Thursday, 21 January 2021


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PARIS: Maria Sharapova has withdrawn from the French Open 2019 because of an ongoing shoulder injury.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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