SIMONA HALEP is currently the best female tennis player on the planet, leading the rankings after a trophy-filled 2018. The 27-year-old Romanian lifted the French Open title in June, her first Grand Slam victory and will be looking for another at the Australian Open - with her boyfriend Radu Barbu to support her. Who is Simona Halep's rumoured boyfriend, Radu Barbu? Radu Barbu was born on October 16, 1983 - meaning he only turned 35 in the past week. The Romanian was tennis player himself in his younger years, but only managed to reach a career-high rank of 1151 in 2004. With his playing career seemingly amounting to nothing Pitesti-born Barbu headed to Texas Christian University in the States to become a coach. He is now helping to run the young tennis development program in Romania. PicturedGAME, FISHNET & MATCH Serena debuts ‘Serena-tard’ with fishnet leggings on Oz Open return 'What a f****** night' Drained Murray sits alone on court but has job offer from Wozniacki … [Read more...] about Is Simona Halep dating Radu Barbu and how did the Australian Open 2018 finalist meet him?
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AP Updated 7:50 AM EST Jan 14, 2019 MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — The Latest on Monday at the Australian Open: (all times local): 11:35 p.m. Two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova was shunted from a show court to a side court at Melbourne Park late in the day but it didn't matter where she was — the Czech player beat Magdalena Rybarikova 6-3, 6-2 in 67 minutes. The eighth-seeded Kvitova was scheduled to play Rybarikova as the last match at Melbourne Arena, the third show court at the Australian Open. But when Andy Murray's match against Roberto Bautisa Agut was extended to a fifth set, officials decided to move the women's singles match. Good thing, as Bautista Agut's win over Murray lasted 4 hours, nine minutes. ___ 11:10 p.m. Defending champion Roger Federer began his quest for a record seventh Australian Open title with a 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 win over Denis Istomin. Playing before a capacity crowd of more than 15,000 at Rod Laver Arena, Federer broke Istomin's serve at … [Read more...] about The Latest: Kvitova wins in 2 sets at Australian Open
JAPANESE tennis player Naomi Osaka is bidding for her second Grand Slam title as she takes on Magda Linette at the Australian Open. Osaka lifted her first Grand Slam trophy last year but has failed to make it past the fourth round in Melbourne. Naomi Osaka will take on Serena Williams at Flushing Meadows Who is Naomi Osaka? Osaka is a 20-year-old Japanese tennis player who was born in Osaka to a Japanese mother and Haitian father. After moving to the USA at the age of three with her family, she currently lives in Florida. Osaka has a dual Japanese and American citizenship but her father made the decision to register her with the Japan Tennis Association at the start of her career. She turned pro in September 2013 at the age of 16 and qualified for her first Grand Slam in 2016 at the Australian Open. So far some of her career her biggest wins have come against Angelique Kerber - winner of Wimbledon this year and Venus Williams who she beat in 2017 at the Hong Kong Open. This season she … [Read more...] about Who is Naomi Osaka, how many Grand Slam does the Australian Open contender have, and what is her world ranking?
PUBLISHED: 09:36 11 January 2019 Hampstead's Harriet Dart will face Maria Sharapova at the Australian Open (pic John Walton/PA) PA Archive/PA Images Hampstead’s Harriet Dart was handed a dream draw against Maria Sharapova after qualifying for a grand slam for the first time at the Australian Open. Maria Sharapova in action at the 2018 Wimbledon Championships (pic John Walton/PA)The 22-year-old Londoner continued her fine start to the season by recovering from a set down to beat 10th seed Ivana Jorovic 1-6 6-3 6-1, while Dan Evans made it eight British players in the main singles draws with a 6-3 6-3 victory over Paolo Lorenzi.Dart, who grew up idolising Sharapova, said: “I’m super excited and happy. I’ve been playing good tennis and I’ve put a lot of hard work and effort into all my training, my pre-season, so I knew my level was there, it was just about piecing it all together.“She came out of the blocks early very good. I managed to stay in … [Read more...] about Tennis: Dart lands dream Sharapova date at Australian Open
Serena Williams is back in Melbourne as hot favourite to repeat her 2017 Australian Open win and claim a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam with rivals, including defending champion Caroline Wozniacki, battling health issues and poor form. Williams won her 23rd title and seventh at Melbourne Park while eight weeks pregnant two years ago, and now attempts to match Margaret Court's mark of 24 singles majors on the Australian's home soil. The 37-year-old enters the tournament ranked 16 in the world but has proved in the past that such numbers mean little to her, despite fresh memories of her meltdown in losing the US Open final to Naomi Osaka in September. Her 2017 triumph Down Under gave Williams the outright open era record for singles majors ahead of Steffi Graf's 22, leaving only Court's tally of 24 titles -- 13 of which were earned in the amateur era before 1968 -- for Williams to chase. Williams missed her first chance to match Court when losing last year's Wimbledon final to … [Read more...] about Australian Open: History beckons as Serena shoots for Slam history