Saturday 21 April 2018

In Brief: Robson fights back for win

tennis: Laura Robson became the first British woman since 1998 to reach the fourth round of Wimbledon, rallying from a set and a break down and gaining from a crucial overturned call to beat Marina Erakovic of New Zealand 1-6 7-5 6-3.

Erakovic served for the match in the second set, only for Robson to break back. Having then earned a set point at 6-5, Robson barely got a return back that looped high and just caught the edge of the line, but was called out before Erakovic could smack a winner. Robson successfully challenged the call and the point was replayed, with Erakovic double-faulting to hand her opponent the set.

And Serena Williams unleashed her full arsenal to move effortlessly into the last 16 with a crushing late-night 6-2 6-0 win under the roof on Centre Court over Japanese veteran Kimiko Date-Krumm.

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LOCAL player Rachael Dillon stormed back from a second-set disaster to claim her inaugural women's singles title when defeating Belfast-based Romanian teenager Karola Bejenaru 6-4 1-6 7-5 in the Sherry Fitzgerald Irish Close Championships at Donnybrook LTC, Dublin yesterday.

At 5-5, the final set was balanced on a knife-edge, but former Donnybrook club player Dillon, who now plays out of nearby David Lloyd, Riverview, broke in the 11th game before holding her serve in the next game for victory.

Top seed Colin O'Brien romped to a 6-1 6-2 win over the defending champion and No 2 seed, Georgia native Lazare Kukhalashvili, in the men's singles decider.

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Soccer: Craig Curran landed the decisive 81st-minute blow as Limerick came from two down to beat Dundalk 3-2 in a thrilling Airtricity League Premier Division tussle at Thomond Park.

Dundalk hit the front in the ninth minute courtesy of a splendid Kurtis Byrne strike. Dundalk netted again in the 38th minute courtesy of a deflected Dane Massey free-kick.

Shane Tracy's dead-ball strike from 20 yards on 55 and a opportunistic finish from substitute Rory Gaffney with his first touch on 74 restored parity before Curran emerged as the hero.

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THE death has oocured of Peter Fitzgerald, who played for Leeds United, Waterford, Sparta Rotterdam and the Republic of Ireland and was one of six brothers, all of whom played in the League of Ireland.

He played five times for Ireland, scoring twice, and was on the League of Ireland team which beat the English League in Dalymount Park in October 1963.

He joined Leeds in August 1960 where he spent a season before moving to Chester in 1961. He returned to sign again for Waterford FC in 1963 and in 1966 was a member of the first Waterford team to lift the League title.

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Cricket: The Leinster v Railway Union League tie ended in controversy yesterday when Railway Union were penalised for slow play. Railway seemed to have secured the win having bowled Leinster out for 305 in 50 overs as their opponents chased 310 for victory.

However, the umpires ruled that Railway had not bowled their 50 overs in the required three-and-a-quarter hours and their run total was then adjusted to their score at 48 overs – 292-3 – to give Leinster victory by 13 runs.

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Athletics: Laura Reynolds was the star home performer at the International Grand Prix of Race Walking which took place in Dublin's St Anne's Park, Raheny yesterday. Reynolds dropped down to the 10 kilometre event which doubled as the national championship, winning in a personal best 44:50. The London 2012 Olympian finished well clear of St Abbans' Siobhan Nash, second in 57:49.

Colin Griffin led the home charge for the Irish men but was disqualified with two kilometres remaining in the 20k event. Guatamala's Olympic silver medallist Erik Barrondo won in 1:27:25, four minutes clear of Spain's Benjamin Sanchez.

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Rugby Union: Ireland women will join New Zealand, Canada and Australia in the World Sevens quarter-finals after yesterday's games in Moscow.

The Irish women beat China 28-10, but then lost 22-5 to Australia before clinching their knock-out place by beating South Africa 12-5. Tries from Ashleigh Baxter and Lynn Cantwell proved decisive. Ireland's opponents in the quarter-finals today will be the USA whose three wins over Brazil, Fiji and Spain saw them top Pool C.

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Camogie: Kilkenny maintained their 100 per cent start to the Liberty Insurance Senior Championship, and inflicted a first defeat on Clare in a thrilling tie at Nowlan Park. The Norsesiders finished strongly to grab a 1-10 to 0-11 victory.

Clare hit the front in the final quarter through Deirdre Murphy and Claire McMahon but Kilkenny found another level when needed, with points from Katie Power, Michelle Quilty (free) and Ann Dalton snatching the honours.

Wexford got their four-in-a-row bid under way at O'Toole Park in Dublin with a 2-12 to 1-5 win over Senior Championship newcomers Derry.

Irish Independent

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