Thursday 22 February 2018

In brief: Niland sees off Brazilian


Ireland's Conor Niland yesterday made an encouraging start to his bid to clinch a main draw place in the US Clay court Championships in Houston.

Niland booked a second round place in qualifying in the only US clay court tournament on the ATP World Tour when he eased past Brazil's Tiago Fernandes on a 6-1 6-2 scoreline.

Meanwhile, Belgian Kim Clijsters brought a swift end to Venus Williams's 15-match winning streak with a 6-2 6-1 win in the Sony Ericsson Open final on Saturday.

The 14th seed needed only 58 minutes to defeat the third-seeded American, who played with bandaging on both legs and said afterwards she may have trained too hard during the tournament.


West Indies middle-order batsman, David Bernard Jr, produced a workman-like knock of 102 off 165 balls for Jamaica to leave the hosts in a competitive position at 339 all out, against Ireland in the opening day of their three-day Jamaica Cricket Festival clash at Chedwin Park on Saturday.

Bernard Jr blasted 10 fours and a six in his knock that lasted 202 minutes while getting support from Tamar Lambert (68) and Danza Hyatt (55) against Peter Connell who bagged 4 for 77 off his 11.5 overs for the Irish team.


Switzerland's Fabian Cancellara changed his bike twice because of mechanical problems before soloing to one of the biggest wins of his career in the Tour of Flanders yesterday.

Second behind the Saxo Bank rider, one minute 15 seconds back, was favourite Tom Boonen of Belgium with compatriot Philippe Gilbert in third at two minutes 11 seconds.


Mark Williams produced a terrific fightback to deny Ding Junhui home glory in the final of the Sanyuan Foods China Open.

The 35-year-old Welshman looked to be in trouble at 5-3 behind in the afternoon session but he won seven of the next eight frames to triumph 10-6.

For Williams, it was the 17th ranking title of his career and the first since he won the same event in 2006.

He collects £55,000 and will head to the World Championship later this month full of confidence and poised to clinch a place in the top eight for next season.

Irish Independent

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