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Daily Bagel: Serena Williams returns to Rod Laver Arena

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• Video: Some slo-mo action from Serena Williams' first practice in Rod Laver Arena this year.

• The New York Times' Ben Rothenberg details Roger Federer's loss to fellow 32-year-old and former No. 1 Lleyton Hewitt in the Brisbane International final.

Hewitt, who has had the nickname Rusty for years, looked anything but, playing well in nearly all the aspects of his game. He often returned Federer’s serve with interest, and he used a deep arsenal of shots to finish off points.

Federer, conversely, was often erratic, especially in a woeful first set, in which he committed 22 unforced errors in seven games. He struggled mightily at times with his backhand, and although he steadied himself as the match continued, a lapse in the third set gave Hewitt a crucial break that he did not squander.

Especially after falling behind early, Federer had the support of a majority of the fans, even in Hewitt’s home country. The loudest cheers of the day, however, were from a boisterous group of fans in green and gold who serenaded Hewitt with enthusiastic chants and repurposed songs (although the lyrics -- like “walking in a Hewitt wonderland” -- often left something to be desired).

• Maria Sharapova, Andy Murray, Kei Nishikori and Caroline Wozniacki land on Forbes' 30 Under 30 list. Also, Wozniacki's fiancé, Rory McIlroy, made the list. Can anyone say power couple?

• Speaking of the power couple, Wozniacki reveals that McIlroy asked Wozniacki's parents for permission to propose to their daughter. But even more important in that link are some close-up shots of the rock.

• Stanislas Wawrinka won the Chennai Open over the weekend, and he compiled a photo collage of the international headlines mentioning him.

• Non-tennis: A funeral for the BCS.

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