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Tennis - WTA Tour singles standings

Jan 13th 2014
Jan 13 (Infostrada Sports) - Standings from the WTA Tour singles Points 1 (1) Serena Williams(U.S.) 13260 2 (2) Victoria Azarenka(Belarus) 8151 3 (3) Maria Sharapova(Russia) 6076 4 (4) Li Na(China) 5970 5 (5) Agnieszka Radwanska(Poland) 5470 6 (6) Petra Kvitova(Czech Republic) 4835 7 (7)

Tennis-Australian Open women's first round draw

Jan 12th 2014
Jan 13 (Reuters) - First round draw for the women's singles at the Australian Open after qualifying and the withdrawal of Jamie Hampton (U.S.). The tournament begins in Melbourne on Monday (prefix denotes seeding): 1-Serena Williams (U.S) v Ashleigh Barty (Australia) Vesna Dolonc (Serbia) v Lara Arruabarrena (Spain) Pauline Parmentier (France) v Karolina Pliskova (Czech Republic) Heather Watson (Britain) v 31-Daniela Hantuchova (Slovakia) 17-Samantha Stosur (Australia) v Klara Zak

Tennis-Australian Open men's first round draw

Jan 12th 2014
Jan 13 (Reuters) - First round draw for the men's singles after qualifying at the Australian Open. The tournament begins in Melbourne on Monday (prefix denotes seeding): 1-Rafa Nadal (Spain) v Bernard Tomic (Australia) Thanasi Kokkinakis (Australia) v Igor Sijsling (Netherlands) Tobias Kamke (Germany) v Jack Sock (U.S.) Ryan Harrison (U.S.) v 25-Gael Monfils (France) 24-Andreas Seppi (Italy) v Lleyton Hewitt (Australia) Robin Haase (Netherlands) v Donald Young (U.S.)

Tennis-Melbourne Park set for a grand slam scorcher

Jan 12th 2014
MELBOURNE, Jan 13 (Reuters) - Melbourne Park gets its first glimpse of title favourites Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams in action on Monday's opening day but it is not just the heat of the on-court action that is exercising minds at the year's first grand slam.

Tennis-Nervy Rafter could "choke" in doubles return with Hewitt

Jan 12th 2014
MELBOURNE, Jan 12 (Reuters) - Australia's Davis Cup captain Pat Rafter has enjoyed smiting foes in the senior's tour since his retirement, but fears he may have bitten off more than he can chew by agreeing to partner Lleyton Hewitt in the Australian Open doubles.

Tennis-Australian Open order of play for Monday

Jan 12th 2014
MELBOURNE, Jan 12 (Reuters) - Order of play on the main showcourts at the Australian Open on Monday (play starts at 0000 GMT on all courts, prefix denotes seeding):

Tennis-Djokovic looks to Boris boost for fifth Australian title

Jan 12th 2014
MELBOURNE, Jan 12 (Reuters) - Novak Djokovic admits he has taken a gamble by making changes to his coaching team but is hoping for great things from his partnership with former grand slam champion Boris Becker.

Tennis-Australian Open champion Azarenka coy on Williams rivalry

Jan 12th 2014
MELBOURNE, Jan 12 (Reuters) - Victoria Azarenka is relishing her return to Melbourne Park as double defending champion and while Serena Williams is a hot favourite to deny her a hat-trick of titles, the Belarusian says she will not focus solely on the challenge from the world number one.

UPDATE 4-Tennis-Del Potro strolls to Sydney title, Isner aces Auckland

Jan 11th 2014
SYDNEY, Jan 11 (Reuters) - Argentine Juan Martin Del Potro served notice of his strong form ahead of the Australian Open when he crushed defending champion Bernard Tomic 6-3 6-1 in the final of the Sydney International on Saturday.

Tennis-Sydney International men's singles final result

Jan 11th 2014
Jan 11 (Infostrada Sports) - Result from the Sydney International Men's Singles Final on Saturday 1-Juan Martin Del Potro (Argentina) beat Bernard Tomic (Australia) 6-3 6-1

INTERVIEW-Tennis-Swiss Wawrinka taking solace in 'failing better'

Jan 11th 2014
MELBOURNE, Jan 11 (Reuters) - The recall of a crushing loss might not have the same attraction as the memory of an inspired victory for most top tennis players, but world number eight Stanislas Wawrinka wears failure as a badge of honour stamped permanently on his arm.

Tennis-Murray dampens expectations of Australian Open success

Jan 11th 2014
MELBOURNE, Jan 11 (Reuters) - Four months after back surgery, Wimbledon champion Andy Murray was understandably cautious on Saturday about his chances of reaching a fourth Australian Open final in five years.

Tennis-Free of favourite tag, Federer hopes to flourish in Melbourne

Jan 11th 2014
MELBOURNE, Jan 11 (Reuters) - Armed with a new coach and bigger racket, Roger Federer hopes being in the unusual position of underdog will help him add to his record tally of 17 grand slam titles.

Tennis-'Faster' Melbourne Park courts not to Rafa's taste

Jan 11th 2014
MELBOURNE, Jan 11 (Reuters) - World number one Rafa Nadal thinks Melbourne Park's resurfaced hardcourts are playing faster than ever and may not provide a good show for fans when the Australian Open begins on Monday.

Tennis-Impatient Sharapova realistic on grand slam return

Jan 11th 2014
MELBOURNE, Jan 11 (Reuters) - Maria Sharapova happily admits that patience is not her strongest trait but the Russian will temper her expectations as she begins her Australian Open title campaign.

Tennis-Serena zips her lip after scorchers follow Melbourne shivers

Jan 11th 2014
MELBOURNE, Jan 11 (Reuters) - A subdued Serena Williams vowed never again to complain about Melbourne's changeable weather after her grumbles on an unseasonably chilly summer's day were followed by several days of scorching heat.

Tennis-Auckland Open men's singles final result

Jan 11th 2014
Jan 11 (Infostrada Sports) - Result from the Auckland Open Men's Singles Final on Saturday 3-John Isner (U.S.) beat Lu Yen-Hsun (Taiwan) 7-6(4) 7-6(7)

Tennis-Dominant qualifier Muguruza wins first WTA title in Hobart

Jan 11th 2014
SYDNEY, Jan 11 (Reuters) - Spanish qualifier Garbine Muguruza hammered Czech Klara Zakopalova 6-4 6-0 in 70 minutes to win her maiden WTA title at the Hobart International on Saturday.

Tennis-Hobart International women's singles final result

Jan 11th 2014
Jan 11 (Infostrada Sports) - Result from the Hobart International Women's Singles Final on Saturday Garbine Muguruza Blanco (Spain) beat 7-Klara Zakopalova (Czech Republic) 6-4 6-0

PREVIEW-Tennis-Nadal poses biggest threat to Djokovic's reign

Jan 10th 2014
SYDNEY, Jan 10 (Reuters) - After staging a remarkable comeback in 2013, Spanish buccaneer Rafa Nadal has his eye on more grand slam silverware this year and is shaping up as the biggest threat to Novak Djokovic's Australian Open reign.