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Hingis, Bencic debut as doubles team in Tokyo TOKYO: Former world number one Martina Hingis and rising star Belinda Bencic made their debut as a dream doubles team for Switzerland Tuesday, winning their first match together at the Pan Pacific Open.Four-time Grand Slam singles champion Hingis, 33, and 17-year-old Bencic, who reached the US Open quarter-finals two weeks ago, combined to oust Rika Fujiwara of Japan and Taiwan's Hsieh Shu-Ying 6-4, 6-2 in the first round.The all-Swiss pairing was announced as a wild card only last week after Hingis's usual partner Flavia Pennetta of Italy pulled out of the $1 million tournament with a right-foot injury.With Pennetta, Hingis reached the US Open final but her bid for a 10th major doubles title was denied by the Russian pairing of Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina.Hingis, whose mother Melanie Molitor has trained Bencic for 10 years along with the youngster's father Ivan, said she was committed to play with Pennetta ...

Pellegrini splits with coach Lucas PARIS: Italy's former Olympic swimming champion Federica Pellegrini announced on Tuesday that she has parted ways with her French coach Philippe Lucas. The 26-year-old 200m freestyle world record holder over long and short course, won Olympic gold over the distance in 2008."After careful analysis of the various options open to us, we took a joint decision not to continue the adventure together," said Pellegrini, who won the European title over 200m freestyle in August."I sincerely ...

Gervinho extends deal at Roma MILAN: Roma striker Gervinho is set to remain at the club until 2018 after extending his current deal by a year, the Serie A side have announced.The Ivory Coast international joined Roma in 2013 from Arsenal in a reported 8m euros deal and made a positive impact for the Giallorossi scoring nine times in 33 league appearances.A statement from the club said: "Roma announces that Yao Gervais Kouassi (Gervinho) has extended his contract by one ...

Tom Youngs 'relief' to still be an England contender LONDON: Tom Youngs has revealed his "relief" at still being a contender for 2015 hosts England's World Cup squad after missing the recent tour of New Zealand.Leicester hooker Youngs was given special dispensation to stay at home looking after his ill wife Tiffany instead of touring New Zealand.However, England coach Stuart Lancaster told Youngs that his Test chances remained unaffected. "He understood the situation I was in, he realised it was best for me to ...

Pique claims Catalans have right to independence vote MADRID: Barcelona and Spain defender Gerard Pique has thrown his support behind calls for Catalonia to be allowed to hold a vote on independence from Spain.Pique posted pictures to his social media accounts last week of him attending a mass demonstration with his son calling for the Spanish government to allow a referendum similar to that which will take place in Scotland on Thursday.Speaking ahead of Barca's Champions League opener against APOEL Nicosia on Wednesday, ...

Mourinho confident of Hazard deal LONDON: Jose Mourinho expects Eden Hazard to sign a long-term deal with Chelsea after announcing the Belgium playmaker is discussing a contract extension.The 23-year-old signed for a reported £32 million ($52 million, 40 million euros) from Lille in 2012 and has become a key figure in his two years at Stamford Bridge. Hazard has three years to run on his current deal but Mourinho believes Chelsea will want him to commit to a longer contract ...

Radwanska off the mark in Seoul title defence SEOUL: Top seed Agnieszka Radwanska hammered Polona Hercog Tuesday as she set out on a quest to successfully defend a title for the first time at the WTA Korea Open.The Polish world number five, returning to action after her US Open second-round defeat to China's Peng Shuai, won 6-3, 6-3 to get her title defence off the mark.Former Seoul champion Maria Kirilenko, playing on a wildcard after missing three months of the season with a ...


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