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Australian Open 2016: Konta, Kerber through to semi-finals
Australian Open 2016: Konta, Kerber through to semi-finals

We bring you a round-up of the action as first-time Grand Slam semi-finalist Johanna Konta went through to take on Angelique Kerber in the semi-finals, with Kerber herself taking a more convincing win.Johanna Konta vs Shuai ZhangBritish No. 1 Konta has been doing well recently, as has Chinese challenger Shuai Zhang, who scalped Simona Halep earlier in the tournament.Konta also started off with an upset, ousting World No. 7 Venus Williams from the

Jan 28 2016
The Dab dance - latest celebration for sports stars
The Dab dance - latest celebration for sports stars

Victoria Azarenka celebrating a win with the now viral Dab danceThe Dab Dance has become the latest sensation, where it comes to sports’ celebration. Sportsmen and sportswomen across the spectrum seem to be Dab dancing to celebrate euphoric moments for them.Recently, we saw Victoria Azarenka dab dancing after fourth round win at the 2016 Australian Open. Jesse Lingard of Manchester United's brought the 'dab' dance phenomeno

Jan 27 2016
Australian Open diary: Djokovic's and Murray's negativity, Federer's casualness, and Azarenka's nerves
Australian Open diary: Djokovic's and Murray's negativity, Federer's casualness, and Azarenka's nerves

Two days ago I had written about how lonely and difficult a tennis player’s life can be, not unlike any ordinary person’s. But the more you watch the pros in action, the more you realise just how many things they have in common with us. Here's a look at some of the most human traits I noticed among the top players over the last couple of days:Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray have a pathological need to berate themselves An

Jan 27 2016
Australian Open women’s quarter-finals preview: Can Sharapova make it tough for Serena?
Australian Open women’s quarter-finals preview: Can Sharapova make it tough for Serena?

We are now down to the business end of the season’s first Slam as the first day of the quarter-finals at the 2016 Australian Open is here. The women’s singles draw witnessed a constant exodus of seeds through the first four rounds, yet the last-eight matches promise to be very entertaining.Two Career Slammers clash in the much-awaited second quarter-final of the day on Tuesday as Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova meet again. Another

Jan 25 2016
Victoria Azareka moves into last eight of the 2016 Australian Open
Victoria Azareka moves into last eight of the 2016 Australian Open

Azarenka defeated Barbora Strycova 6-2, 6-4 to reach the quarter-finals of the Australian Open.Former World No.1 Victoria Azarenka had her toughest match of the Australian Open tennis tournament thus far but took out Barbora Strycova 6-2, 6-4, to reach the quarter-finals here on Monday.Azarenka faced the Czech Strycova for a third straight year in Melbourne - the second round in 2014, and the third round in 2015."Maybe next year, we'll p

Angelique Kerber sets up a date with Victoria Azarenka in Australian Open quarter-finals
Angelique Kerber sets up a date with Victoria Azarenka in Australian Open quarter-finals

Kerber would now face the former world no. 1 Victoria Azarenka in the quarter-finals.Seventh seed Angelique Kerber fought through a tough opening set but cruised through the second to defeat countrywoman Annika Beck, 6-4, 6-0 and reach the quarter-finals of the Australian Open tennis tournament for the first time in her career here on Monday.She next faces former World No.1, two-time Australian Open champion Victoria Azarenka, who had her toughes

Jan 25 2016
Australian Open diary: Victoria Azarenka shows just how lonely and difficult it is at the top
Australian Open diary: Victoria Azarenka shows just how lonely and difficult it is at the top

There's a reason behind the unbridled intensity of Victoria Azarenka's on-court demeanourTennis players are rich, famous and fabulous. They shouldn't have any insecurities or deep-rooted fears, right?Just a few moments of interaction with the pros can tell us how far away from the truth the above statement is. A tennis star, or a super-successful professional from any other field for that matter, can be as lon

Jan 23 2016
2016 Australian Open: Victoria Azarenka cruises into the third round
2016 Australian Open: Victoria Azarenka cruises into the third round

"I played really well, especially in the beginning”Two-time Australian Open champion Victoria Azarenka continued the incredible start to her 2016 title campaign, notching a swift win over Montenegro's Danka Kovinic to advance to the third round here on Thursday. Azarenka needed barely an hour to cruise past Kovinic 6-1, 6-2."I really don't count the games," Azarenka said after the match."What really works fo

Jan 21 2016
4 dark horses at the Australian Open: Women
4 dark horses at the Australian Open: Women

In the first two days of the Australian Open, the tournament has already seen several major upsets, with a number of seeded players crashing out in their first round matches. In that vein, here are 4 female players who may not be expected to win but could still be title challengers:

Jan 19 2016
Australian Open 2016 women's draw analysis: Once again, it's Serena Williams and the rest
Australian Open 2016 women's draw analysis: Once again, it's Serena Williams and the rest

Serena Williams is the overwhelming favourite, as alwaysWhile the men have been sprinting towards the year's first Grand Slam with hope in their hearts and strength in their arms, the women have been stumbling and tottering their way to the start line. Serena Williams, Maria Sharapova, Simona Halep, Petra Kvitova, Garbine Muguruza, Agnieszka Radwanska and Angelique Kerber – that's seven of the top 10 players in the world &

Jan 15 2016
Where are the top stars playing in the first week of the 2016 tennis season?
Where are the top stars playing in the first week of the 2016 tennis season?

Rafael Nadal (left) and Novak Djokovic at the launch of the 2016 Qatar Open in Doha on SundayA fresh, new season always brings new hopes and loads of excitement for the fans. With the Australian Open scheduled just two weeks after the start of the season, almost all the top stars get busy in action right from the first week. The week starting from January 4, 2016 is packed with seven tournaments and will see a bevy of stars vying for the titles.W

Jan 4 2016
US Open: Quarter-final Preview: Federer, Wawrinka, Azarenka, Kvitova favourites
US Open: Quarter-final Preview: Federer, Wawrinka, Azarenka, Kvitova favourites

The excitement has reached a fever pitch for tennis lovers with the commencement of the quarter-finals at the 2015 US Open. Some mouthwatering action waits on Day 10 of the Slam. Here is a preview of the second day of the quarter-finals. Women’s Draw (2) Simona Halep v (20) Victoria Azarenka Will Victoria Azarenka make it 3-0 against Halep? Head-to-head: Azarenka leads 2-0 This is one of the most anticipated matches on Day 10 of th

Sep 9 2015
US Open Round of 16 Day 2: Federer, Wawrinka, Halep through, Murray in shock ouster
US Open Round of 16 Day 2: Federer, Wawrinka, Halep through, Murray in shock ouster

Andy Murray shakes hands with Kevin Anderson (R) who beat him to book a quarter-final berth at the US Open No 2. seed Roger Federer continued his faultless run through the 2nd day of the round of 16 at the US Open Tennis Championships at Flushing Meadows. The Swiss beat American John Isner, the top ranked player in the USA, in straight sets 7-6, 7-5, 7-5. Isner did not manage to break the former world No. 1’s serve even once during th

Sep 8 2015
US Open 2015: Round of 16 Day 2 - Federer, Murray, Azarenka and Halep in fray
US Open 2015: Round of 16 Day 2 - Federer, Murray, Azarenka and Halep in fray

With four quarterfinalists already decided in both the draws, the other four will be decided on Monday. Here’s a preview of the eight matches to take place on Monday. Men’s Draw Roger Federer and Andy Murray are the main attractions in this half of the draw. With both readying themselves for another epic encounter, Wawrinka, Berdych and Gasquet will look to derail the two,  Stan Wawrinka (5) vs. Donald Young Head to He

Sep 7 2015
US Open Day 6 Preview: Top seeds Federer, Halep, Murray and Kvitova on court today
US Open Day 6 Preview: Top seeds Federer, Halep, Murray and Kvitova on court today

Tennis action at the US Open enters its sixth day of play as male and female players gear up to take part in the third round of their respective singles events. Play seems to have stabilised after many upsets and retirements in the first few days of the competition, although there were still some surprises in store after an intense action-packed Day 5. The Indian contingent of Leander Paes and Sania Mirza both lost out in their respective d

Sep 5 2015
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