MELBOURNE - Venus Williams blamed an injury time-out by opponent Madison Keys for robbing her of rhythm and momentum during their Australian Open quarter-final on Wednesday.
MELBOURNE - Victoria Azarenka's grand slam comeback from an injury-plagued season ran into a brick wall in the form of feisty Slovak Dominika Cibulkova on Monday, but the former champion leaves Melbourne Park having finally won the affections of the hosts.
MELBOURNE - Away from the court, the women's tennis tour can seem a merry-go-round of social get-togethers, support groups and 'selfies' shared between leading players but Eugenie Bouchard has no desire to forge firm friendships with her rivals.
MELBOURNE - The fluorescent yellow outfit Victoria Azarenka wore as she dismantled Caroline Wozniacki at the Australian Open on Thursday was a one-word fashion statement -- loud.
MELBOURNE - Top seeds Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams barely moved out of second gear while Victoria Azarenka underlined her Australian Open pedigree as players experienced the hottest conditions of the championship so far on Thursday.
MELBOURNE - Caroline Wozniacki said she felt "cursed" at Melbourne Park after losing in straight sets to a resurgent Victoria Azarenka in the Australian Open second round on Thursday.
MELBOURNE - Serena Williams was dragged into a second set scrap by unheralded Belgian Alison Van Uytvanck but put down the minor threat with some powerful serving to reach the second round of the Australian Open with a 6-0 6-4 win on Tuesday.
MELBOURNE - Top seeds Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams stuck to the Australian Open script with fairly routine victories on Tuesday, while men's champion Stan Wawrinka and two-time winner Victoria Azarenka joined them in the second round.
MELBOURNE - Injury is a cruel mistress for any professional sportsperson, a fact no more evident than on Tuesday when Victoria Azarenka faced Sloane Stephens in the first round of the Australian Open.
MELBOURNE - Serena Williams' Australian Open preparations included smashing a racquet in frustration, complaining of fatigue and losing to players she had never lost to before, yet she is still the favorite to claim her sixth title at Melbourne Park.