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2011-04-27 18:04:00

SHEFFIELD, England, April 27, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- John Higgins is now the 15/8 favourite with sponsors Betfred for the World Snooker Championship after knocking out Ronnie O'Sullivan in the quarter-finals at the Crucible Theatre. The Scot, a three-time former champion, booked a last-four clash with Mark Williams - saving Betfred a GBP300,000 payout if O'Sullivan had won the tournament - and is 8/13 to reach his third final in five years. Williams is 13/10 to beat Higgins and...

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2009-10-05 12:16:57

No. 2-seeded Novak Djokovic advanced to the second round of the $3.3 million China Open tennis tournament in Beijing with a straight-set win Monday. Djokovic got past Victor Hanescu 6-3, 7-5 despite having his serve broke three times. But his defense was sharp and he won 52 percent of the points on Hanescu's serve. Eighth-seeded Marin Cilic also advanced out of the first round Monday, stopping Igor Andreev 6-4, 6-4. Cilic was in total control in the first set -- losing just five points on...

2009-09-11 20:27:45

Daylong rains Friday forced the postponement the scheduled women's semifinals at the U.S. Open Tennis Tournament. The scheduled matches -- second-seeded and former world No. 1 Serena Williams vs. Kim Clijsters and No. 9 Caroline Wozniacki vs. Yanina Wickmayer -- were moved to Saturday. The women's final was moved to Sunday. Rains also led to the postponement of the suspended men's quarterfinal match between Rafael Nadal and Fernando Gonzalez. It is to be played Saturday.

2008-09-29 09:00:28

China Open tennis results BEIJING, Sept. 28 (Xinhua) -- Following are the results from the China Open here on Sunday (prefix number denotes seeding): Men's singles Final 2-Andy Roddick, United States, bt Dudi Sela, Israel, 6-4, 6-7 (6- 8), 6-3 Men's doubles Final Stephen Huss, Australia/Ross Hutchins, Britain, bt Ashley Fisher, Australia/Bobby Reynolds, United States, 7-5, 6-4 (c) 2008 Xinhua News Agency - CEIS. Provided by ProQuest LLC. All rights Reserved.

2006-01-27 05:30:28

BEIJING (Reuters) - China's first grand slam winners were the toast of the country on Friday, with one media report hailing Zheng Jie and Yan Zi's victory in the women's doubles final at the Australian Open a "miracle." "(Zheng and Yan) have given the Chinese people great joy, we feel very proud of you," the Chinese Tennis Association gushed in a letter wired to the young women after their win in Melbourne, Xinhua news agency reported. The 12th-seeded pair came back from a set down...

2005-10-28 09:16:59

ST PETERSBURG (Reuters) - Second seed Thomas Johansson beat seventh-seeded Greg Rusedski 6-2, 7-6 on Friday to reach the St Petersburg Open semi-finals. The former Australian Open champion, who won here in 1997, will face Spanish eighth seed Fernando Verdasco who defeated unseeded Dane Kenneth Carlsen 6-4, 6-2. After winning the first set in just 24 minutes, Sweden's Johansson broke Rusedski in the 11th game to take a 6-5 lead and serve for the match. The 32-year-old Briton, a...

2005-09-23 07:37:00

By Alastair Himmer BEIJING (Reuters) - World number one Maria Sharapova swept into the semi-finals of the China Open with a crushing 6-4, 6-1 victory over Japan's Shinobu Asagoe on Friday. The Russian teenager came to the rescue of tournament organizers after Wimbledon champion Venus Williams pulled out with a knee injury before her quarter-final in Beijing. Had Sharapova lost, it would have left the $585,000 tournament shorn of its top four seeds before the semi-finals. Second seed...

2005-09-23 02:26:10

BEIJING (Reuters) - Wimbledon champion Venus Williams pulled out of the China Open with a left knee injury on Friday, dealing a new blow to tournament organizers. "It's a new injury that came last night," Williams told reporters. "I'm not fit enough to play a tennis match. It's a pity I can't play but I hope I can play in Guangzhou. Maybe now I can see the Forbidden City." Williams's withdrawal has left the $585,000 tournament without three of its top four seeds. Lindsay Davenport...

2005-09-22 08:13:59

By Alastair Himmer BEIJING (Reuters) - World number one Maria Sharapova produced a lacklustre 6-0 5-7 6-2 victory over Israel's Shahar Peer on Thursday to reach the China Open quarter-finals. By contrast, Wimbledon champion Venus Williams blew past Spaniard Nuria Llagostera Vives 6-3 6-1 in the evening session despite an injury scare over her left knee. A group of squealing Chinese models in skimpy tennis skirts and sporting blonde Sharapova wigs failed to inspire the top seed in...


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