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Big flex: Tiafoe, 20, stuns Anderson at Australian Open

Jan. 16, 2019 1:45 AM EST

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Frances Tiafoe rolled up his white shirt's right sleeve, flexed his biceps and slapped the muscle five times. Then he pounded his chest and yelled, "Yeah! Let's go! Let's go! Come on!" Forgive the young American's exuberance. This was, after all, the biggest victory of his...

The Latest: Bryan brothers win doubles opener in Australia

Jan. 16, 2019 1:33 AM EST

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — The Latest on Wednesday from the Australian Open (all times local): 5:20 p.m. The Bryan brothers have reunited as a doubles combination at a Grand Slam tournament and have opened with a 7-6 (4), 7-6 (1) win over Alex Bolt and Marc Polmans at the Australian Open. Bob Bryan was...

Teary Azarenka admits to struggling after loss in Australia

Jan. 15, 2019 6:37 AM EST

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Victoria Azarenka cried, pausing for a minute, trying to reflect on the differences between her past and present experiences of the Australian Open. A back-to-back champion in 2012 and '13, Azarenka sat in a small interview room at Melbourne Park answering questions for 10...

Today in History

Jan. 15, 2019 12:02 AM EST

Today in History Today is Tuesday, Jan. 15, the 15th day of 2019. There are 350 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Jan. 15, 1929, civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. was born in Atlanta. On this date: In 1559, England's Queen Elizabeth I was crowned in Westminster Abbey. In 1862, the...

On bad hip, Andy Murray out in 1st round of Australian Open

Jan. 14, 2019 11:38 AM EST

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — If this was it for Andy Murray, if this truly was it, he gave himself — and an appreciative, raucous crowd that included his mother and brother — quite a gutsy goodbye, the type of never-give-in performance he's famous for. What Murray could not quite do Monday at...

Australian Open glance: Djokovic, Serena play 1st matches

Jan. 14, 2019 8:21 AM EST

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — A quick look at the Australian Open: LOOKAHEAD TO TUESDAY It's a big second day at Melbourne Park with Novak Djokovic beginning his quest for a seventh Australian Open title and 15th Grand Slam singles championship. Serena Williams, after missing last year's tournament, has won...

The Latest: Federer through to 2nd round at Australian Open

Jan. 14, 2019 7:50 AM EST

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...

AUSTRALIAN OPEN '19: So many Slam champs over past 2 years

Jan. 11, 2019 9:05 AM EST

When Serena Williams was at her best, there was never much doubt that she'd be the favorite at pretty much any tournament she entered. While she was off the tour becoming a mom, women's tennis was as wide open as ever. Could the Australian Open, where play begins Monday (Sunday EST), end the recent run in which...

AUSTRALIAN OPEN '19: Halep No. 1; Williams seeks 24th major

Jan. 10, 2019 10:38 AM EST

Women to watch at the Australian Open, where play begins Monday: ___ SIMONA HALEP Ranked: 1 Country: Romania Age: 27 2018 Match Record: 46-11 2018 Singles Titles: 3 Career Singles Titles: 18 Grand Slam Singles Titles: 1 — French Open (2018) Last 5 Australian Opens: 2018-Runner-Up, 2017-Lost in 1st Rd,...

AUSTRALIAN OPEN '19: What happens to tennis when 2 GOATS go?

Jan. 10, 2019 10:36 AM EST

It was a terrific moment for tennis, drawing tons of attention to an otherwise meaningless exhibition event in a sport just starting its new season: Serena Williams and Roger Federer sharing a court for the first — only? — time. There they were, trying to return each other's sublime serves during a...