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The Australian Rugby Union today announced Sydney will be the home of the Australian leg of the Sevens World Series for the next four years from the 2015-16 season.

The Sydney Sevens will take place at Allianz Stadium in Moore Park, with dates of the event to be confirmed by World Rugby at the end of the month.

 

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Top seed Juan Martin del Potro (ARG) produced near flawless tennis tonight on Ken Rosewall Arena, capturing the Apia International Sydney 2014 title with an emphatic 6-3 6-1 victory over defending champion and local favourite Bernard Tomic.

Tomic wasn’t given any opportunities as Del Potro swept to a straight-set victory in just 53 minutes, clinching the win with a 208km/h ace and raising his arms in triumph. Things won't get any easier for Tomic, who has drawn world no.1 Rafael Nadal in the first round of the Australian Open.

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Bernard Tomic (AUS) kept alive his hopes of winning back-to-back titles on Day 6 at Apia International Sydney 2014, fighting his way past qualifier Sergiy Stakhovsky (URK) 6-7(4) 7-5 6-3 in Friday’s second semifinal.

Earlier, top seed Juan Martin del Potro (ARG) overcame fourth seed Dmitry Tursunov (RUS) 6-4 6-2 setting up a blockbuster final match-up against Tomic. Tomic will be bidding to become the first Australian to successfully defend his crown in Sydney since Lleyton Hewitt (SA) in 2005. The young Aussie got a rude shock this morning when he was drawn to face top seed Rafael Nadal in the opening round of the 2014 Australian Open. However, his form this week will certainly give him a lot of confidence heading into that blockbuster encounter.

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Agnieszka Radwanska today confirmed she will defend her Apia International Sydney title at Sydney Olympic Park Tennis Centre from 5 to 11 January 2014. The world No.5 signalled her intent via Twitter overnight to the delight of tournament organisers.

The methodical game of the 5’8” Polish star suits the court conditions in Sydney, where she clinched the 2013 title without dropping a set.

"I'm really excited to return to Sydney to defend my title,” Radwanska said. “It's a great tournament and I really enjoyed the city and playing in front of the crowds in Ken Rosewall Arena," continued Radwanska, who has won an impressive 13 WTA titles at 24-years-old.

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There was no result in the fourth Commonwealth Bank Series match between Australia and Sri Lanka at the SCG tonight after the match was abandoned due to the condition of the outfield which remained very wet with over 60 minutes of constant rain.

Australia had batted first and made 222-9 in their 50 overs thanks to half-centuries from David Warner and Mitchell Starc. Sri Lanka had just started their innings when rain interrupted play, but it was so light that everyone assumed that it was only a matter of time before play would resume. However, that was not to be case, much to the disappointment of the fans, who had braved the weather to stay on at the SCG.

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Agnieszka Radwanska continued her scintillating start to the 2013 season Friday night claiming the Apia International Sydney title with a 6-0, 6-0 defeat of unseeded Dominika Cibulkova.

The world No.4 took 62 minutes to win her second title in as many weeks and will go into Melbourne next week as one of the favourites for the Australian Open title.

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Australian Bernard Tomic wowed the Apia International Sydney crowd on Thursday night with a 6-7 (6), 6-4, 6-2 win over defending champion Jarkko Nieminen, moving him into the semifinals.

“It's really good to win a match like this.  Physically I'm still pretty good.  I'm getting ready for tomorrow right now,” said Tomic. “This is a big chance for me to do well here.  Hopefully I can keep going.”

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