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Huey, partner get upset ax

Treat Huey’s bid to play in the Rio Olympic Games suffered another blow when the Fil-American and his Belarusian Max Mirnyi lost in the opening round of the Memphis Open in Tennessee. Showing none of the teamwork that propelled them to the quarters of the Australian Open last month, Huey and Mirnyi bowed to Americans Taylor Fritz and Ryan Harrison, 7-6 (3), 6-4. It was a bitter loss for Huey and Mirnyi who were seeded second in the tournament while their rivals were only in the tournament after earning wildcard berths. Currently ranked at No. 35, Huey is battling time to secure the needed points to make it to the Rio Games. Huey must make it to the top 10 in June – the deadline set by the organizers – to be able to …

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Huey pushes drive for Rio Games slot

Fil-American Treat Huey is not giving up on his dream of playing in the Olympics. Though he has only four months left to complete an improbable task, the doubles specialist is determined to realize his dream that he will have a busy schedule in the next three weeks. Only the top 10 in doubles will be given slots to the Rio Games, and Huey needs to figure well in his scheduled tournaments to earn the needed points. Huey is currently ranked at No. 35 despite a semis showing in the mixed doubles and another quarterfinal appearance in men’s doubles of the Australian Open. The 30-year-old Huey and his Belarusian partner Max Mirnyi will be competing this week in the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament in Memphis, Tennessee. They are also scheduled to play in the …

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Fil-German gets upset ax

Katharina Lehnert’s bid to start the 2016 season on a positive note was scuttled when the Fil-German lost in the second round in the Aegon GB Pro-Series Glasgow Scottish Championships recently in Scotland. Lehnert was upset by lucky loser Li Yixuan of China, 7-6 (4), 6-3, in the second round despite being seeded third in the $10,000 tournament. She opened her campaign with a 7-6 (4), 4-6, 6-3 victory over local beat Francesca Stephenson before falling to Li.

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Roger Federer has knee surgery, will skip 2 tournaments

BASEL, Switzerland  — Roger Federer has had knee surgery and expects to miss tournaments in Rotterdam and Dubai this month. A statement on Federer's official website says he had "successful arthroscopic knee surgery today (Wednesday) in Switzerland to repair a torn meniscus." The statement did not specify which knee is injured, though said it happened the day after his Australian Open semifinal loss against Novak Djokovic. Federer says "my doctors have ensured me that the surgery was a success and with proper rehabilitation, I will be able to return to the Tour soon." His next scheduled tournament is in Indian Wells, California, starting March 7.

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Germans hail new hero

Melbourne — Angelique Kerber celebrated her stunning Australian Open final victory over Serena Williams by taking a swim in the Yarra river next to Rod Laver Arena on Sunday. Kerber, who also sprayed champagne and posed with the trophy at Melbourne’s Government House, took the chilly plunge along with members of her team. The stunt has echoes of Jim Courier’s celebration in 1992 when he dived in the Yarra, which flows through downtown Melbourne and past the tennis venue, after winning the men’s title. With Saturday's 6-4, 3-6, 6-4 win over Williams, the world No. 1 and a 21-time Grand Slam winner, Kerber, 28, secured her first major title and jumped from sixth to second in the women’s rankings. Australian press trumpeted the victory, with Melbourne’s Herald Sun headlining “Ker-blimey!”  and “Angel’s in heaven’, …

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Kerber shocks Williams to win first major title

Melbourne — Angelique Kerber stunned Serena Williams to win the Australian Open on Saturday and thwart the American world number one’s bid to equal Steffi Graf’s Open-era record of 22 Grand Slam titles. In a huge upset, the seventh seed toppled the top seed 6-4, 3-6, 6-4 to win her maiden major title and become the first German Grand Slam champion since Graf at the 1999 French Open. Williams, the world number one, had won all six previous Melbourne Park finals she had played and had also triumphed in her last eight Grand Slam deciders. But Kerber, inspired by a message from Graf, made clear before the match that all the pressure was on her opponent and she mercilessly exploited her weaknesses in a thriller at Rod Laver Arena. “My whole life I …

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Murray beats Raonic in 5 to reach 5th Australian Open final

Andy Murray entered the Australian Open expecting to become a champion before becoming a dad. He's given himself a shot, beating Milos Raonic 4-6, 7-5, 6-7 (4), 6-4, 6-2 Friday, January 29, to reach the final for the fifth time. Murray left his pregnant wife in Britain, promising to fly home at any time if needed, meaning he'd be prepared to skip the final. He is due to meet five-time champion Novak Djokovic in Sunday, January 31's championship match. Murray is 0-4 in finals at Melbourne Park. Djokovic is 5-0. "Five finals is a great achievement. You can't take that away from me," Murray said. "So I have to be proud of that achievement. "Doesn't matter what's happened in the past. What matters is what happens Sunday." Three of Djokovic's wins in Australia have come in …

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Huey’s finals bid shattered

Treat Huey’s impressive run at the Australian Open with Slovenian partner Andreja Klepac came to an end yesterday when they lost in the mixed doubles semifinals at the Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne. The loss denied the unseeded duo of reaching the finals in what could have been a historic achievement for a Filipino tennis player. Huey and Klepac bowed to American Coco Vandeweghe and Romanian Horia Tecau, 6-4, 6-4. Vandeweghe and Tecau thus advanced to the final against the winner of the match between the top seed pair of Sania Mirza of India and Ivan Dodig of Croatia, and fifth-ranked Elena Vesnina of Russia and Bruno Soares of Brazil. Huey and Klepac will share $37,500 for the semifinal appearance. It was the best finish by Huey in a Grand Slam event after reaching …

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I can beat Djokovic – Federer

Melbourne — Roger Federer blasted critics who say he's too old and insisted he was confident of beating Novak Djokovic again at a Grand Slam after his four-set defeat in the Australian Open semi-finals on Thursday. The 34-year-old Swiss great was flattened by Djokovic in the opening two sets before he finally went down, 6-1, 6-2, 3-6, 6-3, in his eighth loss to the Serb in their last 10 Grand Slam meetings. Federer has not bested the runaway world number at a major since the Wimbledon semi-finals in 2012, when he last won a Grand Slam title. But when asked if he could beat Djokovic again on the big stage, he bristled. "Best-of-three, best-of-five, I can run for four or five hours. It's not a problem. I prove it in practice again in …

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Serena waylays Polish rival, gains 26th Grand Slam final

Melbourne – World No. 1 Serena Williams demolished Polish fourth seed Agnieszka Radwanska Thursday to surge into her 26th Grand Slam final and zero in on a seventh Australian Open title. The dominant top seed was untouchable in overpowering the Pole 6-0, 6-4 in just 64 minutes on Rod Laver Arena to set up a decider against German seventh seed Angelique Kerber, who beat Briton Johanna Konta, 7-5, 6-2. Kerber is facing a huge obstacle to be crowned champion. Of her 25 previous major finals, Williams has won 21. The 28-year-old Kerber, buoyed by a new-found self-belief inspired by fellow German Steffi Graf, proved too hot to handle for Konta. “I'm really excited to be in another final, it kind of blows my mind right now,” said Williams, 34. “I feel I am playing …

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