Tennis: 'Li Na factor' not enough for China

AFP Li Na's Grand Slam wins did miraculous things for tennis in China but a cultural shift away from central planning towards individual development is needed if the country is to emerge as a powerhouse, experts say. Tangible evidence of tennis's growth in China comes in the form of the Wuhan Open's new, 15,000-seat stadium, opened by Li last month, which has a similar capacity to Wimbledon's Cen…

  • MP: Catholic church named after Italian … The Indian Express Online Media Private Limited - 3 hours ago
    MP: Catholic church named after Italian …

    Normally Catholic churches are dedicated to saints, but a new church is Sironj town of Madhya Pradesh has been named after an Italian teenager whose life was cut short by cancer. Chiara Badano, born in Sassello village in Italian province of Savona, was beatified in 2010, exactly two decades after her tragic death. “This is the first instance in the world when a church has been named after a person who is not a saint yet,’’ Bishop Anthony Chirayath told The Indian Express.

  • AFP Sports Schedule for Monday, October … AFP - 4 hours ago

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  • Tough road ahead Mail Today - 4 hours ago

    DEFENDING champions Vishnu Vardhan and Prerna Bhambri will face stiff competition as they gear up for the Fenesta Open National Tennis Championship, starting at the Delhi Lawn Tennis Association complex on Monday. The men’s competition has got some sheen with Sriram Balaji throwing his hat in the ring. Balaji, a last- minute entrant, had to come through the qualifiers into the main draw but being the topranked Indian in the 32- player draw at 422, he has been given top billing ahead of Vishnu.

  • Tennis: Halep injury plunges WTA Finals … AFP - 14 hours ago

    World number two Simona Halep lasted less than a set before retiring injured at the China Open on Sunday, plunging her appearance at the year-ending WTA Finals into doubt. Halep and Petra Kvitova, who was playing on painkillers and suffering the ongoing effects of glandular fever, both crashed out as the China Open lost its top two women's seeds in the first round. Romania's Halep said she would now take a break from tennis and assess if she can play the season finale in Singapore after retiring at 5-4 down in the first set against Lara Arruabarrena with a left Achilles tendon problem.

  • Djokovic has no regrets despite calendar … ANI - 15 hours ago

    Johannesburg, Oct.4 (ANI): World number one Novak Djokovic described 2015 as his best season so far, and insisted that he has no regrets of missing a calendar-year Grand Slam. The Serbian produced a scintillating form this year as he clinched three Grand Slams namely Australian Open, Wimbledon and US Open. Reacting on his failure to complete a calendar year Grand Slam, the 28-year-old revealed that the French Open loss inspired him to make a comeback and perform well at Wimbledon and the US Open, Sport24 reported.

  • Rafael Nadal pledges to return stronger … Sportskeeda - 15 hours ago
    Rafael Nadal pledges to return stronger …

    Rafael Nadal vows to return with a vengeance for the China Open after his recent poor run of form.

  • Ferrer beats Lopez to win Malaysian … Reuters - 15 hours ago

    David Ferrer beat his fellow Spaniard Feliciano Lopez 7-5 7-5 in the final of the Malaysian Open on Sunday to capture the 25th title of his career and his fourth this year. Appearing in his 50th ATP career final, the 33-year-old Ferrer won the hard-fought match against his good friend and Davis Cup team mate to add the Malaysian title to his previous tournament wins this year in Doha, Rio and Acapulco. "I feel very happy, because I have never played so well at this tournament," said Ferrer, who was the top seed.

  • Pennetta struggles in 1st match since … Associated Press - 16 hours ago
    Pennetta struggles in 1st match since …

    BEIJING (AP) — U.S. Open champion Flavia Pennetta struggled in her first match since winning her maiden Grand Slam, needing nearly 2 1/2 hours to beat Chinese wild card Han Xinyun 7-5, 4-6, 6-4 in the first round of the China Open on Sunday.

  • Video: Novak Djokovic shows his class … Sportskeeda - 17 hours ago
    Video: Novak Djokovic shows his class …

    Video of Novak Djokovic trying a new shot.

  • Lara Dutta warns against fake Facebook … IANS - 18 hours ago

    Mumbai, Oct 4 (IANS) Actress-entrepreneur Lara Dutta has cautioned her fans and followers about fake Facebook accounts on her name, saying she is not on the social networking site. The former beauty queen, whose latest release "Singh Is Bling" with Akshay Kumar is scoring well at the box office, took to Twitter to set the record straight. All are fake," Lara tweeted on Sunday.

  • Nadal to face Chinese Wu Di in Beij … IANS - 19 hours ago

    Beijing, Oct 4 (IANS) Spanish tennis icon Rafael Nadal will meet Chinese world No.224 Wu Di in the first round of the China Open, which kicks off here early next week, and could face Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga a couple of rounds later. Also in Nadal's half of the draw, which was released on Saturday, are second seeded Czech Tomas Berdych, who will square off against Uruguay's Pablo Cuevas in the first round, Efe reported. Nadal, the third seed, arrives in the Chinese capital after losing on Friday to Serbian world No.1 Novak Djokovic in an exhibition match in Bangkok.

  • Decoding the sport of bridge and understanding … Sportskeeda - 21 hours ago
    Decoding the sport of bridge and understanding …

    Opinion on bridge and its significance.

  • AFP Sports Schedule for Sunday, October … AFP - Sun 4 Oct, 2015

    AFP Sports Schedule for Sunday, October 4:

  • Indian tennis rides high on Hingis IANS - Sat 3 Oct, 2015

    New Delhi, Oct 3 (IANS) The year 2015 has seen Indian players Leander Paes and Sania Mirza win 10 titles alongside Swiss tennis great Martina Hingis. The association has been as fruitful for Hingis as it has been for Indian tennis. Hingis, the youngest-ever World No.1 in women's singles, has won a whopping seven trophies so far this year alongside Sania while her association with Paes has yielded three Grand Slam mixed doubles titles.

  • Venus wins women's singles at Wuhan … IANS - Sat 3 Oct, 2015

    Wuhan (China), Oct 3 (IANS) Seven-time Grand Slam champion Venus Williams won her 47th WTA title at the Premier 5-level Wuhan Open here on Saturday as Wimbledon finalist Garbine Muguruza pulled out of the final with an ankle injury when trailing 3-6, 0-3. Both players came into the tournament less than fully fit, with 35-year-old Williams having a thigh problem, reports Xinhua. The early goings were close -- the unseeded Venus and the No.6 seed Muguruza traded breaks twice in the first seven games, with the American emerging out of that up 4-3 in the first set.

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