Asian Li Na keeping the host flag high in the Grand Slam of Asia/Pacific

The season opener at Melbourne Park echoes with two distinct geographical denouements, that of Asia and Pacific. There are French Open and US Open each named after the countries which play hosts and of course, the sanguine Wimbledon of all whites.

China`s Li moves one win from second Slam title

Chinese trailblazer Li Na marched towards a second Grand Slam title on Thursday by blasting past teenager Eugenie Bouchard and into the Australian Open final, where she will face Dominika Cibulkova.

Nadal blister could hand Federer crucial edge

Rafa Nadal has suffered a number of career-threatening injuries in the past yet a bad blister on the Spaniard`s hand could be all Roger Federer needs to gain a vital advantage in their Australian Open semi-final on Friday.

Li coy on China`s state-run sports system

Li Na Thursday said it was hard to say whether China`s state-run sports system had helped or hindered her career after she raced into the Australian Open final for a third time.

Injuries rife at Aussie Open despite shorter season

When the professional tennis tours decided to shorten their respective seasons a few years ago, it was hoped it would extend the longevity of players at the top and cut down on the number of injuries.

Australian Open: Lack of match practice led to Federer defeat, says Murray

A frustrated Andy Murray blamed his lack of match practice following back surgery for his quarter-final defeat against Roger Federer at the Australian Open on Wednesday.

Frustrating Australian Open all over for Maria Sharapova

Picking up her racquet bag and marching straight out of Rod Laver Arena without a nod or a wave, Maria Sharapova`s abrupt exit after her fourth-round loss to Dominika Cibulkova on Monday spoke volumes of her disdain for a forgettable Australian Open.

Serena Williams turns her back on injury excuse after shock exit

Serena Williams admitted that a bad back sustained during practice hampered her movement during her shock fourth round loss to Ana Ivanovic on Sunday, but refused to blame the injury for her stunning exit that blew the Australian Open wide open.

China`s Li charges into last eight

Li Na stormed into the quarter-finals of the Australian Open with a 6-2 6-0 hammering of Russian Ekaterina Makarova in just under an hour on Sunday.

Pennetta into first quarter-final at Melbourne Park

Italy`s Flavia Pennetta advanced to her first Australian Open quarter-final with a 6-1 4-6 7-5 victory over ninth-seeded German Angelique Kerber on Sunday.

Bopanna, Sania advance to third round after respective Oz Open doubles wins

Indian tennis stars Rohan Bopanna and Sania Mirza have advanced to the third round of the Australian Open tournament after winning their respective second-round doubles matches on Saturday at Melbourne Park.

Wozniacki crashes out in Melbourne

Former world number one Caroline Wozniacki made an early exit from the Australian Open on Saturday with a 4-6 7-5 6-3 loss to rising Spanish talent Garbine Muguruza in the third round.

Muttering Murray lops Lopez to move into fourth round

An agitated Andy Murray was at his muttering, tormented best before reaching a higher plain to trounce Spaniard Feliciano Lopez 7-6 (7-2) 6-4 6-2 and advance to the Australian Open fourth round on Saturday.

Grand slam paydays fund journeyman lifestyle for Robert

Stephane Robert pocketed the biggest payday of his 13-year career at the Australian Open on Saturday, earning A$135,000 as he became the first lucky loser to reach the last 16 in Melbourne.

Ominous Novak Djokovic pummels Istomin, enters Australian Open fourth round

Novak Djokovic`s bid for a fourth successive title at Melbourne Park shifted up a gear with an impressive 6-3 6-3 7-5 win over Uzbek Denis Istomin on Friday, booking the Serb a place in the Australian Open fourth round.

Australian Open 2014: Serena Williams thrashes Daniela Hantuchova to enter 4th round

Serena Williams powered past Daniela Hantuchova 6-3 6-3 at the Australian Open on Friday to advance to the fourth round.

Australian Open: David Ferrer wears down Jeremy Chardy to reach fourth round

Third seed David Ferrer smashed a racket after losing his serve in the second set but recovered his composure to reach the fourth round of the Australian Open with a 6-2 7-6 (7-5) 6-2 victory over Jeremy Chardy on Friday.

Australian Open 2014: Nadal crashes through Kokkinakis to reach third round

Rafa Nadal gave the next generation a lesson in grand slam tennis by dismantling teenage talent Thanasi Kokkinakis 6-2 6-4 6-2 to cruise into the third round of the Australian Open on Thursday.

Wozniacki hopeful of ending Slam drought

Australian Open 10th seed Caroline Wozniacki is one those players that has been world number one yet never won a Grand Slam.

Australian Open 2014: Heat stops play

Melbourne: Play at the Australian Open was called to a halt on day four of the championships on Thursday with temperatures at Melbourne Park hitting 41 degrees Celsius (106 Fahrenheit) and still rising.

Organisers, who have been slammed for forcing players to play on in searing temperatures on Tuesday and Wednesday, enacted the third stage of their "Extreme Heat Policy" at about 1.50pm local time (0250 GMT).

Play would continue in all matches until the end of the ongoing set and then cease