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Petkovic trumps Kuznetsova to keep German chances alive SOCHI: Andrea Petkovic kept Germany's hopes of qualifying for the Fed Cup final alive as she reduced the arrears in the match with Russia with a straight-set victory over Svetlana Kuznetsova on Sunday.The 27-year-old Petkovic won 6-2, 6-1 in one hour 21 minutes to record her fourth win over Russia's most successful player in Fed Cup history in their six head-to-head meetings.Petkovic, who is currently 11th in the WTA rankings, started confidently, breaking her opponent's serve on three occasions to take the opening set in 41 minutes, while Kuznetsova, 29, broke back only once.In the second Petkovic underlined her supremacy at the red clay court of Sochi's Adler Arena as she produced two more breaks to put her team back on the track.In the second reversed singles match Russia's Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova will take on Julia Goerges of Germany.In Sunday's last rubber Elena Vesnina and Vera Zvonareva, a replacement for injured ...

Kvitova takes Czechs past France to Fed Cup final OSTRAVA: Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova sent holders the Czech Republic into their fourth Fed Cup final in five years after breezing past France's Caroline Garcia in straight sets here on Sunday.On the hardcourt of the CEZ Arena in the eastern Czech city of Ostrava, the left-handed world number four beat 29th-ranked Garcia 6-4, 6-4 in an hour and 32 minutes.The Czechs, who won the Fed Cup title in 2011, 2012 and 2014, will take on ...

Nasim, Riaz steer Pakistan to 239-6 against Bangladesh DHAKA: Saad Nasim and Wahab Riaz smashed unbeaten half-centuries to lift Pakistan to a competitive 239 for six in their second one-day international against Bangladesh in Dhaka on Sunday.Pakistan, needing a win to level the three-match series 1-1, were reduced to 77-5 by the 22nd over after electing to take first strike at the Sher-e-Bangla stadium.But Nasim and Riaz added 85 valuable runs for the unbroken seventh wicket to give their team a respectable total ...

Waratahs push boundaries to revive season WELLINGTON: The New South Wales Waratahs tested the offside boundaries with spectacular results as they revived their Super 15 title defence hopes by inflicting the first defeat of the year on the Wellington Hurricanes.The 29-24 victory propelled the Waratahs to within three points of Australian conference leaders ACT Brumbies, who suffered a setback when beaten by the lowly Melbourne Rebels.The Hurricanes remain at the head of the table but with just a one-point buffer over ...

Phelps caps comeback meet with storming 100m free win PHOENIX: Olympic superstar Michael Phelps's legendary racing instincts kicked in Saturday as he capped his latest comeback meet with a storming 100m freestyle win.Phelps flew from last to first on the second lap for his second victory of the Mesa Pro Series meeting -- his first competition in eight months.Swimming in lane seven after posting the fifth-fastest qualifying time, Phelps clocked 49.72sec to edge top qualifier Ryan Lochte by five-hundredths of a second.Conor Dwyer made ...

Kim Sei-Young tops Park in playoff for LPGA LOTTE win KO OLINA: Kim Sei Young chipped in for par to force a playoff then holed a shot for eagle to beat Park In-Bee Saturday in the LPGA LOTTE Championship.Kim, who took a one-shot lead into the final round, closed with a one-over par 73 for 11-under 277.She was joined there by world number three Park, who posted a one-under 71 in the final round.Kim, who won her first LPGA title in her second start as ...

Pakistan bat first against Bangladesh in second ODI DHAKA: Pakistan captain Azhar Ali won the toss and chose to bat in the second one-day international against Bangladesh at the Sher-e-Bangla stadium in Dhaka on Sunday.Pakistan retained the same side that lost Friday's first one-dayer by 79 runs.Bangladesh, looking to seal their first-ever series win over Pakistan, welcomed back skipper Mashrafe Mortaza, who missed the opener due to a one-match ban for his team's slow over-rates at the World Cup.Mortaza, playing his 150th one-day ...


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