Showing posts with label Tennis News. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Tennis News. Show all posts

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Roger Federer to play semi-final in Melbourne

Swiss tennis great Roger Federer has advanced to his 12th Australian Open semi-final with an efficient victory over Czech sixth seed Tomas Berdych.
He won the match 7-6 (7-4) 6-2 6-4.

Federer, 34, was pressed hard in the opening set, taking it in a tie-break after swapping service breaks with his 30-year-old opponent.
He won the points he needed in the second set to take control of the match.
Berdych broke early in the third set before Federer, who has won 17 grand slams, broke back in the third game and upped the pressure - breaking again in the ninth, then serving out to seal his victory in two hours and 16 minutes.
Federer is now waiting for the winner of the quarter-final between world number one Novak Djokovic and Japan's Kei Nishikori, who will play later tonight.
Speaking after the match, Federer said he was "very, very happy" with the win.
"Tomas has caused me a lot of problems over the years... He's one of the guys who makes you a better player. He's beaten me around the world on the biggest courts," he said.
"I played a great match. I was aggressive, had some variety in there and I'm very happy I was able to play like that."
- Reuters / AAP

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Nick Kyrgios and Venus Williams hit with fine in opening round of Australian Open !!


Nick Kyrgios has been slapped with the second largest fine of the Australian Open to date after swearing in his first round victory against Pablo Correno Busta on Monday.
Kyrgios was hit was a $US3000 (NZ$4702.27) fine on Wednesday for audible obscenity during his straight sets win over the Spaniard.
While Kyrgios has a suspended $25,000 fine and 28-day ban hanging over his head, the strict guidelines around verbal and physical abuse are only applicable at ATP events, not grand slams.
The suspended sanctions were put in place after his now infamous "Kokkinakis banged your girlfriend" sledge at Stan Wawrinka in August last year.


However the biggest fine of the tournament has been handed to former world No.1 Venus Williams, who copped $US5000 (NZ$7837.11) fine for not fronting a mandatory post-match media conference on Tuesday.
Williams wasn't in the mood for talking following her shock straight sets defeat to the Sydney-born Johanna Konta, who now represents Great Britain.
Australian Open officials announced the 35-year-old, who went down 6-4, 6-2 on Rod Laver Arena, was sanctioned for her actions with a $5000 fine on Wednesday.
While her sister Serena Williams attended her post match commitments, she did call a premature end to the conference, saying "I'm calling it, I'm out" as she left the room.
Venus, the tournament's No.8 seed, was hit with the largest fine a female competitor has been given for brushing the media conference, and the second highest since former Australian Open champion Marat Safin was fined $10,000 at the French Open in 2001.
Australia's women have struggled at this year's Open, but Konta - who represented Australia from 2008 to 2012 before joining Great Britain - has no plans of returning.
"No. Unfortunately, my home is Great Britain," she said.
"It has been for a long time now, over a decade. Yeah, no, that's where my heart is."
 - smh.com.au
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