Naomi Osaka Defeated Jennifer Brady in straight sets to win the Australian Open

MELBOURNE: Japan’s Naomi Osaka dismissed Jennifer Brady in straight sets to win the Australian Open in dominant style for her fourth Grand Slam title on Saturday. Osaka edged a tight first set but controlled the second to win 6-4, 6-3 in 77 minutes in front of thousands of fans at Rod Laver Arena. The 23-year-old, who becomes only the third player after Monica Seles and Roger Federer to win their first four major finals, will now rise to second in the world rankings. Osaka, rated as the world’s top-earning female…

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Novak Djokovic defies injury to reach Australian Open last eight

MELBOURNE: Eight-time winner Novak Djokovic fought through what he had described as a tournament-ending injury to beat Milos Raonic and reach the Australian Open quarter-finals on Sunday. Naomi Osaka and Serena Williams survived scares to go through but US Open champion Dominic Thiem was a major casualty when he fell to Bulgaria’s Grigor Dimitrov. Simona Halep avenged her crushing French Open defeat by Polish teenager Iga Swiatek to set up a meeting with Williams, while Taiwan’s Hsieh Su-Wei reached her first Slam quarter-final at the age of 35. Djokovic, the…

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Andy Murray tests positive to coronavirus, a setback to Australian Open

Former world No.1 Andy Murray has reportedly tested positive for coronavirus just as he was preparing to fly to Australia in preparation for the country’s Open. He was supposed to fly Down Under in the coming days, where he would have isolated for two weeks ahead of the Australian Open on February 8 in Melbourne. Murray has not competed in Melbourne since the tournament sent him off with a retirement ceremony in 2019 when he was on the verge of ending his career due to a hip injury. He withdrew…

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Tennis ‘big three’ plan to help lowest-ranked players

Novak Djokovic said on Saturday that he, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal are organising aid for players struggling with the paralysis of the game due to the coronavirus pandemic. “I spoke to Roger and Rafa a few days ago,” Djokovic, the world number one, said in an Instagram chat with friend and rival Stan Wawrinka on Saturday. “We had a long conversation about the near future of tennis, what is going to happen, how we can contribute and how we can help especially lower-ranked players, who are obviously struggling the…

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Wimbledon will be cancelled, says German tennis official

WIMBLEDON organisers will announce the cancellation of the grasscourt Grand Slam this week due to the coronavirus pandemic, German Tennis Federation (DTB) vice-president Dirk Hordorff has told Sky Sports. All England Lawn Tennis Club (AELTC) officials earlier said the June 29-July 12 event would not be played behind closed doors and postponement was not without significant risk and difficulty. “Wimbledon has stated that they will have a board meeting next Wednesday and will make the final decision there,” Hordorff told Sky Sports Germany. “I am also involved in the bodies…

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Coach Selvarajoo proud of young tennis team

There’s hope for the juniors to give Malaysian tennis a big lift in the region. The Malaysian team put up an impressive performance in Jakarta yesterday to emerge winners of the South-east Asian region in the Junior Fed Cup qualifiers. The Malaysian team beat Vietnam 3-0 to reach the final before they overcame Philippines 2-1. Philippines had earlier beaten Kazakhstan 2-1 to set up a final encounter against Malaysia. Hayden Khoo Menon gave Malaysia the lead in the tie against Vietnam, beating Nyugen Quang Vinh 7-6,6-3 in the first singles.…

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WTA cancels Xi’an Open due to coronavirus outbreak

The women’s Xi’an Open tennis tournament scheduled for next month in China has been cancelled due to the coronavirus outbreak, the WTA Tour said in a statement https://www.wtatennis.com/news/1616580/xi-an-open-canceled-due-to-coronavirus-outbreak. The 125K series hardcourt event was to be played from April 13-19, with 32 singles players and 16 doubles teams. The virus outbreak has killed more than 2,200 people and infected more than 75,000 in China after emerging late last year in Wuhan, Hubei province. The WTA said it was monitoring the situation ahead of the tournaments scheduled to take place in…

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Serena needs fresh approach to surpass Court, says coach

Former world number one Serena Williams must rethink her approach to Grand Slams after her latest bid to win a record-equalling 24th major prize came unstuck at Melbourne Park, her coach Patrick Mouratoglou has said. The 38-year-old American, who is looking to match Australian great Margaret Court’s record, has reached four Grand Slam finals since giving birth to daughter Olympia in 2017 but failed to win any of them. She arrived at this year’s Australian Open having won the Auckland Classic title but was beaten by China’s Wang Qiang in…

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Grand Slam experience has Muguruza primed for title – Henin

Garbine Muguruza’s big-match experience should prove the difference in the Australian Open women’s final against American surprise package Sofia Kenin, according to seven-times Grand Slam champion Justine Henin. The tournament has had plenty of upsets, with Serena Williams shocked by China’s Wang Qiang and Kenin dumping top seed Ash Barty from the semi-finals, but Belgian Henin expects class to win out at Rod Laver Arena on Saturday. Twice Grand Slam champion Muguruza is playing her fourth major final, while 14th seed Kenin is in her first, having never made it…

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Muguruza must take command against Kenin, says coach Martinez

Garbine Muguruza has to be the one taking charge in the Australian Open final against “fighter” Sofia Kenin if she is to win her third Grand Slam title, the Spaniard’s coach Conchita Martinez said on Friday. Muguruza has been in three previous Grand Slam finals, winning two of them at Roland Garros (2016) and Wimbledon (2017), while the 21-year-old American will make her debut in a major final when they clash on Saturday. Martinez, who won Wimbledon in 1994 and made the final at Melbourne Park four years later, rejoined…

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