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Double grand Slam champion Garbine Muguruza on Thursday quit the WTA event in Tasmania to try and heal a viral illness before Monday’s Australian Open start. The Spaniard who once stood atop the WTA rankings made her pullout as second seed prior to a quarter-final match in Hobart against Russian Veronika Kudermetova. “I’m really sad that I had to withdraw from the Hobart International,” Muguruza, who won Paris in 2016 and Wimbledon a year later,
Angelique Kerber was unable to continue in the second round of the Adelaide International on Wednesday, with back pain forcing the German into a match retirement. The 18th-ranked former world number one handed over a 6-3, 2-0 win to Dayana Yastremska of the Ukraine after 46 minutes on court. With the Australian Open starting on Monday, 2016 Melbourne champion Kerber now faces a fitness race to try and be ready. The ninth seed began showing
One-half of last summer’s men’s Wimbledon championship team has tested positive for a banned substance, a revelation which explains the sudden withdrawal of Robert Farah from the Australian Open. The Colombian, who lifted the title last July with compatriot and partner Juan Sebastian Cabal, also won the US Open crown with cabal, with the pair starting this season atop the doubles standings. But it all has come crashing down after anti-doping authorities announced that Farah –
Tennis royalty Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal combined on Wednesday to chip in a $175,000 (AUD 250,000) donation for bushfire relief in a surprise announcement made at the end of a fund-raiser at Melbourne Park. “Talking with Roger a couple of hours ago we decided to give $250,000 Australian dollars to the bushfire relief together,” world No. 1 Nadal said. The iconic pair who together have won a quarter of a billion dollars in career
Nick Kyrgios has confessed that he just doesn’t feel the urge on court without his mates backing him up on the bench. The No. 29 whose semi-final defeat contributed to Australia’s team exit to Spain at the ATP Cup in Sydney, admits his energy levels are low during most of the long tennis grind. And the Aussie bad boy who has shown his fragile side by kick-starting the current tennis relief effort for bushfire victims