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Added June 14th, 2016 by Ian

Maria Sharapova could have tennis ban reduced

Russian tennis star Maria Sharapova is generally considered to be the top-earning female athlete in the world for the past decade, but she likely won’t be making any money on the court for the next year or two. She has been banned for failing a drug test, but an International Tennis Federation tribunal has said she didn’t intentionally cheat. Sharapova and Max Eisenbud, her agent, claim they didn’t know the drug she tested positive for, meldonium which is also known by its brand name of Mildronate, was on the banned substance list. However, there are those who feel the drug shouldn’t be on the banned list since it can remain in a person’s system for quite some time and it doesn’t really enhance and athlete’s performance.

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Added February 1st, 2016 by Ian

Novak Djokovic ties Australian Open record with sixth championship

Novak Djokovic of Serbia tied a men’s singles tennis tournament record in Melbourne on Sunday, January 31 when he won the Australian Open for the sixth time. The 28-year-old beat Andy Murray of Scotland in three straight sets 6-1, 7-5, 7-6 (7-3) to equal the previous mark of half a dozen wins which was set by Roy Emerson of Australia. Djokovic reached the final this year by beating Roger Federer in the semis while Murray made it by taking out Milos Raonic of Canada. Emerson won his six Australian Opens in a short period of time as he achieved the feat between 1961 and 1967.

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Added February 1st, 2016 by Ian

Serena Williams upset by Angelique Kerber at Australian Open

American tennis star Serena Williams was arguably sports’ most dominant athlete when she entered the Australian Open tennis tournament down in Melbourne. And that’s why the 34-year-old’s loss in the women’s singles final to 28-year-old Angelique Kerber of Germany on January 30th is considered such an upset. It was Kerber’s first appearance in the final of a Grand Slam tennis event in her 33rd major appearance. Kerber is now the first German woman to win a major tennis tournament since Steffi Graf back in 1999 while Williams was draw level with Graf’s mark of 22 wins in major singles competitions.

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Added September 14th, 2015 by Ian

Roberta Vinci ousts Serena Williams in biggest-ever tennis upset then loses final

Thirty-two-year old Italian Roberta Vinci pulled off perhaps the greatest upset in women’s tennis history on September 11th when she ousted American Serena Williams from the U.S. Open semifinals in three sets. However, Vinci’s moment of glory didn’t last too long as she was beaten in the final in New York the next day by fellow county woman Flavia Pennetta in three sets. When the tournament began, a lot of bookmakers didn’t even offer betting odds on Vinci winning the tournament and the odds of Pennetta capturing the crown were about 200/1.

Against Vinci, Williams went into the match as the 30/1 favourite. She was entering her 47th Grand Slam semifinal showdown while it was the first ever for Vinci. Williams also had a 33-match winning streak on the go in Grand Slam events and had lost just 22 matches in the past decade. Vinci had already lost 24 matches this year alone and it was just the third major quarterfinal of her career. Williams had made three quarterfinals during the same year a total of 10 times.

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Added August 26th, 2015 by Ian

Pro tennis players getting better with age

Added September 9th, 2014 by Ian

14th-seeded Marin Cilic captures U.S. Open

Added April 7th, 2011 by Jonas

Djokovic the new king of clay?

Added April 7th, 2011 by Jonas

Nadal teaches Federer a lesson again

Added January 3rd, 2011 by Ian

Rafael Nadal and Blanka Vlasic named athletes of the year Rafael Nadal from Spain and Blanka Vlasic was named sportsman/sportswoman of the year for 2010, after votes from different journalists across the world.