Andy Murray struggled for nearly four hours before overcoming Spain’s tenacious seventh seed David Ferrer 4-6, 7-6(2), 6-1, 7-6(2) Friday to reach a second straight final at the Australian Open.
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Friday informed the International Cricket Council (ICC) that suspended player Mohammad Aamer had competed in an unofficial club game. In a media release issued Friday, the PCB said that it has informed the ICC about its findings regarding Aamer’s participation in a club match in Rawalpindi.
Roger Federer put impeccable championship form on display as Tuesday’s highly touted all-Swiss Australian Open quarter-final evolved into just another winning walkabout for the world number two in 6-1, 6-3, 6-3 drilling of Stanislas Wawrinka. Women’s top seed Caroline Wozniacki kept a tenuous grip on her number one ranking as she preyed on the tiring legs of 30-year-old French Open winner Francesca Schiavone for a 3-6, 6-3, 6-3 trip to the semi-finals.
India’s Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi moved into the men’s doubles quarterfinals of the Australian Open tennis tournament here Monday. The third-seeded Paes and Bhupathi won 6-4, 4-6, 6-4 against the 13th seeded Spanish duo of Tommy Robredo and Marcell Granollers in the third round. In the quarterfinals, the Indian duo will face the winner of the match between Indo-Pak pair of Rohan Bopanna and Aisam ul haq Qureshi and France’s Micheal Lodra and Nenad Zimonjic of Serbia.
Neither India nor South Africa will have an edge as they clash in the fifth and final One-Day International (ODI) here Sunday to decide the closely-fought series. South Africa beat India by 48 runs via Duckworth/Lewis law in a rain-washed fourth One-day International Friday to level the series 2-2. India, after being humbled in the first ODI in Durban, came back to win two cliffhangers, in Johannesburg and Cape Town
Yusuf Pathan and Harbhajan Singh’s batting heroics saw India clinch another thriller by two wickets in the third one-day international against South Africa here. Chasing 221 runs, India were struggling at 93/5 before Pathan (59 off 50 balls) and Suresh Raina (37) brought the visitors back in the game with a 75-run stand.
Andy Murray made up for under-done partner Laura Robson as the world number four pulled Britain back into 1-1 contention in their Hopman Cup tennis tie against Italy here Monday. Murray and his 16-year-old teammate reached the final of the eight-nation mixed teams tennis event in their debut a year ago, losing a title bid to Spain. Italy’s French Open winner Francesca Schiavone took advantage of Robson, who has been feeling poorly for several days, earning a quick 7-5, 6-3 win in her first meeting with the world number 217.
Australia’s 6 for 169 at stumps on the third day’s play here delayed an inevitable victory for England in the fourth Ashes cricket Test. To reach the 246 needed to make England bat again, captain Ricky Ponting would need his tail-enders to each score more than half a century over the remaining two days at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG). England, who are on the cusp of retaining the Ashes trophy for the first time since 1987, went to lunch at 513 all-out, a lead of 415 and looked set to go 2-1 up in the five-match series
India’s loss to South Africa in the first cricket Test at the Super Sport Park here Monday was their fourth innings defeat against the Proteas.
Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni Monday admitted that the deficit was too much for India to cover as they suffered an embarrassing innings and 25 runs loss to South Africa in the first cricket Test here. Dhoni said the Indian batsmen did a good job in the second innings when they piled up 459 runs, but they were bowled out for 136 in their first essay.