Nadal avenges Madrid loss

Up to the quarter-final stage of the Rome Masters, Rafa Nadal could be said to have had a fairly torrid time and when he faced Alexander Zverev for a place in the last four, many expected the German, last week’s Madrid Masters winner, to maintain his winning form over...

Pliskova to meet Ostapenko in Rome quarters

Karolina Pliskova is the sole seed in the lower half of the draw and takes on Jelena Ostapenko, the 2017 French Open champion, in the quarter-finals of the Internazionali BNL d’Italia, while Petra Martic and Jessica Pegula will contest the last quarter on Friday.

Barty cruises, Gauff stuns Sabalenka and Svitolina swats Muguruza

World No 1 Ash Barty remains on track to add the Rome title to her expanding collection but must overcome Coco Gauff in the quarter-finals, who upset Aryna Sabalenka, the Madrid champion, at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia on Thursday, while Elina Svitolina took out...

Nadal one point from defeat

Rafa Nadal’s invincibility on clay is being tested more regularly than you would expect and makes his forthcoming challenge at Roland Garros in a few weeks’ time, the more intriguing.

Jo Konta and Venus Williams enter Nottingham

British No 1 Johanna Konta and 10-time Grand Slam champion Venus Williams will headline this year’s Nottingham Open field, the first of the returning LTA summer grass court events.

Osaka leads march of seeds out of Rome

On a day of major upsets at the Internazionali BNL d'Italia, the underdogs prevailed, seeing off seeds Naomi Osaka, Simona Halep, Sofia Kenin, Serena Williams, Petra Kvitova, and Maria Sakkari in a procession of upsets at the Foro Italico in Rome.

Nadal back on track

Rafa Nadal, playing his first match at the Foro Italico following his quarter-final loss to Alexander Zverev at last week’s Madrid Masters, declared himself happy with his performance in overcoming Jannik Sinner in straight sets, but not so with the scheduling by the...

Konta follows Bencic and Mertens out of Rome

Seeds started to tumble at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia in Rome, with Belinda Bencic and Elise Mertens followed out of the draw by Jo Konta, while Garbiñe Muguruza and Angelique Kerber were among those to win through on Tuesday.

Kvitova, Brady, Swiatek and Sakkari open Rome accounts

The Internazionali BNL d’Italia got under way at the Foro Italico in Rome on Monday, with some of the seeds in action and coming through unscathed, although Petra Kvitova had to come from a set down against Magda Linette to advance, while Jennifer Brady won in...

Evans crashes out of Rome

Dan Evans excellent run on clay over the past few weeks came to an end in the first round of the Rome Masters when h suffered a very-bad tempered loss to Taylor Fritz.
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Stosur & Ebden reach AO Mixed Doubles Final

Australian wildcards Sam Stosur & Matt Ebden continued their sensational run to the mixed doubles final with a 7-5 5-7 [10-8] victory against Brit Joe Salisbury & American Desirae Krawczyk on Court 3 on Friday.

There were a handful of breaks in the opening set of the fiercely-contested semi-final, but neither team could consolidate or build any advantage.

It was the Aussies who struck in the late stages, breaking Krawczyk’s serve to love in the 11th game.

Serving for the set, a steely Stosur recovered from a 0-40 deficit to hold and take the opener in 43 minutes.

Games went on serve in the second set, with both teams producing high-quality tennis, and the only break came in the 12th game, with Salisbury & Krawczyk too advantage of 3 double faults from Stosur.

The Aussies bounced back strongly in the match tiebreak, building a 6-1 lead and, with a patriotic crowd at Melbourne Park cheering them on, they withstood a late charge from their opponents to close out victory after an hour and 40 minutes on court.

Stosur hit a brilliant return winner on Salisbury’s serve at eight-all in the match tiebreak, then Ebden dutifully served out a hard-fought victory.

This is a second Australian Open mixed doubles final for the 36-year-old Stosur and her first in 16 years, stretching back to her 2005 title-winning run with Australia’s Scott Draper.

Including singles and women’s doubles, Stosur is now set to play the 14th Grand Slam final of her illustrious career.

It is also a second Australian Open mixed doubles final for 33-year-old Ebden, who won the 2013 title alongside Australian Jarmila Wolfe [nee Gajdosova] in his only previous major final appearance.

The No 6 seeds Rajeev Ram & Barbora Krejcikova await in Saturday evening’s final, with the American-Czech combination on a 9-match winning streak as a team at Melbourne Park, having claimed the Australian Open 2019 mixed doubles title together.



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