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Hard-hitting Wawrinka bounces Czech in Tokyo TOKYO: Top seed champion Stan Wawrinka muscled into the second round of the Japan Open on Tuesday with a bludgeoning 7-5, 6-3 victory over Czech Radek Stepanek.French Open champion Wawrinka produced a dazzling performance in the Tokyo sunshine, the Swiss unleashing a series of jaw-dropping backhands that left his opponent shaking his head in disbelief."After last year I'm just happy to play well and get through the match," said Wawrinka, who was eliminated by Japan's Tatsuma Ito in the first round last year in a stunning upset and faces the same player in his next match."(Ito) is tough to play against, but obviously I'll try to play better than I did last year and hopefully continue to play well all week," added Wawrinka, chasing a fourth title of the year and the 11th of his career.The spindly Stepanek wore the timid expression of a man hoping to avoid having sand ...

Nine-month season urged as players crumble BEIJING: Poland's Agnieszka Radwanska has called for the tennis season to be slashed to nine months as tired and injured players drop like flies during the end-of-year swing.Among the mounting casualty list, Garbine Muguruza was unable to finish the Wuhan Open final last week and Serena Williams is skipping the end of the season for extra rest.And at the ongoing China Open, Maria Sharapova is out with injury and top seed Simona Halep retired in ...

Price lauds debutant 'funny man' Lahiri INCHEON: Captain Nick Price paid tribute on Tuesday to Anirban Lahiri -- the first Indian to play in the Presidents Cup and the joker in the pack of his International team."He brings a great sense of humour to the team," Price told a news conference at the Jack Nicklaus Golf Club in Incheon, venue for the 11th Presidents Cup which is being hosted for the first time in Asia and begins Thursday. "A lot of ...

FIFA head hopeful accuses Blatter of smear SEOUL: FIFA presidential hopeful Chung Mong-Joon on Tuesday accused Sepp Blatter of trying to smear him via the body's ethics committee, in a bid to force the South Korean to drop his candidacy. Chung said the committee had launched an "unfair" hearing to suspend him for up to 19 years, at the behest of FIFA's scandal-hit president. The investigation is based on alleged vote-trading and other wrongdoings related to bids for the 2018 and 2022 ...

Cuttack faces ban calls after crowd trouble NEW DELHI: India great Sunil Gavaskar led calls on Tuesday for Cuttack to be banned as a cricket venue after crowd trouble twice brought a halt to play in a Twenty20 international against South Africa.Angry Indian fans hurled water bottles onto the field of play in Monday night's match at the Barabati stadium after the hosts were bowled out for 92, their second-lowest total in T20 matches.The Proteas sauntered to a six-wicket victory but not ...

Hong Kong fined by FIFA over booing fans HONG KONG: FIFA has fined Hong Kong after fans jeered the Chinese national anthem and threw a drink at a rival player during a World Cup qualifier, the city's football authorities said Tuesday.Fans booed the "March of the Volunteers" -- the anthem they share with China -- at the game against Qatar in Hong Kong last month which the home side lost 3-2.Last year's mass pro-democracy protests have soured attitudes in the semi-autonomous territory towards ...

US captain defends 'intangible' Mickelson pick INCHEON: Jay Haas backed Tuesday his decision to give a Presidents Cup captain's pick to veteran Phil Mickelson, saying the five-time Major winner offered something "intangible" to his US team.As the players headed out for their first full day of practice at the Jack Nicklaus Golf Club in Incheon, South Korea, Haas strongly defended his decision to choose Mickelson as one of two picks in his 12-man team after finishing only 30th in the US ...


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