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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.
    

Tennis-Li lays down marker on opening day at Australian Open

Jan 13th 2014
MELBOURNE, Jan 13 (Reuters) - China's Li Na started the Australian Open like a woman on a mission on Monday by brutally dispatching Croatian teenager Ana Konjuh 6-2 6-0 in just over an hour.
    





Tennis-Venus knocked out of first round of Australian Open

Jan 13th 2014
MELBOURNE, Jan 13 (Reuters) - Ekaterina Makarova, who upset an injured Serena Williams in the fourth round of the 2012 Australian Open, completed a Melbourne Park sweep of the Williams sisters by eliminating Venus 2-6 6-4 6-4 to advance to the second round on Monday.
    





Tennis-Kerber overcomes blip to beat local hope Gajdosova

Jan 13th 2014
MELBOURNE, Jan 13 (Reuters) - Ninth-seed Angelique Kerber shook off a second-set blip to advance to the second round of the Australian Open on Monday with a 6-3 0-6 6-2 win over local wildcard Jarmila Gajdosova.
    

Tennis - WTA Tour singles standings

Jan 13th 2014
Jan 13 (Infostrada Sports) - Standings from the WTA Tour singles Points 1 (1) Serena Williams(U.S.) 13260 2 (2) Victoria Azarenka(Belarus) 8151 3 (3) Maria Sharapova(Russia) 6076 4 (4) Li Na(China) 5970 5 (5) Agnieszka Radwanska(Poland) 5470 6 (6) Petra Kvitova(Czech Republic) 4835 7 (7)
    





Tennis-Australian Open women's first round draw

Jan 12th 2014
Jan 13 (Reuters) - First round draw for the women's singles at the Australian Open after qualifying and the withdrawal of Jamie Hampton (U.S.). The tournament begins in Melbourne on Monday (prefix denotes seeding): 1-Serena Williams (U.S) v Ashleigh Barty (Australia) Vesna Dolonc (Serbia) v Lara Arruabarrena (Spain) Pauline Parmentier (France) v Karolina Pliskova (Czech Republic) Heather Watson (Britain) v 31-Daniela Hantuchova (Slovakia) 17-Samantha Stosur (Australia) v Klara Zak
    





Tennis-Australian Open men's first round draw

Jan 12th 2014
Jan 13 (Reuters) - First round draw for the men's singles after qualifying at the Australian Open. The tournament begins in Melbourne on Monday (prefix denotes seeding): 1-Rafa Nadal (Spain) v Bernard Tomic (Australia) Thanasi Kokkinakis (Australia) v Igor Sijsling (Netherlands) Tobias Kamke (Germany) v Jack Sock (U.S.) Ryan Harrison (U.S.) v 25-Gael Monfils (France) 24-Andreas Seppi (Italy) v Lleyton Hewitt (Australia) Robin Haase (Netherlands) v Donald Young (U.S.)
    





Tennis-Melbourne Park set for a grand slam scorcher

Jan 12th 2014
MELBOURNE, Jan 13 (Reuters) - Melbourne Park gets its first glimpse of title favourites Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams in action on Monday's opening day but it is not just the heat of the on-court action that is exercising minds at the year's first grand slam.
    





Tennis-Nervy Rafter could "choke" in doubles return with Hewitt

Jan 12th 2014
MELBOURNE, Jan 12 (Reuters) - Australia's Davis Cup captain Pat Rafter has enjoyed smiting foes in the senior's tour since his retirement, but fears he may have bitten off more than he can chew by agreeing to partner Lleyton Hewitt in the Australian Open doubles.
    





Tennis-Australian Open order of play for Monday

Jan 12th 2014
MELBOURNE, Jan 12 (Reuters) - Order of play on the main showcourts at the Australian Open on Monday (play starts at 0000 GMT on all courts, prefix denotes seeding):
    





Tennis-Djokovic looks to Boris boost for fifth Australian title

Jan 12th 2014
MELBOURNE, Jan 12 (Reuters) - Novak Djokovic admits he has taken a gamble by making changes to his coaching team but is hoping for great things from his partnership with former grand slam champion Boris Becker.
    





Tennis-Australian Open champion Azarenka coy on Williams rivalry

Jan 12th 2014
MELBOURNE, Jan 12 (Reuters) - Victoria Azarenka is relishing her return to Melbourne Park as double defending champion and while Serena Williams is a hot favourite to deny her a hat-trick of titles, the Belarusian says she will not focus solely on the challenge from the world number one.
    





UPDATE 4-Tennis-Del Potro strolls to Sydney title, Isner aces Auckland

Jan 11th 2014
SYDNEY, Jan 11 (Reuters) - Argentine Juan Martin Del Potro served notice of his strong form ahead of the Australian Open when he crushed defending champion Bernard Tomic 6-3 6-1 in the final of the Sydney International on Saturday.