Osaka's run stopped by Azarenka

Jan 23, 2016

Osaka's run stopped by Azarenka

Two-time champion Victoria Azarenka swept past up-and-coming Japanese star Naomi Osaka Saturday to set up an Australian Open fourth-round showdown with Barbora Strycova. The former world No. 1 was in ominous touch as she thrashed the teenage qualifier 6-1, 6-1 in 56 minutes on ...

Nishikori overcomes wrist trouble to make 4th round

Jan 22, 2016

Nishikori overcomes wrist trouble to make 4th round

Kei Nishikori continued his fine Australian Open form on Friday, winning his third-round match against Guillermo Garcia-Lopez in four sets under the roof on a rainy day. Despite the relatively one-sided score line, the seventh-seeded star was made to work hard by his Spanish ...

Grand Slam debutant Osaka advances to third round

Jan 21, 2016

Grand Slam debutant Osaka advances to third round

Japan’s 18-year-old Naomi Osaka reached the third round of her first Grand Slam on Thursday, defeating 18th seed Ukrainian Elina Svitolina 6-4, 6-4 at the Australian Open. Born to a Haitian-American father and a Japanese mother, the 180-cm Osaka claimed four straight games from ...

Jan 20, 2016

Nishikori beats Krajicek in straight sets at Australian Open

Kei Nishikori moved on to the third round of the Australian Open on Wednesday morning with his second straight-sets victory of the tournament, easily accounting for the United States’ Austin Krajicek. The Japanese world No. 7 got the 6-3, 7-6 (7-5), 6-3 victory in ...

Nadal, Venus ousted in first-round upsets; Murray cruises

Jan 19, 2016

Nadal, Venus ousted in first-round upsets; Murray cruises

Rafael Nadal lost in the first round of a major for only the second time in his career, beaten in five sets by Fernando Verdasco at the Australian Open in a reversal of their epic, 5-hour, 14-minute semifinal here seven years ago. On Tuesday, ...

Match-fixing allegations overshadow first day of Australian Open

Jan 18, 2016

Match-fixing allegations overshadow first day of Australian Open

Novak Djokovic recalled his own brush with match-fixing, as the start of the year’s first Grand Slam tournament was overshadowed by corruption allegations. Djokovic started his bid for a sixth Australian Open title with a 6-3, 6-2, 6-4 win over Chung Hyeon of South ...

Nishikori cruises in Melbourne opener

Jan 18, 2016

Nishikori cruises in Melbourne opener

Kei Nishikori started the first Grand Slam of 2016 with a straight-sets win over Philipp Kohlschreiber in Melbourne on Monday. The seven-seeded Nishikori was solid on serve throughout the match, giving up no break points in the 6-4, 6-3, 6-3 Australian Open first-round win. ...

Nishikori to open against Kohlschreiber at Australian Open

Jan 15, 2016

Nishikori to open against Kohlschreiber at Australian Open

Japan’s world No. 7 Kei Nishikori will face 34th-ranked German Philipp Kohlschreiber in the first round of the Australia Open after the draw for the first Grand Slam of the year was released Friday. If the seventh-seeded Nishikori comes through the early rounds, he ...

Jan 13, 2016

Kyrgios brushes off injury fears

Nick Kyrgios will be fit for next week’s Australian Open despite pulling out of his Kooyong Classic match against David Goffin with a foot injury on Wednesday. The outspoken Australian had called for a medical time out at 3-2 in the first set of ...

Jan 8, 2016

Safarova out of Australian Open

The WTA Tour says French Open finalist Lucie Safarova has withdrawn from the Australian Open because of the lingering effects of a bacterial infection she picked up last year. Safarova also tweeted: “As an athlete I’m used to fight on court to win. Today ...

Dec 29, 2015

Nishikori sets sights on Grand Slam title in 2016

Kei Nishikori is looking to leave his mark with a Grand Slam title in the coming year as he seeks a quick return to the world top five. “Producing good results in big tournaments like Grand Slams will be important,” Nishikori told reporters after ...