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Ivanovic bows out despite beating Halep at WTA Finals SINGAPORE: Serbia's Ana Ivanovic just missed out on a place in the semi-finals of the season-ending WTA Finals despite beating Simona Halep in the final group match on Friday.Under the rules of the round-robin competition, Ivanovic needed to win in straight sets to leapfrog Serena Williams in the group standings and snatch the last available semi-final spot. But after coming from 5-2 behind to win the first set in dramatic fashion, she was unable to finish off Halep in the second, and had to settle for a 7-6(7) 3-6 6-3 consolation win. "It was a very tough match, she's a great player and the first set was really hard. I had plenty of opportunities even at 2-5 down that I didn't really take," Ivanovic said in a courtside interview. "But I really tried to fight hard from that point on and it was amazing to turn it around. The second ...


Australia bowled out for 303 in first Test DUBAI: Australia were bowled out for 303 in their first innings on the third day of the opening Test against Pakistan in Dubai on Friday.Resuming from overnight at 113-1, Australia lost their last nine wickets for the addition of 175 runs, conceding a lead of 151 runs to Pakistan's first innings total of 454.David Warner top-scored with 133 while Chris Rogers made 38 and Mitchell Johnson chipped in with 37.For Pakistan, leg-spinner Yasir Shah (3-66), ...

Serena Williams reaches WTA Finals semis SINGAPORE: World number one Serena Williams reached the WTA Finals semis on Friday when Simona Halep won the second set of her match against Ana Ivanovic. Halep earned a reprieve for Williams, whom she stunned 6-0, 6-2 on Wednesday, and guaranteed top spot in the Red Group round robin when she took the second set 6-3.Ivanovic won the first set but the result of the match is now immaterial to the final standings. Copyright AFP ...

Pakistan 38-0 at close on third day DUBAI: Pakistan were 38 without loss in their second innings at close on the third day of the first Test against Australia in Dubai on Friday.Ahmed Shehzad (22) and Azhar Ali (16) were at the crease as Pakistan increased their lead to 189 runs at Dubai stadium.Earlier, Australia were bowled out for 303 in their first innings, conceding a big 151-lead to Pakistan, who had made 454 in their first knock.Opener David Warner scored 133 ...

Suarez to return in clasico, says Barca coach BARCELONA: Luis Suarez, whose four-month ban for biting an opponent expires on Friday, will make his official Barcelona debut in Saturday's La Liga clasico at Real Madrid, coach Luis Enrique said. Suarez will play some part in the match at the Bernabeu, his first competitive action since he sunk his teeth into Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini's shoulder at the World Cup finals in Brazil, Luis Enrique told a news conference."He will play some minutes," added ...

Beale fined but escapes ban for offensive text SYDNEY: Australian utility back Kurtley Beale has been fined 45,000 Australian dollars ($39,559) for a "serious violation of the ARU code of conduct by sending an offensive text, the Australian Rugby Union said on Friday. The 25-year-old, who has played 47 times for his country, was accused of sending "deeply offensive" text messages about team business manager Di Patston in June and was suspended pending the Code of Conduct tribunal. Patston resigned because of stress ...

Nadal pulls out of Paris Masters for personal reasons PARIS: French Open champion Rafael Nadal has pulled out of the next week's ATP Paris Masters citing personal reasons, the French Tennis Federation (FFT) said Friday.The Spanish world number three is already guaranteed a place in the season-ending World Tour Finals in London next month.The Paris tournament, often beset by withdrawals due to its position in the calendar at the end of the season, has also seen US Open champion Marin Cilic pull out with ...


 



 
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