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Category: Australian Open

Melbourne | Wozniacki wobbles past Mertens to AO final

Caroline Wozniacki, the World No 2, arrived at her appointed place in the Australian Open final after surviving a mini crisis and dispelling her demons to see off the incredibly talented unseeded Elise Mertens. The 2011 semi-final at Melbourne Park has haunted the former Danish World No 1, who failed to execute a match point in the second set before losing to eventual champion Li...

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Melbourne | McHugh makes AO Juniors semi-final

Aidan McHugh has become the first British boy to reach the semi-finals of a junior Grand Slam since the young Kyle Edmund at Wimbledon in 2013, with a convincing victory over Rinky Hijikata at the Australian Open. The Glaswegian, who is mentored by Andy Murray, beat the Australian wild card, 6-4 6-2, to move into the last four, and said afterwards that Edmund’s deep run had given him...

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Melbourne | McHugh through to quarters in AO Juniors

Britain’s hope in the Australian Open boys’ competition, Aidan McHugh, continued his fine run to the quarter-finals, posting an impressive 7-6(1) 6-3 upset of the 14th-seeded Ondrej Styler from the Czech Republic. Prior to this week the 17-year old Glaswegian had only played two Grand Slam junior singles matches, and both were on home turf at Wimbledon, where he went out in the first round in 2016 and reached the last 16 last...

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Melbourne | Chung charges through

Hyeon Chung became the first South Korean to reach a semi-final at a Grand Slam when he took out American Tennys Sandgren in what is turning out to be quite a remarkable Australian Open. The Korean joins Kyle Edmund in the last four and the pair become the first unseeded players to make the semi-finals since 2008. In addition Chung becomes the lowest ranked player to reach the last four since 2004 as he continues to successfully develop the potential he showed by winning the NextGen Finals in Milan late last...

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Melbourne | Wozniacki wins through late night thriller

At quarter past midnight, Carla Suarez Navarro won her first game of her quarter-final against Caroline Wozniacki, and it was in the second set. The unseeded Spaniard was bagel-ed in the first, in which, despite the long and testing rallies, she could only conjure up one break point and failed to convert. Wozniacki was on song, striking the ball sweetly and oozing confidence as she retrieved impossible balls and piled on the pressure to take the opener to...

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Melbourne | Nadal concedes match to Cilic

The odds indicated that Rafa Nadal, as the world No.1, would progress into the last four to face Kyle Edmund, were extremely high. The fact that he did not and Marin Cilic went through instead, no one would have predicted and while the match itself swung around with both players alternating sets until the fifth, Nadal remained favourite to close it out. But then, the top seed, trailing 0-2 in the decider, decided the pain in his hip was too much and threw in the...

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