Ronaldo joins Mayweather, Tiger Woods in ‘billionaire club’, first ever in football

June 5, 2020 Editor 0

Cristiano Ronaldo has officially joined the billionaire club alongside fellow sporting greats Floyd Mayweather and Tiger Woods, making him football’s first ever ten-figure player. The 35-year-old, who was named the highest-paid footballer on the planet in 2020, according to Forbes, is also the highest-earning athlete in lockdown after making nearly £1.9 million through Instagram alone. With a total of 429.3 million followers across all social media platforms, Read More

Osaka overtakes Serena, now world’s richest female athlete

May 22, 2020 Editor 0

Japan’s Naomi Osaka has surpassed Serena Williams as the world’s highest-paid female athlete, raking in $37.4m (£30.7m) in prize money and endorsements over the last year, according to Forbes. The 22-year-old twice Grand Slam champion’s total is the most ever earned by a female athlete in a 12-month period, Skysports reports. She earned $1.4m (£1.15m) more than American great Williams Read More

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Serena needs fresh approach to surpass Court –Coach

February 4, 2020 Editorial IV 0

Former world number one Serena Williams must rethink her approach to Grand Slams after her latest bid to win a record-equalling 24th major prize came unstuck at Melbourne Park, her coach Patrick Mouratoglou has said. The 38-year-old American, who is looking to match Australian great Margaret Court’s record, has reached four Grand Slam finals since giving birth to daughter Olympia Read More

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Djokovic downs Thiem, grabs 17th Grand Slam, 8th Australian Open

February 2, 2020 Editor 0

Novak Djokovic defended his Australian Open crown and won a 17th Grand Slam after digging deep into his physical and mental reserves to beat Dominic Thiem in a gripping five-set final. The Serbian second seed won 6-4 4-6 2-6 6-3 6-4 for a record-extending eighth title at Melbourne Park. Djokovic, 32, twice called the doctor while trailing before fighting back. Read More

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Australian Open: More top seeds crash out

January 24, 2020 Editor 0

Sixth seed Stefanos Tsitsipas was sent crashing out of the Australian Open by Milos Raonic in the third round on Friday, with the giant Canadian’s power serve doing the damage. The Greek star, widely tipped as a contender to challenge the big guns at the opening Grand Slam of the year, was no match for his experienced opponent, slumping 7-5, Read More

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Breaking: China’s Wang knocks Serena Williams out of Australian Open

January 24, 2020 Editor 0

Serena Williams has been sensationally knocked out of the Australian Open in the third round by China’s Wang Qiang this Friday (Jan 24), torpedoing her bid for a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam tennis crown. The 38-year-old former world No. 1 was the bookies’ favourite to win an eighth title at Melbourne Park but she came unstuck against a determined Wang, Read More

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Aussie Open: Federer, Djokovic ease into third round

January 22, 2020 Editorial IV 0

Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic both enjoyed comfortable wins to reach the third round of the Australian Open. Federer, 38, outclassed Serbia’s Filip Krajinovic 6-1 6-4 6-1 to maintain his bid for a seventh Australian Open and 21st Grand Slam title. The Swiss wrapped up victory in 92 minutes at Melbourne Park. Djokovic, who won his seventh Australian Open last Read More

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Breaking: Champion Bianca pulls out of US Open

January 11, 2020 Editor 0

US Open champion Bianca Andreescu has withdrawn from the Australian Open in Melbourne as she continues her recovery from a knee injury. The Canadian, ranked fourth in the world, picked up the injury at the season-ending WTA Finals in October. Andreescu beat Serena Williams at Flushing Meadows in September to win her maiden Grand Slam title. “I have to respect the recuperation plan Read More

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Australian Open: Injury rules Murray out

December 29, 2019 Editor 0

Andy Murray will miss the Australian Open as a precautionary measure after suffering an injury setback. Murray feared his career may be over when he underwent surgery to repair a long-term hip injury. The three-time grand slam champion played at the Australian Open last January and made his comeback from the operation only five months later. Murray won the European Open in October and was Read More

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Osaka appoints Belgian Fissette as coach

December 15, 2019 Editorial IV 0

Two-time grand slam winner Naomi Osaka has appointed Belgian Wim Fissette as coach, Kyodo news agency on Sunday quoted the Japanese player’s management as saying, as she gears up to defend her Australian Open title. Osaka has been without a coach since September, when she split with Jermaine Jenkins following a disappointing defence of her US Open title. Jenkins was Read More

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Djokovic adds Adelaide event to Australian Open preparations

December 4, 2019 Editorial IV 0

World number two Novak Djokovic will play in the inaugural Adelaide International in January ahead of his Australian Open title defence, tournament organisers said on Wednesday. Djokovic will start his competitive preparation for the new season at the Mubadala World Tennis Championship in Abu Dhabi from Dec. 19-21, before representing Serbia in the inaugural ATP Cup in Australia in early Read More

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Stephens splits with coach Groeneveld ahead of US Open

August 20, 2019 Editorial IV 0

Sloane Stephens has parted ways with her coach Sven Groeneveld less than a week before the US Open gets underway. Stephens, who only teamed up with Dutchman Groeneveld in May, has not announced a replacement ahead of the year’s final Grand Slam, which begins on Monday. “After much thought, Sven Groeneveld and I have decided to go our separate ways,” Read More

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Top seed Barty knocked out by Riske

July 8, 2019 Editorial IV 0

Australia’s world number one Ashleigh Barty has been knocked out of Wimbledon, losing her fourth round match against American Alison Riske. World number 55 Riske fought back from a set down to win 3-6 6-2 3-6 in one hour 36 minutes on court two to reach a first Grand Slam quarter-final. French Open champion Barty had not dropped a set Read More

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French Open: Mladenovic, Babos win women’s doubles

June 10, 2019 Editorial IV 0

France’s Kristina Mladenovic won a second French Open women’s doubles title as she and Hungary’s Timea Babos beat Duan Yingying and Zheng Saisai. The second seeds, both 26, beat the unseeded Chinese pair 6-2 6-3 to secure their second Grand Slam title together, having won the 2018 Australian Open. Babos and Mladenovic were runners-up in Melbourne earlier this year. Mladenovic, Read More

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Topless, Serena sparks internet breast cancer stir

October 2, 2018 Blueprint 0

Tennis superstar Serena Williams caused an internet sensation on Sunday by posing topless for a video while singing “I Touch Myself” to raise awareness for breast cancer. In the Instagram video, Williams covers her breasts with her hands while singing a version of Australian band The Divinyls’ 1991 hit in support of Breast Cancer Network Australia. “This Breast Cancer Awareness Read More

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Djokovic wins 4th Wimbledon by beating Anderson

July 18, 2018 Blueprint 0

Novak Djokovic earned his first Grand Slam title in more than two years by beating Kevin Anderson to win his fourth Wimbledon championship. Djokovic, seeded 12th, won 6-2 6-2 7-6 (7-3) to claim a 13th Slam – his first major since the 2016 French Open. The Serb, 31, quickly took control to win the opening set in 29 minutes, breaking Read More