Djokovic wins record-extending ninth Australian Open

A tournament that had to contend with many uncertainties due to the COVID-19 pandemic, climaxed with Novak Djokovic remaining an unbreakable force as he thrashed Daniil Medvedev to claim a record-extending ninth Australian Open title. The world number one’s 7-5 6-2 6-2 triumph on Sunday under the lights at Rod Laver Arena secured his 18th […]

Novak Djokovic Wins Third Straight Australian Open Title

The reasons for Djokovic’s dominance here are both physical and psychological. The final always takes place at night. Those night matches that the birds come for, along with legions of Serbs who scream the “Olé, olé, olé, olé,” chant when their favorite son most needs it, are often played in cooler temperatures than those that […]

Myanmar Police Open Fire on Protesters, Killing 2

The police in Myanmar opened fire on protesters in the city of Mandalay on Saturday, killing two and injuring at least 10, witnesses said. The shootings occurred as the authorities were trying to force workers back to their jobs at a local shipyard. They were among hundreds of thousands of laborers across Myanmar who have […]

Tennis: Osaka cruises to second Australian Open title

Japan’s Naomi Osaka claims victory over the 22nd-seeded Jennifer Brady, winning her fourth major crown at the age of 23. Naomi Osaka has given Jennifer Brady a lesson in Grand Slam tennis as she cruised to a 6-4, 6-3 win to secure her second Australian Open title and cement her standing as the new queen […]

Australian Open: Williams leaves news conference in tears

Serena Williams, 39, won her last major in 2017 at Melbourne Park before taking a break from the sport to give birth. Serena Williams broke down and cut short her post-match news conference after her 6-3, 6-4 defeat to Naomi Osaka in the Australian Open semi-finals that ended her bid for a record-equalling 24th Grand […]

Australian Open Live Updates: Naomi Osaka Defeats Serena Williams

Here’s what you need to know: Osaka closed it out by winning the last eight points of the match. Feb. 17, 2021, 11:38 p.m. ET Feb. 17, 2021, 11:38 p.m. ET The crowd is cheering for a third set. Feb. 17, 2021, 11:26 p.m. ET Feb. 17, 2021, 11:26 p.m. ET Too many unforced errors […]

Ashleigh Barty Loses in Australian Open Quarterfinals

The top-seeded Ashleigh Barty, who represented her country’s best chance for a homegrown Australian Open champion, lost in the quarterfinals on Wednesday, falling 1-6, 6-3, 6-2 to the 25th-seeded Karolina Muchova of the Czech Republic. Barty began the match in dominant form, leading Muchova by a set and a break at 6-1, 2-0. From there, […]

Taliban ‘open letter’ urges US to honour Doha agreement

Letter published a day before a meeting between NATO ministers to discuss troops’ presence in Afghanistan. The Taliban has published an open letter calling on the United States to honour the Doha agreement regarding the withdrawal of international troops from Afghanistan. The letter was published on Tuesday, a day before a meeting between the NATO […]

Aslan Karatsev of Russia Continues an Unlikely Run at Australian Open

MELBOURNE, Australia — He is the mystery man who few in the sport had heard of just days ago. But Aslan Karatsev of Russia has landed in the semifinals of the Australian Open. In one of the most unlikely runs in the history of modern tennis, Karatsev on Tuesday became one of the few players […]

Melbourne’s third lockdown leaves Australia Open stands empty

Cluster that triggered the renewed restrictions were staying at a quarantine hotel at Melbourne Airport. Australia’s second-most populous state of Victoria, including capital Melbourne, entered a five-day lockdown on Saturday as authorities raced to prevent a third wave of COVID-19 cases set off by the highly infections UK variant. One new locally acquired case was […]

All hypotheses remain open on COVID origins: WHO chief

UN health agency head’s remarks follow WHO investigative mission, which could produce a summary report next week. The head of the World Health Organization has said that all hypotheses on the origins of COVID-19 remained on the table, following an investigative mission in China. The WHO’s mission to Wuhan, where the first coronavirus infections were […]

Australian Open bars fans after snap COVID lockdown

The Australian Open tennis organisers have announced a ban on fans and said players would be cocooned in biosecure “bubbles” as Victoria state authorities ordered six million people into lockdown on Friday to control a new coronavirus outbreak. The five-day, state-wide lockdown starting at midnight local time (13:00 GMT) to combat an outbreak of the […]

Mexico president warns against believing US now has ‘open doors’

Lopez Obrador urged migrants not to believe traffickers who tell them they could get US legal status immediately.  Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said on Thursday that migrants who believe the “doors are open” to the United States, now that Joe Biden is president, are wrong. Lopez Obrador urged migrants not to believe traffickers […]

Australian Open: Sofia Kenin, the Reigning Champ, Is Knocked Out

MELBOURNE, Australia — Sofia Kenin, the reigning champion, was knocked out of the Australian Open on Thursday in a decisive 3-6, 2-6 loss to the unseeded Kaia Kanepi of Estonia. Kenin’s second-round defeat was the first major upset of the 2021 Australian Open. She was the No. 4 seed in the tournament and was the […]

Georgia Prosecutors Open Criminal Investigation of Trump Phone Call

ATLANTA — Prosecutors in Fulton County have initiated a criminal investigation into former President Donald J. Trump’s attempts to overturn Georgia’s election results, including a phone call he made to Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger in which Mr. Trump pressured him to “find” enough votes to help him reverse his loss. On Wednesday, Fani Willis, […]

At the Australian Open, Sports Flirts With Normalcy

MELBOURNE, Australia — “It’s so good to see people.” This was Naomi Osaka, the three-time Grand Slam champion, moments after her first-round win Monday afternoon at the Australian Open. She stood at a microphone on the court at Rod Laver Arena and peered up at a crowd that seemed, if not normal, then something like […]

Australian Open finally gets under way amid COVID restrictions

The Australian Open – tennis’s first Grand Slam of the year delayed until February – has finally begun, albeit with a limit on the number of spectators present courtside as authorities battle to contain the spread of the coronavirus. A smaller crowd than usual was present on the opening day on Monday. Form and fitness […]

Australian Open finally gets under way amid COVID restrictions

The Australian Open – tennis’s first Grand Slam of the year delayed until February – has finally begun, albeit with a limit on the number of spectators present courtside as authorities battle to contain the spread of the coronavirus. A smaller crowd than usual was present on the opening day on Monday. Form and fitness […]

‘All open’: French flock to Madrid cafes for pandemic reprieve

French tourists weary of their strict national lockdown are flocking over the border to Madrid, where bars and restaurants are open and people can stay outdoors until 10pm, even as COVID-19 batters Europe in a virulent third wave. “Here, there’s life – everything’s happening!” said 22-year-old student Clara Soudet as she left a live music […]

Polls open in Ecuador’s tight presidential election

Ecuadorians are heading to the polls to pick a new president in an election held under the shadow of a severe economic crisis and discontent over the handling of the coronavirus pandemic. Sunday’s vote will see the South American nation’s 13.1 million voters choose a successor to unpopular socialist President Lenin Moreno, as well elect lawmakers […]

More than 500 to isolate after COVID case at Australian Open hotel

Victoria region’s head says main event not affected by positive case detected among one of the hotel’s staff. More than 500 tennis players and officials in Melbourne for the Australian Open have been told to isolate and get tested after a worker at a hotel they use tested positive for COVID-19. Daniel Andrews, Victoria state’s […]

Kosovo establishes Israel ties, to open embassy in Jerusalem

The global consensus is against recognising Jerusalem as Israel’s capital until the Palestinian conflict is resolved. Israel and Kosovo established diplomatic ties on Monday, with the Muslim-majority country recognising Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. In a ceremony held over Zoom in Jerusalem and Pristina, Israeli Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi and his counterpart from Kosovo, […]