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HOMEALL POSTS’SILLY’ GAVRILOVA STUTTERS INTO HONG KONG TENNIS SEMI-FINAL ‘Silly’ Gavrilova stutters into Hong Kong tennis semi-final

– Daria Gavrilova reached the semi-finals of the WTA Hong Kong Open for the second year in succession after a “silly” second-set meltdown and an error-strewn win against teenager Lizette Cabrera on Friday. The Australian world number 22 eventually came through 6-1, 3-6, 6-4, but only after an almighty struggle with her serve, a string of unforced errors and her …

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Sharapova marches into Tianjin semi-finals

Maria Sharapova equalled her best performance since returning from a doping suspension as she breezed into the Tianjin Open semi-finals on Friday. The Russian easily defeated Swiss qualifier Stefanie Voegele 6-3, 6-1 in 64 minutes and the former world number one will face China s Peng Shuai in the last four. Sharapova returned in April from a 15-month suspension for …

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Tennis: Nadal sues ex-French minister for 100,000 euros

– Rafael Nadal is seeking 100,000 euros ($118,000) in damages from former French sports minister Roselyne Bachelot after she accused the Spanish tennis legend of a dope test cover-up. Nadal is suing Bachelot, who served as sports minister between 2007 and 2010, over remarks in March 2016 on French television. She alleged that Nadal faked an injury in 2012, when …

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Aisam-ul-Haq loses pre-quarter finals of Shanghai Masters

Pakistan’s tennis ace Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi and his Polish partner Marcin Matkowski’s journey in China’s Shanghai Masters ended in the pre-quarter finals. The unseeded duo of Aisam and Marcin was defeated by the fifth seed pair of Croatia’s Ivan Dodig and Spain’s Marcel Granollers 4-6, 7-6 (7/5), 7-10 who qualified for the quarter finals.  

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Football: Russian leaders Zenit bidding to stay unbeaten

– Russian Premier League leaders Zenit St Petersburg return from the international break looking to maintain their unbeaten start to the campaign against Arsenal Tula on Sunday. Roberto Mancini’s men unexpectedly dropped points in a 2-2 draw at bottom club Anzhi Makhachlala in their previous league match, but are two points clear of second-placed Lokomotiv Moscow, who visit Ufa. Krasnodar, …

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Tennis: Nadal and Federer on collision course in Shanghai

Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer breezed into the quarter-finals of the Shanghai Masters on Thursday and Juan Martin del Potro defeated racquet-smashing Alexander Zverev. World number one Nadal blew away Fabio Fognini in 63 minutes and plays sixth seed Grigor Dimitrov as he pursues one of the few tournaments to have eluded him. Timeless rival Federer was even faster, dismissing …

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Pakistan takes on Japan in Asia Cup hockey tournament

After a comprehensive 7-0 win over the hosts Bangladesh in their opening fixture of the 10th Hockey Asia Cup, Pakistan next faces Japan tomorrow, Friday at Dhaka’s Maulana Bhashani Stadium. Japan were beaten 1-5 by India in their first match. Japan is yet to reach the podium at the Asia Cup though they have finished fourth no less than four …

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Tennis: Del Potro turfs out Shanghai racquet-smasher Zverev

– Juan Martin del Potro fought back from a set down to beat racquet-smashing rising star Alexander Zverev and reach the Shanghai Masters quarter-finals on Thursday. The seasoned Argentine recovered to win 3-6, 7-6 (7/5), 6-4 in one hour, 55 minutes against the 20-year-old Zverev and will next play either Viktor Troicki or John Isner. Zverev was going after his …

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Tennis: Sloppy Federer pushed all the way in Shanghai

Roger Federer was uncharacteristically sloppy as he fended off dogged Diego Schwartzman 7-6 (7/4), 6-4 to labour into the third round of the Shanghai Masters on Wednesday. Federer next faces another potential banana skin in Ukrainian qualifier Alexandr Dolgopolov on Thursday. There were 24 places in the rankings between the Swiss legend and Schwartzman and a significant height difference — …

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Tennis: Sharapova storms into Tianjin quarter-finals

Maria Sharapova surged into the Tianjin Open quarter-finals on Thursday as she pursues her first tournament victory since her return from a doping ban. The Russian former world number one defeated Magda Linette of Poland 7-5, 6-3 and will next play either Swiss qualifier Stefanie Voegele or fifth seed Yulia Putintseva of Kazakhstan. The 30-year-old Sharapova has been on the …

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