22 January 2019 • 9:58am The Tennis Podcast: What’s causing Alexander Zverev’s grand slam let-downs? Tsitsipas follows up Federer win to book 'fairytale' debut grand slam semi-final Meet Ashleigh Barty - the Aussie youngster back on WTA tour after playing Big Bash cricket Auto update On Off 9:56AM New world No 1 on Monday Kvitova's win means Simona Halep will be replaced at the top of the standings on Monday. The Czech, as well as Osaka, Svitolina, and Pliskova are still in contention. 9:48AM Kvitova speaks First of all, sorry guys for beating Ashleigh. I started very well, served well and took the first break. She didn't give me anything for free in the second set and I definitely had to fight until the end. Ash has great slice from the backhand, so I had to be very low and hit it as well as I could. I needed to play well from the backhand as well. Kvitova fighting back tears now as she reflects … [Read more...] about Petra Kvitova powers past Ashleigh Barty to reach Australian Open semi-finals
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AP Updated 2:26 AM EST Jan 20, 2019 MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — A quick look at the Australian Open: LOOKAHEAD TO MONDAY It sounds like a compelling match-up for the fourth round: seven-time tournament champion plays the top-ranked player in the world. But on paper, Serena Williams owns No. 1 Simona Halep. Williams has beaten Halep eight times out of nine on tour. Halep's sole win came in straight sets at the WTA Championships in 2014. The last time the players met was the 2016 U.S. Open quarterfinals, when Williams won in three sets. That was when Halep was ranked fourth and before Williams had a baby daughter. Halep says Willliams will be a "huge challenge for her. Williams says she hasn't faced a No. 1-ranked player since her return to the tour following her maternity leave, so it will be a good indication of where her game is. Among other fourth-round matches, U.S. Open champion Naomi Osaka plays Anastasija Sevastova. Among the men's Round of 16 matches, top-seeded and … [Read more...] about Australian Open Glance: Serena plays Halep in 4th round
KIKI BERTENS will consider herself lucky to be heading to the WTA Finals in Singapore - but it is the little bit she needed to challenge for a £1.4m prize. But who is the Dutch star who has enjoyed a sharp rise in singles over the past two and a half years. Who is Kiki Bertens? The Breda native was born December 10, 1991 - making her 26-years-old. Despite not playing on the junior circuit, Bertens won her first WTA title at the Morocco Open in 2012. Yet, she was typically a doubles player in formative years, partnering Sweden's Johanna Larsson. The pair have won ten titles together and reached the WTA Finals last year, losing in the final. However, Bertens has progressed quickly over the past two seasons, winning five tournaments, including beating world number one Simona Halep at the Cincinnati Open in August. The Duch star's triumphs coincided with a rise up the ranks, having been seeded for the first time at a Grand Slam in 2016 - at Wimbledon. Bertens broke into the top 20 at … [Read more...] about Who is Australian Open star Kiki Bertens and does she have a boyfriend?
10 January 2019 • 8:01am Auto update On Off 8:01AM That's that The draws are over, with the tournament starting at 00.01 on Monday morning UK time. 8:01AM Townsend v Stephens... Is the pick of the final quarter. Julia Goerges, Kiki Bertens and Caroline Garcia are other dangerous players in what is also Angelique Kerber's quarter. 7:59AM Quarter No. 3 Wozniacki, Barty, Sabalenka, Ostapenko, Sharapova and Kvitova all pop up in a very interesting-looking quarter. Ostapenko vs Sakkari should be a cracker of a first round. 7:56AM Osaka opens up against Linette Not a bad draw, though she could face the two-time champion Victoria Azarenka in the third round. 7:54AM Loaded quarter Serena Williams, Simona Halep, Karolina Pliskova, Garbine Muguruza and Sam Stosur all in the top quarter! And it's Halep v Kaia Kanepi in the first round! A repeat of the US Open first … [Read more...] about Australian Open 2019 draw live updates: Andy Murray to face Roberto Bautista Agut