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Serena Williams shuns US Open final talk after first-round win at Australian Open wearing ‘Serena-tard’

Serena Williams won her first competitive match since the US Open final – that infamous night in New York when she suffered three code violations – and then made it clear that any discussion of the biggest tennis story of 2018 was completely off the table. In the immediate aftermath of Williams’s extraordinary loss to Naomi Osaka, she insisted that she saw her row with chair umpire Carlos Ramos in gender terms. Coming less than a year after the launch of the Me Too movement, Williams’s comments sparked a huge, ongoing debate about sexism in tennis.

Nadal flies into Open round two as Kerber issues warning

A ruthless Rafael Nadal showed no mercy in a clinical first round thumping at the Australian Open Monday with fellow former champions Angelique Kerber and Maria Sharapova also romping through. The 17-time Grand Slam winner, who cut short his 2018 season to have surgery on a foot injury, cruised into round two of the year’s opening major 6-4, 6-3, 7-5 against Australian wildcard James Duckworth. “Not easy to come back after a lot of months, especially against a player playing super aggressive on every point,” said the 2009 Australian champion, who showed no sign of any injury worries.

Champions Wozniacki, Federer on different ends of spectrum

A women’s final last year featuring two players aiming for their first Grand Slam title finished with Wozniacki holding off top-ranked Simona Halep for the championship. Federer beat Marin Cilic to win the Australian Open for the sixth time — claiming his 20th major crown — and successfully defend the title he won the previous year in a career comeback of sorts. At 37, he’s still targeting records at his record-equaling 20th Australian Open: to be the first man to win seven Australian Open titles, the first man to win at least seven singles titles at two Grand Slam tournaments (he has eight Wimbledon titles), and the first man to win five major titles after turning 30.

No. 1 Halep has new-found confidence ahead of Aussie Open

Simona Halep was trying on her new shoes when she got the news direct from the draw about her tough section containing both Serena and Venus Williams at the Australian Open. Even before she contemplates possible back-to-back matches in the third and fourth round against Venus and Serena, top-ranked Halep has to get through an opening match against Kaia Kanepi, who beat her in the first round at the U.S. Open last year. Darren Cahill, a TV commentator and Halep’s coach until recently, texted her with details of the draw.

Murray will be a big loss – Nadal pays tribute to retiring great

“Of course it’s very bad news,” the Spaniard told a news conference in Melbourne on Saturday. “But being honest, when somebody like him, that he achieved almost everything in his tennis career, is suffering like he’s done for such a long time already, and you feel that you are not competitive for the thing that really makes you wake up every morning and go on court with the passion to practice, to improve, and with a goal, then it’s so difficult, no? “I can’t say that because I didn’t have that experience, but in some way I can speak about similarities that I had in my career.

Andy Murray admits ‘helpless’ feeling while playing Novak Djokovic in practice match

Little by little, drip by drip, it was the accretion of small agonies that drove Andy Murray into the interview room at Melbourne Park on Friday to tearfully announce his impending retirement. Most ordinary mortals would have packed it in long ago, but then Murray would not have won two Wimbledon titles without his extraordinary stubbornness. What pushed him over the edge this time was the humiliation of Thursday afternoon’s practice match against world No 1 Novak Djokovic.

AUSTRALIAN OPEN ’19: What happens to tennis when 2 GOATS go?

It was a terrific moment for tennis, drawing tons of attention to an otherwise meaningless exhibition event in a sport just starting its new season: Serena Williams and Roger Federer sharing a court for the first — only? Williams, owner of a professional-era-record 23 Grand Slam singles titles, and Federer, owner of a men’s-record 20, are both 37 years old, both parents and both far closer to the ends of their careers than anyone with a stake in the sport would care to think about. When Federer goes, it’s a loss, not only for individual tournaments but the tour itself.

Halep and Stephens bundled out in Sydney

World number one Simona Halep’s preparations for next week’s Australian Open suffered a huge setback Wednesday when she was bundled out of the Sydney International, along with fourth seed Sloane Stephens. The Romanian hadn’t played since withdrawing from the WTA Finals in October with a herniated disc, and was no match for fast-rising Australian Ashleigh Barty, who scored the biggest win of her career 6-4, 6-4. Halep, the reigning French Open champion and 2018 Australian Open runner-up, had a bye through to the second round, meaning she heads to Melbourne Park for the opening Grand Slam of the year with just one game under her belt.