AUS OPEN 2023: Korda outplays Medvedev, Lehecka downs Norrie, Zhu stuns Sakkari and more on Day 5

Sebastian Korda of the United States celebrates after winning a point during the third round singles match against Daniil Medvedev during day five of...

Adelaide 1 finalist and 29th seed Sebastian Korda produced some brilliant ball-striking as he stunned two-time finalist Daniil Medvedev in straight-sets to steal the show on an eventful Day 5 at this year’s Australian Open, with Jiri Lehecka a big winner after some tasty fourth-round ties on the women’s side were confirmed, including Swiatek-Rybakina and Pegula-Krejcikova. Continue reading

AUS OPEN 2023: Nadal, Swiatek and more in round-up, draw analysis as year’s first Major starts Monday

Rafael Nadal of Spain plays a backhand shot during a practice session ahead of the 2023 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 13, 2023 in...

2023 brings a new year packed with resolutions, time-specific targets and compelling storylines too. With the year’s first Major tournament set to begin on Monday in Melbourne, here’s a news round-up before the big occasion finally gets underway – from player withdrawals, injury scares, progress reports from recent tournaments and my draw analysis for both tours.
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US Open 2022: Tsitsipas and Halep among seeds to fall, Serena wins as celebration begins on Day 1

Serena Williams of the United States celebrates after defeating Danka Kovinic of Montenegro during the Women's Singles First Round on Day One of the...

Serena Williams’ last US Open campaign got underway with a hard-fought 6-3, 6-3 win over Danka Kovinic, before a celebratory ceremony for the 23-time Major champion as her illustrious career enters its final days. Casper Ruud and defending titlist Daniil Medvedev eased through in the day session, while Simona Halep and Stefanos Tsitsipas were among the Day 1 casualties… Continue reading

Raducanu shows her mettle, Badosa and Jabeur win on their post-Wimbledon return

Ons Jabeur of Tunisia returns a shot against Madison Keys during the Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic, part of the Hologic WTA Tour, at Spartan Tennis...

Emma Raducanu showed great resiliency to prevail after two tight sets against Camila Osorio, advancing into the Washington quarter-finals where she’ll play again tonight, while there were memorable returns to action for Wimbledon runner-up Ons Jabeur and world no. 4 Paula Badosa in San Jose yesterday – the latter faces Naomi Osaka’s conqueror Coco Gauff next. Continue reading

Wimbledon 2022: COVID-19 illness sees Marin Cilic withdraw, following injuries for Keys and Coric

Marin Cilic of Croatia reacts in the Men's Singles Semi Final match against Casper Ruud of Norway during Day Thirteen of The 2022 French Open at...

Having made the sixth Major semi-final of his career in Paris earlier this month, one of the tournament’s dark horses on the men’s side has quietly departed SW19 without hitting a ball: Marin Cilic [14] revealing he’s still unwell after a positive COVID test, so Portuguese lucky loser Nuno Borges will replace him in tomorrow’s R1 match against America’s Mackenzie McDonald. Continue reading

After whirlwind 2021 season, Leylah Fernandez motivated to defend her Monterrey title

Leylah Fernandez of Canada plays a backhand during a practice session ahead of the 2022 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 12, 2022 in...

After a rough start to the new campaign, losing early in Adelaide and later stunned in R1 at the Australian Open, 2021 US Open runner-up Leylah Fernandez is understandably motivated to defend her maiden WTA singles title this week at the Monterrey Open. Having beaten Slovakia’s Anna Karolina Schmiedlova in R1, the 19-year-old faces another fresh H2H matchup tomorrow.
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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: 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: 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: 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