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  • Seppi recovers from illness to take on Tomic

    31 December 2013 4:07 AM 14

    World No.25 Andreas Seppi has overcome illness and will return for Italy's Hyundai Hopman Cup clash with Australia at Perth Arena today. Seppi was forced to retire when trailing 6-4 2-2 against Poland's Grzegorz Panfil in his country's opening tie last Saturday. Poland were handed the mixed doubles in a walkover for a 3-0 win after world No.5 Agnieszka

  • Victoria Azarenka to open new season against local wild card Casey Dellacqua

    31 December 2013 1:00 AM 12

    Maria Sharapova returns after four months out injured with a completely dominant 6-3 6-0 victory over France’s Caroline Garcia Victoria Azarenka thinks her rivalry with Serena Williams is making her a better player and is looking forward to renewing it over the next four weeks at the Brisbane International and the Australian Open. World number two behind

  • Ash gets the cash against former top-five player Daniela Hantuchova on a day of Aussie upsets

    30 December 2013 12:58 PM 25

    Casey Dellacqua joined fellow Aussie Marinko Matosevic in the second round of the Brisbane International, where she will meet world number two Victoria Azarenka. ASH Barty gained fresh momentum for her attack on the WTA Tour today with a career-best singles win over former top-five player Daniela Hantuchova at the Brisbane International. Barty, the former

  • Melbourne Renegades clinch their first win of the BBL season with a thumping of Brisbane Heat

    30 December 2013 11:53 AM 12

    AN impromptu Major League Baseball tryout from Ben Rohrer revived the Melbourne Renegades' season at Etihad Stadium on Monday night. It was going to take something special to upstage the earlier batting heroics of Aaron Finch (81 off 51 balls) and Jos Buttler (61 off 36) as the home team batted first and posted an equal Big Bash League record 3-210. But Rohrer

  • Sharapova dominant on return from injury in Brisbane

    30 December 2013 11:37 AM 10

    Maria Sharapova returned after four months out injured with a completely dominant 6-3 6-0 victory over France's Caroline Garcia in the opening round of the Brisbane International on Monday. The world number four showed no signs of the shoulder injury which has kept her off court since the Western and Southern Open in August as she raced into the second

  • The Ashes: Michael Clarke remains hopeful Ryan Harris and Shane Watson will be fit to play at the SCG

    30 December 2013 11:03 AM 10

    Skipper Michael Clarke says Ryan Harris and Shane Watson will play if they are fit and available as Australia pursues a 5-0 series whitewash against England in Sydney. Paceman Harris and all-rounder Watson are in some doubt to play in this week's final Ashes Test after featuring in Australia's eight-wicket victory over the tourists in Melbourne on Sunday

  • US in Hopman Cup hunt

    30 December 2013 8:41 AM 7

    The US are well and truly in the hunt for a record seventh Hopman Cup title after a 3-0 triumph over Spain in front of 4838 at Perth Arena today. Rising star Sloane Stephens was too good for veteran Anabel Medina Garrigues in her 6-3 6-1 win before giant teammate John Isner did enough to overcome journeyman Daniel Munoz-De La Nava 6-3 6-4. The American

  • Casey Dellacqua's lucky charm works its magic again to set up match against Victoria Azarenka

    30 December 2013 7:20 AM 11

    CASEY Dellacqua grabbed a second-round shot at world No.2 Victoria Azarenka at the Brisbane International by today wearing down higher-ranked Ukrainian Galina Voskoboeva. Dellacqua, who considers four-month-old son Blake her "lucky charm", beat Voskoboeva 3-6, 6-2, 6-3, riding the home support to victory at Pat Rafter Arena. Dellacqua's partner Amanda

  • Marinko Matosevic beats Julien Bennetau in first round of Brisbane International

    30 December 2013 5:33 AM 12

    Australia's number three-ranked player Marinko Matosevic won a thrilling match against Frenchman Julien Benneteau on Monday in the first round of the Brisbane International tennis tournament. Matosevic's 5-7, 6-4, 7-6 (7-4) victory at Pat Rafter Arena was his first triumph in the main draw of a top-tier event in his home country at his 10th attempt

  • Thwaite sticks with Glory

    30 December 2013 1:38 AM 14

    Experienced defender Michael Thwaite has resisted offers from rival clubs to sign a two-year extension to his existing contract with Perth Glory, tying him to the club until 2016. The signing is a boost for Glory, who have endured a tumultuous month, including the sacking of Alistair Edwards as coach on December 17. Young defender Jack Clisby and forward