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INTERVIEW-Tennis-Swiss Wawrinka taking solace in 'failing better'

Jan 11th 2014
MELBOURNE, Jan 11 (Reuters) - The recall of a crushing loss might not have the same attraction as the memory of an inspired victory for most top tennis players, but world number eight Stanislas Wawrinka wears failure as a badge of honour stamped permanently on his arm.
    





Tennis-Murray dampens expectations of Australian Open success

Jan 11th 2014
MELBOURNE, Jan 11 (Reuters) - Four months after back surgery, Wimbledon champion Andy Murray was understandably cautious on Saturday about his chances of reaching a fourth Australian Open final in five years.
    





Tennis-Free of favourite tag, Federer hopes to flourish in Melbourne

Jan 11th 2014
MELBOURNE, Jan 11 (Reuters) - Armed with a new coach and bigger racket, Roger Federer hopes being in the unusual position of underdog will help him add to his record tally of 17 grand slam titles.
    





Tennis-'Faster' Melbourne Park courts not to Rafa's taste

Jan 11th 2014
MELBOURNE, Jan 11 (Reuters) - World number one Rafa Nadal thinks Melbourne Park's resurfaced hardcourts are playing faster than ever and may not provide a good show for fans when the Australian Open begins on Monday.
    





Tennis-Impatient Sharapova realistic on grand slam return

Jan 11th 2014
MELBOURNE, Jan 11 (Reuters) - Maria Sharapova happily admits that patience is not her strongest trait but the Russian will temper her expectations as she begins her Australian Open title campaign.
    





Tennis-Serena zips her lip after scorchers follow Melbourne shivers

Jan 11th 2014
MELBOURNE, Jan 11 (Reuters) - A subdued Serena Williams vowed never again to complain about Melbourne's changeable weather after her grumbles on an unseasonably chilly summer's day were followed by several days of scorching heat.
    





Tennis-Auckland Open men's singles final result

Jan 11th 2014
Jan 11 (Infostrada Sports) - Result from the Auckland Open Men's Singles Final on Saturday 3-John Isner (U.S.) beat Lu Yen-Hsun (Taiwan) 7-6(4) 7-6(7)
    





Tennis-Dominant qualifier Muguruza wins first WTA title in Hobart

Jan 11th 2014
SYDNEY, Jan 11 (Reuters) - Spanish qualifier Garbine Muguruza hammered Czech Klara Zakopalova 6-4 6-0 in 70 minutes to win her maiden WTA title at the Hobart International on Saturday.
    





Tennis-Hobart International women's singles final result

Jan 11th 2014
Jan 11 (Infostrada Sports) - Result from the Hobart International Women's Singles Final on Saturday Garbine Muguruza Blanco (Spain) beat 7-Klara Zakopalova (Czech Republic) 6-4 6-0
    





PREVIEW-Tennis-Nadal poses biggest threat to Djokovic's reign

Jan 10th 2014
SYDNEY, Jan 10 (Reuters) - After staging a remarkable comeback in 2013, Spanish buccaneer Rafa Nadal has his eye on more grand slam silverware this year and is shaping up as the biggest threat to Novak Djokovic's Australian Open reign.
    





PREVIEW-Tennis-Serena eyes sixth coronation at Melbourne Park

Jan 10th 2014
MELBOURNE, Jan 10 (Reuters) - If players, pundits and bookmakers are to be believed, Serena Williams has already sewn up her sixth Australian Open title and the other 127 women in the draw may as well pick up their racquets and head home.
    





UPDATE 2-Tennis-Pironkova stuns Kerber in Sydney for first title

Jan 10th 2014
* Ferrer falls short in Auckland (Updates with later matches)
    





Tennis-Sydney International women's singles final result

Jan 10th 2014
Jan 10 (Infostrada Sports) - Result from the Sydney International Women's Singles Final on Friday Tsvetana Pironkova (Bulgaria) beat 5-Angelique Kerber (Germany) 6-4 6-4
    





UPDATE 1-Tennis-Hobart International women's singles semifinals results

Jan 10th 2014
Jan 10 (Infostrada Sports) - Results from the Hobart International Women's Singles Semifinals matches on Friday Garbine Muguruza Blanco (Spain) beat Estrella Cabeza Candela (Spain) 6-0 6-1 7-Klara Zakopalova (Czech Republic) beat 1-Samantha Stosur (Australia) 6-3 6-2
    





UPDATE 1-Tennis-Auckland Open men's singles semifinals results

Jan 10th 2014
Jan 10 (Infostrada Sports) - Results from the Auckland Open Men's Singles Semifinals matches on Friday Lu Yen-Hsun (Taiwan) beat 1-David Ferrer (Spain) 6-4 7-6(4) 3-John Isner (U.S.) beat Roberto Bautista (Spain) 3-6 7-6(2) 6-4
    





UPDATE 1-Tennis-Sydney International men's singles semifinals results

Jan 10th 2014
Jan 10 (Infostrada Sports) - Results from the Sydney International Men's Singles Semifinals matches on Friday Bernard Tomic (Australia) beat Sergiy Stakhovsky (Ukraine) 6-7(4) 7-5 6-3 1-Juan Martin Del Potro (Argentina) beat 4-Dmitry Tursunov (Russia) 6-4 6-2
    





Tennis-Australian Open dark horse Del Potro reaches Sydney final

Jan 10th 2014
SYDNEY, Jan 10 (Reuters) - Former U.S. Open champion Juan Martin Del Potro underlined his status as a dark horse for next week's Australian Open by hammering Dmitry Tursunov to reach the final of the Sydney International on Friday.
    





REFILE-UPDATE 2-Tennis-Nadal to face local hope Tomic in Australian Open

Jan 10th 2014
MELBOURNE, Jan 10 (Reuters) - World number one Rafa Nadal will battle the bad boy of Australian tennis Bernard Tomic and a partisan crowd in the first round at Melbourne Park as he bids for a 14th grand slam title.
    





Tennis-Australian Open men's first round draw

Jan 10th 2014
MELBOURNE, Jan 10 (Reuters) - First round draw for the men's singles at the Australian Open that begins in Melbourne on Monday (prefix denotes seeding): 1-Rafa Nadal (Spain) v Bernard Tomic (Australia)
    





Tennis-Australian Open women's first round draw

Jan 10th 2014
MELBOURNE, Jan 10 (Reuters) - First round draw for the women's singles at the Australian Open that begins in Melbourne on Monday (prefix denotes seeding): 1-Serena Williams (U.S) v Ashleigh Barty (Australia)