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Sharapova withdraws from China Open WUHAN: Maria Sharapova Wednesday announced her withdrawal from next week's China Open in Beijing, citing a left forearm injury that forced her to retire from the Wuhan Open two days earlier.The world number three has been plagued by injury since July, after she lost the Wimbledon semi-final to Serena Williams in July."I am very disappointed to have to pull out of the China Open this year and not have the chance to defend my title," Sharapova said in a statement Wednesday.The Russian had been hoping to launch a comeback at the Wuhan Open after missing three events, including the US Open, with a leg injury.But she lasted less than three sets against unseeded Barbora Strycova, retiring with a new left forearm injury.Sharapova's withdrawal from the China Open leaves a question mark over whether she will be fit to play the year-ending WTA Finals in Singapore at the end of next ...

Let Chinese players have fun, urges Li WUHAN: Tennis trailblazer Li Na said China's up-and-coming players needed to be allowed to have fun and express themselves, warning it will take time before the country has another major winner.Li, speaking to AFP in her home city of Wuhan, said it was her "dream" to help develop the next generation, which is already blossoming with 12 Chinese players in the top 200.But she remains rueful about her struggles with China's state sports system and ...

Akmal helps Pakistan to T20 win over Zimbabwe HARARE: Umar Akmal's aggressive innings proved crucial in a low-scoring game as Pakistan beat Zimbabwe by 15 runs to win Tuesday's Twenty20 international at Harare Sports Club and sweep the two-match series.Akmal scored 38 not out from 28 balls and added 24 runs with Imad Wasim in the last two overs of Pakistan's innings to boost the tourists' total to 136 for six, which proved beyond Zimbabwe despite Sean Williams's fighting 40 not out.Williams shared ...

Pak-BD women's captains predict exciting series KARACHI: Rival captains Sana Mir of Pakistan and Salman Khatun of Bangladesh predicted exciting women's Twenty20 and One-day series between the two countries."Except me and Asmavia, rest of the team members will be playing their first international in Pakistan," Sana Mir told reporters in a pre-match press conference here at the Southend Club Hall on Tuesday.Pakistan will take on Bangladesh in their opening T20 internationala on Wednesday starting at 10 a.m."It will be good prepartions ...

Younis to lead revamped UBL in Quaid-e-Azam Trophy KARACHI: Former Pakistan skipper Younis Khan has been named to lead revamped United Bank Ltd (UBL) cricket team in the next month's Quaid-e-Azam Cricket."Yes Younis Khan has joined UBL and will lead the team in premier first class event of the country," said head of UBL Sports Department Nadeem Khan while announcing an 18-member squad on Tuesday.Younis Khan left Habib Bank after playing for them for around 15 years.Nadeem said over a dozen new players ...

Bangladesh women cricketers 'comfortable' in Pakistan KARACHI: Bangladesh women's cricket captain Salma Khatun said Tuesday her players feel "comfortable" in Pakistan as they prepare for a series, even though most foreign teams have shunned the conflict-racked country for years.The series, comprising two Twenty20s and as many one-day matches, was given the green light after a visit by a Bangladeshi security delegation.Major foreign cricket teams have stayed away since Pakistani militants attacked the Sri Lankan team bus in 2009, killing eight people ...

Rising Venus reaches hallowed 700 club WUHAN: Venus Williams beat Julia Goerges at the Wuhan Open to reach 700 career wins on Tuesday, the only active women's player to achieve the milestone other than her sister Serena.The 35-year-old, still winning despite her ongoing fight with Sjogren's Syndrome, said she had no idea she was approaching the milestone before her 6-4, 6-3 victory in China."I didn't know. I'm glad nobody told me before. I would have been a little bit nervous," the ...


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