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  • Venus, Serena, Madison Keys advance to Australian Open quarterfinals

    Danielle Elliot at Busted Racquet5 hrs ago

    Don't count Venus Williams out just yet. At 34, the seven-time Grand Slam champion has advanced to her first Grand Slam quarterfinal since 2010. 

    Seeded 18th this year, Venus knocked off No. 6 Agnieszka Radwanska, 6-3, 2-6, 6-1 on Monday.

    Asked what has inspired her during this run, Williams said, "Definitely my sister Serena, she's just the ultimate champion. And definitely a lot of inspiration from all my fans who have stayed behind me through thick and thin."

    Venus will play 19-year-old American Madison Keys, who defeated fellow American Madison Brengle, 6-4, 6-2, in the round of 16. Keys was just 13 the last time Venus won a Grand Slam. 

    "I'm just really excited. It's a huge opportunity for me," Keys said. "I think Venus has helped the sport, especially the women's side with equal prize money. She was a huge part of that. Just watching her is inspirational."

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  • Kei Nishikori does not own a soccer team or a burger chain

    Danielle Elliot at Busted Racquet6 days ago

    Don't believe everything you hear on ESPN.

    During No. 5 Kei Nishikori's first round match, ESPN analyst Chris Fowler offered an interesting story about the rising Japanese star. He said Nishikori, who reached his first Grand Slam final at the U.S. Open in August, is the highest-paid male tennis player in the world. Lucrative endoresment deals in his home country supposedly helped him trump the likes of Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. 

    Fowler said that, "according to published reports," Nishikori made about $46 million last year through a combination of deals and owning a soccer team, a burger chain, "his own brand of vodka," a perfume, a clothing line, property holdings and stock investments.

    "He's come back hungrier than ever despite having more money than he'll ever need," Fowler added.

    It sounded unfathomable - and as one of Fowler's Twitter followers soon pointed out, it is.

    @mikekobow what does?

    The analyst quickly admitted the mistake.

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  • Months after retirement, Li Na announces she's pregnant

    Danielle Elliot at Busted Racquet6 days ago

    A year after winning the Australian Open title, Chinese tennis star Li Na returned to Rod Laver Arena on Monday. This time, the retired two-time Grand Slam champion had no plans of playing: she came to announce that she is pregnant with her first child.

    "I'm not sure I can trust everyone or not," she joked with the crowd. "Me and Dennis, we are so excited our first child will be out in the summer. Dennis is doing good job — he just makes one ace."

    Congratulations!!!! #LiNa makes a very special #ausopen announcement about a new arrival... http://t.co/rJfd9OEkq5

    Li, 32, became the first Asian player to win a grand slam event when she captured the title at Roland Garros in 2011. She was the runner-up in Australia twice before winning in 2014.

    She later posted to Facebook to explain why she made the announcement at Melbourne Park. 

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