Sports Brief

Tennis saved me during illness: Bartoli

PARIS – Former Wimbledon champion Marion Bartoli Wednesday said she first considered making a professional comeback while suffering from a mystery illness last year. The Frenchwoman was forced to pull out of an exhibition event at Wimbledon last year because of the virus, which medical experts said was so rare they had no name for it. But Tuesday, Bartoli announced to return to the WTA Tour in 2018, aiming to be ready for the Miami Open in March, after recovering from the illness despite losing 20kg of weight in a matter of months. “If what happened to me in 2016 hadn’t happened, I don’t think I would have had that strong feeling of wanting to come back to the court,” she said. “What saved me at my tough time was tennis, by hanging onto the great moments that I lived on court — that’s what kept me alive.”–AFP

Venus cleared in fatal Florida crash

LOS ANGELES – American tennis star Venus Williams will not be charged in a fatal two car smash in June that killed a passenger in the other car, according to the US media quoting the Florida police. Police concluded neither driver was at fault and no charges would be filed in the collision which took place in a busy intersection in Palm Beach Gardens, it was reported Wednesday. “Based upon this investigation and relevant Florida state statutes, no charges will be filed in this case,” according to an 18-page traffic homicide investigation released by Palm Beach Gardens police. “The unknown dark-colored vehicle … started a sequence of events resulting in (Barson) crashing into (Williams),” the police report said. Barson’s family has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Williams.–AFP

Aqeel/Shahzad beaten in BB Tennis doubles

ISLAMABAD – Last Pakistani hope of doing well in the $15,000 Benazir Bhutto (BB) Shaheed International Tennis Tournament 2017 blew away as local pair Aqeel Khan/Shahzad Khan bowed out in the doubles event here at Islamabad Tennis Complex Thursday. Last tournament’s doubles champions Aqeel/Shahzad lost against Turkey-Russia pair of Egri Kirkin/Nikolay Vyeghanin in straight sets 4-6, 4-6. Pakistani pair put up brave show but they were no match to the experienced pair, which won easily. In other doubles, Enrique Lopez Perez/Julian Onken beat Gleb Alekseenko/Ivan Ponomarenko 6-2, 6-4. In singles matches, Ergi Kirkin (Turkey) beat Anton Chekhov (Russia) 6-4, 6-2, Ivan Nedelko (Russia) beat Kunal Anand (India) 6-3, 7-5 and Peter Goldsteiner (Austria) beat Shalva Dzhanashiya (Russia) 6-3, 6-3.–Staff Reporter

 Struggling Swansea sack manager Clement

LONDON – Swansea City sacked manager Paul Clement on Wednesday after less than a year at the helm as the Premier League’s bottom club desperately search for a way out of the relegation mire. As the season approaches its halfway point, the Welsh side are already four points adrift of safety following Monday’s 3-1 defeat at Everton, with just three wins in their first 18 P Shifa cricket team win friendly match

ISLAMABAD – Shifa International Hospitals Islamabad cricket team beat Islamabad Stallions by five runs in a friendly fixture played here at G-11/1 Cricket Ground. Shifa skipper Shafiq Aslam won the toss and elected to bat first. They scored 209 runs in 30 overs. M Ikram slammed impressive 67 runs off 51 balls with 9 fours and 1 six while Qutab-ud-din Qureshi contributed 41, captain Shafiq Aslam 24 and Azmat Bashir 19 runs. M Ikram and Qutab-ud-din Qureshi contributed 74 runs for the seventh-wicket partnership. Hayat bowled brilliantly and grabbed 5-37, Aitf 2-28 and Talha 2-32. Islamabad Stallions were bowled out for 204 in the last over. Umer hammered 45 runs while Manan gathered 45, Rahim 33 and Zahir unbeaten 31. Qutab-ud-din Qureshi bagged 2-28, Tahir Akhtar 2-29 and Azmat Bashir 1-27.–Staff Reporter

remier League matches. “We can confirm that the club has tonight parted company with head coach Paul Clement,” the club said on its Twitter account. Clement is the sixth Premier League manager to lose his job so far this season, following the dismissals of Frank de Boer (Crystal Palace), Craig Shakespeare (Leicester City), Ronald Koeman (Everton), Slaven Bilic (West Ham) and Tony Pulis (West Brom).–AFP

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