Ebden advances to Napa Valley Challenger Final

Australian Matt Ebden has beaten American Alex Kuznetsov in comprehensive fashion, 6-2, 6-0, in the singles semi-finals of the Napa Valley Challenger on Saturday. “It’s important to compete at each point,” Ebden said. “After the first set, I was feeling confident. Once I got a couple breaks in the second set, I was feeling good and…

Australia draws France in away Davis Cup tie

Australia has been dealt a daunting assignment for its return to the Davis Cup World Group after being drawn to face France away from home in the first round. For Matt Ebden and his fellow countrymen, the draw means that Australia will need to beat a squad brimming with talent including world No.8 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Richard Gasquet…

Coulter-Nile claims first wicket for Australia

Australian captain Michael Clarke has praised debutant Nathan Coulter-Nile after earning his first wicket at One-day International level. Clarke has described Coulter-Nile as a very good athlete who could bat, field as well as bowl. “He’s certainly good enough to play at this level and I think he’s got an extremely bright future in all three forms of the…

Coulter-Nile to make Australia ODI Debut

Australia has selected fast bowler Nathan Coulter-Nile to make his One-day International debut in the 4th ODI match against England in Cardiff. Coulter-Nile made the 15-man Australian ODI squad last month for the five-game series against England, and replaces Josh Hazelwood in their only change to the side from the 3rd ODI at Edgbaston. Australia are 1-0 up in the…

Olivia Rogowska out of luck at US Open

Australian Olivia Rogowska lost in the first round of the US Open at Flushing Meadows on Tuesday by fourth-seeded Sara Errani 6-0 6-0. The 22-year-old, who made it through to the main draw as a lucky last qualifier, had no answers to the Italian’s game. In hot conditions, Rogowska ran herself ragged but was ‘double…

Rogowska scores US Open lucky loser entry

Australian Olivia Rogowska has been awarded a lucky loser entry into the main draw of the US Open following the withdrawal of Japan’s Ayumi Morita. The Victorian, ranked 151st, will face No.4 seed Sara Errani in the opening round, the Italian who reached the semifinals at Flushing Meadows in 2012. This will be her third…

Beck helps 4 x 400m relay team into final

Debutant Alex Beck has helped Australia finish second in their 4 x 400m relay heat to automatically qualify for the World Championship final in Moscow tomorrow night. The team was lead out by Olympic 400m finalist Steve Solomon, anchored by 400m hurdler Tristan Thomas and also featured another debutant in Craig Burns who ran the…