Daily Bagel: John Isner, Sloane Stephens visit koala bears & kangaroos

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• Video: John Isner and Sloane Stephens have a mandatory visit with some Australian wildlife.

• Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova are set to meet for the 17th time of their careers in the semifinals of the Brisbane International. Sharapova hasn’t beaten Serena since 2004, and Serena recalled the moment when she turned their rivalry around.

The American says she has a clear memory of the moment her on-court rivalry with Sharapova swung in her favour, recalling an epic encounter in the 2005 Australian Open semi-finals when Sharapova had three match points.

“I remember a forehand inside out,” Williams said. “I was down match point and I hit this winner and I didn’t even blink.

“I hit the a winner and walked right to the other side and was ready for the next return as if it was just a 30-15 point.”

Williams went on to win the match 2-6, 7-5, 8-6 and since then has improved their head-to-head record to 14-2 in her favor.

• Roger Federer and Rod Laver reveal how they would play each other:

• With his early loss at the Qatar Open, Andy Murray became the most popular man in tennis. Next week’s Heineken Open has offered him a wildcard, as has the Sydney International. The exhibition in Kooyong is also an option if Murray wants to get more matches before the Australian Open.

• Looks like Richard Gasquet has left Lacoste and signed with Le Coq Sportif. Old school.

• Caroline Wozniacki has re-signed with Babolat.

• Non-tennis: The ultimate corgi compilation of 2013.

  • Published On Jan 02, 2014