Australian Open 2022: Barty and Collins ease to straight-sets wins, setting up Saturday’s Final

Ashleigh Barty of Australia celebrates her victory over Madison Keys of the United States during day 11 of the 2022 Australian Open at Melbourne Park...

Ashleigh Barty needed just 62 minutes to become the first Australian player to reach the Australian Open Final since Wendy Turnbull in 1980, dropping just four games against an underwhelming Madison Keys display. She’ll play Keys’ compatriot Danielle Collins [27] on Saturday night, after the 28-year-old utilised a blistering start to blast past Iga Swiatek 6-4, 6-1.
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Australian Open 2022: Collins-Swiatek, Tsitsipas-Medvedev semis sealed on memorable Day 10

Russia's Daniil Medvedev celebrates after beating Canada's Felix Auger-Aliassime in their men's singles quarter-final match at the Australian Open...

US Open champion Daniil Medvedev saved a match point and recovered to ultimately overwhelm Felix Auger-Aliassime in a gripping five-set clash. Next, the world no. 2 plays a spirited Stefanos Tsitsipas after the Greek oozed class en route to a straight-sets win vs. Italian youngster Jannik Sinner. Beforehand, Danielle Collins [27] and Iga Swiatek [7] set up a second H2H meeting by reaching their second Grand Slam semi-finals – in contrasting circumstances.
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Australian Open 2022: Nadal-Berrettini, Keys-Barty semifinals set as Day 9 excites

Madison Keys of the United States in action during her quarter final singles match against Barbora Krejcikova of the Czech Republic at the 2022...

Rafael Nadal withstood a spirited Denis Shapovalov comeback to oust the Canadian in five sets, before Matteo Berrettini similarly held firm under Gael Monfils’ pressure in a night session showdown lasting almost four hours, becoming the first Italian ever to reach this tournament’s semis. Elsewhere, Ashleigh Barty made quick work of her last-eight clash with Jessica Pegula and now faces another American in Barbora Krejcikova’s conqueror Madison Keys on Thursday.
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Australian Open 2022: Sabalenka surges into week two after another gritty comeback win on Day 6

Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus celebrates winning match point in her third round singles match against Marketa Vondrousova of Czech Republic during day...

Despite questions over her patchy form and serving issues, Aryna Sabalenka [2] once again recovered from a precarious situation to ultimately prove too much vs. 2019 Roland Garros runner-up Marketa Vondrousova [31] in the early hours on Saturday. Post-match, she joked about only serving ten double-faults here, an improvement from a rough 19 from her R2 victory over China’s Xinyu Wang. Up next? Kaia Kanepi, entering uncharted territory in Melbourne…
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UFC 270: Ngannou inflicts Gane’s first defeat, after Figueiredo regains flyweight strap

Heavyweight world champion Cameroon's Francis Ngannou and France's Ciryl Gane fight for the heavyweight title at the Honda Center in Anaheim,...

After plenty of build-up, expectations and storylines aplenty, the first UFC PPV event of the new year didn’t disappoint. Deiveson Figueiredo regained his flyweight title in a competitive chess match with Brandon Moreno before Francis Ngannou fought through pre-existing knee injuries to make the first defence of his heavyweight strap against former training partner Ciryl Gane. Continue reading

Australian Open 2022: Badosa, Krejcikova win three-set battles to kick off action-packed Day 5

Spain's Paula Badosa reacts after winning against Ukraine's Marta Kostyuk during their women's singles match on day five of the Australian Open...

Paula Badosa and Barbora Krejcikova’s contrasting three-set wins continued their career-best Australian Open runs, on a day full of surprises. Elsewhere, defending champion Naomi Osaka had two match points on her racquet but tightened up and lost against Amanda Anisimova after Matteo Berrettini [7] was pushed to a deciding set tiebreak by rising star Carlos Alcaraz. Continue reading

Australian Open 2022: Muguruza, Kontaveit both lose as shocks flow across Day 4

Garbine Muguruza of Spain in action against Alize Cornet of France during their second round match of the Australian Open Tennis Tournament at...

Garbine Muguruza’s pursuit of an elusive Australian Open title continues after Alize Cornet stunned the WTA Finals champion. Elsewhere, Anett Kontaveit (#6) and Diego Schwartzman (#13) were among the latest seeds to fall, while US Open semi-finalist Aryna Sabalenka had to save her blushes before disappointing three-set defeats for Andy Murray and Emma Raducanu.
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Australian Open 2022: Barty and Badosa ease into R3, Nadal tested on lowkey Day 3

Australia's Ashleigh Barty celebrates after winning the match against Italy's Lucia Bronzetti during their women's singles match on day three of the...

After an easy R1 match, Wimbledon titlist Ashleigh Barty also breezed past Italian qualifier Lucia Bronzetti. Elsewhere in the women’s draw, some intriguing R3 matches are set after comfortable victories for Paula Badosa (#8) and Victoria Azarenka (#24). Meanwhile 20-time Major champion Rafael Nadal had to work hard but still emerged as the challenges intensify.
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