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Fame catches up with weary Bouchard NEW YORK: Fame finally caught up with Eugenie Bouchard on Monday in a groggy, dizzy conclusion to her Grand Slam season which ended in a fourth round loss at the US Open.The 20-year-old Canadian golden girl, playing her 58th match of a breakout year which saw her reach the semi-finals of the Australian and French Opens and take the runner-up spot at Wimbledon, went down 7-6 (7/2), 6-4 to Russia's Ekaterina Makarova.It was a disappointing way to end her US Open, but she admitted her status as the new poster girl of the women's game had probably played a role.Monday's match was played in the crushing heat and humidity of the afternoon whereas her last two matches had been in the prime night-time slot on Arthur Ashe Stadium."I was feeling very light headed and dizzy on the court, just seeing things a little blurry. I just generally didn't feel good," ...

United sign Falcao, Blind on busy deadline day LONDON: Manchester United made a sensational double swoop on transfer deadline day to sign Colombia striker Radamel Falcao on loan from Monaco and Holland international Daley Blind from Ajax.Blind's arrival, in a £14 million ($23 million, 17 million euros) transfer, had been expected, but the signing of prolific 28-year-old frontman Falcao was a major coup for the ailing English giants."I am delighted to be joining Manchester United on loan this season," Falcao told the United ...

Azarenka into US Open quarter-finals NEW YORK: Former world number one Victoria Azarenka reached the US Open quarter-finals on Monday with a 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 win over Serb qualifier, Aleksandra Krunic.The 16th seed, the runner-up to Serena Williams in the last two years, will play Russia's Ekaterina Makarova for a place in the semi-finals.Krunic, the world ranked 145, had knocked out Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova in the third round and was bidding to become th first qualifier in 33 years ...

Djokovic, Murray book US Open quarter-final showdown NEW YORK: Former champions Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray booked a tantalizing US Open quarter-final duel on Monday with straight-sets fourth-round victories.World number one and top seed Djokovic didn't let Philipp Kohlschreiber stand in the way of another Grand Slam last-eight appearance, defeating the 22nd seed from Germany 6-1, 7-5, 6-4 on another oppressively muggy New York day.Eighth-seeded Scot Murray advanced with a hard-fought 7-5, 7-5, 6-4 victory over ninth-seeded Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, avenging a loss ...

Serena into US Open quarter-finals, sick Bouchard out NEW YORK: Five-time champion Serena Williams reached her first Grand Slam quarter-final of 2014 at the US Open Monday but Canadian poster girl Eugenie Bouchard, struggling in the heat and humidity, was knocked out.World number one Williams, the two-time defending champion, eased past world number 50 Kaia Kanepi, 6-3, 6-3, for a fourth win over the Estonian and goes on to face fellow 32-year-old Flavia Pennetta of Italy in a clash of the two oldest ...

Falling hero Wawrinka holds off Robredo to reach US Open quarter-finals NEW YORK: Australian Open champion Stan Wawrinka battled cramps and a frightening fall on Monday but emerged with a gutsy four-set victory over Tommy Robredo and a US Open quarter-final place.The Swiss third seed fired 18 aces and saved two set points in the third-set tiebreaker to emerge with a 7-5, 4-6, 7-6 (9/7), 6-2 triumph.He was already struggling physically when he sailed into the courtside seats in the Louis Armstrong Stadium in the third ...

Contador sets sights on Vuelta victory MADRID: Two-time Tour of Spain champion Alberto Contador has publicly admitted for the first time that he can compete to win the race for a third time just a month after suffering a broken shinbone.The Tinkoff-Saxo rider had originally ruled himself out of even taking part in his homeland after complications in the healing of the wound he suffered in crashing out of the Tour de France.However, he has looked in fine shape during the ...


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