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Brits Murray, Konta make Aussie semis

Melbourne, Australia — Andy Murray and a much lesser-known British player, Johanna Konta, advanced to the Australian Open semifinals Wednesday, when the action on court had to compete, again, with news about the integrity of the sport. Murray beat David Ferrer, 6-3, 6-7 (5), 6-2, 6-3, to reach his 18th a Grand Slam semifinal. Konta, who is making her debut in the main draw at the season's first major, had a 6-4, 6-1 win over Chinese qualifier Zhang Shuai. It's the first time since the December 1977 version of the Australian Open that two British players – John Lloyd and Sue Barker that year – have advanced to the final four of any major. Konta, the first British woman to reach a Grand Slam semifinal since Jo Durie at the 1983 U.S. Open, will …

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Huey secures Aussie semis

Fil-American Treat Huey has finally made it to the semifinal round of a Grand Slam event. A day after losing in the quarterfinals of the men’s doubles competition, Huey and mixed doubles partner Andreja Klepac of Slovenia played superb tennis – complementing well as if they have known each for a long time – to stun third pick Rohan Bopanna of India and Chang Yang-jan of Taiwan, 6-2, 7-5 and advance to the semis of the Australian Open yesterday in Melbourne. It was Huey’s best performance to date in the Grand Slams after reaching the men’s doubles quarterfinals three times – two at the Australian Open, including this year, and at the 2013 US Open. The other Filipino who made it to a Grand Slam quarterfinals was Beeyong Sison – doing the trick …

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Huey, Lim lose in doubles

For the third time, Fil-American Treat Huey failed to get past the quarterfinal round of a Grand Slam event. Huey and Belarusian Max Mirnyi were ambushed by multiple doubles champion Daniel Nestor of Canada and two-time winner Radek Stepanek of the Czech Republic, 6-4, 6-4, in the quarterfinal round of the Australian Open yesterday in Melbourne. Despite their setback, Huey and Mirnyi were pleased with their performance – consoled by the fact that the Australian Open was only their second tournament as partners. Huey reached the quarters of the 2013 US Open and the 2014 Australian Open with British Dominic Inglot as his partner. Meanwhile, top local junior netter AJ Lim and Egpytian Youseff Hossam, seeded fourth in the event, bowed out in the second round of the boys’ doubles after losing to Toru …

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Huey, Lim progress in Aussie Open

Filipino-American Treat Huey continued to make heads turn in the Australian Open as he and Slovenian partner Andreja Klepac advanced to the mixed doubles quarterfinal yesterday in Melbourne. A day after securing a quarterfinals berth in the men's doubles with Belarusian Max Mirnyi, the 30-year-old Huey played rock-solid with Klepac to score a 6-3, 3-6, 10-7 victory over Russian Alla Kudryavtseva and Swede Robert Lindstedt. It was his best performance in the mixed doubles so far after failing to get past the second round of the 2013 Wimbledon and US Open. Huey and Klepac, a quarterfinalist in the 2015 Australian Open and US Open women's doubles, will next face third pick Yung-jan Chan of China and Rohan Bopanna of India, 4-6, 6-3, 10-3 winners to Czech Andrea Hlavackova and Poland's Lukasz Kubot. Meantime, AJ …

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Raonic stuns Wawrinka, secures Aussie quarters

Melbourne, Australia — Milos Raonic persevered with his serve-and-volley game plan, holding firm even in the deciding set against Stan Wawrinka after the 2014 Australian Open champion had rallied from two sets down to force a fifth. It paid off for Raonic, who beat Wawrinka 6-4, 6-3, 5-7, 4-6, 6-3 on Monday to secure a spot in the quarterfinals at the Australian Open. It was his first win in five matches against French Open champion Wawrinka, the only man who was able to beat top-ranked Novak Djokovic in a Grand Slam match last year. It was Raonic’s first win on Rod Laver Arena, too, “so that’s a nice plus.” The 25-year-old Canadian is into the quarterfinals for the fourth time at the majors, including a loss her last year to Djokovic. Next up, he’ll …

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Huey, pal advance to quarters

Fil-American netter Treat Huey and Belarusian Max Mirnyi continued to impress as they caught another big fish to advance to the quarterfinal round of the Australian Open men’s doubles yesterday in Melbourne. Complementing each other well, Huey and Mirnyi dispatched fourth-picked Rohan Bopanna of India and Florin Mergea of Romania, 6-4, 6-3, to post their biggest win so far. Huey and Mirnyi, a former world No. 1 doubles player, will next face unseeded Daniel Nestor of Canada and Radek Stepanek of the Czech Republic, 5-7, 6-4, 6-4 winners over Spaniard duo Pablo Andujar and Pablo Carreño Busta. The victory enabled Huey to match his best Grand Slam finish after also reaching the quarters of the 2013 US Open and the 2014 Australian Open with former British partner Dominic Inglot. Huey and Mirnyi are hoping …

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Hot Maria fires 21 aces, faces Serena in quarters

Melbourne, Australia — Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova have confirmed their quarterfinal date at the Australian Open, each advancing in straight sets on Sunday to ensure a rematch in Melbourne Park between last year's finalists. Fifth-seeded Sharapova fired a career-high 21 aces and hit 58 winners in her 7-5, 7-5 win over Belinda Bencic in the first match of the day on Rod Laver Arena, converting her second match point with a successful challenge after her forehand was initially called long. Six-time champion Williams followed it up with a 55-minute, 6-2, 6-1 win over Margarita Gasparyan. Margaret Court, the Australian great who won 24 Grand Slam singles titles and has a court named in her honor at Melbourne Park, was in the crowd watching Williams reach the quarterfinals of the season's first major …

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Azarenka advances

Melbourne, Australia — Pressure is a matter of perspective for Victoria Azarenka, who can recall days when she was worried as much about going hungry as she was about her next match. The two-time Australian Open champion is a growing favorite for the title, growing in confidence following two injury-interrupted seasons as she tallies victories and while leading contenders are making early-round exits to open up the draw. Azarenka dropped her opening service game without winning a point on Saturday, but recovered quickly to beat Japanese qualifier Naomi Osaka 6-1, 6-1 win in 56 minutes. No. 2 Simona Halep went out in the first round, while No. 3 Garbine Muguruza lost in the third round in the match before 14th-seeded Azarenka went on court. Asked about the apparent change in her fortunes and …

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Alcantara, pal face 2nd seed in final

Second pick Johan Brunstrom of Sweden and Frederik Nielsen of Denmark outlasted their unseeded rivals yesterday to move into the doubles final of the ATP Challenger Philippine Open at the Rizal Memorial Tennis Center. Brunstrom and Nielsen, ranked Nos. 100 and 107, respectively, recovered just in time to edge Austria’s Maximilian Neuchrist and India’s Divij Sharam, 6-3, 6-7 (8), 10-7, to arrange a title duel with local bet Francis Casey Alcantara and Christopher Rungkat of Indonesia slated today. Alcantara and Rungkat propelled outright in the final after their semifinal foes, Thai twins Sanchai and Sonchat Ratiwatana withdrew due to personal reasons. Brunstrom and Nielsen are fancied to win the match with their experience, but home crowd advantage would be on Alcantara and Rungkat, a veteran Davis Cupper. The 35-year-old Brunstrom is a regular Grand …

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Sharapova turns back gritty rival

Melbourne, Australia — Maria Sharapova played two nearly flawless sets on either side of the one where she struggled against Lauren Davis in a slight hiccup at the Australian Open. Sharapova, who won the title here in 2008 and has lost three finals – including last year’s decider to Serena Williams – advanced to the fourth round with a 6-1, 6-7 (5), 6-1 on Friday, her 600th tour-level match win. “Wow. I’ve won 600 matches?” Sharapova asked, responding to a question in an on-court interview. “Is this like a friendly reminder that I’m getting old? Might be.” The 28-year-old, five-time major winner is playing her 13th Australian Open since 2003 so she knew what to expect when she lost concentration in the second set despite being up and break and 30-love. “You know you’re …

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