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Wozniacki hopeful of ending Slam drought MELBOURNE: Australian Open 10th seed Caroline Wozniacki is one those players that has been world number one yet never won a Grand Slam.But the Dane, now happy her personal and professional life after getting engaged to golf star Rory McIlroy, believes she can go all the way at Melbourne Park this year.Wozniacki on Thursday overcame a second set meltdown in intense heat to beat unseeded American Christina McHale 6-0, 1-6, 6-2 and make the third round, where she will play the dangerous Garbine Muguruza.Despite the mid-match wobble, she is confident of a good run at Melbourne Park."I think you always believe you can win, but I still have quite a few matches to go. So I'm just thinking one match at a time," she said.The Dane ended 2010 and 2011 as world number one but she has made just one Grand Slam final so far, at the 2009 US Open.Her ...

Federer wins to reach third round MELBOURNE: Swiss sixth seed Roger Federer stormed into the third round of the Australian Open with a straight sets win over Slovenia's Blaz Kavcic on Thursday.The 17-time Grand Slam champion played brilliantly in the opening two sets before winning 6-2, 6-1, 7-6 (7/4) in one hour 47 minutes.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2014 ...
Players hit out at confusion over heat policy MELBOURNE: - Maria Sharapova demanded more clarity from organisers on their heat policy Thursday after surviving a brutal three-hour marathon in scorching conditions at the Australian Open.The third seed battled through a third set lasting nearly two hours to overcome Karin Knapp 6-3, 4-6, 10-8 in temperatures above 40 Celsius (104 Fahrenheit).The conditions were so tough that organisers suspended play at the tournament midway through the third set. However, under tournament rules, Sharapova and Knapp ...
Superstar Shinji Ono bows out of A-League SYDNEY: Western Sydney Wanderers favourite Shinji Ono will return home to Japan at the end of the season, the club announced Thursday.After two stellar years in Australia, playmaker Ono will link up with J-League division two side Consadole Sapporo in June to help it chase promotion."Having spent two years away from his wife and two young children who have remained in Japan, Shinji has expressed his desire to see out his career in his home ...
Sharapova hails training after surviving scare MELBOURNE: Russian star Maria Sharapova said on Thursday her intense training after shoulder surgery had paid off after surviving a big scare against Karin Knapp in intense heat at the Australian Open.The third seed battled through temperatures of up to 42 Celsius (107.6 Fahrenheit) and a third set lasting nearly two hours to overcome the 44th-ranked Italian 6-3, 4-6, 10-8 to make the third round.The four-time Grand Slam champion was forced to stay on court ...
Aguero on mark as City march into round four MANCHESTER: Sergio Aguero marked his comeback with a goal as Manchester City swept past second-tier Blackburn Rovers with an emphatic 5-0 victory in their FA Cup third-round replay on Wednesday.Held 1-1 at Ewood Park in the initial tie, City took control of the replay at a rain-soaked Etihad Stadium thanks to a brace of goals either side of half-time from Alvaro Negredo.Edin Dzeko added a third before Aguero scored only 50 seconds after his introduction ...
Johnson heads weak field at Humana PALM SPRINGS: Tournament of champion winner Zach Johnson heads a weak field that includes just five of the top 30 players in the world at the PGA Tour's Humana Challenge which begins Thursday.Johnson shot a bogey-free final round 66 to easily win the Tournament of Champions earlier this month in Hawaii.This week's Humana Challenge, held at the PGA West course in La Quinta, lacks the star power of that event.Rory McIlroy, Henrik Stenson, Justin Rose ...


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