New decade begins with Serena still chasing Court

AS the calendar flipped to 2020, Serena Williams was once again being feted, this time as sportswoman of the decade in the United States. She was an obvious choice, having…

Controversial Court’s anniversary is conundrum at Australian Open

Margaret Court is one of Australia’s greatest athletes, but celebrating 50 years since she won all four Grand Slam titles in a season is posing a dilemma for Australian Open…

Comfortable Australian Open starts for Nadal, Williams

WORLD number one Rafael Nadal will take on Bolivian Hugo Dellien in the Australian Open first round next week while Serena Williams faces Anastasia Potapova in her quest for a…

‘Can’t let this slide’: Anger grows over smoke haze play at Open

BRITAIN’s Liam Broady Thursday lashed out at Australian Open officials for insisting qualifying take place this week despite toxic smoke from bushfires, telling fellow players: “We can’t let this go.”…

Chile’s Jarry suspended for doping violation

CHILE’s Nicolas Jarry has been provisionally suspended for an anti-doping violation after the world number 78 was tested at the Davis Cup. Jarry’s urine sample was found to contain prohibited…

Federer to add to Australia bushfire appeal as tennis donations swell

ROGER FEDERER said he would donate to the Australia bushfires appeal on Monday after tennis players pledged hundreds of thousands of dollars to the disaster relief fund. The Swiss great,…

Djokovic insists no clear favourite for Australian Open

DEFENDING champion Novak Djokovic insisted there are no clear favourites for the next week’s Australian Open despite his ominous start to the season. The world number two was in fine…

Australia, Russia storm into ATP Cup semi-finals

A DYNAMIC Nick Kyrgios and dogged Alex de Minaur powered Australia into the ATP Cup semi-finals Thursday with an epic 2-1 win against the Tim Henman-led Britain, and they were…

Serena drops set before reaching Auckland quarters

SERENA WILLIAMS rallied from a set down to beat journeywoman Christina McHale at the WTA Auckland Classic on Thursday, and said it was just the workout she needed. With her…

Federer, Serena headline Aussie bushfire charity match

Superstars Roger Federer, Serena Williams and Rafael Nadal will headline an exhibition match ahead of the Australian Open to raise money for bushfire relief, organisers said Wednesday. Dozens of vast…