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Jun 2, 2014

Tennis-Nadal shows no sign of relinquishing King of Clay crown

PARIS, June 2 (Reuters) – Concerns that Rafa Nadal’s reign as king of Roland Garros might be in jeopardy due to an aching back proved wide of the mark on Monday as the world number one led a Spanish charge into the French Open quarter-finals.

On the day that Spanish King Juan Carlos abdicated his throne, there was no danger of his compatriot doing the same in Paris as the eight-times champion produced a 6-1 6-2 6-1 demolition job on Serbian Dusan Lajovic.

Jun 2, 2014

Petkovic pens dream Roland Garros return by reaching quarters

PARIS (Reuters) – Andrea Petkovic’s decision to hold off trading in her tennis racket for a career in journalism paid off on Monday as she reached a grand slam quarter-final for the first time in three years with a 1-6 6-2 7-5 win over Dutch qualifier Kiki Bertens.

Hobbled by back, ankle and knee injuries that forced her out of the tour for several months over the past two years, the 27-year-old German considered quitting tennis in 2013 to try her luck as a magazine journalist – and even successfully applied for internships.

Jun 2, 2014

Tennis-Petkovic pens dream Roland Garros return by reaching quarters

PARIS, June 2 (Reuters) – Andrea Petkovic’s decision to hold off trading in her tennis racket for a career in journalism paid off on Monday as she reached a grand slam quarter-final for the first time in three years with a 1-6 6-2 7-5 win over Dutch qualifier Kiki Bertens.

Hobbled by back, ankle and knee injuries that forced her out of the tour for several months over the past two years, the 27-year-old German considered quitting tennis in 2013 to try her luck as a magazine journalist – and even successfully applied for internships.

Feb 24, 2014

Figure skating: Russians dominate endless drama

SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) – An ageing, moody leading man, a doomed little girl in a red coat, a shocking cliff-hanger finale – figure skating at the Olympics had the melodrama to rival a soap opera.

Add in the international outrage over judging that followed the surprise gold for Russian teenager Adelina Sotnikova and you have a plot that will live long in the memory.

Feb 24, 2014

Olympics-Figure skating-Russians dominate endless drama

SOCHI, Russia, Feb 24 (Reuters) – An ageing, moody leading man, a doomed little girl in a red coat, a shocking cliff-hanger finale – figure skating at the Olympics had the melodrama to rival a soap opera.

Add in the international outrage over judging that followed the surprise gold for Russian teenager Adelina Sotnikova and you have a plot that will live long in the memory.

Feb 22, 2014

Ahn success sparks more questions than answers

SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) – It was a night when Viktor Ahn should have been out celebrating becoming the most successful short track speed skater of all time but instead he was quizzed from all sides at the Sochi Olympics about why he defected to Russia.

If the skater formerly known as Ahn Hyun-soo, who won three golds for South Korea at the 2006 Turin Olympics, thought he would clarify his position once and for all at a packed news conference starting after midnight he was clearly mistaken.

Feb 21, 2014

Olympics-Short track-Ahn success sparks more questions than answers

SOCHI, Russia, Feb 21 (Reuters) – It was a night when Viktor Ahn should have been out celebrating becoming the most successful short track speed skater of all time but instead he was quizzed from all sides at the Sochi Olympics about why he defected to Russia.

If the skater formerly known as Ahn Hyun-soo, who won three golds for South Korea at the 2006 Turin Olympics, thought he would clarify his position once and for all at a packed news conference starting after midnight he was clearly mistaken.

Feb 21, 2014

Figure skating: Anger drives Sotnikova to golden finale

SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) – Fuelled by anger at being snubbed for the team competition, Adelina Sotnikova grabbed Olympic gold to show a Julia Lipnitskaya-obsessed Russia that there was more than one teenaged superstar in the country.

Sotnikova was a television spectator as she watched 15-year-old Lipnitskaya melt hearts across the nation with two breathtaking performances that helped Russia win the inaugural team title almost two weeks ago.

Feb 21, 2014

Olympics-Figure skating-Anger drives Sotnikova to golden finale

SOCHI, Russia, Feb 21 (Reuters) – Fuelled by anger at being snubbed for the team competition, Adelina Sotnikova grabbed Olympic gold to show a Julia Lipnitskaya-obsessed Russia that there was more than one teenaged superstar in the country.

Sotnikova was a television spectator as she watched 15-year-old Lipnitskaya melt hearts across the nation with two breathtaking performances that helped Russia win the inaugural team title almost two weeks ago.

Feb 21, 2014

Figure skating: Did Sotnikova deserve gold?

SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) – The credibility of figure skating’s judging system was firmly under the microscope on Friday as experts tried to fathom exactly what Adelina Sotnikova had brought to the ice that enabled her to dethrone Kim Yuna as Olympic champion.

While the hosts of the Sochi Games rejoiced in hailing the teenager who had finally ended the motherland’s long search for a women’s champion, there was confusion, bewilderment and outrage outside Russia about a result that seemed steeped in bias.