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Sania Mirza continued her impressive run as she captured her fourth title of the season (18th overall) with Cara Black of Zimbabwe.

Written by Agencies | Published:September 29, 2013 3:43 am

Sania wins season’s 4th title

Sania Mirza continued her impressive run as she captured her fourth title of the season (18th overall) with Cara Black of Zimbabwe,recording a come-from-behind win over Liezel Huber and Hao Ching Chan to lift the Pan Pacific Open trophy in Tokyo. The unseeded duo pipped the American-Taipei combination 4-6 6-0 11-9 in one hour and 25 minutes. After losing the opening set,Sania and Cara made a stunning recovery as they bageled their opponents with three breaks to push the match to super tiebreaker.

Meanwhile,in the singles competition,Czech Petra Kvitova overcame a second set meltdown to dispatch Angelique Kerber 6-2 0-6 6-3 to claim her 11th WTA tour title.

Berdych eyes first title

Tomas Berdych closed in on his first title of the year when he rallied from a set down to beat Gilles Simon in their Thailand Open semi-final on Saturday. Berdych,the only member of the world’s top 10 without a title this year,lost an opening-set tiebreak against the Frenchman but recovered to win 6-7(5) 6-2 7-5 in Bangkok. The Czech will take on Canadian Milos Raonic who beat defending champion Richard Gasquet 3-6 7-5 6-4.

Zareen in Youth Worlds final

Reigning junior world champion Nikhat Zareen (54kg) continued her winning run to enter the final of the AIBA Women’s Youth World Boxing Championships in Albena,Bulgaria. Zareen defeated Viktoriya Virt of Ukraine in the semi-finals to set up a title fight against Yunzi Yuan of China. But there was disappointment for the other two Indians in the semi-finals. Lightweight boxer Simranjit Kaur (60kg) lost in a close contest against Aidana Arapbayeva from Kazakhstan. Whereas,in the junior group,Asha Roka (48kg) was beaten by Assyl Askarova of Kazakhstan.

Maini seals first win

Showing excellent driving skills,young driver Arjun Maini claimed his maiden win in the Formula BMW series as he pipped Vishnu Prasad by three seconds in race 1 of round three in the JK Tyre Racing championship at the Buddh International Circuit in Greater Noida. Arjun started from second position on the grid but overtook pole sitter Mahavir in lap 4 to take the lead,which he defended well till the end.

India U-16 thrash Bhutan 8-1

Prosenjit Chakraborty scored a hat-trick as India thrashed Bhutan 8-1 in a group match of the AFC U-16 Championship Qualifiers in Kuwait and kept themselves in contention for a final round berth. Besides Prosenjit,who struck in the 13th,31st and 48th minutes,the other scorers are Jayananda Singh (4th),Jerry Lalrinzuala (20th),Bedashwor Singh (33rd and 47th),Edmund Lalrindika (74th) and Nuruddin (75th). India are second in Group A with seven points behind Kuwait (nine points).

‘Bias against black coaches’

Former Arsenal and England defender Sol Campbell says he may have to go abroad to further his coaching ambitions as attitudes towards black coaches in England are archaic. Campbell is taking the first steps towards his UEFA A licence and is passing on his knowledge to Arsenal’s young players. However,the 39-year-old believes opportunities to move into coaching in England are limited. “I want to start abroad,” he said in an interview in The Guardian. “There are no opportunities here for me,not until attitudes change anyway. Everyone has to ask themselves why there are not more black managers in this country…I’ve spoken to other black players who want to coach and they feel the same,that attitudes here are archaic.”

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