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Kvitová slowly returns to the top in Australian Open

Jan 29, 2019 - 2:21 PM

'I felt very well throughout those 3 weeks I played in Australia,' says Australian Open finalist Petra Kvitova

BAD LUCK. Czech Republic's Petra Kvitova aims to win a Grand Slam title in 2019. Photo by Patrick Hertzog/AFP

Sharapova: Australian Open 2019 exit will not dent Slam dreams

Jan 21, 2019 - 12:36 AM

Former world No. 1 Sharapova loses to Australian Ashleigh Barty in 3 sets in the last 16

DREAMING ON. Maria Sharapova moves on as she is still on the lookout for her fifth Grand Slam title. Photo from Australian Open Twitter

Federer to play Roland Garros for first time since 2015

Jan 20, 2019 - 9:04 PM

Roger Federer returns to the clay courts of the French Open this year

'FOR FUN'. Roger Federer just wants to have fun in the 2019 Roland Garros. Photo by William West/AFP

Defending champion Federer out of Australian Open

Jan 20, 2019 - 8:33 PM

Stefanos Tsitsipas shocks Roger Federer to become the first Greek to reach the quarterfinals of a Slam

KNOCKED OUT. Roger Federer fails to repeat his bid for a third straight Australian Open title as he exits the tournament in the last 16. Photo from Australian Open Twitter

WATCH: Nadal barrels through Berdych to reach Australian Open quarters

Jan 20, 2019 - 7:47 PM

Rafael Nadal is through to the quarters without dropping a set in Australian Open 2019

RAMPANT. Rafael Nadal flashes his great form to barge into the quarterfinals. Photo from Australian Open Twitter

Top seed Halep eclipses Venus to set up Serena clash

Jan 19, 2019 - 9:09 PM

Simona Halep powers past her 38-year-old opponent to face her sister in the last 16

PERSONAL BEST. Simona Halep finishes off Venus in one hour and 17 minutes to post her best performance in the tournament. Photo by Australian Open Twitter

Djokovic cruises to Australian Open last 16 despite floodlight fury

Jan 19, 2019 - 4:58 PM

'I think there was no sense to turn on lights on court at 5pm when we have another 4 hours of daylight,' fumes Novak Djokovic

FURY. Serbia's Novak Djokovic gives up a set to Canada's Denis Shapovalov because of the Australian Open floodlight situation. Photo by Jewel Samad/AFP

Serena Williams rolls into Aussie Open last 16

Jan 19, 2019 - 1:48 PM

Serena Williams powers past teenager Dayana Yastremska to be on track for a record 24th Grand Slam title

ON TRACK. Serena Williams cruises to the Australian Open last 16 and is still in contention for her 24th Grand Slam title. Photo from Twitter (@AustralianOpen)

Japan's Osaka outlasts Hsieh to make Australian Open last 16

Jan 19, 2019 - 11:57 AM

Naomi Osaka survives an error-filled match to equal her best finish in the Australian Open

ALL-ASIAN MATCH. Naomi Osaka rallies back to crash into the last 16 after defeating Taiwan's Hsieh Su-wei. Photo by David Gray/ AFP

Sharapova says revenge not behind Wozniacki Open upset

Jan 18, 2019 - 8:54 PM

'I just really like winning,' says Maria Sharapova after bundling out defending Australian Open champion Caroline Wozniacki

UPSET. Russia's Maria Sharapova (right) shakes hands with Denmark's Caroline Wozniacki after winning their women's singles match on Day 5 of the Australian Open. Photo by William West/AFP

Osaka romps as Halep and Raonic battle through Open epics

Jan 17, 2019 - 7:27 PM

World No. 1 Simona Halep staggers through as Japanese pair Naomi Osaka and Kei Nishikori survive on a day of epic battles in the Australian Open

SWEEP. Naomi Osaka hits a return against Slovenia's Tamara Zidansek in the Australian Open duel the Japanese star won in straight sets. Photo by Greg Wood/AFP

WATCH: Ageless Federer not overthinking Australian Open title defense

Jan 13, 2019 - 3:28 PM

At 37, a confident Roger Federer targets a 21st Grand Slam title

WATCH: 5 Australian Open stories to follow

Jan 12, 2019 - 12:37 PM

Check out some interesting sidelights as the Grand Slam season gets going

TITLE DEFENSE. Roger Federer targets a seventh Australian Open crown. Photo by Glyn Kirk/AFP

Andy Murray to retire, eyes Wimbledon as last event

Jan 11, 2019 - 9:22 AM

(UPDATED) 'I can play with limitations. But having the limitations and the pain is not allowing me to enjoy competing or training,' says the former world No. 1

SWAN SONG. Andy Murray hopes to end his stellar career at Wimbledon, but admits that the Australian Open this January may be his last run. Photo by Asanka Brendon Ratnayake/AFP

Djokovic, Halep top seeds at Australian Open

Jan 10, 2019 - 9:56 AM

World No. 1 players Novak Djokovic and Simona Halep face a stern challenge in the first Grand Slam tournament of the year

Kerber through as Stephens avoids shock loss in Sydney

Jan 08, 2019 - 9:12 PM

Angelique Kerber is still in contention for back-to-back titles in Sydney International

TITLE DEFENSE. Angelique Kerber sweeps Camila Giorgi and advances to the third round. Photo by Glyn Kirk/AFP

Australian Open 2019: Serena shoots for Grand Slam history

Jan 08, 2019 - 2:29 PM

History beckons as Serena Williams aims to match Margaret Court's mark of 24 singles majors on the Australian's home soil

MAKING HISTORY. Serena Williams hopes that his Australian Open will allow her to match Margaret Court's record of 24 Grand Slam titles. Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images/AFP

Nadal says ‘no pain’ as Australian Open looms

Jan 08, 2019 - 11:13 AM

Rafael Nadal is 'feeling better' after withdrawing from Brisbane International

TITLE CONTENDER. Rafael Nadal still considers himself a contender for the 2019 Australian Open title. Photo by Ben Stansall/AFP

Brilliant Nishikori, Pliskova claim Brisbane titles

Jan 06, 2019 - 11:48 PM

Japanese star Kei Nishikori bags his first men's title in 3 years as Karolina Pliskova storms back to capture the women's crown at Brisbane International

Djokovic's conqueror Bautista Agut takes Qatar Open title

Jan 06, 2019 - 10:45 AM

After stunning world No. 1 Novak Djokovic in the semis, Spain's Roberto Bautista Agut completes his stellar run with a championship

SURPRISE CHAMP. Roberto Bautista Agut bags his ninth career title and improves his world ranking to No. 23. Photo from Live Tennis

Djokovic crashes out of Qatar Open

Jan 05, 2019 - 10:02 AM

Spain's Roberto Bautista Agut shocks world No. 1 Novak Djokovic to advance to the final round

FRUSTRATED. Novak Djokovic admits he thought he was ‘pretty much in control’ of his semifinal match against Roberto Bautista Agut. Photo by Karim Jaafar/AFP

Injured Sharapova retires from Shenzhen quarters

Jan 04, 2019 - 11:22 PM

The injury comes 10 days before the start of the Australian Open

SURPRISE EXIT. Maria Sharapova abruptly ends her campaign in the Shenzhen Open. File photo by Miguel Medina/AFP


Djokovic to injured Nadal: 'We need you'

Jan 03, 2019 - 1:51 PM

World No. 1 Novak Djokovic says Rafael Nadal must return from injury again as the sport needs a 'legend' like him

ALL-TIME GREATS. Novak Djokovic (right) believes Rafael Nadal can pull off another comeback. File photo by Nic Bothma/AFP

Struggling Sharapova progresses at Shenzhen as opponent retires

Jan 02, 2019 - 10:07 PM

China's Wang Xinyu is forced to retire from the match after feeling pain in her thigh

ON TO THE NEXT. Maria Sharapova reaches the quarterfinals of the Shenzhen WTA. File photo by Miguel Medina/AFP


Thigh strain forces Nadal out of Brisbane tournament

Jan 02, 2019 - 6:50 PM

The world No. 2 withdraws to ensure he would be fit to play in the Australian Open

SIDELINED. Rafael Nadal is once again bitten by the injury bug. File photo by Oscar del Pozo


Wozniacki on right track ahead of Australian Open title defense

Jan 02, 2019 - 4:36 PM

The world No. 3 topples Laura Siegemund in the first round of the WTA Auckland Classic

LONG WAY TO GO. Caroline Wozniacki gives herself a passing mark as she starts the year with a win in the WTA Auckland Classic. File photo by Elsa/Getty Images/AFP


LOOK: Serena posts inspirational message to working parents

Jan 02, 2019 - 2:48 PM

With her daughter Alexis Olympia in tow at the Hopman Cup, Serena Williams gives a salute to all working moms and dads

Photo by Oli Scarff/AFP

Djokovic wins first match of 2019 in just 55 minutes

Jan 02, 2019 - 9:33 AM

The world No. 1 cruises past Damir Dzumhur at the start of the Qatar Open

WARM UP. Competing in Doha has long been part of Novak Djokovic’s build up for the Australian Open. Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images/AFP

Federer gets bragging rights over Serena in hugely anticipated match

Jan 01, 2019 - 11:22 PM

Meeting each other on the court for the first time, the Swiss legend and partner Belinda Bencic overcome the American star and teammate Frances Tiafoe

DEEP ADORATION. Serena Williams (left) says her doubles duel against Roger Federer is the "match of my career." Photo by Tony Ashby


Serena ensures meeting with Federer will have an edge

Jan 01, 2019 - 10:10 PM

The American star says she wants to replicate everything the Swiss great has done in his career

BEST VS BEST. Serena Williams will meet Roger Federer on the court for the first time. File photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images/AFP


Osaka cruises as Konta sends Stephens packing

Jan 01, 2019 - 9:14 PM

Osaka and Konta both advance to the quarterfinals of the Brisbane International

WINNING COLUMN. Naomi Osaka starts the new year on the right track. File photo Roslan Rahman/AFP


Federer beats Tiafoe and looks forward to playing Serena

Jan 01, 2019 - 8:50 PM

The Swiss great says it is a 'thrill' to finally face the American star

GREATS COLLIDE. Roger Federer will meet Serena Williams on the court for the first time. File photo by William West/AFP


Murray upbeat after winning start in Brisbane

Jan 01, 2019 - 7:04 PM

Sidelined from competitive play since the China Open in September, the former world No. 1 is slowly returning to his old form

RIGHT TRACK. Andy Murray begins the year on a winning note. File photo by Gyln Kirk/AFP


'Big Four' still Grand Slam stars to beat, insists Djokovic

Jan 01, 2019 - 6:21 PM

Since and including 2010, the Serbian star, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray have won 32 Grand Slams between them

CRAVING FOR MORE. Novak Djokovic heads into the new season seeking to add to his 14 Grand Slam titles. File photo by Johannes Eiselle / AFP


Venus wins three-set thriller against Azarenka

Jan 01, 2019 - 5:33 PM

In a showdown between two former world No. 1 players, Williams proves the better finisher

LIKE FINE WINE. Venus Williams, although already 38 years old, shows she still has it. Photo by Greg Woods/AFP/Getty Images


Body first, ranking later says Nadal after ankle surgery

Jan 01, 2019 - 3:16 PM

World No. 2 Rafael Nadal says chasing the top seed is no longer a personal goal in the last two years

LONGEVITY. Rafael Nadal says he intends to focus on his health so he can play tennis as long as he can. Photo by Oli Scarff/AFP

Injured world No.5 Del Potro to miss Australian Open

Jan 01, 2019 - 11:49 AM

Top Argentine tennis player Juan Martin del Potro says he has yet to recover from a fractured knee sustained last October

After midnight: Brisbane match starts in 2018, ends in 2019

Jan 01, 2019 - 9:54 AM

Ranked 139 in world tennis, Marie Bouzkova rings in the year with an upset win over former US Open champion Samantha Stosur at Brisbane International

WINNING START. Young bet Marie Bouzkova advances to the 2nd round against fellow Czech Karolina Pliskova. Photo from Brisbane Tennis Twitter

Sharapova campaign off to tough start in Shenzhen

Dec 31, 2018 - 9:56 PM

The five-time Grand Slam champion, though, still edges out Switzerland's Timea Bacsinszky

GEARING UP. Maria Sharapova says the Shenzhen Open is a warm-up for the Australian Open. File photo by Thomas Samson


Djokovic: 'I'd be lying if Federer record not on my mind'

Dec 30, 2018 - 9:17 AM

After ruling the Mubadala World Tennis Championship, Novak Djokovic keeps his sights on Roger Federer's 20 Grand Slam record

ON A ROLL. Novak Djokovic celebrates his victory over Kevin Anderson at the Mubadala World Tennis Championship 2018 in Abu Dhabi. Photo by Giuseppe Cacace/AFP

New Australian Open heat policy to counter oven-like conditions

Dec 29, 2018 - 12:18 PM

A heat stress scale will be used for the first time at a Grand Slam to prevent players from fainting and suffering exhaustion

In the last Australian Open, tennis players like France's Gael Monfils struggled to play in extreme heat. Photo by Saeed Khan/AFP

Murray happy with decision not to quit tennis

Dec 28, 2018 - 8:14 PM

The former world No. 1 misses 11 months of the year due to a hip injury

RIGHT CHOICE. Andy Murray says he would be full of regret had he decided to stop playing 6 months ago. Photo by Gyln Kirk/AFP


Tennis royalty Federer and Serena back for yet another season

Dec 28, 2018 - 6:49 PM

Both 37 years old, the two tennis superstars show no signs of quitting

STILL GRINDING. Roger Federer (left) and Serena Williams begin another season of tennis. Photos from Shutterstock


Serena eyes 'bigger and better things' after US Open drama

Dec 28, 2018 - 10:10 AM

Back in great shape, Serena Williams targets the all-time record of 24 Grand Slam titles

CHASING HISTORY. Moving on from the controversial US Open final, Serena Williams hopes to tie Margaret Court’s championship record. Photo by Oli Scarff/AFP

Rafael Nadal confident about fitness for Australian Open

Dec 27, 2018 - 9:47 PM

The Spanish superstar has not played since a knee problem forced him to retire during the US Open semifinals in September

BACK AT IT. Rafael Nadal is slowly regaining his old form following an ankle surgery in November. File photo by Josep Lago/AFP


Serena Williams hails rule changes to protect mothers in tennis

Dec 27, 2018 - 6:04 PM

Under new rules, returning mothers who have a special ranking that would earn them a seeded position can be drawn as an 'additional seed' at tournaments

GROUNDBREAKING. Serena Williams had been advocating for a rule change that would ease the transition back for players following the birth of their children. File photo by Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/AFP


Fired-up Federer hoping for another 'crazy good' season

Dec 27, 2018 - 4:28 PM

Enjoying a late-career renaissance, Roger Federer targets a third straight Australian Open championship next month

MOTIVATED. After an ‘intense’ off-season, Roger Federer looks forward to another solid Grand Slam run. Photo by Oli Scarff/AFP

Filipina tennis player Alex Eala is Europe's Overseas Player of 2018

Dec 22, 2018 - 8:10 PM

The young Filipina makes waves in Europe's junior tennis scene

BEST FOREIGNER. At 13 years old, Filipina Alex Eala impresses in Europe. Rappler File photo

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Nov 19, 2018 - 8:56 PM

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Nuguit, Emana capture PCA Open tennis crowns

Nov 19, 2018 - 3:33 PM

The two tennis prodigies reign in the 12-and-under division

CHAMP. Sherwin Ray Nuguit rules the 12-and-under boys' division of the PCA Open. Photo from PCA Open