Sports Digest, January 5, 2013

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 05 January, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 05 January, 2013, 3:09am

Li Na beats compatriot to reach Shenzhen final

Li Na cruised into the final of the Shenzhen Open with a straight-sets victory in her semi-final tennis match yesterday, putting her in pole position to claim her seventh WTA singles title. The world number seven is the firm favourite to take the trophy on home soil today when she faces Czech Klara Zakapalova, who is ranked 21 places below her. The Chinese number one and top seed beat compatriot Peng Shuai 6-4, 6-0 in one hour, 13 minutes to set up the final with fifth seed Zakapalova, who had earlier defeated Romanian Monica Niculescu. AFP


SA's Morkel ends New Zealand's resistance

South Africa powered to a crushing innings and 27-run victory over New Zealand in the first test at Newlands inside three days after bowling out the visitors for 275 in their second innings yesterday. Morne Morkel finally broke through Dean Brownlie's stubborn resistance on the brink of lunch on day three, leaving Dale Steyn (3-67) and Vernon Philander to blast out New Zealand's tail before tea for a 1-0 lead in the two-test series. AP


Top field for Mizuno's 20th anniversary race

A record field of 3,000 runners will celebrate tomorrow's 20th anniversary of the Mizuno Hong Kong Half Marathon Championships at Tai Mei Tuk, with many of the top-ranked local athletes taking part. Thomas Kiprotich and Gi Ka-man will spearhead the challenge in the men's race over a slightly amended 21.1-kilometre course from previous years, while local aces Michelle Lowry and Yiu Kit-ching are entered in the women's race. Richard Castka


Run-outs slow down Australian innings

Run-outs continued to haunt Australia's batting as they edged 48 runs ahead of Sri Lanka after reaching 342 for six at the close of the second day of the third cricket Test in Sydney yesterday. The Australians threatened to bat the hapless tourists out of the Test, only for Ed Cowan and Mike Hussey, playing in his farewell Test match, to be run out in chaotic mix-ups between the wickets. That made it four run-outs in the three-Test series against the Sri Lankans. AFP