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Category: Australian Open 2019

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Home hopes lifted as Ashleigh Barty earns shot at Maria Sharapova | Kevin Mitchell

The Queenslander’s run has provided a boost for Australian tennis after Lleyton Hewitt and Bernard Tomic’s spatAshleigh Barty, who strips down many of her trophies and gives them to friends to recycle for juniors at a Brisbane club, writes the sort of …

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Roger Federer has ‘no plans’ to retire after cruising into Australian Open last 16 – video

Roger Federer revealed he has no plans to retire any time soon after a strong start to his Australian Open campaign.The 37-year-old defending champion beat American Taylor Fritz in straight sets to advance to the fourth round of a grand slam for the 64…

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Andy Murray pulls out of Marseille tournament as he weighs up hip surgery

Murray’s team deny he has already decided to have operationMarseille statement said Scot would ‘undergo further surgery’Fevered speculation about Andy Murray’s retirement plans refuses to die down just days after his early exit from the Australian Open…

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Maria Sharapova ends Caroline Wozniacki’s Australian Open defence

Sharapova beats defending champion 6-4, 4-6, 6-3Russian will face Australian Ashleigh Barty in fourth roundCaroline Wozniacki’s reign as Australian Open champion ended with a three-set defeat by Maria Sharapova in the third round. The battle of two of …

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Alex De Minaur v Rafael Nadal: Australian Open 2019 – live!

Game-by-game report of the round-of-32 match on Rod LaverConfident De Minaur unruffled by prospect of facing Nadal againEmail jacob.steinberg@theguardian.com | Tweet @JacobSteinberg 7.22am GMT Hello. Ten years on from Rafa Nadal’s first and only Austra…

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Alex De Minaur v Rafael Nadal: Australian Open 2019 – live!

Game-by-game report of the round-of-32 match on Rod LaverConfident De Minaur unruffled by prospect of facing Nadal againEmail jacob.steinberg@theguardian.com | Tweet @JacobSteinberg 7.22am GMT Hello. Ten years on from Rafa Nadal’s first and only Austra…

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Retirement not on Roger Federer’s mind after sweeping into Australian Open last 16

Swiss No 3 seed beats Taylor Fritz 6-2, 7-5, 6-2Defending champion to play Stefanos Tsitsipas nextRoger Federer at 37 shows no signs of sending his fans into mourning by even thinking about retiring from tennis, and said after his 100th match on Rod La…

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Maria Sharapova v Caroline Wozniacki: Australian Open third round – live!

Updates from the match on Rod Laver ArenaAny thoughts? Email or tweet @JPHowcroft 4.31am GMT Here’s some more background on Wozniacki’s rheumatoid arthritis diagnosis that she revealed late last year. Related: Caroline Wozniacki reveals battle with rh…

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Maria Sharapova v Caroline Wozniacki: Australian Open third round – live!

Updates from the match on Rod Laver ArenaAny thoughts? Email or tweet @JPHowcroft 4.31am GMT Here’s some more background on Wozniacki’s rheumatoid arthritis diagnosis that she revealed late last year. Related: Caroline Wozniacki reveals battle with rh…

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Lleyton Hewitt accuses Bernard Tomic of threatening him and his family

Hewitt cuts all contact after multiple threats and says Tomic will never play Davis Cup as long as he is captainLleyton Hewitt has sensationally claimed Bernard Tomic threatened him and his family and says Tomic will never play Davis Cup as long as he …

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Lleyton Hewitt accuses Bernard Tomic of threatening him and his family

Hewitt cuts all contact after multiple threats and says Tomic will never play Davis Cup as long as he is captainLleyton Hewitt has sensationally claimed Bernard Tomic threatened him and his family and says Tomic will never play Davis Cup as long as he …

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Rafael Nadal hails Alex De Minaur as ‘one of the best players in the world’ – video

Australian Alex de Minaur summoned every bit of his fighting spirit to win a five-set thriller against Swiss qualifier Henri Laaksonen and progress to the Australian Open third round for the first time.His reward is another showdown with 17-t…

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Garbiñe Muguruza beats Johanna Konta in late-night finish to end British hopes

• Muguruza through to third round after 6-4, 6-7(3), 7-5 win• Match finished at 3.12am on Margaret Court ArenaJohanna Konta became the last of eight British players to leave the 2019 Australian Open, and in the most bizarre circumstances, sharing the r…

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Djokovic trounces Tsonga to set up Australian Open meeting with Shapovalov

• Serb into third round after 6-3, 7-5, 6-4 victory• Shapovalov says facing Djokovic will be ‘just awesome’Novak Djokovic is still the player to beat at this Australian Open. In a routine three-set workout against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, the world No 1 loo…

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Serena Williams, Novak Djokovic and Johanna Konta in action: Australian Open day four – live!

Updates on another busy night of tennis in MelbourneAny thoughts? Email or tweet @JacobSteinberg 8.22am GMT Venus Williams will have to do it the hard way. Alize Cornet levels it up on Margaret Court Arena, winning the second set 6-4. 8.19am GMT Denis…

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Andy Murray’s career could be saved by metal hip implant, says Bob Bryan

• The 23-times grand slam doubles winner had surgery in August• Bryan wins on return and says Scot is ‘watching me like a hawk’The American doubles champion Bob Bryan, who is back on a tennis court five months after having a metal implant in his hip, s…

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Aryna Sabalenka wins but praises Katie Boulter’s aggression at Australian Open

• No 11 seed Sabalenka beats Boulter 6-3, 6-4 in second round• British player’s ‘really big hitting’ impresses Annabel CroftKatie Boulter was lauded for a brave losing debut in the Australian Open, but it was equally obvious that opponents such as the …

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Dan Evans smiles in defeat by Roger Federer after ‘terrible’ time during ban

Evans delivers best display since comeback, losing 7-6, 7-6, 6-3‘I was in a bad place,’ he says of nine-month drugs suspension A year after he found himself “in a pretty bad place” and contemplating retirement from tennis at 27, Dan Evans can smile aga…

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Kerber, Kvitova, Dimitrov, Nadal and Sharapova: Australian Open – live!

• Follow the night-time action on day three at Melbourne Park• Konta fired up for Muguruza clash as Serena eases through• Kyrgios outplayed by Raonic in straight-sets defeat• Email Jacob or tweet @JacobSteinberg 8.57am GMT Alex de Minaur, who could pla…

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Ashleigh Barty loses coach but wins latest Australian Open encounter

Barty beats China’s Yafan Wang 6-2, 6-3 in MelbourneWin comes with ill coach Craig Tyzzer in quarantinePlaying with freedom and no fear, Ashleigh Barty has powered into the Australian Open third round without even a coach. Barty clubbed China’s Yafan W…