WTA Tour – Jan. 30 results

An impressive effort by Kristina Mladenovic to defeat Oz Open quarterfinalist Simona Halep in straight sets on Wednesday. It continues a pattern for the Frenchwoman of doing awfully well at that tournament; it’s the site of her only previous top-10 victory. She gets Andrea Petkovic today and also has doubles.

Mladenovic left Oz the same time I did; knowing how zoned out I am, impressive she could even hit a tennis ball.

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Pospisil better for Davis Cup, not 100%

Canadian Vasek Pospisil, forced to withdraw before his third-round match against Stan Wawrinka at the Australian Open, returned to Vancouver for additional diagnosis and treatment on his back.

He headed to Tokyo Sunday after having his first hit since Australia, and said he’s confident he’ll be able to play this weekend against Japan in the first round of Davis Cup.

But the 23-year-old isn’t too pleased with the advice he received in Australia about the back.

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WTA Tour rankings – Jan. 27, 2014

As always after a Grand Slam, some big moves in the rankings.

None more significant to Canadians than that of Genie Bouchard, whose semifinal effort vaulted her from No. 31 to No. 19 – in other words, she broke into the top 20.

A smaller leap – but a major milestone – came for Simona Halep of Romania, who only moved up one spot, but it was from No. 11. In other words, she broke into the top 10.

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Late-bloomer Wawrinka wins Australian Open

MELBOURNE – Perhaps, in the end, it was just Stanislas Wawrinka’s time to shine, his reward for working harder than ever at the relatively advanced age of 28, unsatisfied with merely being one of the better players in the world.

And the Avis of Swiss men’s tennis is the new Australian Open champion, after a 6-3, 6-2, 3-6, 6-3 victory over a hobbled Rafael Nadal that will have tennis fans talking for a good long while. Continue reading

Nestor adds another Grand Slam title

MELBOURNE, Australia – They were unseeded here, but these days Toronto’s Daniel Nestor and his French partner Kristina Mladenovic are the class of the mixed doubles field.

They proved it again as they strolled to the Australian Open title Sunday.

The 6-3, 6-2 thumping of No. 6 seeds Sania Mirza of India and Horia Tecau of Romania was as routine as most of their five matches this week. They didn’t lose a set.

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