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Nadal’s 2007 French Open Racket Sells for $118K

Rafael Nadal's 2007 French Open-Winning Racket Fetches $118,000 at Auction In a remarkable turn of events, Rafael Nadal's iconic racket, used during his 2007 French Open triumph against Roger Federer, has been sold at auction for an impressive sum of over $118,000. The sale, which took place on Monday, positions this piece of tennis memorabilia among the highest-priced items of its kind. Nadal's memorable victory over Federer in the 2007 final in Paris, where he secured his third Grand Slam title, marked a
Coco Gauff

Coco Gauff Battles Errors to Reach Australian Open Semis

In a thrilling and error-filled match at the Australian Open, Coco Gauff secured her place in the semifinals by defeating Marta Kostyuk 7-6 (6), 6-7 (3), 6-2. Despite facing a 5-1 deficit, Gauff showed remarkable resilience, saving two set points to claim the opening set in a tiebreaker. The battle extended to a deciding set, with Gauff ultimately emerging victorious after a 3-hour, 8-minute encounter. Gauff expressed pride in her performance during a post-match on-court interview, acknowledging Kostyuk as a tough opponent. The
Arthur Cazaux

Arthur Cazaux Epic Australian Open Journey

Arthur Cazaux, a 21-year-old wildcard entrant from France, has emerged as the unexpected star of the 2024 Australian Open, stunning the tennis world with his remarkable run. In a field dominated by familiar names like Novak Djokovic, Daniil Medvedev, and Carlos Alcaraz, Cazaux's journey has been nothing short of sensational. In the earlier rounds, Cazaux achieved notable upsets by defeating the 8-seed Holger Rune and the 28-seed Tallon Griekspoor, securing his place in the last 16. What makes his feat even more extraordinary
Sania Ends Her Grand Slams Journey

Sania Ends Her Grand Slams Journey, Leave Australian Open…

One of the finest sporting personalities in India, Sania Mirza brought an end to her illustrious Grand Slam journey on Friday as she lost the Australian Open Mixed Doubles final. The Brazilian pair of Luisa Stefani and Rafael Matos emerged triumphant, beating the Indian duo of Sania and Rohan Bopanna 7-6, 6-2 in the final. The Brazilian pair of Luisa Stefani and Rafael Matos emerged triumphant, beating the Indian duo of Sania and Rohan Bopanna 7-6, 6-2 in the final, securing their maiden
Barty, Osaka one win away from fourth-round showdown

Barty, Osaka one win away from fourth-round showdown

World number one Ash Barty and defending champion Naomi Osaka could set up a tantalising fourth-round showdown at the Australian Open with victories at Melbourne Park on Friday. Barty, whose stunning form has seen her drop just three games so far, takes on 30th seed Camila Giorgi in the third round, while Osaka faces Amanda Anisimova, who won the Melbourne Summer Set 2 tournament in the lead-up. Barty and Osaka have both won twice against each other but have not met in over
Barty clinic cheers Australia after Djokovic turmoil

Barty clinic cheers Australia after Djokovic turmoil

Ash Barty showed a good host can lift spirits at the most subdued of parties as she thumped Lesia Tsurenko 6-0 6-1 in a blistering start at the Australian Open on Monday to reach the second round. With the deportation of men's champion Novak Djokovic leaving a massive hole at Melbourne Park and a major COVID-19 outbreak gripping the city, Barty's twilight clinic at Rod Laver Arena gave the tournament a much-needed boost. Djokovic was heading back to his native Serbia on Monday,
Bianca Andreescu To Skip Australian Open

Bianca Andreescu To Skip Australian Open

Canada's former US Open champion Bianca Andreescu said on Monday she will not take part in next month's Australian Open as she recovers from two seasons disrupted by the Covid-19 pandemic. Canada's former US Open champion Bianca Andreescu said on Monday she will not take part in next month's Australian Open as she recovers from two seasons disrupted by the Covid-19 pandemic. The 21-year-old world number 46, who missed multiple tournaments this season after contracting coronavirus in April, said she planned to use
Serena ready to return for clay swing after intense training

Serena ready to return for clay swing after intense…

ROME: Serena Williams will this week play her first match since her Australian Open semi-final exit in February but the American does not feel unprepared for the WTA 1000 event having had enough practice before arriving in Rome. The 39-year-old said she felt "pretty fresh" ahead of the clay court swing as she prepares for the French Open, which starts at the end of May. "I trained for the past two-and-a-half weeks at Patrick's (coach Mouratoglou's) academy, and then training a lot on
Recovering Nadal to skip Miami and focus on clay court swing

Recovering Nadal to skip Miami and focus on clay…

LONDON: Rafa Nadal will skip the Miami Open that begins later this month in a bid to recover from a back injury in time for the clay court swing, the Spaniard said on Tuesday. Nadal had not played since his quarter-final exit at the Australian Open last month and also skipped the ATP 500 event in Dubai. The 34-year-old has since dropped down one place in the rankings to third after Russian Daniil Medvedev leapfrogged him. "Sad to announce that I won't be

Naomi Osaka jigs and punches her way to glory…

Second Australian Open – and fourth major – will not be the last shiny trophy engraved with her name. As a coral sun set behind the Melbourne skyline, Naomi Osaka walked to her mark, danced lightly on the balls of her feet, rapped her left thigh with her left fist two times and crouched, ready to receive Jennifer Brady’s serve. She did this over and over: jig, tap, dip; jig, tap, dip. It was a meditation that secured a second Australian Open title and a

Four for Osaka: How Naomi’s Grand Slams were won

MELBOURNE: Naomi Osaka clinched her fourth Grand Slam title on Saturday (Feb 20) after beating American Jennifer Brady at the Australian Open. The 23-year-old became the first women's player to win her first four Grand Slam finals since Monica Seles in 1991. Here, AFP describes how her two US Opens and two Australian Opens were won: US OPEN 2018 Osaka, 20, became the first Japanese player to win a Grand Slam singles title by beating her idol Serena Williams 6-2, 6-4 in a

Tennis: Mertens-Sabalenka win Australian Open women’s doubles title

MELBOURNE: Second-seeded Elise Mertens and Aryna Sabalenka swept past Barbora Krejcikova and Katerina Siniakova to clinch their maiden Australian Open doubles crown on Friday (Feb 19). The Belgian-Belarusian combination proved too strong for the third-seeded Czech pair, winning 6-2, 6-3 at the Rod Laver Arena after sealing the match on their fourth championship point. "It's been a tough couple of weeks, so thank you to everyone involved. Glad to have fans back," said Mertens. It was their second Grand Slam success as a

Tennis: Lockdown warrior Brady faces ultimate test against ‘new…

MELBOURNE: Jennifer Brady spent two weeks in hard quarantine gathering mental strength for her tilt at a maiden Grand Slam title, and will hope there is plenty in reserve when she takes on Naomi Osaka in Saturday's (Feb 20) Australian Open final. While some of those in hard quarantine complained about not being able to train before the Grand Slam, Brady likened it to a long decompression session that probably helped her bulldoze through the draw against better-prepared players. Now the rising 25-year-old

Australian Open: Medvedev stays cool in heat to topple…

MELBOURNE: Daniil Medvedev came out on top of a brutal all-Russian clash Thursday against Andrey Rublev to move into his first Australian Open semi-final and inch closer to a maiden Grand Slam title. The fourth seed had more firepower than his younger, eighth-seeded rival in scorching conditions on Rod Laver Arena, grinding him down 7-5, 6-3, 6-2 to extend his win-streak to 19 matches. His reward is a last-four clash with either 20-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal or fifth-seeded Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas."I

Australian Open: World No.1 Ashleigh Barty Knocked Out After…

Karolina Muchova staged a stunning comeback Thursday to upset Ashleigh Barty and storm into the Australian Open semi-finals. Karolina Muchova staged a stunning comeback Thursday to upset Ashleigh Barty and storm into the Australian Open semi-finals, rallying from a set down to shatter the world number one's dreams. The Czech 25th seed looked on her way out after Barty raced through the opening set, but after a medical timeout Muchova returned a different player to win 1-6, 6-3, 6-2 on Rod Laver Arena

Australian Open: Novak Djokovic registers 300th Grand Slam win

15 Feb 2021: Australian Open: Novak Djokovic registers 300th Grand Slam win World number one Novak Djokovic defeated Milos Raonic in two hours and 56 minutes on Rod Laver Arena to book a spot in the Australian Open quarter-finals for the 12th time. With 7-6 (7-4), 4-6, 6-1, 6-4 victory over Canadian number 14 seed, Djokovic went on to record his 300th win at Grand Slams.Here is more on the same. Fact: Djokovic only behind Federer in terms of Grand Slam winsDjokovic became

Australian Open: Naomi Osaka reaches quarter-final berth after hard-fought…

Naomi Osaka battled back from the brink to reach the quarter-finals of the Australian Open with a 4-6, 6-4, 7-5 victory over Garbine Muguruza on Sunday. Naomi Osaka saved two match points and came back to beat Garbine Muguruza in a big-hitting fourth-round matchup of Grand Slam champions at the Australian Open. The third-seeded Osaka grabbed the last four games to win 4-6, 6-4, 7-5 in Rod Laver Arena. That result puts her back in the quarterfinals of a tournament she won in

Australian Open to go without fans as ‘new kind…

The Australian state of Victoria will lock down for five days in a bid to curb the spread of a more contagious coronavirus variant, meaning the Australian Open will go without fans during what is usually its busiest few days. Authorities have identified 13 new cases tied to an employee of a quarantine hotel in Melbourne, who tested positive for the so-called United Kingdom coronavirus variant on Monday. Five of those cases were identified in the previous 24 hours, Victoria Premier Daniel Andrews

Australian Open: Stefanos Tsitsipas Beats Mikael Ymer In Straight…

Australian Open: Stefanos Tsitsipas defeated Mikael Ymer 6-4, 6-1, 6-1 to march into the fourth round. Stefanos Tsitsipas put friendship aside to crush Mikael Ymer and race into the Australian Open fourth round Saturday, dismantling his sometime hitting partner in straight sets. The pair were born within weeks of each other and often pitted together as juniors, but Greek fifth seed Tsitsipas swatted the Swede 6-4, 6-1, 6-1 at John Cain Arena. He will now play either big-hitting ninth seed Matteo Berrettini or

Serena, Sabalenka set up Australian Open showdown

As it turned out for Serena Williams and Aryna Sabalenka on Friday in Melbourne, it's not how you win — it's just that you do. Seven-time AO champion Williams needed to battle past a determined effort from Russian teenager Anastasia Potapova, 7-6(5), 6-2, saving two set points in the first set and overcoming 31 unforced errors to set an enticing fourth-round meeting against the Belarusian No.1. Earlier in the day on Rod Laver Arena, Sabalenka eased to a 6-3, 6-1 win over Williams'