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Tennis: China's Li faces teen star in Grand Slam bid

Li Na has exciting young teenager Eugenie Bouchard standing in the way of a second consecutive Australian Open final after the Chinese star crushed Flavia Pennetta to make the last four Tuesday. The fourth seed demolished the Italian 6-2, 6-2 to set up an enticing clash with the Canadian hotshot, 12 years her junior, who upset former world number one Ana Ivanovic in three sets.

Tennis: Sharapova slump opens door for Azarenka

The Australian Open lost its second major drawcard in as many days Monday when an injury-plagued Maria Sharapova was bundled out, opening the door wider to Victoria Azarenka who coasted into the last eight. Russia's Sharapova, the world number three, was stunned by Slovak Dominika Cibulkova, a day after the shock defeat of top seed Serena Williams. In contrast, defending champion Azarenka marched on, blasting past young American Sloane Stephens in straight sets.

Tennis: Radwanska beats Muguruza to make Open quarters

Experienced fifth seed Agnieszka Radwanska overpowered unheralded Spaniard Garbine Muguruza in straight sets to reach her fourth consecutive Australian Open quarter-final on Monday. The Pole saw off some early resistance to stamp her authority on the match and win 6-1, 6-3 in 77 minutes to set up a last-eight clash with defending champion Victoria Azarenka. In beating Muguruza, the 24-year-old made her fourth consecutive Australian Open quarter-final, and fifth overall at Melbourne Park, although she has never gone further.

Tennis: Sharapova out as Nadal, Federer into last eight

Maria Sharapova crashed out of the Australian Open in another seismic shock Monday as Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer and Victoria Azarenka saw off challenges to keep their title bids intact. A day after Serena Williams' exit, Dominika Cibulkova kept the upsets rolling as she ousted injury-compromised Sharapova 3-6, 6-4, 6-1, blowing the women's draw even further open. The main expected beneficiary, two-time defending champion Azarenka, is in position to take full advantage after she flattened old foe Sloane Stephens 6-3, 6-2 to reach the quarter-finals.

Tennis: Sharapova out as Nadal, Federer into last eight

Maria Sharapova crashed out of the Australian Open in another seismic shock Monday as Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer and Victoria Azarenka saw off challenges to keep their title bids intact. A day after Serena Williams' exit, Dominika Cibulkova kept the upsets rolling as she ousted injury-compromised Sharapova 3-6, 6-4, 6-1, blowing the women's draw even further open. The main expected beneficiary, two-time defending champion Azarenka, is in position to take full advantage after she flattened old foe Sloane Stephens 6-3, 6-2 to reach the quarter-finals.

Tennis: Sharapova out as Nadal, Federer into last eight

Maria Sharapova crashed out of the Australian Open in another seismic shock Monday as Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer and Victoria Azarenka saw off challenges to keep their title bids intact. A day after Serena Williams' exit, Dominika Cibulkova kept the upsets rolling as she ousted injury-compromised Sharapova 3-6, 6-4, 6-1, blowing the women's draw even further open. The main expected beneficiary, two-time defending champion Azarenka, is in position to take full advantage after she flattened old foe Sloane Stephens 6-3, 6-2 to reach the quarter-finals.

Tennis: Sharapova out as shocks keep rolling

Maria Sharapova crashed out of the Australian Open in another seismic shock Monday as Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray saw off unexpected challenges to keep their title bids intact. A day after Serena Williams' exit, Dominika Cibulkova kept the upsets rolling as she ousted injury-compromised Sharapova 3-6, 6-4, 6-1, blowing the women's draw even further open. The main expected beneficiary, two-time defending champion Victoria Azarenka, is in position to take full advantage after she flattened old foe Sloane Stephens 6-3, 6-2 to reach the quarter-finals.

Tennis: Azarenka denies title defence eased by upsets

Victoria Azarenka insisted Monday the upsets of Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova did not make the job of defending her Australian Open title any easier as she blasted into the last eight. World number one Williams and third seed Sharapova were both fourth-round casualties, leaving the Belarusian well-placed to become the first woman to win the title in three consecutive years since Martina Hingis between 1997-99. But the 24-year-old said there were plenty of possible roadblocks ahead. "It doesn't matter," she said of the tournament drawcards' demise.

Tennis: Sharapova out as shocks keep rolling

Dominika Cibulkova provided another seismic shock at the Australian Open Monday as she sent injury-hobbled Maria Sharapova crashing out, just a day after Serena Williams went the same way. The diminutive Slovakian enjoyed one of the biggest wins of her career, 3-6, 6-4, 6-1, a result which also did a big favour for defending champion Victoria Azarenka. Azarenka, now the hot favourite as she guns for a rare hat-trick of Australian Open wins, stepped up her bid when she flattened old foe Sloane Stephens 6-3, 6-2.

Advancing Azarenka sidesteps marriage talk

By Simon Cambers MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Victoria Azarenka had more trouble ducking questions about marriage than she did in overcoming Sloane Stephens on her way to the quarter-finals of the Australian Open on Monday. The Belarussian, trying to win the title for the third consecutive year, was too consistent for Stephens and wrapped up a 6-3 6-2 victory in confident fashion. After the match, Azarenka was quizzed about whether she might be about to marry her boyfriend, the rapper-singer, Redfoo.
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