Victoria Azarenka successfully began her bid for a third straight Australian Open tennis title and four-time champion Roger Federer also won as extreme heat enveloped the season’s first Grand Slam tournament.
World No. 1 Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer won at tennis’s Australian Open as intense heat again enveloped Melbourne. Defending champion Victoria Azarenka and Maria Sharapova also reached round three, while Juan Martin Del Potro became the highest seed to exit.
Top-ranked Rafael Nadal advanced at tennis’s Australian Open as his opponent pulled out after a set. Four-time winner Roger Federer and defending champion Victoria Azarenka also won while two players and a ball-boy needed medical treatment because of soaring temperatures.
Four-time champion Roger Federer and top-seeded Rafael Nadal rolled into the fourth round of the Australian Open with straight-set victories as the heat broke at the season’s first Grand Slam tennis tournament.
Maria Sharapova outlasted Italy’s Karin Knapp in three long sets on a third straight day of scorching heat that interrupted play on most courts for more than four hours at the Australian Open tennis tournament.
Caroline Wozniacki secured the year- end No. 1 ranking on the WTA tour for the second consecutive year, capping a tennis season in which she won six singles titles while failing to reach the final of any of the four Grand Slam tournaments.