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Zero to hero: Stosur had 15 just minutes to regroup for Fed Cup fame

Samantha Stosur had just 15 minutes to turn a miserable day into a career highlight that left her in tears and on the verge of breaking a 45-year drought for Australian women's tennis. The Queenslander had the chance to seal Australia's Fed Cup semi-final against Belarus on Sunday but was blown away by former world Read more about Zero to hero: Stosur had 15 just minutes to regroup for Fed Cup fame[…]

Doubles to decide Australia's Fed Cup tie with Belarus

Australia’s Fed Cup semi-final against Belarus will be decided in a winner-takes-all doubles encounter, with Samantha Stosur missing a chance to seal it in Sunday afternoon’s second singles rubber after Ashleigh Barty gave Australia a 2-1 lead earlier on Sunday. Barty’s comprehensive 6-2, 6-2 defeat of Aryna Sabalenka had edged the hosts ahead 2-1 in Read more about Doubles to decide Australia's Fed Cup tie with Belarus[…]

Barty draws high praise from Goolagong Cawley as she levels Cup semi

Evonne Goolagong Cawley was already a fan of Ashleigh Barty's game but watching her hit a slice backhand has convinced the tennis great she can lead Australia to their first Fed Cup title in 45 years. Goolagong Cawley was the spearhead when Australia last won the title in 1974 and she was in the crowd Read more about Barty draws high praise from Goolagong Cawley as she levels Cup semi[…]

Barty squares Fed Cup semi for Australia

Ashleigh Barty has drawn Australia level with Belarus in their Fed Cup semi-final in Brisbane, producing some top-drawer tennis to beat close friend Victoria Azarenka. Queensland's world No. 9 beat the two-time Australian Open champion 7-6 (7-2), 6-3 to level the tie at 1-1 after Aryna Sabalenko pipped Samantha Stosur in a near three-hour contest 7-5, Read more about Barty squares Fed Cup semi for Australia[…]

Nadal through after scare, Djokovic exits Monte Carlo

Monaco: Reigning champion Rafael Nadal has produced a remarkable effort to defeat Guido Pella 7-6 (7-1), 6-2 and advance to the semi-finals at the Monte Carlo Masters. The roller-coaster match on Friday tested Nadal both mentally and physically, but his eventual victory after two hours and 20 minutes ensured his bid for an unprecedented 12th Read more about Nadal through after scare, Djokovic exits Monte Carlo[…]

The price of being a whistleblower for Argentine tennis player

Ordino, Andorra: Tennis whistleblower Marco Trungelliti, the man who famously beat Australian Bernard Tomic at the French Open after travelling 1000km in a rental car from Spain, should be feeling good about himself. The Argentine player exposed match-fixing crooks in tennis, helped the fight against the criminal gambling syndicates that are corroding his sport from Read more about The price of being a whistleblower for Argentine tennis player[…]

Nadal, Djokovic ease into Monte Carlo quarter-finals

Monaco: Rafael Nadal has rolled through Grigor Dimitrov with his characteristic ease as he secured his place in the quarter-finals at the Monte Carlo Masters with a 6-4, 6-1 victory. The match was not quite the demolition job experienced by Roberto Bautista Agut the previous day, but it was a gratifying triumph for Nadal who Read more about Nadal, Djokovic ease into Monte Carlo quarter-finals[…]