Monday 19 March 2018

Sport in brief: Henin eases into last eight

Justine Henin continued her successful WTA Tour comeback with a straight-sets win over Sesil Karatantcheva at the Brisbane International.

The former world No 1, playing in her first tournament since May 2008, eased past Karatantcheva 6-4 6-3 and will now face Melinda Czink in the quarter-finals.

In the men's event, top seed Andy Roddick was given a stern test by home hope Carsten Ball before prevailing 7-6 (7/0) 6-3.

Roddick is likely to face another stern test in the quarter-finals when he comes up against former top-10 star Richard Gasquet, who ended the hopes of Australian qualifier Matthew Ebden 6-3 6-4.


Federer, Nadal on collision course

Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal wasted little time booking their places in the last eight of the Qatar Open in Doha.

Top seed Federer needed just 63 minutes to see off Evgeny Korolev, dispatching the Russian 6-2 6-4.

Nadal was on court for just nine minutes more than his rival, posting a 6-2 6-2 win over Italy's Potito Starace.

Sharapova survives scare

Maria Sharapova survived a stern early-season test with a hard-fought three-set victory over China's Zheng Jie at the Hong Kong Tennis Classic.

Despite an encouraging start from world No 35 Zheng, Sharapova's power eventually prevailed as the three-time grand slam winner won an entertaining and competitive exhibition 6-7 (5-7) 6-4 6-2 in just under two and a half hours.


Top shot award for Echenique

Rafa Echenique's has landed the European Tour's 2009 Shot of the Year award for his albatross on the final hole of the BMW International Open in Munich.

The Argentinian claimed a two on the 568-yard par-five hole, giving him a 10-under round.

Echenique said: "I still feel excited when I think about that day. The crowd started to roar and then my caddie said, 'It's in the hole!'. I couldn't believe it. It was a great moment in my career."

Echenique finished second in Munich behind Nick Dougherty.

Lee Westwood was runner-up to Echenique for the award, while Rory McIlroy was third.

Irish Independent

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