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Jan 6, 2015

Nishikori confident heading into new season

BRISBANE (Reuters) – For Kei Nishikori, one of the rising stars of men’s tennis, the start of the new year could not come quick enough.

The 25-year-old Japanese finished 2014 in a blaze of glory, reaching the final of the U.S. Open, the semi-finals of the season-ending championships in London and climbing to a career best ranking of fifth.

Jan 6, 2015

Tennis-Nishikori confident heading into new season

BRISBANE, Jan 6 (Reuters) – For Kei Nishikori, one of the rising stars of men’s tennis, the start of the new year could not come quick enough.

The 25-year-old Japanese finished 2014 in a blaze of glory, reaching the final of the U.S. Open, the semi-finals of the season-ending championships in London and climbing to a career best ranking of fifth.

Jan 5, 2015

Azarenka loses comeback match at Brisbane International

BRISBANE (Reuters) – The decibel readings were not needed for Victoria Azarenka on Monday as the groans from the crowd at the Brisbane International almost drowned out her trademark shrieks.

Still struggling to get back to her best, the former world number one was beaten 4-6 7-6(7) 6-4 in the first round by Czech Karolina Pliskova.

Jan 5, 2015

Tennis-Azarenka loses comeback match at Brisbane International

BRISBANE, Jan 5 (Reuters) – The decibel readings were not needed for Victoria Azarenka on Monday as the groans from the crowd at the Brisbane International almost drowned out her trademark shrieks.

Still struggling to get back to her best, the former world number one was beaten 4-6 7-6(7) 6-4 in the first round by Czech Karolina Pliskova.

Jan 5, 2015

Top players still unsure about best route to Australian Open

BRISBANE (Reuters) – Plotting a path to the Australian Open has never been trickier or more uncertain. Even the best players are baffled about the best way to prepare for their annual trek Down Under.

In a sport where players analyze every tiny detail in the hope of finding an edge and rigidly stick to tried and tested routes to the other three grand slams, the world’s best cannot agree on the right road to winning the Australian Open.

Jan 5, 2015

Tennis-Top players still unsure about best route to Australian Open

BRISBANE, Jan 5 (Reuters) – Plotting a path to the Australian Open has never been trickier or more uncertain. Even the best players are baffled about the best way to prepare for their annual trek Down Under.

In a sport where players analyse every tiny detail in the hope of finding an edge and rigidly stick to tried and tested routes to the other three grand slams, the world’s best cannot agree on the right road to winning the Australian Open.

Jan 2, 2015

Cup offers Qatar chance to make headlines on the field

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Off the field, Qatar have been the talk of world football for the past few years, upsetting some of the game’s traditional giants by winning the right to host the 2022 World Cup.

On the pitch, it has been a very different story with the tiny oil and gas-rich state hardly rating a mention. Qatar’s success in persuading FIFA to grant them the World Cup has not translated to success on the field.

Jan 2, 2015

High-ranked Iran overdue Asian Cup success

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Recent form dictates that Iran, the top ranked team in Asia, are one of the favourites to win the Asian Cup but despite their pedigree they have developed a reputation for underperforming in the region’s premier tournament.

The Middle East powerhouse have won the Cup three times, a feat matched by Saudi Arabia and bettered only by Japan, but the last of their three successive titles came in 1976.

Jan 2, 2015

Soccer-Cup offers Qatar chance to make headlines on the field

SYDNEY, Jan 2 (Reuters) – Off the field, Qatar have been the talk of world football for the past few years, upsetting some of the game’s traditional giants by winning the right to host the 2022 World Cup.

On the pitch, it has been a very different story with the tiny oil and gas-rich state hardly rating a mention. Qatar’s success in persuading FIFA to grant them the World Cup has not translated to success on the field.

Jan 2, 2015

Soccer-High-ranked Iran overdue Asian Cup success

SYDNEY, Jan 2 (Reuters) – Recent form dictates that Iran, the top ranked team in Asia, are one of the favourites to win the Asian Cup but despite their pedigree they have developed a reputation for underperforming in the region’s premier tournament.

The Middle East powerhouse have won the Cup three times, a feat matched by Saudi Arabia and bettered only by Japan, but the last of their three successive titles came in 1976.

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