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Murray battles through in Paris as Kerber exits PARIS: World number two Andy Murray avoided a huge first-round upset at the French Open on Tuesday, but Australian Open champion Angelique Kerber crashed out after losing to Kiki Bertens.Murray, a three-time Roland Garros semi-finalist, recovered from a two-set deficit to overcome 37-year-old Radek Stepanek 3-6, 3-6, 6-0, 6-3, 7-5 on Court Philippe Chatrier.The second seed had been trailing by two sets to one but up a break in the fourth when play was suspended on Monday due to darkness.The Scot duly returned to complete the job after making the crucial breakthrough at 5-all in the decider to set up a second-round encounter with 164th-ranked French wildcard Mathias Bourgue."He's always been extremely difficult to play," said Murray after a ninth career comeback from two sets down."He was playing drop shots, hitting the ball very flat, it was very difficult to get into a rhythm. That's credit to him and the ...

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US player Lepchenko tight-lipped on meldonium claim PARIS: America's Varvara Lepchenko refused to comment Tuesday on claims that she served a 'silent ban' after testing positive for meldonium, the drug which has put Maria Sharapova's career on hold.The Uzbekistan-born world number 64 didn't play on the WTA Tour from February to May.The reason, according to allegations made by Russian physio Anatoly Glebov, was that she had tested positive for 1mg of meldonium.However, as that is below the limit set by the World ...

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Djokovic into French Open second round PARIS: World number one Novak Djokovic got his bid for a first French Open title off to a flying start with a 6-4, 6-1, 6-1 win over Taiwan's Lu Yen-Hsun.The top seed, bidding to become just the eighth man to secure a career Grand Slam, needed only 90 minutes to see off the world number 95.The 29-year-old top seed fired 35 winners past the 32-year-old Lu and broke serve on seven occasions.Djokovic, a beaten finalist ...

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Australian Open champion Kerber falls in Paris first round PARIS: Angelique Kerber discovered that being the newest member of the grand slam winner's club did not earn her any free points as the Australian Open champion succumbed to a 6-2 3-6 6-3 first-round defeat by Kiki Bertens at the French Open on Tuesday.The German third seed's first grand slam match since triumphing at Melbourne Park in January ended in pain and despair as a shoulder injury prevented her from making much impact against hard-hitting ...

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Djokovic, Nadal and Serena primed for Paris openers PARIS: World number one Novak Djokovic, record nine-time champion Rafael Nadal and women's title-holder Serena Williams begin their French Open campaigns on Tuesday with the forecast far more promising after a rain-hit first two days at Roland Garros.Three-time Roland Garros finalist Djokovic will embark on another quest to complete a career Grand Slam with Taiwan's Lu Yen-Hsun, the world number 95, his first-round opponent on Court Philippe Chatrier.The Serb has won four of the last ...

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Lowry, DeRozan star as Raptors stun Cavs to tie series MONTREAL: Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan scored more than 30 points each as the Toronto Raptors withstood a ferocious Cleveland Cavaliers fightback to level their Eastern Conference final series on Monday with a 105-99 victory.Lowry scored 35 points while DeRozan weighed in with 32 as Toronto completed a victory that leaves the best-of-seven series tied at 2-2 with three games to play.The win continues a remarkable transformation in fortunes for Toronto, who had lost the ...

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Argentina to bid to stage 2027 Rugby World Cup BUENOS AIRES: Argentina will bid to stage the 2027 Rugby World Cup, the government said on Monday after President Mauricio Macri held a meeting with new World Rugby vice-chairman and former Pumas captain Agustin Pichot. Argentina, a growing power in the game who have reached the World Cup semi-finals at two of the last three tournaments, will make an official bid in October when organisers visit the South American country. "The decision is in line ...