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An inspired Ana Ivanovic blew
the race for the Australian Open
women s title wide open when she
stunned overwhelming favourite
Serena Williams in the fourth round
at Melbourne Park yesterday.
Novak Djokovic was for once forced
to cede the spotlight to another
Serbian but showed no signs of
relinquishing his iron grip on the
men s title and was merciless in
his 6-3, 6-0, 6-2 flogging of Fabio
ird seed David Ferrer also
advanced to the last eight and a
meeting with Tomas Berdych and his
stripy football shirt, while women s
fourth seed Li Na and Flavia
Pennetta set up a last eight clash of
Li and Pennetta had every reason
to expect their path to the final to be
blocked by world No 1 and top seed
Williams until Ivanovic secured the
biggest shock of the tournament with
a 4-6, 6-3, 6-3 victory on Rod Laver
e Serbian s win instead sent
her through to a quarter-final clash
against Canadian teenager Eugenie
Bouchard, who ended Australia s
hopes of a home champion when she
overcame Casey Dellacqua 6-7, (5-7),
"I actually believed," Ivanovic said,
whose mental toughness has been
frequently questioned because of her
failure to back up her 2008 French
"Going on to the court today, I
really just tried to give my best. I
tried to make it a good match. I was
very competitive till the last moment
and I m just very thrilled."
Williams was riding high on a
winning streak of 25 matches going
back to the start of last year s US
Open and had not lost a single set to
Ivanovic in four previous meetings.
When the 32-year-old took the first
set despite looking a little lethargic,
record 62nd victory at the Australian
Open, where she is 51-1 after going
1-0 up in the match.
In the second set, though, Ivanovic
really started to take the game to
Williams, attacking the 17-times
grand slam champion s serve with a
success very few have managed and
dictating the back court with her
Her tally of 20 forehand winners
to two for Williams told its own tale
but, most importantly, once in front
in the deciding set, Ivanovic kept her
head before serving out to love for
"I really did certain things extremely
well and I kept her under pressure I
felt throughout the whole match," the
"I didn t think much about the
occasion and who I was playing,
because it can get overwhelming."
Williams s four-year quest for
a sixth Melbourne title has been
bedevilled by injury, but she offered
no excuses until realising coach
Patrick Mouratoglou had let the cat
out of the bag about a back problem
she had suffered.
"So he s the one that s snitching?"
she said to laughter.
"I don t want to blame anything. I
feel like Ana deserves all the credit. I
feel she played unbelievable today. I
think she went for her shots. It s not
like I gave her the match. I tried to
fight the best I could today."
Djokovic gave his friend of 10
years Fognini absolutely nothing in
their 93-minute encounter on Rod
Laver Arena and still had plenty of
energy left at the end to launch into
an impersonation of new coach Boris
ere were no jokes, however, when
he was asked to assess his form after
registering his 28th victory in a row
and reaching the last eight for a 19th
straight grand slam.
"I felt from the start of this
tournament that I ve been elevating
my game as the tournament is going
on. Every match is better," the second
seed, who is seeking a fourth straight
" e general feeling on the court,
all the shots, using the court position
really well, being aggressive, playing
my style of the game. Mentally I was
there. I was tough. I was focused.
I feel great about myself in this
moment. Trying to keep it up."
Djokovic next faces eighth seed
Stan Wawrinka, who hit 57 winners
in a highly impressive display of
aggressive tennis to overcome Spain s
Tommy Robredo 6-3, 7-6 (3), 7-6
(5) in the final match on Rod Laver
Berdych reached the last eight for
the fourth year in a row at the only
grand slam where he has never made
the semi-finals without having given
up a service game let alone a set.
e seventh seed s 6-2, 6-2, 6-3 win
over Kevin Anderson was his 10th in
10 matches against the South African
and left him with "plenty of gas in
the tank" for his next match against
David Ferrer, who beat Florian
Mayer 6-7, (7-5), 7-5, 6-2, 6-1.
Former French Open champion
Li, who reached the final here last
year and in 2011, allowed Ekaterina
Makarova not so much as a sniff of
an upset as she set up meeting with
Pennetta by demolishing the Russian
Pennetta s journey to her first
Australian Open quarter-final was a
bit more complicated and she took 53
minutes longer to beat ninth seeded
German Angelique Kerber 6-1, 4-6,
Li had her own particular reason for
being delighted to face the Italian.
"She s one day older than me, so for
once I don t have to play a younger
player," she beamed. --- Reuters
of the New Zealand Herald
e wait has been worth it.
An exciting series looms after New
Zealand steeled their nerves last night
to triumph over India, the world s No
1 ranked side in their opening one-day
India was chasing a ground-record
293 for victory, and looked to be in with
a chance of success --- only to finish 24
e match atmosphere, boosted by
the enthusiasm of a strong Indian
expatriate contingent, was feverish.
New Zealand was a team of heroes.
Kane Williamson (71 runs from 88
balls) and Ross Taylor (55 from 82)
posted a 121-run partnership for the
third wicket by cajoling the ball rather
than indulging in willow warfare.
at role was left to big-hitters
Corey Anderson (68 from 40) and
Luke Ronchi (30 from 18) who added
66 runs from 37 balls, including two
Anderson sixes that landed on the
Williamson s technical precision was
exemplary as he built a platform before
his exit at 153 after 33 overs.
He is perfecting the chip over the
infield, and other strokes would not
have looked out of place on a snooker
table, such was their adhesion to the
McLean Park baize.
Mitchell McClenaghan took the
crucial wickets of Virat Kohli and
Mahendra Singh Dhoni on his way
to four for 68 as he maintained the
aggression demanded by captain
" ere will be times he travels, but
we re happy as long as he attacks and
tries to take wickets," McCullum said
after the game.
"He bounced out four guys which is
great, that s the plan we wanted."
Indian captain Dhoni said his team
did not pull well.
"We ve got to master that, with two
bouncers allowed every over.
"You can t pick and choose to leave
Chants of "Koh-li" and "Dho-ni"
erupted as the pair bisected the field
and dissected the attack in a fifth-
wicket stand of 95.
Kohli made 123 off 110 balls, but the
run of India winning each of the 12
times he has scored an ODI century
while chasing came to an end.
It was the first time India have lost an
ODI in which Kohli has reached three
If New Zealand erred anywhere it was
bowling, but charging in against players
with ODI averages of more than 50 is
eir fielding was not at fault. Led by
the McCullum brothers, they chased
like the ball was a $100 note in a
Adam Milne often clocked in excess
of 150kph to take 1 for 40 before
limping off after 7.3 overs with a side
strain injury. He will have a MRI scan
"It s tough for Milney to get injured
bowling at that pace, but his overs were
still hostile which is exactly what we
asked for," McCullum said.
"He ll be assessed tomorrow but it
doesn t look great."
India, who stand to forfeit their
world No 1 ranking if they lose the
five-match series to the eighth-ranked
New Zealand, chose to bowl first on a
wicket with a history of favouring the
side batting last.
e second ODI is in Hamilton on
Swedish multi-sport athlete
Scott Cole set the inaugural
record for the West Coast
Mountain Man event stopping
the clock at 5.23,53 as he paddled
to the finish line at the Blaketown
lagoon on Saturday.
During that time Cole had
run 500m down the Blaketown
breakwater, biked 33km to
Barrytown, completed a 19km
mountain run of 1000 vertical
metres over the Croesus Track,
biked another 8km downhill to
the Grey River then paddled
25km to Blaketown.
"I felt really good today, and the
course was fantastic," he said.
" e run was gorgeous. is is
my kind of race."
Cole entered the event as part of
his training for his third attempt
at the Coast to Coast race,
because the Croesus Track and
the Grey River provide many of
the same challenges.
"I have a bit of an obsession
with the Coast to Coast," he said.
e multisport event attracted
20 competitors while 25 lined
up for the start of the Croesus
Crossing race (aptly renamed the
Goat Race) which was won by
race favourite Ben Aynsley.
e competitors came from far
and wide, with the Goat Race
attracting Yosmitaka Ishirawn
from Japan and Travis Pirozzini
Goat race.--- Women: 18-39
Open: Kate Woods 1, Paulette
Birchfield 2, Franziska Gloor
3, 4:25:09. 55-64 Veteran two:
Lyndsay Gough 1, 5:41:23.
Men: 18-39 Open: Ben Aynsley
1, Paul Timothy 2, Mark Adams
3, 2:47:10. 40-54 Veteran one:
Yoshitawa Ishikawa 1, Andy
Gordon 2, Geoff Negri 3:41:28, 3.
55-64 Veteran two: Mark Caskey
Overall positions.--- Ben
Aynsley (2:47:10) 1, Paul Timothy
(3:05:54) 2, Mark Adams
(3:11:30) 3, Travis Pirozzini
(3:15:39) 4, Nic Hirschfield
(3:23:56) 5, Mark Caskey
(3:26:48) 6, Blair O Sullivan
(3:31:55) 7, Yoshitawa Ishikawa
(3:41:28) 8, Sam Woods (3:44:58)
9, Russell Croy (3:51:49) 10,
William Reeve (3:58:37) 11,
Nic McBride (4:07:54) 12,
Kate Woods (4:25:09) 13, Andy
Gorton (4:30:07) 14, Geoff
Negri (4:32:16) 15, Mark Irvine
(4:41:22) 16, Mike Taylor
(4:42:00) 17, Paulette Birchfield
(4:42:28) 18, Franziska Gloor
(5:02:19) 19, Rachael Fitzgerald
(5:02:21) 20, Lyndsay Gough
Mountain man.--- Women:
Open: Jo Turnbull 1, Karen
Collins 2, 6.39.34. Men: Open:
Scott Cole 1, John Michael 2,
Daniel Murtagh 3, 5.23.53.
Youth: Ryan O Connor 1, 7.53.05.
Veteran one: Nathan Peterson 1,
Neil Gillespie 2, Jono Calder 3,
5.26.48. Veteran two: Graham
Shaw 1, Rodger Mills 2, 7.49.41.
Teams.--- Open men: Dean
Harbison and Tony Simmers 1,
Jim Brow, Ian Richardson and
Wayne Speakman 2, 5.42.29.
Veteran one: Jason Gerrie,
Matthew Jones and Shaun Fahey
1, Scott Williams and Robin
Hughes 2, Phil Coll, Simon Lawn
and Matt Rogatski 3, 5.41.51.
Mixed open: Leisa Williams,
Marg Chorley and Seamus
Meikle 1, Bree Cumming, Kurt
Dixon and Hamish Brown 2,
Mixed veteran: Pete Richards
and Hayley Richards 1, 6.41.15.
Monday, January 20, 2014
PICTURE: Getty Images
Ana Ivanovic celebrates after Australian Open her victory over Serena
Williams yesterday in Melbourne.
PICTURE: Getty Images
Black Caps bowler Mitchell McClenaghan celebrates with team-mates after taking the wicket of India s M S Dhoni at
McLean Park, in Napier yesterday.
MOUNTAIN MAN RACE
American athlete Scott Cole, who lives in Sweden and has been
training in New Zealand since December, was first across the
finish line in Saturday s Mountain Man Run.
PICTURES: Christine Linnell
Cole first Coast Mountain
Blacks Caps beat best
Ivanovic ends Williams winning streak
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