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  1. Sport - Hong Kong - TENNIS

    Lisicki storms back against Pliskova to win Hong Kong Open title

    Posted Sep 14th 2014, 11:04pm by Alvin Sallay

    ... Alvin Sallay alvin.sallay@scmp.com German top seed takes advantage of Czech player's meltdown to overturn a 5-1 first-set deficit and secure her first WTA crown in three years Lisicki storms back to win HK Open title It was hot on Victoria Park' ...

  2. Sport - TENNIS

    Czech twins' double act just proves too much for Hong Kong pair

    Posted Sep 10th 2014, 09:56pm by Alvin Sallay

    ... against the Chinese-Taiwanese combination of Xu Yifan and Chan Chin-wei in the second round. "We like playing together and when we are in the same tournament, we enter the doubles competition," says Karolina. Their double doubles approach proved too much for Chan and Wu. The latter said: "Coming up against opponents of a higher level is always good for us." Even ...

  3. Sport - China - TENNIS

    Mentally stronger Peng Shuai still has soft spot for doubles

    Posted Sep 11th 2014, 11:39pm by Alvin Sallay

    ... rest after heatstroke felled her in her US Open semi-final against Dane Caroline Wozniacki. On Thursday, she turned up at Victoria Park and all the media attention was on her ...

  4. Sport - TENNIS

    Experience tells as Daniela Hantuchova knocks out Zhang Ling in Hong Kong Open

    Posted Sep 10th 2014, 06:43pm

    ... of the Prudential Hong Kong Tennis Open on Wednesday. After losing the first set 6-1, wild card Zhang, 24, took a 3-0 lead in the second against the Slovakian second seed, ranked 57th in the world. A third ... how top players play, they will be inspired a little bit more,” said Zhang. Zhang said the match helped her preparation for the upcoming Asian Games. “I don’t play against players ...

  5. Sport - Hong Kong - TENNIS

    Former Hong Kong resident Christina McHale hoping for perfect homecoming

    Posted Sep 07th 2014, 09:56pm by Alvin Sallay

    ... this week in Hong Kong," said McHale before the main draw was conducted yesterday. Seeded fourth in the 32-strong competition, McHale will face a tough first-round encounter tomorrow against ... against Slovakian Daniela Hantuchova. Once ranked as high as fifth in the world, Hantuchova is the second seed here. "I'm excited to be playing against such a well-known player ...

  6. Sport - TENNIS

    Eugenie Bouchard and Peng Shuai out of Hong Kong Open

    Posted Sep 06th 2014, 02:40pm by Alvin Sallay

    ... Alvin Sallay alvin.sallay@scmp.com Top drawcards Eugenie Bouchard and Peng Shuai have pulled out of the inaugural Hong Kong Open after both suffered heat strokes in their final matches at the US Open. Canada’s world number eight, Bouchard, lost in the fourth round on September 1, while China’s Peng capitulated midway through her semi-final encounter against Caroline Wozniacki ...

  7. Sport - TENNIS

    No mercy between friends in US Open final clash between Serena Williams and Caroline Wozniacki

    Posted Sep 07th 2014, 02:26pm by AFP

    ... encounters. “When she’s on fire, she’s hard to beat,” Wozniacki said. “But I have had two tough matches against her the last few weeks. I was really close. Hopefully for me that would be third time’s ...

  8. Sport - TENNIS

    Big guns spiked as Kei Nishikori sets up US Open final showdown with Marin Cilic

    Posted Sep 07th 2014, 02:36pm by Reuters

    ... against Raonic, when he walked off court at 2.26am local time. Two days later, the Japanese was forced to go the distance again, out-lasting Wawrinka in a four hour, 15 minute battle. In total ...

  9. Sport - Hong Kong - TENNIS

    Organisers lay into Bouchard no-show

    Posted Sep 07th 2014, 12:45am by Alvin Sallay

    ... heatstroke, was taken from court in a wheelchair to hospital after her semi-final match against Caroline Wozniacki at the US Open on Friday. Peng was in growing discomfort in the hot sunshine ...

  10. Sport - TENNIS

    Bravery not enough as heat fells Peng Shuai in US Open

    Posted Sep 06th 2014, 03:04pm by Reuters

    ... Makarova 6-1 6-3, unleashing her daunting firepower against the 17th-seeded Russian. ...




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