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2023 Australian Open preview: Women’s Singles

MONDAY marks the start of Australia’s most prestigious tennis tournament, with the Australian Open kicking off at Melbourne Park. The first round contains 128 players – including 32 qualifiers – 64 of whom will take to the courts on the opening day. We take a look at the Australian Open women’s singles field, and how […]

2022 United Cup preview: Group D

GROUP D continues our 2022 United Cup preview series leading up the brand new event taking place across three Australian cities. Group A and Group F are in Perth, with Group B and Group E in Brisbane, and Group C and Group D are in Sydney. There are 18 teams battling it out for ultimate […]

Perfect Storm for Aussies as green and gold reach final

AUSTRALIA is just one win away from lifting its first Billie Jean King Cup in almost 50 years after the green and gold defeated home nation Great Britain. In what was a perfect storm for the green gold, the Aussies navigated the weakest group with the dominance they should have, then took down an incredible […]

Swiss salute to face Czech mates in semis

SWITZERLAND has overcome a red-hot Canada to reach the semi-finals of the Billie Jean King (BJK) Cup in a bid to go one better than last year. The nation fell to Russia in the 2021 decider, and due to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the top seeds were banned from all tennis team competitions in 2022. […]

Storm brews in opening Aussie BJK Cup win

AUSTRALIA kick-started its Billie Jean King (BJK) Cup campaign on the perfect note with a 2-1 victory over Slovakia on the opening day of action in Glasgow. Taking place at Emirates Arena, the green and gold – minus former world number one Ash Barty who retired earlier this year – won both of its singles […]

2022 BJK Cup preview: 12 teams battle it out for glory

TWELVE teams will descend on Scotland for the 2022 Billie Jean King Cup that kicks off tomorrow, with reigning runners-up Switzerland the top seed. Reigning champions Russia have been banned from the event due to the ongoing invasion of Ukraine, leaving Switzerland, Australia, Spain and Czech Republic as the four seeds in their respective groups. […]

2022 Billie Jean King Cup Finals groups announced

A NEW Billie Jean King (BJK) Cup champion will be announced later in the year, with the 12 nations sorted into their respective four groups. Reigning champions Russia will not be eligible to compete in the 2022 BJK Cup edition, opening the door for another nation to come through. Last year’s runners-up Switzerland assume the […]

Seeds advance in one-sided day of action

IT was a very one-sided day of WTA Masters 1000 action in Miami, as all eight seeds who completed their matches advanced, and only one – Victoria Azarenka, who retired hurt – failed to advance to the fourth round. In that contest, unseeded teenager Linda Fruhvirtova continued her remarkable run after earning a wildcard into […]

Seeds tumble as Swiatek claims number one ranking

NEW world number one Iga Swiatek has blitzed her way into the third round of the Miami Open, and with other results, will claim the top spot in the wake of current holder Ash Barty‘s retirement. The Polish 20-year-old burst onto the scene with a stunning Roland Garros victory in 2020, and has gone from […]

Barty Party over as world number one calls time

WORLD number one Ash Barty has retired from tennis for the second time in her career, aged just 26. Holding the number one ranking for a massive 114 consecutive weeks, the three-time Grand Slam winner and reigning Australian and Wimbledon champion, broke the news today. “It’s the first time I’ve actually said it out loud […]

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