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‘Super close’ Serena out of Australian Open

MELBOURNE: Defending champion Serena Williams pulled out of the Australian Open on Friday, saying she was "super close" but still not at the level she needs to be after giving birth to her first child. The American 23-time Grand Slam winner made a tentative return at an Abu Dhabi exhibition late last month, losing to French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko. Prior to that her last competitive match was at the Australian Open final almost a year ago, which she won despite being two months pregnant, memorably beating sister…

Injured Andy Murray out of Australian Open

MELBOURNE: Former world number one Andy Murray withdrew from the Australian Open on Thursday after failing to recover from a hip injury, joining injured Japanese star Kei Nishikori on the sidelines. The 30-year-old suffered the injury last year and has not played on the ATP tour since losing in the quarter-finals at Wimbledon. "Sadly I won't be playing in Melbourne this year, as I am not yet ready to compete," Murray said in a statement. "I'll be flying home shortly to assess all the options but I appreciate all the…

Murray out of Brisbane event with hip injury

BRISBANE: Former world number one Andy Murray withdrew from the Brisbane International with a hip problem on Tuesday, further putting in doubt the Briton’s prospects of being fit in time for the Australian Open later this month. Andy Murray has not played a competitive match since a Wimbledon quarter-final loss last July due to the complaint and despite coming through a one-set exhibition in Abu Dhabi last week, he was unable to train on Tuesday and announced his withdrawal. “I‘m very disappointed to be withdrawing…

Murray pulls out of US Open, may miss rest of season

NEW YORK: Britain’s world number two Andy Murray pulled out of the U.S. Open on Saturday, citing a hip injury. The Scot, who had not played since Wimbledon, said he had tried everything to be fit for the final grand slam of the year, which starts on Monday. “I tried obviously resting, rehabbing to try and get myself ready here,” an emotional Murray told a news conference at Flushing Meadows. “I was actually practising OK the last few days but it’s too sore for me to win the tournament, and ultimately that’s what I…

Murray beaten in Wimbledon quarter-finals by Querrey

LONDON: Andy Murray's Wimbledon title defence ended in a 3-6 6-4 6-7(4) 6-1 6-1 quarter-final defeat to Sam Querrey on Wednesday as the hip injury that has dogged the world number one throughout the tournament finally got the better of him. Murray, who had only lost to Querrey once in eight previous encounters, was struggling to move around the court in the final two sets against the big-serving American, who will now face either Gilles Muller or Marin Cilic in the semi-finals. "I'm still in shock myself," Querrey said…

Murray bemoans state of Wimbledon courts

LONDON: Defending champion Andy Murray added his voice to the growing list of players unhappy at the state of Wimbledon's grass courts, even claiming the hallowed Centre Court has developed divots. World number one Murray said the courts were not in as good a condition as they have been in the past. Other players have criticised the state of Court 18 with France's Kristina Mladenovic claiming that a hole had appeared in the surface. Weeks of hot weather and little rain have left many surfaces stripped of grass after…

Federer poised for record Wimbledon triumph

LONDON: Twelve months after shutting down his season in the wake of a devastating semi-final defeat, Roger Federer returns to Wimbledon as favourite to capture a record-breaking eighth title and become the tournament's oldest champion. The evergreen Swiss, who turns 36 in August, has stunned the critics who wrote him off as yesterday's man when he went down to Milos Raonic in five gruelling sets on Centre Court in 2016. The loss forced him off tour for the remainder of the year to rest a knee injury, leaving his Grand…