• The Latest: Defending champion Kerber wins opening match
    The Associated Press46 minutes ago

    The Latest: Defending champion Kerber wins opening match

    Angelique Kerber is two-for-two at the Australian Open: winner in her first Grand Slam match as No. 1, and as a defending champion. Kerber defeated Lesia Tsurenko of Ukraine 6-2, 5-7, 6-2 to open night play at Rod Laver Arena. Last year, Kerber began a breakout year with an upset win over Serena Williams

  • Olympic champion Puig hopes for golden form in Melbourne
    Reuters2 hours ago

    Olympic champion Puig hopes for golden form in Melbourne

    By Ian Ransom MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Monica Puig would never trade her surprise singles gold at the Rio Games for any grand slam success but Puerto Rico's first Olympic champion felt compelled to lock the medal away amid the lean period that followed her greatest tennis triumph. Puig, who had upset

  • The Latest: Olympic gold medalist Puig wins opening match
    The Associated Press

    The Latest: Olympic gold medalist Puig wins opening match

    The Puerto Rican player, seeded 29th, was the first player to win a match at Melbourne Park this year, defeating Romania's Patricia Maria Tig 6-0, 6-1 in 53 minutes. Puig was close to shutting Tig out completely, known in tennis as a ''double bagel,'' but made several unforced errors

  • Australian Open quotes: Rafael Nadal says no plans to retire
    The Associated Press

    Australian Open quotes: Rafael Nadal says no plans to retire

    Rafael Nadal isn't planning to give up tennis anytime soon. Johanna Konta won't take too seriously her dominating win in the Sydney International last Friday. Nadal, a 14-time major winner, is coming off two lengthy injury layoffs last year, including 2 ½ months off after pulling out of the