Undercooked Kvitova bows out after ‘painful’ defeat

18 January 2022, 7:04 AM
Twice former Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova said she was unsurprised at bowing out of the Australian Open in the opening round on Tuesday after a difficult month Down Under.
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Morocco score late to edge Ghana at the Afcon 10 January 2022, 8:18 PM

Morocco's Sofiane Boufal seized on a loose ball to score seven minutes from time and secure a 1-0 win over Ghana in their opening Group C match at the Africa Cup of Nations on Monday.

Sylla strike lifts Guinea to 1-0 win over depleted Malawi 10 January 2022, 8:03 PM

Guinea left-back Issiaga Sylla scored a first-half goal to steer his side to a fortunate 1-0 victory over depleted Malawi in an entertaining Africa Cup of Nations Group B clash at the Kouekong Stadium in Bafoussam on Monday.

Last-gasp Mane penalty hands Senegal victory over Zimbabwe 10 January 2022, 5:33 PM

Senegal's Sadio Mane converted a penalty seven minutes into stoppage time to hand the pre-tournament favourites a 1-0 victory over Zimbabwe at the start of their Africa Cup of Nations campaign in Bafoussam on Monday.

Djokovic back in practice, family hails ‘biggest victory of his life’ 10 January 2022, 5:14 PM

World number one Novak Djokovic returned to training after being released from Australian immigration detention on Monday, posting a picture with his team from Melbourne Park and thanking the judge for overturning his visa cancellation.

Djokovic out of Australia detention, still faces deportation threat 10 January 2022, 4:15 PM

World tennis number one Novak Djokovic was released from Australian immigration detention on Monday after winning a court challenge to remain in the country, but the government said it was still considering another move to deport him

VIDEO: Professor Hermann Ndofor discusses risks to the Afcon posed by Limbe conflict 10 January 2022, 2:32 PM

A senior official involved in Cameroon's hosting of the Africa Cup of Nations has assured that separatist rebels pose no threat to the tournament, which started on Sunday. However, Professor Hermann Ndofor from the Indiana University Kelley School of Business holds a different view.

MATCH PREVIEW: Day 2 of Afcon fixtures hamstrung by COVID-19 infections 10 January 2022, 1:44 PM

Malawi’s team has been hit hard by COVID-19 infections as they prepare to play their first Africa Cup of Nations finals match in more than a decade on Monday.

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Australian court orders Djokovic be released from immigration detention 10 January 2022, 9:04 AM

An Australian judge ruled on Monday that Novak Djokovic be released from immigration detention, finding the government's decision to revoke the tennis star's visa to enter the country was "unreasonable."

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Injured Stokes still hopes to play in fifth Test: Anderson 10 January 2022, 7:46 AM

All-rounder Ben Stokes hopes to be fit enough for the fifth and final Ashes Test against Australia despite suffering a side strain while bowling in Sydney, England teammate James Anderson said.

Cape Verde overcome COVID-19 infections to win at the Afcon 10 January 2022, 7:31 AM

Striker Julio Tavares headed home the winner as Cape Verde Islands shrugged off their COVID-19 woes to beat 10-man Ethiopia 1-0 on the opening day of the Africa Cup of Nations on Sunday.

Three more players test positive in Senegal camp 10 January 2022, 7:20 AM

Goalkeeper Edouard Mendy and striker Famara Diedhiou will join captain Kalidou Koulibaly on the sidelines for Senegal’s opening match at the Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon after both tested positive for COVID-19, the country’s football federation said on Sunday.

Novak Djokovic’s bid to stay in Australia goes before courts 10 January 2022, 2:39 AM

Novak Djokovic's battle to remain in Australia and bid for a record breaking tennis title goes before the courts on Monday, with the star player's lawyers and the federal government to face off over his controversial COVID-19 vaccination exemption.

Cameroon come from behind to win Afcon opener 9 January 2022, 8:25 PM

Captain Vincent Aboubakar converted two spot-kicks as hosts Cameroon came from behind to beat Burkina Faso 2-1 in the opening match of the Africa Cup of Nations finals in Yaounde on Sunday.

Three more players test positive in Senegal camp ahead of AFCON match 9 January 2022, 3:39 PM

Goalkeeper Edouard Mendy and striker Famara Diedhiou will join captain Kalidou Koulibaly on the sidelines for Senegal's opening match at the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) in Cameroon after both tested positive for COVID-19, the country's football federation said on Sunday.

MATCH PREVIEW: Cameroon, Burkina Faso ready for Africa Cup of Nations despite Covid testing confusion 9 January 2022, 2:11 PM

After a turbulent build-up, and still under a cloud of doubt, the Africa Cup of Nations finally gets underway in Cameroon on Sunday. 

Soccer fever sweeps Cameroon capital ahead of Africa Cup of Nations 9 January 2022, 1:45 PM

Ambiana Samira and her sisters spent hours tracking down tickets for the Africa Cup of Nations's first match in Cameroon's capital, as growing excitement ahead of the continent's top international soccer competition meant many vendors had run out.

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Injured Buttler to fly home, Root proud of team’s character 9 January 2022, 12:03 PM

England's Jos Buttler will miss the fifth and final Ashes test against Australia in Hobart with a finger injury, skipper Joe Root said after the visitors eked out a thrilling draw in the fourth match in Sydney on Sunday.

Teams must play if 11 players available, Afcon organisers say 9 January 2022, 10:54 AM

Teams participating in the Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) must play their fixtures if they have at least 11 players who have tested negative for COVID-19, the tournament's organisers said.

Rain in Sydney stalls Australia’s march towards victory 9 January 2022, 8:16 AM

Australia remained on course for a 4-0 lead in the Ashes series on Sunday when they reduced England to 122 for three, still 266 runs in arrears, at lunch on the final day of the fourth test.

Lukaku on target as Chelsea crush Chesterfield in FA Cup 9 January 2022, 3:14 AM

Romelu Lukaku scored for Chelsea in a 5-1 FA Cup third-round victory over minor league Chesterfield on Saturday -- his first goal since upsetting manager Thomas Tuchel in a television interview.

Messi continues COVID-19 recovery, misses Lyon trip 8 January 2022, 6:21 PM

Lionel Messi will miss Paris St Germain's Ligue 1 trip to Olympique Lyonnais on Sunday as he continues his recovery from COVID-19, the capital club said on Saturday.

Usman Khawaja
Second Khawaja ton leaves England batting to save test 8 January 2022, 11:00 AM

Usman Khawaja scored his second century of the match to help Australia to 265 for six declared on the fourth day of the fourth Ashes test on Saturday, handing England an unlikely victory target of 388.

Australian golfer Smith stretches his lead at Tournament of Champions in Kapalua 8 January 2022, 9:40 AM

Australian golfer, Cameron Smith, has stretched his lead at the Tournament of Champions in Kapalua, Hawaii, to three strokes after the second round of the tournament at the Plantation Course.

Djokovic faces a third day in Australian migrant detention in COVID vaccine furore 8 January 2022, 5:17 AM

Tennis world number one Novak Djokovic began a third day in Australian immigration detention on Saturday, joined by Czech women's player Renata Voracova as a blame game between Australian authorities over handling of COVID-19 vaccine exemptions gathered steam.

Edmond Tapsoba – Idolising Virgil Van Dijk, compared to Jerome Boateng 7 January 2022, 11:17 PM

Idolising the likes of Virgil Van Dijk, compared to the Jerome Boateng and rumoured to be eyed as a possible replacement for David Luiz at Arsenal, Edmond Tapsoda is one centre-back to look out for in Cameroon and the future. 

Karl Toko-Ekambi – man for the big moments 7 January 2022, 10:25 PM

Despite a very good record at club level, Karl Toko-Ekambi is yet to set the scene alight on the international stage.

Lure of Africa Cup of Nations games wins few vaccine sceptics over 7 January 2022, 8:01 PM

Low COVID-19 vaccination rates in Africa Cup of Nations host Cameroon and a fourth wave of the coronavirus across much of the continent could make for sparsely-attended matches when the soccer finals kick off on Sunday.

CAF limit stadium capacities at Afcon to combat COVID-19 7 January 2022, 6:16 PM

Attendances during the Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) will be capped at 80% for host nation Cameroon's fixtures and 60% for other games due to COVID-19, the Confederation of African Football (CAF) said.

Will vaccine mandate mean empty Afcon stadiums? 7 January 2022, 6:06 PM

Some soccer fans are racing to get vaccinated after Cameroon, host nation of the Africa Cup of Nations, said full vaccination and a negative test were compulsory for those who want to attend soccer matches. Final preparation at various stadiums are under way. But there are concerns seats could remain unfilled even after the first […]

Australian Border Force officials cancel Czech player Voracova’s visa 7 January 2022, 2:50 PM

A second Australian Open participant has been placed into detention in a sweep by authorities on those who entered the country under the same vaccination exemption as Novak Djokovic, Czech authorities and ABC reported on Friday.