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Advancing Mauresmo still short of confidence

Former world number one Amelie Mauresmo stumbled into the Australian Open third round on Wednesday, admitting she still lacks the confidence that took her to the top of the rankings. The 2006 Melbourne Park champion led 5-1 in the second set but she allowed Russian Yaroslava Shvedova back into the match before sealing a 6-4 7-6 victory.

Federer confident ahead of title defence

Roger Federer has shaken off a stomach virus and is 100% fit for the defence of his title at next week's Australian Open, the Swiss said on Sunday. The world number one, who will be bidding for his 13th grand-slam title, will go into the event having not played a competitive match for two months.

Roddick warms up for Open with Kooyong win

Andy Roddick warmed up for next week's Australian Open in ideal fashion with a 7-5 6-3 win over Marcos Baghdatis of Cyprus on Saturday to win the Kooyong Classic for the third successive year. The American, who is seeded sixth next week, outgunned Baghdatis in 76 minutes.

Henin, Serena square up, Nadal faces Ferrer

Justine Henin and Serena Williams will square up in a battle of former champions at the US Open on Tuesday, while Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic headline the action in the men's event. ''I'm going in feeling like I don't have anything to lose,'' said eighth seed Williams, who won her eighth grand slam title at the Australian Open in January.

Mauresmo, Henin-Hardenne win first matches back

World number one Amelie Mauresmo and number two Justine Henin-Hardenne came through their first matches since the Wimbledon final to reach the New Haven quarterfinals on Wednesday. Wimbledon champion Mauresmo overcame Russian qualifier Galina Voskoboeva and Henin-Hardenne had to work harder than the scoreline suggests for her win over Anabel Medina Garrigues of Spain.

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