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Chinese qualifier Zhang topples Halep, puts off farming

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Disillusioned by her struggles on the tour, the Australian Open could have been Zhang Shuai's last grand slam appearance but the Chinese qualifier found a reason not to quit on Tuesday when she sent second seed...

Azarenka romps into second round without dropping a game

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Victoria Azarenka sent a strong message to the rest of the Australian Open field with a 6-0 6-0 hammering of Belgium's Alison Van Uytvanck in just 53 minutes in the final match of the second day's...
Serena Williams

Serena, Djokovic back in action on day three in Melbourne

REUTERS - Defending women's champion Serena Williams resumes her pursuit of a seventh Australian Open singles title against Taiwan's Hsieh Su-wei on Wednesday, after fifth-seed Maria Sharapova takes on Aliaksandra Sasnovich at the Rod Laver Arena. Williams defeated Italian Camila...
Stan Wawrinka

Wawrinka advances as Tursunov retires with injury

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - French Open champion Stan Wawrinka shook off a stubborn early challenge from Dmitry Tursunov to advance to the second round of the Australian Open when his Russian opponent retired injured. Wawrinka was leading 7-6(2) 6-3 when Tursunov,...
Lleyton Hewitt

Hewitt prolongs Australian Open swansong

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - An emotional Lleyton Hewitt staved off retirement for at least one more match by beating countryman James Duckworth 7-6(5) 6-2 6-4 to reach the second round of the Australian Open on Tuesday. The hard-bitten 34-year-old, making a...
Fernando Verdasco

Verdasco writes happy sequel to 2009 heartbreaker

By Greg Stutchbury MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Fernando Verdasco can finally replace the memory off an epic failure with a glorious triumph after stunning fifth seed Rafa Nadal at the Australian Open on Tuesday. The Spaniard's five-set loss to compatriot Nadal in...
Rafael Nadal

Questions return as Nadal heads back to drawing board

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Rafa Nadal was heading back to the drawing board on Tuesday after another startling early loss at a grand slam deflated his early-season optimism and left him questioning his strategy. The Spaniard arrived in Melbourne for the...
Simona Halep

Second seed Halep dumped out by qualifier Zhang

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Second seed Simona Halep continued a day of shocks at the Australian Open on Tuesday when she was knocked out in the first round by Zhang Shuai, going down 6-4 6-3 to the inspired Chinese qualifier. Halep's...