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Melbourne | Edmund keeps going

Kyle Edmund produced another excellent performance to reach the quarterfinals of a grand slam for the first time in his career and in the process earned himself a handful of world ranking points to lift him into the mid-thirties from his current position of 49. Apart from the injured Andy Murray, Edmund becomes the first British male to reach the last eight in Australia since John Lloyd back in 1985 and he did it in some style, coming back from a set and a break down to work his way to victory over the Italian Andreas Seppi, who was...

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Melbourne | Kerber crushes Sharapova to take on Hsieh

Angelique Kerber continued her march towards a second Australian Open crown with a clinical third-round victory over five-time Grand Slam winner Maria Sharapova. The 2016 champion made just 7 unforced errors, holding serve in all but one game, before cruising to a 6-1 6-3 win in an hour and four minutes on Rod Laver Arena. The much-hyped contest between the two former Australian champions and World No 1s proved to be an anti-climax, and the result left Kerber as the only remaining Grand Slam winner in the women’s...

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Melbourne | Chung ousts Zverev

Alexander Zverev decided not to play last year’s inaugural NextGen finals in Milan as he had qualified for the senior ATP Masters Final at the O2 in London, so the battle for the ‘age group’ between the 20-year-old German and the NextGen champion, Hyeon Chung, was an intriguing third round match-up in Melbourne. As Zverev is ranked fourth in the world, his loss to Chung who is a year older, was a shock as he became the highest ranked player of the men’s draw to be ousted from this year’s Australian...

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Melbourne | Halep survives marathon but Barty beaten

Simona Halep, the World No 1, joined the ranks of the come-back kids when she survived a marathon battle with Lauren Davis at the Australian Open on Saturday. “I’m almost dead but it was nice that we could show good tennis,” Halep said in the on-court interview, raising a laugh from the crowd after winning arguably the best match of the championships thus far, a record-equalling 48-game, almost four-hour third-rounder, 4-6 6-4...

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Melbourne | Kontaveit upsets Ostapenko in Baltic battle

French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko’s Australian Open hopes ended on Friday as the seventh seed was beaten, 6-3 1-6 6-3, by Anett Kontaveit in a battle of the Baltic. After a blistering day session in extreme heat, conditions improved with a drop of some 10 degrees or so for night play on Friday at the Australian Open. Officials will review the extreme heat policy at the end of the tournament but insisted they take player welfare very...

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Melbourne | Kyrgios keeps his cool as Tsonga loses his

The Nick Kyrgios match against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga was expected to be the blockbuster of the day and in many ways, it didn’t disappoint as it included an ‘incident’ which you would expect in a match featuring the volatile Australian. Surprisingly it was the Frenchman who lost his cool in the Melbourne heat though Kyrgios received a code violation before a ball was hit, by arriving late on court. However, the Aussie kept his composure and focus to consign Tsonga to a four set...

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Melbourne | Edmund battles through to fourth round

Kyle Edmund has battled his way into the fourth round of the Australian Open and in so doing, celebrated by flexing his right bicep much like Andy Murray did ten years ago when he made the last 16 at Wimbledon. For the second time this week, he recovered from going two sets to one down and after three and a half hours in scorching heat, he triumphed 7-6(0) 3-6 4-6 6-0 7-5 over the Georgian Nikoloz...

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Melbourne | Svitolina beats 15-year-old to advance down under

Ukraine’s fourth seed Elina Svitolina outclassed her 15-year-old compatriot Marta Kostyuk to reach the Australian Open fourth round in 59 minutes, dispatching the World No 521 in a match played in 40C heat on Rod Laver Arena on Friday. The youngest player since 1997 to reach the third round of a Grand Slam, Kostyuk was aiming to become the youngest since 1996 to progress to the last 16 after being given a wildcard into qualifying and winning the junior title 12 months...

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