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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)
    





Tennis-Del Potro wins in "worst conditions" at Melbourne Park

Jan 14th 2014
MELBOURNE, Jan 14 (Reuters) - World number five Juan Martin del Potro advanced to the second round of the Australian Open with a 6-7 6-3 6-4 6-4 win over American qualifier Rhyne Williams in stifling heat on Tuesday.
    





Tennis-Australian Open order of play on Wednesday

Jan 14th 2014
MELBOURNE, Jan 14 (Reuters) - Order of play on the main showcourts at the Australian Open on Wednesday (play starts at 0000 GMT on all courts, prefix denotes seeding): Rod Laver Arena 4-Li Na (China) v Belinda Bencic (Switzerland) 1-Serena Williams (U.S.) v Vesna Dolonc (Serbia) Leonardo Mayer (Argentina) v 2-Novak Djokovic (Serbia) From 0800 17-Sam Stosur (Australia) v Tsvetana Pironkova (Bulgaria) Matthew Ebden (Australia) v 28-Vasek Pospisil (Canada) - - Hise