Nadal relentlessly marches on as emotional Kvitova makes Open semis

Rafael Nadal continued his relentless march towards an 18th major title Tuesday as an emotional Petra Kvitova swept into her first Grand Slam semi-final since a terrifying knife attack almost ended her career.

On day nine of the Australian Open, the fairytale runs of Stefanos Tsitsipas and Danielle Collins were also extended as they too swept into the last four.

Nadal relentlessly marches on as emotional Kvitova makes Open semis
Nadal relentlessly marches on as emotional Kvitova makes Open semis

Nadal relentlessly marches on as emotional Kvitova makes Open semis

Rafael Nadal continued his relentless march towards an 18th major title Tuesday as an emotional Petra Kvitova swept into her first Grand Slam semi-final since a terrifying knife attack almost ended her career.

Steely Serena in ‘different space’, ready for record Slam win – coach

Steely Serena in ‘different space’, ready for record Slam win – coach

Serena Williams is emotionally and physically ready to win another Grand Slam, unlike during her famous meltdown in the final of the US Open last year, according to coach Patrick Mouratoglou.
Stefanos Tsitsipas, a Greek tennis god in the making

Stefanos Tsitsipas, a Greek tennis god in the making

Conqueror of his idol Roger Federer in the last 16 of the Australian Open, the rise of Greek youngster Stefanos Tsitsipas is one that appears destined to carry him to the top of the tennis world.
Serena outslugs top seed Halep

Serena outslugs top seed Halep

In a towering performance, the American great scored her biggest win since giving birth to break down the Romanian.
WATCH: ‘It made me feel better’ says racquet-smasher Zverev

WATCH: ‘It made me feel better’ says racquet-smasher Zverev

Furious fourth seed Alexander Zverev crashed out of the Australian Open Monday but said he “felt better” after smashing his racquet to pieces in frustration.
How cricket helped tennis star Barty over sticky wicket

How cricket helped tennis star Barty over sticky wicket

Australia’s Ashleigh Barty believes a decision to take a break from tennis and play professional cricket revived her career, giving her the drive to reach a Grand Slam quarter-final in Melbourne this week.
Bryan doctor urges Murray to consider ‘miraculous’ surgery

Bryan doctor urges Murray to consider ‘miraculous’ surgery

Andy Murray’s tennis career could yet be prolonged by hip resurfacing surgery, according to the doctor who performed the procedure on US doubles specialist Bob Bryan.
Serena juggernaut rolls into Aussie Open last 16

Serena juggernaut rolls into Aussie Open last 16

Serena Williams swatted aside Ukrainian teenager Dayana Yastremska in straight sets Saturday, powering into the Australian Open last 16 as she chases a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam title.
Federer relieved after getting past ‘mirror’ Evans

Federer relieved after getting past ‘mirror’ Evans

Defending champion Roger Federer reached the Australian Open third round for a 20th straight year Wednesday but admitted it had been tough to get past his ‘mirror’ image Dan Evans.
Ominous Serena, Djokovic make Open statements

Ominous Serena, Djokovic make Open statements

A focused Serena Williams sent an ominous Australian Open warning with a 49-minute first-round demolition Tuesday as world number one Novak Djokovic destroyed his opponent as he targets a record seventh title.
Djokovic begins seventh Aussie Open title bid with romp

Djokovic begins seventh Aussie Open title bid with romp

Novak Djokovic began his bid for a record seventh Australian Open title in easy fashion Tuesday, crushing 230th-ranked American Mitchell Krueger 6-3, 6-2, 6-2 on Rod Laver Arena.
Serena made sure baby’s first doll ‘Qai Qai’ was black

Serena made sure baby’s first doll ‘Qai Qai’ was black

Serena Williams says she made sure the first doll her daughter Alexis Olympia received was black, and her second one will be white as she teaches a message of “love for each other”.
Murray’s agony: ‘It’s so sore I even hate walking the dogs’

Murray’s agony: ‘It’s so sore I even hate walking the dogs’

Andy Murray has opened up about the personal agony of his battered right hip after losing an epic Australian Open five-setter, saying he can’t even enjoy simple pleasures like walking his dogs.
Serena kickstarts quest for record 24th Slam

Serena kickstarts quest for record 24th Slam

Serena Williams kickstarts her bid to match Margaret Court’s record of 24 Grand Slam titles on Tuesday in her first return to Melbourne Park since winning in 2017 while eight weeks pregnant.
Gutsy Murray out of Australian Open after five-set epic

Gutsy Murray out of Australian Open after five-set epic

The Scot, who said he will retire this season because of chronic hip pain, seemed finished at two sets and a break down, but somehow battled back to force a fifth set.
Anderson gets off to a decent start at Australian Open

Anderson gets off to a decent start at Australian Open

Interestingly, it’s the first time since 2015 that SA’s leading player actually made it past the first round.
Serena shooting for Slam history

Serena shooting for Slam history

But she’s maintaining a low profile.
Djokovic insists no decision on ousting ATP Tour chief

Djokovic insists no decision on ousting ATP Tour chief

A report stated a move was underway to topple Chris Kermonde, citing a strongly worded email sent by ATP player council member Vasek Pospisil
New kid Zverev sad at ‘coolest dude’ Murray quitting tennis

New kid Zverev sad at ‘coolest dude’ Murray quitting tennis

He said he would always appreciate what the 31-year-old three-times Grand Slam winner Murray had done for the sport.
WATCH: Tomic’s ridiculous underarm serve clinches match

WATCH: Tomic’s ridiculous underarm serve clinches match

The combustible Aussie was playing against countryman Nick Kyrgios, another man known for questionable antics.
End in sight for magnificent Murray

End in sight for magnificent Murray

Reaching world number one in an era of Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal speaks volumes about the drive of Andy Murray, who took up the game as a three-year-old.
Andy Murray to retire, Australian Open could be last event

Andy Murray to retire, Australian Open could be last event

A tearful Andy Murray on Friday announced he would likely retire this year due to severe pain from a hip injury, saying next week’s Australian Open could be the last tournament of a glittering career.
Five men to watch at the Australian Open

Five men to watch at the Australian Open

Will the so-called Big Four continue to dominate or is it time for the new generation to stand up?
Five women to watch at the Australian Open

Five women to watch at the Australian Open

From the “old guard” in Serena Williams and Caroline Wozniacki to the future in Naomi Osaka, the first Grand Slam of the year has a variety of contenders.
Serena’s big chance to become the greatest

Serena’s big chance to become the greatest

Should she win the Australian Open, she’ll finally match Margaret Court’s world record of 24 Grand Slam titles.

 

 

 

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