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History beckons at Melbourne Park for first time finalists

NO matter which way the Australian Open Women’s Singles Final goes this weekend, there will be a brand new, first time champion at Melbourne Park. With first time Australian Open finalist Elena Rybakina and first time Grand Slam finalist Aryna Sabalenka winning through to this weekend’s decider, someone will create history at Rod Laver Arena. […]

Aussie duo charge into men’s doubles final

AUSTRALIA has a knack of producing the most exciting and oddly successful one-off doubles partnerships at Melbourne Park, and the latest pairing is just one win away from keeping the men’s doubles title in Australia. After the success of Nick Kyrgios and Thanasi Kokkinakis last year, the home nation has produced another incredible doubles partnership, […]

Tommy Time: Paul slows Shelton to make semis

FORMER Junior Grand Slam winner Tommy Paul is just two wins away from securing his maiden senior Grand slam title after ending the run of young compatriot Ben Shelton. The world number 35 needed four sets – and was shaky throughout the third and early stages of the fourth – before putting away the recent […]

Linette breaking ground in career progression

MAGDA Linette is a Grand Slam semi-finalist for the first time after reaching the final four of the Australian Open yesterday. The Pole is the last unseeded woman left in the tournament after she defeated Karolina Pliskova 6-3 7-5. Pliskova’s serve really let her down, with seven double faults in the match compared to Linette’s […]

Shel-shocked: American young gun wins epic

AMERICAN young gun Ben Shelton continues to defy the odds in his maiden Australian Open, reaching the quarterfinals of the event after securing an incredible five-set win against close friend J.J. Wolf. In a match that lasted three hours and 47 minutes, and feature three tiebreakers across five sets, Shelton booked his place in the […]

Vekic breaks Aus Open final eight drought

AFTER a couple of lean years, Croatian Donna Vekic booked her spot in the 2023 Australian Open quarterfinals after defeating Linda Fruhvirtova in their fourth round clash yesterday. Vekic needed three sets and more than two hours to shake off the 17-year-old, eventually winning 6-2 1-6 6-3. In an entertaining contest, both players served seven […]

Positive Penko powers past “great” Gauff

LATVIAN power player Jelena Ostapenko is just three wins away from her second Grand Slam title, after advancing into the quarterfinals of the 2023 Australian Open. The world number 17 booked her spot in the final eight following an impressive upset over American seventh seed Coco Gauff, who was previously unbeaten in 2023 following a […]

Khachanov cruises into maiden Aus Open quarterfinal

AFTER reaching at least the last eight in the other three majors, Russian Karen Khachanov has broken his drought at the Australian Open, securing a spot in the quarterfinals following an emphatic win over Yoshihito Nishioka. The 18th seed was playing in his first ever fourth round match at Melbourne Park yesterday, having frustratingly reached […]

Katie Voly-nets her way into a new career chapter

AMERICAN qualifier Katie Volynets achieved arguably the win of her career yesterday at the Australian Open, defeating ninth seed Veronika Kudermetova 6-4, 2-6, 6-2. Not only was it Volynets’ first time defeating a top 10 opponent, but the win also sees her into the third round of a Grand Slam for the first time. She […]

Wimbledon champ Rybakina rolls on

ONE of the more underrated players on the WTA Tour, Kazakhstan’s Elena Rybakina is quietly becoming one of the world’s best, even if she is not always rewarded for it. Given the lack of points awarded at the All-England Club last year, Rybakina’s Wimbledon triumph did not give the talented 23-year-old the reward on the […]

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