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Tennis-Australian Open order of play on Wednesday

Jan 14th 2014
MELBOURNE, Jan 14 (Reuters) - Order of play on the main showcourts at the Australian Open on Wednesday (play starts at 0000 GMT on all courts, prefix denotes seeding): Rod Laver Arena 4-Li Na (China) v Belinda Bencic (Switzerland) 1-Serena Williams (U.S.) v Vesna Dolonc (Serbia) Leonardo Mayer (Argentina) v 2-Novak Djokovic (Serbia) From 0800 17-Sam Stosur (Australia) v Tsvetana Pironkova (Bulgaria) Matthew Ebden (Australia) v 28-Vasek Pospisil (Canada) - - Hise
    





Tennis-Murray shakes off rust with dominant win in first round

Jan 14th 2014
MELBOURNE, Jan 14 (Reuters) - Andy Murray marked his return to grand slam tennis with a dominant 6-1 6-1 6-3 win over Japan's Go Soeda to reach the second round of the Australian Open on Tuesday.
    





Tennis-Don't call me 'Mad Dog' barks beaten Matosevic

Jan 14th 2014
MELBOURNE, Jan 14 (Reuters) - The frustration of a first round loss in searing heat at his home Australian Open told on 54th-ranked Marinko Matosevic, who took exception to his coach's lack of support and fans calling him 'mad dog' during his marathon five-setter on Tuesday.
    





UPDATE 1-Tennis-Federer has no plans to wow Edberg, just to win

Jan 14th 2014
MELBOURNE, Jan 14 (Reuters) - Glancing up at the legends of tennis can make 17-times grand slam champion Roger Federer push too hard for the "wow" factor, so new coach Stefan Edberg can expect a cold shoulder from the cool Swiss when watching from the stands.
    

UPDATE 1-Tennis-Azarenka practices to put heat back into game

Jan 14th 2014
Jan 14 (Reuters) - Victoria Azarenka's quest for a third successive Australian Open title got off to a slow start in baking temperatures on Tuesday, so instead of heading for an ice bath after her first round win over Johanna Larsson she headed back out to practice.
    

Tennis-Compensate injured players to reduce pull outs - Isner

Jan 14th 2014
MELBOURNE, Jan 14 (Reuters) - American number one John Isner wants injured players to be compensated with first round prize money at grand slams to lower the number of early withdrawals.
    





Tennis-Japan's Nishikori comes through five-setter in Melbourne

Jan 14th 2014
MELBOURNE, Jan 14 (Reuters) - Asian number one Kei Nishikori endured a gruelling five-set marathon in the Melbourne heat before taking his place in the second round of the Australian Open with a 6-3 5-7 6-2 4-6 6-2 win over Marinko Matosevic on Tuesday.
    

Tennis-Azarenka not so hot as Melbourne scorches

Jan 14th 2014
MELBOURNE, Jan 14 (Reuters) - Victoria Azarenka made a stuttering start to her bid for a third straight Australian Open title on Tuesday when she was kept out in the Melbourne heat for 106 minutes by Johanna Larsson before sealing her place in the second round.
    





WRAPUP 2-Tennis-Rusty Djokovic, slick Serena through in Melbourne

Jan 13th 2014
MELBOURNE, Jan 13 (Reuters) - Novak Djokovic showed some early season rustiness but Serena Williams roared into the second round like a well-oiled machine as the tournament favourites took centre stage on the first evening of the Australian Open on Monday.
    





UPDATE 1-Tennis-Hot-serving Serena storms into second round

Jan 13th 2014
MELBOURNE, Jan 13 (Reuters) - Ruthless Serena Williams kicked off her bid for an 18th grand slam title on Monday with a 6-2 6-1 demolition of local wildcard Ashleigh Barty to advance to the Australian Open second round.
    





UPDATE 1-Tennis-Djokovic impresses Becker with confident start

Jan 13th 2014
MELBOURNE, Jan 13 (Reuters) - Novak Djokovic had new coach Boris Becker smiling proudly on Monday as he made a convincing start to his quest for a fourth straight Australian Open title.
    





UPDATE 31-Tennis-Australian Open men's singles round 1 results

Jan 13th 2014
Jan 13 (Infostrada Sports) - Results from the Australian Open Men's Singles Round 1 matches on Monday Denis Istomin (Uzbekistan) beat Marcos Baghdatis (Cyprus) 6-4 7-5 6-4 Nikolay Davydenko (Russia) beat Lukasz Kubot (Poland) 3-6 6-3 3-6 6-3 6-4 2-Novak Djokovic (Serbia) beat Lukas Lacko (Slovakia) 6-3 7-6(2) 6-1 30-Dmitry Tursunov (Russia) beat Michael Russell (U.S.) 6-2 6-2 6-3 Alexandr Dolgopol
    





Tennis-Serena crushes Barty to storm into second round

Jan 13th 2014
MELBOURNE, Jan 13 (Reuters) - A ruthless Serena Williams kicked off her bid for an 18th grand slam title with a 6-2 6-1 demolition of local wildcard Ashleigh Barty to advance to the Australian Open second round on Monday.
    

UPDATE 31-Tennis-Australian Open women's singles round 1 results

Jan 13th 2014
Jan 13 (Infostrada Sports) - Results from the Australian Open Women's Singles Round 1 matches on Monday 1-Serena Williams (U.S.) beat Ashleigh Barty (Australia) 6-2 6-1 Lauren Davis (U.S.) beat Sachia Vickery (U.S.) 6-3 6-3 Yanina Wickmayer (Belgium) beat Dinah Pfizenmaier (Germany) 7-6(5) 6-3 Tsvetana Pironkova (Bulgaria) beat Silvia Soler Espinosa (Spain) 6-3 6-2 15-Sabine Lisicki (Germany) beat Mirjana Lucic-Baroni (Croatia) 6-2 6-1
    





Tennis-Becker must overhaul lifestyle as Djokovic coach - Pilic

Jan 13th 2014
BERLIN, Jan 13 (Reuters) - Former Wimbledon champion Boris Becker, who took over as coach of world number two Novak Djokovic last month, needs to change his lifestyle and step out of the media spotlight, his former Davis Cup coach Niki Pilic said on Monday.
    





UPDATE 1-Tennis-Plucky Thai dumps Kvitova from Australian Open

Jan 13th 2014
MELBOURNE, Jan 13 (Reuters) - Thai world number 88 Luksika Kumkhum sprang the biggest upset of the Australian Open's first day by dumping sixth seed and former Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova 6-2 1-6 6-4 on Monday in her first match against a top 10 player.
    





Tennis-Rusty Djokovic eases into second round in Melbourne

Jan 13th 2014
MELBOURNE, Jan 13 (Reuters) - Novak Djokovic showed a few signs of rustiness after the off-season but still comfortably reached the second round of the Australian Open with a 6-3 7-6 (7-2) 6-1 victory over Lukas Lacko on Monday.
    





Tennis-Plucky Thai Kumkhum dumps Kvitova from Australian Open

Jan 13th 2014
MELBOURNE, Jan 13 (Reuters) - Thai world number 88 Luksika Kumkhum sprang the biggest upset of the Australian Open's first day by bundling out sixth seed Petra Kvitova 6-2 1-6 6-4 in front of a frenetic crowd on Monday.
    

Tennis-ATP Tour singles standings

Jan 13th 2014
Jan 13 (Infostrada Sports) - Standings from the ATP Tour singles Points 1 (1) Rafa Nadal(Spain) 13130 2 (2) Novak Djokovic(Serbia) 12260 3 (3) David Ferrer(Spain) 5640 4 (4) Andy Murray(Britain) 5560 5 (5) Juan Martin Del Potro(Argentina) 5415 6 (6) Roger Federer(Switzerland) 4355 7 (7) Tomas Berdych(Czech Republic) 4180 8 (8) Stanislas Wawrin
    





Tennis - Edberg hopes to inspire Federer to more grand slams

Jan 13th 2014
MELBOURNE, Jan 13 (Reuters) - Stefan Edberg believes his return to the Tour as a coach of Roger Federer can help the Swiss add to his record tally of 17 grand slam titles.