Uzbekistani tennis player Denis Istomin made history on Thursday at the Australian Open when he shocked Novak Djokovic in the second round of the tournament. Istomin, who is ranked No. 117 in the world, beat Djokovic in five sets, 7-6, 5-7, 2-6, 7-6, 6-4. Istomin said he battled cramps in his legs and still won the match. He rallied back from down two sets to one to win it. Making...
Noah Rubin was disappointed with the result, but pleased with his performance. Star-struck when his second-round Australian Open match started, the Merrick, L.I., native lived out a lifelong dream by facing his idol, Roger Federer, on Wednesday afternoon, and played well, albeit in a straight-set loss. “Once in a while I looked to the other...
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By John Pye, The Associated Press MELBOURNE, Australia — U.S. Open finalist Karolina Pliskova has carried her title-winning form in the warmup tournament into the season’s first major, dropping just four games en route to the third round at the Australian Open. Pliskova was leading 6-0, 4-0 against Anna Blinkova in the second round on Thursday before the 18-year-old Russian qualifier...
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7 hours ago
The Australian Open — tennis’ first major of the season — is underway in Melbourne. And with that, it’s very likely those out on the court are facing plenty of pressure. Aside from the pressure these players put on themselves, there are plenty of outside forces getting after these players. There are the usual internet trolls that go after many high-profile figures. They’re...
Nick Kyrgios, the Australian tennis star and hothead who was suspended and fined last year for blatantly tanking a match in China and once received sanction for suggesting to his opponent that his buddy had hooked up with his girlfriend, blew a two-set lead and a match point at the Australian Open on Wednesday and was ripped by Eurosport commentator John McEnroe for not trying...
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15 hours ago
There’s no better gift for your own birthday than advancing to the next round of a major tournament. At least, that’s probably how top-seed Angelique Kerber feels after surviving a second-round scare from opponent and fellow German Carina Witthoeft, 6-2, 6-7(3), 6-2, on the day she turned 29 years old at the Australian Open. “I was making a lot of mistakes in the important...
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17 hours ago
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) On paper, Serena Williams' second-round match on Thursday against Lucie Safarova should be no contest. The six-time Australian Open champion in search of her record 23rd Grand Slam singles title has beaten the Czech player all nine times they've met, including the 2015 French Open final. But Safarova, ranked 61st, saved nine match points in the second...
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) Roger Federer relied on his Grand Slam experience during the most important points to beat Noah Rubin 7-5, 6-3, 7-6 (3) on Wednesday, maintaining his record of never failing to reach the third round at the 18 Australian Opens he's contested. After back-to-back wins over qualifiers, the degree of difficulty in his comeback from a six-month injury layoff...
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) ��� The Latest on Tuesday at the Australian Open (all times local): 11:40 p.m. Third-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska is through to the second round at Melbourne Park, beating Tsvetana Pironkova 6-1, 4-6, 6-1 in the last match late Tuesday on Rod Laver Arena. A semifinal loser last year to Serena Williams, Radwanska improved her career record to 10-3 against...
The 2017 Australian Open has arrived and the annual tennis tournament poses the first opportunity of the year for the world’s best players to add a Grand Slam title to their resume. Below are the five main takeaways from this year’s draw: No. 1 Andy Murray and No. 2 Novak Djokovic, two of the most highly anticipated players of the tournament, cannot meet until the final. Murray’s...
Welcome back, tennis. The best tennis players in the world are in Melbourne, Australia, where they’ll compete in the year’s first Grand Slam at the Australian Open. Novak Djokovic and Angelique Kerber are looking to defend their singles titles on the men’s and women’s sides, respectively, but there are plenty of potential speed bumps standing in their way. So, before the...
The first Grand Slam of 2017 only is days away, but the seeds and draws already are set for the Australian Open. Defending men’s singles champion Novak Djokovic is the No. 2 seed, while defending women’s champion Angelique Kerber is the No. 1 seed in Melbourne, Australia. Serena Williams is right behind Kerber as the No. 2 seed on the women’s side, and Andy Murray is on...
After enduring years of dating rumors, we finally have one about Serena Williams that is true: she is now engaged. Williams got engaged to Alexis Ohanian, a co-founder of Reddit, and fittingly announced the news on Thursday in a poem shared to Reddit’s “I said Yes” section. Comment from discussion I said yes. Ohanian confirmed the engagement with a post to his Facebook...
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