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January 16, 2019 5:14 AM Australia's Barty shines brightly as compatriots stumble

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Australia’s top-ranked player Ashleigh Barty beat Wang Yafan 6-2 6-3 in a straight-forward affair on Wednesday, propelling the home country’s leading prospect into the third round. The 15th-seeded Barty is the highest ranked local player — either man or woman — in the tournament and is known for her court craft and is an accomplished 290

January 15, 2019 12:10 PM Factbox: Dan Evans v Roger Federer

In his first Grand Slam appearance since serving a 12-month drug ban, Evans battled fellow qualifier Tatsuma Ito to reach the second round. The Briton relies on his sliced backhand to gain an advantage in rallies and he is looking to break into the top 50 for the first time since 2017. But he will be wary of how easily Federer dispatched him at Wimbledon 64

January 14, 2019 12:28 PM Australian Open: Retiring Andy Murray out in opening round

Britain's Andy Murray waves as he leaves the court following his first round loss to Spain's Roberto Bautista Agut at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Monday, Jan. 14, 2019. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein) Andy Murray nearly pulled off quite a comeback before losing 6-4, 6-4, 6-7 (5), 6-7 (4), 6-2 to 22nd-seeded Roberto 52

January 13, 2019 10:36 PM Australian premier plans Fiji, Vanuatu visit to offset China influence

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Monday he will visit Fiji and Vanuatu this week as part of a push to offset China’s growing influence in the South Pacific. Morrison heads to Vanuatu on Wednesday, in the first visit by an Australian prime minister to the Pacific island nation in three decades. He then will go to Fiji, returning 38

January 13, 2019 10:01 AM Murray much more than just a tennis player, says Mauresmo

PARIS (Reuters) - Andy Murray will leave the sport as more than just a sporting figure, the Briton’s former coach Amelie Mauresmo said on Sunday. Murray, 31, said on Friday that this year’s Australian Open could be his last professional tournament, although the former world number one hopes he can bow out at his beloved Wimbledon. The three-time grand 53

January 13, 2019 5:28 AM Australia to force local governments to induct citizens on national holiday

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia’s federal government has ordered local governments to hold naturalization ceremonies for new citizens on Australia Day amid controversy over the holiday, which some claim is offensive to its indigenous people. The government is proposing that all local government bodies in Australia, typically referred to as councils, must hold induction 43

January 12, 2019 3:27 PM Rahaf al-Qunun: Saudi teen refugee arrives in Canada

A Saudi teenager who fled her family alleging abuse and got stranded at a Bangkok airport has arrived in Canada after being granted asylum there. Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun, 18, had been trying to reach Australia via Bangkok but was initially told to return to Kuwait, where her family were waiting. She refused to fly back and barricaded herself into her airport 46

January 12, 2019 5:36 AM Tennis: Umpiring a 'strange occupation', says Kyrgios

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Nick Kyrgios has had more than his fair share of run-ins with umpires over his career and on Saturday the Australian revealed that he thought it “strange” that anyone would want to officiate on a tennis court. The maverick 23-year-old has been forced to pay out tens of thousands of dollars in fines for swearing, making obscene gestures 35

January 11, 2019 12:54 AM Andy Murray announces he plans to retire from tennis in near future

Andy Murray said Friday he plans to retire and is targeting this year's Wimbledon as the final tournament of his career -- if he can keep playing that long. "Obviously I've been struggling for a long time. I've been in a lot of pain for about 20 months now," Murray said at Melbourne Park ahead of the Australian Open. "I've pretty much done everything 47

January 10, 2019 7:04 PM WTA roundup: Unseeded Barty continues run in Sydney

Unseeded Australian Ashleigh Barty continued her surprising run on her native soil on Thursday, sweeping past 10th-seeded Elise Mertens of Belgium 6-3, 6-3 to advance to the semifinals of the Sydney International. The win came a day after Barty, 22 years old and ranked No. 15 in the world, knocked off top-seeded and world No. 1 Simona Halep on the hardcourt 35