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Wozniacki close to semis after Radwanska victory SINGAPORE: Denmark's Caroline Wozniacki all but booked her place in the semi-finals of the WTA Finals with an impressive 7-5 6-3 win over Agnieszka Radwanska on Thursday.Showing no signs of fatigue after her exhausting three-set win over Maria Sharapova two days earlier, Wozniacki rebounded from a slow start to overrun Radwanska with an ominous display. Wozniacki was down an early service break in the opening set but quickly got back on terms and proved too strong for Radwanska, running the Pole ragged on Singapore's purple hardcourts. "I just kept fighting for every point.There was some ridiculous shot making there at times," said Wozniacki. "I just had to keep going and keep trying to stay close to the baseline really. "I've been pleased with the way I've been running a lot of balls down, been serving well, just taking advantage of the important points." With one group match still to go ...

Sharapova blows chance at year-end number one SINGAPORE: Maria Sharapova's hopes of becoming the year-end world number one went up in smoke Tuesday when she crashed in straight sets to Petra Kvitova at the WTA Finals in Singapore.The Russian superstar needed a win to have any chance of overtaking top-ranked Serena Williams but she blew up in spectacular fashion as Kvitova won 6-3, 6-2 in 75 minutes.It was the second upset in quick succession at the season finale after Simona Halep stunned ...

Giant frustrations nearly spark Series brawl KANSAS CITY: Frustrations and emotions nearly boiled over into a World Series brawl Wednesday after San Francisco relief pitcher Hunter Strickland confronted Kansas City's Salvador Perez following a decisive sixth-inning scoring outburst.The Royals broke open a tied game with five runs in the inning on the way to a 7-2 victory that left Major League Baseball's best-of-seven final level at 1-1 with the next three games in San Francisco starting Friday.Perez pounded 26-year-old rookie right-hander ...

Vonn hyped for return ahead of home worlds PARIS: US speed queen Lindsey Vonn will bid to put almost two years of injury heartbreak behind her when she makes her return to the World Cup circuit this season.Tellingly for the 30-year-old American, the 2015 World Ski Championships are being held on home snow, in the Colorado resort of Beaver Creek between February 2-15, an added incentive for a skier arguably looking at the tailend of her career."Obviously I can do well in the ...

Williams assured of year-end No. 1 ranking after Sharapova loses SINGAPORE: Serena Williams clinched the year-end world number one ranking for the fourth time on Thursday when Maria Sharapova, the only woman with any chance of overtaking her, lost for a second time at the WTA Finals.Sharapova only had a slim mathematical chance of leapfrogging Williams for the top spot and needed a strong showing at the WTA Finals.But the Russian's chances of finishing number one for the first time in her career ended when ...

World Cup seeds Switzerland slide out of FIFA top 10 LONDON: Switzerland, who were among the top seeds for the World Cup finals this summer, have dropped out of FIFA's top 10 world rankings after a poor start to their Euro 2016 qualifying campaign.Portugal, who surprisingly lost 1-0 at home to Albania in their opening European qualifier, have moved back into the top 10 for the first time since July and are in ninth place in the listings published on Thursday.Switzerland, who lost to England ...

Pakistan delay test on Ajmal's remodelled action KARACHI: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has deferred banned off-spinner Saeed Ajmal's trip to England for an independent test of his remodelled bowling action.Ajmal, Pakistan's frontline spinner, has been banned from bowling for his illegal action and PCB is keen to get him back before next year's 50-over World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.The PCB cricket committee, in a meeting on Wednesday, decided the 37-year-old spinner will continue to mend his action under former ...


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