Chinese proves too strong for debutant finalist in winning Australian Open at the third attempt
The Australian Open has not always brought Rafael Nadal good fortune, but the year’s opening Grand Slam tournament is set to provide him with his latest stepping stone on the route to sporting greatness. If Nadal beats Stanislas Wawrinka in today’s final – and the bookmakers have him as a red-hot favourite to do so – he will move into joint second place on the all-time list of male Grand Slam champions and become the first man in the Open era to win all four of the sport’s major titles twice.
Semi-final thrashing came after Na saw off 19-year-old sensation Eugenie Bouchard with the pair set to collide on Saturday
Williams admitted that she has thought about ending her absence from the March tournament having purposely avoided it after alleged heckling and racial abuse
The defending champions looks in formidable form after cruising to a 6-3 6-2 victory
When Caroline Wozniacki was world No 1, her critics always pointed to the fact that she had never won a Grand Slam title. Now that the 23-year-old Dane is heading out of the world’s top 10 it seems she does not even have it in her to make the quarter-finals any more.
The Williams sisters have not played there since 2001, but the world Number One admits the Mandela biopic Long Walk to Freedom has made her reconsider
The hottest day of the Australian Open so far finally saw play suspended but only after a succession of players suffered in the 43C heat. One of the worst affected was Jamie Murray, who experienced painful body cramps for several hours after winning his doubles match.
Third seed Victoria Azarenka of Belarus ended Russian 12th seed Maria Kirilenko's stern resistance 7-6(3) 6-2 to claim her maiden French Open semi-final spot on Wednesday.
The Russian will play Victoria Azarenka for a place in the final
The world number one is bidding to win only her second singles title at Roland Garros
Pair reach the third round of the BNP Paribas Open
Defending champion beats Tomas Berdych over four sets
Win a bottle of wine
Laura Robson seldom comes up against fellow teenagers these days, let alone one ranked higher than her, but the 18-year-old Briton had the misfortune to be drawn against one of the USA's outstanding young talents in the first round of the Hobart International yesterday.
Another season, another title. Serena Williams threw down a challenge to her rivals in the Australian Open, which starts next Monday, with a fine performance in the final of the Brisbane International tournament, beating Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 6-2 6-1.