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Posted 01-10-2014 at 02:15 PM by Philip Oliver
Nicolas Almagro has been forced to pull out of next week’s Australian Open due to a shoulder injury.

The Spaniard has been in a race against time to be fit ahead of the opening Grand Slam of the season at Melbourne Park which begins on Monday.

The world number 13 reached the quarter-finals in the event for the first time in his career 12 months ago. That is the furthest he has been in a Slam outside of the French Open where the red clay is his favourite surface. ...
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Posted 01-10-2014 at 09:39 AM by Philip Oliver
Serena Williams goes into the Australian Open next week looking for her sixth success in the competition and what could be her 18th Grand Slam title.

The world number one won two of the four major trophies last season after victories in the French Open in Paris and US Open at Flushing Meadows in New York.

In the early stages of 2013, Williams was suffering with an ankle injury which did not help her preparation for the Melbourne Park event. She lost in the quarter-finals...
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Posted 01-08-2014 at 01:27 PM by Philip Oliver
Home favourite in the bet365 odds, Leyton Hewitt, goes into the Australian Open next week on the back of a victory in the Brisbane International at the weekend.

The former world number one was able to beat heavy favourite Roger Federer in the final 6-1 4-6 6-3. That was his first title since 2010 as he begins the new season in good form.

Hewitt was able to break Federer on three occasions in the opening set as he went into a 1-0 led.

The 17-time Grand...
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Posted 01-08-2014 at 01:15 PM by Philip Oliver
Serena Williams kicked off the new season in the same form she ended the last one, taking her winning streak to 22 matches on the way to the Brisbane International title. Serena collected her first title of 2014 after seeing off world number two Victoria Azarenka 6-4 7-5, ending the Belarusian’s own 24-match winning run.

Following a 2013 in which she amassed a 78-4 record and picked up two more majors – there is little surprise Williams will head to the Australian Open as a heavy...
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Posted 01-07-2014 at 01:51 PM by Philip Oliver
Poland’s Agnieszka Radwanska has admitted that she played too much tennis towards the back end of last year but, having worked on her fitness through the winter, she hopes to be able to regain her best form in 2014.

Radwanska’s last tournament win came at the KDB Korea Open back in September but her form dipped following that victory and she was knocked out of the WTA Tour Championships at the round robin stage.

Following that disappointment it was clear that Radwanska’s...
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