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.

Tennis

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.

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...

Comments 17

Tennis

Bulldog Lleyton Hewitt downs Roger Federer in Brisbane final

BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 05: Lleyton Hewitt of Australia plays a backhand in his finals match against Roger Federer of Switzerland during day eight of the 2014 Brisbane International at Queensland Tennis Centre on January 5, 2014 in Brisbane, Australia.  (Photo by Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images)

Phil Lutton The early clues for Lleyton Hewitt's stunning 6-1 4-6 6-3 upset of Swiss great Roger Federer in the Brisbane International decider lay in the opening game on Pat Rafter Arena.

Comments 89

Tennis

Top 10 ball in Tomic's court - Roche

Bernard Tomic

Phil Lutton TONY ROCHE is keeping the faith that one of Australia's great sporting jigsaws, Bernard Tomic, can put it all together and fulfil his destiny as a long-term world top 10 player.

Williams reignites passion

Serena Williams

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

Tennis

Tomic can make top 10: Roche

Bernard Tomic

Phil Lutton Australian Davis Cup mentor believes youngster can put it all together and fulfil his destiny.

Pain-free Hewitt takes it one Stepanek at a time

Lleyton Hewitt

Phil Lutton Veteran begins another home summer with ambitions to rock the boat of some big names.

Stosur stumbles at first outing after op

sam stosur

Linda Pearce, Phil Lutton PERHAPS by belatedly revealing her secret November ankle surgery on the eve of the Brisbane International, Sam Stosur was buying a little public understanding should the early stages of her...

Tennis

Azarenka cruises to Brisbane semis

Victoria Azarenka.

Phil Lutton, Brisbane The time for talk is almost over, which is great news for Victoria Azarenka, whose appetite for ongoing discussion about Serena Williams has diminished rapidly at the Brisbane International.

Williams puts foot down

Hair-raising: Serena Williams celebrates her crushing win in the Brisbane International on Saturday night.

Phil Lutton Serena Williams makes the boldest of statements heading into 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...

Serene Serena is simply unstoppable

Serena Williams of the US hits a backhand return against compatriot Sloane Stephens in their quarter-final match at the Brisbane International tennis tournament on January 3, 2013.   AFP PHOTO/William WEST 
 IMAGE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - STRICTLY NO COMMERCIAL USE

Phil Lutton Serena Williams claims the Brisbane International with ease, and sets her sights on reclaiming the No.1 spot at the Open.

Roger Federer to play Brisbane International tennis tournament

Roger Federer will grace Pat Rafter Arena in January.

Phil Lutton Roger Federer will make an early start to his quest for a fifth Australian Open title after agreeing to play the Brisbane International for the first time.