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Romania lead Canada 2-0 after the first day of action at Fed Cup

Canada faces a 0-2 deficit after Saturday’s singles of its Fed Cup by BNP Paribas World Group II tie against Romania in Cluj-Napoca. Carol Zhao (Richmond Hill, ON), Canada’s no. 1 singles player this weekend, fell 6-2, 6-2 to Sorana Cirstea while Bianca Andreescu (Mississauga, ON) was defeated 6-3, 6-7(4) et 6-2 by Irina-Camelia Begu.

Cirstea needed 54 minutes to defeat Zhao, earning five breaks of serve in the match compared to the Canadian’s one. The Romanian, ranked no. 38 in the world, also hit 16 winners while Zhao had just five. The 22-year-old Canadian was playing in her first Fed Cup singles match.

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Australia and Ukraine level after day one of Fed Cup

The scores are level at one-all after the first day of play in the Fed Cup World Group II First Round tie in Canberra.

World No.16 Ashleigh Barty (AUS) led Australia to a first match victory, defeating Lyudmyla Kichenok (UKR) 4-6 6-1 6-4 in just under two hours. In the second match of the day 15-year-old Ukrainian prodigy Marta Kostyuk upset Australia’s No.2 player, Daria Gavrilova 7-6(3) 6-3.

Tomorrow the reverse singles will be played, with Barty up first to face Ukraine No.1 Kostyuk, followed by Gavrilova against L. Kichenok. Barty and Casey Dellacqua will play doubles for Australia, against Ukraine pair Nadiia Kichenok and Dasha Lopatetskaya.

Rebecca Marino shows she's a winner all the way

Playing in her first tournament in five years, Rebecca Marino won three matches in qualifying and another five in the main draw to capture the title at the $15,000 GD Tennis Cup in Antalya, Turkey.

This is Marino’s first event since February 2013, the same month she decided to step away from tennis after revealing she had been struggling with depression for several years. On Sunday, the now 26-year-old defeated Romania’s Cristina Ene, ranked no. 673 in the world, 6-3, 6-3 in the championship match.

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Canada falls 3-1 to Croatia in the first round of Davis Cup

Canada had to have a perfect day on Sunday in Osijek if they were going to beat Croatia and advance to the Davis Cup by BNP Paribas quarter-finals, but Borna Coric sealed the tie for the home country thanks to a 6-4, 6-4, 6-4 win over Denis Shapovalov in the fourth match.

Shapovalov sees his three match win streak in Davis Cup ended by the no. 47 ranked Croat. Coric, who opened the tie with victory over Vasek Pospisil, was the star of the weekend for Croatia. He played a virtually flawless match from start to finish, committing very few unforced errors and earning one break of serve in each set.

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Germany lead Australia 2-1 in Davis Cup

Germany has taken a 2-1 lead over Australia on day two of the Davis Cup World Group First Round in Brisbane.

The German pair of Tim Puetz and Jan-Lennard Struff prevailed over Australia’s world No.4 doubles player John Peers and Matt Ebden in five sets and more than three hours on court, 6-4 6-7(1) 6-2 6-7(4) 6-4.

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Caroline Wozniacki beats Simona Halep to win 2018 Australian Open title

Six years ago a 21-year-old Dane named Caroline Wozniacki was ridiculed as a paper No.1, a pretender to the throne of Serena Williams, sitting atop the WTA Rankings without ever having won a Grand Slam title.

Thereafter followed a downward spiral as the young Dane battled challenges on and off the court and slowly made the climb back up the rankings to be in a position to challenge for titles. However, she never really looked close to breaking her duck on the stages that really matter, and her trip down under appeared to be more of the same as she was a point away from crashing out in the second round at the hands of unheralded Croatian Jana Fett in the second round.

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Billie Jean King named Australian Open Woman of the Year

Tennis legend and tireless human rights campaigner Billie Jean King was today named Australian Open Woman of the Year.

The accolade was announced by Australian Open Tournament Director Craig Tiley at the announcement of #Open4All, a wide-ranging equality, diversity and inclusion initiative that will be brought to life throughout the tournament.

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