/Barty and Priscilla Hon win decisive doubles rubberAustralia set up semi-final clash with Belarus in AprilAshleigh Barty has led the way and debutante Priscilla Hon was her reliable sidekick as Australia
knocked the United States out of
the Fed Cup
to set up a world group semi-final clash with Belarus. The US
had the home crowd in Asheville, at North Carolina’s US
Cellular Center indoor arena on Sunday, but Australia
possessed world No 13 Barty who was invincible. Continue reading... Ashleigh
/MIKE DICKSON IN MELBOURNE: What they call a Barty party in this neck of
the woods broke out
Barty edged to a nerve-shredding win over Maria Sharapova. Ashleigh
Barty turns on style to topple Maria Sharapova as home favourite books Australian Open quarter-final against Petra KvitovaHome favourite Ashleigh
Barty beat Maria Sharapova at the Australian OpenIn front of
a partisan crowd, the Australian beat the Russian 4-6, 6-1, 6-4Barty is the first Australian to reach the last eight si...
/Australian No 1 to meet Petra Kvitova in quarter-finalsBarty credits performance coach Ben CroweAshleigh Barty in line to break into the world’s top 10 for the first time after she beat Kiki Bertens to reach the last eight of
the WTA’s Miami Open. The Australian No 1 dropped the first set against her seventh-seeded opponent but dug deep to prevail 4-6, 6-3, 6-2.The win secured Barty, the 12th seed, a first appearance in the last eight of
a WTA premier mandatory event – the four biggest tournamen...
/MIKE DICKSON IN MELBOURNE: Nobody need tell Petra Kvitova or Danielle Collins that they should keep their Australian Open semi-final clash in perspective. Danielle Collins out
to put Petra Kvitova in the doghouse during their Australian Open semi-final clashDanielle Collins had never won a grand slam match before the Australian OpenThe 25-year-old American is now into the semi-finals after 2-6, 7-5, 6-1 victoryCollins recovered from a set down to beat Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova on TuesdayHer scalp...
/Updates from Hard Rock Stadium in FloridaAny thoughts? Email or tweet @mike_hytner 11.49pm GMT Also earlier today... Nick Kyrgios happened. "One of
the best hot dogs you will ever see"@NickKyrgios, that is OUTRAGEOUS #MiamiOpen pic.twitter.com/lCeCLJuJEy 11.43pm GMT Kvitová’s journey over the past few years has been equally remarkable and her rise to world No 2 has defied all the odds after the Czech was attacked by a knife-wielding home intruder in December 2016. Earlier today, that man was sen...
/Australian beats Anett Kontaveit 6-3, 6-3Several breaks due to rain interrupt play in FloridaAshleigh Barty came through another rain-interrupted match at the Miami Open to book a place in the biggest final of
her career with a 6-3, 6-3 win over Estonia’s Anett Kontaveit.Australia
’s No 1 player did not allow two breaks in play at Hard Rock Stadium distract her and she wrapped up victory with an ace after breaking Kontaveit’s resistance in the second set. Continue reading... Ashleigh
Barty came t...
/Australian complains of
‘dead’ shoulder during loss to John MillmanKyrgios says his coach Sebastien Grosjean ‘deserves better athlete’ Nick Kyrgios has said he has no devotion to tennis and probably never would after completing a “diabolical” grand slam season with a drama-charged first-round defeat in the US
Open.Kyrgios complained of
a “dead” shoulder during his 6-3, 1-6, 6-4, 6-1 loss to fellow Australian John Millman before revealing far deeper concerns during an extraordinary post-match med...
/22-year-old is first Australian woman in top 10 since 2013Victory in Florida brings $1.3m prize moneyAshleigh Barty had 15 aces and became the 33rd different player to win a title in as many ATP and WTA tournaments this year when she beat Karolina Pliskova 7-6, 6-3 on Saturday in the final of
the Miami Open. The 22-year-old Australian, seeded 12th, won her fourth title and the biggest of
her career. She improved to 18-3 this year and will rise next week to career-high ranking of
No9, the first A...
/Sarah Aley, Piepa Cleary, Belinda Vakarewa and Molly Strano included List of
21 players will be cut to 15 next month before tournament in UKAustralia could take an inexperienced attack to the women’s cricket World Cup
after naming four uncapped bowlers in an extended 21-player squad.Pace bowlers Sarah Aley, Piepa Cleary and Belinda Vakarewa and spinner Molly Strano have made the initial cut for the June-July tournament in England and Wales. Continue reading...Australia
could take an inexperience...
266-6; Pakistan 186Australia win by 80 runs to go 3-0 up in five-match ODI seriesA spectacular return from Pat Cummins, yet another captain’s knock
from Aaron Finch and a freewheeling 71 from Glenn Maxwell secured Australia
a one-day series victory over Pakistan in Abu Dhabi.Finch missed out
on becoming the first Australian to post three consecutive ODI tons but his 90 set the platform for a total of
266 for six. Cummins, who was rested from both games in Sharjah, then snared three for...
/Pakistand 280-5; Australia
281-2 (from 49 overs)Shaun Marsh also finds form in first ODI in SharjahAaron Finch and Shaun Marsh, two Australian batsmen subject to plenty of
conjecture in recent weeks, silenced their doubters by delivering an eight-wicket ODI victory over Pakistan.Finch (116) and Marsh (91 not out
) did the heavy lifting in a 172-run stand as Australia
hauled in a target of
281 in Sharjah, taking a 1-0 lead in the five-match series with one over to spare. Continue reading...
Johanna Konta, the top seed at the Aegon Open in Nottingham, beat her doubles partner 6-4, 6-1 in just 75 minutes to set up a meeting with Ashleigh
Barty in the last eight.
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/A ruthless Petra Kvitova trampled on the hopes of
the host nation with an emphatic 6-1, 6-4 defeat of Ashleigh
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MIKE DICKSON - EXCLUSIVE: Nastase, it turns out
, has three lawyers fighting his suspension by the International Tennis Federation, including a human rights specialist.
Ion Tiriac uses one of
his customary flourishes to describe how poverty brought him and Ilie Nastase together as young Romanians on the tennis circuit.'I slept more in the same bed as Nastase than any of
his four wives because we didn't have the money for two beds,' declares his former doubles partner.Things are somewhat d...
/Former world No 1 ejected from court after insulting British playersThe former tennis star Ilie Nastase, already under investigation for making a racist jibe about the colour of
Serena Williams’s unborn baby, provoked further uproar on Saturday after calling Great Britain captain Anne Keothavong and player Johanna Konta “fucking bitches”.The new insult from Nastase led to him being thrown off the court, and Great Britain’s Fed Cup
play-off against Romania was suspended, with Konta visibly trauma...