SERENA: VENUS UNLIKELY TO 'DESERT' AUSSIE OPEN
SERENA Williams believes her sister Venus will contest in Melbourne Park next year for a 17th crack at winning the Australian Open, the American world No. 1 said yesterday.
Venus, 35, was fined US$5,000 (S$7,200) for not talking to the media after her surprise first-round loss to Britain's Johanna Konta on Tuesday.
Serena, who cruised past Hsieh Su-wei into the third round on day three, said she had been watching television when her sister lost.
She added that she had no reason to believe it would be the seven-time Grand Slam champion's Melbourne farewell. REUTERS
'HEAVY' MATCH-FIXING IN LOWER TIERS: OFFICIAL
MATCH-FIXING is common in tennis' lower levels and efforts to fight it are not good enough, a senior official told Agence France-Presse after cheating claims rocked the sport during the Australian Open.
Chris Eaton, of the International Centre for Sport Security, said professional betting analysis showed "nil manipulation" of matches at the top levels of tennis, where players are highly paid and less susceptible to bribery.
The controversy is just the latest to hit the tainted sports world after claims of a doping cover-up shook athletics and multiple scandals engulfed football's governing body Fifa.
LEBRON: CAVS NEED SHARPER MENTAL EDGE AFTER ROUT
LEBRON James says the Cleveland Cavaliers must sharpen their mental approach after a brutal 132-98 drubbing by the Golden State Warriors.
He was left a virtual spectator in his own backyard on Monday night when the Warriors inflicted the biggest home defeat of the four-time NBA MVP winner's career at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland.
"We've gotta play better basketball... Mentally we've got to be more sharp.
"(The Warriors) have got guys who are sharp mentally at all times," said James.