Tennis

Australian Open Day 7: Jessica Pegula upsets Maria Sakkari; Olympic champ Alexander Zverev out

Two more top seeds took an early exit ahead of the Australian Open quarterfinals as action wrapped on Day 7.  Olympic men’s singles gold medalist Alexander Zverev and women’s singles No. 5 seed Maria Sakkari both lost in the fourth round in Melbourne on Sunday. Rafael Nadal, seeded sixth on the men’s side, and women’s …

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Mom was awesome: Azarenka into 4th round at Australian Open

MELBOURNE, Australia – Before Victoria Azarenka had a chance to analyze both players she might meet next, a question was posed to her son about the two-time Australian Open champion’s third-round performance. Five-year-old Leo, wearing his sunglasses in the news conference room and sitting on his mother’s knee, responded succinctly: “Awesome!” Thanks, kid. Azarenka’s own …

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Emma Raducanu was advised not to play Australian Open second-round match because of deep hand blister

Emma Raducanu buries her face in her towel – GETTY IMAGES Some members of Emma Raducanu’s support staff advised her not to play Thursday’s second-round match because of a deep blister that she has been nursing for five days. Raducanu still went on court and put up a determined fight against world No98 Danka Kovinic, …

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How Emma Raducanu’s new coach is motivating her to become a serial champion

Emma Raducanu of Great Britain practices alongside coach Torben Beltz at Albert Park courts during day one of the 2022 Australian Open on January 17, 2022 in Melbourne, Australia. – GETTY IMAGES As Emma Raducanu continues her quest to become a serial champion, her new coach Torben Beltz has switched to a different motivational tool …

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Rafael Nadal cruises past Yannick Hanfmann to reach Australian Open third round

Rafael Nadal cruises past Yannick Hanfmann to reach Australian Open third round – GETTY IMAGES Rafael Nadal secured a smooth passage through to the Australian Open third round with a straight-sets win over Yannick Hanfmann. The German qualifier put up a good fight on Rod Laver Arena, including saving four match points, but sixth seed …

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