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Serena ready to claim first Grand Slam as a mum: Coach

Serena ready to claim first Grand Slam as a mum: Coach

Among those looking to halt Serena's charge: world number one Simona Halep, defending champion Caroline Wozniacki and US Open victor Naomi Osaka. Who did he think he was, Roger Federer?

Zverev, 21, starts the Australian Open full of confidence after an impressive warm-up to reach the final of Perth's mixed teams Hopman Cup, despite his bad record at Grand Slams.

Edmund and King were two of many former and current players joining fans in offering their best wishes to Murray following his announcement in Melbourne today. Then there's a resurgent Rafael Nadal, the likes of Cilic and Sasha Zverev.

And Federer - who has faced Murray 25 times including the Wimbledon and Olympic finals in 2012 - is hopeful the 31-year-old can push through to SW19.

Tracey Crouch, the United Kingdom sports minister when Sir Andy claimed his second Wimbledon title in 2016, said she was "sorry" to hear of his retirement. Wishing him good luck for future, Nadal said that the tennis world is surely going to miss him.

"I can still play, but not to a level I'm happy playing at", he said. But yeah, sure, like a Wimbledon stands out as maybe a place, but there are actually also many others.

'I'm also not certain I'm able to do that'.

British tennis players Johanna Konta, Kyle Edmund and Dan Evans gave their thoughts after Andy Murray announced his retirement plans. We've seen so many years of Andy Murray being one of the fittest guys on the tour.




The most fascinating match at the Australian Open could be Serena Williams against Naomi Osaka - a reprise of their epic US Open final past year.

"It's a tough one, but one down the road he can look back on and be incredibly proud of everything he has achieved".

Murray is due to play 22nd seed Roberto Bautista Agut on Monday in an Australian Open first-round match that could represent his last appearance on the professional tour.

Istomin had a shocking second-round win over Djokovic here in 2017 on his way to the fourth round, and Federer is wary of the Uzbek veteran after also meeting him in the first round here in '06. The staggering thing was that she was slated every time I lost, which is something my former coaches never ever experienced. Yet he has only once slipped himself, literally, while running a bath for his children three years ago and wrenching a knee that put him out for six months.

"It was Muzza that showed me just how entertaining tennis really could be and for that I thank him with my whole heart", wrote Kollmorgen. I don't want to continue playing that way. "I think to that extent, we are kind of similar".

Wozniacki has the first of the night matches on Rod Laver against Alison Van Uytvanck after a day session on the main stadium that features Maria Sharapova, Nadal and No. 2-ranked Angelique Kerber.

"When I played Roger, when I played Rafa, I wasn't as scared of those guys as I was of Andy".

"It was my first major trophy, that obviously served as a great springboard for my career", Djokovic said as he prepared to open his assault on a seventh crown against American Mitchell Krueger on Tuesday.


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