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Japan's Naomi Osaka celebrates after defeating Marie Bouzkova of the Czech Republic in their first round singles match the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Monday, Jan. 20, 2020. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

Happy families: Osaka, Williams win openers in Australia

Jan. 20, 2020 12:28 AM EST

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Naomi Osaka won the tournament's opening match for her dad at the Australian Open. Serena Williams won hers for her daughter. The first two matches on center court at the Australian Open were all about families for two champions. For something new, Osaka's father, Leonard...

Switzerland's Roger Federer serves to United States' Steve Johnson during their first round singles match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Monday, Jan. 20, 2020. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

The Latest: Federer, Kvitova advance at Australian Open

Jan. 20, 2020 12:06 AM EST

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — The Latest on the Australian Open (all times local): 3:55 p.m. Roger Federer took another step toward a 21st Grand Slam singles title with a routine 6-3, 6-2, 6-2 win over Steve Johnson at Rod Laver Arena. Federer, playing his first tournament of the season, wasn't troubled in...

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...

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...

Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne shares her views at a panel discussion during Raisina Dialogue, a global conference in New Delhi, India, Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)

Australia raises with Iran imprisoned Australian academic

Jan. 16, 2020 11:41 PM EST

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia’s foreign minister said on Friday she had raised with her Iranian counterpart the fate of an imprisoned Australian-British academic, who has gone on hunger strikes and urged the Australian government to do more to free her. Foreign Minister Marise Payne declined...

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...