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Wawrinka and Tsonga humbled in Japan TOKYO: Tatsuma Ito and Michal Przysiezny claimed the biggest wins of their careers at the Japan Open on Tuesday when the local wildcard knocked out top seed Stan Wawrinka and the Polish qualifier saved match points to beat Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.World number 103 Ito sealed the stunning 7-5 6-2 first-round victory on his second match point, cushioning a backhand volley into an open court after his wide serve had forced Wawrinka out of position."I played a very good match," Ito said. "It is the first time I have beaten a top-five player."I tried my best every point and I was very focused. I was a little nervous, but I stuck to my game and I finished well."Australian Open winner Wawrinka struggled throughout the contest at the ATP 500 event, dropping serve four times and hitting 25 unforced errors in his first tour event since losing to Ito's compatriot Kei Nishikori at ...


Japan boss Jones wants White to return consultancy help TOKYO: Japan boss Eddie Jones is open to employing World Cup-winning coach Jake White on a consultancy basis if the Asian Five Nations winners can afford the South African.White, who guided the Springboks to the 2007 World Cup with the technical assistance of Australian Jones, stepped down from Super Rugby side the Sharks on Monday to pursue international opportunities ahead of next year's tournament in England.Jones and Japan have been drawn in Pool B alongside ...

Djokovic, Sharapova win, but Radwanska falls in China BEIJING: World number one men's player Novak Djokovic powered through his opening game of the $5.4 million China Open Tuesday following a shaky start, while five-times Grand Slam winner Maria Sharapova also won.The men's third seed in Beijing, Tomas Berdych, joins Djokovic in the second round after winning his game, but it was heartbreak for women's world number six Agnieszka Radwanska, who became the highest seed to tumble so far.Djokovic made an emphatic start to ...

Pakistan went down 23-11 against India in Asian Games Kabbadi INCHEON: Pakistan grapplers despite a narrow win in the second half, went down 23-11 against old adversary and defending champion India in their third and final league encounter of XVII Asian Games Kabbadi at Songodo Gymnasium court on Tuesday.Indians who had been dominating the sport since it was launched in 1990 Beijing Asiad , dominated in the first period thanks to a brilliant tactical and technical game and spectacular show from Jasbir Singh.Brilliant play in ...

Scuffles, protest over boxing decisions INCHEON: Scuffles broke out and Mongolia threatened to withdraw its fighters as controversial decisions favouring home boxers caused chaotic scenes at the Asian Games on Tuesday.The husband of Indian lightweight Sarita Devi launched an expletive-laden tirade and tangled with security after South Korea's Park Ji-Na was controversially awarded their semi-final bout.And Mongolia lodged an official protest after male bantamweight Tugstsogt Nyambayr, who staged a brief sit-in protest, contentiously lost a decision against Ham Sang-Myeong.India's Devi ...

Teenager ends Japan's 40-year tennis wait INCHEON: Teenager Yoshihito Nishioka humbled Taiwanese veteran Yen-Hsun Lu in straight sets on Tuesday to become Japan's first Asian Games men's singles champion in 40 years.The 19-year-old left-hander, ranked 168th in the world, outclassed number 42 Lu 6-2, 6-2 in 101 minutes to emulate countryman Toshiro Sakai's win at the 1974 Games in Tehran.Nishioka raised his arms in the air after winning on second match-point and then danced on court wrapped around a Japanese flag ...

Waqar questions timing of ICC crackdown on chucking KARACHI: Pakistan coach Waqar Younis has questioned the timing of cricket authorities' crackdown against chucking just months away from the World Cup, and suggested that rules on bowling actions be relaxed for spinners.In an interview with AFP, the former pace great said key all rounder Mohammed Hafeez's confidence was left shattered after he was reported for a suspect action in an Indian domestic tournament, a fresh blow to Pakistan following the loss of Saeed Ajmal ...


 



 
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