Kerber outlasts Keys for Charleston title

CHARLESTON - Angelique Kerber ended her WTA dry spell with a gritty three-set victory over rising Madison Keys. Kerber, a former world number five, battled back from 4-1 down in the third set to defeat 20-year-old Keys 6-2, 4-6, 7-5. The 27-year-old German withstood 49 winners from Keys, belting a modest 17 winners herself but keeping mistakes to a minimum with just 21 unforced errors. “I feel great,” said Kerber, who broke Keys for a 6-5 lead in the final set, and polished off the win by holding her serve at love. “Madison is a great player and she played very well today so I think both of us are champions,” the German said. Kerber denied Keys a second WTA crown in as many finals appearances. In her only prior title match, Keys surprised Kerber in the final at Eastbourne last year.–AFP

Sock lifts first ATP title at Houston

HOUSTON - Jack Sock captured his first ATP Tour title on Sunday, holding off eighth-seeded Sam Querrey 7-6 (11/9), 7-6 (7/2) in final. “It feels incredible,” the 22-year-old Sock said. “It feels surreal. It feels incredible, and to have friends and family here to share it with me feels even better.” Sock had knocked off three seeded players en route to the first final of his career, and is now projected to break into the top 40 in the world rankings with a jump from his current 46th to 36th on Monday. Although he was playing for his first singles title, Sock isn’t a stranger to the game’s big stages. He teamed with Canadian Vasek Pospisil to win the Wimbledon men’s doubles title last year. Sock was slowed late in 2014 by a torn muscle in his pelvis that required surgery.–AFP

‘Get in to Rugby’ programme commences

LAHORE – The ‘Get in to Rugby’ programe commenced here in the city with Pakistan Rugby Union (PRU) head coach Shakeel Ahmad visited Govt Higher Secondary School Jallo More where more than 140 students of different classes attended the course. GIR programme is one of the best rugby education course which gives basic playing information about rugby for all ages. The PRU took this initiative back in 2013 when their coaches visited schools across the country. Head coach Shakeel Ahmad said that he found a lot of talent in Jallo More Higher Secondary School. The boys were keen to learn about rugby. “This is good step of the PRU. We have target to go out all major schools of Punjab and other provinces. Shakeel also thanked the school principal and PET Abdul Majeed for their cooperation.–Staff Reporter

Remounts lift MP Bhandara Polo Cup

ISLAMABAD - Remounts thrashed Sherdil by 7 goals to 4½ to lift the coveted MP Bhandara Polo Cup 2015 title in the final played at Rawalpindi Race Course Ground. A total of eight teams participated in the competition. Remounts completely dominated all the four chukkers and never looked in any spot of bother throughout the match and comfortably won the final. Speaking at the occasion, MNA Isphanyar Bhandara, son former late MP Bhandara said sports always play a vital role in building the character of the society and help sportsman to achieve distinction at international level. Austrian ambassador to Pakistan Dr Brigitta Blaha was the chief guest on the occasion and distributed prizes among players and teams.–Staff Reporter