Tennis

9:49 PM ET ESPN News Services MELBOURNE, Australia — Local favorite Ashleigh Barty became the first player through to the fourth round at the Australian Open with a 7-5, 6-1 win over Maria Sakkari at Rod Laver Arena on Friday. Barty received treatment for an apparent stomach muscle ailment at the end of the first
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10:24 AM ET Associated Press PARIS — European police agency Europol says it has identified links between match-fixing gambling syndicates being unraveled in Spain and Belgium that are thought to have paid off dozens of players and corrupted lower-level tennis tournaments on a massive scale. Pedro Felicio, who heads Europol’s Economic and Property Crime unit,
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9:19 PM ET Nick Kyrgios appears to have burnt his Davis Cup bridges by having a second dig at Australian captain Lleyton Hewitt. Kyrgios declined to back Bernard Tomic‘s inflammatory criticism of Hewitt during the Australian Open but the firebrand lit up social media with his own attack on Wednesday night. Kyrgios posted a screenshot
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9:13 PM ET Associated Press MELBOURNE, Australia — Sloane Stephens has advanced to the third round at Melbourne Park with a 6-3, 6-1 win over her former junior doubles partner Timea Babos. Babos faced 23 break points and managed to save 18 of them, otherwise the match would have been over quicker than its elapsed
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4:22 AM ET MELBOURNE, Australia — Serena Williams won her opening match at this year’s Australian Open with such haste that even Qai Qai, who has historically remained expressionless, had to crack a smile. Unless you’ve had your head buried in the sand, Qai Qai is Serena’s daughter’s doll, a social media stalwart, and has
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4:35 AM ET Simon Cambers MELBOURNE, Australia — As the Australian Open began in earnest Monday, the sport’s leading male players were peppered with questions about the future of the ATP executive chairman and president, Chris Kermode. Kermode’s contract is up at the end of 2019, and this week, the ATP Player Council discussed his
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10:58 AM ET Andy Murray will face a difficult but “not impossible” task to compete at Wimbledon later this year, according to his hip surgeon Dr. John O’Donnell. Murray, 31, announced in an emotional press conference at the Australian Open that he intends to end his playing career after Wimbledon, but O’Donnell is pessimistic about
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7:13 AM ET Associated Press SYDNEY — Two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova beat Ashleigh Barty 1-6, 7-5, 7-6 (3) in the women’s singles final on Saturday at the Sydney International. Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic holds the trophy after beating Australia’s Ashleigh Barty in the women’s final match at the Sydney International. Photo by PETER
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