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Serena Williams and Naomi Osaka to Play Lead-Up Events of Australian Open 2021

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Serena Williams and Naomi Osaka are currently in quarantine in Adelaide, Australia. Both the players have had limited practice timings, and now their quarantine will end soon. As the Australian Open 2021 begins on February 8th, players have one week to play pre-event in the week before Feb 8th.

 

 

So Osaka and Serena have taken the opportunity and participated in WTA 500 tournaments, Yarra Valley Classic, and Gippsland Trophy respectively scheduled from 31st of January to 6th of February.

Serena Williams seeded fifth in the Yarra Valley Classic
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First, if we consider Serena Williams, she will be playing the WTA 500 event, Yarra Valley Classic. It is a brand new event and will take place at Melbourne Park. Serena is seeded fifth in the star-studded entry list. World No.1 Ash Barty leads the playing field.

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The reigning Australian Open champion Sofia Kenin is seeded second. And then Petra Kvitova, Karolina Pliskova along with Serena, complete the top five seeds.

Yarra Valley Classic will have total prize money of $565,530. It is a hard court tournament with a shortened draw of 54 players.

Naomi Osaka is seeded second in Gippsland Trophy
The reigning US Open 2020 champ, Naomi Osaka will be in the other WTA 500 tournament, Gippsland Trophy. As Osaka ranks much higher in the WTA rankings, she is seeded second only behind Simona Halep. This tournament will also be held at Melbourne Park as well.

The other prominent players joining Osaka are reigning French Open 2020 champion Iga Swiatek, Elina Svitolina, Aryna Sabalenka, and others.

Gippsland Trophy has a similar, $565,530 of prize money to the Yarra Valley Classic. It also has a shortened draw of 54 players.

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Osaka and Serena are on the less controversial side of the Australian Open 2021 bubble. But since some of the elite players are quarantining in Adelaide instead of Melbourne, it has raised questions regarding partiality from the organizers.

The Australian Open 2021 bubble in Melbourne has experienced a lot of controversies. From food troubles to no practice sessions, players have revolted, but Tennis Australia has stood by its rules.

For Osaka and Serena, nothing will be as perfect as match practice. Thus, it will be important that they go deep in their respective tournaments because both of them had ended their 2020 season early.

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Roger Federer makes massive retirement statement ahead of return

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Roger Federer has opened up about retirement on the eve of his long-awaited return to the ATP tour.

The 39-year-old, who has needed two operations to correct a long-standing knee issue, returns to action in Qatar this week – his first tournament since the 2020 Australian Open.

In a positive mood as he addressed a press conference, the 20-time grand slam champion reckons retirement is not on the cards and he’s adamant that one of sport’s great stories is not completed yet.

“I just feel like the story is not over,” Federer said on Sunday as he looked forward to his comeback tournament at the Qatar Open.

The Swiss legend accepted that he is still a work in progress but added that he hoped to be “100 per cent” by the time Wimbledon came around.

“I’m very happy to be back playing a tournament again. It’s been a long time. I never thought it would take this long,” Federer said.

Asked whether he’d considered his future while being sidelined, he added: “Retirement was never really on the cards.

“I think it’s more of a conversation if the knee keeps bothering me for months and months – then let’s look at it.

“This is not the time to think about that…let’s say in the fall of this year.

“I just feel like the story is not over. It’s not like there’s one particular reason that I wanted to keep playing tennis other than I enjoyed playing tennis, I enjoy being on the road.

“I’m still a work in progress but probably one of the other reasons for coming back is I want to get that high again of playing against the biggest players and in the biggest tournaments and hopefully winning them again.”
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Federer, who’s a three-time champion in Doha but has not competed there since 2012, will face either his occasional practice partner, British No.1 Dan Evans, or Frenchman Jeremy Chardy in his first match.

“Obviously at this moment I feel like it’s just about let’s see how matches go, let’s see how training goes with all the top guys and professional players, not just sparring partners.

“I hope by Wimbledon, I’m going to be 100 per cent and that’s when the season starts for me.

“Everything until then it’s just ‘let’s see how it goes’ – I might surprise myself but then actually I’ve already done in practice the last few weeks, I was surprised at actually how well it did go.

“But, like we know, matches are a different animal.”

Federer will drop out of the top five in the world rankings for the first time in five years on Monday.

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Serena Williams’ fury over sickening Meghan Markle interview claim

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Serena Williams has thrown her support behind Meghan Markle after the Duchess of Sussex’s tell-all interview with Oprah Winfrey on Monday.

Some of the more explosive claims Markle made included that she contemplated suicide and that the royal family had “concerns and conversations” about the colour of baby Archie’s skin.

Reacting to the interview on social media, Serena spoke out in support of good friend Markle while also taking aim at the media and “tabloid journalism.”

“Meghan Markle, my selfless friend, lives her life – and leads by example – with empathy and compassion,” the 23-time grand slam champion tweeted.

“She teaches me every day what it means to be truly noble. Her words illustrate the pain and cruelty she’s experienced.

“I know first hand the sexism and racism institutions and the media use to vilify women and people of colour to minimise us, to break us down and demonise us.

“We must recognise our obligation to decry malicious, unfounded gossip and tabloid journalism.

“The mental health consequences of systemic oppression and victimisation are devastating, isolating and all too often lethal.

“I want Meghan’s daughter, my daughter and your daughter to live in a society that is driven by respect.

“Keep in your memory the fruitage of the spirit is love, joy, peace, long-suffering, kindness, goodness, faith, mildness, self-control. Against such things there is no law.”

Markle has attended a number of Serena’s matches throughout her career, while the tennis legend was also invited to Harry and Meghan’s wedding.

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On Monday, Markle said she started to have suicidal thoughts during her first pregnancy as the intense scrutiny took its toll.

“I realised it was all happening just because I was breathing,” she said.

“I was really ashamed to say it at the time and ashamed to have to admit it to Harry, especially, because I know how much loss he suffered but I knew that if I didn’t say it, that I would do it, and I just didn’t want to be alive any more.

“And that was a very clear and real and frightening constant thought.

“We had to go to this event and I remember him saying, ‘I don’t think you can go’ and I said ‘I can’t be left alone’.”
Meghan said she went to the royal family for help.

“I said that I’ve never felt this way before and that I need to go somewhere and I was told that I couldn’t, that it wouldn’t be good for the institution,” she said.

“I share this because there’s so many people who are afraid to voice that they need help and I know personally know how hard it is to voice it but to voice it and be told ‘no’.”

Markle refused to divulge who raised concerns about Acrhie’s skin, saying it would be ‘damaging’ for that person.

“That was relayed to me by Harry that was conversations family had with him,” she said.

A gobsmacked Oprah asked: “Was the concern he would be too brown?”

To which Markle responded: “I wasn’t able to follow up why, but if that’s the assumption you’re making it feels like a pretty safe one.”

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Roger Federer sold his house in Wollerau at a high price!

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Business commitments time for Roger Federer. In the last weeks, he got on the headlines especially for his apparent $300 million value contract with Uniqlo, but Roger is active in the extra-tennis world as well.

The 20-time Grand Slam winner sold his house in Wollerau, Switzerland, near Zurich Lake.

The exact price is unknown, but in November 2017, when the house was put on sale, on real-estate websites, it was 5.4 Swiss Franc, equivalent to $5.3 million. At the end of 2014, Federer had spent $10 million in order that the great house could have been built, the works finished in 2017 and now he earned just as half as money! The property features a pool on the terrace, 1,200 square meters of total land and the stained glass on the lake lines.

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