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Wigan Warriors 8-20 Sydney Roosters: NRL premiers win World Club Challenge

Two of Sydney Roosters’ four World Club Challenge title wins have come against Wigan World Club Challenge Wigan Warriors (4) 8 Try: Davies, Marshall Sydney Roosters (14) 20 Tries: Morris 3, Tupou Goals: Taukeiaho 2 Brett Morris scored a hat-trick as National Rugby League side Sydney Roosters beat Wigan Warriors to win a record-equalling fourth World Club Challenge title. Morris crossed twice early to silence a raucous DW Stadium crowd but Wigan struck back through a smart Tom Davies finish midway through the first half. However, Morris completed a hat-trick…

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De Minaur grinds Seppi down to win first title in Sydney

(Reuters) – Australian teenager Alex de Minaur claimed his first career title in style when he wore down Italian veteran Andreas Seppi 7-5 7-6(5) to win the Sydney International on Saturday after his second match in five hours. De Minaur, who earlier beat Frenchman Gilles Simon 6-3 6-2 in the semi-finals, burst onto the tennis scene when he reached the Sydney final a year ago while ranked 167th in the world but lost to Russia’s Daniil Medvedev. The 19-year-old proved his burgeoning reputation as a fighter is deserved and he…

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Tennis – Battling Kvitova downs Barty to claim Sydney title

(Reuters) – Petra Kvitova warmed up for the year’s first Grand Slam by coming from behind to beat home favorite Ashleigh Barty 1-6 7-5 7-6(3) and win her second Sydney International title on Saturday. Kvitova, the 2015 champion, surrendered her serve in the opening game and struggled to recover from her poor start, with the Czech’s usually lethal backhand disintegrating amid a flurry of unforced errors in the first set. The world number eight hit her stride in the second, staying within touching distance of Barty until pouncing to take…

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WTA roundup: Unseeded Barty continues run in Sydney

FILE PHOTO: Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – July 7, 2018. Australia’s Ashleigh Barty reacts during the third round match against Russia’s Daria Kasatkina. REUTERS/Andrew Couldridge Unseeded Australian Ashleigh Barty continued her surprising run on her native soil on Thursday, sweeping past 10th-seeded Elise Mertens of Belgium 6-3, 6-3 to advance to the semifinals of the Sydney International. The win came a day after Barty, 22 years old and ranked No. 15 in the world, knocked off top-seeded and world No. 1…

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WTA roundup: Barty upsets No. 1 Halep in Sydney

Australia’s Ashleigh Barty stunned world No. 1 Simona Halep in straight sets in the second round of the Sydney International on Wednesday. FILE PHOTO: Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – July 7, 2018. Australia’s Ashleigh Barty reacts during the third round match against Russia’s Daria Kasatkina. REUTERS/Andrew Couldridge Barty converted four of her seven break chances and struck 26 winners in the 6-4, 6-4 victory, compared to just nine winners by the top-seeded Romanian. It wasn’t the day’s only upset. Qualifier Yulia…

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Simona Halep: World number one loses to Ashleigh Barty at Sydney International

Simona Halep failed to convert nine of her 11 break points in the defeat by Ashleigh Barty Australian Open 2019 Venue: Melbourne Park Dates: 14-27 January Coverage: Daily live commentaries on the BBC Sport website, listen to Tennis Breakfast daily from 07:00 GMT on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra and watch highlights on BBC TV and online from 19 January. World number one Simona Halep’s first match in more than three months ended in defeat by Australia’s Ashleigh Barty at the Sydney International. The Romanian, who cut short her…

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Halep falls to Barty in Sydney second round

FILE PHOTO: Simona Halep of Romania at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, Aug 27, 2018; New York, NY, USA. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran-USA TODAY/File Photo (Reuters) – World number one Simona Halep crashed to a straight-sets defeat against unseeded Ashleigh Barty in the second round of the Sydney International on Wednesday. Halep, playing in her first tournament since a back injury cut short her 2018 season, lost 6-4 6-4 in 87 minutes with the result dealing a blow to her Australian Open preparations. Australian Barty, who is ranked…

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WTA roundup: Bertens ousts American Pera in Sydney

FILE PHOTO: Tennis – WTA Tour Finals – Singapore Indoor Stadium, Kallang, Singapore – October 26, 2018 Netherlands’ Kiki Bertens in action during her group stage match against Japan’s Naomi Osaka REUTERS/Edgar Su Seventh-seeded Kiki Bertens of the Netherlands struck nine aces and eliminated Bernarda Pera of the United States 7-5, 6-4 in the opening round of the Sydney International, a tuneup for next week’s Australian Open. Also advancing Monday were former Wimbledon champion Garbine Muguruza of Spain, who bested her countrywoman Carla Suarez Navarro 6-3, 6-4, and local favorite…

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Johanna Konta withdraws from Sydney and Heather Watson loses in Hobart

Johanna Konta withdrew from her qualifying match on Sunday after having the tour physio on court but then accepted a place in the main draw as a lucky loser and was due to face world number nine Kiki Bertens British number one Johanna Konta withdrew from the Sydney International for a second time in two days. The 27-year-old was due to play Kiki Bertens as a lucky loser in the first round on Monday, having retired from her second-round qualifying match with a neck injury on Sunday. No reason has…

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ATP Cup men’s team event goes to Sydney and Brisbane

SYDNEY (Reuters) – The inaugural edition of the $15 million ATP Cup men’s team event will be hosted in Sydney, Brisbane and one other city in the lead-up up to the Australian Open next January, Tennis Australia announced on Monday. Sydney, which will host the final, announced a A$50.5 million ($36 million) upgrade of the Olympic Tennis Center venue on Friday, which includes putting a roof on the main showcourt. Perth, which has hosted the mixed team Hopman Cup for the last 30 years, and Adelaide are the other cities…

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