Australian Open

Li Na 'most influential player of the decade', says former great Chris Evert

Li Na soaks up the moment of her Australian Open victory alongside former great Chris Evert and Dominika Cibulkova in Melbourne. Evert says Li is destined for a place in tennis' Hall of Fame. Photo: AFP

Li Na is destined for more grand slams and a place in the Hall of Fame after the Australian Open win cemented her position as the most influential female player of the last decade, says former great Chris Evert.

Tuesday, 28 January, 2014, 11:50pm 1 comment

Li Na wins her second grand slam title with Australian Open victory

Li Na with the trophy. Photo: AFP

China’s Li Na weathered a feisty challenge from Dominika Cibulkova before roaring to a 7-6 (7-3) 6-0 victory to win the Australian Open on Saturday.

Struggling with her serve and an errant forehand in a tight first set, the fourth seed Li found her range in devastating fashion to notch six straight games on a cool, breezy night at Rod Laver Arena.

25 Jan 2014 - 8:58pm 2 comments

Ana Ivanovic stuns Serena Williams at Australian Open

Serena Williams said she was struggling with a back problem. Photo: EPA

Serena Williams’ long winning streak came to an end in a stunning fourth-round defeat to Ana Ivanovic at the Australian Open on Sunday.

19 Jan 2014 - 1:26pm

Federer revival continues but Sharapova admits she must improve

Roger Federer made short work of Teymuraz Gabashvili. Photo: EPA

Roger Federer said his grand slam revival  was well underway Saturday as he smoothly reached week two at the Australian  Open, but Maria Sharapova admitted she had to improve or go out.

18 Jan 2014 - 2:26pm

Injury takes Li Na out of game with Wozniacki

Li Na falls for a second time in Melbourne.

Hong Kong tennis fans were left disappointed yesterday when Li Na withdrew from next Monday's showdown with Danish star Caroline Wozniacki because of the ankle injury she sustained in last month's Australian Open final.

28 Feb 2013 - 8:49am

Sports Digest, February 18, 2013

Mike Tyson hugs former rival Evander Holyfield. Photo: AP

Mike Tyson and Evander Holyfield stood toe to toe again - only this time there were hugs and smiles, and no bites to the ear. Instead, they were like old friends meeting in a supermarket, which is what they did.

18 Feb 2013 - 3:15am

Short Sport, February 17, 2013

Jockey Luke Nolen steers Black Caviar to victory. Photo: EPA

Shin Ji-yai of South Korea and 15-year-old amateur Lydia Ko both shot three-under 70 yesterday to surge six shots clear heading into the final day of the Women's Australian Open. 

17 Feb 2013 - 4:41am

Still a labour of love for Li Na

Li Na

As the temperatures sweltered through the 30s, Li's battle with world No 1 Victoria Azarenka of Belarus in the final of the Australian Open had tennis fans at the edge of their seats as it stretched across three tense sets.

3 Feb 2013 - 4:00am

Australian Open king Novak Djokovic focuses on Davis Cup, French Open

Novak Djokovic

In years past, Novak Djokovic marked his victories at the Australian Open with rowdy late-night celebrations, followed by bleary-eyed photo shoots the next morning. This year's win made history but inspired a more sober reaction.

29 Jan 2013 - 5:36am

Despite loss in Australian Open Li Na remains confident

Li Na

Li Na did her best to put a positive spin on Saturday's loss to Victoria Azarenka, claiming it may be a good omen after she also lost the 2011 Melbourne final before triumphing in Paris.

28 Jan 2013 - 4:36am

Andy Murray tames Roger Federer in five-set thriller at Australian Open

Andy Murray pumps himself up during an enthralling Australian Open semi-final against Roger Federer. Photo: EPA

Andy Murray showed his new mental strength after blowing the chance to serve out his Australian Open semi-final against Roger Federer yesterday by demolishing the Swiss in the fifth set.

The 25-year-old Briton had been two points away from a final against Novak Djokovic when serving at 6-5 in the fourth set only for Federer to force a tiebreak and then a decider.

26 Jan 2013 - 4:16am

Li Na vows to simply enjoy tennis after earning shot at Australian Open

Chinese ace Li Na celebrates after stunning Russia's Maria Sharapova 6-2, 6-2 in their singles semi-final in Melbourne yesterday. Photo: AFP

A smiling Li Na has pledged simply to enjoy her tennis after earning a second shot at the Australian Open title, two years after being outgunned by Kim Clijsters.

The Chinese world No 6 said she did not feel the pressure of 2011, when she reached her first grand slam final at Melbourne Park and raised expectations to stratospheric levels in her home country.

25 Jan 2013 - 3:13am

Li Na shocks Sharapova to reach Australian Open final

“Every time I’m back in Australia, I always feel something here,” said Li Na. Photo: AFP

China’s Li Na stormed into the final of the Australian Open on Thursday with a straight-sets upset win over Maria Sharapova, leaving her one victory away from her second major title.

Li, 30, defeated the world number two 6-2, 6-2 in 1hr 33min and will now meet the winner of Thursday’s second semi-final between world number one Victoria Azarenka and American teenager Sloane Stephens.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Calm Murray faces Federer in Australian Open semi-final

World No 1 Novak Djokovic rates Andy Murray's chances of toppling Roger Federer in the semi-finals of the Australian Open. Photo: Xinhua

The 25-year-old player from Scotland is attempting to win a second consecutive Grand Slam after a breakthrough year that included wins at the London Olympics and the US Open.

25 Jan 2013 - 2:55pm

Novak Djokovic's legendary fitness to be tested in match with David Ferrer

Novak Djokovic

Defending champion Novak Djokovic will face another test of his extraordinary fitness when he takes on Spanish terrier David Ferrer for a place in the Australian Open final today.

24 Jan 2013 - 5:08am