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Feb 20 (OPTA) - Results from the ATP World Tour 250, Marseille Men's Singles matches on Tuesday

.. 1st Round ..
Sergiy Stakhovsky (UKR) beat Constant Lestienne (FRA) 7-6(3) 1-6 6-3
Benoit Paire (FRA) beat Simone Bolelli (ITA) 6-4 7-6(1)
Peter Gojowczyk (GER) beat Damir Dzumhur (BIH) 6-2 6-4
Matteo Berrettini (ITA) beat 8-Jeremy Chardy (FRA) 7-6(12) 7-6(0)
Andrey Rublev (RUS) beat Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA) 2-6 6-4 6-2
5-Fernand

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Feb 20 (OPTA) - Seeds Progress from the ATP World Tour 250, Marseille Men's Singles matches on Tuesday

.. Seeds ..
Seed Round Rslt Opponent Score
1 Stefanos Tsitsipas (GRE)
2nd to play Hubert Hurkacz (POL) (start 18:00)
1st won (Bye)
2 Borna Coric (CRO)
2nd to play (start 09:00)
1st won (Bye)
3 David Go

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Armed with his talent and a racket bag full of hope, Frenchman Evan Furness is one of the dreamers hoping to climb from tennis's lowest rungs up onto the biggest stages of all.

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John Isner defeated Lukas Lacko 6-4, 6-3 on Wednesday night to advance to the third round of the Delray Beach Open, where Isner will face Adrian Mannarino.

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Defending Rio Open champion Diego Schwartzman trailed Pablo Cuevas 6-1, 4-1 when he stopped playing Wednesday because of a right leg injury.

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Stanislas Wawrinka, who won his first Grand Slam title at the Australian Open, says he deserved the crown after his final-round win over Rafael Nadal, who was contending with a back injury. The Swiss will move up to a career-high No. 3 ranking when they are released on Monday.

“To win a Slam, to be No. 3, both for me is a big surprise,” he said. “But I think more to win a Slam.  Because in the ranking you can be No. 3 without winning a Slam. But now it's both happening, so it's a big surprise. It's amazing feeling. I saw Roger [Federer] winning so many Grand Slams in the past, so now it's my turn to win one.  If you look the 10 past years, except [Juan Martin] Del Potro, it's only the top four guys who was winning all the Grand Slams. So, I will need time to realize what I did in these two weeks.  Because at the end, even if Rafa was injury, I think I deserve that Grand Slam because I won against Djokovic, No. 2; I won against Rafa.  I did amazing two weeks, and...

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MELBOURNE, Australia (AP)—Lukasz Kubot and Robert Lindstedt won the Australian Open men's double title in their first Grand Slam as a team with a 6-3, 6-3 win Saturday over Eric Butorac and Raven Klaasen.

Kubot and Lindstedt dominated from the start, fending off the only breakpoint they faced and wrapping up the final in just an hour and five minutes.

Butorac and Klaasen — who had an upset win over top-ranked Bob and Mike Bryan in the third round — upped their tempo in the second set to stay in touch, but could only watch as their opponents served out the match. In the first round, they beat local favorite Pat Rafter, who came out of retirement at the age of 41 to play doubles with Lleyton Hewitt.

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Melbourne, Australia (AP)—Daniel Nestor of Canada and Kristina Mladenovic of France combined to win the Australian Open mixed doubles title with a 6-3, 6-2 win Sunday over sixth-seeded Sania Mirza of India and Horia Tecau of Romania.

Nestor and Mladenovic, who won the Wimbledon mixed doubles title last year, fended off all five break points they faced and broke the Mirza-Tecau combination four times in the 58-minute match.

''Kiki, she's the best mixed doubles player. She really helps me out on court,'' the 41-year-old Nestor said. ''I actually have to cover less of the court, which is perfect for me, because I'm so old. ''

Nestor has won all four majors in men's doubles. This was his second Australian Open mixed doubles title his victory at Melbourne Park in 2007.

 

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I’m not sure what Stanislas Wawrinka expected as he faced the prospect of becoming just the second man outside of the game’s Big Four to win a major title over the past 36 opportunities. Whatever it was could not have been what happened on the floor of Rod Laver Arena tonight, as Wawrinka won the most bizarre Grand Slam final in recent memory, overcoming an injured but unyielding Rafael Nadal over four sometimes brilliant, sometimes ghastly sets lasting two hours and 24 minutes. 

The final score was 6-3, 6-2, 3-6, 6-3. And the question lingering after Wawrinka cracked the final ball, a forehand approach winner, was: “Just how badly is Nadal hurt?”

Wawrinka’s prospects looked grim going into the match, even though he had knocked knocked out No. 2 seed Novak Djokovic in the quarterfinals. For one thing, he was winless against the tournament’s top seed in 12 tries. Moreover, he had never won a set in any of those matches. To top it off—no, wait, not yet—he...

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MELBOURNE, Australia -- Stan Wawrinka added a win over Rafael Nadal to his list of firsts in a stunning run to his maiden Grand Slam title, extending his rival's injury-cursed run at the Australian Open with a 6-3, 6-2, 3-6, 6-3 upset in Sunday's final.

The 28-year-old Wawrinka had never taken a set off Nadal in 12 previous meetings, but attacked from the start against the 13-time major winner and regained his nerve after dropping the third set against the injured Spaniard.

Nadal appeared to be on the verge of retiring in the second set, when he hurt his back and needed a medical time out, but he refused to quit.

"It's really not the way you want to win a tennis match, but in a Grand Slam final I'll take it," said Wawrinka, the first man in 21 years to beat the No. 1 and No. 2 ranked players en route to a Grand Slam title.

Nadal was a hot favorite to win at Melbourne Park and become the first man to win each of the four Grand Slam...

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John Isner advanced to his second quarter-final in as many weeks on Wednesday (New York), dismissing Slovakian Lukas Lacko 6-4, 6-3 at the Delray Beach Open by VITACOST.com. The three-time semi-finalist dropped only one first-serve point (31/32) and improved to 4-0 against Lacko in their FedEx ATP Head2Head series, which dates back to Auckland 2014.

"It was a good win. I think I'm getting more comfortable on this surface, especially with the positioning on my return... I was challenging him on a lot of return games," Isner said. "I was very happy how I came through that."

The second-seeded Isner will face eighth seed Adrian Mannarino for a place in the semi-finals. The Frenchman beat Denis Istomin of Uzbekistan 6-2, 7-6(3) for his second win of 2019....

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Jaume Munar talks about his thrilling win against Cameron Norrie at the Rio Open presented by Claro. Watch live tennis at tennistv.com.

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Daniel Evans on Wednesday advanced to his third tour-level quarter-final, defeating 2018 Next Gen ATP Finals alternate Lloyd Harris 6-0, 6-2 at the Delray Beach Open presented by VITACOST.com. The Brit has won four matches this week after coming through qualifying.

“Still a lot of tennis left this week and hopefully [I'll] keep going," said Evans before speaking of the windy Florida conditions. "I’m moving really well, I think. It’s just the way it is. I’m moving great and the wind actually suits my game quite well. It’s difficult to hit off the slice as well. I feel I’m playing good."

Evans will play Italian Andreas Seppi for a spot in his third ATP Tour semi-final, as he is trying to stay undefeated (2-0) in the last eight at this level. The World No. 148, who upset defending champion Frances Tiafoe in the first round, has never faced Seppi.

“He’s a great player," Evans said. "I love the way he plays. It’s going to be good fun.”

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In the first weekend of February in 2018, Paolo Lorenzi was in Japan for Italy's Davis Cup tie against Japan, one he did not play in. Then 36 years old and No. 46 in the ATP Rankings, he hurt his left foot. The next week in Quito, Lorenzi broke the fascia in that foot, his first serious injury since turning professional in 2003.

“I think it was frustrating because it was the first time. I didn’t know what to expect,” said Lorenzi, who missed nearly two months. “I was thinking that when I came back on court, everything would be the same. I needed time and tennis players don’t want to wait. We want everything to be fast and easy, so it was something different. But I think it helped me grow up. You’re never too old to grow up.”

After returning at an ATP Challenger Tour event at San Luis Potosi at the end of March, things didn’t go as planned. Lorenzi lost four consecutive matches, winning just one set during that stretch. While he claimed two Challenger titles later in...

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Watch as Pablo Cuevas shares his thoughts after reaching the Rio Open presented by Claro second round. Watch live matches at http://www.tennistv.com.

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Stefanos Tsitsipas on Wednesday defeated Hubert Hurkacz 6-4, 6-2 to claim his first victory at the Open 13 Provence on his third appearance.

The #NextGenATP Greek, searching for form after early losses in Sofia and Rotterdam, won 85 per cent of first-serve points (28/33) to advance to the last eight after just 59 minutes. Tsitsipas improves to 2-0 in his FedEx ATP Head2Head series against Hurkacz, having also defeated the 22-year-old en route to the Next Gen ATP Finals title in Milan last November.

"It was a good match. I enjoyed it. I am moving on." said Tsitsipas. "It is nice to start so well. It was a 'no-trouble match'. Everything went smooth. Breaks happened when they had to happen. It was a solid match."

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In a meeting of past Rio Open presented by Claro titlists, 2016 winner Pablo Cuevas reached the second round after defending champion Diego Schwartzman retired with a right leg injury during their first-round encounter on Wednesday.

Cuevas, who was leading 6-1, 4-1 when Schwartzman was forced to shake hands, converted five of nine break points to earn a commanding lead on Quadra Central. Improving to 6-2 during the 2019 'Golden Swing', the 33-year-old Uruguayan will meet Cordoba Open champion Juan Ignacio Londero for a place in the quarter-finals.

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Taro Daniel recovered from a set down to beat Brazilian wild card Thiago Seyboth Wild 3-6, 6-3, 6-2....

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It's no secret that Nick Kyrgios is a massive basketball fan. The Aussie, a die-hard Boston Celtics supporter, can frequently be seen wearing an NBA jersey or tweeting about the sport.

So after earning a first-round doubles win at the Delray Beach Open by VITACOST.com on Tuesday evening alongside Jackson Withrow, Kyrgios got some shots up on the basketball court in the players' lounge. While speaking with ATPTour.com, Kyrgios even knocked down eight consecutive three-pointers.

Watch Kyrgios' Shooting Session

"I’m LeBron James," Kyrgios said, smiling. "I’m the best basketball player of the tennis players, hence I’m LeBron.

"Honestly, there are only three or four guys who can really play basketball on Tour. So I don’t like comparing it that way. But [in playing style] I’d probably compare myself to Tobias Harris."

Harris plays for...

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Reilly Opelka had the best week of his career at the New York Open, lifting his maiden ATP Tour trophy. And the American on Tuesday maintained his momentum with a 6-4, 6-0 win against compatriot Tennys Sandgren at the Delray Beach Open presented by VITACOST.com.

Never before had he lost so few games in a tour-level match. You can say it was a knockout performance. So it was only fitting that World Boxing Organisation Middleweight Champion Demtrius Andrade was in Opelka’s box cheering on the 6’11” right-hander.

“He’s from here and I met him a couple years back,” said Opelka, who began training in nearby Boca Raton at 13. “He’s doing great. He’s had an unreal year, and last year, too. He’s very professional.”

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Robert Lindstedt, who turns 42 in a month, is not going anywhere. The Swede might be the second-oldest player inside the Top 100 of the ATP Doubles Rankings, behind only 45-year-old Leander Paes, but Lindstedt is not planning to retire anytime soon.

“It’s more fun now than it’s ever been,” Lindstedt said. “A year or so ago I realised it’s pretty amazing what we all get to do. We actually get to travel the world and do this. There’s a lot of pressure and a lot of training that goes into it, but everybody’s got to mature sometimes and I feel at almost 42, it’s about time I do it, too.”

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The 2014 Australian Open champion has accomplished plenty in his...

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Judy Murray meets up with a 10-year-old girl who wrote to her asking for advice about how to become a tennis coach.

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Watch the best Novak Djokovic moments as he wins a record seventh Australian Open title and a third successive Grand Slam, sweeping aside Rafael Nadal in Melbourne.

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Watch highlights as Japan's Naomi Osaka beats Petra Kvitova in a dramatic Australian Open final to win back-to-back Grand Slams and become the new world number one.

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Top seed Novak Djokovic sets up a tantalising Australian Open final against Rafael Nadal after beating Lucas Pouille in a one-sided semi-final.

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Watch five of the best shots from Rafael Nadal's 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 win over American Frances Tiafo in the quarter-finals of the 2019 Australian Open.

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Petra Kvitova, who was attacked by a knife-wielding burglar just over two years ago, is set to player her first Grand Slam final since 2014 at the Australian Open.

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Serena Williams misses four match points as Czech seventh seed Karolina Pliskova wins the final six games to reach the Australian Open semi-finals in Melbourne.

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Serena Williams is forced to turn back as she walks on to court while her opponent, Simona Halep, is being announced to the crowd before their fourth-round match at the Australian Open.

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Serena Williams outlines why she is the favourite to win the Australian Open with a 6-1 4-6 6-4 win over world number one Simona Halep in a high-quality last-16 match.

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How one of the world's best young tennis players became one of its most corrupt.

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John Isner defeated Lukas Lacko 6-4, 6-3 on Wednesday night to advance to the third round of the Delray Beach Open, where Isner will face Adrian Mannarino.

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Defending Rio Open champion Diego Schwartzman trailed Pablo Cuevas 6-1, 4-1 when he stopped playing Wednesday because of a right leg injury.

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Is it a mere coincidence the three all-time Grand Slam winners are playing in the same era? Perhaps not, and that's a telling sign.

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Considering Novak Djokovic's age, health and thirst for domination, he's not only great -- in the end, he could be the greatest of all time.

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It's polarizing to say the least, but the new Davis Cup format kicked off this past weekend, and the early returns suggest everything is going to be OK.

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Well, that's a wrap on the Aussie Open. Novak Djokovic and Naomi Osaka stood out from their rivals, but there was much more that went on Down Under.

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What was supposed to be an epic encounter between the world's top two players turned into The Novak Djokovic Show -- again.

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Dominant. That in a nutshell was Novak Djokovic on Sunday against Rafael Nadal in the Australian Open final. Here's what the title means.

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Naomi Osaka won another Grand Slam title, but unlike the US Open last September, she left Rod Laver Arena with a proper celebration.

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Petra Kvitova might not have completed the fairytale comeback by winning the Australian Open, but just being in Melbourne was a significant victory in itself.

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Federer has missed the entire clay swing the last two years but will return to the Spanish capital where he has won three times previously

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The British number one linked up with the hugely experienced Swede late in the 2016 season and, under the guidance of Rosengren, Edmund went on a stunning run to the semi-finals of the Australian Open last January

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The Serbian was recovering from elbow surgery a year ago and his subsequent struggles left many fearing he was in terminal decline

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Djokovic has bounced back from elbow surgery to return to the summit of men's tennis

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Feb 20 (OPTA) - Results from the ATP World Tour 250, Marseille Men's Singles matches on Tuesday

.. 1st Round ..
Sergiy Stakhovsky (UKR) beat Constant Lestienne (FRA) 7-6(3) 1-6 6-3
Benoit Paire (FRA) beat Simone Bolelli (ITA) 6-4 7-6(1)
Peter Gojowczyk (GER) beat Damir Dzumhur (BIH) 6-2 6-4
Matteo Berrettini (ITA) beat 8-Jeremy Chardy (FRA) 7-6(12) 7-6(0)
Andrey Rublev (RUS) beat Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA) 2-6 6-4 6-2
5-Fernand

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Feb 20 (OPTA) - Seeds Progress from the ATP World Tour 250, Marseille Men's Singles matches on Tuesday

.. Seeds ..
Seed Round Rslt Opponent Score
1 Stefanos Tsitsipas (GRE)
2nd to play Hubert Hurkacz (POL) (start 18:00)
1st won (Bye)
2 Borna Coric (CRO)
2nd to play (start 09:00)
1st won (Bye)
3 David Go

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Armed with his talent and a racket bag full of hope, Frenchman Evan Furness is one of the dreamers hoping to climb from tennis's lowest rungs up onto the biggest stages of all.

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Feb 21 (OPTA) - Results from the WTA International, Budapest Women's Singles matches on Wednesday

.. 1st Round ..
1-Alison Van Uytvanck beat Vera Zvonareva (RUS) 7-5 7-5
(BEL)
Madison Brengle (USA) beat Fanny Stollar (HUN) 6-3 6-3
5-Ekaterina Alexandrova beat Greta Arn (HUN) 4-6 6-1 6-4
(RUS)
8-Marketa Vondrousova beat Georgina Garcia Perez 6-0 7-6(6)
(CZE) (ESP)
Irina-Camelia Begu (ROU) beat Mon

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Feb 21 (OPTA) - Results from the WTA Premier, Dubai (Women) Women's Singles matches on Wednesday

.. 3rd Round ..
Carla Suarez Navarro (ESP) beat Kristina Mladenovic (FRA) 7-5 7-5
6-Elina Svitolina (UKR) beat 12-Garbine Muguruza (ESP) 6-1 6-2
3-Simona Halep (ROU) beat Lesia Tsurenko (UKR) 6-3 7-5
Belinda Bencic (SUI) beat 8-Aryna Sabalenka (BLR) 6-4 2-6 7-6(7)
Su-Wei Hsieh (TPE) beat 5-Angelique Kerber (GER) 5-7 6-4 6-0
4-Karolina Pliskov

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Feb 21 (OPTA) - Seeds Progress from the WTA International, Budapest Women's Singles matches on Wednesday

.. Seeds ..
Seed Round Rslt Opponent Score
1 Alison Van Uytvanck (BEL)
2nd to play Iga Swiatek (POL) (start 18:00)
1st won Vera Zvonareva (RUS) 7-5 7-5
3 Pauline Parmentier (FRA)
qtr to play (start 09:00)
2nd won Tereza Smitkova (CZE) 6-1 7-5

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Feb 21 (OPTA) - Seeds Progress from the WTA Premier, Dubai (Women) Women's Singles matches on Wednesday

.. Seeds ..
Seed Round Rslt Opponent Score
1 Naomi Osaka (JPN)
2nd lost Kristina Mladenovic (FRA) 6-3 6-3
1st won (Bye)
2 Petra Kvitova (CZE)
qtr to play Viktoria Kuzmova (SVK) (start 12:00)
3rd won Jennifer Brady (USA) 7-5 1-6 6-3
2nd won

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Feb 20 (OPTA) - Seeds Progress from the WTA Premier, Dubai (Women) Women's Singles matches on Tuesday

.. Seeds ..
Seed Round Rslt Opponent Score
1 Naomi Osaka (JPN)
2nd lost Kristina Mladenovic (FRA) 6-3 6-3
1st won (Bye)
2 Petra Kvitova (CZE)
3rd to play Jennifer Brady (USA) (start 07:00)
2nd won Katerina Siniakova (CZE) 6-7(3) 6-4 6-4
1st won

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Feb 20 (OPTA) - Results from the WTA Premier, Dubai (Women) Women's Singles matches on Tuesday

.. 2nd Round ..
Kristina Mladenovic (FRA) beat 1-Naomi Osaka (JPN) 6-3 6-3
Carla Suarez Navarro (ESP) beat Shuai Zhang (CHN) 6-4 6-4
12-Garbine Muguruza (ESP) beat Saisai Zheng (CHN) 7-5 6-2
6-Elina Svitolina (UKR) beat Ons Jabeur (TUN) 7-6(4)
(Retired)
3-Simona Halep (ROU) be

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Feb 20 (OPTA) - Seeds Progress from the WTA International, Budapest Women's Singles matches on Tuesday

.. Seeds ..
Seed Round Rslt Opponent Score
1 Alison Van Uytvanck (BEL)
1st to play Vera Zvonareva (RUS) (start 14:00)
2 Kirsten Flipkens (BEL)
1st to play Evgeniya Rodina (RUS) (start 01:45)
3 Pauline Parmentier (FRA)
2nd to play Tereza Smitkova (CZE) (start 20:00)
1st won Ana K

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Stanislas Wawrinka, who won his first Grand Slam title at the Australian Open, says he deserved the crown after his final-round win over Rafael Nadal, who was contending with a back injury. The Swiss will move up to a career-high No. 3 ranking when they are released on Monday.

“To win a Slam, to be No. 3, both for me is a big surprise,” he said. “But I think more to win a Slam.  Because in the ranking you can be No. 3 without winning a Slam. But now it's both happening, so it's a big surprise. It's amazing feeling. I saw Roger [Federer] winning so many Grand Slams in the past, so now it's my turn to win one.  If you look the 10 past years, except [Juan Martin] Del Potro, it's only the top four guys who was winning all the Grand Slams. So, I will need time to realize what I did in these two weeks.  Because at the end, even if Rafa was injury, I think I deserve that Grand Slam because I won against Djokovic, No. 2; I won against Rafa.  I did amazing two weeks, and...

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MELBOURNE, Australia (AP)—Lukasz Kubot and Robert Lindstedt won the Australian Open men's double title in their first Grand Slam as a team with a 6-3, 6-3 win Saturday over Eric Butorac and Raven Klaasen.

Kubot and Lindstedt dominated from the start, fending off the only breakpoint they faced and wrapping up the final in just an hour and five minutes.

Butorac and Klaasen — who had an upset win over top-ranked Bob and Mike Bryan in the third round — upped their tempo in the second set to stay in touch, but could only watch as their opponents served out the match. In the first round, they beat local favorite Pat Rafter, who came out of retirement at the age of 41 to play doubles with Lleyton Hewitt.

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Melbourne, Australia (AP)—Daniel Nestor of Canada and Kristina Mladenovic of France combined to win the Australian Open mixed doubles title with a 6-3, 6-2 win Sunday over sixth-seeded Sania Mirza of India and Horia Tecau of Romania.

Nestor and Mladenovic, who won the Wimbledon mixed doubles title last year, fended off all five break points they faced and broke the Mirza-Tecau combination four times in the 58-minute match.

''Kiki, she's the best mixed doubles player. She really helps me out on court,'' the 41-year-old Nestor said. ''I actually have to cover less of the court, which is perfect for me, because I'm so old. ''

Nestor has won all four majors in men's doubles. This was his second Australian Open mixed doubles title his victory at Melbourne Park in 2007.

 

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I’m not sure what Stanislas Wawrinka expected as he faced the prospect of becoming just the second man outside of the game’s Big Four to win a major title over the past 36 opportunities. Whatever it was could not have been what happened on the floor of Rod Laver Arena tonight, as Wawrinka won the most bizarre Grand Slam final in recent memory, overcoming an injured but unyielding Rafael Nadal over four sometimes brilliant, sometimes ghastly sets lasting two hours and 24 minutes. 

The final score was 6-3, 6-2, 3-6, 6-3. And the question lingering after Wawrinka cracked the final ball, a forehand approach winner, was: “Just how badly is Nadal hurt?”

Wawrinka’s prospects looked grim going into the match, even though he had knocked knocked out No. 2 seed Novak Djokovic in the quarterfinals. For one thing, he was winless against the tournament’s top seed in 12 tries. Moreover, he had never won a set in any of those matches. To top it off—no, wait, not yet—he...

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MELBOURNE, Australia -- Stan Wawrinka added a win over Rafael Nadal to his list of firsts in a stunning run to his maiden Grand Slam title, extending his rival's injury-cursed run at the Australian Open with a 6-3, 6-2, 3-6, 6-3 upset in Sunday's final.

The 28-year-old Wawrinka had never taken a set off Nadal in 12 previous meetings, but attacked from the start against the 13-time major winner and regained his nerve after dropping the third set against the injured Spaniard.

Nadal appeared to be on the verge of retiring in the second set, when he hurt his back and needed a medical time out, but he refused to quit.

"It's really not the way you want to win a tennis match, but in a Grand Slam final I'll take it," said Wawrinka, the first man in 21 years to beat the No. 1 and No. 2 ranked players en route to a Grand Slam title.

Nadal was a hot favorite to win at Melbourne Park and become the first man to win each of the four Grand Slam...

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BANGKOK -- Serena Williams has had surgery on her big toes and withdrew from an exhibition match against top-ranked Victoria Azarenka in Thailand this month.

A medical certificate from Florida podiatrist Jeffrey Rockefeller says Williams "was treated for a chronic foot disorder which involved minor procedures on both of her great toes."

He said she needs to minimize activity to fully recover.

Williams, the WTA player of the year after winning Wimbledon, the U.S. Open and London Olympics, was replaced by Li Na for the exhibition on Dec. 29 in Hua Hin.

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MELBOURNE, Australia -- Early-round losers at the Australian Open will receive a significant pay raise as part of what tournament organizers say is the biggest purse in tennis history.

Responding to player demands for a bigger slice of the prize money, Tennis Australia moved to avert a potential boycott of the opening Grand Slam of the year.

The 2013 singles champions at Melbourne Park in January each will collect 2.43 million in Australian dollars ($2.55 million) from a record total purse of nearly AU$31 million. First-round losers will receive AU$27,600, a 32.7 percent increase from 2012, second-round losers will get AU$45,500 (up 36.6 percent) and third-round losers will receive AU$71,000 (up 30 percent).

Prize money for the fourth round, quarterfinals and semifinals has gone up by an average of more than 14 percent.

Prize money for the three rounds of qualifying also has increased, by almost 15 percent, while first-round doubles prize money has...

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Andy Murray offers his condolences to those in Newtown, Conn. after the tragic shooting last Friday at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

“My heart goes out to all those poor children, their families and the community in Newtown in Connecticut, so, so sad,” Murray posted on Facebook.

Murray was an eight-year-old in 1996 when a gunman opened fire at a primary school he was attending in Dunblane, Scotland. The gunman targeted the five- and six-year-old children, killing 16 students and their teacher. Murray and his older brother Jamie survived by hiding under a desk.

Friday’s shooting left 20 schoolchildren and six teachers and administrators dead. The children were between six and seven years old.

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BRISBANE, Australia -- Brisbane International organizers say Serena Williams still plans to compete in the Dec. 30-Jan. 5 event despite minor surgery on her big toes that forced her to withdraw from a Dec. 29 exhibition in Thailand.

Brisbane tournament director Cameron Pearson said Thursday he had been assured by Williams' agent that the WTA player of the year will "be fit and ready" for the event at the Queensland Tennis Centre.

Williams has been affected by chronic foot problems since treading on glass and badly cutting both feet in 2010.

The five-time Australian Open winner played at last year's Brisbane International but pulled out because of an ankle injury at the quarterfinals. Later in the year, she won Wimbledon, the U.S. Open and the women's singles title in the London Olympics.

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Jesse Levine, who has been playing under the U.S. flag since he turned pro but was born in Ottawa, is attempting to change his playing allegiance to Canada, the National Post reports. The 25-year-old Levine is currently ranked No. 104 and moved to the U.S. when he was 13. He lives in Florida.

"He's been on our radar for a while," Tennis Canada's Louis-Philippe Dorais said. "But now it's pretty much for sure he'll be representing Canada from now on. As far as will he be eligible to play Davis Cup for us in February [against Spain], probably not. But for the rest, it's pretty much a formality that he'll be representing Canada from now on."

Last year, American Alex Bolgomolov Jr. switched his playing allegiance to Russia, and the USTA billed Russia $75,000. A source told TENNIS.com that Levine will be asked to repay the USTA for the direct financial aid, travel expenses, and years of coaching he received from the organization.

Levine is likely making...

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