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Serena and Sharapova set for Paris showdown PARIS: The two biggest names and highest earners in women's sport will set off on another collision course when the French Open gets underway at Roland Garros on Sunday.Serena Williams is a 19-time Grand Slam winner, at 33 still the undisputed queen of tennis and the top seed. Maria Sharapova has won two out of the last three titles in Paris, including last year, and at 28 is in the prime of her glittering career.Should the seedings hold firm and the American plays the Russian in the final on June 6, however, past experience points to there being only one winner.Williams has not lost to Sharapova since 2004 and leads their head-to-heads by an astounding 17-2, the last of these coming in the Australian Open final at the start of the year.The outcome was the same in 2013 when the pair met for the first, and to date only time, ...

Eyes of Texas on Spieth at Colonial FORT WORTH: Masters champion Jordan Spieth is back home in Texas this week, and set for a hero's welcome at Colonial.The 21-year-old's sensational victory at Augusta National made him the first Texan to win a major title since Justin Leonard won the 1997 British Open."To come back home with the green jacket and be introduced like that is really special," Spieth said. "It's where it really starts to hit me kind of what it means."Spieth ...

 Alonso welcomes shakeup to bring back fans MONACO: Fernando Alonso has welcomed plans to shake up Formula One from 2017, with the former two-time world champion claiming the sport has been going the wrong way for several years.Asked how he could see what was going wrong, the Spaniard, who won back-to-back world titles in 2005 and 2006, said: "I think the grandstands tell us."Attendances at Grands Prix have been dropping along with television viewing figures, leading to last week's proposals from the ...

FIFA chief's Mideast peace bid fails RAMALLAH: FIFA president Sepp Blatter saw his Mideast peace-making mission crumble on Wednesday after the Palestinians vowed to press efforts to have Israel suspended at the upcoming world football congress.After months of rising tensions over plans by the Palestinian Football Association (PFA) to have its Israeli counterpart expelled from FIFA, Blatter himself flew into the region on Tuesday on a mission to resolve the dispute. At issue is a Palestinian complaint over Israeli restrictions on ...

South African White extends Montpellier contract until 2017 MONTPELLIER: South African Jake White has extended his contract as "consultant" with Montpellier by two years through until June 2017, the Top 14 club announced Wednesday.White, who coached the Springboks to World Cup glory in 2007, arrived at Montpellier in December to take over from Fabien Galthie.The club, which currently sit in eighth spot and will miss out on making the top six play-offs for the first time since 2010/11, decided to announce the deal ...

Sarfraz targetting special in historic series vs Zimbabwe KARACHI: Newly married Sarfraz Ahmed was targetting some thing special in the historic series against Zimbabwe as he enters a new phase in life."It is my wish to achieve something special for the country against Zimbabwe," Sarfraz Ahmed told APP in an interview after his wedding with Khushbakht Aftab on Tuesday night."This is short tour by Zimbabwe. But its big breakthrough for Pakistan that international cricket is returning to Pakistan after six years," upbeat Sarfraz ...

Bari applauds Zimbabwe cricketers courage to tour Pakistan KARACHI: Former skipper Wasim Bari Wednesday applauded the courage of Zimbabwean cricket team to tour Pakistan and open the door of international cricket in Pakistan."Zimmbabwean players officials board should be applauded for the courage in touring Pakistan," he told APP in an interview here. The whole nation should salute them," he added."They have taken this decision because they know that isolation is very dangerous and does not promote the cause of international cricket.He thanked them ...


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Banking Review 2014

Foreign Debt $61.805bn
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