<strong>Factbox: List of Australian Open women’s singles champions</strong>
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Factbox: List of Australian Open women’s singles champions

List of Australian Open women’s singles champions since the event began in 1922 (Australian unless stated): 2023 Aryna Sabalenka (Belarus) bt Elena Rybakina (Kazakhstan) 4-6 6-3 6-4 2022 Ash Barty…

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<strong>Djokovic battles Tsitsipas in high stakes Australian Open final</strong>
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Djokovic battles Tsitsipas in high stakes Australian Open final

Novak Djokovic will look to rise above the drama that has engulfed him at Melbourne Park and claim a record-extending 10th Australian Open title on Sunday in a…

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<strong>Sabalenka beats Rybakina to win Australian Open</strong>
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Sabalenka beats Rybakina to win Australian Open

Aryna Sabalenka bludgeoned her way to a maiden Grand Slam title at the Australian Open with a 4-6 6-3 6-4 win over Kazakh 22nd seed Elena Rybakina on…

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<strong>Russia says any attempts to oust it from global sport over Ukraine will fail</strong>
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Russia says any attempts to oust it from global sport over Ukraine will fail

Russian foreign ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on Friday that any attempt to squeeze Moscow out of international sport because of what it calls its special military operation…

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<strong>Djokovic shrugs off dad drama to reach 10th Australian Open final</strong>
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Djokovic shrugs off dad drama to reach 10th Australian Open final

Novak Djokovic shrugged off controversy involving his father to reach a record-extending 10th Australian Open final on Friday and set up a blockbuster decider with Greek trailblazer Stefanos…

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<strong>Rybakina and Sabalenka set up Australian Open final showdown</strong>
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Rybakina and Sabalenka set up Australian Open final showdown

Elena Rybakina won a duel of Grand Slam champions to reach her first Australian Open final and will battle Aryna Sabalenka for the title after the Belarusian shrugged…

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<strong>‘Soccer mom’ Azarenka ordered to take off PSG shirt at Australian Open</strong>
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‘Soccer mom’ Azarenka ordered to take off PSG shirt at Australian Open

Self-described “obnoxious soccer mom” Victoria Azarenka was ordered to take off her Paris St Germain shirt at the Australian Open on Thursday before bowing out of the Grand…

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<strong>Iranian chess player who competed without hijab meets with Spanish PM</strong>
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Iranian chess player who competed without hijab meets with Spanish PM

An Iranian chess player who defected to Spain after she competed without a hijab and was warned not to return to her country met with Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez…

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NBA: Nigeria’s Adebayo late show leads Heat past Celtics
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NBA: Nigeria’s Adebayo late show leads Heat past Celtics

The Miami Heat have not forgotten that they fought a close battle in the National Basketball Association Eastern Conference Finals last season, only to lose out to eventual…

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Michael Mmoh, son of former Nigerian tennis star, Tony Mmoh makes waves at Australian Open
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Michael Mmoh, son of former Nigerian tennis star, Tony Mmoh makes waves at Australian Open

Michael Mmoh who is the son of former Nigerian tennis star, Tony Mmoh is afraid he will wake up and realise his run to the Australian Open third round was…

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<strong>Injured champion Nadal crashes out of Australian Open</strong>
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Injured champion Nadal crashes out of Australian Open

Defending champion Rafa Nadal crashed out of the Australian Open second round on Wednesday after aggravating a hip problem during his 6-4 6-4 7-5 defeat to Mackenzie McDonald,…

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<strong>Heat and rain delays play havoc with Australian Open schedule</strong>
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Heat and rain delays play havoc with Australian Open schedule

Scorching heat halted outdoor matches, sent fans scurrying for shade and tested the endurance of players on a sweltering second day at the Australian Open, before rain took…

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<strong>Naomi Osaka announces she is expecting her first child</strong>
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Naomi Osaka announces she is expecting her first child

Four times Grand Slam champion Naomi Osaka said on Wednesday that she is expecting her first child, days after withdrawing from the Australian Open. The 25-year-old said this week that…

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<strong>Former champion Osaka withdraws from Australian Open</strong>
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Former champion Osaka withdraws from Australian Open

Two-times champion Naomi Osaka has pulled out of the Australian Open, organisers of the year’s first Grand Slam which begins on Jan. 16 said on Sunday without elaborating…

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<strong>World number one Alcaraz to miss Australian Open with injury</strong>
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World number one Alcaraz to miss Australian Open with injury

World number one Carlos Alcaraz will not play in the Australian Open after picking up a right leg muscle injury during pre-season training, the Spaniard said on Friday.…

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Venus Williams out of Australian Open following injury in Auckland
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Venus Williams out of Australian Open following injury in Auckland

Seven-times Grand Slam champion Venus Williams pulled out of this month’s Australian Open due to injury, the organisers of the season’s first Grand Slam said on Saturday. Williams…

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Djokovic gets the welcome he wished for in Australia
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Djokovic gets the welcome he wished for in Australia

Novak Djokovic was grateful for a warm welcome from Australian fans, after he cruised through his first singles match in the country since being deported in 2022 with a 6-3,…

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Iranian chess player without hijab barred from returning to Iran
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Iranian chess player without hijab barred from returning to Iran

An Iranian chess player arrived in Spain on Tuesday after receiving what a source close to her said were warnings not to return to Iran for competing without…

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<strong>Former tennis no. 1, Navratilova diagnosed with throat and breast cancer</strong>
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Former tennis no. 1, Navratilova diagnosed with throat and breast cancer

Former world number one tennis player Martina Navratilova said on Monday she has been diagnosed with throat and breast cancer. The Czech–American is considered among one the greatest…

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<strong>CI Rankings: Nigerian female cyclists soar above Egypt, South Africa</strong>
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CI Rankings: Nigerian female cyclists soar above Egypt, South Africa

Nigerian female cyclists have soared above their rivals, Egypt and South Africa in the elite category on the current rankings of the International Cycling Union, UCI. An elated…

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<strong>Welcome 2023; But Zik’s 1964 New Year message still apt for Nigeria 59 years on</strong>
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Welcome 2023; But Zik’s 1964 New Year message still apt for Nigeria 59 years on

BY KUNLE SOLAJA. On January 1, 1964, Nigeria’s first president, Nnamdi Azikiwe in a New Year message analysed the state of sports in the country and urged the…

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