Zverev puts aside off-court worries to battle on at Australian Open – Sports

MELBOURNE: Alexander Zverev put aside off-court legal problems to battle past fellow German Dominik Koepfer and into the Australian Open second round on Tuesday. The seventh seed was made to grind on Margaret Court Arena before toppling the world number 62 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 (7/3), 6-3. His appearance came a day after a Berlin court

Raducanu breezes into Australian Open second round – Sports

MELBOURNE: Former US Open champion Emma Raducanu posted an impressive 6-3, 6-2 win over American Shelby Rogers Tuesday as she looks to get her career back on track at the Australian Open. The British player stunned the tennis world when she triumphed at Flushing Meadows in 2021 as a qualifier, but only on one other

Kerber undeterred after hitting Grand Slam comeback roadblock in Australia – Sports

MELBOURNE: Angelique Kerber’s Grand Slam comeback ended with a whimper in the first round of the Australian Open on Tuesday, but the new mum said she was determined to keep going. In her first major following an 18-month hiatus to give birth, the German fought hard but succumbed to 2022 Melbourne Park finalist Danielle Collins

West Indies look to spring surprise on Australia – Sports

ADELAIDE: Australia head into the two-Test series against the West Indies beginning in Adelaide Wednesday as the hottest of favourites, but the visitors insist they are ready to shock the reigning world Test champions. For the Australians, the biggest challenge has been deciding on a replacement for veteran opener David Warner, who retired after their

Grigor Dimitrov cuts out errors to progress at Australian Open – Sports

MELBOURNE: Grigor Dimitrov recovered from a rocky start to see off the challenge of Marton Fucsovics and reach the Australian Open second round on Tuesday. The 13th-seeded Bulgarian, who ended a six-year title drought in Brisbane this month, won 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 (7/1), 6-2 on a sun-baked John Cain Arena. The 32-year-old veteran said he

Naomi Osaka still keen to keep busy after early Australian Open exit – Sports

MELBOURNE: Naomi Osaka plans to jump straight back into action following her early Australian Open exit on Monday, with the former world number one drawing up a schedule that includes tournaments in Dubai, Indian Wells, Miami and Charleston. The 26-year-old from Japan, who returned only two weeks ago after 15 months out and having her

Australia, NZ dollars hit one-month lows as support breaks – Markets

SYDNEY: The Australian and New Zealand dollars hit one-month lows on Tuesday after breaching key support levels as risk appetite ebbed, while domestic data added to signs that interest rates Down Under have peaked and the next move would be down. The Aussie fell 0.5% to $0.6625, the lowest level in a month, after a

Australia shares hit four-week low as commodity stocks drag – Markets

Australian shares hit a four-week low on Tuesday dragged down by commodity stocks on weaker underlying prices, while production season kicked off with Rio Tinto’s December quarter update. The S&P/ASX 200 index fell as much as 0.9% to 7,430.60 by 2347 GMT, its lowest level since Dec. 19. Heavyweight miners led losses on the benchmark

Murray says ‘definite possibility’ he has played final Australian Open – Sports

MELBOURNE: Five-time finalist Andy Murray said Monday there was a “definite possibility” that he has played his final Australian Open after slumping out at the first hurdle. The 36-year-old put up stiff resistance in a 61-minute first set against Argentine Tomas Martin Etcheverry, but the 30th seed slowly ground him down to win 6-4, 6-2

Raonic retires to put De Minaur through at Australian Open – Sports

MELBOURNE: Big-serving Canadian Milos Raonic handed in-form local hope Alex de Minaur an easy passage into the Australian Open second round on Monday when he retired injured in the third set. The 33-year-old was clearly in pain, seemingly with a hip problem, and called it a day while losing 6-7 (6/8), 6-3, 2-0 on Rod

Djokovic ‘just another player’ for Popyrin ahead of Australian Open meeting

Few will fancy Alexei Popyrin's chances when he takes on 10-time champion Novak Djokovic in the second round of the Australian Open but the local hope said on Monday he would treat the world number one just like any other player. Popyrin, who beat compatriot Marc Polmans 6-3 7-6(3) 6-2 in the first round, said

Australian shares tick lower as miners weigh; Dec jobs data in focus – Markets

Australian shares inched lower on Monday, with miners declining the most on China demand worries, while traders awaited December jobs data due later in the week for hints on the central bank’s next interest rate moves. The S&P/ASX 200 index edged 0.1% lower to 7,491.30 by 2343 GMT. The benchmark gained a marginal 0.1% last

Cramps and tears as Medvedev beats brutal heat at Australian Open – Sports

MELBOURNE: Frenchman Terence Atmane smashed his racquet, served underarm and retired in tears as he dealt with serious cramp in pushing third seed Daniil Medvedev hard at the Australian Open on Monday. The qualifier struggled in the searing heat on Margaret Court Arena, stunning the Russian by taking the first set but was unable to

Gauff powers through at Australian Open ahead of Osaka comeback – Sports

MELBOURNE: US Open champion Coco Gauff swept into the Australian Open second round on Monday but Wimbledon winner Marketa Vondrousova was sent packing as Naomi Osaka readied for her Grand Slam comeback. Fourth seed Gauff said ahead of the opening Grand Slam of the year at Melbourne Park that she wanted to win “multiple” major

Australia, NZ dollars yawn at China rate hold, liquidity thin – Markets

SYDNEY: The Australian and New Zealand dollars were rangebound in thin liquidity on Monday as traders await the next catalyst for the global interest rate outlook, while shrugging off China’s surprise decision to leave a key policy rate unchanged. The Aussie edged 0.2% higher to $0.6699, having ended last week with a small drop of

Hundreds of firefighters battle Western Australia wildfire – Newspaper

SYDNEY: Hundreds of firefighters on Sunday battled an out-of-control bushfire near Western Australia’s capital Perth, prompting authorities to urge residents in the fire’s path to flee. More than 25 bushfires were burning in the vast state, with residents in the rural shires of Gingin and nearby Chittering, about 60 kms north of Perth, at risk

Wozniacki into Australian Open second round after injury withdrawal – Sports

MELBOURNE: Former Australian Open champion Caroline Wozniacki said she hoped her young children were in bed after progressing to the second round when Magda Linette retired injured on Sunday. Wozniacki, who won the title in Melbourne in 2018, came out of retirement last year during the North American hard-court swing and reached the last-16 at

Refreshed Anisimova enjoying herself at Australian Open after burnout break – Sports

MELBOURNE: Amanda Anisimova said she was feeling refreshed and enjoying herself after upsetting 13th-seeded Liudmila Samsonova on her return to Grand Slam tennis Sunday following a break to deal with mental health issues. The 22-year-old American came out on top in her Australian Open first-round clash 6-3, 6-4, two weeks after returning to action in

Rublev edges into Australian Open second round after five-set thriller – Sports

MELBOURNE: Andrey Rublev overcame a major wobble to beat Brazil’s Thiago Seyboth Wild 7-5, 6-4, 3-6, 4-6, 7-6 (10/6) and reach the second round of the Australian Open on Sunday. “For sure I will not forget this match,” he said. “Thiago is a super-dangerous player, super-talented when in the mood.” The 26-year-old fifth seed suffered

Smith relishing chance to open for Australia – Sports

ADELAIDE: Steve Smith said Sunday he felt obligated to step up and replace David Warner as Australia’s Test opener, but also admitted it suited him because he got bored waiting to come in at four. The 34-year-old veteran was a surprise pick to do the job ahead of openers Cameron Bancroft, Marcus Harris and Matt

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