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Tennis-Djokovic comfortably advances at Melbourne Park

Jan 20th 2015
MELBOURNE, Jan 20 (Reuters) - Top seed Novak Djokovic took the first step along the path that many expect will lead to his fifth Australian Open title with a 6-3 6-2 6-4 victory over Slovenian qualifier Aljaz Bedene.

Tennis-Champion Wawrinka gets title defence off to flying start

Jan 20th 2015
MELBOURNE, Jan 20 (Reuters) - Stan Wawrinka's title defence got off to a flying start at the Australian Open on Tuesday, the Swiss easing past Turkish battler Marsel Ilhan 6-1 6-4 6-2 to reach the second round.






Tennis-Azarenka continues dominance over Stephens in Melbourne

Jan 20th 2015
MELBOURNE, Jan 20 (Reuters) - Victoria Azarenka continued her love affair with the bright blue courts of Melbourne Park on Tuesday as the unseeded two-time former champion cruised to a 6-3 6-2 first round victory over Sloane Stephens.






UPDATE 1-Tennis-Wary Sharapova crashes Martic's birthday celebrations

Jan 19th 2015
MELBOURNE, Jan 19 (Reuters) - As seed after seed in the women's draw fell on the opening day of the Australian Open on Monday, world number two Maria Sharapova was vowing that she would not be one of them.






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

Jan 19th 2015
Jan 19 (Infostrada Sports) - Results from the Australian Open Men's Singles Round 1 matches on Monday Nick Kyrgios (Australia) beat Federico Delbonis (Argentina) 7-6(2) 3-6 6-3 6-7(5) 6-3 Thanasi Kokkinakis (Australia) beat 11-Ernests Gulbis (Latvia) 5-7 6-0 1-6 7-6(2) 8-6 Malek Jaziri (Tunisia) beat Mikhail Kukushkin (Kazakhstan) 6-2 6-3 2-6 7-6(3) Simone Bolelli (Italy) beat Juan Monaco (Argentina) 6-3 3-6 6-3 6-1 2-Roger Federer (Switzerland) beat Lu






WRAPUP 1-Tennis-Federer and Sharapova shine after seeds scattered

Jan 19th 2015
MELBOURNE, Jan 19 (Reuters) - Roger Federer and Maria Sharapova glittered under the Rod Laver Arena lights on Monday, restoring order at the Australian Open after eight women's seeds crashed out in the afternoon sun on a manic opening day.






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

Jan 19th 2015
Jan 19 (Infostrada Sports) - Results from the Australian Open Women's Singles Round 1 matches on Monday 2-Maria Sharapova (Russia) beat Petra Martic (Croatia) 6-4 6-1 Kiki Bertens (Netherlands) beat Daria Gavrilova (Australia) 7-6(8) 5-7 6-2 7-Eugenie Bouchard (Canada) beat Anna-Lena Friedsam (Germany) 6-2 6-4 Carina Witthoeft (Germany) beat 17-Carla Suarez Navarro (Spain) 6-3 6-1 Yaroslava Shvedova (Kazakhstan) beat 16






UPDATE 1-Tennis-Federer routs Lu to reach Australian Open second round

Jan 19th 2015
MELBOURNE, Jan 19 (Reuters) - Cooling temperatures in the Melbourne evening forced Roger Federer to rethink his tactics in a clinical 6-4 6-2 7-5 rout of Taiwan's Lu Yen-Hsun under the lights of Rod Laver Arena on Monday.






Tennis-China's Li tells centre court expecting first child

Jan 19th 2015
MELBOURNE, Jan 19 (Reuters) - Retired Australian Open champion Li Na told the centre court crowd at Melbourne Park on Monday that she was expecting her first child with her husband and former coach Jiang Shan.






UPDATE 1-Tennis-Undercooked Nadal keeping calm and carrying on

Jan 19th 2015
* Spaniard to play American Smyczek in second round (Adds details, quotes, byline)

Tennis-Rod Laver Arena is really imposing, says smiling Hradecka

Jan 19th 2015
MELBOURNE, Jan 19 (Reuters) - For about 20 minutes on Monday, Lucie Hradecka felt that playing on Rod Laver Arena was so overwhelming that she was never going to be able to nail a first serve or return anything that Ana Ivanovic blasted at her.






Tennis-Nadal answers doubts, Ivanovic ousted at Australian Open

Jan 19th 2015
MELBOURNE, Jan 19 (Reuters) - A relieved Rafa Nadal felt the confidence come flooding back in a first-round romp at the Australian Open on Monday after former world number one Ana Ivanovic crashed out on the opening day at Melbourne Park.

UPDATE 1-Tennis-Murray begins tough quest with Bhambri win

Jan 19th 2015
* Warm conditions had affected the ball and court says Murray

Tennis-Nadal crushes Youzhny to reach second round

Jan 19th 2015
MELBOURNE, Jan 19 (Reuters) - Rafa Nadal enjoyed a welcome dose of confidence in dismantling Russian veteran Mikhail Youzhny 6-3 6-2 6-2 to reach the second round of the Australian Open on Monday.

Tennis-Australian Open order of play

Jan 19th 2015
MELBOURNE, Jan 19 (Reuters) - Order of play on the main showcourts on day two of the Australian Open on Tuesday (prefix denotes seeding; play begins at 0000 GMT on all courts).






UPDATE 1-Tennis-Fifth seed Ivanovic bundled out by Hradecka

Jan 19th 2015
* Three other women's seeds sent packing early (Adds details, quotes)






Tennis-Murray safely into second round after Bhambri win

Jan 19th 2015
MELBOURNE, Jan 19 (Reuters) - Sixth seed Andy Murray overcame some frustrating moments in the third set to advance to the second round of the Australian Open with a 6-3 6-4 7-6(3) victory over India's Yuki Bhambri on Monday.






Tennis-ATP Tour singles standings

Jan 19th 2015
Jan 18 (Infostrada Sports) - Standings from the ATP Tour singles Points 1 (1) Novak Djokovic(Serbia) 11405 2 (2) Roger Federer(Switzerland) 9875 3 (3) Rafa Nadal(Spain) 6585 4 (4) Stanislas Wawrinka(Switzerland) 5370 5 (5) Kei Nishikori(Japan) 5025 6 (6) Andy Murray(Britain) 4675 7 (7) Tomas Berdych(Czech Republic) 4660 8






Tennis - WTA Tour singles standings

Jan 19th 2015
Jan 18 (Infostrada Sports) - Standings from the WTA Tour singles Points 1 (1) Serena Williams(U.S.) 8016 2 (2) Maria Sharapova(Russia) 7335 3 (3) Simona Halep(Romania) 6571 4 (4) Petra Kvitova(Czech Republic) 6360 5 (5) Ana Ivanovic(Serbia) 4845 6 (6) Agnieszka Radwanska(Poland) 4810 7 (7)






Tennis-Djokovic downplays concerns over illness, ready to go

Jan 18th 2015
MELBOURNE, Jan 18 (Reuters) - Novak Djokovic pronounced himself fit and raring to go in search of his fifth Australian Open title on Sunday after overcoming a bout of illness that had prompted social media users to suggest he was in doubt for the tournament.