Australian Open quiz: identify the player


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Today’s quiz is on its way home from Melbourne on a long-haul flight

http://www.theguardian.com/sport/2016/feb/01/australian-open-quiz-identify-tennis-player?CMP=share_btn_tw

Johanna Konta stays calm as Australian Open shocks offer opportunity


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Jankovic, playing in her 50th major in a rollercoaster career, tried to contain an unfancied opponent with little to lose but Siegemund, who mixed 50 winners with 49 unforced errors, profited from her daring. On Saturday Siegemund will play her fellow German Annika Beck, who beat the 11th seed, Timea Bacsinszky, 6-2, 6-3.

After another impressive win for Konta to follow her shock eviction of the seven-times major champion Venus Williams on Tuesday – this time against the pugnacious but underpowered Saisai Zheng, 6-2, 6-3 – the British No1 will be a far tougher proposition for Allertova than when losing to her in the first round of the French Open last year. Nevertheless Lisicki, who famously dissolved against Marion Bartoli in the Wimbledon final three years ago, could not cope with Allertova’s persistence and the 22-year-old was worth her 6-3, 2-6, 6-4 win.

After two rounds Konta, the world No47, was the most highly ranked of debutantes dreaming of going further – alongside Siegemund (97), Naomi Osaka (127), Daria Kasatkina (69), Margarita Gasparyan (58) and Elizaveta Kulichkova (109). Most players on the rise have ambitions of cashing in on their labours, either through trophies, money or recognition, although not all of them embrace celebrity. Konta, probably, does not. Had she been recognised often since beating Williams?

http://www.theguardian.com/sport/2016/jan/21/johanna-konta-shocks-australia-open-allertova-lisicki?CMP=twt_gu

Australian Open 2016: share your photos and stories


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Melbourne Park hosts the first grand slam of the year between 18-31 January, with all eyes on current Australian Open champions Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams as they aim to defend their titles. To coincide with this year’s tournament we’d like to see your Australian Open photos and stories past and present.

Are you going to the tournament? Perhaps you have fond memories of previousAustralian Open matches you would like to share with us? Share your photographs and experiences with us, and we’ll feature the most interesting ones on the site.

http://www.theguardian.com/sport/2016/jan/15/australian-open-2016-share-your-photos-stories?CMP=twt_gu