• Venus rises again to meet Keys in generation clash

    By Ian Ransom MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Evergreen Venus Williams turned back the clock at the Australian Open on Monday to book her first grand slam quarter-final in five years and set up an intriguing matchup with Madison Keys, the teenager touted as the future of American tennis. Williams' 6-3 2-6…

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  • Azarenka's fun-filled Australian Open comes to an end

    Victoria Azarenka is packing her bags and leaving the Australian Open far earlier than years past, but the two-time former champion sure had fun while she was here. Unseeded after an injury-marred season, Azarenka had the toughest draw of any of the top female contenders at Melbourne Park, yet she…

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  • 'Fan coach' helps Serena focus on way to quarters

    By Ian Ransom MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Serena Williams took some coaching advice from a fan sitting in the Rod Laver Arena terraces as she struggled to overcome hard-hitting Spaniard Garbine Muguruza 2-6 6-3 6-2 to reach the quarter-finals on Monday. The 24th seed Muguruza, who stunned Williams in the…

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    Murray Beats Dimitrov in Epic

    Andy Murray won a gruelling late-night contest with Grigor Dimitrov to reach his sixth consecutive Australian Open quarter-final. The British number one came through 6-4 6-7 (5-7) 6-3 7-5 in three hours and 32 minutes. A fifth set had looked likely but Murray won the last five games in row, sealing…

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  • After making history, Nishikori still getting used to No. 5

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — It's only been a couple of months since Kei Nishikori moved into the No. 5 ranking, and he's not yet comfortable with the number.

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  • Serena Williams thanks fan for the (free) advice

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) -- A fan cried out some advice that Serena Williams says helped her win a very tough fourth-round match.

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  • AUSTRALIAN OPEN SCENE: Bouchard's song requests

    Eugenie Bouchard appreciates the creativity of her personal cheering section, a group of (mostly) male fans called the Genie Army. Clad in red-and-white T-shirts spelling 'G-E-N-I-E', the group serenades Bouchard during her matches at the Australian Open with pop songs they've recast with…

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  • Commanding Nadal issues Open title warning

    World number three Rafael Nadal's chances of a second Australian Open crown soared with a commanding win to lock in a quarter-final berth Sunday. The 14-time Grand Slam champion defused big-serving South African Kevin Anderson 7-5, 6-1, 6-4 in 2hr 6min on Rod Laver Arena to advance to the last…

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  • Wawrinka dismisses notions of vengeance

    By Greg Stutchbury MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Having dispatched one of his 2014 grand slam vanquishers to reach the Australian Open quarter-finals, Stan Wawrinka is now getting ready to face another on Wednesday. Wawrinka avenged his early exit at last year's French Open with a 7-6(2) 6-4 4-6 7-6(8)…

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  • Tennis-Evergreen Venus upsets Radwanska in Melbourne

    Venus Williams advanced into her first grand slam quarter-final since the 2010 U.S. Open with an upset 6-3 2-6 6-1 victory over sixth seed Agnieszka Radwanska at the Australian Open on Monday. Williams, however, put pressure on Radwanska's serve throughout, illustrated by the seventh game of the…

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  • Nishikori grinds down Ferrer to reach quarters

    MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Kei Nishikori matched his career-best performance at Melbourne Park by grinding down David Ferrer 6-3 6-3 6-3 to reach the quarter-finals of the Australian Open on Monday. Spaniard Ferrer's modus operandi has been to drag opponents into endless rallies until they succumb via…

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  • Bryan brothers out in 3rd round of Australian Open doubles

    Mike and Bob Bryan lost in the third round of men's doubles at the Australian Open on Monday, the second straight year the twin brothers have failed to reach the quarterfinals. The top-seeded Bryans lost to 14th-seeded Dominic Inglot of Britain and Florin Mergea of Romania 7-6 (4), 6-3, a new pair…

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  • Murray beats Dimitrov, prepares for Australian challenge

    After the clock ticked past midnight, Andy Murray became aware that it was officially Australia Day and he already knew from the crowd reaction what to expect in the quarterfinals. Murray, a two-time Grand Slam champion and three-time Australian Open finalist, fended off racket-smashing Grigor…

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  • 'Mean Girls' it's not but some players scoff at friendships

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — In their latest public display of friendship, Serena Williams and Caroline Wozniacki posted a photo of getting their nails done before the Australian Open. The camaraderie, in a sport better known for its rivalries, has prompted discussion among players on what it's like…

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  • Williams sisters advance to quarterfinals at Australian Open

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — The Williams sisters are back in the quarterfinals of a Grand Slam, and neither one is there just to watch.

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  • Tennis-Raonic reaches first Australian Open quarter-final

    Milos Raonic struck a blow for the next generation of male players by felling Spanish veteran Feliciano Lopez 6-4 4-6 6-3 6-7(7) 6-3 to reach his first Australian Open quarter-final on Monday. Eighth seed Raonic became only the second Canadian to reach the last eight at Melbourne Park, nearly 50…

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  • Keys, 19, reaches first major quarterfinal _ and wants more

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Madison Keys turns 20 next month and her mother, Christine, is already sending her teasing texts featuring grandma emojis.

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  • Sharapova surges as rivals sweat

    Resurgent second seed Maria Sharapova's Australian Open campaign kicked into overdrive on Sunday as young guns Eugenie Bouchard and Simona Halep scraped into the quarter-finals. Five-time Grand Slam champion Sharapova demolished China's Peng Shuai to set up a glamour final eight showdown with…

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