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Isner, Monfils cruise into Washington quarters WASHINGTON: US top seed John Isner and French second seed Gael Monfils breezed into the ATP and WTA Washington Open quarter-finals Thursday with impressive serving performances in straight-set triumphs.Isner blasted 15 aces in downing Cypriot 15th seed Marcos Baghdatis 7-6 (7/3), 6-2 while Monfils fired 12 aces and won 22 of 23 first-serve points in defeating Croatian teen 16th seed Borna Coric 6-2, 6-3. Neither winner faced a break point."When you win most of your points with the serve, you can focus on your shots and you feel less pressure," Monfils said. "I've been serving much better this year. I've changed some motions with my legs."I serve a lot and it's working so I enjoy it. I trust my serve and the court is fast so I can switch from my defense to attack."Monfils, the 2011 Washington runner-up, will next meet US eighth seed Sam Querrey, who ousted Ukraine 11th ...

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Cilic splits with coach Ivanisevic PARIS: Former US Open champion Marin Cilic said Thursday he and coach Goran Ivanisevic had split despite his compatriot having guided him to his only Grand Slam title.Former Wimbledon champion Ivanisevic teamed up with Cilic in 2013 before the pair celebrated the US Open title in 2014."I wanted to share these news with you. Unfortunately, I am no longer working with my coach Goran Ivanisevic," Cilic wrote on his website."We have started to work together ...

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England, Taiwan off to perfect starts at LPGA Crown CHICAGO: Charley Hull finished eagle-birdie and Holly Clyburn closed with a match-winning birdie as England stunned the United States with two four-ball triumphs Thursday to open the LPGA International Crown.The eight-nation team event saw seedings turned upside down at the Merit Club in suburban Chicago as the top four of South Korea, Japan, Australia and the US managed only one win among them.Pool B leader Taiwan joined Pool A pace-setter England with a 2-0 start ...

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Athletics-We'll beat Farah in Rio, say confident Kenyans ELDORET: Kenyan athletes aim to settle a few scores with their perennial opponents at next month's Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. Kenya's 10,000 metres duo Bedan Karoki and Paul Tanui reckon they have identified what it takes to finally overhaul British double Olympic and world champion Mo Farah, who has twice denied them a major title with his fast finishes. And 2013 women's world 800 metres champion Eunice Sum has warned South Africa's 2009 ...

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Froome consolidates Tour domination with time-trial win MEGÈVE: Chris Froome increased his lead at the Tour de France to just under four minutes by winning Thursday's 17km uphill time-trial for the 18th stage.The reigning champion started slowly but overhauled long-time leader Tom Dumoulin, who won the first time-trial last week, to win by 21sec.Italian Fabio Aru pipped Richie Porte of Australia by a fraction of a second to take third at 33sec.Bauke Mollema of the Netherlands and Briton Adam Yates remained second ...

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Bolt ready for key test ahead of Olympics LONDON: Usain Bolt insists he is ready for his first 200 metres of the season in the Anniversary Games on Friday as the star sprinter tests his fitness ahead of the Rio Olympics.Bolt, a six-time Olympic champion, faces a key stage of his fitness recovery when he races for the first time since pulling out of the Jamaican trials with a hamstring strain."I'm good, I'm feeling good, been training good now, I'm happy with where ...

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Champs Saracens confirm Barritt as captain LONDON: England centre Brad Barritt was confirmed as captain of English and European champions Saracens on Thursday.Barritt, 29, takes the armband from previous skipper Alistair Hargreaves as Saracens look to defend their double in the forthcoming campaign.With Hargreaves sidelined due to injury for much of last season, South Africa-born Barritt led Saracens to both the English Premiership and European Champions Cup titles and he now takes the job on a permanent basis."Throughout Brad's time at ...