ARCHIVE
ARCHIVE

Cilic reaches Australian Open semi-finals after Nadal retires hurt

Tuesday, 23 January 2018

Marin Cilic advanced to the semi-finals of the Australian Open on Tuesday after top seed Rafa Nadal retired hurt when trailing 3-6 6-3 6-7(5) 6-2 2-0 in their match at Rod Laver Arena. Nadal took a medical time-out late in the fourth set for treatment on an apparent hip injury and was clearly struggling as he battled on in the evening match. After being broken to fall behind 2-0 in the fifth, Nadal called it quits, and shook hands ruefully with the chair umpire and ...

North Korea’s participation to highlight Winter Olympics opening ceremony

Tuesday, 23 January 2018

North Korea’s participation at the next month’s Winter Olympics will form an integral part of an opening ceremony that will highlight a key message of peace, Games organisers said on Tuesday. The 2018 Winter Olympics is being held in the mountainous resort town of Pyeongchang, 80 km (49.71 miles) from the heavily-fortified inter-Korean border, and kicks off with the opening ceremony on Feb. 9. Song Seung-hwan, who is serving as the executive creative director for the Pyeongchang ...

Britain’s Kyle Edmund beats Grigor Dimitrov to reach Australian Open semis

Tuesday, 23 January 2018

Britain's Kyle Edmund bludgeoned his way past third seed Grigor Dimitrov 6-4 3-6 6-3 6-4 on Rod Laver Arena on Tuesday to reach the Australian Open semi-finals. The unseeded 23-year-old, playing in his first grand slam quarter-final, showed no nerves as he blazed away with his fearsome forehand to subdue a nervy Dimitrov. The Bulgarian struggled to reproduce the form that saw him beat home favourite Nick Kyrgios in the previous round, with his serve especially ...

Saudi players signed to Spanish La Liga clubs for World Cup boost

Monday, 22 January 2018

Saudi Arabia are gearing up for their first World Cup finals appearance since 2006 by sending players on loan to Spain to gain experience. At least six players have joined Spanish clubs following an agreement between Spain's La Liga and the Saudi federation. Villarreal, Leganes and Levante from the top flight, alongside second division outfits Gijon, Valladolid and Rayo Vallecano, each simultaneously announced on Sunday they had signed a Saudi player. Villarreal have taken winger Salem ...

World Cup 2022 insider: ‘If Australia paid $41m and lost, how much did Qatar pay?’

Monday, 22 January 2018

A World Cup insider who worked in a senior position in Australia's failed 2022 bid set out to investigate what Qatar had done to win the tournament after Australia paid a whopping US$41 million and only managed to get a single vote.Writing in the Daily Mail this week, Bonita Mersiades says that she knew “first-hand the range of financial inducements and deals we offered in an attempt to persuade FIFA's ExCo to give us the tournament.”She added: “Knowing what we had done; the ...

Villarreal among Liga clubs to sign Saudi Arabia players

Monday, 22 January 2018

Spanish top flight clubs Villarreal, Leganes and Levante all announced on Sunday loan signings of Saudi Arabia internationals until the end of the season as part of an agreement between La Liga and the Arab state’s authorities. Second-tier sides Sporting Gijon, Numancia, Rayo Vallecano and Real Valladolid also participated in the deal, with a statement from the league’s organizing body saying a total of nine players would move to Spain, including two academy players. ...

Kyrgios bows out defeated but wins over Australia

Sunday, 21 January 2018

Nick Kyrgios’s Australian Open ended with a gallant fourth round defeat by an inspired Grigor Dimitrov on Sunday but the maverick talent leaves Melbourne Park after winning over a nation. A year ago, Kyrgios bowed out of his home grand slam to spectators’ jeers following a tempestuous five-set capitulation to Andreas Seppi in the second round. Yet he was given a standing ovation from the Rod Laver Arena crowd after his 7-6(3) 7-6(4) 4-6 7-6(4) loss to third seed Dimitrov, which ...

Nadal weathers blast from pocket rocket Schwartzman

Sunday, 21 January 2018

Top seed Rafa Nadal was rattled by a feisty challenge from Diego Schwartzman but held firm to fend off the diminutive Argentine 6-3 6-7(4) 6-3 6-3 to reach the quarter-finals of the Australian Open on Sunday. In an often breathtaking clash boasting some sumptuous shot-making, the Spaniard was stunned by the hard-hitting Schwartzman who broke him three times before claiming the second set at Rod Laver Arena. But the 16-times grand slam champion responded with typical grit, raising his defensive ...

Meet the press: How Federer finds an edge where rivals see problems

Sunday, 21 January 2018

Maria Sharapova once used a pithy obscenity to describe them, Nick Kyrgios says he hates them, but every professional tennis player, when requested, has to do them. The post-match press conference can be the bane of a player’s life, especially when they have lost, but while Sharapova and Kyrgios would rather be anywhere else, Roger Federer has found a way to use them to his advantage. The 19-times grand slam champion, who will face the media every other day as ...

Simona Halep wins marathon to reach Australian Open fourth round

Saturday, 20 January 2018

A courageous Simona Halep overcame three match points and throbbing ankle pain to edge out Lauren Davis 4-6 6-4 15-13 in a thrilling third round marathon at the Australian Open on Saturday. The world number one fought back from the brink at 11-10 in the epic deciding set before finally serving out the contest on her fourth attempt after a taxing three hours and 44 minutes at Rod Laver Arena. She sealed the win on her first match point when 76th-ranked Davis fired a ...

Top
BREAKING NEWS
How are we doing?
X

How are we doing?

Name Name *
Email Email *
Country Country
Message Message *
Maximum 550 words allowed