Tennis-Federer plans January return in Australia
NEW YORK, Aug 24 Roger Federer, who is sidelined for the rest of the year, said on Wednesday he plans to return to competition in Australia in January at the Hopman Cup and the Australian Open.
July 9 Belgium's Yanina Wickmayer labored past Kai-Chen Chang 7-5 2-6 7-5 in the first round of the Stanford Classic on Monday but all eyes will be on Wimbledon champion Se r ena Williams who begins her title defense on Wednesday.
Fifth seed Wickmayer, ranked 37 in the world, had to work really hard to remain on course for her first WTA title of the year. Her struggle was almost identical to her three-set defeat against Tamira Paszek of Austria in the third round of Wimbledon last month.
South African Chanelle Scheepers joined her in the second round after a 6-4 6-4 win over American Grace Min.
For the sixth seed, it was her first victory since she was bounced from the opening round of Wimbledon.
The hardcourt tournament's main attraction is Williams who won her 14th singles Grand Slam title in Wimbledon on Saturday.
Williams will open against the winner of 19-year-old U.S. player Nicole Gibbs and Thailand's Noppawan Lertcheewakarn.
Other opening-round winners at the Stanford Classic included Michelle Larcher De Brito and Heather Watson. (Writing by Jahmal Corner in Los Angeles; editing by Amlan Chakraborty)
NEW YORK, Aug 24 Bjorn Borg and John McEnroe, who met 22 times during their celebrated tennis rivalry, will break their 11-11 head-to-head tie when they captain the Europe and World teams in the inaugural Laver Cup next September.
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