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Murray beats Dimitrov, prepares for Australian challenge

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) After the clock ticked past midnight, Andy Murray became aware that it was officially Australia Day and he already knew from the crowd reaction what to expect in the quarterfinals. Murray, a two-time Grand Slam champion and three-time Australian Open finalist, fended off racket-smashing Grigor Dimitrov 6-4, 6-7 (5), 6-3, 7-5 in a fourth-round match that...
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5 hours ago  |  Discuss

Sam Stosur Has Serve Go a Bit Off-Course

Fans of tennis know Sam Stosur, the Australian star that used to be ranked #1 in the world in doubles. Well, last night in her doubles matchup alongside partner Svetlana Kuznetsova, Stosur’s powerful serve went a bit off-course. Unfortunately for the duo, they lost their third round match at the Australian Open. Check out the mishap below. The post Sam Stosur Has Serve Go a Bit...
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6 hours ago  |  Discuss

Maria Kirilenko: 22 Hottest Photos On The Internet

Maria Kirilenko is turning 28 years old today–that being January 25, 2015–and the tennis star is celebrating in a way that makes us very sad. It seems that Maria Kirilenko has found a new way to turn heads by marrying a mystery man. Nobody’s really sure who the luck guys is, but we doubt that it’s NHL star Alex Ovechkin. Maria dumped him via Instagram last summer. Not...
Via COED
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Making Anger An Advantage: Nick Kyrgios Talks With His Game As Well As His Mouth

Sports psychologists will tell their clients — or any athletes they might have the chance to speak to in a professional context — that anger must be channeled into more positive emotions. Anger cannot consume. It cannot be nurtured or protected or perpetuated. It will eventually swallow up concentration, devour energy, and hijack the peak performance athletes are trained to both...
Via Attacking The Net
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Making Anger An Advantage: Nick Kyrgios Talks With His Game As Well As His Mouth

Sports psychologists will tell their clients — or any athletes they might have the chance to speak to in a professional context — that anger must be channeled into more positive emotions. Anger cannot consume. It cannot be nurtured or protected or perpetuated. It will eventually swallow up concentration, devour energy, and hijack the peak performance athletes are trained to both...
Via Bloguin Best
7 hours ago  |  Discuss

Murray comes back from 2-5 down in 4th vs. Dimitrov to win

MELBOURNE, Australia -- Two-time Grand Slam champion Andy Murray overcame a relentlessly athletic Grigor Dimitrov 6-4, 6-7 (5), 6-3, 7-5 on Sunday to secure a spot in the Australian Open quarterfinals. In a 3-hour, 32-minute minute match filled with mind-bending shots from both players, Murray came back from 2-5 down in the fourth set to close out the match and reach his 16th straight...
Via AP on Fox
8 hours ago  |  Discuss

Andy Murray advances to Australian Open quarterfinals

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) Two-time Grand Slam champion Andy Murray overcame a relentlessly athletic Grigor Dimitrov 6-4, 6-7 (5), 6-3, 7-5 on Sunday to secure a spot in the Australian Open quarterfinals. In a 3-hour, 32-minute minute match filled with mind-bending shots from both players, Murray came back from 2-5 down in the fourth set to close out the match and reach his 16th...
Via AP on Fox
9 hours ago  |  Discuss

Women's tour not 'Mean Girls, but some players don't want friends

MELBOURNE, Australia -- In their latest public display of friendship, Serena Williams and Caroline Wozniacki posted a photo of getting their nails done before the Australian Open. The camaraderie, in a sport better known for its rivalries, has prompted discussion among players on what it's like in the locker room and behind-the-scenes with top women's tennis stars. Is everyone friends...
Via AP on Fox
10 hours ago  |  Discuss

Australian Open: Sharapova, Bouchard and Nadal through to quarters

MELBOURNE, Australia -- Maria Sharapova and Rafael Nadal put earlier stumbles behind them with convincing wins Sunday to reach the quarterfinals of the Australian Open. French Open champion Sharapova was broken once in the first set before winning the last eight games of her 6-3, 6-0 fourth-round victory over No. 21-seeded Peng Shuai, advancing her to a showdown with No. 7 Eugenie...
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12 hours ago  |  Discuss

Kyrgios Saves a Match Point to Join Nadal and Berdych in Australian Open Quarterfinals

(January 25, 2015) Australian teenager Nick Kyrgios rocked the jam-packed Hisense Arena on Sunday in Melbourne Park coming back from two sets down and saving a match point by beating Roger Federer conqueror Andreas Seppi 5-7, 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 (5), 8-6 to reach the quarterfinals. Seppi knocked out Federer in the third round. He is now the first Australian to reach the quarterfinals...
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Halep through to Australian Open quarterfinals

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) Simona Halep advanced to the Australian Open quarterfinals for the second straight year with a 6-4, 6-2 win over Yanina Wickmayer of Belgium on Sunday The 23-year-old Romanian has moved through the first four rounds in Melbourne without dropping a set. Wickmayer, ranked 80th, had won the pair's two previous matches. No. 3-seeded Halep was the runner-up...
Via AP on Fox
12 hours ago  |  Discuss

'Mean Girls' it's not but some players scoff at friendships

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) In their latest public display of friendship, Serena Williams and Caroline Wozniacki posted a photo of getting their nails done before the Australian Open. The camaraderie, in a sport better known for its rivalries, has prompted discussion among players on what it's like in the locker room and behind-the-scenes with top women's tennis stars. Is everyone...
Via AP on Fox
14 hours ago  |  Discuss

Berdych beats Tomic to reach Australian Open quarters

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) Tomas Berdych reached the quarterfinals of the Australian Open for the fifth consecutive year with a 6-2, 7-6 (3), 6-2 win over local hope Bernard Tomic. With his new fiancee Ester Satorova watching from the stands, the seventh-seeded Berdych hit 52 winners and broke Tomic four times to advance to a matchup with Rafael Nadal. Berdych reached the quarters...
Via AP on Fox
16 hours ago  |  Discuss

Rafael Nadal through to Australian Open quarterfinals

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) Rafael Nadal stayed in contention for his second Australian Open title six years after his first with a 7-5, 6-1, 6-4 fourth-round win Sunday over Kevin Anderson. The 2009 Australian Open winner turned around the first set - and ultimately the match - in the 11th and 12th games. Nadal saved five break points, clinching the game with an ace and service winner...
Via AP on Fox
16 hours ago  |  Discuss

Maria Sharapova to Face Eugenie Bouchard in Australian Open Quarterfinals

  View image | gettyimages.com (January 25, 2015) Maria Sharapova and Eugenie Bouchard will face off for a place in the Australian Open semifinals after reaching the quarterfinals in Melbourne on Sunday. No. 2 seed Sharapova won the last 8 games of the match in her 6-3, 6-0 dismissal of No. 21 seed Peng Shuai in the fourth round. Seventh seed Bouchard won nine of the first...
Via Tennis Panorama
17 hours ago  |  Discuss

Maria Sharapova beats Peng in 4th round at Australian Open

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) Second-seeded Maria Sharapova is through to the Australian Open quarterfinals after a 6-3, 6-0 win over China's Peng Shuai on Sunday, setting up another Grand Slam meeting with Eugenie Bouchard. Peng, playing with her usual two-handed forehand and backhand strokes, broke Sharapova's serve on her fifth breakpoint chance in the seventh game. But Sharapova...
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18 hours ago  |  Discuss

2 Williams sisters, 2 Madisons into 4th round at Aussie Open

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) Serena Williams loves having Venus back to keep her company in the second week of a Grand Slam, and credits her older sister with giving her the motivation to reach the fourth round of the Australian Open. The Williams siblings, with 25 Grand Slam titles between them, will have a couple of Madisons joining them, too. Madison Keys had a 6-4, 7-5 upset win...
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1 day ago  |  Discuss

Keys, Brengle set up all-Madison 4th round at Aussie Open

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) When Americans Madison Keys and Madison Brengle won their first-round matches at the Australian Open, Keys was asked at a news conference if she knew anyone else with the unusual name Madison. ''I think it's actually a pretty popular name for younger people,'' the 19-year-old Keys said, causing some laughter in the room. ''Walking through grocery stores...
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1 day ago  |  Discuss

Keys upsets Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova at Aussie Open

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova it out of the Australian Open, beaten 6-4, 7-5 by 19-year-old American Madison Keys. At 5-5 in the final set, Keys, coached by three-time Grand Slam singles champion Lindsay Davenport, got the pivotal break of serve. She held in the next game, screaming with delight when Kvitova netted a backhand on match point. Keys will...
Via AP on Fox
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Djokovic advances to 9th straight 4th round at Aussie Open

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) Novak Djokovic advanced to the fourth round of the Australian Open for the ninth consecutive year with a 7-6 (8), 6-3, 6-4 win over Fernando Verdasco on Saturday. Four-time champion Djokovic won the tiebreaker on his fourth set point when Verdasco hit consecutive shots wide. The No. 1-ranked Djokovic broke the Spanish left-hander at the start of the second...
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1 day ago  |  Discuss

Kei Nishikori advances to 4th round at Australian Open

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) U.S. Open finalist Kei Nishikori stayed on track for another extended Grand Slam tournament performance with a 6-7 (7), 6-1, 6-2, 6-3 win over American Steve Johnson at the Australian Open on Saturday. Nishikori advanced to the fourth round here last year and at Wimbledon before the U.S. Open, where he lost the final to Marin Cilic. Saturday's third-round...
Via AP on Fox
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Unseeded Azarenka continues strong run at Australian Open

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) Two-time champion Victoria Azarenka moved into the fourth round of the Australian Open on Saturday with a 6-4, 6-4 win over Barbora Zahlavova Strycova of the Czech Republic. Azarenka, unseeded here because her ranking fell late last year during an injury layoff, beat No. 8-seeded Caroline Wozniacki in the second round after defeating 2013 Australian Open...
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1 day ago  |  Discuss

AUSTRALIAN OPEN SCENE: Raonic slims down; Serena likes Andy

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) Milos Raonic weighs less in the morning. About 2 kilos (4 to 5 pounds) less than later in the day. The 24-year-old Canadian is noticeably slimmer at this year's Australian Open and said Saturday he shedded the weight at the end of last year. The precise amount depends on what time of day he weighs himself. ''If you ask me right now, after I ate a sandwich...
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1 day ago  |  Discuss

Australian Open: Serena, Venus Williams advance to 4th round

  Serena Williams saw that older sister Venus was progressing to the fourth round at a Grand Slam tournament for the first time since 2011 and it inspired her own comeback win on Saturday at the Australian Open. Top-ranked Serena Willliams made a lackluster start to her third-round match against No. 26-ranked Elina Svitolina on Rod Laver Arena - knowing when she walked out that...
Via AP on Fox
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Venus Williams into 4th round at Australian Open

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) Venus Williams has reached the fourth round at a Grand Slam tournament for the first time since Wimbledon in 2011, coming back from a set and a break down to beat Camila Giorgi 4-6, 7-6 (3), 6-1 on Saturday. The seven-time major winner couldn't contain her delight after the win on Margaret Court Arena, beaming a smile as she turned to wave to all sides...
Via AP on Fox
1 day ago  |  Discuss
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