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  • Serena sets up clash with French Open nemesis

    By Ian Ransom MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Serena Williams was a picture of torment for a set and a half on Saturday before finding her range to fend off Elina Svitolina 4-6 6-2 6-0 and set up a fourth round clash with French Open nemesis Garbine Muguruza. Spaniard Muguruza was a fast rising if unheralded 20-year-old before Roland Garros last year but became an overnight sensation by thrashing a lead-footed Williams 6-2 6-2 in the second round on the way to a maiden grand slam quarter-final appearance. Muguruza, seeded 24th in Melbourne, has continued her upward trajectory and like Williams bageled her third round opponent, Timea Bacsinszky, in the third set of their match on Saturday. Williams described her French Open shock as a "good loss".

  • Tennis-Student Bouchard ready to be tested by Sharapova

    * Bouchard to meet Sharapova in quarters * Lessons learned from last year, win over Begu (Adds details, quotes) By Greg Stutchbury MELBOURNE, Jan 25 (Reuters) - Eugenie Bouchard will spend Monday 'cramming' for one of the toughest exams of her fledgling career when she faces second seed Maria Sharapova in the Australian Open quarter-finals. The Canadian advanced to the last eight at Melbourne Park on Sunday following a 6-1 5-7 6-2 victory over Romania's Irina-Camelia Begu in the first match on Rod Laver Arena before Sharapova took to the court and dispatched China's Peng Shuai next up. Bouchard, seeded seventh, was pleased to have got through her seesaw battle with the Romanian and while she knew that one practice was not going to fix some of the mistakes she made on Sunday, it would help her confidence to work out some kinks. "I believe in cramming," Bouchard said with a grin.

  • Soccer-Mourinho bemoans Chelsea's disgraceful FA Cup drubbing

    (Corrects days in last para) By Clare Lovell LONDON, Jan 24 (Reuters) - A bemused Jose Mourinho described Chelsea's performance as unacceptable and a disgrace after the Premier League leaders slumped to a 4-2 home defeat against third-tier Bradford City in the FA Cup fourth round on Saturday. Mourinho, twice a Champions League winner, who has led teams to titles in his native Portugal, Italy and Spain as well as at Chelsea, said the defeat was one of the worst of his career. It was the first time a Mourinho Chelsea side had lost to lower league opposition during his two wpells in England. "It's a disgrace -- a sporting disgrace obviously but still a disgrace." The Chelsea manager said team rotation, after he rested several players, could not be used as an excuse for the rout.

  • Murray avenges Dimitrov loss to advance in Melbourne

    Andy Murray avenged his shock loss at last year's Wimbledon and battled his way into his 16th successive grand slam quarter-final with a 6-4 6-7(5) 6-3 7-5 victory over Bulgaria's Grigor Dimitrov at the Australian Open on Sunday. The 27-year-old Scot was upset by Dimitrov in the quarter-finals in his title defense last year at Wimbledon and Sunday's victory helped dim those memories and set up a last eight clash with Australian teenager Nick Kyrgios. Murray saved a set point while serving at 5-2 down in the fourth that would have sent the match into a decider, then got it back on serve at 5-5, broke Dimitrov to love -- which prompted the 23-year-old to destroy his racquet -- and then served out to raucous applause.


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