Articles by Julian Linden

Safina Sets Up Showdown With Serena

  • 29 January 09
  • Reuters
Dinara Safina overpowered her fellow Russian Vera Zvonareva 6-3, 7-6 on Thursday to join American Serena Williams in the final of the Australian Open.

Sharapova Advances to Open Semifinals

  • 25 January 06
  • Combined Reports
The fourth seed defeats compatriot Nadia Petrova at the Australian Open.

Safin Fights His Way Into the Final

  • 28 January 05
  • Reuters
Marat Safin brought Roger Federer's Grand Slam streak to a shuddering halt, beating the seemingly invincible world No. 1 5-7, 6-4, 5-7, 7-6, 9-7 in a heart-stopping semifinal at the Australian Open on Thursday.

Russian Challenge Falters in Australia

  • 25 January 05
  • Reuters
The seemingly unstoppable advance of Russia's women at the Australian Open came to a shuddering halt Monday when Anastasia Myskina and Yelena Dementyeva both bombed out.

Kuznetsova Angered by Belgian Doping Charge

  • 18 January 05
  • Reuters
U.S. Open champion Svetlana Kuznetsova, one of three players at the center of tennis doping allegations, says she is not a drugs cheat and is upset that Belgian authorities inadvertently pointed the finger at her.

Dominant Russians Eye Australian Slam

  • 13 January 05
  • Reuters
The Australian Open escaped the Russian revolution that swept women's tennis last year but the first Grand Slam of 2005 is in the firing line this time.

Safin Runs Out of Gas Against Federer

  • 02 February 04
  • Reuters
Marat Safin knew his chances of beating Roger Federer in Sunday's Australian Open final were very slim long before the match had started.

Top Players Survive Sydney Tempest

  • 09 January 03
  • Reuters
Wild weather wreaked havoc on the Sydney International on Wednesday, leaving some of the top Australian Open hopefuls battling their way through stifling heat, gale-force winds and an electrical storm.

Safin Wins Over Fans, Bookmakers

  • 23 January 02
  • Reuters
Bookmakers rate Marat Safin as the new Australian Open favorite and his entourage is growing by the day, with his courtside private box overflowing with supporters.

Yet Another Early Exit for Kournikova

  • 16 January 02
  • Reuters
Anna Kournikova, the most-photographed woman in world sports, creates headlines wherever she goes but rarely for her performances on the court.

Sloudnov Breaks His Own Record

  • 24 July 01
  • Reuters
Russian breaststroker Roman Sludnov gatecrashed Australia's pool party when he broke his own 100 meters world record at the world championships on Monday.

Kafelnikov Eyeing Spot in Third Straight Final

  • 23 January 01
  • Reuters
Russian Yevgeny Kafelnikov should feel more comfortable with his finances if he can beat Frenchman Arnaud Clement in Wednesday's Australian Open quarter-finals.

Venus Takes Catwalk, Hingis Enjoys Cakewalk

  • 17 January 01
  • Reuters
World No. 1 Martina Hingis made a whirlwind start to the Australian Open on Tuesday, crushing Hungarian Katalin Marosi-Aracama 6-1, 6-1.

Swiss Miss and Russian Pinup Go Separate Ways

  • 10 January 01
  • Reuters
Russian pinup Anna Kournikova has denied reports she has fallen out with Martina Hingis after the world No. 1 dumped her as doubles partner.

Athletes to Sport Space-Age Suits in Sydney

Davenport Prepared for Hingis Final

Sampras Digs Deep to Stay Alive in Australia

Davis Cup Stays High On Aussie Wish List

Russia Flops in Davis Cup Down Under