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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Australian Open 2022: Muguruza and Swiatek through, Ruud injured and more on Day 2

Iga Swiatek of Poland celebrates after winning her first round singles match against Harriet Dart of Great Britain during day two of the 2022...

There were comfortable straight-set wins for multiple Grand Slam champions, including two title contenders in WTA Finals winner Garbine Muguruza and Iga Swiatek, while more seeds fell on Day 2 of this year’s Australian Open. Andy Murray made history after gritting through another five-set battle, while Nick Kyrgios and Emma Raducanu shone in the night session.
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Australian Open 2022: Djokovic deported, Jabeur injured, Coco and Cam knocked out on Day 1

Sebastian Korda of United States celebrates winning his first round singles match against Cameron Norrie of Great Britain during day one of the 2022...

On an opening day overshadowed by news confirming defending champion Novak Djokovic had been deported after his visa was once again cancelled, there were big wins for American duo Sebastian Korda and Madison Keys among others — the former edged past 2020 winner Sofia Kenin (#11) in two tight sets, while Korda bested Indian Wells champion Cameron Norrie. Continue reading

Keys, Badosa, Kokkinakis and Karatsev all clinch titles as warm-up events end

Winner of the ladies final Madison Keys of the USA who defeated Alison Riske of the USA during day seven of the 2022 Adelaide International at...

Madison Keys thrived in what resembled a mismatch vs. close friend Alison Riske, winning her first WTA title since Aug. 2019. Elsewhere, Paula Badosa won her second piece of silverware in three months while Thanasi Kokkinakis won his first ATP title, on home soil no less. Shortly afterwards, Aslan Karatsev’s power proved key in overwhelming a spirited Andy Murray. Continue reading

Adelaide International 2: Keys recovers to sting Gauff, plays friend Riske in Saturday’s final

Madison Keys of the USA waves to the crowd after she defeated Cori Gauff of the USA to advance to the final during day six of the 2022 Adelaide...

A first meeting between American duo Coco Gauff and Madison Keys didn’t disappoint despite a sluggish start by the latter, as the US Open 2017 runner-up rallied back from a set down to outlast Gauff and earn her first WTA Final in two years. She’ll play training partner Alison Riske in tomorrow’s finale, after the 31-year-old benefited from a walkover vs. Tamara Zidansek.
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Sydney Tennis Classic: Badosa withstands Bencic pressure, clinches semi-final berth

Paula Badosa of Spain hits a return against Belinda Bencic of Switzerland during their women's singles quarter-final match at the Sydney Classic...

Indian Wells champion Paula Badosa endured a spirited Belinda Bencic display during a high-quality match packed with plenty of peaks and troughs, but ultimately emerged victorious to punch her ticket into the semi-finals. She’ll play Daria Kasatkina in the Sydney semi-finals tomorrow (8am BST), after the Russian inflicted Garbine Muguruza’s first loss of the new year.
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Adelaide International 2: Gauff ousts Kostyuk in three-set battle of attrition

Cori Gauff of the USA in action against Katerina Sinakova of Czechoslovakia during day three of the 2022 Adelaide International at Memorial Drive on...

In a duel between two promising teenagers, the tournament’s third seed Coco Gauff was pushed to the brink but battled to win in a competitive three-set clash vs. Ukraine’s Marta Kostyuk – winning 6-3, 5-7, 6-3. She’ll play Croatia’s Ana Konjuh in the Adelaide 2 quarter-finals tomorrow (2.30am BST), after the Croatian’s gutsy comeback win over Marketa Vondrousova. Continue reading

Sydney Tennis Classic: Ruthless Rybakina makes quick work of returning Raducanu

Elena Rybakina of Kazakhstan hits a return against Emma Raducanu of Britain during their women's singles match at the Sydney Classic tennis...

After losing last week’s Adelaide final, Elena Rybakina returned to winning ways with aplomb – dismantling US Open champion Emma Raducanu in less than an hour, cruising to a 6-0, 6-1 win to kick off this week’s Sydney Tennis Classic. The 22-year-old will play France’s Caroline Garcia for a spot in the tournament’s quarter-finals, after she overcame Jessica Pegula this morning. Continue reading

Australian Open 2022: Nishikori withdraws with hip injury, Djokovic situation unresolved

Novak Djokovic of Serbia meets at the net after defeating Kei Nishikori of Japan during his Men's Singles third round match of the 2021 US Open at...

US Open 2014 finalist and world no. 46 Kei Nishikori, often plagued by troublesome injuries, has revealed he’ll miss the Australian swing as he’s been struggling with a hip issue needing more recovery time. Elsewhere, defending champion Novak Djokovic’s situation hasn’t been resolved after being refused entry into Australia despite being granted a medical exemption to play. Continue reading

Australian Open 2022: Stefanos Tsitsipas’ elbow flare-up a concern as Slam nears

Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece signs autographs for fans after the match between Hubert Hurkacz of Poland and Aristotelis Thanos of Greece, a match he...

Stefanos Tsitsipas (#4) is a doubt to feature in this month’s Australian Open, after a flare up of the elbow injury which needed surgery in November during ATP Cup action to kick off 2022. He withdrew from a scheduled group stage match vs. Poland’s Hubert Hurkacz, watching with a heavily strapped elbow revealing it was a precautionary step to “ensure I make Melbourne.” Continue reading