• Venus Williams exits Aussie Open with heartfelt advice

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Asked what the future might hold for her young opponent, Venus Williams offered some heartfelt advice that could easily apply to her own career.

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  • AUSTRALIAN OPEN SCENE: Djokovic's No. 1 fan

    During Novak Djokovic's Australian Open quarterfinal, a photo of his three-month-old son started making the rounds on social media. On-court interviewer Jim Courier asked the No. 1-ranked player about his No. 1 fan after the match, directing his attention to the big screens overhead at Rod Laver…

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  • Djokovic, Wawrinka set up epic showdown, ill Serena through

    By Greg Stutchbury MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Top seed Novak Djokovic and champion Stan Wawrinka set up 'The Djoker v The Man 3.0' at Melbourne Park after impressive quarter-final victories on Wednesday, while an ill Serena Williams moved a step closer to her 19th grand slam title. The American,…

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  • Serena, Sharapova on course for Australian Open showdown

    The 18-time Grand Slam champion was at her brutal best on Wednesday, crushing last year's finalist Dominika Cibulkova in straight sets to set up an all-American last four showdown on Thursday with unseeded teenager Madison Keys. The other semi-final clash on Thursday is an all-Russian affair…

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  • Serena on fire as Wawrinka crushes Japan's hopes at Australian Open

    A fired-up Serena Williams shot down last year's finalist Dominika Cibulkova Wednesday to set up an Australian Open semi-final with teen Madison Keys, as defending men's champion Stan Wawrinka crushed Japanese hopes. Unlike her earlier sluggish matches, Serena was in the zone from the off against…

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  • Sisterly advice to help Serena prepare for Keys

    By Ian Ransom MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Serena Williams will turn to her sister for advice for her all-American semi-final against Madison Keys, the teenager with designs on the throne of U.S. women's tennis. An injury-hampered Keys defeated Venus Williams in three sets on Wednesday to continue her…

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  • Keys injury time-out cost me momentum, says beaten Venus

    By Ian Ransom MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Venus Williams blamed an injury time-out by opponent Madison Keys for robbing her of rhythm and momentum during their Australian Open quarter-final on Wednesday. The seven-times grand slam champion was leading 4-1 in the second set when play was halted for about…

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  • The phone call that turned around Sharapova's Aussie Open

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — One phone call was all it took for Maria Sharapova to shake off whatever it was that almost ended her Australian Open.

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  • Bouchard regretful as Slam chance goes begging

    Canadian seventh seed Eugenie Bouchard admitted she was full of regrets on Tuesday after blowing the chance to make a Grand Slam statement against second seed Maria Sharapova at the Australian Open. The 20-year-old, hyped as the rising star of a new generation destined for glory at the majors, was…

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  • Serena takes aim at pocket rocket as Venus finds Keys

    Top seed Serena Williams is aiming to shoot down Slovak pocket rocket Dominika Cibulkova in the Australian Open quarter-finals Wednesday, as resurgent sister Venus plays the generation game with teen Madison Keys. The American siblings, for so long a dominant force in women's tennis, will meet in a…

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  • Rafael Nadal knocked out of Australian Open by Tomas Berdych

    Tomas Berdych advances to the semifinals in Melbourne Park

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  • What to watch at Aussie Open: Keys takes on another Williams

    For the third consecutive year, a fearless 19-year-old has made a big run to the women's semifinals at the Australian Open, putting the old guard on notice. Madison Keys takes on American countrywoman Serena Williams in her first major semifinal on Thursday. In 2013, Victoria Azarenka defeated…

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  • Tennis-Kyrgios bows out with good memories and another broken racquet

    By Ian Ransom MELBOURNE, Jan 27 (Reuters) - Teenager Nick Kyrgios bowed out of the Australian Open on Tuesday having shown further proof of his prodigious talent but he leaves Melbourne Park with three smashed racquets, code violations and concerns about his on-court histrionics. The 19-year-old…

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  • Tennis-Australian Open order of play

    MELBOURNE, Jan 27 (Reuters) - Order of play on the main showcourt on day nine of the Australian Open on Tuesday (prefix denotes seeding; play begins at 0000 GMT). - - - Rod Laver Arena Madison Keys (U.S.) v 18-Venus Williams (U.S.) Not before 0130 1-Serena Williams (U.S.) v 11-Dominika Cibulkova…

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  • Young players turn to ex-pros hoping for Slam breakthrough

    Goran Ivanisevic won one Wimbledon title in his colorful tennis career, but the big-serving Croatian believes he might have won even more if he'd had an ex-player as his coach, like many of the top competitors do today. ''Bad luck I did not have someone like me to coach me when I was (playing),''…

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  • Australian Open briefs

    You can't open a newspaper in Australia without seeing a picture of new golden boy Nick Kyrgios with every aspect of his game and life examined, including his hair style. Young gun Canadian eighth seed Milos Raonic has taken to sporting his jet black hair slicked back with gel. The new style has…

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  • Nadal disappointed but bows out content with comeback

    By Ian Ransom MELBOURNE (Reuters) - A fourth-round thrashing of big-serving South African Kevin Anderson had given Rafa Nadal hope he might be back to his best, but the Spaniard's limited preparations came back to haunt him against Tomas Berdych at the Australian Open on Tuesday. The rangy Czech…

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