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Last Updated Friday January 19 2018 01:57 AM IST

Lower-ranked professionals need more money: Rafa

Nadal's comments follow media reports this week that Novak Djokovic, the president of the Players' Council, had urged players to unionize at a pre-Australian Open meeting and revolt over the way the revenues from the Grand Slams are distributed.

Australian Open: Petkovic packs off Kvitova

Twice Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova's return to the Australian Open a year after being attacked by an intruder at her home ended in disappointment with a marathon 6-3, 4-6, 10-8 first-round loss.

Sharapova sizzles on Australian Open return

The 30-year-old former champion, whose positive doping test after a quarterfinal defeat by Serena Williams in 2016 resulted in a 15-month ban from the sport, was in dominant mood as she beat Germany's Tatjana Maria 6-1, 6-4.

Wawrinka, Nadal give Australian Open huge lift

The Australian Open has been hit hard by absences with Andy Murray, Serena Williams and Kei Nishikori among those to have withdrawn, while Nadal and Novak Djokovic have also been struggling with injuries.

Serena Williams pulls out of Australian Open

Serena had told Vogue magazine last August about her 'outrageous plan' to defend her title, but the short turnaround after giving birth has proven too much for even the greatest player of her generation.

Federer wants to keep a lid on expectations

Federer, who begins his 2018 campaign at the combined teams Hopman Cup tournament in Perth, recognizes that while expectations might be a little higher, he was trying to ensure they did not get out of control.

Former Wimbledon champion Bartoli announces comeback

The Frenchwoman shocked the tennis world when she quit the sport in 2013, a little over a month after winning her maiden Grand Slam title at Wimbledon, saying her body could no longer keep up with the demands of the sport.

Serena, Kuznetsova may miss Australian Open

Serena was around two months pregnant when she captured her 23rd Grand Slam singles title in Melbourne earlier this year and was hoping to defend her crown next January following the birth of her daughter in September.

Martina Hingis announces retirement

The retirement will be Hingis' third in a long and illustrious career during which she claimed 25 Grand Slam titles since her WTA Tour debut in 1994, five in singles, seven in mixed doubles and 13 in women's doubles.

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