Australian Open: Serena Williams Through To Fourth Round

Serena Williams, Australian OpenSerena Williams has beaten fellow American Nicole Gibbs to reach the fourth round of the Australian Open in Melbourne.

The world number two won 6-1 6-3 in 63 minutes on Saturday.

She is chasing a 23rd Grand Slam singles title.

The 35-year-old six-time champion will play Czech’s Barbora Strycova, who also beat France’s Caroline Garcia 6-2 7-5.

Meanwhile, Russia’s Ekaterina Makarova came through a dramatic match to beat Slovakia’s Dominika Cibulkova 6-2 6-7 (3-7) 6-3.

She goes on to face Britain’s Johanna Konta, who trashed Caroline Wozniaki 6-3 6-1.

Croatia’s Mirjana Lucic-Baroni also advanced to the last 16 for the first time with a 3-6 6-2 6-3 win over Greece’s Maria Sakkari.

Australian Open: Serena, Djokovic Win In Melbourne

Djokovic-serena- ITfDefending champion, Serena Williams, has dispelled doubts about her fitness and form after a four-month break from the game with a tense 6-4 7-5 win over feisty Italian Camila Giorgi to reach the second round of the Australian Open.

Williams closed out the match with a customary barrage of booming first serves.

In the men’s draw, world number one and defending champion, Novak Djokovic, advanced to the second round with a dominant 6-3 6-2 6-4 victory over Chung Hyeon.

The 28-year-old Serb looked untroubled by the Melbourne heat in the 115-minute contest, charging around Rod Laver Arena and rattling off 40 winners.

Australian Teen Admits Terror Charge

Australian Teen Admits Terror ChargeAs Australia continues to tighten its security, a teenager detained during raids in Melbourne in May has pleaded guilty to a terror-related charge.

The 17-year-old boy pleaded guilty to planning a terrorist act between April and May this year.

He admitted the charge ahead of a committal hearing and prosecutors dropped two other charges.

Reports said that earlier hearings were told he prepared to make explosives after obtaining instructions online.

Police also told the court that radical Islamic propaganda was found during the raids.

The boy did not apply for bail. He has been remanded in custody and is set to appear in court again on Thursday.

Australia Beat England At Cricket World Cup

australiaAaron Finch smashed a sparkling century as Australia gave England a 111-run humiliation in their opener at the Melbourne Cricket Ground at the ongoing Cricket World Cup.

The batsman blasted 135 at his home ground to lay the platform for victory as the co-hosts piled on 342 to two runs shy of the venue’s one-day international record.

For Australia, the only blot in a dominant display was Watson’s failure to score or take a wicket and a dropped catch by Finch when Taylor was on 20.

Captain Michael Clarke is expected to return for the second match against Bangladesh after undergoing a hamstring surgery.

When Finch and Bailey fell, England looked like they might check Australia’s progress, but Maxwell provided the late carnage. The final 10 overs yielded 105 runs, including 76 off the last six.

An expected defeat by the tournament favourites, however, does little damage to England’s hopes of reaching the quarter-finals.

What should provide cause for concern is the manner of the defeat. They were adjudged to be substandard in the field, lacked control at the end of the Australia innings and were only saved from their heaviest World Cup defeat by Taylor.

The most costly mistake was made by Woakes, dropping a simple chance above his head at square leg off James Anderson to reprieve Finch from only the fifth delivery.

Steven Finn claimed the first World Cup hat-trick by an England bowler from the final three balls of the innings, all skied catches.