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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Andy Murray (GBR) has withdrawn from the Australian Open.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Serena Williams (USA) has reluctantly withdrawn from the Australian Open.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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Eubanks to face Sell in Southern California Pro Futures Tournament Singles Finals

Christopher Eubanks had extra motivation to win matches this week at the Southern California Pro Futures Tournament.

Hours after beating No. 6 Kaichi Uchida of Japan in three sets, 7-6 (2), 3-6, 7-5, at the USTA Pro Circuit $25,000 event being played at USC on Saturday, Atlanta’s Eubanks was still hanging out in the players’ lounge eagerly awaiting the 5:15 p.m. PT kickoff of the Atlanta Falcons-L.A. Rams NFL wild-card playoff game taking place just a few minutes’ walk across campus at the Memorial Coliseum.

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King Kyrgios crowned 2018 Brisbane International champion

Nick Kyrgios claimed his first ATP Tour title on home soil after a dominant defeat of American Ryan Harrison in the final of the 2018 Brisbane International.

Kyrgios was in imperious form at Pat Rafter Arena on Sunday night, sweeping past the American 6-4 6-2 to become the first Australian since Lleyton Hewitt in 2014 to capture the title in Brisbane.

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