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Tennis players can cause quite a racket by smashing rackets

Jan. 21, 2019 1:24 PM EST

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Way behind in a match he soon would lose, Alexander Zverev leaned forward in his Australian Open sideline seat to repeatedly, and violently, crack his racket against the court with a reverberating THWACK — one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight times in all,...

Li Na, Mary Pierce, Kafelnikov head to Tennis Hall of Fame

Jan. 21, 2019 11:11 AM EST

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Li Na already was the first tennis player born in Asia to win a Grand Slam singles title. Now she will be the first enshrined in the International Tennis Hall of Fame. Li was joined by Mary Pierce and Yevgeny Kafelnikov in the hall's Class of 2019, which was announced Monday at...

The Latest: Sore, tired Djokovic expects to be OK for QFs

Jan. 21, 2019 10:29 AM EST

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — The Latest on Monday at the Australian Open (all times local): 2 a.m. Record-chasing Novak Djokovic is feeling sore and tired following his late-finishing win over Daniil Medvedev, but thinks he will be OK for his Australian Open quarterfinal match against Kei Nishikori. "I...

Make or breaker: Nishikori stays, Spaniard out in Australia

Jan. 21, 2019 10:27 AM EST

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — One contentious point, after five hours and five sets, had Pablo Carreno Busta screaming at the umpire and gave Kei Nishikori the shift in momentum he needed to clinch his place in the Australian Open quarterfinals. After being two points from victory, Carreno Busta lost five...

Australian Open Glance: A look at the quarterfinals on Day 9

Jan. 21, 2019 9:24 AM EST

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — A quick look at the Australian Open: LOOKAHEAD TO TUESDAY Upsets and early exits by Grand Slam champions have resulted in a set of quarterfinal pairings that would have been long odds at the start of the tournament. Five players — three men, two women — will be...

Serena Williams ousts No. 1 Simona Halep at Australian Open

Jan. 21, 2019 9:00 AM EST

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — As Serena Williams made her way out to the Australian Open's main court during pre-match introductions, the voice booming over the stadium's speakers implored spectators to welcome "the world's No. 1 player — from Romania, Simona Halep." Oops. Williams, wearing...

Serena Williams beats top-ranked Simona Halep to reach Australian Open quarterfinals

Jan. 21, 2019 5:07 AM EST
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Serena Williams beats top-ranked Simona Halep to reach Australian Open quarterfinals.

Trip to Haiti makes Naomi Osaka appreciate her good life

Jan. 21, 2019 3:20 AM EST

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Naomi Osaka said she's just returned from Haiti where some people struggle to get clean drinking water. This makes her appreciate even more getting into the Australian Open quarterfinals — and her own good life. Haiti is her father's birthplace — her mother Tamaki...

Australian Open Glance: Serena Williams vs. Halep in 4th Rd

Jan. 20, 2019 10:20 AM EST

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — A quick look at the Australian Open: LOOKAHEAD TO MONDAY It sounds like a compelling matchup in the fourth round: A seven-time tournament champion plays the top-ranked player in the world. But Serena Williams is 8-1 against No. 1 Simona Halep. Halep's victory came in straight...

'Feisty' Collins stuns 2016 champ Kerber at Australian Open

Jan. 20, 2019 10:18 AM EST

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Anyone unfamiliar with Danielle Collins — and that could be forgiven, really, considering her 0-5 mark at majors until this Australian Open — got a sense of what she's all about during her surprisingly easy upset of former No. 1 Angelique Kerber. Not just the 6-0,...