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Ashleigh Barty-led Australia knock US out of Fed Cup

Barty and Priscilla Hon win decisive doubles rubberAustralia set up semi-final clash with Belarus in AprilAshleigh Barty has led the way and debutante Priscilla Hon was her reliable sidekick as Australia knocked the United States out of the Fed Cup to …

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Johanna Konta’s gutsy win puts Britain into Fed Cup World Group play-off

• Konta battles fatigue to seal 2-0 victory over Serbia• Katie Boulter earlier won her rubber in straight setsJohanna Konta has already achieved many things in her career, including being within one win of a Wimbledon final, but in terms of sheer effor…

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Johanna Konta’s tough win against Hungary seals Fed Cup play-off spot

• Konta beat Anna Bondar, Katie Boulter also wins in three• Great Britain to play Serbia in Saturday’s play-offJohanna Konta kept her nerve to subdue Anna Bondar of Hungary, ranked 224 in the world, in three sets and take Great Britain into Saturday’s …

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Line call controversy clouds Great Britain’s Fed Cup win over Greece

• Katie Boulter and Johanna Konta set up decider with Hungary• Maria Sakkari: line judges were ‘worst I have ever seen’Great Britain set up a winner-takes-all Fed Cup clash with Hungary on Friday, but their victory against Greece was dogged by controve…

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Johanna Konta and Katie Boulter get GB’s Fed Cup off to winning start

• Boulter beats Slovenia youngster Kaja Juvan 6-4, 6-2 • Konta survives scare to defeat Dalila Jakupovic 7-6 (7), 6-2The path to promotion for Great Britain in the Fed Cup was never likely to be easy, even with a home crowd to call on. Johanna Konta an…

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Petra Kvitova: tennis star tells Czech court of knife attack

Wimbledon winner describes grabbing blade in attack, which left her with hand injuriesThe two-times Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova told a Czech court on Tuesday how she grabbed the blade of an attacker’s knife and forced it away from her neck, leavin…

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Fed Cup: Anne Keothavong hopes home advantage will give Britain the X factor

• Great Britain at home for first time in 26 years• Fed Cup side face eight-team round-robin in BathIt is almost 26 years since Great Britain last played in the elite World Group level of the Fed Cup, the flagship team competition of women’s tennis. S…

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Bernard Tomic is ‘deliberately damaging’ Australian tennis culture, says TA chief

Craig Tiley blasts Davis Cup outcast TomicAustralia win qualifier against Bosnia-HerzegovinaBernard Tomic is deliberately trying to sabotage Australia’s tennis culture, according to Tennis Australia chief Craig Tiley. A week after expressing hope Tomic…

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Andy Murray posts hospital photos after undergoing hip resurfacing surgery

• Player published pictures in recovery on Instagram• Former world No 1 made early exit from Australian OpenThe former British and world No 1 Andy Murray has posted pictures on Instagram after undergoing hip resurfacing surgery in London on Monday.Murr…

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Lleyton Hewitt shuts down ongoing feud with Bernard Tomic

‘I’m not going to waste my time on that,’ says HewittDavis Cup tie against Bosnia-Herzegovina starts on Friday Lleyton Hewitt has refused to pour more fuel on his fiery spat with Bernard Tomic. The Australia captain, who has ruled out playing doubles i…

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Novak Djokovic achieves ‘absolute perfection’ in routing Rafael Nadal | Kevin Mitchell

The Serb moves into another area of excellence in winning the Australian Open and sets his sights on the ‘ultimate challenge’ of beating Nadal on clay in ParisNovak Djokovic is the best tennis player in the world: now, and for the foreseeable future, p…

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‘Not too bad’: Novak Djokovic jokes with reporters after Australian Open win – video

Novak Djokovic was on cloud nine as he spoke to the media after claiming an unprecedented seventh Australian Open men’s singles crown.The resurgent world No 1 destroyed his rival Rafael Nadal 6-3 6-2 6-3 in the most one-sided men’s final at Melbourne P…

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Naomi Osaka says Wimbledon’s grass is ‘a little bit frightening’

Australian Open winner admits to seeing players ‘sliding and slipping’ on grass and having a fear of the surface, adding: ‘I think I have to change that’Most tennis players dream of winning a grand slam title, very few get anywhere close. At the age of…

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‘Physically I couldn’t push him’: Nadal on his Australian Open loss to Djokovic – video

Rafael Nadal has said even his best tennis may have not been enough to beat a rampant Novak Djokovic in the Australian Open final.The Spaniard was dominated throughout the 6-3 6-2 6-3 loss at Rod Laver Arena. Although Nadal reached the final in Melbour…

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Novak Djokovic beats Rafael Nadal to win his seventh Australian Open title

• Djokovic wins 6-3, 6-2, 6-3• Serb has now won 15 career grand slam titlesNovak Djokovic has won the Australian Open for the seventh time in his career after outclassing Rafael Nadal 6-3, 6-2, 6-3 in the final.The two old rivals were meeting in a gran…

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Australian Open 2019: the tournament’s best photos

A selection of the best photography showing all the emotion and action from this year’s tournament at Melbourne Park Continue reading…

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Novak Djokovic v Rafael Nadal: Australian Open final – live!

Live updates from the Rod Laver ArenaOsaka seals back-to-back grand slamsEmail Jacob or tweet @JacobSteinberg 8.40am GMT Tok! Tok! Tok! They’re knocking up. There were a few boos from Novak Djokovic when he walked on court. Absurd. 8.38am GMT A huge r…

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Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic resume old rivalry for slam supremacy | Kevin Mitchell

They may not admit it but the pair will be eyeing Roger Federer’s record when they collide in the Australian Open finalThey dare not say it, but history will weigh heavily on the shoulders of Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic in Sunday’s Australian Open …

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‘I forgot to smile’: Naomi Osaka reacts after her Australian Open triumph – video

Despite squandering three match points at 5-3 in the second set, the Japanese tennis player Naomi Osaka, regrouped to beat Petra Kvitova 7-6 (2), 5-7, 6-4 to win a dramatic Australian Open final. Her second consecutive grand slam title ensure…

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‘It hurts a lot’: Kvitova vows to bounce back after Australian Open final defeat

• The Czech says she has already won her biggest battle• Naomi Osaka made to fight for Australian Open titlePetra Kvitova missed out on a third grand slam title at the Australian Open but said she had already won her biggest battle. The Czech was attac…