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MELBOURNE, Australia | ‘Don’t cry’: Serena consoles Australian Open foe; Halep next

MELBOURNE, Australia—Jan 19, 2019—It was all a bit overwhelming for the latest opponent who could do nothing to slow Serena Williams at the Australian Open. So Dayana Yastremska, an 18-year-old from Ukraine, found herself wiping away tears as she walked to the net. Williams knows what it’s like to be the one weeping after a … Continue reading MELBOURNE, Australia | ‘Don’t cry’: Serena consoles Australian Open foe; Halep next

MELBOURNE, Australia | All of 17, Anisimova of US scores upset at Australian Open

MELBOURNE, Australia—Jan 18, 2019— All of 17, never the winner of a Grand Slam match until this week, Amanda Anisimova is making quite a first impression at the Australian Open. Anisimova showed precisely why there are those who consider her a possible future star, producing one spectacular shot after another Friday to upset 11th-seeded Aryna … Continue reading MELBOURNE, Australia | All of 17, Anisimova of US scores upset at Australian Open

MELBOURNE, Australia | Defending champ gone: Sharapova ousts Wozniacki in Australia

MELBOURNE, Australia —Jan 18, 2019— Maria Sharapova smacked a forehand winner — the sort she’s hit so many times, at so many key moments, over the years — to take control against defending champion Caroline Wozniacki at the Australian Open. Sharapova balled up her fists, shut her eyes, threw back her head and let out … Continue reading MELBOURNE, Australia | Defending champ gone: Sharapova ousts Wozniacki in Australia

MELBOURNE, Australia | Strong start, finish lift Serena past Bouchard in Australia

MELBOURNE, Australia—Jan 17, 2019—Serena Williams figured it was important to get off to a strong start against Eugenie Bouchard in the Australian Open’s second round Thursday. “Serena,” she said she told herself beforehand, “you’ve got to come out hot; you’ve got to come out firing.” No problem. Seeking her eighth title at Melbourne Park and … Continue reading MELBOURNE, Australia | Strong start, finish lift Serena past Bouchard in Australia

MELBOURNE, Australia | 11 years later, Djokovic tops Tsonga again in Australia

MELBOURNE, Australia—Jan 17, 2019—All these years later, although with much less on the line, Novak Djokovic again got the better of Jo-Wilfried Tsonga at the Australian Open. The No. 1-seeded Djokovic beat Tsonga 6-3, 7-5, 6-4 in the second round at Melbourne Park in a rematch of their 2008 final. This one started Thursday night … Continue reading MELBOURNE, Australia | 11 years later, Djokovic tops Tsonga again in Australia

MELBOURNE, Australia | With Bob back, Bryans win in Australia; a lesson for Murray?

MELBOURNE, Australia —Jan 16, 2019—Bob Bryan was four months removed from hip replacement surgery when he joined his twin, Mike, for practice sessions in December in the hopes of reuniting the most successful men’s doubles team of tennis’ professional era. It felt, Bob jokes now, like some sort of audition to earn back his old … Continue reading MELBOURNE, Australia | With Bob back, Bryans win in Australia; a lesson for Murray?

MELBOURNE, Australia | Big flex: Youngsters Tiafoe, Fritz stun seeds in Australia

MELBOURNE, Australia—Jan 16, 2019— Frances Tiafoe rolled up his white shirt’s right sleeve, flexed his biceps and slapped the muscle five times. Then he pounded his chest and yelled, “Yeah! Let’s go! Let’s go! Come on!” Forgive the young American‘s exuberance. This was, after all, the biggest victory of his nascent career. Down a set … Continue reading MELBOURNE, Australia | Big flex: Youngsters Tiafoe, Fritz stun seeds in Australia

MELBOURNE, Australia | Serena Williams wins Australian Open return; Venus gets by

MELBOURNE, Australia  — Jan 15, 2019—This was quite a return for Serena Williams. Almost as if she never left. In her first match at the Australian Open since winning the 2017 title while pregnant — and her first official match anywhere since a loss in the chaotic U.S. Open final last September — Williams looked … Continue reading MELBOURNE, Australia | Serena Williams wins Australian Open return; Venus gets by