Saturday, 24 August 2019

Tennis

Sania Mirza’s funny wish for Hassan Ali

BIRMINGHAM: Tennis star Sania Mirza’s  hilarious wish  for Pakistani cricketer Hassan Ali on his wedding added to the pacer’s  bliss as Mirza congratulated him and made a special request. Responding to Hassan Ali’s post he shared some hours before his big day with the caption, “Last night as a bachelor. ...

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Maria Sharapova win sets up Barty battle in Cincinnati

CINCINNATI: Maria Sharapova overpowered Alison Riske 6-3, 7-6(4) at the Cincinnati Masters on Monday to set up a tantalising second-round battle with world number two Ash Barty, who defeated the Russian at this year’s Australian Open. Sharapova struggled at times with her accuracy but unleashed some massive serves and played stout ...

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Russian boxer Maxim Dadashev dies after fight

MOSCOW: Russian boxer Maxim Dadashev has died from brain injuries sustained in a fight in Maryland, the Russian boxing federation announced on Tuesday. “Maxim Dadashev has died in the United States following injuries sustained during his fight with Subriel Matias,” the federation said in a statement. The 28-year-old underwent emergency brain surgery ...

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Emotional Sharapova quits Wimbledon in pain

LONDON: Fifteen years after shooting to global fame when she captured the Wimbledon title and the hearts of Centre Court, an emotional Maria Sharapova quit the tournament in pain, raising more questions about her future in the sport. The 2004 champion retired with a left arm injury in the final ...

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Sharapova makes winning return in Mallorca

MADRID: Maria Sharapova made a winning return from injury on Tuesday by beating Viktoria Kuzmova 7-6 (10/8), 6-0 to reach the second round of the Mallorca Open. The five-time Grand Slam champion has not played since the end of January after taking time out to recover from a shoulder injury, ...

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It’s Only Cricket For God’s Sake: Sania Mirza

LONDON: Ads to promote the much-awaited World Cup match between India and Pakistan have dialed up the aggression and tennis star Sania Mirza has decided that she has had enough. In a blunt assessment of the advertisements aired on both sides of the border as tasteless, Mirza took to social ...

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Maria Sharapova pulls out of tournament

PARIS: Maria Sharapova has withdrawn from the French Open 2019 because of an ongoing shoulder injury. The 32-year-old, who made the fourth round of this year’s Australian Open, has not played since pulling out of the St Petersburg Open in January, citing a problem with her right shoulder. Sharapova, who won the Roland Garros title in 2012 ...

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Novak Djokovic wins his 3rd Madrid Open title

MADRID: Novak Djokovic celebrated a lot more than a record-tying 33rd Masters 1000 title at the Madrid Open. Djokovic left the Spanish capital feeling pretty good about his game, too, carrying a lot of confidence into the rest of the clay-court season. The top-ranked Djokovic earned a comfortable 6-3, 6-4 ...

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Martic wins maiden WTA title with comeback win

ISTANBUL: Croatia’s Petra Martic fought back from a set down to beat Marketa Vondrousova 1-6 6-4 6-1 to win her first WTA title at the Istanbul Cup on Sunday. Martic, 28, took an hour and 49 minutes on centre court to beat her 19-year-old Czech opponent who is now yet ...

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Kvitova beats Bertens to set up Stuttgart final against Kontaveit

STUTTGART: Petra Kvitova will play Anett Kontaveit in the final of the WTA tournament in Stuttgart on Sunday after beating Dutch sixth seed Kiki Bertens. The Czech world number three fought back in the final set to win the semi-final 7-6 (7/3), 3-6, 6-1. Estonian eighth seed Kontaveit received a ...

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