Australian Open offers opportunity for breakthrough

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SFGate—MELBOURNE, Australia - Without defending champion Serena Williams in the draw at the Australian Open, there's certainly an enhanced opportunity for another player to emerge as a first-time Grand Slam champion. Sloane Stephens (at the U.S. Open) and Jelena Ostapenko (French Open) did it last year. Just don't describe the first Grand Slam of the year as "more open" than usual. "Whenever I get asked that question, it always comes across in really...

Dimitrov eyes Australian Open breakthrough. Grigor Dimitrov is intent on seizing the moment and ushering in a new era of men's tennis as he heads the queue of unfulfilled talents chasing Australian...