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Recharged Bouchard sets up Sydney semi with Konta SYDNEY: Eugenie Bouchard reached her first semi-final for 10 months as she battled intense heat to down higher-ranked Russian Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova at the Sydney International on Wednesday.The former Wimbledon finalist wore down the 27th-ranked Pavlyuchenkova 6-2, 6-3 in 76 minutes to set up a semi-final with Britain's world number 10 Johanna Konta.It will be the 49th-ranked Canadian's first WTA Tour semi-final since the Malaysian Open in March last year."It's a good step in the right direction. I know there is a long way to go to achieve what I want," Bouchard said."But to match up against solid players like I have this week, it's a very tough tournament here. So I'm proud of that, for sure."Bouchard beat Konta in three sets in the second round at last year's Wimbledon, but it was a battle."I barely got through the last one. She's a top-10 player. She's playing her best tennis right ...

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Muller beats heat to close in on another Sydney semi SYDNEY: Gilles Muller beat the heat to be one match away from a third straight semi-final appearance at the Sydney International following a big-serving victory over Australian Matt Barton on Wednesday.The sixth seed from Luxembourg prevailed over Barton 6-1, 3-6, 6-4 as temperatures nudged 42 Celsius (108 Fahrenheit) to reach the quarter-finals.Muller, who lost to Grigor Dimitrov in last year's semi-final, will next face Uruguayan second seed Pablo Cuevas, who overcame Frenchman Nicolas Mahut 6-4, ...

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Sharapova to make comeback after doping ban in Stuttgart BERLIN: Five-times grand slam champion Maria Sharapova will return to competitive action following a 15-month doping ban at the Stuttgart Grand Prix in April, the Russian said on Tuesday. The Florida-based Sharapova was originally banned for two years after testing positive for meldonium at last year's Australian Open. The former world number one, one of the highest paid athletes in the world in the past decade, admitted she had used meldonium for years and was ...

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Top-ranked Kerber stunned by Russian teen SYDNEY: Russian teenager Daria Kasatkina put Angelique Kerber's Australian Open preparations in a spin with a straight-sets upset win over the world number one at the Sydney International on Tuesday.The 19-year-old, ranked 26, underlined her huge potential with a confident performance to take out the German, 7-6 (7/5), 6-2 in a second-round match played in sweltering conditions.Only last week Kasatkina held a match point before going down to French Open champion Garbine Muguruza in the ...

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Knee injury forces Kyrgios out of Aussie Open warm-up SYDNEY: Nick Kyrgios Tuesday pulled out of a World Tennis Challenge exhibition in Adelaide with a knee injury in a setback to his Australian Open preparations."Unfortunately I am unable to play @WTCAdelaide this year. I have to rest & do all I can to be ready for #AO17 but I will be back next year," the Australian world number 14 said on Twitter.The 21-year-old is receiving treatment on a left knee he reportedly damaged playing ...

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Motor racing-Gutierrez to race in Formula E after F1 exit MEXICO CITY: Mexican driver Esteban Gutierrez will compete in his home Formula E electric race in April after losing his Formula One seat at the U.S-owned Haas team. Any real hopes Gutierrez had of staying on the grand prix grid took a hit last week when the Manor team went into administration. Formula E organisers, announcing the move at a Mexico City news conference with chief executive Alejandro Agag, said the 25-year-old former Ferrari reserve ...

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Mike Tyson enters into the battle of rappers Legendry boxing heavyweight Mike Tyson has entered into one of the most bizarre fights of the games history.It has been learnt that the former undisputed world heavyweight would now train American singer and rapper Chris Brown for his duel against fellow rapper Soulja Boy.The fight that was initially thought as a joke has now taken a very serious route.The rap feud, turned boxing main event, as Chris Brown and Soulja Boy eye to settle their ...