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Serena beats Sharapova in Open final for 19th Slam MELBOURNE: American top seed Serena Williams won her sixth Australian Open and 19th career Grand Slam title on Saturday with a 6-3, 7-6 (7/5) victory over Russia's Maria Sharapova.The triumph means the world number one overtakes 18-time major champions Martina Navratilova and Chris Evert to go a clear second on the all-time Open-era winners' list, three behind Steffi Graf on 22.It also extends her staggering decade-long dominance of arch rival Sharapova, with the world number one posting her 16th straight victory over the Russian.At 33, she also became the oldest woman to win the title in the Open-era, taking her tally at Melbourne Park to six titles in six appearances in the final.Contesting her 23rd Slam final, she surpassed Navratilova and Evert as she chases Graf's Open-era record of 22. Australia's Margaret Court, who played many of her match before the Open-era, has 24 titles.The first Australian final in a ...

Serena's 19 Grand Slam titles MELBOURNE: Serena Williams' 19 Grand Slam titles after her Australian Open win over Maria Sharapova on Saturday, which moves her to second on the all-time Open-Era winners list:Australian Open (2015, 2010, 2009, 2007, 2005, 2003)French Open (2013, 2002)Wimbledon (2012, 2010, 2009, 2003, 2002)US Open (2014, 2013, 2012, 2008, 2002, 1999)Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2015 ...
Aussie Bobridge misses hour world record MELBOURNE: Australian cyclist Jack Bobridge missed out on an attempt to break the hour world record in Melbourne on Saturday.Bobridge covered about 51.3 kilometres in his bid to pass the record of 51.852km, set on October 30 last year by Austrian Matthias Brundle.The Australian needed to ride 208 laps of the DISC Velodrome in Melbourne and finished the 60 minutes with about 205 laps.Bobridge made a strong start and by halfway he was on target ...
Ivorians set for Algeria showdown, Guinea look for more luck MALABO: The Ivory Coast and pre-tournament favourites Algeria go head to head in Malabo on Sunday in what has the makings of a classic quarter-final at the Africa Cup of Nations.Ghana and Guinea meet in the first of a double-header of last-eight ties in Equatorial Guinea's capital earlier in the day before Herve Renard's Elephants face the leading side in Africa according to the FIFA rankings.Neutrals will be hoping for a repeat of the 2010 ...
Diminutive Traore the star turn for Guinea MALABO: Guinea's place in the Africa Cup of Nations quarter-finals may have ultimately been won in a hotel meeting room, but that they got there at all was in large part down to Ibrahima Traore.Traore was not present when Amara Dabo, the financial director of Guinea's sports ministry, picked out the winning ball to take the Syli Nationale through to a last-eight tie against Ghana at Mali's expense in a drawing of lots at the ...
New Zealand beat Pakistan by seven wickets in ODI WELLINGTON: New Zealand beat Pakistan by seven wickets with more than 10 overs to spare in the opening one-day international at Wellington Stadium on Saturday.Grant Elliott was unbeaten on 64 with Ross Taylor on 59 as New Zealand made 213-3 in reply to Pakistan's 210.For Pakistan, Shahid Afridi made 67 and Misbah-ul-Haq 58.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2015 ...
Conca signs with Shanghai SIPG in '$11mn deal' BEIJING: Argentine star Dario Conca has signed with Shanghai SIPG, the Chinese Super League club said Saturday, in a deal reported to be worth almost $11 million a year.Shanghai SIPG did not mention the contract length or salary, but a report earlier this week on the Sina Sports news portal said it was worth $10.8 million a year, with other media adding the agreement was for two years.Conca returns to China after only a year ...

 



 
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