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Safarova reaches Qatar final for first time DOHA: Wimbledon semi-finalist Lucie Safarova breezed through to her first ever Qatar Open final, comprehensively beating Carla Suarez Navarro in straight sets on Friday.Left-hander Safarova won 6-3, 6-2 in a semi-final which she totally dominated and lasted little over an hour.The Czech broke the Spaniard's serve in the second game of the first set and was rarely troubled by her opponent.She dropped her serve just once, in the seventh game of the first set, but immediately broke back to restore her advantage and served out for the set straight after.A demoralised Suarez Navarro, who had knocked out number one seed Petra Kvitova in the quarter-finals, had few answers to the Czech's powerful groundstrokes and ended up losing tamely.It was only the third time the pair had played each other, Safarova also winning the two previous encounters.It means Safarova, 28, who reached the Wimbledon singles semi-finals in 2014, could play Venus ...

WTA Qatar Open results DOHA: Results from the fifth day of the WTA Qatar Open on Friday (x denotes seeding):Semi-finalsLucie Safarova (CZE) bt Carla Suarez Navarro (ESP x9) 6-3, 6-2Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2015 ...
Clarke misses cut as Coetsee grabs Jo'burg Open lead JOHANNESBURG: Just a week after the euphoria of being named Europe's 2016 Ryder Cup captain, Darren Clarke missed the cut at the European Tour's Jo'burg Open following a sloppy round of 72 on Friday. The Northern Irishman played on the supposedly easier West Course at the Royal Johannesburg and Kensington Club, but three bogeys on his back nine meant the former British Open champion missed out on the weekend action by four strokes. Overnight leader ...
Europa League last-16 draw PARIS: The draw for the last-16 of the Europa League was made on Friday at Nyon, Switzerland (teams listed first play first leg at home): Everton (ENG) v Dynamo Kiev (UKR)Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk (UKR) v Ajax (NED)Zenit St. Petersburg (RUS) v Torino (ITA)VfL Wolfsburg (GER) v Inter Milan (ITA)Villarreal (ESP) v Sevilla (ESP)Napoli (ITA) v Dinamo Moscow (RUS) Club Brugge (BEL) v Besiktas (TUR)Fiorentina (ITA) v Roma (ITA)First leg matches will be played March 12 with ...
Alonso insists he'll be back 'very soon' BARCELONA: Two-time Formula One world champion Fernando Alonso has said he expects to be back racing "very soon" despite spending three nights in hospital after suffering concussion in a crash last weekend.Alonso crashed into a wall after completing just 20 laps on the final day of the second pre-season test on Sunday and was airlifted to hospital under sedation.He was released from hospital on Wednesday, but was sent home to the northern Spanish city of ...
Western Force 13 Hurricanes 42 PERTH: Result of a Super 15 match between the Western Force and Hurricanes in Perth on Friday:Western Force (AUS) 13 Hurricanes (NZL) 42H-t: 6-15 Scorers Force - Tries: Mitch Scott. Conversion: Luke Burton. Penalties: Zack Holmes, Burton.Reds - Tries: Cory Jane, Mark Abbott, Victor Vito, Julian Savea, James Marshall. Conversions: Beauden Barrett (2), James Marshall (2). Penalties: Barrett (3).Referee: Marius van der Westhuizen (RSA) Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2015 ...
Van Gaal desperate for Champions League spot MANCHESTER: Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal believes it would be a major disappointment if his side are unable to escape "the rat race" and secure a return to the Champions League.The Red Devils currently occupy fourth place, a point of ahead of fifth-placed Southampton, ahead of their Premier League fixture against Sunderland.However, just four points separate Arsenal in third with 48 points and Tottenham in seventh place with 44 points after 26 matches of ...


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