Australian Open 2018: Maria Sharapova wins on return to scene of positive drugs test

MARIA SHARAPOVA made a happy return to the Australian Open. The Russian star, banned from tennis for 15 months after testing positive for a banned substance on her last visit to Melbourne in 2016, beat Tatjana Maria 6-1 6-4 to cruise into the second round


Tennis: Raonic slumps to early exit at Melbourne Park

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Former world number three Milos Raonic was sent tumbling out of the Australian Open first round by Lukas Lacko on Tuesday, the Canadian's earliest grand slam exit since the 2011 French Open.


2016 champ Kerber into 2nd round, extends streak to 10 wins

Former champion Angelique Kerber continued her resurgent run with a 6-0, 6-4 win over fellow German Anna-Lena Friedsam to reach the second round of the Australian Open.


Early upsets at day 1 of the Australian Open

2017 runner-up Venus Williams is out of the Australian Open, whereas Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer look forward to another great year.


Australian Open 2018: Jo Konta berries Madison Brengle and moves into round two

JO KONTA put her blueberry mishap behind her to cruise into the second round. Forgetting to buy the superfood on a shopping trip proved to be more of a problem for Konta  than American opponent Madison Brengle and the Brit won 6-3 6-1 in just 66 minute


Rafael Nadal cruises past Victor Estrella Burgos to reach Australian Open second round

The world number one came into the tournament without having played a warm-up event following knee problems at the end of last season


Australian Open: Venus Williams and Sloane Stephens main casualties from America's 'Blue Monday'

The opening day of the Australian Open saw 12 Americans, out of a total 15, felled in the first round

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Rafael Nadal coy on retirement talk after breezing through Australian Open opener

Rafael Nadal is refusing to contemplate retirement after coming through his opening match at the Australian Open without alarm.


Novak Djokovic's calls to increase prize money share met with mixed response from tour players

At the heart of the issue is the question of what percentage of total revenues at the Grand Slam tournaments is fed back to the players in the form of prize money

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Australian Open 2018: Federer reveals his two favourites, earmarks expectations from tournament

Novak Djokovic's situation is akin to that of Roger Federer in 2017 when the Swiss ace also came back from a lengthy spell on the sidelines.


House of Commons to open dining rooms to the public and are aiming to get a Michelin star

THE HOUSE of Commons is to open up its famous dining rooms to the public as part of plans to end the taxpayer subsidies on booze in Parliament’s bars. Officials even have their eye on getting a Michelin star as they aim to cash in on the prestige a


Lloyd's of London to open Brussels unit in early 2019: CEO

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Insurance market Lloyd's of London [SOLYD.UL], an integral part of the British business scene since the 17th century, is on track to start operations at its Brussels unit next January, its chief executive said on Monday.


Golfer and caddy wife savor $192K success

Chris Paisley's maiden European Tour title was made all the more special thanks to the caddy he had by his side.


Kyrgios eases to quickfire victory in Melbourne opener

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Home hope Nick Kyrgios launched his Australian Open campaign with a 6-1 6-2 6-4 demolition of Brazilian Rogerio Dutra Silva on Monday to continue his bright start to the year.


Australian Open 2018: Rafael Nadal shakes off injury fears with crushing first-round win over Victor Estrella Burgos

RAFAEL NADAL shook off injury fears with a crushing first-round win at the Australian Open. World No1 Nadal thrashed Victor Estrella Burgos 6-1 6-1 6-1 in his first competitive action since withdrawing after one match at the ATP World Tour Finals in Novem


Nadal charges into second round at Australian Open

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - A ruthless Rafa Nadal preserved his creaky knees for tougher tests down the road by routing Dominican journeyman Victor Estrella Burgos 6-1 6-1 6-1 to sail into the second round of the Australian Open on Monday.


Venus Williams exits Aussie Open on day of early shocks

VENUS WILLIAMS was the biggest name to fall as the Australian Open served up some early shocks. No 5 seed Williams lost 6-3 7-5 to in-form Belinda Bencic and was one of THREE semi-finalist from the women’s singles of the last Grand Slam, in New Yor


Kyle Edmund pulls off best win of his career with shock victory over Kevin Anderson at the Australian Open

Seven months after losing to Anderson in five sets in the third round of the French Open, Edmund recovered from two sets to one down to win 6-7 (4/7) 6-3 3-6 6-3 6-4


Venus exits Aussie Open on rough day for US

When Venus Williams won her semifinal at last year's Australian Open, her joy was there for all to see.


Australian Open 2018: Kyle Edmund stuns Kevin Anderson with biggest win of his career to keep British interest alive

In the absence of Andy Murray, Edmund ensured a British name will remain in the men's singles draw after a brilliant five-set victory over the world No 12


Australian Open: day one – in pictures

The first day from Melbourne Park as Venus Williams is defeated in the women’s draw and Rafael Nadal and Nick Kyrgios headline the evening session in the men’s draw Continue reading...

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