Konta topples Zhang to reach Australian Open semis

Melbourne, Jan 27 : Unseeded Johanna Konta became the first British woman to reach the Australian Open tennis semi-finals since 1977 when she outlasted relentless qualifier, Zhang Shuai, 6-4, 6-1 here. “I was really just taking it one match at a time while I was here and, even more simply, a point at a time,” […]

Disappointed Azarenka finds positive in return to form

By Greg Stutchbury MELBOURNE, Jan 27 : Victoria Azarenka’s hopes of a remarkable comeback Australian Open victory crumbled under Angelique Kerber’s winners today but the Belarusian was pleased with solid three weeks Down Under that made her feel she had turned a corner. The twice champion at Melbourne Park had been battling a foot injury […]

Bopanna bows out of Australian Open mixed doubles

Melbourne, Jan 27 : Third seeded pair Rohan Bopanna and Yung-Jan Chan were knocked out of the Australian Open mixed doubles, losing their quarter-final match 2-6, 5-7 against Treat Huey and Andreja Klepac, here on Wednesday. The Indo-Chinese Taipei pair went down in 54 minutes on the Show Court 2. Bopanna-Jan Chan were second best […]

Ivanisevic demands proof of match-fixing allegations

By Greg Stutchbury MELBOURNE, Jan 27 : Former Wimbledon champion Goran Ivanisevic says players are being hounded like “serial killers” and demanded proof of the match-fixing allegations that have rocked the sport at the Australian Open. Tennis officials have been forced onto the back foot at the season opening grand slam after media reports alleged […]

Konta returns Britain to women’s grand slam semis

By Ian Ransom MELBOURNE, Jan 27 : Johanna Konta ground down Chinese qualifier Zhang Shuai 6-4 6-1 at the Australian Open today to become the first British woman to reach the semi-finals of a grand slam in over 30 years. The 47th-ranked Konta will seek to continue her fairytale run tomorrow when she meets German […]

Bopanna out of Australian Open mixed doubles

Melbourne, Jan 27 : Third seeded pair Rohan Bopanna and Yung-Jan Chan were knocked out of the Australian mixed doubles, losing their quarter-final match 2-6, 5-7, here on Wednesday. The Indo-Chinese Taipei pair went down in 54 minutes on the Show Court 2. Bopanna-Jan Chan were second best from the very beginning, their serve getting […]