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Tennis: Unseeded Bencic upsets Kvitova to lift Dubai title

(Reuters) – Switzerland’s Belinda Bencic ended a four-year title drought with a 6-3 1-6 6-2 victory over Petra Kvitova in the final of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships on Saturday. Tennis – WTA Premier 5 – Dubai Tennis Championships – Dubai Duty Free Tennis Stadium, Dubai, United Arab Emirates – February 23, 2019 Switzerland’s Belinda Bencic in action during the final against Czech Republic’s Petra Kvitova REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah Victory gave Bencic, 21, her first win over second seed Kvitova, who had breezed past her in straight sets in the…

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Dubai Tennis Championships: Petra Kvitova to meet Belinda Bencic in final

Two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova has won 17 of her 20 matches this year World number four Petra Kvitova continued her fine start to the 2019 season by beating Hsieh Su-wei in Dubai to reach her third final of the year. The 28-year-old Czech, who won the Sydney title before losing to Naomi Osaka in the Australian Open final, won 3-6 6-2 6-4 in Friday’s semi-final. Kvitova will play Switzerland’s Belinda Bencic, who beat Ukraine’s Elina Svitolina, in Saturday’s final. Bencic, 21, trailed 5-3 in the deciding set before winning…

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Dubai Championships: Simona Halep loses to Belinda Bencic

Bencic, who has been mentored by Martina Hingis, climbed to seventh in the world in 2016 before suffering a serious wrist injury World number two Simona Halep was knocked out of the Dubai Championships as Swiss youngster Belinda Bencic again showed fight and resilience to reach the semi-finals. Bencic, who saved six match points before beating Aryna Sabalenka in the previous round, won 4-6 6-4 6-2. Halep, 27, struggled with her service game and was broken seven times. Bencic, 21, missed two match points before claiming her third when the…

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Tearful Osaka stunned by Mladenovic in Dubai

(Reuters) – A tearful Naomi Osaka said she was struggling with the attention of being the world’s top-ranked woman after being stunned 6-3 6-3 by France’s Kristina Mladenovic in her opening match at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships on Tuesday. FILE PHOTO: Tennis – Australian Open – Women’s Singles Final – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, January 26, 2019. Japan’s Naomi Osaka attends a news conference after winning her match against Czech Republic’s Petra Kvitova. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi Playing her first match since claiming the number one ranking with her Australian…

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Naomi Osaka blames scrutiny over coaching split for Dubai defeat

Naomi Osaka lost her serve seven times as Kristina Mladenovic beat a world number one for the first time in her career Japan’s Naomi Osaka blamed scrutiny following the split from her coach for defeat in her first match since becoming world number one. The Australian and US Open champion, 21, was beaten 6-3 6-3 by France’s Kristina Mladenovic in the Dubai Tennis Championships second round. It was her first match since since splitting with Sascha Bajin last week. Asked if she could block out reaction to the news, she…

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Golf: European Tour aims to lure big names with game’s top prize at Dubai finale

(Reuters) – Golf’s biggest prize will be awarded at the European Tour’s season finale in Dubai as part of changes to the final three Rolex Series events announced on Wednesday. FILE PHOTO: Golf – European Tour – British Masters – Walton Heath Golf Club, Walton-on-the-Hill, Britain – October 11, 2018 England’s Danny Willett during the first round Action Images via Reuters/Andrew Boyers/File Photo The winner of the DP World Tour Championship will now pocket a cheque for $3 million, a jump from the $1.33 million won by Englishman Danny Willett…

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Mixed-faith marriage as a way of life in Dubai

DUBAI (Reuters) – For Ali Al Sayed and Mina Liccione, religious tolerance is more than just an aspiration. It’s a way of life. Ali al Sayed, local Muslim, prays as his wife Mina Liccione, a Catholic Christian, holds their child at their house in Jebel Ali, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, January 28, 2019. REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah Unusually for a couple in Dubai, theirs is a mixed-faith marriage, with Mina – born a Catholic – choosing not to follow standard practice by converting to Islam when they tied the knot. She…

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DeChambeau leads going into final round in Dubai

(Reuters) – American Bryson DeChambeau fired a four-under 68 in the third round to take a one-shot lead over defending champion Li Haotong in the Omega Dubai Desert Classic on Saturday. Jan 12, 2019; Honolulu, HI, USA; PGA golfer Bryson DeChambeau tees off on the 17th hole during the third round of the Sony Open in Hawaii golf tournament at Waialae Country Club. Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports/File Photo World number five DeChambeau had two straight bogeys on the seventh and eighth holes but ended the round strongly with four birdies…

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Essex man who ‘taunted’ police from Dubai jailed

Image copyright Metropolitan Police Image caption The Met Police issued this photo, which Adam Ali posted on Instagram on his “chrono750” account A dangerous driver who fled to Dubai has been jailed after being extradited back to Britain. Adam Ali, who left the UK in January 2017, was described as “taunting” police by using his Instagram account to pose with flash cars and watches. Ali, from Essex, was convicted in his absence later in 2017 of ammunition possession and motoring offences. He has been given 10 months for fleeing while…

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Golf: Molinari crowned Race to Dubai champion, Willett wins season finale

(Reuters) – Francesco Molinari clinched the Race to Dubai title after Tommy Fleetwood failed to win the season-ending DP World Tour Championship, where England’s Danny Willett earned his first title in 2-1/2 years on Sunday. Molinari has enjoyed a remarkable season, winning his maiden major championship at the British Open along with his first Rolex Series title at the BMW PGA Championship. Englishman Fleetwood, who needed to win at the Jumeirah Golf Estates to overtake Molinari on the European Tour’s money list, finished with a final-round four-under-par 68 to end…

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