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Tennis: Sharapova desperate for repeat of Paris glamour

Maria Sharapova swaps sweltering Melbourne for wet and chilly Paris on Monday hoping her love affair with the French capital will help bury her Australian Open nightmare. The world number three was a shock fourth-round loser at the season-opening Grand Slam, going down to eventual finalist Dominika Cibulkova, her hopes hamstrung by a hip injury.

Plucky Thai Kumkhum dumps Kvitova from Australian Open

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Thai world number 88 Luksika Kumkhum sprang the biggest upset of the Australian Open's first day by bundling out sixth seed Petra Kvitova 6-2 1-6 6-4 in front of a frenetic crowd on Monday. Serving at 4-3 in the third set to stay in the match, former Wimbledon champion Kvitova double-faulted to give her plucky opponent a chance to seal the match on serve but the Thai wavered to hand the break back.

Tennis: Thailand's Kumkhum shocks sixth seed Kvitova

Former Wimbledon champion and sixth seed Petra Kvitova was embarrassed by little-known Thai Luksika Kumkhum Monday, who sent her packing from the Australian Open in the first round. The Czech came into the tournament in decent form after making the final of the Sydney International, although she fell to Bulgarian qualifier Tsvetana Pironkova. And she had chances against Kumkhum, ranked 87 in the world and facing a top 10 player for the first time, but failed to show the killer instinct that took her to the Wimbledon title in 2011.

Tennis: Thailand's Luksika shocks sixth seed Kvitova

Little-known Thai Luksika Kumkhum hailed the biggest win of her career Monday after embarrassing former Wimbledon champion and sixth seed Petra Kvitova in the Australian Open first round. The upset was even more remarkable after the 20-year-old failed to get through qualifying at the Shenzhen Open and Sydney International in the lead-up to Melbourne. "I'm very excited to beat the number six player in the world," said Luksika, who credits Thai stalwart Tamarine Tanasugarn as her inspiration. "Today is a great day for me, I am very happy."

Tennis: Qualifier Pironkova beats Kerber for Sydney title

Bulgarian qualifier Tsvetana Pironkova crowned a stunning week of top ten scalps with a straight sets victory over fifth seed Angelique Kerber in the final of the Sydney International Friday. Pironkova, the world number 107, defeated her third top-ten ranked opponent of the week with a 6-4, 6-4 win in 96 minutes. Pironkova became the first women's qualifier to win the Sydney International, one of the oldest tournaments in the world, for her maiden WTA title.

Tennis: Qualifier Pironkova beats Kerber for Sydney title

Bulgarian qualifier Tsvetana Pironkova crowned a stunning week of top ten scalps with a straight sets victory over fifth seed Angelique Kerber in the final of the Sydney International Friday. Pironkova, the world number 107, defeated her third top-ten ranked opponent of the week with a 6-4, 6-4 win in 96 minutes. Pironkova became the first women qualifier to win the Sydney International, which is one of the oldest tournaments in the world, for her maiden WTA title.

Tennis: Pironkova upsets Kvitova to play Kerber in Sydney final

Bulgarian qualifier Tsvetana Pironkova reached her first WTA final with a semi-final win over second seed Petra Kvitova at the Sydney International on Thursday. The world number 107 defeated her second top-ten ranked opponent of the week in a 6-4 6-3 victory. Pironkova, 26, will play fifth seed Angelique Kerber in Friday's final after the German left-hander mastered American Madison Keys 6-4, 6-2.

Tennis: Sydney International results

Results of matches played at the Sydney International on Thursday (x denotes seed): Women's singles Semi-finals Tsvetana Pironkova (BUL) bt Petra Kvitova (CZE x2) 6-4, 6-3 Angelique Kerber (GER x5) bt Madison Keys (USA) 6-4, 6-2 Men's singles Quarter-finals: Juan Martín del Potro (ARG x1) bt Radek Stepanek (CZE) 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 Dmitry Tursunov (RUS x4) bt Denis Istomin (UZB) 7-6 (7/5), 6-2 afp

Tennis: Sydney International results

Results of matches played at the Sydney International on Thursday (x denotes seed): Women's singles Semi-finals Tsvetana Pironkova (BUL) bt Petra Kvitova (CZE x2) 6-4, 6-3 Angelique Kerber (GER x5) bt Madison Keys (USA) 6-4, 6-2 Men's singles Quarter-finals: Juan Martín del Potro (ARG x1) bt Radek Stepanek (CZE) 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 Dmitry Tursunov (RUS x4) bt Denis Istomin (UZB) 7-6 (7/5), 6-2 afp

Tennis: Pironkova upsets Kvitova to play Kerber in Sydney final

Bulgarian qualifier Tsvetana Pironkova reached her first WTA final with a semi-final win over second seed Petra Kvitova at the Sydney International on Thursday. The world number 107 defeated her second top-ten ranked opponent of the week in a 6-4 6-3 victory. Pironkova, 26, will play fifth seed Angelique Kerber in Friday's final after the German left-hander mastered American Madison Keys 6-4, 6-2.
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