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Swiss teen Bencic upsets Kuznetsova in Tokyo TOKYO: Rising Swiss star Belinda Bencic upset two-time Grand Slam champion Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-3, 6-0 in the first round of the Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo Monday, maintaining recent impressive form.The wildcard broke the Russian veteran's serve twice in the first set and three times in the second to win the match at Ariake Tennis Park in only 68 minutes.The 17-year-old is on the back of a run to the quarter-finals at the US Open in New York.Kuznetsova, the 2004 US Open and 2009 French Open title winner showed her desperation to outpower Bencic with deep serves, as she double-faulted on the hard surface six times.Only four first-round singles matches were played on Monday at the $1 million event. Four top-seeds, including world number eight Angelique Kerber of Germany and ninth-ranked Dane Caroline Wozniacki enjoyed a bye to the second round.It was a happy return to Tokyo for Bencic who ...


Kroos no loss to solid Bayern, says Lahm BERLIN: Toni Kroos' summer transfer to Real Madrid has done no harm to German giants Bayern Munich, club captain Philipp Lahm claimed in Monday's edition of soccer magazine Kicker."Bayern Munich have so much quality and strength in depth they are difficult to weaken," said Lahm, as Bayern prepare to host Manchester City in the Champions League on Wednesday."We don't miss Toni, that's football, players come and go. I've been in the game too long to ...

I have the best squad in Europe, insists Ancelotti MADRID: Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti has said he wouldn't swap his squad for any other in Europe as Los Blancos prepare to begin their defence of the Champions League against Basel on Tuesday.Madrid have suffered a horror start to the new season as they already trail Barcelona by six points in La Liga having lost at Real Sociedad and at home to La Liga champions Atletico Madrid in a repeat of the Champions League ...

England's Ali urges British Muslims to shun Islamic State LONDON: England cricketer Moeen Ali has "strongly advised" his fellow British Muslims against joining Islamic State or other similar groups fighting in Iraq and Syria.Asked what his advice would be to his compatriots contemplating such action, Ali told the Huffington Post website in an interview: "I would strongly advise them not to go."Ali insisted groups such as IS, which has beheaded three Western hostages in the past month, did not represent his faith."If you look ...

Doosra not illegal, says inventor Saqlain KARACHI: Retired spin king Saqlain Mushtaq on Monday defended the controversial "doosra" delivery he invented, which has come under renewed scrutiny since fellow Pakistani Saaed Ajmal's chucking ban last week.The doosra, which means "the second one" in Urdu, turns from legside to offside -- the opposite direction to orthodox off breaks. It is bowled from the back of the hand with a lot of top-spin, though the bowler's wrist still moves in a clockwise direction, ...

Moyes' tactics did not fit United, says Ferdinand LONDON: Former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand has become the first senior player to publicly criticise David Moyes, who lasted just 10 months in charge as manager at Old Trafford last season.Moyes was appointed from Everton to succeed Alex Ferguson before the start of last season but reigning champions United lost three of their first six games and finished seventh in the table, their lowest position since 1990.In his new autobiography, being serialised in The ...

Wallaby Palu ruled out of rest of Rugby Championship MELBOURNE: Australia backrower Wycliff Palu has been ruled out of the Wallabies' final Rugby Championship matches against South Africa and Argentina as he continues his recovery from a head knock.The 32-year-old number eight was rested for Australia's win over Argentina on Saturday after suffering a heavy clash during victory over the Springboks the week before.It was decided not to risk his recovery for the tour to South Africa and Argentina, a team spokesman said on ...


 



 
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