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All-rounder Ash Barty: Cricketer, golfer and Australian Open tennis champion | Tennis News – Times of India

When Ashleigh Barty was scorching the tennis courts at the 2022 Australian Open en route to a historic title win on home soil, some of her pals, who happen to be cricketers and golfers, were glued to TV screens -- rooting for their once teammate around the 22-yard cricket pitch and on the golf greens. On Saturday Barty ended her country's 44-year wait for another woman Australian Open champion, as Chris O’Neil -- the last Australian Open women's singles winner in 1978 -- applauded from the stands at Melbourne Park. “It’s just been an incredible journey over these past 20 years of hitting a tennis ball but particularly the last five or six years in this second phase of my career,” said Barty, who also won the 2019 French Open and the 2021 Wimbledon titles. But "hitting a tennis ball" is ...
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Australian Open: Ashleigh Barty ends Australia’s wait for a woman champion from home | Tennis News – Times of India

Ashleigh Barty leapt into the Melbourne night, eyes closed and fists clenched, she exulted, 'yes!' It reverberated through the city, a country, signaling the end of an anxious 44-year wait for an Aussie to clinch the Australian Open. “It was a little bit surreal. I didn’t quite know what to do or what to feel,” Barty said of her celebration following the 87-minute final against Danielle Collins. “I let out a bit of emotion and celebrated with the crowd. It all came out at once, a really special moment. The energy was incredible tonight.” Barty’s sure-footed progress this fortnight, dropping just 21 games en route to the final, upped the ante among fans. The Rod Laver Arena, packed to capacity, was adorned by a pantheon of sporting greats, including the man the house is named after Rod L...
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How cricket helped Ash Barty break Australia’s Australian Open jinx

Carrying the ‘world No. 1, top seed’ targets on her back, and hopes of a nation on her shoulders, Ashleigh Barty became the first Australian player to win the Australian Open singles title since 1978. During the fortnight that ended a 44-year wait, Barty had her full repertoire on display. The kick serve aka “the hopper”. The one-handed slice, two-handed drive backhands. The forehand dripping with heavy topspin. Risky drop shots, opportune volleys, and the all elite overhead. The shot that generated the most buzz, however, was played during practice: Barty casually tucked the tennis ball off her hip, a textbook leg glance, pointed elbow and all. 🎾 x 🏏 @ashbarty • #AusOpen • #AO2022 pic.twitter.com/bUb1gqwxjH — #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 22, 2022 “It was a sweet little glance, w...
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Rafael Nadal is hands down the best competitor, he doesn’t lose focus for more than a point, says Somdev Devvarman | Tennis News – Times of India

History will remember Rafael Nadal as one of the best to have ever held a tennis racquet. No amount of praise perhaps is enough to sum up the mental tenacity that this man possesses. On Friday Nadal beat Italian Matteo Berrettini in four sets in the first Men's semi-final to enter his sixth Australian Open final. This was one summit clash which very few people thought Rafa could reach. Incredibly out of the 20 Slam titles Rafa has won so far, only one has been won at Melbourne Park, in 2009 - when he beat Roger Federer in the final in 5 sets. Now he has his sights trained on title number two at the Rod Laver arena. (AFP photo)It's a sixth #AusOpen final for @RafaelNadal 🙌 He outlasts Matteo Berrettini in a 6-3 6-2 3-6 6-3 thriller 👏… https://t.co/veow2iRUJK— #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) 1...
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‘Are you stupid?’: Medvedev explodes at chair umpire at Australian Open

Daniil Medvedev has often has engaged with crowds at Melbourne Park in Australia but on Friday, the Russian lost his cool at the chair umpire calling him ‘stupid’ during his semi-final match against Stefanos Tsitsipas. Claiming that Tsitsipas was receiving coaching from his father in the stands ( which is against the rules), the 25-year-old exploded at umpire Jaume Campistol. After one particularly contentious point, a visibly enraged Medvedev sat down in his seat, before shouting towards the umpire: “His father can talk every point. Are you stupid?” Medvedev screamed. “His father can talk every point. Answer my question. Can his father talk every point? pic.twitter.com/JTXFQYM6Rt — ‎‎‎‎‎ tennis gifs media acc (@tennisgifsmedia) January 28, 2022 “Oh my God, how can you be so bad in the...
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Australian Open 2022: Kristina Mladenovic and Ivan Dodig cruise to mixed doubles title | Tennis News – Times of India

MELBOURNE: France's Kristina Mladenovic and Croatian Ivan Dodig swept to a 6-3 6-4 victory against local duo Jaimee Fourlis and Jason Kubler to claim the Australian Open mixed doubles crown at Melbourne Park on Friday. Playing under a closed roof on Rod Laver Arena, Mladenovic and Dodig got off to a solid start, securing a vital break at 4-3 before closing out the set after some big serving from the Frenchwoman. Lift it up 🏆 @KikiMladenovic • @DodigTennis • #AusOpen • #AO2022 https://t.co/J2iT4VQtND— #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) 1643337909000The Australian wildcard pairing were broken again early in the second set as Dodig's exquisite play at the net proved too good for Fourlis on serve. The 22-year-old, however, made amends right away and forced Dodig into an error to get the break back ...
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Australian Open 2022: Aussie legend Dylan Alcott bows out with emotional speech

Dylan Alcott fell short of a fairytale finish and an eighth Australian Open title, losing 5-7, 0-6 to Dutchman Sam Schroder in the quad wheelchair final. The 31-year-old, however, bid farewell to tennis as a national hero with a decorated career, featuring 23 Grand Slam quad titles including 15 in singles, Paralympic gold medals and a revered golden slam. Golden Slam In the Olympic year of 2021 — while the spotlight was on Novak Djokovic and his bid to first achieve the Golden Slam, and later the Grand Slam — Alcott became the first man to complete the Golden Slam in quad singles, winning all four Majors and the Paralympic gold medal. At the Tokyo Paralympics last September, he also earned a silver in doubles to add to his twin golds at Rio 2016. Basketball Alcott found success initiall...
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Watch: Krygios smashes racquet, makes rude gesture at Australian Open crowd

Nick Kyrgios made sure he lived up to his bad boy image on Thursday when he smashed a racquet and made a rude gesture at the crowd as he and partner Thanasi Kokkinakis beat the pair of Horacio Zeballos and Marcel Granollers 7-6 (7/4), 6-4. They will now face fellow Australians Matt Ebden and Max Purcell in the final match. Kyrgios complained about the net cord machine, then pulled out of a service motion at 4-2 in the first set. He also said that the Rod Laver Arena crowd were yelling in between the first and second serves. He flipped a finger at one section of the crowd, threw a ball against a wall and smashed his racquet. Racquet smash and a 🖕🏻 finger to someone. #Kyrgios #AusOpen pic.twitter.com/g9kyBQfc8Z — Tennis GIFs 🎾🎥 (@tennis_gifs) January 27, 2022 “When are you going to contr...
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Barty reaches Aus Open final; ends 1 drought, 1 to go

Ash Barty ended a long drought by reaching the Australian Open final with a 6-1, 6-3 win over unseeded Madison Keys. She still has one to go. Barty is the first Australian woman to reach the singles final of her home Grand Slam tournament since Wendy Turnbull in 1980. No Australian has won the title since Chris O’Neil in 1978. The top-ranked Barty conceded only 17 games on her way to the semifinals and continued her strong form with another dominating performance against 2017 U.S. Open runner-up Keys. Made Down Under ™️ 🇦🇺 @ashbarty defeats Madison Keys 6-1 6-3 to become the first home representative to reach the #AusOpen women's singles final since 1980. 🎥: @wwos • @espn • @eurosport • @wowowtennis #AO2022 pic.twitter.com/C7NtLJySmp — #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 27, 2022 Barty ...
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‘I asked myself what would Novak do’: Medvedev booed by crowd after Djokovic comment

Top seed Daniil Medvedev battled back from two sets down and saved a match point against Canada’s Felix Auger-Aliassime to reach the Australian Open semi-finals with a 6-7(4) 3-6 7-6(2) 7-5 6-4 victory on Wednesday. Medvedev had his back firmly up against the wall for much of an absorbing contest as Auger-Aliassime produced some stunning tennis at the Rod Laver Arena. But he simply refused to lie down as he overturned a two-set deficit for only the second time in his career to set up a Friday semi-final against Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas. Never count @DaniilMedwed out 🙅‍♂️ From two-sets-to-love down, the world No.2 completes the comeback to defeat Felix Auger-Aliassime 6-7(4) 3-6 7-6(2) 7-5 6-4 and advance to his second consecutive #AusOpen semifinal.#AO2022 pic.twitter.com/Pbel08qtGM — ...
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Australian Open: Stefanos Tsitsipas hammers Jannik Sinner to book semi-final spot | Tennis News – Times of India

MELBOURNE: Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas will be hoping it is third time lucky in an Australian Open semi-final after his scintillating 6-3 6-4 6-2 victory against Jannik Sinner in the last eight on Wednesday at Rod Laver Arena. The fourth seed, a semi-finalist in Melbourne in 2019 and 2021, was stretched to five sets by Taylor Fritz on Monday but showed no signs of fatigue in a match that started in blazing sunshine but finished under the roof after a storm hit. Statement made ‼️🇬🇷 @steftsitsipas puts in a flawless performance to defeat Jannik Sinner 6-3 6-4 6-2 and advance… https://t.co/44lmQ7At0W— #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) 1643183220000The 23-year-old will play the winner of the quarter-final between Russian Daniil Medvedev and Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime later on Wednesday. With Melb...
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Stefanos Tsitsipas advances to last four of the Australian Open

Stefanos Tsitsipas maintained his perfect record in Grand Slam quarterfinals, beating No. 11-seeded Jannick Sinner 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 Wednesday to reach the last four of the Australian Open. The 23-year-old, No. 4-ranked Tsitsipas improved to 5-0 at this stage of a major. It’s the semifinals he’s yet to master, winning just one — at Roland Garros last year — from four so far. He’ll next player either Daniil Medvedev, who made his Grand Slam breakthrough when he won last year’s U.S. Open title, or No. 9 Felix Auger-Aliassime. No. 2 Medvedev and Auger-Aliassime were meeting later Wednesday in a night match. Tsitsipas didn’t face a break point and converted all four he got on Sinner’s serve in the match that lasted just over two hours, considerably less than his five-set fourth-round win over T...
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Shapovalov claims Nadal gets preferential treatment from umpires

Denis Shapovalov said his Australian Open quarter-final opponent Rafa Nadal “100%” receives preferential treatment from officials and benefited from favouritism during the Spaniard’s five-set victory on Tuesday. The 22-year-old Shapovalov, making his first appearance in the last eight in Melbourne, rallied from two sets down to level against Nadal before the Spaniard prevailed in the deciding set to win 6-3 6-4 4-6 3-6 6-3 on Rod Laver Arena. During the match, Shapovalov directed his frustration at chair umpire Carlos Bernardes for not handing Nadal a court violation for taking too much time between points. “Are you kidding me? You guys are all corrupt,” he fumed. You don't see that every day!! 🤯🤯 After clashing with the umpire for a second time, Shapovalov has been met in the middle o...
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Madison Keys upsets Barbora Krejcikova to make Australian Open semifinals | Tennis News – Times of India

MELBOURNE: A resurgent Madison Keys reached her first Australian Open semifinal since 2015 with another big upset to down French Open champion Barbora Krejcikova on Tuesday. The unseeded American, ranked 51, was too good for the Czech fourth seed who struggled in the searing Melbourne heat, crashing 3-6, 2-6 on Rod Laver Arena. Keys' reward is a clash with either world number one Ashleigh Barty or fellow American and 21st seed Jessica Pegula for a place in the final. !function(f,b,e,v,n,t,s) {if(f.fbq)return;n=f.fbq=function(){n.callMethod? n.callMethod.apply(n,arguments):n.queue.push(arguments)}; if(!f._fbq)f._fbq=n;n.push=n;n.loaded=!0;n.version='2.0'; n.queue=[];t=b.createElement(e);t.async=!0; t.src=v;s=b.getElementsByTagName(e)[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(t,s)}(window, document,'...
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Denis Shapovalov sends Alexander Zverev crashing out of Australian Open | Tennis News – Times of India

MELBOURNE: Denis Shapovalov upset an out-of-sorts Alexander Zverev 6-3, 7-6, 6-3 in broiling heat to reach his first Australian Open quarterfinal on Sunday. The Canadian left-hander was magnificent against the German third seed, earning one of his biggest career victories at Margaret Court Arena. Shapovalov blew a match point with a wild forehand into the tramlines but wrapped up the contest when Zverev netted under pressure. Next up for @denis_shapo: Rafael Nadal 🍿 #AusOpen · #AO2022 https://t.co/JNqZJS8CEd— #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) 1642921451000"Definitely happy with where the game is at," said the ecstatic 22-year-old, long tipped for success at the Grand Slams. "I think off the ground I was just really playing very well, really feeling my shots off both wings." The 14th seed will ...
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Sania-Ram pair cruises into mixed doubles quarterfinals at Australian Open

India’s Sania Mirza and her American partner Rajeev Ram advanced to the mixed doubles quarterfinals of the Australian Open with a straight set win over Ellen Perez and Matwe Middelkoop here on Sunday. The unseeded Indo-American duo took one hour 27 minutes to dispatch Australian Perez and Dutch Middelkoop 7-6 (8/6),6-4 in the second round clash on Court 3. Mirza and Ram will now face the winners of another second round, all Australian tie between Sam Stosur and Matthew Ebden and Jaimee Fourlis and Jason Kubler, in the quarterfinals. Mirza and Ram had got the better of Serbia’s Aleksandra Krunic and Nikola Cacic in the first round. Earlier this week, the six-time Grand Slam winner Mirza had been knocked out in the first round of the women’s doubles event. Mirza, who will retire a...
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Australian Open: Andy Murray mauled by Taro Daniel in second round | Tennis News – Times of India

MELBOURNE: Andy Murray's long-awaited return to the Australian Open was brought to a disappointing end in the second round on Thursday when the three-time Grand Slam champion was ushered out of the tournament 4-6, 4-6, 4-6 by world number 120 Taro Daniel. Perhaps still feeling the effects of his gruelling five-set battle in the opening round on Tuesday, the 34-year-old Scot looked out of sorts as his inspired Japanese opponent bounced along the baseline firing winner after winner. One to remember 🙌🇯🇵 @tarodaniel93 defeats Andy Murray 6-4 6-4 6-4 to reach the third round of a Grand Slam for th… https://t.co/up8Ekflum1— #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) 1642671470000Former world number one Murray showed no more than flashes of the brilliant tennis that got him to five Australian Open finals as h...
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Medvedev foils Kyrgios, fires shots at crowd in Australian Open

Daniil Medvedev has overcome Nick Kyrgios and all his tricks and the constant noise of a boisterous crowd to advance to the third round of the Australian Open. Second-seeded Medvedev, who won the U.S. Open last year and was runner-up in Australia, is the highest-ranked player in the tournament after nine-time champion Novak Djokovic was deported for failing to meet Australia’s strict COVID-19 vaccination requirements. TV gold. Having been booed the whole way through his win over Nick Kyrgios, Danil Medvedev felt the time was right to fire a few shots back at the crowd. Love it 👊👊pic.twitter.com/hCzcHkNpVi — SportsJOE (@SportsJOEdotie) January 20, 2022 He had to work hard for his 7-6 (1), 6-4, 4-6, 6-2 win over No. 115-ranked Kyrgios, who worked up the fans in Rod Laver Arena like a cro...
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Australian Open: Rohan Bopanna and Sania Mirza out of men’s and women’s doubles | Tennis News – Times of India

MELBOURNE: Veteran Indian players Rohan Bopanna and Sania Mirza were knocked out of the men's and women's doubles events of the Australian Open respectively, after losing their first round matches, here on Wednesday. Bopanna and his French partner Edouard Roger-Vasselin lost in three sets to wild card pair of Chirstopher Rungkat and Treat Huey. They began confidently but lost momentum mid-way to lose 6-3 6-7(2) 2-6 in one hour and 48 minutes. Mirza and her Ukrainian partner Nadiia Kichenok, on the other hand, lost 4-6 6-7(5) to Slovenian team of Tamara Zidansek and Kaja Juvan in one hour and 37 minutes. Kichenok was off-colour today as unforced errors kept flowing from her racquet throughout the contest. The two Indians are, however, still alive in the first Grand Slam of the season as ...
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Australian Open 2022: Andy Murray wins five-set epic on return | Tennis News – Times of India

MELBOURNE: Andy Murray battled to his first win at the Australian Open since 2017 with an epic five-set victory over 21st seed Nikoloz Basilashvili on Tuesday. The three-time Grand Slam champion, playing with a metal hip following career-saving surgery in 2019, wrestled with the Georgian for almost four hours before claiming his place in the second round. Scotland's Murray, ranked 113 and playing as a tournament wild card, showed his trademark fighting spirit to edge home in the gripping final set and clinch a 6-1, 3-6, 6-4, 6-7 (5/7), 6-4 victory in 3hr 52 min on John Cain Arena. Murray magic ✨@andy_murray outlasts Nikoloz Basilashvili 6-1, 3-6, 6-4, 6-7(5), 6-4 after nearly four hours of te… https://t.co/04pMZuCE6f— #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) 1642493275000It comes after his tearful ex...