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2017 Australian Open: Serena Williams routs Lucie Safarova to reach third round at  Rod Laver Arena

2017 Australian Open: Serena Williams routs Lucie Safarova to reach third round at Rod Laver Arena

Williams, 35, served up a storm, clubbing 15 aces and 35 winners in the 86-minute contest.

Australian Open 2017: 'Birthday-Girl' Angelique Kerber advances to third round, beats Carina Witthoeft in a hard-fought battle

Australian Open 2017: 'Birthday-Girl' Angelique Kerber advances to third round, beats Carina Witthoeft in a hard-fought battle

The defending champion, who turned 29, battled through 6-2, 6-7 (3/7), 6-2 and will next face either Kristyna Pliskova or Irina-Camelia Begu.

Australian Open 2017: Serena Williams swats all doubts, beats Belinda Bencic to reach second round

Australian Open 2017: Serena Williams swats all doubts, beats Belinda Bencic to reach second round

William is set to play in second round clash against Czech Lucie Safarova.

Karolina Pliskova pulls out of Sydney International with thigh injury

Karolina Pliskova pulls out of Sydney International with thigh injury

Pliskova demolished France`s Alize Cornet 6-0, 6-3 to win the Brisbane International on Saturday.

Qatar Open: Novak Djokovic gets a 'Selfie' surprise after winning his way into quater-final

Qatar Open: Novak Djokovic gets a 'Selfie' surprise after winning his way into quater-final

The world number two won his second round match 6-3, 6-4 in just 72 minutes against Horacio Zeballos.

Two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova undergoes surgery after knife attack

Two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova undergoes surgery after knife attack

She is also recovering from a stress fracture to her foot which has ruled her out of the Hopman Cup starting on January 1.

US Open 2016: Karolina Pliskova beats Ana Konjuh to enter maiden Grand Slam semis

US Open 2016: Karolina Pliskova beats Ana Konjuh to enter maiden Grand Slam semis

Pliskova will face either Serena Williams or Romanian Simona Halep for a place in Saturday`s championship match.

Germany encouraged illegal immigration: Czech PM

Germany encouraged illegal immigration: Czech PM

Germany encouraged illegal immigration to Europe with its humanitarian response to the refugee crisis, the Czech Prime Minister was cited as saying by a German newspaper on Wednesday.

Recovering Lucie Safarova withdraws from Hopman Cup

Recovering Lucie Safarova withdraws from Hopman Cup

In a breakthrough year, Safarova lost to Serena Williams at the French Open before catching the infection.

Pavel Nedved appointed Juventus vice president

Pavel Nedved appointed Juventus vice president

Former Czech football star Pavel Nedved has been appointed Juventus vice president at the Italian club's annual shareholders’ meeting here.

Czech president tells migrants: `No-one invited you`

Czech President Milos Zeman lashed out at illegal immigrants on Sunday after dozens tried to flee a detention centre, prompting police to use tear gas against the demonstrators.

Karolina Pliskova conquers rain and a giant-killer to reach Birmingham final

Karolina Pliskova conquers rain and a giant-killer to reach Birmingham final

Karolina Pliskova, the tall, steep-serving Czech with the tattoos and an increasing penchant for grass, beat both the rain and the week`s greatest giant-killer to reach the final in Birmingham on Saturday.

Lucie Safarova withdraws from Birmingham WTA event

Lucie Safarova withdraws from Birmingham WTA event

Losing French Open finalist Lucie Safarova has withdrawn from the WTA grass-court tournament in Birmingham that gets under way on Monday.

Boycott movement aims to destroy Israel: PM

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Monday that a Palestinian-led campaign to snub Israeli goods sought the "elimination" of the Jewish state, following a boycott row with French telecoms giant Orange.

Tomas Berdych storms into French Open second round

Tomas Berdych storms into French Open second round

Czech fourth seed Tomas Berdych bulldozed his way into the second round of the French Open by thrashing Japanese qualifier Yoshihito Nishioka 6-0 7-5 6-3 on Monday.

Petra Kvitova snaps Serena Williams run to reach Madrid final

Petra Kvitova snaps Serena Williams run to reach Madrid final

Serena Williams`s stunning 27-match winning streak stretching back to last year`s WTA finals was snapped in resounding fashion by Petra Kvitova on Friday as the Czech progressed to the Madrid Open final 6-2, 6-3.

Petra Kvitova struggles again in Madrid but survives

Petra Kvitova struggles again in Madrid but survives

Fourth seed Petra Kvitova`s stuttering form continued at the Madrid Open as she reached the third round with a 6-4 2-6 6-3 win against CoCo Vandeweghe on Tuesday.

Two Czechs kidnapped in Pakistan in 2013 freed

Two Czech tourists who were abducted by gunmen two years ago as they were travelling on a bus through southwestern Pakistan have been released, the Czech government said on Saturday.

Gebre Selassie extends Werder Bremen deal until 2018

Gebre Selassie extends Werder Bremen deal until 2018

Werder Bremen`s Theodor Gebre Selassie has agreed terms on a two-year contract extension with the Bundesliga outfit, the club announced on Wednesday.

Tomas Berdych undaunted by Rafael Nadal`s superiority

Tomas Berdych undaunted by Rafael Nadal`s superiority

Tomas Berdych said Sunday he is far from downhearted about his long losing streak against Rafael Nadal and their looming Australian Open quarter-final showdown will be a fresh start.