Big-stage experience proved the deciding factor for Dominika Cibulkova on Wednesday as she marched into her second grand slam semi-final with an impressive 6-3, 6-0 demolition of Simona Halep at the Australian Open. -Australian Open PHOTOS: Radwanska dumps champion Azarenka from Melbourne The 24-year-old had made the quarter-finals at each of the other three grand slams and completed the set when she beat 2008 champion Maria Sharapova in the fourth round on Monday. By contrast, 11th seed Halep ... Rediff.com, 2 months ago
Silent assassin Agnieszka Radwanska ended Victoria Azarenka's bid for a hat-trick of titles at MelbournePark on Wednesday and reached her maiden Australian Open semi-final with a 6-1, 5-7, 6-0 win. The crafty Pole frustrated Azarenka with a scrambling, cat-and-mouse game early and completely dismantled the big Belarusian in the third set to close out the match in exactly two hours under bright sunshine at Rod Laver Arena. Fifth seed Radwanska's triumph ensured the top three seeds have all been ...Rediff.com, 2 months ago
Hopes that Serena Williams would end a 13-year boycott of the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells were dashed on Friday when the World No 1 said she would not be competing in the event "after careful consideration". Williams and older sister Venus have never returned to the tournament in the California desert after being jeered by spectators in a controversial final in 2001 but Serena had hinted at last month's Australian Open she might lift the boycott. Serena had been listed among the entries ...Rediff.com, 2 months ago
Dominika Cibulkova was almost lost for words after she became the first Slovakian woman to reach a grand slam final by beating fifth seed Agnieszka Radwanska 6-1, 6-2 at the Australian Open on Thursday. -Australian Open: Li Na beats Bouchard to make final The 20th seed dominated the semi-final from the start and when Radwanska's final shot hit the net, she threw her racket in the air and fell on her back in delight. The usually chatty 24-year-old, who will play China's Li Na in the final on ...Rediff.com, 2 months ago Australian Open: Li Na beats Bouchard to make final Rediff.com, 2 months ago Australian Open: Li Na shows the way to winning wisecracks Rediff.com, 2 months ago Tough words from coach helped me into semis, admits Li Na Rediff.com, 2 months ago
Australia Davis Cup captain Pat Rafter named three teenagers in his squad on Tuesday for their away tie against France, their first World Group appearance since 2007. World No 57 Bernard Tomic was not considered due to an injury that forced him out of the Australian Open first round, while World No 54 Marinko Matosevic was dropped. Rafter instead included Nick Kyrgios and Thanasi Kokkinakis in the squad to join veteran Lleyton Hewitt and doubles specialist Chris Guccione for the January 31-Feb ...Rediff.com, 2 months ago
Picking up her racquet bag and marching straight out of Rod Laver Arena without a nod or a wave, Maria Sharapova's abrupt exit after her fourth-round loss to Dominika Cibulkova on Monday spoke volumes of her disdain for a forgettable Australian Open. After a long layoff and with doubts surrounding the state of her troublesome right shoulder, the 26-year-old entered the tournament with only four matches of preparation and with rust caked on so thick she could not shake it off. She had enough ...Rediff.com, 2 months ago
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