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Tennis-Teasing Lendl a 'pest', says Rafter after doubles loss

Jan 15th 2014
MELBOURNE, Jan 15 (Reuters) - Two-times grand slam champion Pat Rafter's return to the big-time after retiring 13 years ago lasted just 73 minutes when he and his former Davis Cup team mate Lleyton Hewitt lost in straight sets in the Australian Open doubles on Wednesday.
    

UPDATE 1-Tennis-No more meltdowns for 'more efficient' Djokovic

Jan 15th 2014
* Steams into third round match with Russian Tursunov (Writes through, adds byline)
    





Tennis-Australian Open order of play on Thursday

Jan 15th 2014
MELBOURNE, Jan 15 (Reuters) - Order of play on the main showcourts at the Australian Open on Thursday (play starts at 0000 GMT on all courts, prefix denotes seeding):
    





Tennis-Cancer survivor Hutchins delights in first win on return

Jan 15th 2014
Jan 15 (Reuters) - Britain's Ross Hutchins had more than most to smile about on Wednesday after he and partner Colin Fleming advanced to the second round of the men's doubles with a 6-4 4-6 6-0 victory over Marinko Matosevic and Michal Przysiezny.
    

UPDATE 1-Tennis-Man held for 'courtsiding' at Australian Open

Jan 15th 2014
* Speed of communications making 'courtsiding' more difficult (Writes through)
    





Tennis-Fighting Ferrer through as Mannarino wilts in the heat

Jan 15th 2014
MELBOURNE, Jan 15 (Reuters) - Spain's David Ferrer battled his way into third round of the Australian Open with a 7-6(2) 5-7 6-0 6-3 victory over Adrian Mannarino after the Frenchman wilted in the fierce heat on Wednesday.
    





Tennis-"Paranoid" Serena survives heat to advance in Melbourne

Jan 15th 2014
MELBOURNE, Jan 15 (Reuters) - The thought of playing a long match in the extreme Melbourne heat resulted in a sleepless night for Serena Williams, but the world number one need not have worried as she strode swiftly into the Australian Open third round on Wednesday.
    





Tennis-Boos were unfair, I had an injured groin, says Tomic

Jan 15th 2014
Jan 15 (Reuters) - Being booed and jeered by the crowd after withdrawing from his Australian Open match against Rafa Nadal was 'pretty unfair', Bernard Tomic said on Wednesday, adding he could have faced a four month injury absence had he continued playing.
    





UPDATE 1-Tennis-Media criticism nearly drove Li to retirement

Jan 15th 2014
* Beats Swiss teenager in straight sets (Writes through)
    

Tennis-Serena wastes little time in reaching third round

Jan 15th 2014
MELBOURNE, Jan 15 (Reuters) - Five-times champion Serena Williams played well within herself in stifling conditions on Rod Laver Arena to advance to the third round of the Australian Open with a 6-1 6-2 victory over Serbia's Vesna Dolonc on Wednesday.
    

Tennis-Nadal in no rush to join the super-coach trend

Jan 15th 2014
Jan 15 (Reuters) - Briton Andy Murray started it. Four times Australian Open champion Novak Djokovic pulled a major surprise with his choice, while all-time great Roger Federer even has one despite years of shunning the entire coaching concept.
    





Tennis-Li dumps Swiss to reach third round in Melbourne heat

Jan 15th 2014
MELBOURNE, Jan 15 (Reuters) - Li Na struck back for the older generation of women's tennis by fending off gutsy 16-year-old qualifier Belinda Bencic 6-0 7-6 (5) to reach the third round of the Australian Open on Wednesday.
    





UPDATE 1-Tennis-Sharapova overpowers Mattek-Sands in clash of styles

Jan 14th 2014
MELBOURNE, Jan 14 (Reuters) - Maria Sharapova celebrated her return to the grand slam spotlight with an emphatic 6-3 6-4 win over Bethanie Mattek-Sands in what was a clash of styles in more way than one at the Australian Open on Tuesday.
    





WRAPUP 1-Tennis-Nadal, Federer, Murray through in 'inhumane' heat

Jan 14th 2014
MELBOURNE, Jan 14 (Reuters) - Rafa Nadal got a free pass into the second round of the Australian Open when Bernard Tomic retired injured on Tuesday, a welcome reprieve from stifling heat that led one player to describe conditions at Melbourne Park as "inhumane".
    





Tennis-Sharapova overpowers Mattek-Sands to reach second round

Jan 14th 2014
MELBOURNE, Jan 14 (Reuters) - Maria Sharapova celebrated her return to the grand slam spotlight on Tuesday with an emphatic 6-3 6-4 win over American Bethanie Mattek-Sands to charge into the second round of the Australian Open.
    





UPDATE 30-Tennis-Australian Open women's singles round 1 results

Jan 14th 2014
Jan 14 (Infostrada Sports) - Results from the Australian Open Women's Singles Round 1 matches on Tuesday 3-Maria Sharapova (Russia) beat Bethanie Mattek-Sands (U.S.) 6-3 6-4 Yvonne Meusburger (Austria) beat Chanelle Scheepers (South Africa) 7-6(3) 6-4 33-Bojana Jovanovski (Serbia) beat Jana Cepelova (Slovakia) 6-7(1) 6-1 6-3 Elina Svitolina (Ukraine) beat 19-Svetlana Kuznetsova (Russia) 6-3 6-3 13-Sloane Stephens (U.S.) beat Yaroslava Shvedova (Kazakhs
    





UPDATE 2-Tennis-Tomic jeered after retiring hurt against Nadal

Jan 14th 2014
* Injured Tomic quits after first set (Adds Tomic quotes)
    





UPDATE 28-Tennis-Australian Open men's singles round 1 results

Jan 14th 2014
Jan 14 (Infostrada Sports) - Results from the Australian Open Men's Singles Round 1 matches on Tuesday Marin Cilic (Croatia) beat Marcel Granollers (Spain) 4-6 4-6 6-3 6-3 6-2 18-Gilles Simon (France) beat Daniel Brands (Germany) 6-7(4) 6-4 3-6 6-3 16-14 1-Rafa Nadal (Spain) beat Bernard Tomic (Australia) 6-4 (Tomic retired) 25-Gael Monfils (France) beat Ryan Harrison (U.S.) 6-4 6-4 6-4
    





Tennis-Murray passes Go, collects second round berth

Jan 14th 2014
MELBOURNE, Jan 14 (Reuters) - Wimbledon champion Andy Murray surprised himself as he showed no signs of rustiness in confidently dispatching Japan's Go Soeda 6-1 6-1 6-3 in his Australian Open first round match on Tuesday.
    





UPDATE 2-Tennis-Dancevic slams 'inhumane' Melbourne conditions

Jan 14th 2014
* Heat causes Peng Shuai to cramp up and vomit (Adds tournament organisers statement)