Eight matches in the first seven days of the tournament ended after midnight, forcing players to adjust their sleep schedules.
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With her round of 16 victory at the Australian Open, the indomitable Williams is one step closer to winning a record-tying 24th Grand Slam singles title.
Australia has not produced a male Grand Slam singles champion or a top-10 men’s player in more than 10 years. Instead, men’s tennis in Australia is now a soap opera.
The 21-year-old American upended Grigor Dimitrov for his latest surprise victory in Melbourne. And now the fans are paying attention.
Tsitsipas, who is from Greece, reached his first Grand Slam quarterfinal by upsetting Federer, the 37-year-old, two-time defending champion.
Collins is from the University of Virginia and is both pugnacious and audacious. “I think it’s going to keep happening,’’ she said after beating Kerber.
Barty needed three sets to reach a Grand Slam singles quarterfinal for the first time. Petra Kvitova rolled past Amanda Anisimova, 17, who had a run of upsets.
For Halep, it will be back-to-back matches against the Williams sisters. In the third round, she easily dispatched Venus Williams, 6-2, 6-3.
Naomi Osaka won against Taiwan’s Hsieh Su-Wei 5-7, 6-4, 6-1, proving that she is maturing in front of everybody’s eyes.
Top-ranked Novak Djokovic beat 19-year-old Denis Shapovalov in four sets. Serena Williams, Simona Halep and Naomi Osaka also won Saturday in Melbourne.
Anisimova beat 11th-seeded Aryna Sabalenka, 6-3, 6-2, at the Australian Open to reach the second week of a Grand Slam event for the first time.
Fritz, 21, one of the most promising players in tennis, had come to this Australian Open match on the heels of a win over Gael Monfils.
For Serbs living in Australia, Djokovic is a sporting hero who provides a connection to their culture and tradition.
The two approached every point in the 2-hour, 24-minute slugfest as if they were playing in the Australian Open final, not for a berth in the round of 16.
Anisimova, a 17-year-old American, reached the fourth round of a major tournament for the first time with her win over the No. 11 seed.
As part of a new strategy to raise the intensity of her preparation, Williams has trained this month with Stefanos Tsitsipas, Grigor Dimitrov and Frances Tiafoe.
Short answer: yes. Meet the granddaughter of Serena Williams and Alexis Ohanian.
Halep, the Australian Open’s top-seeded woman, got all she could handle from the 20-year-old American Sofia Kenin. Zverev was pushed to five sets by Jeremy Chardy.
Frances Tiafoe, 20, upset fifth-seeded Kevin Anderson, and Taylor Fritz, 21, ousted Gaël Monfils in the second round.
Amélie Mauresmo was ready to become France’s Davis Cup captain when Lucas Pouille, a young French player, came to her with an offer: Coach him instead.
Sloane Stephens advanced at the expense of her former doubles partner Timea Babos.
Andy Murray rarely hesitated to speak up for women’s tennis. It will miss him, too, if he is retiring from the sport.
Halep gets revenge after being bundled out of the U.S. Open within its opening hours.
Victoria Azarenka eliminated; Naomi Osaka and Novak Djokovic win.
One tournament began 30 years ago in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, and now there are six spread around the region.
For one of the tallest players in tennis, regularly flying around the world to play tournaments can be a challenge.