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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Oz Day 14 – results

The final day of the Australian Open kicks off with some Canadian content, as Toronto’s Daniel Nestor and his French partner Kristina Mladenovic won their second major, after last summer’s Wimbledon.

Then, the main event: as Stan Wawrinka tries to win his first major – and beat his opponent, Rafael Nadal, for the very first time.

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Canucks this week – Jan. 20-26

MELBOURNE – Obviously, Genie Bouchard was the star of the week, reaching the semifinals of the Australian Open in singles (and the third round in doubles, too).

Daniel Nestor has quietly done his thing. He and renewed partner Nenad Zimonjic of Serbia lost in the men’s doubles semis. But he and mixed doubles partner Kristina Mladenovic are in the final of the mixed here Sunday against Sania Mirza of India and Horia Tecau of Romania.

Meanwhile, there were other Canadians in action around the world. Continue reading