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Serena, Djokovic roll but Nishikori out at US Open NEW YORK: Three-time defending champion Serena Williams launched her quest for a historic title Monday by overwhelming 86th-ranked Russian Vitalia Diatchenko and advancing to the second round of the US Open.The world number one was a 6-0, 2-0 winner after only 30 minutes at Arthur Ashe Stadium when Diatchenko retired with a left foot injury, advancing Williams into a second-round match against Dutch qualifier Kiki Bertens."If I can just stay relaxed and stay in the points and stay calm and happy out there, I have to look at it as I have nothing to lose," Williams said.The 33-year-old American chases the first calendar Grand Slam since Steffi Graf in 1988 and a 22nd career major title to match Graf's Open Era record, two shy of Australian Margaret Court's all-time mark.Williams praised the loud New York crowd, which has adored her since she captured her first major title at the 1999 ...

Federer, Murray...and Kyrgios take centre-stage NEW YORK: Five-time champion Roger Federer gets his bid to become the oldest US Open winner in 45 years underway Tuesday but will be overshadowed by Andy Murray's clash with enfant terrible Nick Kyrgios.Federer, the second seed who won five years in succession at Flushing Meadows from 2004-2008, starts against Leonardo Mayer, the 34th-ranked Argentine.The 34-year-old Federer won the pair's only other meeting in Shanghai last year but had to save five match points in ...

Tokyo Olympic committee to stop using scandal-hit logo TOKYO: Organisers of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics will stop using a logo that attracted controversy over claims of plagiarism, just days after pledging to stand behind the scandal-hit emblem, local media said Tuesday.The decision reported by public broadcaster NHK and the TBS network caps off an embarrassing month for Japanese Olympic officials after plans for a $2.0 billion national stadium were ripped up due to its eye-watering cost. The committee declined to comment on the ...

Djokovic crusies past hapless Souza at US Open NEW YORK: Top seed and 2011 champion Novak Djokovic brushed aside Brazil's Joao Souza 6-1, 6-1, 6-1 to reach the US Open second round on Monday.Djokovic, bidding for his third Grand Slam title of the year and 10th of his career, needed just 71 minutes to set up a clash with either Vasek Pospisil of Canada or Austria's Andreas Haider-Maurer for a last-32 spot.Souza, the world 89, has now lost all seven matches he has ...

England beat Australia by five runs in lone T20 CARDIFF: England beat Australia by five runs to win the lone Twenty20 international in Cardiff on Monday.Australia, set a target of 183 for victory, were on course while skipper Steven Smith was making a Twenty20 best score of 90.But Australia lost five wickets for 16 runs in 14 balls, with three batsmen dismissed in the final over of the innings, bowled by Ben Stokes, as they finished on 177 for eight.Earlier, England made 182 for ...

Nishikori, Ivanovic crash at US Open NEW YORK: Japanese fourth seed Kei Nishikori, last year's runner-up, crashed out Monday in the first round of the US Open while Serena Williams' path to tennis history lost several major obstacles.The year's final Grand Slam tournament began with drama on the Flushing Meadows hardcourts as 41st-ranked Frenchman Benoit Paire saved two match points and rallied to defeat Nishikori 6-4, 3-6, 4-6, 7-6 (8/6), 6-4."To beat Nishikori, for me, it was impossible to imagine this," ...

Wolfsburg sign Schalke's Draxler to replace De Bruyne BERLIN: VfL Wolfsburg on Monday signed Julian Draxler from Schalke 04 as a replacement for Belgium playmaker Kevin de Bruyne, with the Germany international signing a five-year contract, both clubs confirmed. Having sold De Bruyne to Manchester City on Sunday, Wolfsburg have moved fast to strengthen their squad by signing Brazil defender Dante, 31, from Bayern Munich on a three-year deal and now Draxler, 21, in the following 24 hours.Draxler spent 14 years at Schalke ...


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