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Tennis-China's Li rules herself out of the 2016 Olympics

Jan 17th 2014
MELBOURNE, Jan 17 (Reuters) - China's number one Li Na has ruled herself out of playing at the 2016 Rio Olympics, the 31-year-old said at the Australian Open on Friday.
    





Tennis-Australian Open order of play on Saturday

Jan 17th 2014
MELBOURNE, Jan 17 (Reuters) - Order of play on the main showcourts at the Australian Open on Saturday (play starts at 0000 GMT on all courts, prefix denotes seeding):
    





UPDATE 1-Tennis-Narrow escape for China's Li in third round

Jan 17th 2014
MELBOURNE, Jan 17 (Reuters) - A few centimetres was all that stood between Li Na and an early exit at the Australian Open on Friday, as the fourth seed saved a match point before beating Czech Lucie Safarova 1-6 7-6(2) 6-3 in their third round encounter.
    





UPDATE 1-Tennis-Ferrer wears down Chardy to reach fourth round

Jan 17th 2014
* Spaniard looks forward to cooler weather in Melbourne (Adds quotes, detail)
    





UPDATE 1-Tennis-Serena mulls lifting Indian Wells boycott

Jan 17th 2014
* Reaches fourth round of Australian Open (Writes through, adds byline)
    





Tennis-Li saves match point before rallying past Safarova

Jan 17th 2014
MELBOURNE, Jan 17 (Reuters) - Fourth seed Li Na saved a match point before rallying past a combative Lucie Safarova to record a 1-6 7-6 6-3 third round victory and avoid becoming the highest-ranked casualty in the first week of the Australian Open on Friday
    





UPDATE 1-Tennis-Del Potro crashes out in second round

Jan 16th 2014
MELBOURNE, Jan 17 (Reuters) - Juan Martin Del Potro arrived at the Australian Open tipped as the one player capable of ending the grand slam dominance of Rafa Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray but has become the first major male casualty.
    





WRAPUP 2-Tennis-Nadal thrives, Del Potro beaten in scorching Melbourne

Jan 16th 2014
MELBOURNE, Jan 16 (Reuters) - Rafa Nadal swept into the Australian Open third round under the Rod Laver Arena roof on Thursday but Juan Martin Del Potro was sent packing as sweltering temperatures, lightning and rain caused chaos on the outside courts.
    





Tennis-Del Potro crashes out in second round

Jan 16th 2014
MELBOURNE, Jan 17 (Reuters) - Juan Martin Del Potro became the first major casualty in the Australian Open men's draw in the early hours of Friday morning when he was beaten 4-6 6-3 5-7 6-4 7-5 by Spain's Roberto Bautista in the second round.
    





UPDATE 15-Tennis-Australian Open men's singles round 2 results

Jan 16th 2014
Jan 16 (Infostrada Sports) - Results from the Australian Open Men's Singles Round 2 matches on Thursday 27-Benoit Paire (France) beat Nick Kyrgios (Australia) 6-7(5) 6-7(5) 6-4 6-2 6-2 Roberto Bautista (Spain) beat 5-Juan Martin Del Potro (Argentina) 4-6 6-3 5-7 6-4 7-5 Teymuraz Gabashvili (Russia) beat 31-Fernando Verdasco (Spain) 7-6(1) 3-6 2-6 6-4 6-4 18-Gilles Simon (France) beat Marin Cilic (Croatia) 4-6 7-6(3) 6-7(5) 6-1 6-2 4-Andy Murray (Britain) beat Vincent Millot (Fr
    





UPDATE 1-Tennis-Murray rides thrilling 23-point streak to victory

Jan 16th 2014
* Scot will play 26th seed Lopez in third round (Writes through, adds byline)
    





UPDATE 14-Tennis-Australian Open women's singles round 2 results

Jan 16th 2014
Jan 16 (Infostrada Sports) - Results from the Australian Open Women's Singles Round 2 matches on Thursday Yvonne Meusburger (Austria) beat 33-Bojana Jovanovski (Serbia) 3-6 6-3 6-2 Kurumi Nara (Japan) beat 32-Magdalena Rybarikova (Slovakia) 6-4 6-3 8-Jelena Jankovic (Serbia) beat Ayumi Morita (Japan) 6-2 6-0 13-Sloane Stephens (U.S.) beat Ajla Tomljanovic (Croatia) 3-6 6-2 7-5 2-Victoria Azarenka (Belarus) beat Barbor
    





Tennis-Australian Open order of play on Friday

Jan 16th 2014
MELBOURNE, Jan 16 (Reuters) - Order of play on the main showcourts at the Australian Open on Friday (play starts at 0000 GMT on all courts, prefix denotes seeding):
    

Tennis-Murray overcomes blip to brush aside Millot

Jan 16th 2014
MELBOURNE, Jan 16 (Reuters) - Andy Murray dug himself out of a hole with an inspired passage of play to fend off French qualifier Vincent Millot 6-2 6-2 7-5 and cruise into the third round of the Australian Open on Thursday.
    





Tennis-Azarenka thriving on pressure as she chases hat-trick

Jan 16th 2014
MELBOURNE, Jan 16 (Reuters) - Victoria Azarenka said the prospect of winning a third straight Australian Open title was an inspiration, not a pressure, after booking her place in the third round on Thursday.
    





UPDATE 1-Tennis-Nadal stays cool under Rod Laver roof to advance

Jan 16th 2014
MELBOURNE, Jan 16 (Reuters) - World number one Rafael Nadal took advantage of slightly cooler conditions to cruise into the Australian Open third round with a 6-2 6-4 6-2 win over 17-year-old Australian Thanasi Kokkinakis on Thursday.
    





Tennis-Azarenka eases into third round of Australian Open

Jan 16th 2014
MELBOURNE, Jan 16 (Reuters) - Victoria Azarenka marched into the Australian Open third round with a 6-1 6-4 win over Czech Barbora Zahlavova Strycova on Thursday to stay on course for a hat-trick of titles at Melbourne Park.
    

UPDATE 1-Tennis-Feisty Federer embraces heat in Hisense sprint

Jan 16th 2014
* Wins first two sets inside an hour (Adds quotes, detail)
    





UPDATE 6-Tennis-Four hours lost to heat on Melbourne outer courts

Jan 16th 2014
* Lightning and rain stops play (adds rain stoppage in third paragraph)
    





Tennis-Briton arrested for gambling offence has case adjourned

Jan 16th 2014
MELBOURNE, Jan 16 (Reuters) - Briton Daniel Dobson, who was arrested at the Australian Open on Tuesday for "conduct that would corrupt a betting outcome", had his case adjourned until Jan. 23 at Melbourne Magistrates Court on Thursday, local media reported.