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Naomi Osaka saved two match points and Serena Williams recovered from losing her first set of the tournament as they fought their way into the Australian Open quarter-finals on Sunday.

Australian Open: Naomi Osaka, Serena Williams survive scares to reach last eight

Naomi Osaka saved two match points and Serena Williams recovered from losing her first set of the tournament as they fought their way into the Australian Open quarter-finals on Sunday.
Serena Williams and Naomi Osaka

Australia Open: Naomi Osaka, Ashleigh Barty in Serena Williams’ path to 24th Slam

Serena Williams continues her long quest for a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam when the coronavirus-delayed 2021 Australian Open begins on Monday, four years since her last major triumph in Melbourne.
FILE PHOTO - People wait in line at a coronavirus disease (COVID-19) testing clinic at Mona Vale Hospital in the wake of a new outbreak in the Northern Beaches area of Sydney, Australia, December 18, 2020. REUTERS-Loren Elliott-File Photo

Forty seven players quarantined after coronavirus cases on Australian Open flights

Forty-seven players have been forced into two weeks of hotel quarantine in Melbourne after three coronavirus infections were reported on two chartered flights carrying them to the year’s first grand slam, the tournament organisers said on Saturday.
Former British World Number 1, Andy Murray, will begin his 2021 season at the Delray Beach Open next month after accepting a wildcard for the ATP 250 tournament.

Andy Murray accepts wildcard entry for Delray Beach Open

Former British World Number 1, Andy Murray, will begin his 2021 season at the Delray Beach Open next month after accepting a wildcard for the ATP 250 tournament.
German tennis player Alexander Zverev secured a tricky three-set victory over the Argentine Diego Schwartzman in London to keep his hopes of reaching the ATP Finals last four alive.

Alexander Zverev triumphs over Diego Schwartzman to improve his last-four chances

German tennis player Alexander Zverev secured a tricky three-set victory over the Argentine Diego Schwartzman in London to keep his hopes of reaching the ATP Finals last four alive.
Russian tennis star Daniil Medvedev claims he has no problems with Diego Schwartzman but he understands if the top-ranked Argentine tennis player has problems with him.

Paris Masters: Daniil Medvedev beats Diego Schwartzman to reach semis

Third seed Daniil Medvedev thrashed Diego Schwartzman on Friday to reach the Paris Masters semi-finals, leaving the Argentinian facing a nervous wait to see if he will qualify for the ATP Tour Finals.
Rafael Nadal battled into the Paris Masters quarter-finals on Thursday with a 6-1, 7-6 (7-3) win over Australian Jordan Thompson at Bercy Arena.

Paris Masters: Rafael Nadal beats Jordan Thompson to reach quarter-finals

Rafael Nadal battled into the Paris Masters quarter-finals on Thursday with a 6-1, 7-6 (7/3) win over Australian Jordan Thompson at Bercy Arena.
Japan's Naomi Osaka looks dejected after the match against Cori Gauff of the U.S. REUTERS-Hannah Mckay-File Photo

Naomi Osaka withdraws from French Open with ‘hamstring’ injury

Japan’s Naomi Osaka has withdrawn from the upcoming French Open with a hamstring injury.
Spain’s Rafael Nadal plays a backhand to Spain’s Pablo Carreno Busta on day three of the Men’s Italian Open at Foro Italico on September 16, 2020 in Rome, Italy. (Photo by Riccardo Antimiani - POOL - AFP)

‘Perfect start’ for Rafael Nadal on Rome return

In his first match in over six months, Rafael Nadal swept aside fellow Spaniard Pablo Carreno Busta on Wednesday to reach the third round of the Italian Open. The nine-time Rome winner came through 6-1,...
World number one Ashleigh Barty battled into the China Open semi-finals on Friday with a gutsy three-set victory over familiar foe Petra Kvitova.

Ashleigh Barty to skip French Open over virus fears

World number one Ashleigh Barty announced Tuesday she will not defend her French Open crown, citing the coronavirus fears that also prompted her and several other top players to withdraw from the US Open.
Novak Djokovic battles back in the first set en route to beating Roger Federer on Thursday for a place in his eighth Australian Open final.

U.S. Open flags off amidst controversies

The U.S. Open flags off today after the COVID-19 pandemic led to the cancellation of Wimbledon Championships and the postponement of the French Open to October. While the top seeded Djokovic is the clear favourite for the men’s title, there is no sure pick for the women.
Novak Djokovic didn’t have the luxury of easing back into tournament play at the Western & Southern Open Monday night in his first match back since the end of the ATP Tour suspension.

Novak Djokovic seeks 18th Slam win at US Open

The US Open gives top-ranked Novak Djokovic a prime opportunity to gain ground on absent Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal in chasing the all-time men’s Grand Slam singles title record.
Serbia's Novak Djokovic during Adria Tour at Novak Tennis Centre in Belgrade, Serbia, June 13, 2020. REUTERS-Marko Djurica

Novak Djokovic cruises into semis where Roberto Bautista Agut awaits

Novak Djokovic cruised past Germany’s Jan-Lennard Struff 6-3 6-1 on Wednesday to reach a record-equalling eighth Western & Southern Open semi-final where he will face Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut.
Tennis star Naomi Osaka has pulled out of the Western and Southern Open tournament in protest over Jacob Blake's shooting.

Naomi Osaka withdraws from WTA over black man shooting

Naomi Osaka said she has pulled out of the semi-finals of the Western & Southern Open tennis tournament in protest at racial injustice.
Andy Murray hits a return to Frances Tiafoe during their first-round match at the Western & Southern Open, which the Scot won in two hours, 28 minutes. Jason Szenes-EPA

ATP Tour: Andy Murray beats Frances Tiafoe, books Zverev clash

Britain’s Andy Murray made a triumphant ATP comeback Saturday, defeating Frances Tiafoe 7-6 (8/6), 3-6, 6-1 in his first match of 2020 at the Western and Southern Open.
Britain’s Andy Murray reacts after winning the fourth set during his men’s singles match against Spain’s Roberto Bautista Agut on day one of the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne on January 14, 2019. (Photo by SAEED KHAN - AFP)

Andy Murray admits to rustiness ahead of ATP return

Andy Murray says he’s feeling off the pace for his return to the ATP Tour this weekend but is hoping to hit his stride ahead of the U.S Open, which begins on Aug. 31.
World number two Rafael Nadal stepped up his bid for a third ATP Mexico Open title with an impressive display of serving and shotmaking to beat Serbian youngster Miomir Kecmanovic on Wednesday

Rafael Nadal pessimistic about return to action before 2021

Rafael Nadal does not expect to return to play competitive tennis until 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic, which has decimated much of this year’s calendar.
Stefanos Tsitsipas fought back from a shoulder injury to progress through to the next round at the Rotterdam Open.

Stefanos Tsitsipas dumped out in Rotterdam by Aljaz Bedene

Stefanos Tsitsipas’ slow start to the year continued as the Greek star suffered a second-round defeat by Slovenia’s Aljaz Bedene in Rotterdam on Thursday.
Roger Federer defied age and logic once again to save seven match points before beating unseeded American Tennys Sandgren in a sensational Australian Open quarter-final.

Roger Federer produces miracle to beat Tennys Sandgren at Australian Open

Roger Federer defied age and logic once again to save seven match points before beating unseeded American Tennys Sandgren in a sensational Australian Open quarter-final.
Jannik Sinner earns his first Grand Slam win, defeating Max Purcell at the Australian Open. Hannah Peters-Getty Images

Jannik Sinner revels in Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal praise after first Slam win

Fast-rising teenager Jannik Sinner won his first Grand Slam match Tuesday and basked in praise from Roger Federer, who said “we’ll see a lot more of” the Italian.
Stan Wawrinka owns a 6-5 record at the Qatar ExxonMobil Open.

Stan Wawrinka looks to end title drought in desert sideshow

Stan Wawrinka hopes the Qatar Open ends his worrying title drought although the fanfare surrounding the newly-created ATP Cup more than 10,000km away in Australia means his efforts this week may struggle to register barely a blip on the global tennis radar.
Rafael Nadal handed rising star Stefanos Tsitsipas a tennis lesson Thursday as he drubbed him 6-2, 6-4, 6-0 in the Australian Open semi-final.-5

Rafa Nadal pulls out of Laver Cup with hand injury

Rafael Nadal has pulled out of his Laver Cup matches on Sunday due to inflammation in his hand.

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Official: Four suspected bandits killed, many dislodged by military in Kaduna

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Gunmen abduct travellers in Osun

Two unidentified travellers in Osun State have been kidnapped in Wasinmi, on the Ife-Ibadan expressway.
FILE PHOTO: Anthony Fauci, MD, Director, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, National Institutes of Health, testifies during a U.S. Senate Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee Hearing to examine COVID-19, focusing on an update on the federal response at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., U.S., September 23, 2020. Graeme Jennings/Pool via REUTERS

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Zamfara governor: Abduction of Jangebe schoolgirls won’t stop my talks with bandits

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Official: Only 200 doctors, seven pharmacists are attending to six million Borno residents

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Anambra Assembly expresses worry over spike in criminal activities

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