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MELBOURNE, Jan 22 (Reuters) - Top seeds Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams barely moved out of second gear while Victoria Azarenka underlined her Australian Open pedigree as players experienced the hottest conditions of the championship so far on Thursday.
MELBOURNE, Jan 22 (Reuters) - Caroline Wozniacki said she felt "cursed" at Melbourne Park after losing in straight sets to a resurgent Victoria Azarenka in the Australian Open second round on Thursday.
MELBOURNE, Jan 22 (Reuters) - Victoria Azarenka showed she was back in top form at the Australian Open on Thursday after an injury-blighted season, upsetting eighth seed Caroline Wozniacki 6-4 6-2 to reach the third round.
MELBOURNE, Jan 22 (Reuters) - Following Rafa Nadal's problems with cramps in the second round of the Australian Open on Wednesday, Andy Murray has taken a swipe at critics who gave him a hard time after his own struggles at the U.S. Open.
MELBOURNE, Jan 22 (Reuters) - Serena Williams weathered an early challenge from Russian Vera Zvonareva before the former world number two crumbled to lose 7-5 6-0 in the second round of the Australian Open on Thursday.
MELBOURNE, Jan 21 (Reuters) - One of the best matches of Tim Smyczek's career ended in a five-set defeat by Rafa Nadal at the Australian Open on Wednesday but the American qualifier will head back to the second-tier Challenger tour with renewed faith.
MELBOURNE, Jan 21 (Reuters) - An ailing Rafa Nadal dug deep into his vast reservoir of grit to stave off American qualifier Tim Smyczek and stagger into the third round of the Australian Open on Wednesday on a day of great escapes.
MELBOURNE, Jan 21 (Reuters) - Third seed Rafa Nadal battled through illness and poor timing on his groundstrokes to lurch into the third round of the Australian Open with a 6-2 3-6 6-7(2) 6-3 7-5 victory over American qualifier Tim Smyzcek on Wednesday.