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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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Angelique Kerber and Daniil Medvedev claim Sydney International 2018 titles

Two-time Grand Slam champion Angelique Kerber (GER) has claimed the women’s title at the Sydney International, beating Australian No.1 Ash Barty (Qld) in straight sets, 6-4 6-4.  The victory delivers former world No.1 Kerber her first title since the 2016 U.S Open and cements her return to top form as she heads into next week’s Australian Open.

“The draw was also not easy, I was not seeded, so, I was expecting from the beginning, to have really tough matches,” said Kerber. “I came here to just play match by match, and I was not looking too far ahead. I'm very proud how I was able to play every single day.

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Karue Sell wins Southern California Pro Futures

Southern California Pro Futures tournament host and USC men’s tennis coach Peter Smith couldn’t help but get in a little dig on former UCLA player Karue Sell while presenting the winning singles’ trophy.

“He never won on these courts playing for UCLA, but he did a lot of winning here this week,” Smith joked as he congratulated Sell, who came back to beat Christopher Eubanks, 6-7 (5), 6-2, 6-2, for his first USTA Pro Circuit $25,000 title on Sunday at Marks Tennis Stadium on the campus of USC.

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Andy Murray withdraws from Australian Open

Andy Murray (GBR) has withdrawn from the Australian Open.

“Sadly I won’t be playing in Melbourne this year, as I am not yet ready to compete,” Murray said. “I’ll be flying home shortly to assess all the options but I appreciate all the messages of support and I hope to be back playing soon.”

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Serena Williams withdraws from the Australian Open

Serena Williams (USA) has reluctantly withdrawn from the Australian Open.

“After competing in Abu Dhabi I realized that although I am super close, I’m not where I personally want to be,” Williams said. “My coach and team always said ‘only go to tournaments when you are prepared to go all the way’. I can compete – but I don’t want to just compete, I want to do far better than that and to do so, I will need a little more time.

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