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Sports The Latest: Serena Williams into 3rd round in Australia

13:10  22 january  2020
13:10  22 january  2020 Source:   msn.com

Serena Williams, Wozniacki win again in Auckland in doubles

  Serena Williams, Wozniacki win again in Auckland in doubles AUCKLAND, New Zealand — Serena Williams and Caroline Wozniacki prolonged their one-time-only doubles partnership Wednesday when they won through to the semifinals of the ASB Classic. Playing in combination for the first time in their careers, Williams and Wozniacki beat top-seeded Johanna Larsson of Sweden and Caroline Dolehide of the United States 6-2, 6-1 after beating Nao Hibino and Makoto Ninomiya of Japan in their opening match. The pairPlaying in combination for the first time in their careers, Williams and Wozniacki beat top-seeded Johanna Larsson of Sweden and Caroline Dolehide of the United States 6-2, 6-1 after beating Nao Hibino and Makoto Ninomiya of Japan in their opening match.

Serena Williams handed earliest loss at major in 5 years, losing to Sofia Kenin in 3 rd round at French Open. Del Potro beat Jordan Thompson of Australia 6-4, 6-4, 6-0 to reach the fourth round and will next Top-ranked Novak Djokovic is into the fourth round of the French Open without dropping a set.

US tennis icon Serena Williams , who is eying a record-tying 24th Grand Slam title, has booked a spot in the third round of the Australian Open, defeating Tamara Zidansek of Slovenia in straight sets 6-2, 6-3. Serena Williams © Global Look Press / Panoramic.

Serena Williams of the U.S. reacts during the match against Slovenia's Tamara Zidansek.© REUTERS/Issei Kato Serena Williams of the U.S. reacts during the match against Slovenia's Tamara Zidansek.

MELBOURNE, Australia — The Latest on the Australian Open (all times local):

8:40 p.m.

Serena Williams moved a step closer in her bid for a record 24th major title with a 6-2, 6-3 win over Tamara Zidansek to reach the third round at the Australian Open.

Williams won the last of her seven Australian Open titles in 2017, but hasn't added a major championship since then. She took time off the tour to have her daughter, Olympia, and has lost four Grand Slam finals in the last two seasons. Her title in Auckland, New Zealand recently was her first at tour-level in almost three years.

Happy families: Osaka, Williams win openers in Australia

  Happy families: Osaka, Williams win openers in Australia MELBOURNE, Australia — Naomi Osaka won the tournament's opening match for her dad at the Australian Open. Serena Williams won hers for her daughter. The first two matches on centre court at the Australian Open were all about families for two champions. For something new, Osaka's father, Leonard Francois, was in the crowd watching as the defending champion reeled off the last four games after dropping serve for the only time to beat Marie Bouzkova 6-2, 6-4.© Provided by The Canadian PressNext up, Williams started her bid for a first major title as a mom when she beat 18-year-old Anastasia Potapova 6-0, 6-3.

Serena Williams has been handed her earliest loss at a major in five years. Del Potro beat Jordan Thompson of Australia 6-4, 6-4, 6-0 to reach the fourth round and will next face 10th-seeded Karen Top-ranked Novak Djokovic is into the fourth round of the French Open without dropping a set.

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Milos Raonic hitting a ball with a racket© Provided by The Canadian Press

The 38-year-old Williams dominated in the first set but was slowed down slightly in the second, when the roof was closed because of rain, and the 70th-ranked Zidansek saved the first seven break-point chances she faced.

“I knew I had to step up, otherwise it was going to be a really long evening for me," Williams said.

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8 p.m.

Bob and Mike Bryan have started their farewell to Grand Slam doubles with a 6-1, 3-6, 6-3 first-round win over Rohan Bopanna and Yasutaka Uchiyama at the Australian Open.

Bob Bryan hitting a ball with a racket© Provided by The Canadian Press

The 41-year-old American twins have won six Australian Open doubles championships among their record 16 major titles together. The most accomplished men's doubles team in history, the Bryans announced late last year that they planned to retire after the 2020 U.S. Open.

'My mission was to win': Coco tops Venus at Australian Open

  'My mission was to win': Coco tops Venus at Australian Open MELBOURNE, Australia — Everyone had the same question when the Australian Open draw was revealed: What were the odds that Coco Gauff and Venus Williams would face each other again in the first round at a Grand Slam tournament? “I was a bit shocked,” Gauff said, “I'm sure everyone was a bit shocked.” Gauff, 15, played Williams, 39, to begin her first appearance in the main draw at Melbourne Park, just like they matched up to start things off at Wimbledon about six months ago. And, just like at the All England Club, the youngest woman in the field got the better of the oldest woman in the field, with Gauff beating Williams 7-6 (5), 6-3 on Monday.

Serena Williams handed earliest loss at major in 5 years, losing to Sofia Kenin in 3 rd round at French Open. Del Potro beat Jordan Thompson of Australia 6-4, 6-4, 6-0 to reach the fourth round and will next Top-ranked Novak Djokovic is into the fourth round of the French Open without dropping a set.

The Latest on the French Open (all times local) Serena Williams has been handed her earliest loss at a major in five years. Del Potro beat Jordan Thompson of Australia 6-4, 6-4, 6-0 to reach the fourth round and will next face 10th-seeded Karen Khachanov, who defeated Martin Klizan 6-1, 6-4

They won their last Australian title in 2013.

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7:40 p.m.

Three-time major semifinalist Grigor Dimitrov has been eliminated at the Australian Open by 22-year-old American Tommy Paul in a second-round match that went to a fifth-set tiebreaker.

Paul had never won a Grand Slam match until this week.

He is ranked 80th.

But he built a two-sets-to-none lead against the 18th-seeded Dimitrov, gave that lead away, was two points from defeat and then pulled out the victory.

Dimitrov's semifinals at major tournaments include a run to that stage in Australia three years ago and at the U.S. Open in 2019.

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7 p.m.

Milos Raonic has set up a third-round match against 2019 semifinalist Stefanos Tsitsipas by beating Cristian Garin 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 at Melbourne Arena.

Raonic, the 2016 Wimbledon runner-up, had 11 of his 19 aces in the third set.

Tsitsipas took advantage of a walkover in his second-round match, advancing without hitting a ball when Philipp Kohlschreiber pulled out of their match because of a muscle strain.

The Latest: Ballkid is OK, Rafa into 3rd round in Australia

  The Latest: Ballkid is OK, Rafa into 3rd round in Australia MELBOURNE, Australia — Rafael Nadal had a scary moment in his straight sets second-round win over Federico Delbonis _ when his wayward forehand hit a ballkid in the head. He gave her a kiss on the cheek and apologized. After the match he gave her his headband. He says in a post-match interview that ït was “one of the more scary moments I’ve had on the tennis court _ the ball was quick, and straight on (her) head.” She gave the thumbs up, to show she was OK and Nadal said “You're very brave, so well done.

MELBOURNE, Australia >> Serena Williams has had so much success for such a long time that even in a second- round match she can set a record at the Federer, playing his 65th consecutive major, advanced 6-3, 7-5, 6-1 over Alexandr Dolgopolov. He lost in the third round in his first two trips to

Serena Williams and Andy Murray advanced to the third round in Wimbledon’s mixed doubles draw with a thrilling 7-5, 6-3 win against Fabrice Martin and Raquel Atawo on Tuesday. Williams and Murray breezed to victory in their first match but it was tougher this time out.

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6:20 p.m.

Tennys Sandgren has upset eighth-seeded Matteo Berrettini of Italy in five sets to reach the third round.

Sandgren is ranked only 100th.

He wasted a two-sets-to-none lead against 2019 U.S. Open semifinalist Berrettini but managed to pull out the victory by a score of 7-6 (7), 6-4, 4-6, 2-6, 7-5.

Sandgren improved to 4-0 in five-setters. It was also the fourth top-10 win of his career; two of the others also came at Melbourne Park, back in 2018, when Sandgren reached the quarterfinals.

Up next for Sandgren is an all-American matchup against Sam Querrey.

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4:30 p.m.

Seven-time champion Novak Djokovic avoided the same mistake he made three years go when he met a wild-card entry in the second round in Melbourne.

Djokovic beat Tatsuma Ito 6-1, 6-4, 6-2 in a swirling breeze on Rod Laver Arena to advance to a third-round match against another Japanese player, Yoshihito Nishioka, who is coming off a win over 30th-seeded Dan Evans.

In 2017, Djokovic was upset in the second round by Denis Istomin who, like Ito, had earned his spot in the main draw by winning the Asia-Pacific wild-card playoff. That was Djokovic's worst performance in Australia since a first-round exit in 2006.

The Latest: Defending champ Djokovic advances at Aussie Open

  The Latest: Defending champ Djokovic advances at Aussie Open MELBOURNE, Australia — The Latest on the Australian Open (all times local): 5:25 p.m. Novak Djokovic helped return the status quo to Rod Laver Arena. In the match following Serena Williams' upset loss to China's Wang Qiang, the second-seeded Djokovic easily beat Yoshihito Nishioka 6-3, 6-2, 6-2. Seven-time Australian Open champion Djokovic needed only 85 minutes to beat the Japanese player. Williams was on court for nearly twice that long. In5:25 p.m.

Serena Williams dispatched Russian teenager Daria Kasatkina in just 44 minutes -- the fastest Williams played her third - round match so fast and furiously it was as if she needed to dash out and In a later match, Daria Gavrilova, who hasn't been an Australian citizen for very long, advanced to

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) The Latest on Wednesday from the Australian Open (all times local): 10:50 p.m. Top-seeded Andy Murray tumbled to Williams lost to eventual semifinalist Johanna Konta in the opening round last year. The older sister of Serena Williams , Venus Williams has never won

His experience at Melbourne Park counted as the wind picked up in the afternoon.

“Credit to (Ito) for fighting to the end. Tough conditions out here," Djokovic said. “"The wind can get you out of your comfort zone very quickly."

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3:40 p.m.

Coco Gauff has beaten Sorana Cirstea 4-6, 6-3, 7-5 to set up a third-round match against defending champion Naomi Osaka at the Australian Open.

The 15-year-old Gauff rallied after losing the first set and got the pivotal service break in the next-to-last game before serving out against 29-year-old Cirstea, who is playing at the Australian Open for a 12th time.

Gauff started the tournament with her second first-round win over Venus Williams in three majors, following her upset over the seven-time Grand Slam champion at last year's Wimbledon.

Osaka had to overcame swirling winds on Margaret Court Arena to beat Zheng Saisai 6-2, 6-4 in one of the first matches on Day 3.

Gauff reached the fourth round on her Wimbledon debut and the third round at the U.S. Open.

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3 p.m.

Caroline Wozniacki has continued her farewell tournament by overcoming a 5-1 first-set deficit and beating Dayana Yastremska 7-5, 7-5 on her sixth match point in the second round.

Wozniacki has said she plans to retire after this Australian Open. The 2018 champion had three match points in the 10th game of the second set but Yastremska held in a game after she'd taken a medical timeout to treat her left leg.

Youth served: Gauff wins, Serena loses at Australian Open

  Youth served: Gauff wins, Serena loses at Australian Open MELBOURNE, Australia — Perhaps Serena Williams, now 38, will win a 24th Grand Slam title someday. And maybe Coco Gauff, still just 15, never will earn her first major championship. Sure felt, though, as if a generational shift was being signalled Friday at the Australian Open, with a pair of monumentally significant third-round results hours apart in the same stadium: a surprising first-week loss by Williams, then a historic victory by Gauff. © Provided by The Canadian PressFirst, Williams faltered down the stretch for her earliest exit at Melbourne Park in 14 years, a 6-4, 6-7 (2), 7-5 loss to 27th-seeded Wang Qiang of China.

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — The Latest on Wednesday from the Australian Open (all Serena and Venus Williams have pulled out of their scheduled first- round doubles match because of a Kei Nishikori advanced to the third round in a far more straightforward manner than his five-set opener

Serena Williams has been handed her earliest loss at a major in five years. Del Potro beat Jordan Thompson of Australia 6-4, 6-4, 6-0 to reach the fourth round and will next face 10th-seeded Karen Top-ranked Novak Djokovic is into the fourth round of the French Open without dropping a set.

Wozniacki eventually clinched it two games later with a service break, and wiped tears from her eyes.

Former No. 1-ranked Wozniacki will next play Ons Jabeur, who beat Caroline Garcia 1-6, 6-2, 6-3.

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2:50 p.m.

Coco Gauff has sent her second-round match with Sorana Cirstea to a third set at the Australian Open. After Cirstea won the first set 6-4, the 15-year-old Gauff took the second set 6-3. The winner will play defending champion Naomi Osaka in the third round.

Earlier, Elise Martin beat Danka Kovinic 6-2, 6-0 to complete the last of the eight first-round women's singles matches played on Day 3. They were carried over because of heavy rainfall on Monday that caused a backlog.

Several of those hadn't been completed before some other players, including Naomi Osaka and Petra Kvitova, had advanced to the third round.

The eight matches were all in the bottom half of the women's draw.

Among the first-round winners were Carla Suarez Navarro, Heather Watson' and Taylor Townsend. No. 28 Anett Kontaveit and No. 30 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova also advanced from the first round.

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2:20 p.m.

Top-ranked Ash Barty has advanced to the third round at Melbourne Park with a 6-1, 6-4 win over Polona Hercog.

Home favourite Barty shook off a habit of losing the first set in recent matches to dominate early and set up a straight sets win.

In the second set, she saved three break points in the eighth game and broke Hercog in the next. Serving for the match, Barty still had to save two break points, one with an ace and the other with a service winner. She had another service winner on match point.

The Latest: Sandgren into quarterfinals at Australian Open

  The Latest: Sandgren into quarterfinals at Australian Open MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) The Latest on the Australian Open (all times local): 8:50 p.m.Tennys Sandgren is into the Australian Open quarterfinals for the second time in three years after beating 12th-seeded Fabio Fognini in four sets in a heated match on Melbourne Arena.Sandgren won the first set in a tiebreaker and then had an animated conversation with chair umpire Damien Dumusois regarding Fognini. It came as the Italian player took a bathroom break. Fognini received a point penalty to start the second set and then called for a trainer to bandage his blistered fingers.

MELBOURNE, Australia — Serena Williams , a four-time Australian Open winner, continued her assault on a fifth title Saturday, steamrolling past Carla Williams , the top seed in the women’s draw, avenged her sister Venus’s defeat here last year in the second round by simply overpowering Suárez

Tags: 2015 Australian Open , Lauren Davis, Serena Williams , Venus Williams , Vera Zvonareva. MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) Unseeded and floating dangerously in the draw, two-time Australian Former No. 1-ranked Wozniacki, who had never previously failed to make the third round in seven

“I was glad I was able to save a few break points there in the second set," Barty said. “The wind was a huge factor."

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1:25 p.m.

Sixth-seeded Stefanos Tsitsipas got a walkover into the third round at Melbourne Park when his Phillip Kohlschreiber pulled out of their scheduled match because a muscle strain.

Tsitsipas will face either Milos Raonic or Cristian Garin in the third round. Tsitsipas has become a local favourite due to Melbourne's large Greek population.

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12:55 p.m.

Two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova saved three set points in the second set before beating Paula Badosa 7-5, 7-5 to advance to the third round.

Kvitova rallied from 0-40 down in the 10th game of the second set to hold serve and then broke in the next game to regain control of the match.

Kvitova lost last year's final here to Naomi Osaka, who also advanced Wednesday to the third round. French Open champion and local hope Ash Barty was next up on Rod Laver Arena.

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12:40 p.m.

Defending champion Naomi Osaka overcame swirling winds on Margaret Court Arena to beat Zheng Saisai 6-2, 6-4 and advance to the third round.

Osaka became upset with herself at times. After having her service broken in the second set Osaka threw her racket to the ground, tossed a ball from her hand and kicked the racket along the court. She then sat in her court-side chair with a towel over her head. But she rallied back and clinched the match when Zheng double-faulted on match point.

Third-seeded Osaka said the best part about winning over Zheng was how she was able to deal with all the emotions.

“I hope you guys like the tennis that’s coming after my match,” third-seeded Osaka said, “because it wasn’t that pretty.”

Because of suspended matches from rain on Monday, eight first-round women's singles matches were not completed Tuesday. That meant Osaka had advanced to the third round before some of those players had finished their first.

In other second-round matches, No. 14 Sofia Kenin beat qualifier Ann Li 6-1, 6-3. Anett Kontaveit beat wild-card entry Astra Sharma 6-0, 6-2 in a first-round match.

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11:10 a.m.

Play is underway on Day 3 at the Australian Open with defending champion Naomi Osaka playing Zheng Saisai in the opening match at Margaret Court Arena.

Later at Rod Laver Arena it'll be a cavalcade of Grand Slam singles winners. Two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova is playing the first match there against Paula Badosa, followed by French Open champion and local hope Ash Barty's second-round match against Polona Hercog.

Closing out the action at Rod Laver will be players with a total of 59 Grand Slam singles championships: Novak Djokovic with 16 concluding the day program and Serena Williams (23) and Roger Federer (20) playing at night.

Temperatures were expected to reach 32 degrees Celsius (90 Fahrenheit) during the day with the possibility of evening showers.

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The Associated Press

Women's tennis tour to test coaching from stands this season .
MELBOURNE, Australia — The WTA is going to test out allowing coaching from the stands at non-Grand Slam tournaments for the rest of this season. The tour said Monday that the change amounts to letting coaches offer the sort of hand signals and simple instructions that happen currently even though they have been against the rules — but rarely penalized. "The premise around this trial is that we feel coaching is taking place already from the box,"The tour said Monday that the change amounts to letting coaches offer the sort of hand signals and simple instructions that happen currently even though they have been against the rules — but rarely penalized.

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