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Venus downs Vinci to avenge heartbroken Serena WUHAN: Venus Williams beat Roberta Vinci in a close fought three set match, settling a score on behalf of her sister Serena, to reach the Wuhan Open finals Friday. The seven-time Grand Slam-winner edged past Vinci in three sets that saw the Italian get a match point before eventually losing in a tie break.Williams looked comfortable going into the third set, securing a 4-1 lead over Vinci. But the shock US Open finalist pushed back, evening the score before finally falling to the American veteran 5-7, 6-2, 7-6 (7/4).It was Vinci's second consecutive semi-final meet against a member of the Williams family, after downing world number one Serena in the US Open, an upset that denied her a calendar-year Grand Slam and a record-equalling 22nd major title. Venus will now meet Wimbledon finalist Garbine Muguruza or Angelique Kerber in the final.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2015 ...

India's Khan leads at halfway mark in Taipei TAIPEI: India's Rashid Khan took the halfway lead in the Mercuries Taiwan Masters on Friday with a two-under-par 70, staying one shot ahead of overnight leader Danny Chia of Malaysia. Khan, a two-time Asian Tour winner, carded a six-under-par 138 total after the second round at the Taiwan Golf and Country Club's Tamsui course in Taipei. The 24-year-old had a rough start on the blustery day with a double-bogey on the first hole, but was ...
Breakout Brit Konta says has 'confidence' in game WUHAN: Briton Johanna Konta went to bed happy after losing in the Wuhan Open quarter finals to childhood idol Venus Williams, saying her performance at the tournament had given her "a lot of confidence”.The British number-one-in-waiting began the year ranked 150 but will likely break into the top 50 when the new rankings are released Monday.The 24-year-old has spent the year flitting between the main WTA tour and the lower ITF circuit, entering both the ...
Serena says withdraws from China Open and WTA Finals WUHAN: World number one Serena Williams announced Thursday her withdrawal from next week's China Open in Beijing and the WTA Finals in Singapore, ending her season."I am taking a proactive step and withdrawing from tournaments in Beijing and Singapore to properly address my health and take the time to heal," the 21-time Grand Slam winner said in a statement.The China Open first tweeted the announcement, but the Women's Tennis Association has not confirmed Williams' withdrawal ...
Malaysia's Chia takes first-round lead in Taipei TAIPEI: Malaysia's Danny Chia took the early lead during the opening round of Mercuries Taiwan Masters on Thursday after finishing with a five-under-par 67. Chia, the highest ranked Malaysian on the Official World Golf Rankings, finished one shot ahead of India's Rashid Khan at the Taiwan Golf and Country Club's Tamsui course in Taipei. The 42-year-old credited the day's fair conditions for carding two eagles and two birdies during the opening round of the four-day ...
Lancaster confident England can keep World Cup dream alive LONDON: England coach Stuart Lancaster insists his side can turn around their World Cup in the space of a week by beating Australia at Twickenham on Saturday after their morale-sapping loss to Wales.Lancaster's men have to win to stay in contention in Pool A, with defeat set to see them become the first World Cup hosts to be knocked out before the quarter-finals."We respect the quality of the opposition we are playing against, but we've ...
Ronaldo nets milestone 500th goal MALMÖ: Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo scored the 500th goal of his career in Wednesday's Champions League group stage match away to Malmo.Ronaldo, 30, netted his record 81st goal in Europe's premier club competition following an assist from Isco to put Madrid 1-0 ahead after 29 minutes of the Group A clash in Sweden.The Portuguese star also drew to within one goal of Real club legend Raul's record of 323, while equalling his mark of ...


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