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  • Golf: Erratic start by Jeev Milkha Singh in Africa Open 33 minutes ago

    London: Jeev Milkha Singh's erratic driving saw him struggle in the opening round of the Africa Open as he carded three-over 75 and faced the prospect of an early exit on Friday. Jeev, starting on the backstretch of the East London Golf Club, which begins from the ninth, had two birdies...
  • Leander Paes-Martina Hingis gift PM Narendra Modi autographed racquets 22 hours 32 minutes ago

    New Delhi: Tennis legends Leander Paes and Martina Hingis presented Prime Minister Narendra Modi autographed racquets with which they won the Australian Open mixed doubles title on February 1. "It was wonderful meeting you @mhingis & @Leander! Kind of you @mhingis & @Leander to present autographed racquets with which you played...
  • Jwala-Ashwini ousted from All England Open 23 hours 56 minutes ago

    Birmingham: Top Indian women's doubles pair of Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa were ousted from the second round of the $500,000 All England Open Badminton Championships at the Barclaycard Arena here on Thursday. The Commonwealth Games gold medallists went down 10-21, 13-21 in 36 minutes to Chinese top seeds and World...
  • Juan Martin del Potro of Argentina given wild card at Indian Wells Yesterday

    Former US Open winner Juan Martin del Potro of Argentina, along with 10 Americans, has been given wild cards into the main draw of the BNP Paribas Open next week. Del Potro reached the quarterfinals at Sydney this year and is coming back from left wrist surgery in January. His best...
  • Lin Dan advances to second round at All England Yesterday

    Birmingham: Five-time champion Lin Dan beat Wei Nan 21-14, 12-21, 21-16 to reach the last 16 of the All England Open Badminton Championships here. Playing his first match at the prestigious tournament in three years, the Chinese super star on Wednesday looked on track for a comfortable victory after the first...
  • Top-seeded Ana Ivanovic advances to Monterrey Open quarter-finals Yesterday

    Mexico: Top-seeded defending champion Ana Ivanovic of Serbia advanced to the quarter-finals in the Monterrey Open on Wednesday night, beating Pauline Parmentier of France 6-3, 6-2. Ivanovic will face France's Kristina Mladenovic, a 6-4, 6-2 winner over Russia's Vera Zvonareva in the hard-court event at Sierra Madre Tennis Club. Second-seeded Sara Errani...
  • Kurumi Nara beats Magda Linette in 3 sets at Malaysian Open Yesterday

    Sixth-seeded Kurumi Nara reached the quarter-finals of the Malaysian Open by beating Polish qualifier Magda Linette 7-5, 5-7, 7-6 (6) on Wednesday. The Japanese player was up a break at 5-3 in the second set when Linette won four straight games to force a deciding set. Also, unseeded Elizaveta Kulichkova of Russia,...
  • Top seed Caroline Wozniacki wins opener in Malaysia 2 days ago

    Kuala Lumpur: Top-seeded Caroline Wozniacki avoided a repeat of her last appearance at the Malaysian Open - a first-round loss - by dispatching Chinese qualifier Wang Yafan 6-3, 6-1 on Tuesday. Wozniacki was bounced out in her Malaysian debut two years ago, but took no chances this time with an early...
  • Ranbir Kapoor: Assisting Sanjay Leela Bhansali on 'Black' changed me from an aimless slacker to a worthy person 4 days ago

    Mumbai: Actor Ranbir Kapoor, who started his career as an assistant director to filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali, says if he has to pen down a portion of his life, then it would be the time when he assisted Bhansali on the film 'Black'. He says that phase transformed him completely from...
  • Rafael Nadal beats Juan Monaco in Argentina Open 4 days ago

    Buenos Aires: Rafael Nadal won his first title in nearly nine months on Sunday after defeating Juan Monaco 6-4, 6-1 at the Argentina Open. The top-seeded Spaniard hadn't reached a final since winning at Roland Garros last year. It was Nadal's 46th title on clay, moving him within three of the record...
  • David Ferrer, Timea Bacsinszky win Mexico Open titles 5 days ago

    Acapulco: Second-seeded David Ferrer of Spain won his fourth Mexico Open title Saturday night, beating top-seeded Kei Nishikori of Japan 6-3, 7-5 in the hard-court event. The 32-year-old Ferrer has 23 ATP Tour titles, also winning the Qatar in January. He won his previous Mexico titles - in 2010, 2011 and...
  • Rafael Nadal to play Juan Monaco in the final of Argentina Open 5 days ago

    Buenos Aires: Rafael Nadal defeated Carlos Berlocq 7-6 (7), 6-2 on Saturday, setting up a final against Juan Monaco at the Argentina Open. If he wins on Sunday, Nadal will tie Guillermo Vilas for the most clay-court titles with 46. The top-seeded Nadal was on the brink of losing the first set...
  • Lucie Safarova beats Victoria Azarenka to win the Qatar Open 5 days ago

    Qatar: Lucie Safarova beat Victoria Azarenka in straight sets, 6-4, 6-3 to clinch the Qatar Open on Saturday. It was her sixth career title and first since Qubec City in 2013. "It's an amazing feeling. I'm so happy to win the title. It's been a long time. I'm happy at the way...
  • Victoria Azarenka beats Venus Williams for first time at Qatar Open 6 days ago

    Doha: Victoria Azarenka defeated Venus Williams for the first time on Friday, rallying for a 2-6, 6-2, 6-4 victory to reach the final at the Qatar Open. A two-time champion in Doha, Azarenka made adjustments in the second set and took a 5-1 lead in the third. Azarenka had 36 winners...
  • Maria Sharapova withdraws from Mexico Open because of stomach virus 6 days ago

    Acapulco: Top-seeded Maria Sharapova of Russia withdrew on Friday before her Mexico Open semi-final against Caroline Garcia of France because of a stomach virus. The third-seeded Garcia will face fifth-seeded Timea Bacsinszky of Switzerland in the hard-court final at The Fairmont Acapulco Princess. Bacsinszky beat Bulgaria's Sesil Karatantcheva 6-2, 6-4. In the...
  • Rafael Nadal crushes Federico Delbonis to reach Argentina Open semi-final 6 days ago

    Buenos Aires: Rafael Nadal, working his way back to top form after wrist problems last year, screamed with delight on reaching the Argentina Open semi-finals with a 6-1 6-1 rout of Federico Delbonis on Friday. Nadal, who went down to a first defeat in 53 consecutive semi-finals on clay at the...
  • Top-seeded Maria Sharapova reaches Mexico Open semi-finals 1 week ago

    Acapulco: Top-seeded Maria Sharapova of Russia beat Magdalena Rybarikova of Slovakia 6-1, 4-6, 6-2 on Thursday night to reach the Mexico Open semi-finals. Sharapova will face third-seeded Caroline Garcia of France in the hard-court event at The Fairmont Acapulco Princess. Garcia led Mirjana Lucic-Baroni 6-2, 2-1 when the Croatian player retired. In...
  • Tommy Robredo beats Renzo Olivo to reach quarters in Argentina Open 1 week ago

    Buenos Aires: Second-seeded Tommy Robredo of Spain defeated Renzo Olivo of Argentina 6-1, 6-2 to advance to the quarter-finals of the Argentina Open on Thursday. Robredo cruised to victory against the 186th-ranked Olivo, breaking the Argentine's service twice in each set to win the match in just over an hour. The 18th-ranked...
  • Badminton: Ashwini Ponnappa-Vladimir Ivanov knocked out of German Open 1 week ago

    Germany: Indian badminton player Ashwini Ponnappa, partnering Russian Vladimir Ivanov, was knocked out of the mixed doubles pre quarter-finals at the $120,000 German Open Grand Prix Gold on Thursday. The Indo-Russian pair lost to English third seeds Chris and Gabrielle Adcock 19-21, 15-21 in 37 minutes at the RWE-Sporthalle. The English pair...
  • Agnieszka Radwanska lines up Qatar quarter-final with Venus Williams February 26, 2015

    Doha: Fourth-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska brushed aside Flavia Pennetta 6-1, 6-1 on Wednesday to set up a quarter-final with Venus Williams in the Qatar Open. Radwanska, who had lost both their previous meetings, including the Indian Wells final in March last year, dropped just 11 points in her seven service games. The...
  • Rafael Nadal advances to the quarter-finals of Argentina Open February 26, 2015

    Buenos Aires: Top-seeded Rafael Nadal beat local qualifier Facundo Arguello 6-4, 6-0 on Wednesday to reach the quarter-finals of the Argentina Open. Nadal has yet to reach a final in three tournaments this season and was beaten in the semi-finals last week in Rio de Janeiro, ending his 52-match unbeaten run...
  • Arvind Bhat, Jwala-Ashwini in German Open pre-quarters February 25, 2015

    Mulheim an der Ruhr: Indian shuttler Arvind Bhat entered the pre-quarterfinals, as did the women's doubles pair of Ashwini Ponnapppa and Jwala Gutta in the $120,000 German Open Grand Prix Gold at the RWE-Sporthalle here Wednesday. Defending champion Bhat defeated local qualifier Patrick Kaemnitz 21-10, 24-22 in 36 minutes. In the...
  • Andrea Petkovic, Jelena Jankovic advance to second round of Qatar Open February 25, 2015

    Doha: Sixth-seeded Andrea Petkovic advanced to the second round of the Qatar Open with a 6-7 (5), 6-3, 6-2 win over Belgian qualifier Kirsten Flipkens on Tuesday. Flipkens, who beat Petkovic in the second round at New Haven last August, showed a good touch in the first set - only to...
  • Somdev Devvarman crashes out in first round of Kolkata Open February 24, 2015

    Kolkata: India's top tennis ace Somdev Devvarman crashed out in the first round of the Kolkata Open at the Bengal Tennis Association Complex on Tuesday. Tamil Nadu's Ramkumar Ramanathan, who has been training in Barcelona for the last three years, clinched the encounter 4-6, 6-3, 6-4, which lasted for two hours...
  • Rafael Nadal sees Argentina Open as next step up comeback ladder February 24, 2015

    Buenos Aires: Rafael Nadal, who suffered an upset defeat in the Rio Open semi-finals at the weekend, said on Monday that he was confident of taking another step towards recovering his best form in Buenos Aires this week. The Spaniard, ranked fourth after Saturday's loss to Fabio Fognini ended a run...
  • Two-time champion Victoria Azarenka wins at Qatar Open February 24, 2015

    Doha: Two-time champion Victoria Azarenka beat Angelique Kerber 6-0, 6-3 in the first round of the Qatar Total Open on Monday. The Belarusian, who won in 2012 and 2013, was forced to withdraw last year due to a foot inflammation. Returning to Doha as a wild card entrant, Azarenka needed just 66...
  • Leander Paes, Raven Klaasen end runners-up at Delray Beach February 23, 2015

    Delray Beach: Leander Paes and his partner Raven Klaasen ended runners-up at the ATP 250 Delray Beach event, losing the summit clash 3-6 6-3 6-10 to legendary American twins Mike and Bob Bryan. It was third final appearance in five tournaments so far this season for Paes and his South African...
  • Anirban Lahiri widens gap at top of Asian Tour Order of Merit February 23, 2015

    Singapore: Star Indian golfer Anirban Lahiri on Monday continued to occupy the top spot at the Asian Tour Order of Merit list after winning the Hero Indian Open on Sunday. Following the Malaysian Open victory and a joint 21st place finish at the True Thailand Classic, Lahiri had $522,300 as earnings....
  • Ivo Karlovic becomes oldest ATP winner since 1989 February 23, 2015

    Croatia's Ivo Karlovic became the oldest ATP winner since Jimmy Connors in 1989 when he captured the Delray Beach Open final on Sunday. The 35-year-old used his prodigious serve to break American opponent Donald Young three times for a 6-3 6-3 victory on the Florida hardcourt. Karlovic, who turns 36 on Feb....
  • Maria Sharapova less fixated on top spot but eager to beat Serena Williams February 23, 2015

    Mexico City: Regaining the world's top ranking in women's tennis is less important to five-times grand slam winner Maria Sharapova than it was when she was younger, but the Russian is eager to beat dominant player Serena Williams. Williams beat Sharapova, who is ranked number two, to claim her 19th grand...