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Tomic trounced in record fashion MIAMI: Australian standout Bernard Tomic suffered the fastest defeat in ATP history Thursday, crashing out of the ATP Miami Masters hardcourt event in his first match following January hip surgery.The world number 74 lost 6-0, 6-1 to Finland's Jarkko Nieminen in a record 28 minutes, 20 seconds -- the shortest ATP Tour match ever recorded, beating the old mark by a mere minute.Tomic was unruffled by the defeat, in which he lost the first nine games."This was the first match back after the operation. It's all part of the rehabilitation process," he said. "I'm not disappointed. I just have to keep working to improve my game."Tomic was playing for the first time since January 14, when he retired against Spanish world number one Rafael Nadal after losing the first set of his first-round match at the Australian Open.He underwent surgery a week later, and has been rehabilitating for the past ...

Lee edges Pressel for LPGA lead but both miss 59 PHOENIX: South Korean rookie Mirim Lee fired an eight-under-par 64 on Thursday to take a one-stroke lead over American Morgan Pressel after the first round of the LPGA Founders Cup.But both chased Annika Sorenstam's LPGA record-low round of 59 before coming up short of that magical mark at Wildfire Golf Club.Lee began on the back nine and fired six birdies, then added another at the first to stand seven-under. But she took her lone bogey ...
Serena, Sharapova tested but triumphant MIAMI: Six-time winner Serena Williams survived a first-set scare before overcoming Yaroslava Shvedova 7-6 (9/7), 6-2 Thursday to power into the third round of the ATP and WTA Miami Masters.The top-seeded defending champion will next face France's Caroline Garcia after dispatching her Kazak rival in one hour, 45 minutes."The first set was really tough. She can make you play. She was hitting the ball well," Williams said."I had to relax and try to keep my ...
Scott matches Bay Hill record with sizzling 62 MIAMI: Reigning Masters champion Adam Scott of Australia matched the Bay Hill course record with a 10-under par 62 Thursday to seize command at the US PGA Arnold Palmer Invitational.World number two Scott, hot on the heels of top-ranked Tiger Woods just three weeks before defending his Masters crown at Augusta National, fired seven birdies, two eagles and a bogey.That was level for the course record set by American Andy Bean in 1981 and matched ...
Hewitt takes 600th career victory, Tomic falls MIAMI: Australian veteran Lleyton Hewitt captured his 600th career victory Thursday at the ATP and WTA Miami Masters while countryman Bernard Tomic became the fastest loser in ATP history.Former number one Hewitt rallied to defeat Dutchman Robin Haase 2-6, 6-3, 6-3 to reach the second round while Tomic fell in his first match since January hip surgery 6-0, 6-1 to Finland's Jarkko Nieminen.Tomic, ranked 74th, crashed out in 28 minutes, 20 seconds, the ATP's shortest ...
Pirlo strike sends Juve into Europa League quarters MILAN: A stroke of free-kick brilliance from Andrea Pirlo secured Juventus's ticket to the Europa League quarter-finals after a 1-0 win over 10-man Fiorentina on Thursday as Napoli were sent crashing out by FC Porto.Fiorentina had high hopes of making the last eight of Europe's second tier club competition after a 1-1 draw in Turin last week when Mario Gomez levelled late for La Viola following Arturo Vidal's third-minute strike.The Florence-based side are also the ...
Barcelona confident Lionel Messi will stay According to Sky Sports Barcelona vice president Javier Faus claims he is not worried about Lionel Messi’s future, saying he is convinced the 26-year-old striker will spend entire career with the club.Faus said Barca are in talks with Messi’s father and his agents Jorge Messi for his new contract. Messi has four year left on his current contract, which he signed at the beginning of 2013. Despite strong interest from Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain, ...


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