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Tennis Great Accused of Being Racist, Homophobic

Margaret Court says tennis is 'full of lesbians'

(Newser) - There's mounting pressure to rename the Australian Open's Margaret Court Arena after its namesake, Australian tennis great Margaret Court, told a Christian radio station this week the sport is "full of lesbians" and transgender children are the work of "the devil." The Guardian reports the... More »

5 Hot Events You Can Attend Next Year ... via Cruise Ship

From Mardis Gras to Carnival and beyond

(Newser) - Cruises are about more than just eating as much as possible, lounging by the pool, and wandering around port cities. As Fox News reports, they can also get you to some of the biggest events of the year. A sample:
  • Australian Open: One of the four annual Grand Slam tennis
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Venus Pulls Out of Aussie Open

Williams hopes to be back in action next month

(Newser) - Venus Williams' struggle with the autoimmune disease Sjogren's syndrome has forced her to pull out of the year's first major tournament. The seven-time Grand Slam winner has announced that she's pulling out of the Australian Open, but she hopes to be back in action next month, the... More »

Venus Williams Turns Heads in Win

Patty Schnyder loses, but nobody's looking at her

(Newser) - Venus Williams won her French Open first-round match yesterday, but the spotlight was on what she was wearing—and not wearing. The No. 2 seed sported a lacy black concoction with underpinnings similar to the ones that caused a stir at the Australian Open by creating the illusion that she... More »

Serena Claims 5th Australian Open Crown

Williams ends Justine Henin's comeback try

(Newser) - Serena Williams maintained her perfect record in finals at Melbourne Park today, beating comeback kid Justine Henin in three sets to claim the Australian Open singles title. Williams wrapped up the match 6-4, 3-6, 6-2 in 2 hours and 7 minutes, and in doing so became the first woman to... More »

Serena Moves Into Final

Younger Williams sister dispatches China's Li

(Newser) - Serena Williams advanced to her fifth Australian Open women’s final today, beating China’s Li, 7-6 (4), 7-6 (1). The top seed dominated in the second-set tiebreak, the AP reports, winning with an ace after the 16th-seeded Li had twice saved match points. Williams will face either Justine Henin... More »

Nadal Drops Out, Roddick Dumped at Aussie Open

Croatian Marin Cilic prevails in marathon match

(Newser) - Defending champ Rafael Nadal dropped out of the Australian Open today with a knee injury, and Andy Roddick was knocked out by Croatian Marin Cilic. The 14th seed Cilic beat the four-time semi-finalist 7-6, 6-3, 3-6, 2-6, 6-3 in a marathon match lasting 230 minutes. The seventh-seeded American struggled with... More »

Nadal Denies Federer, Wins Open

Tennis was sometimes sloppy, but drama always finely tuned

(Newser) - Roger Federer fell short of a record-tying 14th major title when his final shot went long, giving the game, set, match, and Australian Open title to Rafael Nadal. The Spaniard's third straight finals victory over Federer came in a tough and sometimes sloppy five sets, and marks his first Grand... More »

Serena and Safina Reach Aussie Final

Federer beats Roddick in straight sets

(Newser) - Serena Williams steamrolled into her fourth Australian Open final today with a 6-3, 6-4 win over Elena Dementieva. The No. 2 seed hit 10 aces while Dementieva stumbled with strings of double faults. Williams will face Dinara Safina, who won her semifinal in straight sets over Vera Zvonareva. The matches... More »

Nadal, Serena Reach Semis in 110° Heat

Extreme temperatures force delays at Australian Open

(Newser) - Rafael Nadal cruised into the semifinals of the Australian Open, winning his fifth straight-set victory at Melbourne Park over France's Gilles Simon, 6-2, 7-5, 7-5. He will face fellow Spaniard Fernando Verdasco, while Roger Federer will play Andy Roddick. Nadal's victory came as the heat in Melbourne reached 110°, forcing... More »

Roddick Moves to Semis as Djokovic Quits

Australian Open's defending champion throws in the towel

(Newser) - Andy Roddick moved to the semifinals of the Australian Open after opponent Novak Djokovic quit in the middle of the fourth set. After taking the first set in a tiebreaker, the defending champion lost the next two to Roddick before calling a doctor and retiring the match at 6-7, 6-4,... More »

Murray Bombs Out, Serena Catches a Break

Men's favorite loses in five while Williams opponent concedes

(Newser) - Andy Murray's dream of winning a Grand Slam will have to wait, as the Scot tapped by many as the likely winner of the Australian Open went out in the fourth round. Spain's Fernando Verdasco overpowered the No. 4 seed to win 2-6, 6-1, 1-6, 6-3, 6-4. Murray has been... More »

Rafa, What's With the Collar? And ... Sleeves?

Nadal dons polo, ditches capris in Nike makeover

(Newser) - When Rafael Nadal emerged a few weeks ago without his signature capris and—gasp!—wearing a polo shirt, many fans of the top-ranked tennis player began grumbling. And now his Australian Open outfits, though a bit less Roger Federer-esque, are still no longer pirate chic, but more “retro... More »

Streaker Stalls Williams Sisters' Match

Near-naked man on court for 14 seconds

(Newser) - A male streaker burst onto the court for 14 seconds as Venus and Serena Williams played a doubles match today at the Australian Open, Reuters reports. Guards caught the man when he dashed to another court; he was barred from the rest of the tournament. Earlier, an ethnic brawl broke... More »

Ethnic Violence Erupts at Aussie Open

Serbs, Bosnians throw chairs during Djokovic-Delic match

(Newser) - Violence broke out again at the Australian Open today, as Serbian and Bosnian spectators threw punches, then chairs, at each other in Melbourne Park's garden square. The incident took place as Novak Djokovic, the Serbian defending champion, played his third-round match against Amer Delic, a Bosnian-born American. One woman was... More »

Venus Ousted in Round 2 of Aussie Open

Sixth seed loses to Spain's Carla Suarez Navarro

(Newser) - Venus Williams has never won an Australian Open, and she won't win this one. The seven-time Grand Slam champ lost today in the second round to unseeded Carla Suarez Navarro of Spain, AFP reports. "I haven't quite figured out the areas of my game that went wrong, but I... More »

Nadal Takes Top Seed

(Newser) - When the first tennis Grand Slam of the year gets under way in Australia Monday, a familiar name won't be atop the seedings. Roger Federer will be the No. 2 seed after four straight years in the top spot at Melbourne, the AP reports. Spaniard Rafael Nadal will be No.... More »

Teed-Off Daly Smashes Fan's Camera

Grumpy golfer loses it with snapper at Australian Open

(Newser) - US Golfer John Daly smashed a snap-happy fan's camera during a tough opening round in the Australian Open, the Sydney Morning Herald reports. After pushing his tee shot on the 9th hole into a clump of trees, the enraged duffer grabbed the camera as the fan tried to take a... More »

Shaky Serena Beats Jankovic For Title

Williams is 14-1 this year after her fifth Key Biscayne crown

(Newser) - Serena Williams screamed at herself, broke her racket and then finally finished off Jelena Jankovic 6-1, 5-7, 6-3 for her fifth title at the Sony Ericsson Open today. Williams survived some tense moments in the last set and an improbable comeback by Jankovic, who trailed 5-3 in the second set.... More »

Djokovic Takes First Slam Title

First Serbian to win Grand Slam battles fierce newcomer Tsonga

(Newser) - Novak Djokovic, the third-ranked Serbian who ousted Roger Federer on his way to the Australian Open finals, now has a Grand Slam title of his own. Facing fierce newcomer Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in an epic battle, Djokovic held on—and maintained his composure—to prevail 4-6, 6-4, 6-3, 7-6 (2), ABC... More »

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