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  • Table Tennis Training: Problem in basics: Indian coach

    Having had to settle for seven bronze medals in the last edition of the South Asian Junior Table Tennis Championships in Maldives, Bangladesh have set their sights higher as they get ready to host the regional championships in mid-2019.

  • Djokovic eyeing Federer's 20

    Novak Djokovic has designs on Roger Federer's 20 Grand Slam crowns after completing a record-breaking Australian Open victory.

  • 'Best I've played against Rafa'

    Novak Djokovic said he played his "best final in a Grand Slam" to win a record magnificent seventh Australian Open with a 6-3, 6-2, 6-3 rout of Rafael Nadal Sunday.

  • I don't have it yet: Nadal

    Rafael Nadal said he took a lot of positives out of the Australian Open on his return from injury, despite being thrashed in the final Sunday by Novak Djokovic.

  • Nole crowned new king of Australia

    World number one Novak Djokovic wins a record seventh Australian Open crown with an astonishing dismantling of great rival Rafael Nadal in the final at Melbourne Park.

  • Double delight for Osaka

    Japan's Naomi Osaka said she was "in a state of shock" Saturday after holding her nerve to battle past Petra Kvitova to win the Australian Open in a three-set thriller that also delivered her the world number one ranking.

  • Osaka beats Kvitova to win Australian Open

    Japan's Naomi Osaka battle past Czech eighth seed Petra Kvitova 7-6 (7/2), 5-7, 6-4 to win her first Australian Open crown and became the new world number one.

  • Djokovic finds 'the zone'

    Novak Djokovic said he was "in the zone" and played a "perfect match" Friday to line up a blockbuster Australian Open final against his great rival Rafael Nadal.

  • Djokovic sets up titanic title clash with Nadal

    Novak Djokovic continues his quest for a record seventh Australian Open crown by swatting aside French 28th seed Lucas Pouille 6-0, 6-2, 6-2 to set up a final against Rafael Nadal.

  • Heat wave brings blackouts to Melbourne, halts play at Australian Open

    Scorching temperatures suspended play at the Australian Open tennis grand slam in Melbourne on Friday, expected to be the hottest day in a decade, as a week-old heat wave brought power outages and left streets bare in the business district.

  • Kvitova, Osaka set up showdown

    Rafael Nadal handed rising star Stefanos Tsitsipas a tennis lesson as he drubbed him 6-2, 6-4, 6-0 in the Australian Open semi-final yesterday, while on the women's side of the draw Japanese star Naomi Osaka stormed into the Australian Open final to set up a battle with Czech comeback queen Petra Kvitova for the Melbourne Park crown and world number one ranking.

  • Pliskova slays Serena

    Serena Williams's bid for a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam title was brought to a halt in sensational style at the Australian Open Wednesday by Karolina Pliskova, but fellow former champion Novak Djokovic cruised into the semi-finals.

  • Djokovic through to semi-finals after Nishikori retires

    Novak Djokovic reached the semi-finals of the Australian Open for a seventh time on Wednesday after eighth seed Kei Nishikori retired hurt when trailing 6-1 4-1 in their quarter-final.

  • Pliskova wins the 'head' game, Serena denies 'choking'

    Karolina Pliskova said saving four match points against Serena Williams had got into the American's "head" as the Czech completed an epic comeback win to reach her first Australian Open semi-finals on Wednesday.

  • Nadal marches on

    Rafael Nadal continued his relentless march towards an 18th major title Tuesday as an emotional Petra Kvitova swept into her first Grand Slam semi-final since a terrifying knife attack almost ended her career.

  • Kvitova crashes Barty party, Nadal cruise

    Rafa Nadal kept the flag flying for the old guard at the Australian Open with a 6-3 6-4 6-2 win over American Frances Tiafoe on Tuesday for a place in the semi-final, where he will meet another next generation player in Stefanos Tsitsipas.

  • Collins rallies past Pavlyuchenkova to reach first semi-final

    Danielle Collins overcame a slow start to book a maiden Grand Slam semi-final spot at the AustralianOpen when the unheralded American rallied from a set down to overcome Russia's Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 2-6 7-5 6-1 on Tuesday.

  • Serena sends Halep packing

    A fired-up Serena Williams slugged past world number one Simona Halep Monday as she inches ever closer to a 24th Grand Slam title, while Novak Djokovic survived a battle to stay on course for a record seventh Australian Open crown.

  • Djokovic passes Medvedev test to make Melbourne last-eight

    Novak Djokovic struck back for the old guard at the Australian Open on Monday, soaking up the pressure from a willing Daniil Medvedev before crushing the young Russian 6-4 6-7(5) 6-2 6-3 to reach his 10th quarter-final at Melbourne Park.

  • Serena edges Halep, Zverev bows out to clinical Raonic

    Serena Williams staved off a spectacular fightback from world number one Simona Halep to win 6-1 4-6 6-4 and reach the quarter-finals of the Australian Open on Monday.

  • Federer from Idol to rival

    Having toppled 20-times Grand Slam champion Roger Federer in the fourth round of the Australian Open on Sunday, an overwhelmed Stefanos Tsitsipas felt thrilled to have turned his idol into a "rival".

  • Stefanos stuns Federer

    Defending champion Roger Federer was stunned by fiery Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas who ended his bid for a record seventh Australian Open Sunday on a day of upsets that also saw second seed Angelique Kerber crash out.

  • Nadal blows away Berdych

    Rafa Nadal routed Tomas Berdych 6-0 6-1 7-6(4) in a centre court masterclass to charge into the quarter-finals of the Australian Open on Sunday.

  • Halep sets up Serena showdown

    World number one Simona Halep set up a headline last 16 showdown with Serena Williams by beating her sister Venus Saturday as

  • Serena consoles Ukrainian teen, Djokovic sees off Shapovalov

    Serena Williams powered into the fourth round of the Australian Open on Saturday with a 6-2 6-1 demolition of Dayana Yastremska then consoled the Ukrainian teenager after leaving her in tears.

  • Sharapova stuns Wozniacki

    Maria Sharapova stunned defending champion Caroline Wozniacki to sweep into the Australian Open last 16 Friday and join ice men Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer, who clinically disposed of their opponents.

  • Sizzling Sharapova back in Grand Slam contention

    Maria Sharapova craves tough fights against top players, something she has been denied in the recent years after her ranking plummeted due to doping and injury problems, the former world number one said on Friday.

  • Federer serves up Fritz blitz to reach last 16

    Roger Federer celebrated his 100th match at the Australian Open on Friday by giving young American Taylor Fritz a centre court schooling to reach the last 16.

  • Serena takes charge

    Serena Williams stepped up her drive for a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam Thursday by swatting aside Eugenie Bouchard, as world number one Novak Djokovic won an emotional 2008 Australian Open final rematch with Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.

  • The end of Murray's fight and the Big 3

    The headline says 'Big 3' instead of 'Big 4' in order to avert argument. Andy Murray's place alongside three of the greatest tennis players of all time -- Roger Federer,

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