Serena beats Azarenka for Brisbane title

World number one Serena Williams successfully defended her Brisbane International title with a 6-4 7-5 win over second seed Victoria Azarenka.
The 32-year-old American, who won 11 tournaments in 2013, lost her serve twice in the second set but broke back three times to triumph in

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Hosts’ struggles continue in Open badminton

Rias Uddin failed to advance to the fourth round of the Yonex-Sunrise Bangladesh Open International Badminton Challenge on Wednesday, falling to number two seed Shubhankar Dey of India in the men’s singles event. Rias was the only Bangladeshi shuttler left in the men’s singles draw after his straight-sets win over Malaysian opponent Jean Yea Tin

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Bangladeshis exit Open badminton en masse

Most of the Bangladeshi shuttlers were knocked out on the opening day of Yonex-Sunrise Bangladesh Open International Badminton Challenge 2013, which began on Tuesday amid pomp and grandeur at the Shorawardi Indoor Stadium. Of the 14 men and women from Bangladesh participating in the Badminton Asia Confederation-sanctioned tournament, only Rias Uddin managed to

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Shamael seals boys’ singles crown

Great Britain’s Shamael Chaudhury clinched the boys’ singles title in the 27th Bangladesh Junior Tennis Championship 2013 after overcoming the challenge of Chinese Taipei’s Chen Tin 6-4 1-6 7-6 at the Ramna Tennis Complex on Monday. Top seed Shamael took the first set 6-4 before conceding the second set 1-6. Just when it appeared that Chen

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Lee Yan wins girls’ singles title

Lee Yan of Chinese Taipei on Sunday claimed the girls’ singles title in the 27th Bangladesh Junior Tennis Championship 2013, organised by the Bangladesh Tennis Federation and sanctioned by the International Tennis Federation, at the Ramna Tennis Complex.
Lee defeated Uzbekistan’s Umarova

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Lee, Komola in girls’ final

Lee Yan of Chinese Taipei and Umarova Komola of Uzbekistan reached the girls’ singles final of the 27th BIJ Tennis Tournament at the Ramna National Tennis Complex yesterday.
Lee Yan beat Fawzy Nancy of Egypt 6-2, 6-1 while Komola beat Angeline Devi Devanthiran of Singapore 6-2, 4-6, 6-1 to reach the final. In the girls’

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Djokovic sets up Nadal final

Defending champion Novak Djokovic set up a title showdown against Rafa Nadal at the ATP World Tour Finals with a 6-3 6-3 defeat of Switzerland’s Stanislas Wawrinka on Sunday, reports Reuters. The Serb, who lost his number one ranking to Nadal in October, was too solid for Wawrinka in the day’s second semi-final as he racked up a 14th consecutive victory over

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Djokovic, Serena win China Open

World number ones Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams sailed through to convincing victories in the China Open Sunday. Djokovic overcame Spain’s Rafael Nadal in straight sets and maintain a remarkable 100 per cent record in the Beijing tournament, while Williams claimed a 6-2, 6-2 victory over Serbia’s Jelena Jankovic as her dominant season continues.

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Rubel emerges champion in Asian U-14 Series Tennis

Bangladeshi M Rubel Hossain emerged boys’ singles event champion in the Asian U-14 Series Tennis beating Pakistani Shahibjada 6-4, 6- 3 in the final held on Saturday at the Bangladesh Krira Shikkha Protishthan at Savar. Pakistani Shahibjada and Irfanul Haque pair clinched the boys’ doubles title defeating Bangladeshi Faruk and Sadin pair 6-2,6-2 in the final. Earlier,

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Rafael Nadal will return to number one in the world rankings after his semi-final opponent Tomas Berdych retired injured at the China Open Saturday, capping an astonishing comeback for the 13-time Grand Slam champion. The Spaniard needed to make the final in Beijing to edge ahead of Novak Djokovic in the new rankings, which will be announced

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Prety wins double crowns in Asian U-14 Tennis

Bangladeshi Prety won double crowns in the girls’ singles and doubles event of Asian U-14 Series Tennis tournament held on Friday at Bangladesh Krira Shikkha Protishtan in Savar.
Prety first won the girls’ singles crown beating her compatriot Rebeka 6-4, 4- 6, 6-1 in the final and she pairing with Safina won the girls’ doubles crown

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Stephens stuns Sharapova, Federer wins

American Sloane Stephens snatched her second major scalp of the season as she toppled former champion Maria Sharapova in the second round at Cincinnati on Tuesday.
Stephens rallied to beat the world number three from Russia 2-6, 7-6 (7/5), 6-3, bringing Sharapova’s injury return to an abrupt end in this combined WTA and

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Nadal lifts third Canadian title

Fourth seed Rafael Nadal needed just 68 minutes to deliver a body blow to Canada’s biggest tennis week, routing Milos Raonic 6-2, 6-2 to capture the ATP Montreal Masters on Sunday.
The Spaniard then made it clear that he is planning to carry on next week to the final major tune-up prior to the US Open, the combined ATP-WTA Cincinnati event.

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Sharapova tops Forbes rich list of female athletes

Tennis stars dominated the list of the world’s 10 best-paid female athletes, Forbes magazine said on Tuesday, but highlighted the yawning earnings gap with their male counterparts in most sports.
Russia’s Maria Sharapova headed the list, published on forbes.com, earning a total of $29 million (£18.9 million, 21.9 million euros) between June 2012 and June this

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Bangladesh TT team depart for India today

Bangladesh will participate in the South Asian Junior table tennis championship, which is scheduled to start from July 20 in New Delhi, India.
A 12-member national side including nine players will leave Dhaka today.
Famous Group of Company will provide

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Two golds each for Army, Ansar in taekwondo

The taekwondo discipline ended on Monday with Bangladesh Ansar and Bangladesh Army winning two gold medals each at the National Sports Council gymnasium.
Moslem Mia and Mizanur Rahman of Bangladesh Army grabbed gold medals while Shahnaz Parvin and Sushmita of Bangladesh Ansar clinched

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Electricity goes AWOL

Despite a delightful opening ceremony, the second day of the ongoing eighth Bangladesh Games received an unceremonious interruption when the events of taekwondo and table tennis could not be finished in time on Sunday due to load-shedding.
Electricity was disrupted several times at the National

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Amal, Prithul win first gold in tennis doubles

Amal Roy and Henry Prithul Mandol won the first gold medal in the eighth Bangladesh Games after the duo beat Ranjan Ram and Mizanur Rahman by straight 6-2 and 6-1 sets in the men’s tennis doubles final on Friday, a day before the formal opening of the Games.
Top seeded Amal Roy of Engineers Recreation Centre also

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Amal reaches tennis final

Top seed Amal Roy and second seed Alamgir Hossain moved into the singles final of Tennis event of the 8th Bangladesh Games after winning their respective
semi-final matches at the National Tennis Complex on Tuesday.
The men’s tennis events began early to facilitate

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