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Jelena Ostapenko knocks out Coco Gauff to reach Australian Open quarters

Updated on Jan 22, 2023 09:52 AM IST

The 17th seed will meet Elena Rybakina, who shocked top seed Iga Swiatek, for a place in the semi-final.

Latvia's Jelena Ostapenko celebrates victory against Coco Gauff of the US (AFP)
Latvia's Jelena Ostapenko celebrates victory against Coco Gauff of the US (AFP)
AFP |

Wimbledon champion Rybakina takes out World No.1 Swiatek in 4th round

In the battle of two reigning Grand Slam champions, a first of its kind in a women's singles draw since 2021, Wimbledon winner Elena Rybakina held her nerves to knock out world no.1 and top seed Iga Swiatek in straight sets in their fourth-round meeting at the Australian Open 2023 on Sunday.

Poland's Iga Swiatek in action during her fourth round match against Kazakhstan's Elena Rybakina (REUTERS)
Poland's Iga Swiatek in action during her fourth round match against Kazakhstan's Elena Rybakina (REUTERS)
Updated on Jan 22, 2023 09:17 AM IST

Manas Dhamne, 15, wins first round in Australian Open boys' singles

Indian men's doubles pair, a late entry, also reached the second round at Melbourne Park

India's Manas Dhamne(PTI)
India's Manas Dhamne(PTI)
Published on Jan 21, 2023 10:26 PM IST

Aus Open: Shelton gets better of Popyrin and 'rowdy' crowd to roar into last 16

Australian Open: Ben Shelton defeated Alexei Popyrin on Saturday to book his place in the last 16.

Ben Shelton of the U.S. celebrates winning his third round match against Australia's Alexei Popyrin.(REUTERS)
Ben Shelton of the U.S. celebrates winning his third round match against Australia's Alexei Popyrin.(REUTERS)
Published on Jan 21, 2023 05:25 PM IST
Reuters |

Hobbled Djokovic still too good for Dimitrov

Bulgaria’s Grigor Dimitrov is brushed aside in straight sets as the Serb, chasing a 10th Australian Open title, reaches the fourth round

Novak Djokovic celebrates winning his third round match against Grigor Dimitrov.(REUTERS)
Novak Djokovic celebrates winning his third round match against Grigor Dimitrov.(REUTERS)
Updated on Jan 21, 2023 09:48 PM IST
ByRutvick Mehta

Crouching 'tiger' Aryna Sabalenka on the prowl at Australian Open

The Belarusian mauled 32nd-ranked Belgian Elise Mertens 6-2, 6-3 on Margaret Court Arena to burgeon her status as a favourite for the first Grand Slam of the year.

Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus reacts during her third round match against Elise Mertens of Belgium at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Saturday, Jan. 21, 2023. (AP)
Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus reacts during her third round match against Elise Mertens of Belgium at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Saturday, Jan. 21, 2023. (AP)
Published on Jan 21, 2023 02:31 PM IST
AFP |

Australian Open: Czech teen Fruhvirtova downs Vondrousova to reach 4th round

At 17 years and 273 days, Fruhvirtova is the youngest woman remaining in the draw. Playing in only her second Grand Slam main draw, Fruhvirtova showed extraordinary composure to rally from 3-1 down in the decider and beat her more fancied opponent.

Linda Fruhvirtova of the Czech Republic celebrates after defeating compatriot Marketa Vondrousova in their third round match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Saturday, Jan. 21, 2023.(AP)
Linda Fruhvirtova of the Czech Republic celebrates after defeating compatriot Marketa Vondrousova in their third round match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Saturday, Jan. 21, 2023.(AP)
Published on Jan 21, 2023 02:26 PM IST
Reuters |

Australian Open: Nick who? Alex De Minaur steps out of Kyrgios shadow

The Australian number two soaked up the cheers of a raucous Rod Laver Arena crowd on Saturday as he booked his place in the last 16 for the second year in a row with an emphatic 7-6(0) 6-2 6-1 win over Frenchman Benjamin Bonzi.

Australia's Alex De Minaur celebrates victory against France's Benjamin Bonzi
Australia's Alex De Minaur celebrates victory against France's Benjamin Bonzi
Published on Jan 21, 2023 01:43 PM IST
Reuters |

Sacked and back: Osaka's ex-coach revitalises former No.1 Karolina Pliskova

The 30-year-old Czech served up a 6-4, 6-2 demolition of 97th-ranked Russian Varvara Gracheva on Rod Laver Arena in the third round on Saturday.

Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic reacts after defeating Varvara Gracheva of Russia in their third round match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Saturday, Jan. 21, 2023.(AP)
Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic reacts after defeating Varvara Gracheva of Russia in their third round match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Saturday, Jan. 21, 2023.(AP)
Published on Jan 21, 2023 10:48 AM IST
AFP |

Andrey Rublev into Australian Open's 4th round, beats Dan Evans

Fifth-seeded Andrey Rublev advanced to the fourth round of the Australian Open for the third time in four years with a 6-4, 6-2, 6-3 win over Dan Evans on Saturday.

Andrey Rublev of Russia plays a forehand return to Daniel Evans of Britain during their third round match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Saturday, Jan. 21, 2023. (AP)
Andrey Rublev of Russia plays a forehand return to Daniel Evans of Britain during their third round match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Saturday, Jan. 21, 2023. (AP)
Published on Jan 21, 2023 10:37 AM IST
AP |

'I wasn't in the zone': Medvedev after defeat to Korda in Australian Open

The Russian seventh seed, who reached the final of the tournament in 2021 and 2022, was unable to cope with the 22-year-old Korda's game in the defeat at the Rod Laver Arena.

Tennis - Australian Open - Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia - January 21, 2023 Sebastian Korda of the U.S. shakes hands with Russia's Daniil Medvedev after winning his third round match REUTERS/Hannah Mckay(REUTERS)
Tennis - Australian Open - Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia - January 21, 2023 Sebastian Korda of the U.S. shakes hands with Russia's Daniil Medvedev after winning his third round match REUTERS/Hannah Mckay(REUTERS)
Published on Jan 20, 2023 10:23 PM IST
Reuters |

Australian Open: The late show and the toll it takes on athletes

Late night/early morning finishes continue to keep players awake in the season-opening Slam Down Under.

Australian Open - General view during the second round match between Australia's Thanasi Kokkinakis and Britain's Andy Murray REUTERS/Carl Recine(REUTERS)
Australian Open - General view during the second round match between Australia's Thanasi Kokkinakis and Britain's Andy Murray REUTERS/Carl Recine(REUTERS)
Published on Jan 20, 2023 09:39 PM IST
ByRutvick Mehta

Former World No.1 Medvedev crashes out in 3rd round after loss to Korda

Daniil Medvedev, who had finished runner-up in the last two editions of the tournament, could not go past the American in a hard-fought three-set contest.

Medvedev had finished runner-up in 2021 and 2022(AFP)
Medvedev had finished runner-up in 2021 and 2022(AFP)
Updated on Jan 20, 2023 07:07 PM IST

Djokovic reacts after Murray wins 2nd longest match at AO in 5 hrs and 45 mins

After being down by two sets in the match, it was an incredible turnaround by Murray who then won one set after another to surpass the Australian. His gritty gameplay was acknowledged and lauded by friend and nine-time Australian Open champion Novak Djokovic.

Andy Murray's gritty gameplay was acknowledged and lauded by friend and nine-time Australian Open champion Novak Djokovic. (Reuters)
Andy Murray's gritty gameplay was acknowledged and lauded by friend and nine-time Australian Open champion Novak Djokovic. (Reuters)
Published on Jan 20, 2023 05:23 PM IST

‘I think Nadal’s days are numbered…': Boris Becker's bold retirement statement

Rafael Nadal's early exit from Australian Open has led tennis legend Boris Becker to issue statements on the former's chances of bidding adieu to the sport.

Rafael Nadal of Spain waves as he leaves Rod Laver Arena following his second round loss to Mackenzie McDonald of the U.S. at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2023.(AP)
Rafael Nadal of Spain waves as he leaves Rod Laver Arena following his second round loss to Mackenzie McDonald of the U.S. at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2023.(AP)
Published on Jan 20, 2023 02:35 PM IST

Gauff, Pegula into 4th round at Australian Open; Tsitsipas sets up Sinner clash

Top-seeded Iga Swiatek beat Cristina Bucsa, a qualifier from Spain, 6-0, 6-1 in just 55 minutes. Last year’s finalist Danielle Collins of the U.S. was beaten 6-2, 5-7, 6-2 by Wimbledon champion Elena Rybakina.

Coco Gauff of the U.S. celebrates after defeating compatriot Bernarda Pera(AP)
Coco Gauff of the U.S. celebrates after defeating compatriot Bernarda Pera(AP)
Published on Jan 20, 2023 12:53 PM IST
AP | , Melbourne

‘From the first point…’: Angry Djokovic demands ‘drunk’ spectator to be removed

During the match, Djokovic faced constant barbs directed at him by a few spectators on the court which affected his gameplay. The situation turned heated when the nine-time champion complained to the chair umpire Fergus Murphy about the deliberate provocation being directed towards him.

Novak Djokovic complained to the chair umpire Fergus Murphy about the deliberate provocation being directed towards him. in the match(Reuters)
Novak Djokovic complained to the chair umpire Fergus Murphy about the deliberate provocation being directed towards him. in the match(Reuters)
Published on Jan 20, 2023 11:16 AM IST

Sinner completes epic comeback, Krejcikova wins easy at Australian Open

Former French Open winner Krejcikova, a quarter-finalist at Melbourne Park in 2022, went through with a 6-2 6-3 victory over Anhelina Kalinina to remain on course for a potential meeting with American third seed Jessica Pegula.

 Czech Republic's Barbora Krejcikova in action during her third round match against Ukraine's Anhelina Kalinina (REUTERS)
Czech Republic's Barbora Krejcikova in action during her third round match against Ukraine's Anhelina Kalinina (REUTERS)
Published on Jan 20, 2023 10:33 AM IST
Reuters |

Exhausted Murray has energy to blast officials after late night finish

Murray said he respected the rules but criticised having to play until 3 or 4 a.m. "and you're not allowed to go and take a piss."

Britain's Andy Murray reacts during his second round match against Australia's Thanasi Kokkinakis (REUTERS)
Britain's Andy Murray reacts during his second round match against Australia's Thanasi Kokkinakis (REUTERS)
Published on Jan 20, 2023 08:03 AM IST
Reuters |

Australian Open: Man on a mission, Novak Djokovic comes through Couacaud test

The Serbian looked at his imperious best as he eased through the opening set but hit a roadblock in the 74-minute second when world number 191 Couacaud upped his pace and intensity to level up the contest in a tiebreak.

Novak Djokovic of Serbia plays a forehand return to Enzo Couacaud of France during their second round match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Thursday, Jan. 19, 2023. (AP)
Novak Djokovic of Serbia plays a forehand return to Enzo Couacaud of France during their second round match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Thursday, Jan. 19, 2023. (AP)
Published on Jan 19, 2023 07:41 PM IST
Reuters |

Sania Mirza, Anna Danilina sail into Australian Open second round

Sania Mirza has announced that the Australian Open is her last and she would be retiring after WTA 1000 Dubai Tennis Championships slated from February 19.

India tennis star Sania Mirza(Twitter)
India tennis star Sania Mirza(Twitter)
Published on Jan 19, 2023 06:49 PM IST
PTI | , Melbourne

Brooksby delivers Ruud shock to send second seed crashing in Australian Open

The 24-year-old Ruud, twice a runner-up in Grand Slams last year, saved three match points before winning the third set in a tiebreak as Brooksby began to feel the pressure but the American regained his composure in the fourth to complete the win.

Jenson Brooksby, left, of the U.S. is congratulated by Casper Ruud of Norway following their second round match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Thursday, Jan. 19, 2023. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)(AP)
Jenson Brooksby, left, of the U.S. is congratulated by Casper Ruud of Norway following their second round match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Thursday, Jan. 19, 2023. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)(AP)
Published on Jan 19, 2023 12:56 PM IST
Reuters |

Rafael Nadal sidelined for 6-8 weeks with hip flexor injury

The 36-year-old had an MRI scan on his left leg in Melbourne on Thursday, which revealed a grade 2 injury in the Illiopsoas, the primary hip flexor.

Rafael Nadal of Spain gestures during a press conference following his second round loss to Mackenzie McDonald of the U.S. at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2023. (AP/PTI)(AP01_18_2023_000115A)(AP)
Rafael Nadal of Spain gestures during a press conference following his second round loss to Mackenzie McDonald of the U.S. at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2023. (AP/PTI)(AP01_18_2023_000115A)(AP)
Published on Jan 19, 2023 12:52 PM IST
Reuters |

'Manas Dhamne is going to be torch-bearer for Indian tennis in years to come'

Manas, who is presently 76th in the ITF World Junior Rankings, will make his junior Grand Slam main draw debut in the Australian Open. The Junior singles draw will begin from January 21 onwards.

Manas Dhamne
Manas Dhamne
Published on Jan 19, 2023 12:45 PM IST
ByAratrick Mondal, New Delhi

Hard to know what's next for Nadal with hip injury

First things first: How seriously did Nadal injure his hip during a 6-4, 6-4, 7-5 loss to 65th-ranked Mackenzie McDonald in the Australian Open's second round on Wednesday? Was there damage to a muscle, joint or cartilage? What will recovery entail? When might Nadal return to the ATP Tour?

Spain's Rafael Nadal leaves the court after losing to USA's Mackenzie McDonald in their men's singles match on day three of the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne on January 18, 2023. (Photo by MANAN VATSYAYANA / AFP) / -- IMAGE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - STRICTLY NO COMMERCIAL USE --(AFP)
Spain's Rafael Nadal leaves the court after losing to USA's Mackenzie McDonald in their men's singles match on day three of the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne on January 18, 2023. (Photo by MANAN VATSYAYANA / AFP) / -- IMAGE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - STRICTLY NO COMMERCIAL USE --(AFP)
Published on Jan 19, 2023 10:42 AM IST
AP |

Mackenzie McDonald and a dodgy hip stop Rafa Nadal

This makes it seven defeats in the nine matches since Nadal’s 2022 US Open fourth-round ouster, a wretched return from an abdominal injury last August

Rafael Nadal congratulates Mackenzie McDonald following their second round match at the Australian Open(AP)
Rafael Nadal congratulates Mackenzie McDonald following their second round match at the Australian Open(AP)
Published on Jan 18, 2023 07:57 PM IST
ByRutvick Mehta, Mumbai

Defending champion Rafael Nadal knocked out of Australian Open

The Spanish 36-year-old, who was struggling with what appeared to be a hip injury, slumped 6-4, 6-4, 7-5 under a closed roof on Rod Laver Arena.

Rafael Nadal of Spain waves as he leaves Rod Laver Arena following his second round loss to Mackenzie McDonald of the U.S. at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2023. (AP Photo/Asanka Brendon Ratnayake)(AP)
Rafael Nadal of Spain waves as he leaves Rod Laver Arena following his second round loss to Mackenzie McDonald of the U.S. at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2023. (AP Photo/Asanka Brendon Ratnayake)(AP)
Published on Jan 18, 2023 12:18 PM IST
Reuters |

Swiatek, Pegula lead charge at rain-marred Australian Open

Polish title favourite Swiatek swept past Colombia's Camila Osorio 6-2, 6-3 under a closed roof on Rod Laver Arena while third seed Pegula downed Belarusian Aliaksandra Sasnovich 6-2, 7-6 (7/5).

Iga Swiatek of Poland celebrates after defeating Camila Osorio of Colombia in their second round match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2023. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)(AP)
Iga Swiatek of Poland celebrates after defeating Camila Osorio of Colombia in their second round match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2023. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)(AP)
Published on Jan 18, 2023 09:44 AM IST
AFP |

Sakkari pushed all the way by college student in Australian Open scare

Shnaider, an 18-year-old qualifier from Russia who studies at North Carolina State, pushed the Greek all the way in a 2hr 33min examination on Margaret Court Arena.

Maria Sakkari of Greece reacts after defeating Diana Shnaider of Russia in their second round match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2023. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)(AP)
Maria Sakkari of Greece reacts after defeating Diana Shnaider of Russia in their second round match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2023. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)(AP)
Published on Jan 18, 2023 09:17 AM IST
AFP |

Australian Open: Novak Djokovic feels the love during dominant opening victory

The nine-times champion outclassed Roberto Carballes Baena 6-3 6-4 6-0 on Tuesday in a flawless start to his title bid.

Serbia's Novak Djokovic before his first round match against Spain's Roberto Carballes Baena (REUTERS)
Serbia's Novak Djokovic before his first round match against Spain's Roberto Carballes Baena (REUTERS)
Published on Jan 17, 2023 08:11 PM IST
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