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Sharapova out to end decade of Serena dominance MELBOURNE: Top seed Serena Williams' coach has dismissed the American's decade-long, 15-0 winning streak against Maria Sharapova as irrelevant ahead of the arch-rivals' blockbuster Australian Open final on Saturday.The final will pit the world's two best players, both in sizzling form, against one another in a dream Grand Slam decider, although the second seeded Sharapova faces questions over her staggering inability to notch a win over Williams since 2004.The Russian's overall losing record against Williams is 16-2, including a crushing straight sets win in the 2007 Australian final, and her last 15 meetings with the 18-time Grand Slam champion have ended in defeat.In addition, Williams has won five titles in five final appearances at Melbourne Park, emerging victorious every time she has reached the decider.But Williams' coach, Frenchman Patrick Mouratoglou, said such statistics would mean nothing when the adversaries face each other in the Rod Laver Arena, describing Sharapova as ...

India vs Pakistan minus Sachin Tendulkar - a first in World Cup history ISLAMABAD: For the first time in ICC World Cup history, Sachin Tendulkar will not be part of an India vs Pakistan encounter.Five matches spanning across five World Cups played over a period of 23 years, but the sixth meeting at the Adelaide Oval in Australia will be strikingly different, as Tendulkar is not playing against Pakistan.The batting legend remained a central figure in Indo-Pak encounters right from 1992 to 2011.In all, Tendulkar scored 313 runs ...

South Africa; hot favorite for World Cup 2015 With the World Cup barely two weeks away South Africa is grabbing most of the attention due to their best form and dedication towards the mega event of cricket. Yet now that AB de Villiers has become the world’s most outrageous strokemaker there is reason to believe-in again in South African team. He stands on a pedestal as a man who can change a game in the blink of an eye. Hashim Amla on the ...

ICC announces umpire and match referee for cricket world cup 2015 ISLAMABAD: The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Friday announced the umpire and match referee appointments for the pool stage matches of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015, which will be staged in Australia and New Zealand from 14 February to 29 March.Marais Erasmus and Nigel Llong will be the on-field umpires for the tournament opener between New Zealand and Sri Lanka in Christchurch on 14 February. S. Ravi and Simon Fry will be the third ...

Asian boss 'stunned' by anti-Aussie report SYDNEY: Asia's football chief said he was "stunned" on Friday after he was quoted as outlining a movement to oust Asian Cup hosts Australia from the regional body.Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa said his comments had been "manipulated" after he told UAE newspaper Al Ittihad that some countries wanted Australia out.Australian newspapers splashed with the story, a day before the Socceroos take on South Korea in the Asian Cup final as they try to ...

India dismissed for 200 against England SYDNEY: India were dismissed for 200 in their tri-series one-day international against England at the WACA Ground on Friday.Ajinkya Rahane top-scored with 73.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2015

Serena and Sharapova's 'black heart' rivalry MELBOURNE: The bitter rivalry between Australian Open finalists Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova took root on the hallowed Wimbledon turf in 2004 and is still thriving more than a decade later -- both on and off the court.Sharapova was a 17-year-old unknown when she stunned the tennis world by winning at the All England club in 2004, going on to become a superstar with five Grand Slams who ranks as the world's highest paid female ...


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