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Three suspensions handed down after bruising AFLW round

Three suspensions handed down after bruising AFLW round

17/01/2022, Australia, Australian Rules, AFL, Article # 30590996

The Match Review Panel has handed down suspensions to Gold Coast’s Ellie Hampson, West Coast’s Emma Swanson and GWS’ Tait Mackrill from a bruising Round 2 of the ALFW season.



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AFL ‘tightens interpretations’ around holding the ball, time wasting for 2022 season

AFL ‘tightens interpretations’ around holding the ball, time wasting for 2022 season

17/01/2022, Australia, Australian Rules, AFL, Article # 30590902

The AFL has implemented “tighter interpretations” around existing rules for holding the ball and time wasting for the 2022 season.



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AFL ‘tightens interpretations’ around holding the ball, delay of game for 2022 season

AFL ‘tightens interpretations’ around holding the ball, delay of game for 2022 season

17/01/2022, Australia, Australian Rules, AFL, Article # 30590894

The AFL has implemented “tighter interpretations” around existing rules for holding the ball and delay of game for the 2022 season.



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Australian Open Day 1: Aussie Aleksander Vukic snags upset win

Australian Open Day 1: Aussie Aleksander Vukic snags upset win

17/01/2022, Australia, Multi Sports, The New Daily , Article # 30590865

Wildcard Aussie entry Aleksander Vukic has snagged a massive upset on day one of the Australian Open.

Vukic rolled South African 30th seed Lloyd Harris 4-6 6-3 7-5 7-6 (7-3) in the first round at Melbourne Park on Monday.

All eyes were on Vukic on Monday, with the Australian having secured wildcard entry into this year’s tournament. Ranked 160th, he lined up against Harris, the world No.31 on Show Court 3.

Vukic, 25, was knocked out in the first round of the 2021 Open, falling to 19th seed Karen Khachanov. This year, however, is already a different story.

Harris took the first set, but the Sydneysider soon stormed back to register the next three sets and eventually prevailed against the South African.

It continued a good recent run of form for Vukic, who reached his first ATP Tour quarter-final last week in Adelaide before bowing out to eventual champion and fellow Australian Thanasi Kokkinakis.

The crowd at Melbourne Parke was on Vukic’s side, with loud roars for the Aussie heard across the venue.

Vukic said he would “treasure this moment for the rest of my life”.

“I came here as a kid and was watching the Aussies play here, so to play myself and actually get the win – I can’t put it into words, ” he said.

Vukic’s maiden grand slam main draw win also has a lucrative upside. He will face Moldovan Radu Albot, the world No. 123, in the second round – and is guaranteed $154,000 in prize money even if he loses.

Osaka stumbles through

Reigning women’s singles champion Osaka knocked off Colombian Camila Osorio in their first-round clash – though the match wasn’t without a hitch for the reigning champion.

Osaka had a defiant start, securing the first five games, approaching the net to pressure the world No.50.

But Osario found her momentum and managed to hold Osaka for a further three games, pushing her to make a flurry of unforced errors before eventually securing the set.

Unfortunately, Osorio’s momentum was short lived. She soon tired, leaving Osaka to bring the game home 6-3 6-3.

Naomi Osaka is through to the second round of the Australian Open. Photo: AAP

It was Osorio’s first time on court at the Australian Open – with Osaka mentioning her research was limited, but was impressed by Osorio’s fighting spirit.

“I didn’t really have much information on my opponent,” she said.

“I thought she played amazing. She was fighting for every point. I think that’s a really good quality. I’m sure we’ll see her on this court pretty frequently. ”

Osaka also gave the crowd a couple of giggles during the match. At one point, she mis-hit a smash shot, and soon after accidentally hit the chair umpire’s sun shield.

With usual Australian Open fashion star Serena Williams missing from this year’s tournament, Osaka’s outfit made a much-needed statement.

Having released a new collection just days ago with Nike, Osaka walked out on court in a hot-pink and aqua dress.

Osaka hesitated when initially asked about the design, saying that “may be a question for Nike”.

Eventually, she eventually shed light on the inspiration.

“Apparently there’s asymmetrical lines and it’s meant to represent the Melbourne skyline and the city.”

Osaka’s outfit represented “the Melbourne skyline and the city”. Photo: AAP

The Barty party

As defending champion, Osaka is no doubt a tournament favourite – next to Aussie golden girl Ash Barty.

Fans will fill Rod Laver Arena at 7pm on Monday night to watch Barty begin her Open campaign against Ukranian Lesia Tsurenko.

It will be the first time Barty has played at Melbourne Park since nabbing her second grand slam singles title at Wimbledon in July.

Tsurenko will need to work hard to make ground against the world No.1 with the ‘Barty Party’ sure to be roaring in the background.

If the early rounds of the tournament go to plan for both Osaka and Barty, the two are likely to clash in the fourth round next Monday.

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PM leaves door open for Djokovic’s early return

PM leaves door open for Djokovic’s early return

17/01/2022, Australia, Multi Sports, The New Daily , Article # 30590866

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has kept the door open for Novak Djokovic to return to Australia before the completion of a three-year ban on entering the country.

The tennis star’s visa was cancelled by Immigration Minister Alex Hawke on Friday using discretionary powers, a decision upheld by a Federal Court.

Under such a decision, Djokovic would be banned from re-entering the country for a three-year period.

While some ministers have said Djokovic, 34, might have played his last tennis match in Australia, Mr Morrison said there was a possibility of him returning before the completion of the ban.

He told radio station 2GB Djokovic could be allowed to return under the right circumstances.

“I’m not going to precondition any of that or say anything that would not enable the minister to make the various calls they have to make,” Mr Morrison said.

“It does go over a three-year period, but there is the opportunity for [Djokovic] to return in the right circumstances and that would be considered at the time.”

The world No.1 flew out of Melbourne on Sunday night, hours after the Federal Court rejected his bid to stay in the country and compete at the Australian Open.

He arrived in Dubai on Monday afternoon, Australian time.

Home Affairs Minister Karen Andrews said Djokovic had potentially played his last Australian Open match, due to entry requirements stipulating travellers must be vaccinated or have a valid medical exemption.

The three-year ban could be eased sooner, but Ms Andrews said there would need to be compelling reasons for that to happen.

“Any applicant would need to go through the process, it doesn’t matter if you’re Novak Djokovic or anyone else … it’s not a straightforward process,” she said.

“The saga could have been avoided if Novak Djokovic was vaccinated.”

While Labor’s home affairs spokeswoman Kristina Keneally welcomed the decision to cancel Djokovic’s visa, she said the situation had been handled poorly by the government.

“This has been a situation that is entirely preventable because the Morrison government gave Novak Djokovic a visa on November 18 and for 60 days failed to act,” she said in Sydney.

“They should have cancelled his visa back on November 18. They shouldn’t have given him one.”

However, Treasurer Josh Frydenberg said Djokovic was initially granted the visa through an automated process.

“We get lots of visas, there’s a computer-generated process. It relies on the applicant putting in what they believe are their conditions,” he told the Seven Network.

“[Djokovic] said that he had a legitimate exemption, but that wasn’t the case, and ultimately the decision of the minister was upheld.”

The deportation decision has also led to Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic accusing Australia of “torturing” the tennis star.

Speaking on the BBC, Mr Vucic criticised Australia’s handling of the situation, likening it to a witch hunt.

Labor also hit out at the government for cancelling Djokovic’s visa due to fears the tennis player would incite anti-vaccination sentiment, when multiple government members have expressed anti-vaccination views previously.

However, Mr Morrison said such criticism was conflating two separate issues.

“If you’re an Australian, you’re a resident and you’re a citizen, you can be here and you can express your views,” he said.

“If you’re someone coming from overseas and there are conditions for you to enter this country, well you have to comply with them, it’s as simple as that.”

-AAP

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For Pride. For Legacy. For the Future. For Them. For Queensland.

For Pride. For Legacy. For the Future. For Them. For Queensland.

17/01/2022, Australia, Rugby, National Rugby Championships (Rugby), Article # 30590837


Local hope Vukic wins at Australian Open

Local hope Vukic wins at Australian Open

17/01/2022, Australia, Multi Sports, The New Daily , Article # 30590831

Wildcard Aleksandar Vukic has become the first local winner on day one of the Australian Open with a four-set upset triumph over No.30 seed Lloyd Harris.

Vukic held his nerve in a tight encounter on Court 3, winning 4-6 6-3 7-5 7-6 (7-3) against South African Harris in two hours and 53 minutes.

It continued a good recent run of form from Sydneysider Vukic, who reached his first ATP Tour quarter-final last week in Adelaide before bowing out to eventual champion and fellow Australian Thanasi Kokkinakis.

The 25-year-old received a standing ovation from the delighted home crowd as Vukic shook his head, seemingly in disbelief after posting his breakthrough first main-draw win at a grand slam.

Vukic’s reward is a second-round clash against Moldovan qualifier Radu Albot, with the winner of that match likely to next face No.3 seed Alexander Zverev.

Harris became the first seed to exit the tournament on day one at Melbourne Park.

There are six locals in action on Monday including women’s world No.1 Ash Barty, Ajla Tomljanovic, John Millman, James Duckworth and Kokkinakis.

– AAP

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Bencic into Australian Open second round

Bencic into Australian Open second round

17/01/2022, Australia, Multi Sports, The New Daily , Article # 30590807

Olympic champion Belinda Bencic is the first big name through to the Australian Open second round following a straight-sets win over slumping star Kristina Mladenovic.

Playing only her second event since contracting COVID-19 last month, Bencic showed no ill effects in powering to a 6-4 6-3 victory in one hour, 30 minutes on Monday.

The one-time world No.3, seeded 22nd this year, opened her season with a run to the quarter-finals at last week’s Sydney Tennis Classic and looms as a potential title threat if she can negotiate her way through the opening week.

Mladenovic, a one-time world No.10 and hero of France’s Fed Cup final triumph over Ash Barty’s Australia three years ago, looked every bit the 83rd-ranked player she is these days.

Bencic will face American Amanda Anisimova next on Wednesday and looms as a potential fourth-round road block to top-seeded Barty.

Other early winners on the opening day of the tournament included 15th seed Elina Svitolina, who beat Fiona Ferro 6-1 7-6 (7-4).

Barty opens her title bid on Monday night against Ukrainian qualifier Lesia Tsurenko.

Defending champion Naomi Osaka is also in first-round action on day one against Colombian Camila Osorio.

Other leading seeds playing on Monday include French Open champion Barbora Krejcikova, Greek No.5 seed Maria Sakkari and ninth seed Ons Jabeur.

– AAP

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Sakkari, Bencic into Open’s second round

Sakkari, Bencic into Open’s second round

17/01/2022, Australia, Multi Sports, The New Daily , Article # 30590810

Fifth seed Maria Sakkari and Olympic champion Belinda Bencic are the the first women’s big guns through to the Australian Open second round at Melbourne Park.

Sakkari was made to sweat against world No.287 Tatjana Maria before prevailing 6-4 7-6 (7-2) over the German on Monday.

Maria only gained entry to the season-opening grand slam on a special ranking after taking maternity leave last year following the birth of her second child.

But Sakkari, a semi-finalist at both the French Open and US Open last year, was mightily relieved to get past her.

“We all now first rounds are not that easy,” Sakkari said.

“Credit to Tatjana; she really played a great match. She has a very weird game in a good way. I found it really tough to find my rhythm against her.”

Sakkari, who crashed out in the first round in Melbourne last year before ending the season inside the top 10 for the first time, also admitted to being anxious playing the first match of the 2022 Open on Rod Laver Arena.

“I was a little bit stressed because I was opening up this tournament on this wonderful court. It’s a privilege,” the Greek ace said.

“I’m very glad that I was able to find a way to win and to keep myself in the tournament.”

Playing only her second event since contracting COVID-19 last month, Bencic showed no lingering effects in powering to a 6-4 6-3 victory over Kristina Mladenovic.

The one-time world No.3, seeded 22nd this year, opened her season with a run to the quarter-finals at last week’s Sydney Tennis Classic and also shapes as a potential title threat if she can negotiate her way through the first week.

Bencic will face American Amanda Anisimova next on Wednesday and looms as a potential fourth-round road block to top-seeded Ash Barty.

Other early winners on the opening day included 15th seed Elina Svitolina, who beat Fiona Ferro 6-1 7-6 (7-4).

Barty opens her title bid on Monday night against Ukrainian qualifier Lesia Tsurenko.

Defending champion Naomi Osaka is also in first-round action on day one against Colombian Camila Osorio.

Other leading seeds playing on Monday include French Open champion Barbora Krejcikova and and ninth seed Ons Jabeur.

– AAP

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