Australian Open: Angelique Kerber knocked out, Venus Williams reaches quarterfinals

The top two men - Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic - and three of the top four women - Kerber, Aga Radwanska and Simona Halep - have departed in the Open's first week.

Kerber lost to the big-hitting American in straight sets 2-6 3-6 at the Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne.

The formidable Swiss, now into his fourth Australian Open quarter-final, will play France's Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, who came from a set down to beat British surprise package Dan Evans.

"I guess I faked it a lot because I was feeling like crap out there", Vandeweghe said.

United States Venus Williams celebrates after defeating Germany's Mona Barthel in their fourth round match at the Australian Open tennis championships in Me

"But, you know, fake it "til you make it".my game plan was to execute knowing that she was going to get a lot of balls back".

It's the first time since 2002 that the top two seeds in the men's draw haven't reached the Australian Open quarterfinals, and the first time at a Grand Slam since the French Open in 2004.

Coco Vandeweghe celebrates winning the Women's Singles match against Angelique Kerber.

After ending 2016 on a four-match losing streak, Vandeweghe started the season with a new mindset - she wanted to project more confidence on the court and play more freely. "It's 1-1 head-to-head. She's a tricky player. We both still have to work very hard to get there", Venus Williams said. "We've played a couple of touch matches before. I had to trust my game to beat her and I did".

Tommy Fleetwood takes Abu Dhabi title
Tommy Fleetwood admitted it was good to see his persistence pay off after winning on Sunday at the Abu Dhabi Championship. Fleetwood birdied two of his final three (including the last) for the win. "I just didn't roll any putts in".

"Last year I came here and I didn't even win a match and here I am now", the 25-year-old said in delight.

"I think I have to a little bit think about everything what's happened like the last few weeks, what I can take to the next tournaments with all the experience from the tournaments I played here in Australia", she said.

Coco Vandeweghe: 'This is high. So it doesn't matter who you come up against, they are coming and they want to win, too. The match lasted just 68 minutes and Vandeweghe posted 23 more winners than Kerber.

The Briton was never expected to be troubled by the German, who has never won an ATP title, but he suffered his earliest Melbourne departure in eight years.

Arizona Wildcats star guard Allonzo Trier suspended for PED use
Freshman Lauri Markkanen has led the way for the Wildcats, picking up much of the scoring that has been left by Trier's absence. As soon as the test come back clear, Trier will be able to play and provide another scorer for the Wildcats.

However, the 2015 Wimbledon quarterfinalist didn't allow that to bother her as she held serve easily but trailed 2-1.

Seven-time major victor Venus Williams returned to the quarter-finals for the ninth time with a 6-3, 7-5 win over No. 181-ranked Mona Barthel.

Kerber, who also won the US Open a year ago, hit back by breaking her American opponent on a double fault in the opening game of the second set but Vandeweghe would not be denied.

Her quarter-final opponent is Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, who beat fellow Russian Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-3, 6-3 to reach her first Australian Open quarter-final in nine attempts.

SpaceX's comeback launch was a success
Today's launch marks an incredibly short turnaround for a rocket company following an accident. Iridium is a top company in mobile voice and data satellite communications.

On court in further Round 4 action on Monday are (2) Serena Williams vs. (16) Barbora Strycova, (5) Karolina Pliskova vs. (22) Daria Gavrilova, (30) Ekaterina Makarova vs. (9) Johanna Konta, and the all-unseeded Jennifer Brady vs. Mirjana Lucic-Baroni.

  • SpaceX launches Iridium NEXT satellites

    Investigators are said to have blamed the explosion on a helium tank inside the craft's liquid oxygen tank failing. The payload comprised of 10 next-generation Iridium telephone satellites, which the rocket lifted into orbit.
    Sea Shepherd finds Japanese ship 'with slaughtered whale'

    Sea Shepherd finds Japanese ship 'with slaughtered whale'

    Their goal is to pursue the whaling fleet through the waters of the sanctuary, thus preventing further killings of the animals. Sea Shepherd has explained how the whale has met its death, which a representative described as "bloody".

    French Authorities Investigate Renault Emissions, Company Denies Wrongdoing

    Renault shares were trading 2.4% lower at €84.16 by late morning, having opened more than 1% higher. The probe follows the Volkswagen diesel emissions scandal, which emerged in September 2015.
  • Italy avalanche: Ten survivors found buried in hotel

    Italy avalanche: Ten survivors found buried in hotel

    One boy who identified himself as Edoardo said he had been one of three children trapped, along with one woman, in the same room. The force of the snow reduced much of it to rubble and spread debris across the valley floor.

    Is this what the Samsung Galaxy S8 will look like?

    Overall design Samsung is likely to keep the very successful design language it launched with the Galaxy S6. Mobile retail site Mobile Fun has listed for sale the Olixar Ultra-Thin Samsung Galaxy S8 Edge Case.
    Cops release limo driver following Kim Kardashian robbery bust

    Cops release limo driver following Kim Kardashian robbery bust

    KIM Kardashian has been spotted filming scenes for the upcoming series of Keeping Up With The Kardashians . The oldest, aged 72, was arrested with his 70-year-old wife at his home overlooking the French Riviera.
  • The Bachelor: Vanessa Barfs Her Way Into Nick's (and America's) Heart

    The Bachelor: Vanessa Barfs Her Way Into Nick's (and America's) Heart

    When Dominque Alexis chose to confront Viall about his lack of attention to her, he said he wasn't feeling it and sent her home. According to Reality Steve , Corinne will wear a whipped cream bikini and have Nick lick it off during the cocktail party.

    Morrison Boosts Forecast After Best Christmas in Seven Years

    Earlier on Tuesday, a survey by the British Retail Consortium said food sales had spearheaded a "bumper Christmas" for retailers. United Kingdom supermarkets had their best Christmas for four years, according to new figures released today by Nielson retail.
    US Navy ship fired warning shots at Iranian vessels

    US Navy ship fired warning shots at Iranian vessels

    The harassment came as the Mahan , along with the USS Makin Island , were headed through the strait toward the Persian Gulf. The Iranian vessels came within 800 meters of the Mahan , which was escorting two other USA military ships, they said.
  • Nintendo Switch Will Sell 40 Million Units in Four Years

    Nintendo Switch Will Sell 40 Million Units in Four Years

    It forms the most important launch title for the Nintendo Switch , but on the same day the Wii U version will be released. That game will be the last one Nintendo will ever release for the Wii U , capping the console with a wonderful coda.
    Woman pulled from burning auto  reunites with officer

    Woman pulled from burning auto reunites with officer

    They said he broke a hole in the auto window with his baton, but was not able to unlock the door. The officer was released from the hospital after getting treatment for smoke inhalation.
    Alec Baldwin May Have Been Absent From 'SNL' This Weekend

    Alec Baldwin May Have Been Absent From 'SNL' This Weekend

    Alec Baldwin will return to host "Saturday Night Live" for a record-breaking 17th time on February 11. Baldwin's closest competitor is Steve Martin, who has hosted 15 times between 1976 and 2009.