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Nadal wins Madrid title for fifth triumph of 2013

MADRID: Rafael Nadal sealed his fifth title in seven tournaments since returning from a seven-month injury layoff as he claimed a third Madrid Masters title with a 6-2, 6-4 win over Stanislas Wawrinka on Sunday. Nadal now has 55 career titles with 40 coming on clay, an astonishing record that prompted Wawrinka to describe the Spaniard as a “killer” on ... Read More »

Serena eyeing Paris after second straight Madrid title

MADRID: Serena Williams went from winning the Madrid Open to losing in the first round at Roland Garros last year and she is hoping history does not repeat itself after crushing Maria Sharapova to defend her title in Spain on Sunday. Williams has one more tournament to play – the clay event in Rome – before heading to Paris for ... Read More »

Murray stopped by Berdych in Madrid quarter-finals

MADRID: World number three Andy Murray’s latest bid for a maiden career title on clay ended when he was beaten 7-6 6-4 by sixth-seeded Czech Tomas Berdych in the Madrid Open quarter-finals on Friday. The Briton had lost both of his previous two matches on the red dust against Berdych, who was runner-up to Roger Federer last year, and produced ... Read More »

Serena Williams squeaks into Madrid semifinals

MADRID – Top-ranked Serena Williams overcame Anabel Medina Garrigues 6-3, 0-6, 7-5 on Friday to reach the Madrid Open semifinals. Williams looked in trouble after failing to win a game in the second set and going 4-2 down in the third. But the defending champion broke the Spaniard’s serve twice to pull out the victory. Second-seeded Maria Sharapova plays Kaia Kanepi in a late quarterfinal. Read More »

Cummins to recuperate in England with Australia A

SYDNEY: Young fast bowler Pat Cummins will travel with the Australia A squad on their tour of England as part of his recuperation from a back injury but will not play any matches, Cricket Australia said on Friday. Cummins, who turned 20 on Wednesday, is the great hope of Australian pace bowling but injury has prevented him from donning the ... Read More »

Zaka Ashraf defends his election, PCB constitution

LAHORE: Newly elected PCB boss Zaka Ashraf has said that new constitution of the cricket body was drafted in line with the ICC rules.  He rejected the criticism that the process of his election was not transparent. Addressing a press conference here on Friday, Zaka Ashraf said that the new PCB constitution was put into effect after getting approval from ... Read More »

Smith to have ankle surgery, could miss Champions Trophy

CAPE TOWN: South Africa’s test captain Graeme Smith has left English county Surrey and returned to South Africa to have surgery on a chronic ankle problem that has put his participation in next month’s ICC Champions Trophy in doubt. Smith has had long-term difficulties with his left ankle that have required surgery in the past and the injury flared up ... Read More »

Azarenka boils over in surprise Madrid Open exit

MADRID: Victoria Azarenka lost her temper and was docked a point for smashing her racket on the way to a surprise 1-6 6-2 6-3 defeat by unseeded Russian Ekaterina Makarova in the Madrid Open second round on Wednesday. The Belarussian world number three, runner-up in the last two editions of the premier clay event and coming back from an injury ... Read More »

FIFA exco member Blazer provisionally banned

MALDON: FIFA executive committee member Chuck Blazer was provisionally suspended on Monday, less than one month after he was accused of financial mismanagement in his role as general secretary of the CONCACAF confederation. The 68-year-old American, who is due to stand down from the executive committee on May 30, was suspended by FIFA’s ethics committee with immediate effect. Soccer’s world ... Read More »

Raonic bemoans errors after narrow win against Davydenko

MADRID: Milos Raonic said he needed to iron out “crucial mistakes” after the Canadian 12th seed squeaked past former world number three Nikolay Davydenko 7-5 7-6 in the openin g round of the Madrid Open on Monday. Raonic, at 22 almost 10 years younger than his unseeded Russian opponent, managed one break of the Davydenko serve to secure the first ... Read More »

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