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Hotly tipped Pliskova beginning to believe MELBOURNE: Fifth seed Karolina Pliskova continued her impressive march through the Australian Open Thursday, and is beginning to believe she could be on track for a Grand Slam to remember.The towering Czech star dished out a 6-0, 6-2 lesson to hapless Russian qualifier Anna Blinkova in the second round and has only dropped four games so far in two matches.She hasn't lost this year, lifting the trophy in this month's Brisbane International, and her confidence is running high."I'm feeling pretty good on the court, confident. I have some matches already that I won this year. I didn't lose yet, which is also a good thing," she said."I think I'm playing good, even though the opponents were not that high level, I would say."Third round is going to definitely be more tough than the first two. Also people are saying I have a good chance to win a Grand Slam, but ...

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Formula One: FIA validates F1 '$8 billion' takeover PARIS: Formula One's governing body, the International Automobile Federation (FIA), said Wednesday it had approved Liberty Media's $8 billion takeover of the sport. "The World Motor Sport Council has unanimously approved the change of control of Delta Topco Limited (the holding company of the Formula One Group and rights holder) from CVC Capital Partners in favour of Liberty Media Corporation," a statement read following an extraordinary meeting in Geneva.The deal involves the transfer of 100 ...

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Murray wary over ankle after quickfire win MELBOURNE: Top seed Andy Murray remained wary about his right ankle on Wednesday after he rolled it painfully during a straight-sets win over Andrey Rublev at the Australian Open.The British world number one cruised past teenage Russian qualifier Andrey Rublev 6-3, 6-0, 6-2 and will play American Sam Querrey in the third round.Murray, who is chasing his first Australian Open title after losing five finals, raised concerns in the third set when he went over ...

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Berdych pulls out of Davis Cup tie PRAGUE: Tomas Berdych became the latest player to pull out of Czech Republic's first-round Davis Cup tie in Australia on March 3-5, he announced after making it through to the third round of the Australian Open on Wednesday.The 31-year-old world number 10 beat Ryan Harrison to set up a third-round clash in Melbourne with Roger Federer and said he needed some rest and wanted to focus on his ATP season.Czech Davis Cup captain Jaroslav Navratil ...

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Canadian queen's comeback gathers pace MELBOURNE: Eugenie Bouchard's return to form gathered pace Wednesday when she dispatched tricky Chinese Peng Shuai in straight sets to blast into the Australian Open third round.The 22-year-old, on the comeback trail after her high-flying career plunged into a tailspin, came through a testing tiebreaker to win 7-6 (7/5), 6-2 on Hisense Arena and keep her Grand Slam dreams alive.Bouchard became one of the most bankable assets in women's tennis in 2014 when she stormed ...

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Birthday girl Kerber unwraps perfect present MELBOURNE: World number one Angelique Kerber gave herself the perfect birthday gift Wednesday by reaching the Australian Open third round, but she had to work hard against fellow German Carina Witthoeft.The defending champion, who turned 29, battled through 6-2, 6-7 (3/7), 6-2 and will next face Czech Kristyna Pliskova, the twin sister of fifth seed Karolina Pliskova.The prospects looked bleak for the unseeded Witthoeft, who has twice lost to Kerber at Wimbledon including an embarrassing ...

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Federer made to work by spirited qualifier MELBOURNE: Roger Federer didn't have things all his own way as he got past spirited American qualifier Noah Rubin to reach the Australian Open third round in a tough three-setter on Wednesday.The 17-time Grand Slam champion, seeded 17, fought back from a break down in the final set to win 7-5, 6-3, 7-6 (7/3) and will next face long-time rival Tomas Berdych.Federer, 35, had his service broken for the first time in the final set ...