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January 27, 2013 | Associated Press
MELBOURNE, Australia - Victoria Azarenka won her second consecutive Australian Open title, beating Li Na, 4-6, 6-4, 6-3, on Saturday in a final that included a break for fireworks, two medical timeouts, and a nasty fall to the court by Li. The Chinese star first tumbled to the court after twisting her left ankle in the fifth game of the second set and had it taped. On the first point after a 10-minute pause in the third set while fireworks boomed overhead from nearby Australia Day celebrations, Li fell over again and slammed the back of her head on the court.
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January 14, 2013 | Associated Press
MELBOURNE, Australia - Maria Sharapova finished her first match of the year in 55 minutes Monday, cruising to a 6-0, 6-0 win over Olga Puchkova to start proceedings on center court at the Australian Open without showing any signs of trouble with her sore right shoulder. The second-ranked Sharapova, who lost the final to Victoria Azarenka here last year before going on to win the French Open, faced only two break points in the match and she saved both of those in the first game before going on a 12-game roll.
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January 18, 2013 | Daily News Wire Reports
MELBOURNE, Australia - Angelique Kerber survived some nervous moments before fending off American teenager Madison Keys in the third round of the Australian Open, then got to blow out the candles on a cake to celebrate her 25th birthday. The fifth-seeded Kerber, from Germany, won 6-2, 7-5 to move into the fourth round, further than she's ever gone in six trips to the Australian Open. Organizers brought a cake on to the court immediately after the match and the crowd at Rod Laver Arena sang "Happy Birthday.
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January 14, 2013 | Associated Press
MELBOURNE, Australia - Maria Sharapova finished her first match of the year in 55 minutes Monday, cruising to a 6-0, 6-0 win over Olga Puchkova to start proceedings on center court at the Australian Open without showing any signs of trouble with her sore right shoulder. The No. 2-ranked Sharapova, who lost the final to Victoria Azarenka here last year before going on to win the French Open, faced only two break points in the match and she saved both of those in the first game.
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January 21, 2013 | Associated Press
MELBOURNE, Australia - Two-time major winner Svetlana Kuznetsova defeated former No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki, 6-2, 2-6, 7-5, to advance to the quarterfinals of the Australian Open. Kuznetsova, winner of the 2004 U.S. Open and 2009 French Open, broke her Danish opponent in the 11th game of the third set and finished the match with a backhand winner down the line. Meanwhile, Novak Djokovic needed just over 5 hours to beat Stanislas Wawrinka, 1-6, 7-5, 6-4, 6-7 (5), 12-10, in a fourth-round match Sunday night at the Australian Open, on the same court where he needed 5:53 to beat Rafael Nadal in last year's final.
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January 18, 2013 | Associated Press
MELBOURNE, Australia - Swiss star Roger Federer is one of the most popular athletes in Australia, where he has won four of his 17 Grand Slam titles. The only problem is this: His 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 win over Nikolay Davydenko on Thursday night in the Australian Open set Federer on a course for a third-round match against Bernard Tomic, the last remaining Australian in the men's or women's draws. The 20-year-old Tomic beat German qualifier Daniel Brands, 6-7 (4), 7-5, 7-6 (3), 7-6 (8)
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September 11, 2012 | Associated Press
NEW YORK - His considerable lead, and a chance at history, slipping away, Andy Murray dug deep for stamina and mental strength, outlasting Novak Djokovic in a thrilling five-set U.S. Open final Monday. It had been 76 years since a British man won a Grand Slam singles championship and, at least as far as Murray was concerned, it was well worth the wait. Ending a nation's long drought, and snapping his own four-final skid in majors, Murray finally pulled through with everything at stake on a Grand Slam stage, shrugging off defending champion Djokovic's comeback bid to win, 7-6 (10)
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February 10, 1991 | By Diane Pucin, Inquirer Staff Writer
When Patrick McEnroe was 10 or 11, he can't quite remember which, he was playing in some generic junior tennis tournament. He was just a kid trying to do his best and he missed a shot. "I made a face," McEnroe said, "and all of a sudden, all these cameras started clicking. My father told me, 'That's your first lesson in public relations. You will get no leeway.' I've always remembered that. " Patrick McEnroe, 24, is an engaging man with a cherubic face, a wry sense of humor, a new apartment in New York's Soho district, his highest singles ranking ever and a big brother named John who has entranced and infuriated tennis audiences for nearly 14 years.
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December 10, 1999 | By S. Joseph Hagenmayer, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
Anthony V. Preziosi, 85, who traveled the world as an official for Grand Slam tennis, died of cardiopulmonary failure Monday at Nazareth Hospital, Philadelphia. He lived in the Baptist Home in Philadelphia for the last three years. Mr. Preziosi, who was born in Italy, began playing tennis when he was 7 after a doctor said it would help his battle against infantile paralysis. "It became his passion," said his niece, Rosemary Rubino. When his parents immigrated to the United States and settled in Burlington City, Mr. Preziosi learned English, and in 1932 he graduated from Burlington City High School, where he was on the track and baseball teams.
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January 18, 1994 | by Bill Fleischman, Daily News Sports Writer
Next month's Comcast U.S. Indoor at the Spectrum features Pete Sampras, Jim Courier and Michael Chang. Of the three talented young Americans, how many sell tickets? Sampras. Sampras is popular in Philadelphia because he won his first pro tournament here in 1990 before capturing the U.S. Open at age 19 later that year. Courier is a two-time French Open and Australian Open champion, but he could walk down Broad Street wearing a beret and cuddling a koala bear and few would recognize him. His nonchalant first-round loss to Derrick Rostagno in last year's U.S. Indoor didn't endear him to fans here.
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February 16, 2013 | Associated Press
CANBERRA, Australia - Mariajo Uribe shot a 6-under 67 on Friday to overtake South Korea's Jiyai Shin and overnight leader Lydia Ko, claiming the second-round lead at the LPGA Tour's Women's Australian Open. The Colombian opened with a birdie after teeing off on the par-4 10th and made four more at Royal Canberra, including at the sixth and seventh as she moved to 15-under 131 and a 1-stroke lead. Two-time British Open-winner Shin fired eight birdies against two bogeys for a 67, sharing second with 15-year-old amateur Ko, who followed an opening 63 with a 69 that included five birdies and a bogey on the par-4 14th.
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January 28, 2013 | Associated Press
MELBOURNE, Australia - Novak Djokovic became the first man in the Open era to win three consecutive Australian titles when he beat Britain's Andy Murray, 6-7 (2), 7-6 (3), 6-3, 6-2, in Sunday's final. Little wonder the 25-year-old Serb loves Rod Laver Arena. "It's definitely my favorite Grand Slam," Djokovic said. "It's an incredible feeling winning this trophy once more. I love this court. " Djokovic has won four of his six major titles at Melbourne Park, where he is now unbeaten in 21 matches.
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January 27, 2013 | Associated Press
MELBOURNE, Australia - Victoria Azarenka won her second consecutive Australian Open title, beating Li Na, 4-6, 6-4, 6-3, on Saturday in a final that included a break for fireworks, two medical timeouts, and a nasty fall to the court by Li. The Chinese star first tumbled to the court after twisting her left ankle in the fifth game of the second set and had it taped. On the first point after a 10-minute pause in the third set while fireworks boomed overhead from nearby Australia Day celebrations, Li fell over again and slammed the back of her head on the court.
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January 26, 2013 | Associated Press
MELBOURNE, Australia - Andy Murray was sucking in deep breaths, trying to recover from his exhausting win over Roger Federer. Pain was very much on his mind. The U.S. Open champion defeated Federer, 6-4, 6-7 (5), 6-3, 6-7 (2), 6-2, in a four-hour Australian Open semifinal Friday. It was Murray's first victory against the 17-time major winner at a Grand Slam event. But with the clock about to strike midnight, Murray was already thinking about Sunday's final against two-time defending champion Novak Djokovic, who is on a 20-match winning streak at Melbourne Park.
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January 21, 2013 | Associated Press
MELBOURNE, Australia - The opponent was different, the match three rounds earlier. Still, the result gave Novak Djokovic a familiar feeling. The Serb needed a little more than five hours to beat Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland, 1-6, 7-5, 6-4, 6-7 (5), 12-10, in a fourth-round match Sunday night in the Australian Open, on the same court where he needed 5 hours, 53 seconds to beat Rafael Nadal in last year's final. "I just had flashback of 2012," Djokovic said. "I tried to enjoy the moment and couldn't ask for more.
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January 21, 2013 | Associated Press
MELBOURNE, Australia - Two-time major winner Svetlana Kuznetsova defeated former No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki, 6-2, 2-6, 7-5, to advance to the quarterfinals of the Australian Open. Kuznetsova, winner of the 2004 U.S. Open and 2009 French Open, broke her Danish opponent in the 11th game of the third set and finished the match with a backhand winner down the line. Meanwhile, Novak Djokovic needed just over 5 hours to beat Stanislas Wawrinka, 1-6, 7-5, 6-4, 6-7 (5), 12-10, in a fourth-round match Sunday night at the Australian Open, on the same court where he needed 5:53 to beat Rafael Nadal in last year's final.
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January 19, 2013 | Associated Press
MELBOURNE, Australia - Maria Sharapova leaned back, pumped her arms and screamed after her 6-1, 6-3 win Friday over Venus Williams in the Australian Open, her first over the seven-time Gram Slam winner. This was a match clearly worth celebrating, but in the end it was just a preliminary win and there's a lot of tennis left. "I was just really pumped," Sharapova said. Her exuberant celebration had little effect on Williams, who barely acknowledged it as she made her way from the court.
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January 18, 2013 | Associated Press
MELBOURNE, Australia - Swiss star Roger Federer is one of the most popular athletes in Australia, where he has won four of his 17 Grand Slam titles. The only problem is this: His 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 win over Nikolay Davydenko on Thursday night in the Australian Open set Federer on a course for a third-round match against Bernard Tomic, the last remaining Australian in the men's or women's draws. The 20-year-old Tomic beat German qualifier Daniel Brands, 6-7 (4), 7-5, 7-6 (3), 7-6 (8)
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January 18, 2013 | Daily News Wire Reports
MELBOURNE, Australia - Angelique Kerber survived some nervous moments before fending off American teenager Madison Keys in the third round of the Australian Open, then got to blow out the candles on a cake to celebrate her 25th birthday. The fifth-seeded Kerber, from Germany, won 6-2, 7-5 to move into the fourth round, further than she's ever gone in six trips to the Australian Open. Organizers brought a cake on to the court immediately after the match and the crowd at Rod Laver Arena sang "Happy Birthday.
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January 16, 2013 | Associated Press
MELBOURNE, Australia - Agnieszka Radwanska extended the best winning streak of the year to 11 matches as she rolled into the third round of the Australian Open with a 6-3, 6-3 win over Irina-Camelia Begu on Wednesday. The No. 4-ranked Radwanska won leadup tournaments this month at Auckland and Sydney and is unbeaten this year. With top-ranked Victoria Azarenka and Serena Williams on the other half of the draw, Radwanska's main obstacles to reaching the final are 2011 French Open champion Li Na, who beat Olga Goortsova, 6-2, 7-5, to reach the third round, and potential semifinal rivals Maria Sharapova or No. 5 Angelique Kerber.
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