Monday 19 March 2018

In Brief: Wozniacki beats Cibulkova

Caroline Wozniacki struggled to beat defending champion Dominika Cibulkova 6-2 6-7 6-1 in the quarter-finals of the Kremlin Cup in Moscow.

Former world No 1 Wozniacki -- girlfriend of star golfer Rory McIlroy -- took advantage of an ailing Cibulkova, who was playing with her right hip bandaged and took a medical timeout in the third set.

In her seventh semi-final of the campaign, Wozniacki will face Sofia Arvidsson of Sweden, who beat Maria Kirilenko 6-3 6-3.

Another former No 1, Ana Ivanovic, will take on 2011 US Open champion Samantha Stosur in the other semi-final.

Ivanovic beat her fellow Serb Vesna Dolonc 6-4 6-1, while the top-seeded Stosur defeated Klara Zakopalova of the Czech Republic 6-1 6-3. Ivanovic, the 2008 French Open champion, made the decisive break in the 10th game and never looked back.


Aron Smith will be hoping to finish his debut season in the British Touring Car Championship with another podium finish at the 10th and final event of the year at Brands Hatch this weekend.

The Dunlop Motorsport Ireland Young Racing Driver of the Year has had a mixed season, but in his last race at Silverstone everything clicked for the Dubliner with a third -- his first podium finish of his maiden campaign and a fourth.

Smith is ninth in the standings and is the best-placed rookie and he is confident he can push himself further up the standings.

"What a year it's been! It's all started to fall into place recently so fingers crossed we can end on a high at Brands," he said.

"As always, I'll be fighting to be at the front at Brands," he said. "It's one of those tracks that I absolutely love -- nothing beats launching the car over kerbs and hanging on for dear life. We've gotten the car to exactly where I like it."

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Ken Egan, John Joe Joyce, Ross Hickey, David Oliver Joyce and Conrad Cummings recorded quarter-finals wins at the Elite Tammer tournament in Finland.

Beijing Olympic silver medallist Egan posted an 11-4 decision over England's Lawrence Osueke in the light-heavy class in Tampere.

Michael Nevin was beaten by Hungary's Krisztian Nagy, but the five victorious fighters join Con Sheehan in today's semi-finals -- they are all guaranteed at least a bronze medal from the 19-nation tournament.

Irish Independent

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