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  • British tennis number one Robson to miss Wimbledon, French Open 18-04-2014 09:54 AM

    British women's number one Laura Robson will miss the French Open and Wimbledon after having surgery on her wrist, the 20-year-old announced on Thursday. Robson, who has a world ranking of 64, has not played since losing in the Australian Open first round to Kirsten Flipkens and will travel to...
  • Shuttler Arvind Bhat advances to New Zealand Open semis 17-04-2014 11:55 PM

    Auckland: Recently crowned German Open Grand Prix Gold winner Arvind Bhat came out with another fantastic performance to enter the men's singles semifinal of the New Zealand Badminton Open Grand Prix here on Thursday. The fifth seeded Bhat beat Malaysian third seed Chun Seang Tan in 56 minutes to win...
  • Chowrasia best among Indians at Malaysian Open 17-04-2014 10:08 PM

    SSP Chowrasia was at 28th place and the best among a dozen Indian golfers who teed off at the Maybank Malayisan Open on Thursday. The opening day was hit by inclement weather for an hour in the afternoon and 42 players were yet to finish their first round. Chowrasia, who...
  • Cibulkova reaches Malaysian Open quarterfinals 17-04-2014 09:10 PM

    Kuala Lumpur: Top-seeded Dominika Cibulkova of Slovakia needed just over an hour to beat Su-Wei Hsieh of Taiwan 6-1, 6-2 on Thursday to reach the quarterfinals of Malaysian Open. Third-seeded Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic also advanced, beating Ying-Ying Duan of China 6-1, 6-3 to set up a quarterfinal...
  • Lee Westwood takes early lead at Malaysian Open golf 17-04-2014 01:31 PM

    Determined to end a two-year title drought, Lee Westwood opened with a 65 on Thursday to take an early lead at the Malaysian Open. Westwood had a bogey at the par-five 10th, his first hole, but birdied four of his closing five holes to finish the first round at 7...
  • Federer hints at missing French Open to be with wife, newborn 16-04-2014 10:24 PM

    Roger Federer is prepared to skip tournaments, including possibly the French Open, to be with his wife when she gives birth again. Federer, who has twin daughters with wife Mirka, announced on December 24 they are expecting their third child, although they have not said when. The 32-year-old Federer still...
  • Shuttlers Sourabh, Arvind progress in New Zealand Open 15-04-2014 10:04 PM

    New Delhi: Indian shuttlers Sourabh Verma and Arvind Bhat entered the second round of the men's singles event at the SkyCity New Zealand Open with contrasting wins over their respective rivals in Auckland on Tuesday. While second seeded Sourabh got the better of local lad James Eunson in straight games,...
  • Organisers raise French Open prize money 15-04-2014 04:53 PM

    Paris: Prize money at the French Open will rise to more than 25 million euros ($34.5 million) this year, an increase of 3 million euros ($4.1 million) from last year. The men's and women's champions will receive 1.65 million euros each, 150,000 euros more than 2013, and losing finalists will...
  • Snapshot: SRK pulls an all-nighter in Abu Dhabi; posts a photo on Twitter 15-04-2014 09:42 AM

    Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan and IPL team Kolkata Knight Riders, has been very busy these days. Slated to perform at the opening ceremony of the seventh season of the Indian Premier League, Khan has been burning the midnight oil, rehearsing for the show. He posted a photo of himself...
  • Deepika Pallikal loses in Texas Open squash final 14-04-2014 01:52 PM

    Houston: Deepika Pallikal stumbled on the final hurdle against Egyptian teenager Nour El Sherbini in the title clash of the Women's Champion Fiberglass Texas Open on Monday. Eyeing maiden major title of her career, world No 12 Deepika faltered against the 18-year-old qualifier 7-11, 11-5, 7-11 to lose in 48...
  • Dipika Pallikal packs off Perry to enter Texas Open final 13-04-2014 06:05 PM

    Houston: India's top woman's squash player Dipika Pallikal marched into the biggest final of her career after getting past higher-ranked Madeline Perry from Ireland in the USD 50,000 Texas Open at the Downtown Club here. The 22-year-old World No.12 battled for 75 minutes, enduring three tie-break games, to beat eighth-ranked...
  • Alize Cornet overcomes Agnieszka Radwanska to reach Katowice final 13-04-2014 09:44 AM

    Poland: Top-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland was overcome by Alize Cornet of France 0-6, 6-2, 6-4 in the Katowice Open semi-finals on Saturday. Cornet will face first-time WTA finalist Camila Giorgi of Italy. Radwanska didn't concede a set to Cornet in three previous matches, including at Indian Wells last month,...
  • Dipika Pallikal fights her way into Texas Open semis 12-04-2014 05:24 PM

    Houston: India's top squash player Dipika Pallikal earned a hard fought win over Nicolette Fernandes of Guyana to reach the the semi-finals of the USD 50,000 Texas Open. Pallikal, with coach and five-time world champion Sarah Fitz-Gerald in her corner, had to resist a determined fightback by the unseeded Fernandes...
  • Srikanth goes down fighting to Lee Chong Wei in Singapore Open semis 12-04-2014 05:18 PM

    Singapore: India's rising shuttler Kidambi Srikanth went down in the men's singles semi-finals but not before giving a tough fight to Malaysian World No.1 Lee Chong Wei at the $300,000 Singapore Open Super Series here on Saturday. Despite putting up a strong showing against the top seed, the World No.25...
  • Singapore Open semi-final: as it happened 12-04-2014 02:57 PM

    Indian shuttler and world number 25 faces top seed Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia in the Singapore Open badminton semi-finals. Srikanth got the better of world number 14 Hun Yu of Hong Kong 17-21, 21-14, 21-19 in a marathon quarter-final. Srikkanth battled for an hour and three minutes, to set...
  • Srikanth enters semis, Sindhu crashes out of Singapore Open 11-04-2014 04:54 PM

    Singapore: India's Kidambi Srikanth registered a hard-fought win to enter the semi-finals of the men's singles event of the Singapore Super Series even as P V Sindhu and B Sai Praneeth crashed out in straight games, here on Friday. Srikanth got the better of world number 14 Hun Yu of...
  • Dipika Pallikal powers into Texas Open quarters 11-04-2014 04:47 PM

    Houston: Indian squash star Dipika Pallikal survived some anxious moments before beating Australian qualifier Donna Urquhart in the opening round of the USD 50,000 Texas Open. Pallikal, who has not had the best of starts to 2014, took 36 minutes to get past her 26th-ranked opponent 12-10, 11-8, 11-5 on...
  • Praneeth, Prannoy, Thulasi reach 2nd round of Singapore Open 09-04-2014 04:52 PM

    Singapore: Indian shuttlers B Sai Praneeth, H S Prannoy and P C Thulasi advanced to the second round of the USD 300,000 Singapore Super Series after registering contrasting victories on the opening day of the main draw on Wednesday. World number 45 Praneeth, who had come close to beating world...
  • Anirban Lahiri fired up for Malaysian Open 08-04-2014 03:15 PM

    Kuala Lumpur: A fine performance at the inaugural EurAsia Cup has boosted his confidence and Indian golfer Anirban Lahiri believes he will have an edge in next week's Maybank Malaysian Open where he is aiming for a fourth Asian Tour victory. Lahiri defeated Victor Dubuisson of France 2 and 1...
  • IPL 7: Shah Rukh Khan, Madhuri Dixit to light up gala opening? 08-04-2014 03:07 PM

    The ICC World Twenty20 gripped Bangladesh for three weeks and now it's the turn of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) that awaits the Indian Premier League's (IPL) debut in the gulf, with reports of Bollywood stars joining the gala opening. The Gulf News has reported that Shah Rukh Khan, Madhuri...
  • Modi supporters, detractors clash during CNN-IBN show 'Open Mike' 08-04-2014 08:20 AM

    Meerut: Polarisation of voters just ahead of the elections in Western Uttar Pradesh has reached a fever pitch. At a recording of CNN-IBN's Election special show 'Open Mike' with its Deputy Editor Sagarika Ghose, clashes broke out between BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi's supporters and detractors. The issue being...
  • Abhijeet Gupta highest ranked Indian in Dubai open 07-04-2014 06:34 PM

    Grandmaster and former world junior champion Abhijeet Gupta will start as the highest rated Indian in the strong Dubai International open chess tournament that gets underway on Tuesday. A winner of this tournament in 2011, Gupta recently won the Al-Ain Classic in the UAE and the country remains one of...
  • Ivanovic wins second title of year at Monterrey Open 07-04-2014 10:33 AM

    Monterrey, Mexico: Ana Ivanovic won an all-Serbian final at the Monterrey Open on Sunday, beating Jovana Jaksic 6-2, 6-1 for her second title of the year. Ivanovic, the 2008 French Open champion, also won the ASB Classic in Auckland, New Zealand, to start the year. It's the first time since...
  • Matt Jones' playoff chip-in wins Houston Open 07-04-2014 08:43 AM

    Humble, (Texas): Matt Jones told his caddy he was about to make a 42-yard chip-in on the first playoff hole at the Houston Open. The Australian did just that on Sunday, earning his first PGA Tour win in spectacular fashion - and changing his immediate travel plans in the process....
  • Lee Chong Wei, Shixian Wang win India Open badminton titles 06-04-2014 09:13 PM

    New Delhi: Defending champion Lee Chong Wei produced one of his finest performances to retain the men's singles title with a straight-game victory over familiar foe Chen Long of China in the finals of the USD 250,000 Yonex Sunrise Metlife India Super Series on Sunday. In an all-Chinese women's singles...
  • Kuchar takes four-shot lead at Houston Open 06-04-2014 09:06 AM

    Humble, (Texas): Matt Kuchar didn't have the result he had hoped for while playing in the final pairing at last week's Texas Open. The six-time PGA Tour winner, who closed with a final-round 75 on his way to a fourth-place finish last week, will have the opportunity to show what...
  • Lee Chong Wei to meet old foe Chen Long in India Open final 05-04-2014 08:28 PM

    New Delhi: World number one Lee Chong Wei on Saturday set up a summit clash with familiar foe China's Chen Long for the third time in the season, after both registered contrasting wins in the men's singles semi-finals of the USD 250,000 India Super Series here. Defending champion, Lee notched...
  • Indian doubles players struggling with tactics: Joachim Fischer 05-04-2014 02:14 PM

    New Delhi:Indian doubles players are struggling with tactics and not reading the game properly, according to mixed doubles star Joachim Fischer Nielsen of Denmark, who believes a Danish coach can provide new knowledge and solve the country's doubles woes. An accomplished doubles player, Fisher, who won at least eight Superseries...
  • Rehabilitating Woods could miss US Open, say surgeons 05-04-2014 10:19 AM

    Tiger Woods could be sidelined from competitive golf for at least three months after undergoing back surgery, casting doubt over his participation in the June 12-15 US Open, say several leading sports surgeons. The world number one, whose back pain surfaced last year and intensified this season, will miss the...
  • Rio to be my last Olympics but Asian Games, CWG on mind now: Lee Chong Wei 04-04-2014 09:11 PM

    New Delhi: Two-time Olympic silver medallist, Lee Chong Wei on Friday said he will make a last-ditch attempt to win the elusive Olympic gold at the Rio de Janeiro Games in 2016 but his priority this season remains winning titles at Commonwealth and Asian Games. Lee, who turns 32 in...