articles by Rajdeep Puri

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Australian Open 2021: Dominic Thiem battles Nick Kyrgios and the vociferous Melbourne crowd to reach last 16

It was not only the points which Kyrgios won but also the errors and faults by Thiem which were cheered by the crowd. Umpire Dumusois had to shout “please” to the crowd almost once every game and ensure that he had things in control.

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Australian Open 2021: Melbourne lockdown leaves tennis fans fuming and frustrated

The tournament will continue despite the mini-outbreak and lockdown, albeit without any crowds. This would be much like the US Open and French Open which were held towards the end of last season.

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Australian Open 2021: Divij Sharan, Ankita Raina suffer first round exits in straight sets

With Sharan and Raina’s loss, India’s hopes in the men's and women’s doubles came to an end. Rohan Bopanna remains the lone Indian left standing in the tournament

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Australian Open brings cheer to Melbourne, but lingering fear of coronavirus remains

Memories of harsh lockdowns are still fresh in the mind of Melbourne residents. That's why the thought of 30,000 fans being inside Melbourne Park for Australian Open from Monday still seems surreal.

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Australian Open 2020: Victoria Jimenez Kasintseva, 14, from microstate Andorra puts her name on the map with title

Victoria Jimenez Kasintseva became the first girl from Andorra to win a Grand Slam singles title. Braving the odds, the confident youngster defeated Poland's Weronika Baszak in the final, 5-7, 6-2, 6-2

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Australian Open 2020: Leander Paes bids Melbourne goodbye with gratitude in heart and memories to last a lifetime

“I’m getting a few goosebumps man, it’s starting to hit me a little bit. It’s been a long ride. It’s been a good ride. It’s been a fun ride," Paes said.

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Australian Open 2020: With stunning upsets and epic tennis, drama-filled Friday gives fans action worth every penny

The Australian Open produced a crazy, drama-filled day today at Melbourne Park, with fans witnessing epic matches, upsets, and just some great tennis, in general.

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Sania Mirza interview: 'I proved that I wasn’t too rusty,' Indian ace optimistic despite retiring from Australian Open through injury

The pair of Mirza and Kichenok were never really in the game as the Indian struggled with her injury right from the beginning of the match

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Australian Open 2020: Sania Mirza out of mixed doubles due to a calf injury, Divij Sharan begins campaign on positive note

This is not the first time Sania Mirza has struggled with calf problems. The former world No 1 doubles player, who is making a comeback to the sport after more than two years, battled against the odds to win the title at Hobart just last week.

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Australian Open 2020: World No 39 Marin Cilic says 'intent in practice' and 'right mindset' key after winning first-round match

Cilic looked a lot more confident on the court in his first outing at the Australian Open than he did at any point last year

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Australian Open 2020: India's Prajnesh Gunneswaran rues 'horrible match' in error-prone first-round exit

Right from the offset, Prajnesh's game was riddled with unforced errors as he failed to get into any sort of rhythm.

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Australian Open 2020: Safwat played better on big points, admits Sumit Nagal after shock loss in qualifiers

Nagal considers himself lucky to have a few sponsors and some sort of backing in the form of the Virat Kohli Foundation and Indian Oil.