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Auckland wants Serena back despite stormy exit AUCKLAND: Auckland Classic organisers have appealed for Serena Williams to return next year despite the world number two lashing out at conditions following her shock second-round exit.Williams said she "abhorred" the Auckland wind and called the conditions the "least favourite" she had played in after losing 6-4, 6-7 (7/5), 6-4 to world number 72 Madison Brengle on Wednesday.As she prepared to go to Melbourne for the Australian Open, where she will attempt to win an Open-era record 23rd Grand Slam title, Williams said she would like to "get to somewhere better, some warm weather"."I really abhorred the conditions. It was way too much for me. This is almost not a great opportunity to assess your game," she said."I'm trying to think of a word that's not obscene but that's pretty much how I played," added the American.The New Zealand press were critical of Williams' comments, with Fairfax Media saying the ...

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Tennis: Federer loses to teenager Zverev PERTH: Roger Federer's comeback from injury struck its first hurdle on Wednesday when he was beaten by teenager Alexander Zverev at the mixed teams Hopman Cup in Perth, but the Swiss champion remained upbeat.In one of the highest quality singles matches ever seen in the 29-year history of the event, Federer showed plenty of the class which has won him a record 17 Grand Slams, but couldn't quite hold off the bold 19-year-old German.Despite the ...

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Golf: S.African former pro Westner commits suicide -- police JOHANNESBURG: South African former golfer Wayne Westner, who won the South African Open in 1988 and 1991, shot himself dead in front of his wife on Wednesday, police said.Westner, 55, who also won the 1996 World Cup of Golf with compatriot Ernie Els, retired after being injured in 1998.Police said he shot himself in Pennington, a coastal town south of Durban."The police opened a case of inquest after a 55-year-old man identified as Wayne Westner ...

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Tennis: Selfie surprise for Djokovic, Murray battles through DOHA: Novak Djokovic eased through to the quarter-finals of the Qatar Open on Wednesday and was then shocked by opponent Horacio Zeballos who took a selfie of the pair on court.The world number two won his second round match 6-3, 6-4 in just 72 minutes in Doha, thanks to a break of the Argentinian's serve in each set.He remains on collision course to meet Andy Murray in the final, who also won on Wednesday, taking ...

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Impressive Wawrinka moves into quarters BRISBANE: Reigning US Open champion Stan Wawrinka was in impressive form as he saw off Serbia's Viktor Troicki in straight sets to move into the quarter-finals of the Brisbane International Wednesday.In a high quality match, the Swiss world number four took just under 90 minutes to defeat Troicki 7-6 (7/5), 6-4.Wawrinka, 31, has traditionally played in Chennai at this time of year but said he wanted to change his Australian Open preparations."I'm quite happy with ...

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Federer loses to teenager Zverev PERTH: Roger Federer's comeback from injury struck its first hurdle on Wednesday when he was beaten by teenager Alexander Zverev at the mixed teams Hopman Cup in Perth.In one of the highest quality singles matches ever seen in the 29-year history of the event, Federer showed plenty of the class which has won him a record 17 Grand Slams, but couldn't quite hold off the bold 19-year-old German.He was left to rue his failure to ...

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Serena follows sister Venus to Auckland exit AUCKLAND: Serena Williams suffered a shock second-round defeat at the Auckland Classic Wednesday following her sister Venus's earlier withdrawal with an arm injury.Top seeded Serena blamed the wind for a string of unforced errors in her first event after a four-month layoff as she was sent packing 6-4, 6-7 (7/3), 6-4 in a two-hour, 14-minute arm wrestle with world number 72 Madison Brengle."I'm trying to think of a word that's not obscene but that's pretty ...