Sunday 21 January 2018

In brief: Williams to face Peer pressure


Holder Venus Williams will face Israel's Shahar Peer in the semi-finals of the Dubai Championships after defeating Russian Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 6-3 6-4 yesterday.

Peer, who was unable to compete in the tournament last year after being denied an entry permit to Dubai, reached the last four when China's Li Na retired with a back injury when the Israeli was leading 7-5 3-0.

Having expressed her support for Peer during the presentation ceremony last year, Williams was looking forward to playing her.

"Yeah...that's life, how things turn out," she said. "I'm actually really looking forward to both of us really playing in our top level."

Due to security concerns Peer has played all her matches this week on a side court and that will remain the case for her clash with Williams.


India beat South Africa by an innings and 58 runs in the second Test in Kolkata to level the two-match series.

The visitors began the day on 115-3 and faced an uphill task to save the match after their first-innings collapse.

Batsman Hashim Amla worked superbly to frustrate India with his second century of the match, finishing on 123 not out.

Despite regularly losing partners, Amla nearly shepherded the Proteas towards a draw before Harbhajan Singh (5-59) trapped last man Morne Morkel lbw.

The win means India retain their place ahead of South Africa at the top of the Test world rankings.


the Stage win and overall lead of the Tour of the Algarve went to HTC-Columbia's Andre Greipel yesterday after a punishing 207.5km in icy cold conditions from Sagres to Lagos, writes Tommy Campbell.

it was a bad day at the office for the Irish contingent of the An Post/Sean Kelly team, with David O'Loughlin and Ronan McLoughlin finishing over 18 minutes in arrears of the German Greipel.

Irish Independent

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