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Jan 21, 2014

Tennis-’Belieber’ Bouchard beats Ivanovic to set up Li semi

MELBOURNE, Jan 21 (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.

Jan 20, 2014

‘Big Four’ through as Sharapova sinks in Melbourne

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Rafa Nadal came through his first proper test to storm into the quarter-finals of the Australian Open on Monday but Maria Sharapova was ushered to the exit after a second big shock in as many days in the women’s draw.

Victoria Azarenka was left as the only top-three seed still standing in the last eight when Sharapova was scratched from the title race by Dominika Cibulkova, a day after Serena Williams had also tumbled out in the fourth round.

Jan 20, 2014

Azarenka advances, Sharapova exits in Australian Open

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Maria Sharapova joined Serena Williams in making an early exit from the Australian Open on Monday but defending champion Victoria Azarenka swept into the quarter-finals with an 18th straight victory at Melbourne Park.

A day after Ana Ivanovic’s stunning upset of Williams blew open the top half of the draw, third seed Sharapova was also scratched from the title race with a 3-6 6-4 6-1 loss to Slovakian Dominika Cibulkova.

Jan 20, 2014

Azarenka advances, Sharapova exits in Melbourne

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Maria Sharapova joined Serena Williams in making an early exit from the Australian Open on Monday but defending champion Victoria Azarenka swept into the quarter-finals with an 18th straight victory at Melbourne Park.

A day after Ana Ivanovic’s stunning upset of Williams blew open the top half of the draw, third seed Sharapova was also scratched from the title race with a 3-6 6-4 6-1 loss to Slovakian Dominika Cibulkova.

Jan 20, 2014

Tennis-Azarenka advances, Sharapova exits in Melbourne

MELBOURNE, Jan 20 (Reuters) – Maria Sharapova joined Serena Williams in making an early exit from the Australian Open on Monday but defending champion Victoria Azarenka swept into the quarter-finals with an 18th straight victory at Melbourne Park.

A day after Ana Ivanovic’s stunning upset of Williams blew open the top half of the draw, third seed Sharapova was also scratched from the title race with a 3-6 6-4 6-1 loss to Slovakian Dominika Cibulkova.

Jan 20, 2014

Australia bring in Doolan, Marsh for South Africa trip

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Australia dropped batsman George Bailey from the squad for their three-test tour of South Africa on Monday and brought uncapped Alex Doolan and Shaun Marsh into the 15-man party.

Bailey made his debut in the first test of the recently concluded Ashes series but scored only 183 runs at an average of 26 as an unchanged Australia romped to a 5-0 sweep of England.

Jan 20, 2014

Cricket-Australia bring in Doolan, Marsh for South Africa trip

MELBOURNE, Jan 20 (Reuters) – Australia dropped batsman George Bailey from the squad for their three-test tour of South Africa on Monday and brought uncapped Alex Doolan and Shaun Marsh into the 15-man party.

Bailey made his debut in the first test of the recently concluded Ashes series but scored only 183 runs at an average of 26 as an unchanged Australia romped to a 5-0 sweep of England.

Jan 19, 2014

Inspired Ivanovic stuns Serena, Djokovic cruises

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – An inspired Ana Ivanovic blew the race for the Australian Open women’s title wide open when she stunned overwhelming favorite Serena Williams in the fourth round at Melbourne Park on Sunday.

Novak Djokovic was for once forced to cede the spotlight to another Serbian but showed no signs of relinquishing his iron grip on the men’s title and was merciless in his 6-3 6-0 6-2 flogging of Fabio Fognini.

Jan 19, 2014

Inspired Ivanovic stuns Serena in Melbourne

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – An inspired Ana Ivanovic blew the race for the Australian Open women’s title wide open with a stunning upset of overwhelming favorite Serena Williams in the fourth round on Sunday.

The 14th ranked Serb played the match of her life to come from a set down and secure the biggest shock of the tournament so far with a 4-6 6-3 6-3 victory over the world number one.

Jan 19, 2014

Tennis-Inspired Ivanovic stuns Serena in Melbourne

MELBOURNE, Jan 19 (Reuters) – An inspired Ana Ivanovic blew the race for the Australian Open women’s title wide open with a stunning upset of overwhelming favourite Serena Williams in the fourth round on Sunday.

The 14th ranked Serb played the match of her life to come from a set down and secure the biggest shock of the tournament so far with a 4-6 6-3 6-3 victory over the world number one.

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