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Early joy for the Aussies

World number one Lleyton Hewitt kicked off his New Year celebrations a few hours early yesterday, demolishing Dominik Hrbaty 6-2, 6-0 as Australia maintained their 100% record in the mixed team event.

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Doc: Newton to make full recovery from illness

Disabled Australian golfer Jack Newton was so ill before being diagnosed with meningococcal meningitis that he didn#8217;t even recognise his wife of 28 years, she said Wednesday.

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Early exit for Kafelnikov

Yevgeny Kafelnikov, the former world number one who abandoned retirement plans after helping Russia to win the Davis Cup for the first time, may be regretting having changed his mind.

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'Headless chicken' Philippoussis crashes out in Madras

Fit-again Mark Philippoussis came unstuck in his second match of the season as he made an inglorious exit from the Indian Open in Madras Thursday.

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Teenager Gasquet gets call-up

Exciting French teenager Richard Gasquet was yesterday confirmed as a starter in next week#8217;s Kooyong Classic in Melbourne, organisers said.

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Have no fear, twin tells sis Noornadia

National junior taekwondo exponent Noordiana Norrizan is down with a knee injury and will not be at the Australian Olympic Youth Festival in Sydney from Jan 8-12. But her opponents will not know that.

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Dechy claims her first title, Navratilova triumphs in doubles

In the first week of the year, France#8217;s Nathalie Dechy made good her hopes of lifting a 2003 title, defeating Swiss teenager Marie-Gaianeh Mikaelian 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 Saturday in the final of the Australian Women#8217;s Hardcourt Championship.

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Seles fights back to emerge triumphant in Hong Kong

Top seed Monica Seles outplayed fellow American Chanda Rubin 5-7, 6-1, 6-2 Saturday to win the Hong Kong Women#8217;s Challenge tennis tournament.

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Gasquet and Pin get to play in Melbourne

French pair Richard Gasquet and Camille Pin yesterday were awarded wildcards into this month#8217;s Australian Open main draw under a reciprocal agreement with the French Open.

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Eleni shatters South Korean's title dream

Greek second seed Eleni Daniilidou staved off cramps to dismiss the upset dream of South Korean Cho Yoon-jeong 6-4, 4-6, 7-6 (7-2) Saturday, claiming the crown at the US$140,000 ASB Women#8217;s Classic.