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Davis Cup: Australia beats Brazil 3-1 to qualify for finals

Adelaide (AP/UNB) — Australia has advanced to the Davis Cup Finals in November with a tight 3-1 win over Brazil on hard courts at the Memorial Drive tennis center on Saturday. John Millman beat Brazil’s Thiago Monteiro 6-7, (6), 7-6 (3) 7-6 (3) in the deciding match. Millman took the court after Australia’s doubles team of James Duckworth and John ... Read More »

Djokovic tops Thiem for 8th Australian Open title, 17th Slam

Melbourne  (AP/UNB) — Novak Djokovic was looking weary and worn down. He trailed Dominic Thiem in the Australian Open final — miscues mounting, deficit growing. Djokovic did what he does, though. He refused to lose, waited for a chance to pounce and found his best tennis when absolutely necessary. Regaining his stamina and strokes, Djokovic came back to edge Thiem ... Read More »

Kenin of US tops Muguruza at Australian Open for 1st major

Melbourne (AP/UNB) — This, essentially, was where Sofia Kenin was going to win or lose the Australian Open final: She was down love-40 while serving at 2-all in the third set against two-time major champion Garbiñe Muguruza. Kenin came through in spectacular fashion. She won the next five points, each with a winner — one an ace, the others clean ... Read More »

Australian Open Glance: Barty sees opposition disappear

Ash Barty was on and off the court quickly in her third-round match, a straight-sets win that left her most of the rest of the day to do whatever she pleased. If she chose to watch any tennis on TV, it would have been interesting viewing. Serena Williams and Australian Open defending champion Naomi Osaka were both beaten in her ... Read More »

Shana wins KOOL-BSPA Best Player of the Year award

Dhaka – Bangladesh’s premier Archer Mohammed Ruman Shana clinched the KOOL-BSPA Best Player of the Year’2019 award as he was selected the best sportsman of the year in 2019 for winning three gold medals in 13th South Asian Games in Nepal in December and for securing a spot for the Tokyo Olympics’2020 from the World Archery Championship in the Netherlands ... Read More »

Coco Gauff sets up Osaka showdown in Australia; Serena wins

Melbourne, Australia (AP/UNB) — Plenty was going badly for Coco Gauff in the second round of the Australian Open. The double-faults kept coming Wednesday, nine in all. The deficits, too: First, she dropped the opening set against 74th-ranked Sorana Cirstea. Then, after forcing a third, Gauff fell behind by a break, ceding 14 of 16 points with a series of ... Read More »

Fed Cup TT: Soma, Mahi reach women’s singles final

Dhaka – Sonam Sultana Soma of Abahani Limited and Nowrin Sultana Mahi of Bangladesh Army moved into the women’s singles final of the Federation Cup (Ranking)  Table Tennis Tournament eliminating their rivals in the semis at the Shaheed Tajuddin Ahmed Indoor Stadium here on Monday. Soma beat her compatriot Sadia Rahman Mou by 4-2 sets while Mahi defeated her compatriot ... Read More »

Federer says a star’s legacy isn’t at risk with late decline

Dubai, UAE (AP/UNB) — Roger Federer arrives for his interview at the precise appointed time, steering his white sedan into a parking spot in an industrial area dotted by art galleries about 15 minutes from his luxury apartment in this home-away-from-home. After obliging a selfie request from someone on the street, Federer makes his way up to a second-story loft ... Read More »

Bangladesh eliminated from mixed double quarterfinal

Dhaka- Bangladeshi pair Shuvo Khandakar and Brishty Khatun were eliminated from the mixed double events on the 4th day of the Yonex-Sunrise Bangladesh International Challenge Badminton Tournament at Shaheed Tajuddin Ahmed Indoor Stadium here on Friday. The Bangladeshi pair lost to the Thai partners P Thangsrirapipan and S Minkochuya by 21-18, 21-14 sets in their quarterfinal match. Earlier, Bangladeshi pair ... Read More »

Sheikh Russel Int’l Club Cup Tennis begins Wednesday in Khulna

Khulna – The maiden Sheikh Russel International Club Cup Tennis Tournament’2019, jointly organised by  Khulna District Administration and Khulna Officers Club, begins on Wednesday at Circuit House tennis court here. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will inaugurate the six-day meet through a video conference at 10:30 am from the Gana Bhaban. A total of 64 tennis players from 18 countries — ... Read More »

JPC Table Tennis: Syed Mamun of BSS clinches singles title

Dhaka – Syed Mamun of BSS clinched table tennis singles title of the Jatiya Press Club (JPC) sports festival, arranged on the occasion of the club’s 65th Founding Anniversary at the club premises on Monday. Tariqul Islam Masum of Channel i finished runner-up while SK Enamul Haque of Daily Star became 3rd in the singles event. Earlier, Secretary General of ... Read More »

US Open Glance: Williams, Andreescu to play for the title

New York, Sept 7 (AP/UNB) —Serena Williams gets another chance to win a record-tying 24th Grand Slam singles title when she faces 19-year-old Bianca Andreescu, who is trying to become the first Canadian woman to win one. The eighth-seeded Williams has reached three major finals since having a baby but lost them all. Two were at Wimbledon and the other ... Read More »

US Open: Serena Williams in semi-finals beating Wang Qiang

Serena Williams underlined her tag as the favourite for the US Open with a brutal quarter-final win over China’s Wang Qiang in just 44 minutes. The 37-year-old American broke serve five times and hit 25 winners as she eased to a 6-1 6-0 win over the 18th seed on Arthur Ashe Stadium Williams, seeded eighth, is chasing a record-equalling 24th ... Read More »

Mike Bryan fined $10,000 for gun gesture at US Open

American doubles player Mike Bryan was fined $10,000 by the US Open on Sunday for his using racquet his to make a shooting gesture at a line judge. Bryan, playing alongside twin brother Bob, held his racquet upside down and pointed it towards the official after successfully challenging an incorrect call. Chair umpire Mariana Alves issued a code violation against ... Read More »

Federer, Serena breeze into US Open last 16; Nishikori out

Roger Federer and Serena Williams, the all-time leaders in Grand Slam titles, cruised into the fourth round of the US Open on Friday while 2014 US Open runner-up Kei Nishikori was ousted by Australian Alex de Minaur. Federer routed Britain’s 58th-ranked Dan Evans 6-2, 6-2, 6-1 in only 80 minutes, blasting 48 winners to just seven for Evans, whose effort ... Read More »

First-round fireworks: Serena, Sharapova to meet at US Open

New York, Aug 22 (AP/UNB) — Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova will finally meet in the U.S. Open, and they’ll do it in their very first match. A long-awaited Roger Federer-Rafael Nadal showdown could come only in the final. Williams and Sharapova, past U.S. Open champions and two of the biggest stars in women’s tennis, were scheduled for an opening-round ... Read More »

Nick Kyrgios fined more than $100,000 for vulgar conduct

Mason, Aug 15 (AP/UNB) — Nick Kyrgios was fined $113,000 by the ATP for expletive-filled outbursts in which he smashed rackets, insulted a chair umpire and refused to get ready to return serve during a second-round match at the Western & Southern Open. The tour announced the penalties Thursday, a day after Kyrgios berated chair umpire Fergus Murphy and left ... Read More »

Wimbledon champ Halep up to No. 4, Serena No. 9; Gauff 141st

Wimbledon (AP/UNB) – Simona Halep’s Wimbledon championship has lifted her from No. 7 to No. 4 in the WTA rankings, and runner-up Serena Williams moved up to No. 9, her best placing since returning to the tour last season after having a baby. Coco Gauff’s magical run from a wild-card entry in qualifying all the way to the fourth round ... Read More »