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Murray, Sharapova favourites for Australian Open

Murray, Sharapova favourites for Australian OpenMelbourne, Nov 27 : The Australian Open tennis tournament director has tipped Andy Murray and Maria Sharapova to win the singles titles at the first Grand Slam of 2013.

World No. 1 Novak Djokovic looks to defend his crown against a likely resurgent Rafael Nadal, who is returning to the action after missing half a year with knee injury, and Roger Federer, who is looking to become the first man in the Open Era to win five Australian Open titles.

But Craig Tiley, the chief administrator at Melbourne Park, insists Murray will pose the greatest threat to the Serbian star for the Jan 14-27 event.

"I think, on the men's side Andy Murray will be difficult to beat this year," Tiley said. "Novak is a defending champion, he is playing great tennis, he is obviously tough to beat, but I think Andy Murray is someone who we are going to see even more."

Murray enjoyed the best year of his career in 2012, winning the Olympics and his first Grand Slam at the US Open in September.

In the women's draw, Tiley sided with the Russian No. 1 over Victoria Azarenka, who beat Sharapova to win the title last January.

"In the women's draw, I think, Maria," Tiley said. "I think she was probably playing the best tennis at the end of the year. Azarenka is playing great tennis and she won here last year obviously and this was her first breakthrough."

This year, players in all four main draws will fight for a share of $30 million, the biggest prize fund on the tour.  (IANS)


Everton signs Romelu Lukaku for record breaking 28m pounds

Romelu LukakuLondon, July 31 - English football club Everton has signed Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku in a record breaking 28 million pound deal.

The club is aiming to challenge its city rival Liverpool with this transfer.  Read more »

ManU set to pocket 88.7 m pounds by selling more shares on New York Stock Exchange

ManULondon, July 31 - Manchester United's U. S. owners are set to pocket about 88.7 million pounds by selling more of their shares in the club on the New York Stock Exchange.  Read more »

It will be tough for us on day five: Shikhar Dhawan

shikhar dhawanSouthampton: Indian opener Shikhar Dhawan has admitted that his team is in a tough position in the third Test against England and will find it difficult to save the match on the final day Thursday.  Read more »

Kallis retires from International cricket

Kallis retires from International cricketLondon, July 31 - South African all-rounder Jacques Kallis, who retired from Test cricket last December, has decided to end his one-day international career.  Read more »

F1 chief Bernie Ecclestone attempts to settle bribery trial

Bernie-EcclestoneLondon, July 30 : Lawyers of the Formula 1 chief Bernie Ecclestone said that the F1 boss was ready to pay 25 million euros to a German bank to resolve the bribery case against him.  Read more »

Hamilton denies employing 'mind games' against Rosberg in race for F1 title

Lewis-HamiltonLondon, July 18 : Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton has said that he is not trying to employ mind games against his teammate Nico Rosberg as both battle for the Formula One championship.  Read more »