articles by Anuradha Santhanam

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Keeping emotions in check: Knowing how to channel aggression on court is what separates the good from the best

Some players have become just as famous for their outbursts on court as they have for their game, perhaps none more so than John McEnroe and Jimmy Connors.

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Australian Open 2020: Roger Federer battles past John Millman and a case of nervous 90s to enter 4th round with 100th win

At Australian Open, Roger Federer battles past John Millman and a case of nervous 90s to enter 4th round with 100th win

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Australian Open 2020: Prodigious Coco Gauff displays nerves of steel to masterfully dispatch defending champion Naomi Osaka

Gauff, who will only turn 16 in March, has pulled off arguably one of the biggest upsets of the tournament in her defeat of defending champion Naomi Osaka

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Australian Open 2020: Tennis’ young hopes yet to measure up to its old guard with Alexander Zverev, Dominic Thiem scraping through to 3rd round

Long considered 'A New Hope', the veritable successors to the old guard, both Dominic Thiem and Alexander Zverev today were stretched going into Round 3 of the Australian Open.

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Australian Open 2020: Re-united with coach Conchita Martinez, mercurial Garbine Muguruza makes winning return in Melbourne

Ups and downs have been quite the trademark of Garbine Muguruza and her career, and indeed, even in the year that she won her debut Grand Slam, the Spaniard struggled for results

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Hobart International 2020: By playing and winning her first tournament after two-years hiatus, Sania Mirza gives lesson in comeback

Sania, jubilant and looking in fine form, has made clear her intentions of returning to professional tennis after taking a break for motherhood and to represent India at the Tokyo Olympics this year

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Australian Open 2020: Serena Williams' Auckland win provides exciting precursor to year's first Slam as No 24 awaits

Serena has defeated countless opponents, a coma, depression, a number of surgeries, and a three-time drop out of the top 100, only to come back to play the Australian Open yet again.

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Caroline Wozniacki's career of consistency comes to an end as Dane chooses to retire on her own terms

It is interesting to note that much of Wozniacki’s career over the last few years has seen major rises and small blips, owing in no small part due to seemingly minor-injuries that have piled up

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After relishing 'double delight' at World Deaf Tennis Championships, Prithvi Sekhar says positive mentality is key to success

For Chennai-based Prithvi Sekhar, playing at Deaf tennis tournaments since 2011, he relies on sight and instinct. 26-year-old Sekhar was born with profound hearing loss, which is defined as the inability to hear any sound below 90 decibels. To put that in perspective, the sound an industrial vacuum cleaner makes is approximately 75 decibels.

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Shanghai Masters: Stefanos Tsitsipas' quarter-final win over Novak Djokovic an apt reflection of his steady progress over past year

The match marked victories for Tsitsipas this year over each of the Big 3: Roger Federer at the Australian Open, Rafael Nadal in Madrid, and now, Djokovic in Shanghai, where the top-ranked player was defending his title.

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China Open 2019: Dominic Thiem finally sheds his 'clay-courter' image with latest hard-court triumph in Beijing

2019, all aside, has been quite the year for Thiem on the surface; he won his first Masters title this year - and on hard courts.

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Aided by steely resolve Kim Clijsters defies age, injuries and personal loss to embark on remarkable sporting comeback

Clijsters may be ‘old’ by tennis standards, but consistently considered one of the most athletic, best moving players on court, she is perhaps one of the best candidates for a return.

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US Open 2019: Rafael Nadal's drive, dynamism and perpetual quest for greatness fuel second coming as tennis' all-time great

To watch Nadal from 2001 to now is to truly experience greatness — not just in a sporting sense, but in watching just how to grow, to evolve. Today, as Nadal watched his own montage as he went to collect the US Open trophy, perhaps he saw it too.

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US Open 2019: Rafael Nadal exudes dominance in semi-final, but Matteo Berrettini doesn't go without a fight

The odds were firmly on Rafael Nadal to beat Matteo Berrettini the US Open semi-final, as they likely are on him to win the title here at Flushing Meadows

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US Open 2019, semi-finals preview: Serena Williams starts favourite against Elina Svitolina; Bianca Andreescu's momentum gives her edge over Belinda Bencic

Gunning for a record-equalling (or if you go by the Open Era alone, record-making) 24th Major title, Williams was denied in the final last year by Naomi Osaka. It is a reckoning for Williams too, just of a different kind.

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US Open 2019: Daniil Medvedev wrestles injury, Stan Wawrinka to advance to maiden last-four at Flushing Meadows

If you’ve ever watched — or followed professional wrestling — you might be familiar with the concept of a heel. And if you’ve been following the US Open, particularly Medvedev, that is exactly the role he has found himself in, intentionally or otherwise.

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US Open 2019: Bianca Andreescu's variations and all-court game reiterate her credentials as future of women's tennis

Both Andreescu and Townsend, in their own ways, have brought variation back to the game. Men's and women's games have progressively shifted towards baseline almost completely, and until Townsend herself at this US Open, not many had seen the style making a comeback.

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US Open 2019: Belinda Bencic's fluid shotmaking highlights straightforward win over error-prone Naomi Osaka

Bencic was almost unassailable, and to her credit, found the proverbial ‘Goldilocks zone’ of power, shot placement, movement, and accuracy, and she used it to full effect and more.

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US Open 2019: Fifth seed Daniil Medvedev beats veteran Spaniard Feliciano Lopez but loses crowd support with antics

There is no doubt of Daniil Medvedev’s skill, that is for certain. But between the last two matches, the US Open has become somewhat of a PR disaster for the 23-year-old.

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US Open 2019: Taylor Townsend combines substance with throwback style to oust Simona Halep

Townsend hit some seemingly impossible backhands with fluidity, and never really let Halep - who had won the first set - find rhythm, and that proved to be the former World No 1’s undoing.