TENNIS: Birthday girl Kerber unwraps perfect present

World number one Angelique Kerber gave herself the perfect birthday gift on Wednesday by reaching the Australian Open third round, but she had to work hard against fellow German Carina Witthoeft.

TENNIS: Woz wilts in Sydney heat as Strycova prevails

Caroline Wozniacki’s eighth attempt at reaching the Sydney International semi-finals wilted in the stifling Australian heat yesterday with the former world number one going down to Barbora Strycova in a three-set slugfest.

TENNIS: Federer loses to teenager Zverev

Roger Federer’s comeback from injury struck its first hurdle on yesterday when he was beaten by teenager Alexander Zverev at the mixed teams Hopman Cup in Perth, but the Swiss champion remained upbeat.

Kerber enjoying pressure at the top of the world

Germany’s Angelique Kerber said yesterday that she was enjoying the pressure of being the world’s top-ranked tennis player as she prepares to get her 2017 season underway.

ACCOLADE: Arise ‘Sir Andy’ and ‘Sir Mo’, stars knighted

Wimbledon champion Andy Murray and Olympic gold medallist Mo Farah will each receive a knighthood in the New Year Honours.

Serena Williams gets engaged to Reddit co-founder Ohanian

World number two tennis player Serena Williams has become engaged to Alexis Ohanian, co-founder of the social media company Reddit.

Former world No 1 Ana Ivanovic retires

Former world No 1 Ana Ivanovic on Wednesday announced her retirement from tennis, admitting that the physical toll of the circuit had proved too much.

TENNIS: Kvitova out for six months after surgery

Two-time Wimbledon tennis champion Petra Kvitova, whose hand was wounded in a knife attack, will not play again for at least six months and it is too early to say when she can return to competition, her publicist said.

Murray, Kerber leave rivals playing catch-up in 2017

Andy Murray and Angelique Kerber emerged the standout players of 2016, deposing world number ones Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams, while Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Maria Sharapova were left with careers to rebuild.

Djokovic serves Boris Becker with sack notice after three years

Novak Djokovic lost his momentum in the second half of last season and was toppled as the world number one by Andy Murray because his work-rate dropped, the Serbian’s former coach Boris Becker said yesterday.