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Serena Williams Says No Comeback To Tennis, For Now

Posted by Staff on February 2nd, 2023 @ 7:08 pm

Serena Williams knows how to stay in the news. The retired legend invited CBS “Mornings” to her Florida farm where Gayle King asked if there was any plans for a return to pro tennis. The 23-time Grand Slam champion didn’t say never.

“It’s hard to say,” Serena said. “I would say no. For now, no. I’ve literally given my whole life to tennis, and it’s time for me to give my …

Djokovic Won Australian Open With 3cm Tear In Hamstring

Posted by Staff on February 2nd, 2023 @ 6:56 pm

According to Australian Open tournament head Craig Tiley, Novak Djokovic won his 10th title Sunday playing with a 3cm tear in his left hamstring.

“I think a lot of the challenges around Novak is he gets a bad rap but at the end of the day, I don’t think anyone can question his athleticism,” Tiley said on SEN.

“I did see he had a three centimeter tear in his hammy,” he …

ATP Finds Insufficient Evidence In Alexander Zverev Domestic Abuse Case

Posted by Special on January 31st, 2023 @ 9:45 pm

With the Australian Open over, the ATP released its long-await report they conducted into the domestic abuse allegations levied against Alexander Zverev.

The 15-month investigation found “insufficient evidence” against the German tennis star. A former girlfriend, Olga Sharypova, alleged Zverev abused her in a two part story. But the ex never pressed charges.

“A major independent investigation into Alexander Zverev has found insufficient evidence to substantiate published allegations of abuse. As …

Djokovic Tops Tsitsipas For 22nd Grand Slam, 10th Australian Open, #1 Ranking

Posted by Staff on January 29th, 2023 @ 2:03 pm

Novak Djokovic is back on top in more ways than one. Sunday night in Melbourne, Djokovic won his record-extending 10th Australian Open title topping Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-3, 7-6(4), 7-6(5).

The title also ties Djokovic with Rafael Nadal at 22 atop the all-time men’s Grand Slam leaderboard. It also returns him to the No. 1 ranking for the first-time since last summer. After being deported from his favorite event a year ago, …

Novak Djokovic v Stefanos Tsitsipas For The Australian Open Title, Who’s The Pick?

Posted by Sean Randall on January 28th, 2023 @ 10:12 pm

The first Grand Slam of the 2023 calendar went mostly according to form at least on the men’s side. Novak Djokovic and Stefanos Tsitsipas were arguably the 1-2 favorites going into the tournament and here they are, the last two standing.

Both have played really well the last few matches coming into the final. Despite his left hamstring, Djokovic has dropped one single set while Tsitsipas had to go five with …

Sabalenka Powers Past Rybakina For Australian Open Title, First Grand Slam

Posted by Staff on January 28th, 2023 @ 5:41 pm

Aryna Sabalenka added her name to the list of Grand Slam champion on the women’s tour. Saturday night in Melbourne, Sabalenka powered past Elena Rybakina in a thriller 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 to capture the Australian Open.

“I’m super happy that I was able to handle all those emotions and win this one,” said Sabalenka.

“I’m still shaking and super nervous,” Sabalenka said. “My team, the craziest team on tour, I would …

Djokovic Outclasses Paul, Will Meet Tsitsipas In Australian Open Final

Posted by Staff on January 27th, 2023 @ 9:12 am

Novak Djokovic moved into his 10th Australian Open final with a 7-5, 6-1, 6-2 win over American Tommy Paul Friday night in the semifinals.

“It means everything, especially at this stage of my career,” said Djokovic who is a win for matching Rafael Nadal’s 22 Grand Slam titles. “I need that engine, I need that energy and I’m really thankful that I still have enough gas in my legs to be …

Novak Djokovic v Tommy Paul, Stefanos Tsitsipas v Karen Khachanov; Australian Open SF Picks And Pans

Posted by Sean Randall on January 26th, 2023 @ 6:41 pm

It’s a huge weekend at the Australian Open for Novak Djokovic who is just two wins from matching Rafael Nadal atop the all-time Grand Slam title leaderboard at 22.

Djokovic has been the favorite to win the title since day one, but his campaign got off to a rocky start.

Djokovic’s hamstring was the first week issue in three wins. Once he started facing seeded opposition, though, the hamstring sorted itself out …

Sluggers Sabalenka, Rybakina Power Into The Australian Open Final

Posted by Staff on January 26th, 2023 @ 4:19 pm

For the fourth straight year a new women will win the Australian Open singles title. The last two left are Aryna Sabelenka and Elena Rybakina who powered into the title match Thursday night in Melbourne.

Rybakina ousted 2-time Australian Open champion Victoria Azarenka 7-6(4), 6-4.

“For sure I’m super happy, I’m super proud,” Rybakina said. “I’m very happy to play her one more time.

“Today it was a little tough for …

Djokovic Crushes Rublev, Returns To Australian Open SF; Paul Ends Shelton Run

Posted by Staff on January 25th, 2023 @ 1:12 pm

After some scratchy tennis the first three rounds, Novak Djokovic’s game and health is coming together at just the right time in Melbourne. The 9-time Australian Open champion has shrugged off any hamstring concerns with another dominant display Wednesday night hammering Andre Rublev 6-1, 6-2, 6-4.

For the second straight match, Djokovic didn’t drop serve and appeared to be in full flight, cracking in the 2 hour affair. He broke Rublev …

Sabalenka Into Australian Open SFs, Linette Stuns Pliskova; Azarenka v Rybakina

Posted by Staff on January 25th, 2023 @ 12:20 am

The women’s semifinals are set at the Australian Open. Wednesday in Melbourne, the last two quarterfinals were contested and both ended in straight sets.

Karolina Pliskova was stunned by little-known journeywoman Magda Linette 6-3, 7-5.

The 30-year-old Linette took advantage of six double faults and 36 total unforced errors off the racquet of Pliskova to reach her first Grand Slam semifinal.

“Maybe I still don’t really believe it,” said Linette.

The 45th-ranked Linette had …

Azarenka Routs Pegula, Will Face Rybakina In Australian Open SFs; Sabalenka Favorite Today

Posted by Staff on January 24th, 2023 @ 1:53 pm

Victoria Azarenka rolled back the clock Tuesday night in Melbourne cruising past world No. 3 Jessica Pegula 6-4, 6-1 to reach her first Australian Open semifinal in 10 years.

The 33-year-old Azarenka, a 2-time Australian Open winner, was too strong for the American No. 1 on th biggest of point. Azarenka saved all break points she faced and had just 20 unforced errors to Pegula’s 34.

Azarenka is in her first Slam …

Tsitsipas Into 4th Australian Open SF, Khachanov Gets Korda Ret.; Djokovic v Rublev, Shelton

Posted by Staff on January 24th, 2023 @ 1:20 pm

It was a drama-free day at the Australian Open on Tuesday in the men’s draw.

The highest seed left, Stefanos Tsitsipas, had no issues with Czech youngster Jiri Lehecka with a 6-3, 7-6(2), 6-4 win.

The 21-year-old Lehecka had never won a Grand Slam match before (0-4) but found his form in Melbourne using his all-court game to defeat Cameron Norrie and Felix Auger-Aliassime. Tsitsipas, though, proved too tough and too …

Pain-Free Djokovic Dominates De Minaur At Australian Open, Rublev Outlasts Rune; Tsitsipas, Korda Today

Posted by Staff on January 23rd, 2023 @ 2:11 pm

Novak Djokovic enjoyed his best evening of tennis Monday night at the Australian Open, hammering Alex De Minaur 6-2, 6-1, 6-2 to advance to the quarterfinals.

Djokovic had no issues with that ailing left hamstring which troubled him in earlier rounds.

“I really wanted to win in straight sets,” Djokovic said. “You obviously don’t know what is going to happen on the court. I thought the first four, five games was close. …

Sabalenka Bests Bencic, Garcia Upset By Linette At Australian Open; Pegula v Azarenka In QFs

Posted by Staff on January 23rd, 2023 @ 1:31 pm

Aryna Sabalenka upped her 2023 mark to 8-0 and 16-0 in sets coming from a break down to defeat Belinda Bencic 7-5, 6-2 to reach her very first Australian Open quarterfinal.

The Belarussian got down 4-2 to the Swiss before running off 11 of the last 14 games. She finished with 4 aces to 4 double faults in this all-Top 10 match.

“Super happy with the win and the level today on …