Defending champion Novak Djokovic beat Slovakia’s Lukas Lacko in straight sets yesterday as he opened his bid to become the first man to win five Australian Open titles in tennis’s professional era. Top-ranked Serena Williams also won.
Defending champion Novak Djokovic beat Slovakia’s Lukas Lacko in straight sets as he bids to become the first man in the professional era to win five Australian Open tennis titles. Venus Williams and Petra Kvitova lost.
Venus Williams’s strong start to the tennis season ended with a loss to No. 22 seed Ekaterina Makarova of Russia in the opening round of the Australian Open. Petra Kvitova, the 2011 Wimbledon champion, was upset by Luksika Kumkhum of Thailand.
Venus Williams’s quest for a third U.S. Open title ended with a withdrawal on a day fellow Americans Christina McHale and Irina Falconi had upset wins and Andy Roddick fought through his tournament opener.
U.S. swimmer Ryan Lochte, aiming for his second gold medal at the London Olympics, qualified second for tonight’s semifinals of the 200-meter freestyle. Uzbek gymnast Luiza Galiulina was suspended for a positive drug test.
French Open champion Li Na became the highest seed to exit Wimbledon in a three-set loss to Sabine Lisicki, while Serena Williams recovered from a set down to reach round three and Roger Federer advanced in straight sets.