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Furious Wozniacki crashes out of Aussie Open MELBOURNE: Furious former world number one Caroline Wozniacki crashed out of the Australian Open at the first hurdle Monday and admitted she had no one but herself to blame.The Dane, who remains one of the most marketable players in tennis despite never winning a major in 35 attempts, tossed away a one-set lead against 76th-ranked Kazakh Yulia Putintseva."I would say it's a pretty shitty start to the season," Wozniacki told a press conference. "It wasn't a pretty first set but I got it done and really should have closed it off in two. "You know, I let her back into the match, and it was basically my own fault that I'm not here as the winner."She romped through the first set against Putintseva but as the Kazakh's confidence grew, Wozniacki struggled to cope with her baseline game and went down 1-6, 7-6 (7/3), 6-4 in 3hrs 12 mins."I can't believe ...

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Sharapova set to play in Fed Cup MOSCOW: Team captain Anastasia Myskina said Monday that world number five Maria Sharapova had confirmed she would play for Russia in the Fed Cup opening round match with Netherlands in Moscow on February 6-7."We're happy that Russia's top player will be in our squad again," Russia's tennis federation official site quoted Myskina as saying."It was her own decision. She said it's very important for her to play in front of her home crowd."Myskina added that ...

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Zero expectations from recovering Bouchard MELBOURNE: Eugenie Bouchard Monday said she has zero expectations as she works to rebuild her career after a head injury, but offered glimpses of her old self in an easy Australian Open win.The Canadian, 21, showed her huge potential by making her first Grand Slam semi-final at Melbourne Park in 2014. She followed up that year by making the French Open semi-final and Wimbledon final, reaching a career-high world ranking of five in October 2014.But ...

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Djokovic, Serena star at scandal-hit Open MELBOURNE: Defending champions Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams raced into the Australian Open second round Monday as the year's first Grand Slam was rocked by claims of widespread match-fixing in tennis.Former winners Roger Federer and Maria Sharapova also progressed smoothly on a day of high temperatures at Melbourne Park, where one ballboy felt faint and had to be helped from the court.Djokovic's main opponent was the 35 Celsius (95 Fahrenheit) heat as, cooling himself with ...

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Djokovic admits indirect fixing approach, questions betting sponsors MELBOURNE: World number one Novak Djokovic said a member of his staff was approached about fixing a match early in his career, and he questioned whether betting companies should be allowed to sponsor big tennis tournaments.The reigning Australian Open champion was speaking after the sport was rocked by allegations that the authorities had failed to deal with widespread match-fixing.Djokovic said that as far as he was aware there was no longer a problem with what ...

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Fuss-free Federer roars into second round MELBOURNE: A rampaging Roger Federer kicked off his 17th Australian Open campaign with a 6-2 6-1 6-2 demolition of Georgian battler Nikoloz Basilashvili to reach the second round on Monday.On a day when match-fixing allegations cast a pall over the tournament's opening matches, the purity of Federer's game shone through in a floodlit Rod Laver Arena as the Swiss master put on a masterclass of clean hitting.Spared the sweltering conditions of the day session, Federer ...

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Match-fixing bombshell rocks Australian Open MELBOURNE: A bombshell report alleging widespread corruption in tennis cast a shadow over the start of the Australian Open on Monday as officials vigorously denied suppressing evidence of match-fixing.The BBC and BuzzFeed reported that a "core group" of 16 players who reached the top 50 in the past decade, including Grand Slam title-winners, had repeatedly caused suspicion but never faced action.The claims, citing a leaked cache of secret files, broke as the year's first Grand ...