Qualifier Bertens wins Nuremburg title

BERLIN - Dutch qualifier Kiki Bertens claimed a straight-sets victory over Colombia's Mariana Duque-Marino to win the Nuremburg Clay Court WTA final on Saturday. Ranked 89th in the world, the 24-year-old beat the Colombian 6-2, 6-2 for just her second career title after previously winning in Fez in 2012. Bertens proved too hot for her Colombian rival and won the first set 6-2 and in the second set too, she played superbly and lift the set with same margin of 6-2. The spotlight was fixed firmly on Bertens last month at the Fed Cup where she won her two singles rubbers over French pair Caroline Garcia and Kristina Mladenovic. The towering Dutch player's focus will now turn to the French Open, where she has been drawn against Germany's world No 3 Angelique Kerber in the first round.–AFP

 

Wawrinka ends long wait for home title

GENEVA - French Open champion Stan Wawrinka clinched his first homeground title on Saturday with a 6-4, 7-6 (13/11) victory over Marin Cilic in the Geneva clay court final on Saturday. It was Wawrinka's third title of 2016 and first on clay court just a day before Roland Garros gets underway in Paris. World number four and top seed Wawrinka broke the 11th-ranked Cilic to take a 2-1 lead on his way to the first set which he won 6-4. Cilic bounced back in style and hit back for a 4-1 advantage in the second set before 31-year-old Wawrinka broke the Croat at 3-5 to get the second set back on serve. Both the players were tied at 6-6 and the match was decided in the tie-break where Cilic squandered five set points before Wawrinka took victory on his second match point.–AFP

 

Mary Kom sees hopes of Rio dashed

NEW DELHI - Five-time world boxing champion Mary Kom of India Saturday saw her dream of qualifying for the Rio 2016 Olympics end after losing a crucial bout at AIBA Women's World Boxing Championships. Kom, who won a bronze medal at the London 2012 Olympics, lost 0-2 to Germany's Azize Nimani in the second round of the tournament in the 51kg weight category in Kazakhstan. She needed to reach the semifinals of the championship to qualify for her second successive appearance in Olympics. Kom took off aggressively against her German opponent, who kept her at bay by fighting from a distance. The Indian boxer continued to throw herself at Nimani who adopted defensive tactics to frustrate Kom, with the German declared the winner. "I am extremely happy after today's bout," said Nimani.–AFP

 

Hesjedal forced out of Giro: team

CORVARA IN BADIA - Canadian Ryder Hesjedal was forced to quit the Giro d'Italia during a tough 14th stage in the Dolomites mountains due to illness, his Trek team said Saturday, "Unfortunately our DS in the race just told us that ryder hesjedal was forced to abandon due to stomach problems," said a brief statement on Twitter, relayed by Trek's DS (sporting director). Hejsedal claimed a surprise victory in the 2012 edition of the Italian three-week race, but had begun the 14th stage well down the field at nearly five minutes behind overnight leader Andrey Amador, a Costa Rican with the Movistar team. The Canadian's retirement comes days after Trek's Swiss star Fabian Cancellara pulled out having failed in his bid to claim victory in either of the race's first two time trials.–AFP

 

Top seeds enter Junior Tennis semis

ISLAMABAD – Tops seeds Ilham Khan, Musa Chaudhry, Yousaf Hassan and Zalal Khan advanced in the U-18 singles semifinals of the 1st Gun & Country Club Islamabad Junior Ranking Tennis Championship here at Gun Club Tennis Courts on Saturday. The championship was inaugurated by Islamabad Tennis Association (ITA) President Tariq Murtaza. Top seed Ilham Khan eliminated Hassan Imtiaz 6-3, 6-3, second seed Yousaf Hassan routed Umair Masood Abbasi 6-1, 6-1, Musa Ch thumped Abdul Rehman Ansari 6-2, 6-3, while in the last quarterfinal, Zalal Khan thrashed Syed M Ahmed 6-1, 6-2.  Musa will face Yousaf Hassan and Ilham Khan will take on Zalan Khan in the semifinals. In the boys U-14, Semi Zaib, Syed M Ahmed, Subhan bin Salik and Hassan Imtiaz qualified for the semifinals by winning their respect matches in straight sets.–Staff Reporter

Top seed Sami Zaib beat Ammar Masood Abbasi 6-0, 6-1, Syed M Ahmed beat Samir Masood Abbasi 6-1, 6-1 while Hassan Imtiaz and Subhan bin Salik also won their matches in straight sets.