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Brisbane International results BRISBANE: Results of matches played on the seventh day of the Brisbane International tennis tournament on Saturday (x denotes seed):MenSemi-finalsMilos Raonic (CAN x3) bt Kei Nishikori (JPN x2) 6-7 (4/7), 7-6 (7/4), 7-6 (7/4) Roger Federer (SUI x1) bt Grigor Dimitrov (BUL x4) 6-2, 6-2WomenFinalMaria Sharapova (RUS x1) bt Ana Ivanovic (SRB x2) 6-7 (4/7), 6-3, 6-3Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2015

Flat pitches, dropped catches didn't help Aussies SYDNEY: Flat pitches and dropped catches made it tough going for Australia's bowlers in the four-Test series against India, skipper Steve Smith said Saturday.The Australians took the series 2-0, but plucky India held on for a second successive draw over five days in the final Test at the Sydney Cricket Ground.This year's result is a turnaround for Australia after a humiliating 4-0 defeat by India on their home turf in 2013.But Smith said the Aussies ...

Halep beats Bacsinszky for Shenzhen Open SHENZHEN: Top seed Simona Halep of Romania roared to victory on Saturday in the WTA Shenzhen Open final, downing Switzerland's Timea Bacsinszky in straight sets.Halep, the number one seed and third-ranked female player in the world, dispatched number eight seed Bacsinszky 6-2, 6-2 in 62 minutes in the $500,000 tournament to score her ninth WTA title."I wasn't feeling very well before the match -- I was a little bit sick -- so I told myself ...

India must learn from Aussie bowlers to win more away Tests SYDNEY: Virat Kohli said India must learn from Australia's bowlers if they are to improve as a Test side after holding the Australians to a draw in the final Sydney Test on Saturday.Kohli, who took over the Test captaincy after Mahendra Singh Dhoni's shock retirement following the third Melbourne Test, said he was proud that India made Australia earn their 2-0 win in the four-Test series."At the international level there is a lot for us ...

Sting in the rain as Uzbeks beat North Korea %9 SYDNEY: Igor Sergeev's second-half header gave Uzbekistan a 1-0 win over North Korea as the 2011 semi-finalists shrugged off heavy rain to win their Asian Cup opener on Saturday.An unseasonal downpour left shirts sodden and puddles on the pitch but Sergeev's winner on 62 minutes took the superior Uzbeks past a dogged but uninspiring North Korean side.Two-time Asian player of the year Server Djeparov set up the goal as Uzbekistan showed they could be ready ...

Le Guen rages as South Korea edge Oman CANBERRA: Oman coach Paul Le Guen launched a furious tirade at the referee for not giving a "100 percent" penalty in South Korea's 1-0 Asian Cup win over his side on Saturday.The Koreans got off to a winning start in their quest for a first Asian Cup trophy in 55 years thanks to a solitary goal from forward Cho Young-Cheol in first-half injury time.South Korea dominated possession at Canberra Stadium and had several chances to ...

Federer swats away Dimitrov challenge BRISBANE: Swiss tennis great Roger Federer laid down a marker for the Australian Open when he swatted away the challenge of Grigor Dimitrov in the semi-finals of the Brisbane International Saturday.Federer took just 53 minutes in a 6-2, 6-2 demolition of the world number 11 from Bulgaria, his 999th win on the ATP Tour.Dimitrov, along with Milos Raonic and Kei Nishikori, is seen as one of the players most likely to end the dominance of ...


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