Phil Lutton

Phil Lutton

Phil Lutton is the sports editor for brisbanetimes.com.au.

Tennis

Ashleigh Barty backed to have fun against Maria Sharapova

Linda Pearce, Phil Lutton Ashleigh Barty's coach Jason Stoltenberg expects her to play without fear against career grand slam winner Maria Sharapova on Wednesday, in the biggest match of the 17-year-old's career.

Maria Sharapova to meet Ashleigh Barty at Brisbane International

Digitally altered image. Ash Barty set to face Maria Sharapova.

Phil Lutton The good news for Maria Sharapova is that the shoulder seems fine. The bad news for local teenager and underdog extraordinaire Ashleigh Barty is that the shoulder seems fine.

Tennis

Serena Williams too good for Maria Sharapova ... again

Serena Williams

Phil Lutton It's difficult to feel terribly sorry for Maria Sharapova. On most fronts, she's aced life, given her fame, fortune and success on the tennis court, which has seen her win all four Grand Slam titles...

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Collarbone injury forces Maria Sharapova out of Brisbane International

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Phil Lutton World number two Maria Sharapova has withdrawn from the Brisbane International with a collarbone injury but says her Australian Open campaign remains on track.

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Stars back for Australian tennis season

Serena Williams.

Linda Pearce and Phil Lutton, Brisbane Another season, a familiar issue for Serena Williams: how to repeat the extraordinary success achieved in the year almost gone?

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Barty's father not the typical tennis dad

Ashleigh Barty

Phil Lutton Rob Barty needs to lift his game. His teenage daughter Ashleigh may be a rising star but as an overbearing tennis dad, he's dragging the chain badly.

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Azarenka through to Brisbane open finals

BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 02:  Victoria Azarenka of Belarus serves in her match against Stefanie Voegele of Switzerland during day five of the 2014 Brisbane International at Queensland Tennis Centre on January 2, 2014 in Brisbane, Australia.  (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)

Phil Lutton Victoria Azarenka has booked a place in the final of the Brisbane International

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Williams starts Open season in low gear and high winds

Serena Williams

Phil Lutton SHE wasn't impressed with the winds whipping around Pat Rafter Arena and managed to look bored at times as she trudged between points.

Williams reignites passion

Serena Williams

Phil Lutton Serena Williams produces a ruthless first-round display to kick off her Australian Open campaign.

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Injured Sharapova still eyes Open

Maria Sharapova

Phil Lutton World No. 2 Maria Sharapova has withdrawn from the Brisbane International with an injury.

Sharapova fit to shoulder Open assault

Phil Lutton MARIA SHARAPOVA showed last year she didn't need extensive match practice to be a force at the Australian Open.

Williams edges closer to No.1 with Brisbane romp

Serena Williams

Phil Lutton Maybe Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova should have gone to the same pedicurist as Victoria Azarenka. That way, she may have avoided the pounding dished out to her by Serena Williams in the final of the...

Murray tunes up with Brisbane win

Andy Murray.

Phil Lutton Scotsman Andy Murray has started on the right foot in his quest for a second Grand Slam title, winning the warm-up event in Brisbane with a straight sets victory over young gun Grigor Dimitrov.