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Jan 26, 2014

Olympics-Snowboarding-Bright gets cross spot for triple challenge

MELBOURNE, Jan 26 (Reuters) – Torah Bright will realise her ambition of becoming the first snowboarder to compete in all three events at a Winter Olympics next month after being awarded a spot in the snowboard cross race, the Australian Olympic Committee said on Sunday.

The 27-year-old Australian had already qualified to defend the halfpipe title she won in Vancouver and compete in the slopestyle, a new event in Sochi where competitors perform tricks through a course of jumps and rails.

Jan 25, 2014

Li takes the extra step to win Australian Open

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – China’s Li Na banished the ghosts of two Australian Open final defeats by overpowering Dominika Cibulkova on Saturday to win her second major title and give the grand slam of the Asia-Pacific its first Asian singles champion.

The 31-year-old needed a tiebreak to clinch an error-strewn first set but romped away with the second for a 7-6(3) 6-0 victory to become the oldest woman to lift the Daphne Akhurst Memorial Cup.

Jan 25, 2014

Tennis-Li takes the extra step to win Australian Open

MELBOURNE, Jan 25 (Reuters) – China’s Li Na banished the ghosts of two Australian Open final defeats by overpowering Dominika Cibulkova on Saturday to win her second major title and give the grand slam of the Asia-Pacific its first Asian singles champion.

The 31-year-old needed a tiebreak to clinch an error-strewn first set but romped away with the second for a 7-6(3) 6-0 victory to become the oldest woman to lift the Daphne Akhurst Memorial Cup.

Jan 23, 2014

Olympics-Freestyle skiing-Xu looking for soft landing in Sochi

Jan 23 (Reuters) – Nail that landing.

Not so easy to do after performing a series of complicated somersaults and twists high above an icy slope, perhaps, but Xu Mengtao knows getting two skis down safely on the landing hill is key to her winning Olympic gold in Sochi next month.

It was a botched landing with her final jump in the Canadian fog on Cypress Mountain four years ago that robbed the then 19-year-old Chinese of the freestyle skiing aerials title at the Vancouver Games.

Jan 23, 2014

Wawrinka reaches first final, Li to meet Cibulkova

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Stanislas Warwinka edged Tomas Berdych in the tightest of duels to reach his first grand slam final at the 36th attempt on Thursday and set up a possible all-Swiss Australian Open title showdown against Roger Federer.

Federer will have to get past world number one Rafa Nadal in the second semi-final on Friday first, but 28-year-old Wawrinka did his part by the narrowest of margins with a 6-3 6-7(1) 7-6(3) 7-6(4) victory over the tall Czech.

Jan 23, 2014

Cibulkova stands tall to set up Li final

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – China’s Li Na swept past teenager Genie Bouchard into her third Australian Open final and dynamo Dominika Cibulkova joined her by humbling Agnieszka Radwanska as Melbourne Park served up two lop-sided semi-finals on Thursday.

Li, who has lost two of the last three finals, got off to a flier in her match against Bouchard but the Canadian stalled her progress in the second set before succumbing 6-2 6-4.

Jan 23, 2014

Tennis-Cibulkova stands tall to set up Li final

MELBOURNE, Jan 23 (Reuters) – China’s Li Na swept past teenager Genie Bouchard into her third Australian Open final and dynamo Dominika Cibulkova joined her by humbling Agnieszka Radwanska as Melbourne Park served up two lop-sided semi-finals on Thursday.

Li, who has lost two of the last three finals, got off to a flier in her match against Bouchard but the Canadian stalled her progress in the second set before succumbing 6-2 6-4.

Jan 23, 2014

Cibulkova stands tall to set up Li clash final

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – China’s Li Na swept past teenager Genie Bouchard into her third Australian Open final and dynamo Dominika Cibulkova joined her by humbling Agnieszka Radwanska as Melbourne Park served up two lop-sided semi-finals on Thursday.

Li, who has lost two of the last three finals, got off to a flier in her match against Bouchard but the Canadian stalled her progress in the second set before succumbing 6-2 6-4.

Jan 23, 2014

Pittman on board as Australia name biggest Winter team

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Former world champion track athlete Jana Pittman will become the first Australian woman to compete in both a Summer and Winter Olympics after being named in her country’s delegation for Sochi on Thursday.

The team is the biggest Australia has ever sent to a Winter Games with 56 athletes set to compete in 10 of the 15 sports and two more possibly joining them pending a case at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).

Jan 23, 2014

Olympics-Pittman on board as Australia name biggest Winter team

MELBOURNE, Jan 23 (Reuters) – Former world champion track athlete Jana Pittman will become the first Australian woman to compete in both a Summer and Winter Olympics after being named in her country’s delegation for Sochi on Thursday.

The team is the biggest Australia has ever sent to a Winter Games with 56 athletes set to compete in 10 of the 15 sports and two more possibly joining them pending a case at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).

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