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Tennis-Azarenka not so hot as Melbourne scorches

Jan 14th 2014
MELBOURNE, Jan 14 (Reuters) - Victoria Azarenka made a stuttering start to her bid for a third straight Australian Open title on Tuesday when she was kept out in the Melbourne heat for 106 minutes by Johanna Larsson before sealing her place in the second round.
    





WRAPUP 2-Tennis-Rusty Djokovic, slick Serena through in Melbourne

Jan 13th 2014
MELBOURNE, Jan 13 (Reuters) - Novak Djokovic showed some early season rustiness but Serena Williams roared into the second round like a well-oiled machine as the tournament favourites took centre stage on the first evening of the Australian Open on Monday.
    





UPDATE 1-Tennis-Hot-serving Serena storms into second round

Jan 13th 2014
MELBOURNE, Jan 13 (Reuters) - Ruthless Serena Williams kicked off her bid for an 18th grand slam title on Monday with a 6-2 6-1 demolition of local wildcard Ashleigh Barty to advance to the Australian Open second round.
    





UPDATE 1-Tennis-Djokovic impresses Becker with confident start

Jan 13th 2014
MELBOURNE, Jan 13 (Reuters) - Novak Djokovic had new coach Boris Becker smiling proudly on Monday as he made a convincing start to his quest for a fourth straight Australian Open title.
    





UPDATE 31-Tennis-Australian Open men's singles round 1 results

Jan 13th 2014
Jan 13 (Infostrada Sports) - Results from the Australian Open Men's Singles Round 1 matches on Monday Denis Istomin (Uzbekistan) beat Marcos Baghdatis (Cyprus) 6-4 7-5 6-4 Nikolay Davydenko (Russia) beat Lukasz Kubot (Poland) 3-6 6-3 3-6 6-3 6-4 2-Novak Djokovic (Serbia) beat Lukas Lacko (Slovakia) 6-3 7-6(2) 6-1 30-Dmitry Tursunov (Russia) beat Michael Russell (U.S.) 6-2 6-2 6-3 Alexandr Dolgopol
    





Tennis-Serena crushes Barty to storm into second round

Jan 13th 2014
MELBOURNE, Jan 13 (Reuters) - A ruthless Serena Williams kicked off her bid for an 18th grand slam title with a 6-2 6-1 demolition of local wildcard Ashleigh Barty to advance to the Australian Open second round on Monday.
    

UPDATE 31-Tennis-Australian Open women's singles round 1 results

Jan 13th 2014
Jan 13 (Infostrada Sports) - Results from the Australian Open Women's Singles Round 1 matches on Monday 1-Serena Williams (U.S.) beat Ashleigh Barty (Australia) 6-2 6-1 Lauren Davis (U.S.) beat Sachia Vickery (U.S.) 6-3 6-3 Yanina Wickmayer (Belgium) beat Dinah Pfizenmaier (Germany) 7-6(5) 6-3 Tsvetana Pironkova (Bulgaria) beat Silvia Soler Espinosa (Spain) 6-3 6-2 15-Sabine Lisicki (Germany) beat Mirjana Lucic-Baroni (Croatia) 6-2 6-1
    





Tennis-Becker must overhaul lifestyle as Djokovic coach - Pilic

Jan 13th 2014
BERLIN, Jan 13 (Reuters) - Former Wimbledon champion Boris Becker, who took over as coach of world number two Novak Djokovic last month, needs to change his lifestyle and step out of the media spotlight, his former Davis Cup coach Niki Pilic said on Monday.
    





UPDATE 1-Tennis-Plucky Thai dumps Kvitova from Australian Open

Jan 13th 2014
MELBOURNE, Jan 13 (Reuters) - Thai world number 88 Luksika Kumkhum sprang the biggest upset of the Australian Open's first day by dumping sixth seed and former Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova 6-2 1-6 6-4 on Monday in her first match against a top 10 player.
    





Tennis-Rusty Djokovic eases into second round in Melbourne

Jan 13th 2014
MELBOURNE, Jan 13 (Reuters) - Novak Djokovic showed a few signs of rustiness after the off-season but still comfortably reached the second round of the Australian Open with a 6-3 7-6 (7-2) 6-1 victory over Lukas Lacko on Monday.
    





Tennis-Plucky Thai Kumkhum dumps Kvitova from Australian Open

Jan 13th 2014
MELBOURNE, Jan 13 (Reuters) - Thai world number 88 Luksika Kumkhum sprang the biggest upset of the Australian Open's first day by bundling out sixth seed Petra Kvitova 6-2 1-6 6-4 in front of a frenetic crowd on Monday.
    

Tennis-ATP Tour singles standings

Jan 13th 2014
Jan 13 (Infostrada Sports) - Standings from the ATP Tour singles Points 1 (1) Rafa Nadal(Spain) 13130 2 (2) Novak Djokovic(Serbia) 12260 3 (3) David Ferrer(Spain) 5640 4 (4) Andy Murray(Britain) 5560 5 (5) Juan Martin Del Potro(Argentina) 5415 6 (6) Roger Federer(Switzerland) 4355 7 (7) Tomas Berdych(Czech Republic) 4180 8 (8) Stanislas Wawrin
    





Tennis - Edberg hopes to inspire Federer to more grand slams

Jan 13th 2014
MELBOURNE, Jan 13 (Reuters) - Stefan Edberg believes his return to the Tour as a coach of Roger Federer can help the Swiss add to his record tally of 17 grand slam titles.
    





Tennis-Faster courts will ruin Melbourne spectacle - Toni Nadal

Jan 13th 2014
MADRID, Jan 13 (Reuters) - Rafa Nadal's uncle and coach Toni joined the world number one on Monday in criticising Melbourne Park's faster hardcourts which, he felt, will ruin the spectacle for the Australian Open fans.
    

Tennis-Understated Ferrer focussing on immediate challenge

Jan 13th 2014
Jan 13 (Reuters) - David Ferrer is ranked third in the world, has reached at least the quarter-finals at all four grand slams in the past two years yet is still not a favourite for the Australian Open title at Melbourne Park.
    





Tennis-China's Li to tweak training schedule as mercury rises

Jan 13th 2014
MELBOURNE, Jan 13 (Reuters) - China's Li Na will adjust her training schedule in a bid to beat the heat at the Australian Open this week after enjoying more favourable conditions on Monday in a one-sided rout of Croatian teenager Ana Konjuh in her opening match.
    





Tennis-Australian Open order of play on Tuesday

Jan 13th 2014
MELBOURNE, Jan 13 (Reuters) - Order of play on the main showcourts at the Australian Open on Tuesday (play starts at 0000 GMT on all courts, prefix denotes seeding):
    

UPDATE 1-Tennis-Venus crashes out of first round of Australian Open

Jan 13th 2014
* Makarova proves Williams' sister nemesis again (Adds details, byline, quotes)
    





Tennis-Youth trumps experience as Bencic downs Date-Krumm

Jan 13th 2014
MELBOURNE, Jan 13 (Reuters) - Youth and potential trumped age and experience at the Australian Open on Monday as 16-year-old Swiss Belinda Bencic took down 43-year-old Kimiko Date-Krumm 6-4, 4-6, 6-3.
    





Tennis-Keep calm, carry on - summer will end for British fans

Jan 13th 2014
Jan 13 (Reuters) - Just when British sports fans thought the jibes, digs and abuse over their lack of success Down Under over the last few months might finally slow to a mumbled trickle, their athletes gave their colonial brothers further ammunition on Monday.