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Wozniacki ends title wait with Tokyo victory TOKYO: Former world number one Caroline Wozniacki overpowered Japan's Naomi Osaka 7-5, 6-3 to capture the Pan Pacific Open on Sunday, her first tournament victory since February 2015.The Dane, who has battled back from a wretched run of injuries this year, weathered an early storm from her teenage opponent before running out a comfortable winner, claiming a second Tokyo title and the 24th of her career.Wozniacki, the Pan Pacific champion six years ago, survived another health scare after dropping serve to go down 4-3 in the first set.After feeling a twinge in her left thigh, she left the court to undergo treatment and returned with her leg heavily bandaged.But it appeared to have little adverse effect as Wozniacki took complete control, ripping a backhand down the line to take the set.Wozniacki, who reached the US Open semi-finals earlier this month to signal her return to form, roared into a 5-0 ...

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Women's game needed 'new face' at top: Muguruza WUHAN: French Open winner Garbine Muguruza said Sunday that it was about time women's tennis got a "new face" at the top, after Angelique Kerber broke Serena Williams' 186 week dominance atop the rankings."I'm happy that we have a new face in the world number one, not because I have a preference, but just because I think it's good sometimes," the current world number three told reporters in Wuhan, China."It's about time also to refresh ...

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Golf: Johnson, Chappell share Tour Championship lead WASHINGTON: Dustin Johnson's path to the biggest payday in golf got more complicated on Saturday as a third-round 69 left him tied for the lead with Kevin Chappell at the USPGA Tour Championship.The second-ranked American had led by four shots after his third straight birdie at the sixth hole at East Lake in Atlanta, Georgia.But he fell a stroke behind Chappell with a double-bogey at the 17th before regaining a share of the lead with ...

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RugbyU: Celtic League results LONDON: Celtic League results on Saturday:Munster 28 Edinburgh 14Scarlets 7 Connacht 8Zebre 21 Cardiff Blues 23Played FridayBenetton Treviso 27 Newport Gwent Dragons 11Glasgow 17 Ulster 22Leinster 31 Ospreys 19Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2016 ...

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Tennis: Thiem struggles past Simon into Metz final METZ: World number 10 Dominic Thiem beat France's Gilles Simon to reach the ATP Metz final on Saturday after a come-from-behind 4-6, 7-5, 6-3 win.It took the 23-year-old Austrian top seed two hours and 17 minutes to beat fourth seed Simon, and the victory sets up a final Sunday against Frenchman Lucas Pouille.Pouille, who defeated Rafael Nadal on his way to the US Open quarter-finals last month, surprised Belgian second seed David Goffin 7-6 (8/6), ...

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RugbyU: Champions Racing 92 fall at Castres PARIS: Defending champions Racing 92 once again failed to get past Top 14 rivals Castres, falling 31-23 in the early French rugby championship clash on Saturday.A week after their 41-30 demolition of arch-rivals Toulon, Racing could not find a way past Castres, the only team they failed to beat last season."The European Cup is the number one priority for the club this season," said Racing coach Laurent Labit, a former player and coach at Castres."The ...

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Tennis: WTA Guangzhou Open result BEIJING: Results from the WTA Guangzhou Open on Saturday (x denotes seeding):FinalLesia Tsurenko (UKR) bt Jelena Jankovic (SRB x2) 6-4, 3-6, 6-4Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2016 ...