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Pliskova battles back to reach quarter-finals

Pliskova battles back to reach quarter-finals MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Sixth seed Karolina Pliskova reached her second Australian Open quarter-final by outlasting Barbora Strycova 6-7(5) 6-3 6-2 in an all-Czech battle that stretched into the early hours of Tuesday. Taking to the court just before 11 p.m. local time, the pair slugged it out for two hours and 41 minutes in the late match at Rod Laver Arena before former U.S. Open finalist Pliskova finally put down her compatriot. Strycova saved one match point with an audacious serve-volley and a second…

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Chung gives Djokovic a taste of his own medicine

Chung gives Djokovic a taste of his own medicine MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Six-times champion Novak Djokovic bowed out of the Australian Open in the fourth round as relentless South Korean Chung Hyeon ground him down to claim a stunning 7-6(4) 7-5 7-6(3) victory on Monday. The 21-year-old Chung, ranked 58th in the world, proved an immovable object, absorbing everything the former world number one could throw at him and returning it with interest. Two years after losing in straight sets to Djokovic on the same Rod Laver Arena, the bespectacled…

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Chung stuns Djokovic in Australian Open

Chung stuns Djokovic in Australian Open MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Six-times champion Novak Djokovic bowed out of the Australian Open in the fourth round as relentless South Korean Chung Hyeon ground him down to claim a stunning 7-6(4) 7-5 7-6(3) victory on Monday. The 21-year-old Chung, ranked 58th in the world, proved an immovable object, absorbing everything the former world number one could throw at him and returning it with interest. Two years after losing in straight sets to Djokovic on the same Rod Laver Arena, the bespectacled Chung turned the…

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Halep beats pain, Osaka to reach quarter-finals

Halep beats pain, Osaka to reach quarter-finals MELBOURNE (Reuters) – World number one Simona Halep shook off a sleepless night racked with ankle pain to sweep past rising Japanese star Naomi Osaka and into the Australian Open quarter-finals with a 6-3 6-2 victory on Monday. The scoreline did not reflect the whole story, however, as the Romanian was given a real fight early on by a 20-year-old tipped to become the next big thing in women’s tennis. The courageous Halep coaxed her sore ankle ligaments through a three-set marathon against…

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Federer makes light of day shift to ease into last eight

Federer makes light of day shift to ease into last eight MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Roger Federer reached the Australian Open quarter-finals for the 14th time on Monday but the defending champion did not have everything his own way against 80th-ranked Hungarian Marton Fucsovics. The 36-year-old Swiss was not at his dazzling best on a sun-bathed Rod Laver Arena but claimed a 6-4 7-6(3) 6-2 to set up a quarter-final against Czech Tomas Berdych. Fucsovics had never won a main draw grand slam match before arriving in Melbourne but after winning…

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Manchester United simply had to go for Sanchez, says Irwin

Manchester United simply had to go for Sanchez, says Irwin MUMBAI (Reuters) – Players of the calibre of Alexis Sanchez do not become available very often so Manchester United had no choice but to make a move for the Arsenal forward, former Ireland defender Denis Irwin has said ahead of the Chilean’s expected move to Old Trafford. The 29-year-old Sanchez, who is out of contract at the end of the season and was also a target for leaders Manchester City, missed Arsenal’s 4-1 league win over Crystal Palace on Saturday….

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World champions Australia to review woeful one-day form

World champions Australia to review woeful one-day form SYDNEY (Reuters) – Australia’s world champion one-day team could face a major overhaul after they slumped to a 10th loss in 11 games, according to chairman of selectors Trevor Hohns. Steve Smith’s side were beaten by 16 runs by England in Sydney on Sunday to give the tourists an unassailable 3-0 lead in the five-match series. It is the first home series loss for Australia since 2010 and they have won just 26 of their 50 completed matches since they beat New…

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Tennis – Halep ends Osaka's run to reach quarter-finals

Tennis – Halep ends Osaka's run to reach quarter-finals MELBOURNE (Reuters) – World number one Simona Halep proved too experienced for Japan’s rising star Naomi Osaka as she eased into the Australian Open quarter-finals with a 6-3 6-2 victory on Monday. The scoreline did not tell the whole story, however, as the Romanian was given a real fight early on by the 20-year-old, who is tipped to become the next big thing in women’s tennis. Halep, still looking for her first grand slam title, was under the cosh in the…

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Kerber back in quarter-finals club after tough year

Kerber back in quarter-finals club after tough year MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Former champion Angelique Kerber was driven to distraction by the unorthodox game of world number 88 Hsieh Su-wei but overhauled the Taiwanese battler 4-6 7-5 6-2 to reach the quarter-finals of the Australian Open on Monday. The German 21st seed was being tied up in knots by double-sided Hsieh’s angles and slices before her raw power prevailed at a sunbathed Rod Laver Arena. The 2016 champion’s next opponent may be far more to her liking than Hsieh, whose dazzling…

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Federer eases past Fucsovics into Melbourne quarter-finals

Federer eases past Fucsovics into Melbourne quarter-finals MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Roger Federer reached the Australian Open quarter-finals for the 14th time on Monday but the defending champion did not have everything his own way against 80th-ranked Hungarian Marton Fucsovics. The 36-year-old Swiss was not at his dazzling best on a sun-bathed Rod Laver Arena but claimed a 6-4 7-6(3) 6-2 to set up a quarter-final against Czech Tomas Berdych. Fucsovics had never won a main draw grand slam match before arriving in Melbourne but after winning three rounds the 25-year-old…

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