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Federer sets record, Henin and Venus crash out

MELBOURNE – Defending champion Roger Federer got back on track with a record 57th win at the Australian Open Friday as Justine Henin crashed and Venus Williams was forced out with a painful muscle injury.Men’s third seed Novak Djokovic, women’s number one Caroline Wozniacki and Russian Maria Sharapova also reached the last 16 as temperatures soared at Melbourne Park. But Williams departed in dramatic circumstances as she screamed in pain and limped to her chair after just one game of

Federer survives thriller, Venus battles bravely

MELBOURNE – Reigning champion Roger Federer was taken to five gripping sets by French nemesis Gilles Simon Wednesday before scraping into the Australian Open’s third round.
The world number two, defending his only remaining Grand Slam crown, was pegged back from two sets up before scoring his first-ever win over Simon, 6-2, 6-3, 4-6, 4-6, 6-3, to stay on course for his fifth Open title. It was a desperately close call for the 29-year-old, who holds a record 16 Grand Slam titles

Venus destroys Italy’s Sara

MELBOURNE – Venus Williams sent out a warning Monday as she outshone some of her biggest rivals on day one of the Australian Open. Williams overcame a sluggish start to overpower Italy’s Sara Errani 6-3, 6-2, as top seed Caroline Wozniacki, former winners Maria Sharapova and Justine Henin, and French Open champion Francesca Schiavone all struggled to impress.
Wozniacki took 1hr 40min to see off Gisela Dulko 6-3, 6-4, Sharapova struggled with her serve before beating Tamarine

China’s Li crushes Venus at HK World Team Challenge

HONG KONG – Venus Williams crashed in Hong Kong Friday as her preparations for the Australian Open were marred by a second straight-sets defeat in as many days.
Chinese ace Li Na dominated the seven-time Grand Slam winner in every department for the 6-3, 7-6 victory, helping Asia-Pacific to draw level with the Americas in the silver final of Hong Kong’s World Team Challenge Friday. “I enjoy playing here, I love the fans her supporting me. I’m looking forward to coming back next