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Injury forces Venus Williams out of Australian Open

Venus Williams bowed out of the Australian Open tonight but insisted she had "peace of mind" after giving her all against Andrea Petkovic.

Novak Djokovic drops set on way to third round

Novak Djokovic advanced to the third round of the Australian Open tonight but made hard work of Croatian Ivan Dodig.

Fernando Verdasco survives in Melbourne to progress

Fernando Verdasco saved three match points on his way to a stunning victory over Serbia's Janko Tipsarevic in the second round of the Australian Open today.

Venus Williams survives Australian Open scare

Venus Williams narrowly avoided a second-round exit at the Australian Open today after battling back to overcome a leg injury and Czech opponent Sandra Zahlavova.

British women Anne Keothavong and Elena Baltacha progress in Australian Open

Anne Keothavong advanced to the second round of the Australian Open for the first time in her career to cap a wonderful day for British tennis.

Nadal laughs off the pressure as he prepares for mission impossible

History is beckoning but Rafael Nadal is not paying attention. The prospect of the 24-year-old Spaniard becoming only the third man ever to hold all four Grand Slam titles is the talk of this year's Australian Open, which begins tomorrow, but Nadal himself insists that he feels under no more pressure than normal.

Del Potro passes early test unscathed

On the corresponding Monday 12 months ago Juan Martin del Potro was celebrating his rise to No 4 in the world rankings, having just overtaken Andy Murray. Yesterday the Argentine went on court in the Sydney International as the world No 259 in search of his first victory for nearly a year.

Robson forced to sit out Australian Open

Laura Robson will miss the Australian Open after being advised to rest for three weeks following the upper thigh injury she suffered at the Hopman Cup in Perth last week. The 2008 Wimbledon junior champion had been due to play in the qualifying tournament for the year's first Grand Slam event, which starts in Melbourne next Monday, but will instead be having daily treatment at her training base in Paris.

Murray tunes up for Melbourne with Isner victory

Andy Murray will head to the Australian Open heartened by his performances in his first outing of the year at the Hopman Cup mixed team event in Perth. The world No 4 won his third singles match of the week yesterday, beating the big-serving American John Isner 6-4, 6-2.

Ana Ivanovic a doubt for Australian Open

Former world number one Ana Ivanovic is hopeful she will be fit for the Australian Open despite being forced to pull out of the Hopman Cup on Friday because of a stomach injury.

Jetlagged Murray off to flyer in Australian Open warm-up

He was exhausted by jetlag and struggled in the hot and humid conditions but Andy Murray still got his year off to a winning start in the Hopman Cup mixed team event in Perth yesterday. Murray overcame Potito Starace 7-5, 6-1 in his first singles, although defeat for Laura Robson against Francesca Schiavone, combined with a loss for the Britons in their mixed doubles, gave Italy victory in the match.

Robson switches coaches

Laura Robson is to be coached by Patrick Mouratoglou, a Frenchman who runs his own highly successful academy on the outskirts of Paris. Robson aged 16, has been training regularly there for the past year and recently parted company with Martijn Bok, the Dutch coach who guided her to the Wimbledon junior title two years ago and to the Australian Open junior finals in 2009 and 2010.

Murray set to stay with coach

Andy Murray has confirmed he will stick with Alex Corretja as his main coach for the first part of the 2011 season.

Tennis Australia condemns junior tennis fight

One man was arrested and paramedics were called after a dispute over a line call in a junior tennis match sparked a fight between parents.

Favourite Wozniacki cruises through

Top seed Caroline Wozniacki made comfortable progress into the second round of the US Open with a 6-1 6-1 victory over American wild card entrant Chelsey Gullickson.

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