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Tennis-Sharapova brushes aside Peng, sets up Bouchard showdown

Jan 25th 2015
MELBOURNE, Jan 25 (Reuters) - Maria Sharapova set up an enticing quarter-final showdown with Eugenie Bouchard at the Australian Open following a comfortable 6-3 6-0 fourth round victory over China's Peng Shuai on Sunday.






Tennis-Makarova marches into Australian Open quarter-finals

Jan 25th 2015
MELBOURNE, Jan 25 (Reuters) - Feisty Russian counter-puncher Ekaterina Makarova continued her love affair with Melbourne Park on Sunday by booking a place in the quarter-finals for a third time in four years with a 6-3 6-2 thrashing of Germany's Julia Goerges.






UPDATE 1-Tennis-American Keys upsets Kvitova to make fourth round

Jan 24th 2015
MELBOURNE, Jan 24 (Reuters) - American teenager Madison Keys toppled fourth seed Petra Kvitova 6-4 7-5 in an impressive display of clean hitting to reach the fourth round of the Australian Open on Saturday.






UPDATE 1-Tennis-Djoker hits the books, video to study opponents

Jan 24th 2015
MELBOURNE, Jan 24 (Reuters) - Top seed Novak Djokovic has justifiably been nicknamed 'The Djoker' on the men's tennis tour with his comical impersonations of fellow players but on Saturday he revealed he is also a bit of a swot.






WRAPUP 1-Williams sisters lead Americans into fourth round

Jan 24th 2015
MELBOURNE, Jan 24 (Reuters) - Top seed Serena Williams and her older sister Venus led a foursome of American women into the Australian Open fourth round on Saturday, while men's top seed Novak Djokovic survived a nervous start to overcome a feisty Fernando Verdasco.






Tennis-American Keys upsets Kvitova to make fourth round

Jan 24th 2015
MELBOURNE, Jan 24 (Reuters) - American teenager Madison Keys toppled fourth seed Petra Kvitova 6-4 7-5 in an impressive display of clean hitting to reach the fourth round of the Australian Open on Saturday.






UPDATE 7-Tennis-Australian Open women's singles round 3 results

Jan 24th 2015
Jan 24 (Infostrada Sports) - Results from the Australian Open Women's Singles Round 3 matches on Saturday Madison Keys (U.S.) beat 4-Petra Kvitova (Czech Republic) 6-4 7-5 Victoria Azarenka (Belarus) beat 25-Barbora Zahlavova Strycova (Czech Republic) 6-4 6-4 Madison Brengle (U.S.) beat Coco Vandeweghe (U.S.) 6-3 6-2 11-Dominika Cibulkova (Slovakia) beat 19-Alize Cornet (France) 7-5 6-2 1-Serena Williams (U.S.) beat 26-Elin






Tennis-High ranking sits uncomfortably on Nishikori's shoulders

Jan 24th 2015
MELBOURNE, Jan 24 (Reuters) - A break-out 2014 season and a career-high ranking of five has added extra weight to Kei Nishikori's shoulders, with the U.S. Open finalist already bearing the burden of huge expectations in his home country Japan.






UPDATE 7-Tennis-Australian Open men's singles round 3 results

Jan 24th 2015
Jan 24 (Infostrada Sports) - Results from the Australian Open Men's Singles Round 3 matches on Saturday 9-David Ferrer (Spain) beat 18-Gilles Simon (France) 6-2 7-5 5-7 7-6(4) 1-Novak Djokovic (Serbia) beat 31-Fernando Verdasco (Spain) 7-6(8) 6-3 6-4 Gilles Muller (Luxembourg) beat 19-John Isner (U.S.) 7-6(4) 7-6(6) 6-4 5-Kei Nishikori (Japan) beat Steve Johnson (U.S.) 6-7(7) 6-1 6-2 6-3 Guillermo Garcia-Lopez (Spain) beat Vasek Pospisil (Canada) 6-2 6-4 6-4






Tennis-Djokovic safely through to fourth round in Melbourne

Jan 24th 2015
MELBOURNE, Jan 24 (Reuters) - Top seed Novak Djokovic overcame a nervous start and feisty Fernando Verdasco to safely negotiate his way into the fourth round of the Australian Open on Saturday.






UPDATE 1-Tennis-This is me, says grunting, cursing Azarenka

Jan 24th 2015
MELBOURNE, Jan 24 (Reuters) - Two-time grand slam champion Victoria Azarenka will no longer bite her tongue or try to fit into any media-trained "image" as she makes her way on the tennis tour, the Belarusian said at the Australian Open on Saturday.






Tennis-Australian Open order of play

Jan 24th 2015
MELBOURNE, Jan 24 (Reuters) - Order of play on the main showcourts on day seven of the Australian Open on Sunday (prefix denotes seeding; play begins at 0000 GMT on all courts).






Tennis-Brengle slops on sunscreen and slips into fourth round

Jan 24th 2015
MELBOURNE, Jan 24 (Reuters) - Madison Brengle could conceivably be the new face of advertising campaigns Down Under that urge people to 'slip, slop, slap' during the scorching summer months to help Australians and New Zealanders to lower the risk of skin cancers.






Tennis-Lopez apologises to injured ball-boy for low blow

Jan 24th 2015
MELBOURNE, Jan 24 (Reuters) - Spaniard Feliciano Lopez showed a compassionate streak in addition to a dangerous serve by apologising to the ball-boy he struck in the groin at the Australian Open.






UPDATE 1-Tennis-Under radar Wawrinka happy to discuss the F-word

Jan 24th 2015
MELBOURNE, Jan 24 (Reuters) - For someone who is the defending champion at Melbourne Park, Stan Wawrinka is remarkably upbeat about the lack of focus falling upon him.






Tennis-Scratchy Azarenka overcomes Czech to reach fourth round

Jan 24th 2015
MELBOURNE, Jan 24 (Reuters) - Two-time champion Victoria Azarenka won a battle of former girls' champions at the Australian Open by easing past Czech Barbora Zahlavova Strycova 6-4 6-4 on Saturday to advance to the fourth round at Melbourne Park.






UPDATE 1-Tennis-Serena sets up clash with French Open nemesis

Jan 24th 2015
MELBOURNE, Jan 24 (Reuters) - Serena Williams was a picture of torment for a set and a half on Saturday before finding her range to fend off Elina Svitolina 4-6 6-2 6-0 and set up a fourth round clash with French Open nemesis Garbine Muguruza.






Tennis-Williams sisters turn back clock in Melbourne

Jan 24th 2015
MELBOURNE, Jan 24 (Reuters) - Top seed Serena Williams and her older sister Venus sent a chilling warning to the rest of the women's draw at the Australian Open on Saturday by both advancing to the fourth round at Melbourne Park for the first time in five years.






Tennis-Wawrinka safely through to fourth round

Jan 24th 2015
MELBOURNE, Jan 24 (Reuters) - Defending champion Stan Wawrinka avoided the same fate that befell compatriot Roger Federer on Friday with a comfortable victory over Finland's Jarkko Nieminen to move into the Australian Open fourth round.






UPDATE 1-Tennis-Nadal avoids Federer's fate with comfortable win

Jan 23rd 2015
* No concerns with fitness after second round illness (Adds details, quotes, byline)