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The Australian Open
Latest The Australian Open Items
None of the drama-packed story lines coming into the Australian Open involved the Great Wall of China.
Li Na became the first Chinese player to reach a Grand Slam singles final, recovering from a set and a break down and saving a match point before beating top-seeded Caroline Wozniacki 3-6, 7-5, 6-3 Thursday in the Australian Open semifinals.
Tennis great Rod Laver, the last man to win the Grand Slam, was surprised to hear that Rafael Nadal's attempt to win the "Rafa Slam" was over.
Former No. 1 Justine Henin retired from tennis for a second time Wednesday, citing a lingering right elbow injury that cut short her comeback from a glittering career that included seven Grand Slam titles.
Low-flying stunt planes and booming cannon fire had Kim Clijsters and Vera Zvonareva a little rattled during their quarterfinals. Come the Australian Open semifinals, they'll have other distractions to contend with.
Rafael Nadal's bid to win four consecutive Grand Slam tournaments appears in jeopardy early in his quarterfinal match at the Australian Open.
Vania King is taking the U.S. Fed Cup roster spot originally expected to be filled by Venus Williams at next month's quarterfinal against Belgium.
Caroline Wozniacki showed her fighting spirit Tuesday on center court and then dealt a knockout punch to the tall tale of the kangaroo that briefly upstaged her tennis at the Australian Open.
Li Na is back in the Australian Open semifinals, and the latest seeded player to lose to the Chinese star says she is the woman to beat.