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Serena tells Wimbledon fans to support Venus LONDON: Serena Williams has called on fans to support her sister Venus when the two five-time Wimbledon champions meet in an emotional fourth round clash on Monday.The sisters, who have 27 Grand Slam titles between them, will be on opposing sides of the net for the sixth time at Wimbledon and for the 26th time in their careers.Venus, 35, thrashed Aleksandra Krunic to reach the last 16, while Serena, 33, had to survive an almighty scare against Britain's Heather Watson before guaranteeing the first all-Williams tie at Wimbledon since 2009.Since Serena won that final clash six years ago, the sisters' paths have diverged with the younger sibling putting herself among the all-time greats by reaching 20 Grand Slam titles.In contrast, Venus has slumped down the rankings as she fights a constant battle with auto-immune disease Sjogren's syndrome that often leaves her exhausted.As a result, Serena believes Venus's struggles deserve the ...

Federer, Murray target Wimbledon last 16 LONDON: Seven-time champion Roger Federer and 2013 winner Andy Murray look to reach the Wimbledon fourth round on Saturday.Federer bids to extend his 18-match winning streak against Australian opponents at Grand Slams when he takes on big-serving Sam Groth in the opening match on Centre Court. The 33-year-old Swiss beat Groth, the world number 69, in straight sets at last year's US Open.Groth is bidding to make the fourth round at a major for the ...

All eyes on Messi at Copa climax SANTIAGO: Lionel Messi and Argentina will be chasing a first major title in 22 years Saturday when they face hosts Chile in a dream Copa America final in Santiago. The three-week South American football showpiece reaches its climax at the Estadio Nacional with Argentina aiming to win their first title since 1993, 12 months after defeat in last year's World Cup final. Chile are anxious to shed their unwanted tag as the perennial nearly men ...

Japan set for battle in Women's World Cup title defence against USA VANCOUVER: Japan can expect a United States at "full throttle" and bent on revenge on Sunday as the Asian champions bid to defend their title in the Women's World Cup final.It will be the third showdown between the two sides in a major championship final.Nicknamed 'the Nadeshiko' - a pink flower symbolising grace and beauty - Japan won the 2011 World Cup crown in dramatic fashion in Frankfurt, Germany.The United States, World Cup winners in ...

Pakistan v Sri Lanka third Test scoreboard PALLEKELE: Scoreboard of Sri Lanka's first innings on the second day of the third and final Test against Pakistan at the Pallekele International Stadium on Saturday:Sri Lanka 1st innings (overnight 272-8): D. Karunaratne st Sarfraz b Azhar 130 K. Silva c Sarfraz b Rahat 9U. Tharanga c Younis b Yasir 46L. Thirimanne c sub (Azam) b Yasir 11A. Mathews c sub (Azam) b Yasir 3J. Mubarak st Sarfraz b Yasir 25D. Chandimal lbw b Rahat ...

Sri Lanka 278 all out in third Pakistan Test PALLEKELE: Sri Lanka, sent in to bat, were bowled out for 278 in their first innings 20 minutes into the second day of the final Test against Pakistan in Pallekele on Saturday.Opener Dimuth Karunaratne top-scored with 130. Leg-spinner Yasir Shah claimed five wickets for 78 runs and seamer Rahat Ali took three wickets.The series is tied at 1-1 after Pakistan won the first Test in Galle by 10 wickets and Sri Lanka took the second ...

Sharapova breezes past Begu into last 16 LONDON: Fourth seed Maria Sharapova moved serenely into the Wimbledon fourth round with a 6-4 6-3 victory over Romanian Irina-Camelia Begu on Friday. The 28-year-old Russian, champion at the All England Club in 2004, overpowered her 29th-seeded opponent on a sun-drenched Court One to take her place in the last 16. Sharapova wasted a chance to close out the match when she served for victory at 5-1 in the second set but did not make ...


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