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Serbia's Novak Djokovic takes a drink during a practice session ahead of the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Sunday, Jan. 19, 2020. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)

2019 champ Djokovic eyes 5th post-30 Slam title in Australia

Jan. 19, 2020 2:20 AM EST

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — The secret to Novak Djokovic's post-30 success? Not his best-in-tennis return. Or his limb-twisting, body-bending court coverage. Or even his baseline consistency or clutch gene. No, ask Djokovic to explain how he keeps playing so well at this age, and the Australian Open's...

United States' Serena Williams prepares to serve during a practice session ahead of the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Friday, Jan. 17, 2020. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

AUSTRALIAN OPEN '20: A look at Serena, other things to know

Jan. 19, 2020 1:54 AM EST

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — It's been three years since Serena Williams won a Grand Slam championship. Her drought without a title of any sort just ended, though, right before the start of the Australian Open. Williams got back on the board a week ago at the hard-court event in Auckland, New Zealand, and...

FILE - In this Sunday, Dec. 15, 2019, file photo, Roger Federer talks to an Associated Press reporter in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Federer figures Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic both will surpass his men's record for Grand Slam titles. Federer also says he's OK with that because he had his moment on top. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili, File)

AP Interview: Federer figures Nadal, Djokovic will pass him

Jan. 19, 2020 1:39 AM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Roger Federer, for one, figures questions about whether Rafael Nadal or Novak Djokovic — or both? — will surpass his men's record for most Grand Slam singles titles are moot. That's because he's sure it's going to happen. And he's OK with that. Ending up in...

Inbee Park builds 2-shot lead in LPGA season opener

Jan. 18, 2020 6:11 PM EST

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Inbee Park finally made a bogey, but she still finished with a 4-under 67 Saturday and a two-shot lead over Sei Young Kim heading into the final round of the season-opening Diamond Resorts Tournament of Champions. Park, a 19-time winner on the LPGA Tour, hadn't made a bogey...

Australian Ashleigh Barty celebrates her win over Ukrainian Dayana Yastremska during their Adelaide International tennis match in Adelaide, Saturday, Jan. 18, 2020. (AP Photo/James Elsby)

Barty, Rublev win Adelaide titles ahead of Australian Open

Jan. 18, 2020 7:32 AM EST

ADELAIDE, Australia (AP) — Top-ranked Ash Barty has fine-tuned for the first tennis major of the season by winning her first title on home soil with a 6-2, 7-5 victory over No. 24-ranked Dayana Yastremska in Saturday's Adelaide International final. The French Open champion had reached finals in Australia...

A spectator reads a sign warning of air quality ahead of the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Saturday, Jan. 18, 2020. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

Federer, Nadal seem sure all will be OK at Australian Open

Jan. 18, 2020 2:53 AM EST

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — As messages on video boards cautioned Australian Open spectators to "be aware we are expecting a reduction in air quality" Saturday, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal seemed satisfied that all will be fine at the year's first Grand Slam tournament despite recent days of smoke...

Rybakina warms up for Aussie Open with title run in Hobart

Jan. 18, 2020 2:46 AM EST

HOBART, Australia (AP) — A year after failing to qualify for the Australian Open, Elena Rybakina will enter the season's first major with a seeding and fresh off a title after beating Zhang Shuai 7-6 (7), 6-3 in the Hobart International final on Saturday. The 20-year-old Rybakina surged more than 150...

Henderson, Inbee Park tied for lead in LPGA season opener

Jan. 17, 2020 4:27 PM EST

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Canada’s Brooke Henderson parlayed four birdies and a late eagle into Friday’s hottest round and a share of the lead at the LPGA’s season-opening Diamond Resorts Tournament of Champions. Henderson had a 5-under 66 to join Inbee Park of South Korea at...

Rybakina, Zhang advance to Hobart International final

Jan. 17, 2020 5:54 AM EST

HOBART, Australia (AP) — Elena Rybakina twice received on-court treatment late in the third set Friday and still beat British qualifier Heather Watson 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 in the semifinals of the Hobart International. The 20-year-old Rybakina said she pulled a muscle. "It happened to me for the first time and I...

Muguruza withdraws from Hobart International due to illness

Jan. 16, 2020 7:33 AM EST

HOBART, Australia (AP) — Two-time major winner Garbine Muguruza withdrew from her quarterfinal at the Hobart International with a viral illness on Thursday. Second-seeded Muguruza was scheduled to play Veronika Kudermetova. The Russian received a walkover and advanced to the semifinals. Muguruza won the...