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Defending champion Wawrinka into Open last 16 MELBOURNE: Defending champion Stan Wawrinka reached the fourth round of the Australian Open with a straight sets win over Finland's Jarkko Nieminen on Saturday.The Swiss fourth seed cruised through 6-4, 6-2, 6-4 in 1hr 49min on Rod Laver Arena and will play either Spain's Guillermo Garcia-Lopez or Canada's Vasek Pospisil in the round of 16.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2015

Navratilova tweaks give Radwanska an Open edge MELBOURNE: Agnieszka Radwanska revealed Saturday that tips from the legendary Martina Navratilova were turbocharging her quest for a maiden Grand Slam after the Polish sixth seed moved into the final 16 without conceding a set.Radwanska has rattled through her opponents at this year's tournament, with American Varvara Lepchenko her third consecutive victim to taste the dreaded 6-0 "bagel" in their third round match.She won 6-0, 7-5 against the world number 30 and looms as the ...

Sizzling Serena joins sister Venus in Open last 16 MELBOURNE: World number one Serena Williams took time to wake up before sizzling into the Australian Open fourth round on Saturday, joining resurgent sister Venus and the dangerous Agnieszka Radwanska.The American top seed, vying for a sixth Australian title and the first since 2010, was slow to get in the groove against 26th ranked Ukrainian Elina Svitolina, going down 6-4 in the first set.But she shook off the cobwebs under the blazing sun on Rod ...

Big-serving Raonic blasts into Open fourth round MELBOURNE: Canada's eighth seed Milos Raonic smashed 22 aces on the way to a straight sets demolition of Benjamin Becker to reach the fourth round at the Australian Open on Saturday.The big-serving Raonic defeated Becker 6-4, 6-3, 6-3 in 1hr 41min on Hisense Arena to ease into the round of 16 and will face either Poland's Jerzy Janowicz or Spanish 12th seed Feliciano Lopez next.The victory means Raonic has equalled his best performance at Melbourne ...

Odds were against Man United: Van Gaal CAMBRIDGE: Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal declared that he was not concerned by his side's performance after their 0-0 draw at fourth-tier minnows Cambridge United in the FA Cup.Van Gaal selected a strong team for the trip to the Abbey Stadium, but despite the presence of Angel di Maria, Radamel Falcao and Robin van Persie, United could not prevent the fourth-round tie going to a replay.Although the visitors were 76 places above their opponents ...

Mourinho plays down quadruple talk LONDON: Jose Mourinho insists his Chelsea stars must ignore talk of a potential quadruple because it is virtually impossible to win all the major prizes.Mourinho's side will look to keep their challenge for the FA Cup on course when they face third tier Bradford at Stamford Bridge in the fourth round on Saturday and if, as expected, they advance to the last 16 there will be renewed talk of Chelsea hoovering up all four trophies.The ...

Nadal wants Australian Open to start later MELBOURNE: Rafael Nadal would like to see the Australian Open start later in the year to allow players more down time, but admits it is not likely to happen.From the end of season ATP Tour Finals to the start of the new year, many of the top players barely had five weeks off before having to start all over again.Roger Federer revealed that he took just eight days off during the off-season, with exhibitions and ...


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