Williams, competing in her 17 Australian open this week, produced one of her most devastating performances this season, losing just five points on her serve in the second set – which lasted a mere 27 minutes.
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The six-time Australian Open winner needed 78 minutes to defeat Safarova 6-3, 6-4 for her tenth win in as many meetings to set up a clash with American countryman Nicole Gibbs in the third round.
The Serb would go down in five sets to an inspired Denis Istomin, but Djokovic’s error-ridden performance was as much to blame for the loss as Istomin’s class.
Djokovic’s defeat on Thursday was his first in three years at the first Grand Slam of the year, and his second premature exit at a Grand Slam tournament in the past three events.
South African Olympics athletics sensation Wayde van Niekerk has been nominated for the prestigious Laureus World Breakthrough of the Year Award.
An investigation has been launched into the death of golfer Wayne Westner at his home on Wednesday.
Serena Williams has announced that she is engaged to Alexis Ohanian.
South African Olympian Wayde van Niekerk is engaged!
On December 9, 1995 Botha fought Axel Schulz for the vacant IBF Heavyweight title at Stuttgart, Germany.
The German, just 31 years of age, raced to his first World title last Sunday in Abu Dhabi, beating Lewis Hamilton to the title by five points.