Sunday 25 February 2018

In brief: Kubica eager to make recovery

Formula 1: ROBERT Kubica has spoken of his determination to overcome serious injury and get back on the Formula One track before the end of the forthcoming season.

Just hours before he was due to go into another long and complex operation on his broken shoulder, leg and elbow, the Pole refused to give up on a career put in jeopardy by a horrific rally accident in Italy last weekend.

Kubica (26) has already been warned that his leg could take four months to heal and his crushed hand a year to recover, but he's determined to rejoin his Lotus Renault team.

Belgium's Kim Clijsters will become world No 1 next week for the first time since 2006 after she reached the Paris Open semi-finals by beating Jelena Dokic 6-3 6-0 yesterday.

The Australian Open champion has gained enough ranking points to go above Denmark's Caroline Wozniacki, who is not in action this week and has been constantly criticised in the media for holding the top spot despite never having won a Grand Slam. Clijsters has been world No 1 three times before, twice in 2003 and once in 2006.

Ireland's Jennifer Crooks recorded one of just three double clear rounds at the WEF Challenge Cup in Wellington, Florida and claimed third prize.

Crooks, who had managed ninth at last week's fourth leg of the Challenge Cup on the 10-year-old mare SF Uryadi, upped her game for the fifth in the series.

She rode a slow and careful jump-off round with the same horse to finish behind US winner McLain Ward with Antares F and Venezuela's Pablo Barrios on G&C Quick Star. Cork's Shane Sweetnam and Rolette posted a faster time than Crooks, but at the cost of a fence down in the nine-horse jump-off, leaving them in sixth.

DESPITE Tommy Casey's dominance in the senior race at the Aviva Connacht Schools Cross-Countries, and a runner-up spot for team-mate Kevin O'Connor, Sligo Grammar had to settle for second in the team event, pipped by two points by hosts St Mary's Galway.

Alanna Lally (Pres Athenry) was the other runaway winner of the day in junior girls, while Anna Reddin completed a double for Sligo Grammar in the senior girls.

Irish Independent

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