Serena Williams moves into quarterfinals at Yarra Valley, on track to face Ash Barty

Andreas Milano

MELBOURNE — It’s a rare thing for Serena Williams to play a tournament the week leading into one of the tennis Grand Slams.

Now that she’s at Melbourne Park, though, she’s making the most of her time in the Yarra Valley Classic to prepare for next week’s Australian Open.

The 23-time major champion beat Tsvetana Pironkova 6-1, 6-4 on Wednesday to advance to the quarterfinals. She’s still on track for a semifinal match against top-ranked Ash Barty.

Williams had a tough win over Pironkova at last year’s U.S. Open, and then withdrew from their scheduled match at the French Open

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Murrells Inlet’s Logan Tomovski ranked No. 1 in 14-and-under tennis in South Carolina | Myrtle Beach Area News

Andreas Milano

MURRELLS INLET — Don’t look now, but you may see this 14-year-old play in Wimbledon one day.

Logan Tomovski of Murrells Inlet was named the No. 1 tennis player in the state of South Carolina for the 14-and-under classification, No. 8 in the South and No. 79 in the nation.

“I put a lot of effort and a lot of work into tennis, so it’s good to see that good things have come out of it,” Tomovski said.



End-of-year rankings are based on a player’s top seven tournament results.

Tomovski has won tournaments in Charleston and Florence, and

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Serena sizzles after Barty, Kenin script hard-fought wins

Andreas Milano


Tsvetana Pironkova, Serena Williams are posing for a picture: Yarra Valley Classic


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Yarra Valley Classic

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Serena Williams sounded a warning for her fellow Australian Open contenders on Wednesday with a sleek 6-1 6-4 victory against Bulgarian Tsvetana Pironkova to reach the quarter-finals of the Yarra Valley Classic in Melbourne.



Serena Williams hitting a ball with a racket: Yarra Valley Classic


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Yarra Valley Classic

After top two seeds Ash Barty and Sofia Kenin faced steep challenges to keep their preparations on course, Williams put up a contrasting show at Melbourne Park’s Margaret Court Arena in the evening session.

World number one Barty, who won 6-0 4-6 6-3, showed no signs of fatigue from having played

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The COVID number one? Queries follow Barty into home Grand Slam

Andreas Milano

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Even by the standards of 2020, pictures of Ash Barty cradling a beer at a football match in Brisbane while her tour rivals battled for French Open glory would have been hard to reconcile for some tennis fans.

FILE PHOTO: Tennis – A Day at the Drive Exhibition – Memorial Drive Tennis Club, Adelaide, Australia – January 29, 2021 Australia’s Ashleigh Barty reacts during her match against Romania’s Simona Halep REUTERS/Morgan Sette

Perhaps even harder to fathom was that the Australian would finish the year world number one despite declining to play anywhere after reaching the semi-finals

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So many events in Melbourne, until COVID disrupted the plan

Andreas Milano

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Erima Nishimura sure picked a decent day to bring her 9-year-old son, Yoshiharu, to Melbourne Park for the first time to see some tennis.

So much tennis: There were 89 matches on the schedule Wednesday, featuring Serena Williams, Naomi Osaka, Stan Wawrinka and eight other Grand Slam singles champions.

It’s all part of a six-tournament setup meant to help players who had to spend 14 days in hotel quarantine prepare in short order amid a pandemic for the Australian Open — yes, a half-dozen tournaments, and all held at one site, the venue where the year’s

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COVID case at Australian Open hotel cancels play at tuneups

Andreas Milano

MELBOURNE (AP) — All competition at six Australian Open tuneup events scheduled for Thursday was called off after a worker at one of the tournaments’ Melbourne quarantine hotels tested positive for COVID-19.

Players preparing for the year’s first Grand Slam tournament, which is supposed to begin Monday, must isolate at their hotels until they test negative for the illness caused by the coronavirus.

“We will work with everyone involved to facilitate testing as quickly as possible,” Tennis Australia said in a statement announcing the postponement of all matches that were to be played Thursday at Melbourne Park.

Victoria state premier

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