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Novak Djokovic edges Dominic Thiem for 8th Austrailian Open title

Novak Djokovic was looking weary and worn down. He felt dizzy and trailed Dominic Thiem in the Australian Open final – miscues mounting, deficit growing. Djokovic did what he does, though. He refused to lose, waited for a chance to pounce and found his best tennis when absolutely necessary. Even threw in a wrinkle, serve-and-volleying twice when facing break point. Regaining his stamina and strokes, and showing some gutsy creativity, Djokovic came back to edge Thiem 6-4, 4-6, 2-6, 6-3, 6-4 Sunday night for an eighth Australian Open title, second in a row, and 17th Grand Slam trophy overall.

Aussie Ash Barty advances to women’s semifinals at Australian Open

Top-ranked Ash Barty is a step closer to ending a long drought for Aussies at the national championship. Barty saved set points in the 11th game and another in the tiebreaker before seizing the momentum against two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova in a 7-6 (6), 6-2 on Rod Laver Arena. She next faces No. 14 Sofia Kenin, who reached the semifinals at a major for the first time with a 6-4, 6-4 win over No. 78-ranked Ons Jabeur.

Serena Williams stunned by Wang Qiang at Australian Open

Down to what sure felt like her last chance, Serena Williams came through with a cross-court forehand winner to close a 24-stroke point, then raised her arms, held that celebratory pose and looked over toward her guest box.

Red dust, rain hit weather-plagued Australian Open

Red dust and rain combined to give some of the blue courts at the Australian Open a more Roland Garros hue, adding yet another element to the freakish conditions that have plagued the first four days of the tournament.

Maria Sharapova makes quick exit at Australian Open

Maria Sharapova hasn’t won a tournament since 2017, and her ranking slipped to 136th by the end of last year. After a 6-3, 6-4 loss to 19th-seeded Donna Vekic at the Australian Open on Tuesday, former No. 1-ranked Sharapova is on a run of three first-round exits at Grand Slam events.

Nelly Korda has 3-shot lead into Australian Open’s 4th round

Nelly Korda made up for an early bogey on the back nine with three consecutive birdies and four on her final six holes to shoot a 5-under 67 Saturday and take a three-stroke lead after three rounds of the LPGA’s Women’s Australian Open.

Karrie Webb has moment to forget, trails in Women’s Australian Open

Karrie Webb had one of those moments during the Women’s Australian Open on Friday that might have made her feel like one of the weekend golfers following her behind the spectator ropes at The Grange, or watching on television. Short-siding herself in a bunker on the par-3 14th, five-time champion Webb hit it across the green and watched it dribble into a bunker on the other side.

Five-time winner Karrie Webb 2 strokes behind at Australian Open

Karrie Webb’s bid for a sixth Women’s Australian Open title began with a 5-under 67 at The Grange to leave her two strokes behind first-round leaders Jodi Ewart Shadoff and Wei-Ling Hsu. English player Ewart Shadoff had a bogey-free 65 in calm morning weather which included four consecutive birdies from the seventh through 10th holes.

Novak Djokovic routs Rafael Nadal for record seventh Australian Open title

In a breathtakingly mistake-free performance that yielded a remarkably lopsided result, No. 1-ranked Novak Djokovic overwhelmed Rafael Nadal 6-3, 6-2, 6-3 on Sunday to win a record seventh Australian Open championship and a third consecutive Grand Slam title, raising his count to 15 overall.

Naomi Osaka wins Australian Open for 2nd major, top ranking

Naomi Osaka recovered after wasting three championship points and won the Australian Open for a second consecutive Grand Slam title by edging Petra Kvitova 7-6 (2), 5-7, 6-4. The victory allows the 21-year-old Osaka to become the first tennis player from Japan to reach No. 1 in the rankings. She is the first woman to win two majors in a row since Serena Williams took the last of four straight in 2015.

No. 1 Novak Djokovic to face No. 2 Rafael Nadal for Australian Open title

Novak Djokovic moved closer to a record seventh Australian Open title by beating No. 28 Lucas Pouille 6-0, 6-2, 6-2 with a nearly perfect performance in the semifinals. Now No. 1 Djokovic will face No. 2 Rafael Nadal in the final. It will be their 53rd tour meeting and eighth in a Grand Slam final. Djokovic leads 27-25 overall, including a victory in the 2012 Australian Open final.

Naomi Osaka vs. Petra Kvitova for Australian Open title, No. 1 ranking

Naomi Osaka reached the Australian Open final by beating Karolina Pliskova 6-2, 4-6, 6-4 with the help of 15 aces. Osaka will face Petra Kvitova for the title, and the winner also will move up to No. 1 in the WTA rankings for the first time. Osaka became the first Japanese woman to win a Grand Slam singles trophy at last year’s U.S. Open. Rafael Nadal beat Stefanos Tsiptsipas to reach the men’s final.

50 years past last men’s Slam, Rod Laver says it’ll happen again

Rod Laver thinks there will be another true Grand Slam in men’s tennis one day. It’s been 50 years since the Australian left-hander became the last man to win all four major tournaments in one season. He did it against amateurs in 1962, then against pros in 1969.