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Naomi Osaka tuning out ‘outside noise’ after difficult year

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MELBOURNE, Australia — Defending Australian Open champion Naomi Osaka said she has learned to ignore her critics after coming through what she called “the toughest year of my life.” Osaka, the No. 3 seed at this year’s tournament, won her second Grand Slam title at the Australian Open 12 months......
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Australian Open draw envisions epic women’s matches and more of the Big Three

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The 2020 Australian Open draws were unveiled Thursday in Melbourne, answering several questions surrounding the first Grand Slam of the tennis season. On the men’s side, the towering question going in was, “Which quarter of the draw would be without one of the Big Three, (Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Roger......
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2020 Australian Open: Tips for tennis fans in Melbourne

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Australian Open 2020 draw analysis: Matches to watch, predictions

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Australian Open FAQ – How fires could impact tennis’ first Grand Slam of 2020

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As the Australian Open prepares to begin play Monday, tournament officials face a potential environmental crisis as a result of Australia’s ongoing bushfires. Smoke continued to blanket the city of Melbourne on Wednesday, delaying the first two days of qualifying. Tennis Australia boss and Australian Open tournament director Craig Tiley......
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Australian Open draw — Coco Gauff, Venus Williams to meet in 1st round

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MELBOURNE, Australia — Coco Gauff and Venus Williams will meet again in the first round of a Grand Slam tournament after the youngest and oldest players in the Australian Open women’s competition were drawn Thursday into a tough quarter with Serena Williams and defending champion Naomi Osaka. Gauff had a......
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Australian Open 2020: Air quality issues, impact of wildfires

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SI – For more and to sign up click here Jon Wertheim MICHAEL DODGE/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock Hey, everyone. • We’re working on Australian Open Insider tips and seed reports. So a short Mailbag this week. • On the most recent tennis podcast, Jamie and I talk Rafa Nadal. • Here’s a link......
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Australian Open officials tight-lipped as smoke questions linger

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MELBOURNE, Australia — As hazardous smoke from Australia’s ongoing bushfire crisis — which has claimed 28 lives and destroyed over a thousand homes — continues to blanket the city of Melbourne, Australian Open officials are finding new ways to avoid directly answering the question on everyone’s mind: How will the......
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Australian Open: Wildfires causing hazardous air quality in Melbourne

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Serena Williams, Karolina Pliskova and Novak Djokovic make compelling opening statements in Australian Open tuneups

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The new decade got off to a rousing start with something new from the men — the ATP Cup — and something familiar, if not in recent times, from the WTA: Serena Williams hoisting a singles trophy. The win in Auckland was Williams’ the first in three years. Also familiar:......
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Australian Open qualifier forced to retire after coughing fit

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Slovenia’s Dalila Jakupovic feared she would pass out during Australian Open qualifying, with the smoky conditions the worst she has experienced. The world No. 180 was forced to retire midmatch at Melbourne Park on Tuesday due to the hazardous smoke lingering from bushfires in the east of the state of......
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Serena Williams tennis: Serena Williams wins first title in three years — and donates prize money to Australia wildfire relief efforts

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This year is looking up for tennis superstar Serena Williams — the champ won her first title in three years at the ASB Classic in Auckland, New Zealand, on Sunday. Instead of keeping the prize money, she donated the $43,000 to help those affected by the blazing fires in neighboring......
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Serena Williams wins ASB Classic, donates to wildfire relief

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Serena Williams wins ASB Classic for first title since 2017 Australian Open

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AUCKLAND, New Zealand — Serena Williams broke a three-year title drought when she beat fellow American Jessica Pegula 6-3, 6-4 on Sunday to win the singles final at the ASB Classic. Williams hadn’t won a title since the Australian Open singles in January, 2017, and not since she became a......
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Rafael Nadal 2020: Quest for 20th major title, motivation at 33

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Australian Open: Fires create concern for tennis tournament

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In ranking the WTA’s young stars, Bianca Andreescu and Coco Gauff lead the charge

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The WTA season begins in earnest Monday, with 14 women 21-and-under ranked in the Top 100. They are such fresh faces and so good that even the most expert commentators have trouble keeping up with their development and progress. We’ve whittled the group down to an elite eight — some......
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Canada downs Greece in ATP Cup opener

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Greek star Stefanos Tsitsipas has complained of an arm irritation after Denis Shapovalov pulled off the ATP Cup’s first upset to seal victory for Canada in their opening clash in Brisbane on Friday. The big-serving left-hander upstaged world No.6 Tsitsipas 7-6 (8-6), 7-6 (7-4) to give Canada an unbeatable 2-0......

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