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Li Na, China's tennis revolutionary BEIJING: Li Na single-handedly sparked a tennis revolution in Asia and became one of the world's most successful athletes thanks to her fierce determination to overcome the odds.The straight-talking, wise-cracking Li earned an army of fans when she became the first Asian national to win a Grand Slam singles title at the French Open in 2011. When she added a second Slam title at the Australian Open in January, her legacy was complete and the touchpaper had been lit for tennis to take off across the continent.Li, 32, said she would forever be proud of her influence in popularising tennis in China, and beyond, as she announced her retirement Friday after a series of debilitating knee injuries."Having the unique opportunity to effectively bring more attention to the sport of tennis in China and all over Asia is something I will cherish forever," Li said in a Facebook post Friday. "But ...

Pakistan faces Sri Lanka in Asian Games Hockey opener on Saturday INCHEON: Reigning Champion Pakistan will launch their campaign in the XVII Asian Games Hockey competition when they face minnows Sri Lanka in their opening group "A" match here at the Seonhak Hockey Stadium on Saturday.This will be a rare appearance between 2010 Asian Games Champion Pakistan and Sri Lanka. However, it will be big test of Sri Lanka players as they are facing a giant team after long period, reports Ehsan Qureshi."We know Sri Lankans ...

Pakistan, BD directly placed in QF of Asian Games women cricket INCHEON: Defending Champion Pakistan and runners-up Bangladesh are directly placed in the quarter-finals of XVII Asian Games Women Twenty20 Cricket Championship, according to schedule provided in the official media guide of the games.Sana Mir's team had won the gold medal at Guangzhou in China in 2010 by beating Bangladesh in the final by 10 wickets thanks to a brilliant all-round show by Nida Dar.27-year-old from Gujranwala, Nida, who is here with the team won the ...

Ganguly wants revival of Indo-Pak matches ISLAMABAD: Former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly believes Indo- Pak matches are bigger than the Ashes hoping that peace prevails and the bilateral matches between both countries can be played again creating more wonderful memories.Ganguly said both Pakistan and India have produced some great players in the past and continue to do so but we are friends who are fighting on the field to win cricket matches."The absence of Indo-Pak games at international level is hurting ...

Premier Football League begins September 20 ISLAMABAD: The 11th Pakistan Premier Football League will be staged at three different venues across the country from September 20 with a total of 12 teams competing in the extravaganza.The three venues where the matches will be played include Islamabad, Karachi and Lahore. The matches in Islamabad will begin from September 22 at Jinnah Football Stadium while the matches at Lahore will take start after Eid Ul Azha from October 13, says a press release ...

IRB tightens nationality switch rules PARIS: Players hoping to switch national allegiance in time for the 2015 World Cup suffered a major blow Thursday when the game's rulers tightened up the rules.The International Rugby Board (IRB) will now demand that players wishing to turn out for another country will have to play in at least four rounds of the eight-event World Sevens Series which starts in October.Or they must compete in at least half of the Olympic qualifying programme and ...

Wenger aims to get Arsenal back on track BIRMINGHAM: Arsene Wenger will attempt to get Arsenal back on track against Aston Villa on Saturday after a frustrating week that raised questions about their chances of winning major silverware this season.Wenger's side travel to Villa Park to face a Villa side who lie second in the Premier League with three wins from four matches following last weekend's surprise victory at Liverpool.If they are to leave with three points, Arsenal will have to quickly shake ...


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