Goerges pushes Wozniacki out
CAROLINE Wozniacki's hopes of regaining the world number one ranking took another blow when her defence of the Dubai Open title ended in the semi-finals on Friday.
|Sri Lanka beats Australia in a thriller, grabs top slot |
|SRI LANKA won a thrilling tri-series one-day international by three wickets over Australia with four balls to spare on Friday at the Bellerive Oval, taking them top of the tournament standings.
Peter Forrest scored the first century of the series with 104 to carry Australia to 280 for six off their 50 overs, but it proved insufficient as Sri Lanka kept ahead of the run chase and survived a late wobble to seal victory.
Skipper Mahela Jayawardene produced a man-of-the-match performance with 85 off 81 balls and combined with Dinesh Chandimal's 80 from 100 balls to hand Sri Lanka a strong launching pad.
The Australians looked as if they might fight back for a win, taking three wickets in the last five overs, but Thisara Perera (21 not out) and Nuwan Kulasekara (4 not out) got Sri Lanka home with some impressive hitting.
Kulasekara hit the winning runs as Sri Lanka reached 283 for seven off 49.2 overs.
The win puts Sri Lanka top of the triangular tournament on 15 points, one ahead of Australia, with India slipping four points behind the host nation.
|Abdulla shines at PSA squash |
|TALENTED youngster Abdulla al Tamimi capped his gallant comeback with a superb victory against Ahmad Alzabidi of Jordan in the first round of the Doha Bank PSA Challenger Squash Tournament on Friday.
At the Khalifa International Tennis and Squash Complex, wild card Abdulla was 1-2 down after three games. But the GCC under-19 runner-up displayed guts and resilience to win the next two games to book a spot in the next round.
Abdulla's 43-minute victory is a rare triumph for any Qatari player during a PSA event.
Apart from Abdulla's brilliant victory, both top seeds also went out of the tournament, suffering defeats at the hands of qualifiers.
No 1 Manzoor Zaman of Pakistan called it quits after 11 minutes against Spanish Carlos Cornes after he was trailing 6-11 3-11.
No 2 Anthony Graham of England was stunned by Egyptian Ahmed Atef Abdel- Fattah in a marathon match, lasting 93 minutes. Graham looked like getting rushed as the qualifier went up 2-0 up.
|Man United pulls through, Atletico, PSV advance |
|PARIS MANCHESTER United squeezed through to the Europa League last 16 on Thursday despite losing 2-1 to Ajax at Old Trafford while former champions Atletico Madrid became Spain's third team in the next stage.
Sir Alex Ferguson's United went through 3-2 on aggregate and will face Athletic Bilbao in the next round.
Mexican star Javier Hernandez scored his 10th goal of the season after six minutes but Ajax threatened to spoil the party when Aras Ozbiliz levelled in the 37th minute and Toby Alderweireld headed a 87th-minute second leg winner. "I've got to accept I'm responsible for picking the team and tonight I picked too many young players in the back four positions - that was a big problem in terms of experience.
It was a big risk I took," admitted Ferguson.
"Ajax are fantastic in terms of keeping the ball. Their first goal I thought was a handball (in the build-up) but although they had a lot of possession they didn't look like scoring.