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In Picking Tennis Balls, Junk Science Meets OCD

(Newser) - The meticulous attention a pro tennis player gives to choosing balls ahead of a serve is a little bit of science with a healthy dose of superstition—or even stalling. Players say balls that have seen more play are fluffier and therefore have more drag, though the consensus is that... 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 »

Unseeded Tsonga Crushes Nadal

French phenom roars into Australian Open final in straight set upset

(Newser) - ESPN's Bonnie Ford called it the "Tsonga Tsunami": a 6-2, 6-3, 6-2 wipeout of world #2 Rafael Nadal in the Australian Open semifinals which stunned the tennis world Thursday in Melbourne. Using a wide array of shots to score winners from everywhere on the court, Tsonga made Nadal -whose... More »

Sharapova Shocks No. 1 Henin to Reach Semis

Nadal and Tsonga advance for men

(Newser) - First-ranked Justine Henin saw her 32-match win streak extinguished as an exultant Maria Sharapova put the Belgian away 6-4, 6-0, AP reports. The No. 5 Sharapova will need another upset to get through the semifinals of the Australian Open, where she will face No. 3 Jelena Jankovic. "I really... More »

Nadal, Sharapova Advance

Williams, Henin, Ferrero taste victory

(Newser) - Spain’s Rafael Nadal quickly advanced to the Australian Open’s fourth round today, when a calf injury forced French opponent Paul-Henri Matthieu to drop out; Nadal was ahead 6-4, 3-0. Justine Henin made short work of her opponent, Taiwan’s Hsieh Su-Wei, 6-2, 6-2, as did Maria Sharapova, who... More »

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