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Ominous Serena, Zverev make Oz Open statements

Publication date 16 January 2019 | 15:37 | ICT

AFOCUSED Serena Williams sent an ominous Australian Open warning with a 49-minute first-round demolition on Tuesday as young gun Alexander Zverev comfortably began his tilt at a maiden Grand Slam title.

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  • Saudi tension amid Juve title bid

    Publication date 16 January 2019 | 15:31 | ICT

    CRISTIANO Ronaldo’s Juventus target their first title of 2019 in the Italian Super Cup on Wednesday against a backdrop of controversy and protests over human rights issues and ticket restrictions imposed on female fans by hosts Saudi Arabia.

  • Pep: City ready to pounce on Liverpool slip-ups

    Publication date 16 January 2019 | 14:58 | ICT

    PEP Guardiola said his Manchester City team will be poised to pounce if Premier League leaders Liverpool falter, following a comfortable 3-0 win over Wolves on Monday that left City four points behind Jurgen Klopp’s side.

  • Murray to make decision ‘in next week’ after Oz Open exit

    Publication date 16 January 2019 | 14:58 | ICT

    ANDY Murray said he would make a decision on further surgery that could end his career “within a week” after battling to a gutsy, epic five-set defeat in the Australian Open on Monday.

  • Al-Attiyah extends Dakar lead as Loeb takes stage

    Publication date 15 January 2019 | 13:35 | ICT

    QATAR’S Nasser al-Attiyah closed in on a third Dakar Rally title on Sunday despite nine-time world rally champion Sebastien Loeb taking the race’s sixth stage honours on the same stretch of sand where his 2018 challenge perished.

  • Nadal flies into Open round two

    Publication date 15 January 2019 | 13:34 | ICT

    ARUTHLESS Rafael Nadal showed no mercy in a clinical first round thumping at the Australian Open on Monday with fellow former champions Angelique Kerber and Maria Sharapova also romping through.

  • ‘Lucky’ Japan reach Asian Cup knockout stage

    Publication date 15 January 2019 | 12:54 | ICT

    JAPAN captain Maya Yoshida (pictured, AFP) admitted that the Blue Samurai need to show more ruthlessness after they edged Oman 1-0 to reach the Asian Cup knockout phase on Sunday.

  • Solskjaer hails De Gea as United dig deep to see off Tottenham

    Publication date 15 January 2019 | 12:14 | ICT

    OLE Gunnar Solskjaer said David de Gea was making a case to be considered Manchester United’s greatest-ever goalkeeper after he produced a masterclass on Sunday to protect his side’s 1-0 lead against Tottenham.

  • Messi nets 400th La Liga goal

    Publication date 15 January 2019 | 12:14 | ICT

    LIONEL Messi’s total of 400 La Liga goals is “monstrous”, according to Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde, who described his Argentine superstar as belonging to “another galaxy”.

  • Resurgent Man City resume title quest against Wolves

    Publication date 14 January 2019 | 14:22 | ICT

    PEP Guardiola’s rejuvenated Manchester City face a potentially tricky challenge at home to Wolverhampton Wanderers on Monday as they continue their Premier League title defence.

  • Smith to undergo elbow surgery in ban return setback

    Publication date 14 January 2019 | 13:52 | ICT

    FORMER Australian captain Steve Smith will undergo surgery for an elbow injury, Cricket Australia said on Saturday, in a move likely to have implications for his return to the international game with less than three months left on his ball-tampering ban.