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Former world no.1 and one of tennis' favourite pin-up girls Ana Ivanovic announced her retirement, just five months after her marriage to German footballer Bastian Schweinsteiger.

"I've decided to retire from professional tennis. It has been a difficult decision, but there is so much to celebrate," Ivanovic said in a Facebook post on Wednesday.

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Nigel Sears, Ana Ivanovic's Coach and Andy Murray's Father-in-Law, collapsed while watching the former compete at the Australian Open yesterday and was immediately rushed to hospital midway during a match.

The Australian Open released a statement today, updating fans about Sears' health, sharing that he is expected to be released from hospital later today and has been given the all-clear to fly home.

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Top seed Venus Williams' trip to Auckland this year to defend her ASB Classic title has been cut short this summer with the veteran American crashing out in the first round to a Russian teenager.

Venus, champion here 12 months ago, contributed to her own demise by making a massive 73 unforced errors over the course of the contest, going down 6-7 (4), 6-3, 6-3 to 18 year old Daria Kasatkina. Kasatkina is ranked 75th in the world and was awarded a wildcard into the tournament.

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Seventh seed Ana Ivanovic of Serbia was sent packing on Day 1 of the US Open as the action kicked off on the opening day at Flushing Meadows with a stunning upset on Arthur Ashe Stadium.

Ivanovic, given the honour to open proceedings at the US Open on the marquee court, ran into an old foe in world no. 50 Dominika Cibulkova of Slovakia, a player who always tends to do well at the Grand Slams and was a semi-finalist earlier this year at the Australian Open.

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2008 French Open champion Ana Ivanovic and 13th seed Lucie Safarova booked a semi-final date with each other at Roland Garros by notching up impressive straight set victories in the quarter-finals today.

Ivanovic rolled back the clock 7 years, looking very much still like a fresh-faced 20 something making her way around the clay in Paris as she made mincemeat of 19th seed Elina Svitolina on Court Philippe Chatrier. The former world no.1 dished out 37 winners as she barely broke a sweat to power her way into the semi-finals in a little over an hour.

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Early round upsets are part and parcel of every single Grand Slam, and why should the Australian Open be any different. Czech qualifier Lucie Hradecka provided the shock of the early morning at Melbourne Park today, sending Serbian heart throb Ana Ivanovic crashing out in the opening round in just under an hour and a half.

It looked like a routine outing early on for the no.5 seed as Ivanovic raced through the opening set of her match against Hradecka, 6-1, however, the 29 year old Czech veteran rebounded in amazing fashion to take the next two sets 6-3, 6-2 to send Ivanovic packing.

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World No.2 and Brisbane top seed Maria Sharapova tonight survived a hard-fought battle royale against second seed Ana Ivanovic to claim her first Evonne Goolagong Trophy at the Brisbane International. The Russian ace prevailed in three tight sets, 6-7(4), 6-3, 6-3. to claim her first WTA Tour title of the new season and the 34th of her career.

In the women’s doubles final Swiss veteran Martina Hingis and Germany's Sabine Lisicki scored an upset victory over No.4 seeds Caroline Garcia of France and Slovakia's Katarina Srebotnik, taking the title in straight sets, , 6-2, 7-5. The Swiss-German team hasn't dropped a set all week, and will be hopeful of doing well at the Australian Open, an event Hingis has traditionally excelled at.

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