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.
Tennis has never seen a day of defeats and defections like what happened at Wimbledon, when seven-time winner Roger Federer joined former champions Maria Sharapova and Lleyton Hewitt as second-round casualties.
Serena Williams wasted little time dispatching Yaroslava Shvedova after a late start at the U.S. Open, setting up a rematch with fellow American Sloane Stephens, who upset Williams at the Australian Open in January.
Former winners Novak Djokovic and Maria Sharapova advanced to the Australian Open’s fourth round, losing five games between them to complete career-best starts in the first week of a tennis Grand Slam.
Maria Sharapova lost her second- round match at Wimbledon as men’s sixth seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and women’s No. 2 seed Victoria Azarenka were among a record seven players who dropped out of the grass-court tournament today.