finals on Tuesday when he finally found a way to beat the Serbian in a grand slam five-setter.

The pair held a packed Rod Laver Arena spellbound with four hours of top quality tennis studded with breathtaking rallies before the Swiss emerged a 2-6 6-4 6-2 3-6 9-7 winner to snap a 14-match losing streak against the second seed.

Jan 21, 2014

‘Belieber’ Bouchard beats Ivanovic to set up Li semi

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Canadian teenager Eugenie Bouchard kept her poise in the biggest match of her life to oust Ana Ivanovic in a three-set thriller and set up an Australian Open semi-final against China’s Li Na on Tuesday.

Li dispatched Italy’s Flavia Pennetta 6-2 6-2 in just over an hour in the first quarter-final of the day on Rod Laver Arena to reach the last four for the fourth time in five years at Melbourne Park.

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