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Russia's Maria Sharapova makes a forehand return to Croatia's Donna Vekic during their first round singles match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

Sharapova loses, Nadal advances at Australian Open

Jan. 21, 2020 1:01 AM EST

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Maria Sharapova hasn't won a tournament since 2017, and her ranking slipped to 136th by the end of last year. After a 6-3, 6-4 loss to 19th-seeded Donna Vekic at the Australian Open on Tuesday, former No. 1-ranked Sharapova is now on a run of three first-round exits at Grand...

Spain's Rafael Nadal serves to Bolivia's Hugo Dellien during their first round singles match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

The Latest: Nadal advances to 2nd round in straight sets

Jan. 21, 2020 12:55 AM EST

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — The Latest on the Australian Open (all times local): 4:45 p.m. Rafael Nadal had a 6-2, 6-3, 6-0 win over Hugo Dellien in his first competitive match back on Rod Laver Arena since losing the Australian Open final to Novak Djokovic last year. The top-ranked Nadal is chasing his...

Serbia's Novak Djokovic reaches for a forehand return to Germany's Jan-Lennard Struff during their first round singles match the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Monday, Jan. 20, 2020. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

Djokovic cedes Australian Open set in 1st Rd; 1st since 2006

Jan. 20, 2020 8:40 AM EST

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Novak Djokovic did something he hadn't in 14 years: He dropped a set in a first-round match at the Australian Open. That didn't bother him, though. He actually looked upon the challenge he faced Monday night under the closed roof at Rod Laver Arena as a good thing. “I...

Spain's Rafael Nadal kicks at the ball during a practice session ahead of the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Sunday, Jan. 19, 2020. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)

Australian Open Glance: Top-seeded Nadal highlights 2nd day

Jan. 20, 2020 8:27 AM EST

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — A quick look at the Australian Open: LOOKAHEAD TO TUESDAY Rafael Nadal plays his first-round match against Hugo Dellien and if he needed any reminder of his advancing age, the 33-year-old Spaniard was asked if he had any secret to be able to have the top ranking in three decades...

Serbia's Novak Djokovic celebrates after defeating Germany's Jan-Lennard Struff in their first round singles match the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Monday, Jan. 20, 2020. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

The Latest: Djokovic's win wraps up opening day in Melbourne

Jan. 20, 2020 7:47 AM EST

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — The Latest on the Australian Open (all times local): 11:40 p.m. Novak Djokovic began his bid for an eighth Australian Open title with a 7-6 (5), 6-2, 2-6, 6-1 win over Jan-Lennard Struff in the last of the matches to finish on a rain-interrupted first day of the tournament. The...

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'My mission was to win': Coco tops Venus at Australian Open

Jan. 20, 2020 7:44 AM EST

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Everyone had the same question when the Australian Open draw was revealed: What were the odds that Coco Gauff and Venus Williams would face each other again in the first round at a Grand Slam tournament? “I was a bit shocked,” Gauff said, “I'm sure everyone...

In this Sunday, Jan. 19, 2020, photo, a dust cloud billows over a street in Dubbo, Australia, 400 kms (248 miles) west of Sydney. Wind gusts of 107 kilometers an hour (66 mph) were recorded in Dubbo as the dust storm descended over the town. (Ian Harris via AP)

Hail, floods, dust hit Australia amid raging wildfires

Jan. 20, 2020 4:19 AM EST

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Dust storms, hail and flash floods have battered beleaguered Australian cities in recent days, extreme weather that has diminished the threat from scores of wildfires that continue to blaze across the country’s southeast. A hail storm in the national capital Canberra on...

Spectators wait as rain stops plays during a first round singles match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Monday, Jan. 20, 2020. (AP Photo/Andy Brownbill)

Air quality 'seems totally fine' on Day 1 at Australian Open

Jan. 20, 2020 3:50 AM EST

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — For all of the concerns about air quality at the Australian Open, it turned out the biggest issue related to playing conditions on Day 1 was heavy rain — which, hopefully, will also help tamp down the destructive wildfires burning in parts of the country. The three main...

This 2009 photo provided by Sebastian Pfautsch shows a eucalyptus forest that burned during a 2009 wildfire in Victoria, Australia. As of early 2020, fires have consumed some 40,000 square miles of Australia this fire season and scientists say the effects on the nation’s forests could be long-lasting. (Sebastian Pfautsch via AP)

Fires set stage for irreversible forest losses in Australia

Jan. 20, 2020 12:35 AM EST

Australia’s forests are burning at a rate unmatched in modern times and scientists say the landscape is being permanently altered as a warming climate brings profound changes to the island continent. Heat waves and drought have fueled bigger and more frequent fires in parts of Australia, so far this...

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...