Maria Sharapova beat Li Na 6-4, 6-3 on Sunday to successfully defend her WTA Porsche Grand Prix title in a final between the last two French Open champions. The top-seeded Russian swept to her second title of the year after winning in Indian Wells, Calif. She became the first player to retain the Stuttgart title since Lindsey Davenport in 2005. This was her 29th career title and 16th consecutive win on clay, dating to Rome last year.
Sharapova was using the Stuttgart tournament for her clay-court debut this season, as she did last season when she went on to capture the French Open. The second-seeded Li had a double-fault on match point, with another one earlier in the final game. Sharapova had to fight through three long three-setters to get to the championship match, but there was little drama in the final.
The Russian opened with a break and went up 4-1 before Li could pull back one break. But that was not enough, and Sharapova closed the set with a service winner. Li, who became the first Chinese player to win a Grand Slam title with her victory at Roland Garros in 2011, simply didn't have enough consistency to threaten. Sharapova gained the key break in the seventh game of the second when Li sent a volley wide.
Sharapova now holds a 9-5 career edge over Li, who beat her in the semifinals of the Australian Open, the year's first Grand Slam.
Krrish Delhi Smashers icon player Jwala Gutta appeared visibly livid after she was peppered with some lewd comments from the fans during her tie against Banga Beats in the Indian Badminton league at the Sree Kanteerava Indoor Stadium here late Sunday night.
England had to settled for a 3-0 victory in the Ashes series against Australia after the fifth and final Test ended in a thrilling draw at The Oval here.
Double Olympic medallist Sushil Kumar was offered cash to lose the 2010 world championship final.
The Hyderabad Hotshots defeated the Mumbai Masters 3-2 in the Indian Badminton League (IBL) tie to top the points table at the Shree Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex.
Manchester United have reportedly enquired about the availability of Chelsea's Juan Mata.
Awadhe Warriors won their first tie of the Indian Badminton League (IBL) in style by drubbing Krrish Delhi Smashers 4-1 at the Shree Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex.
from Associated Press
Kevin Stadler teed off just after breakfast and finished right before dinner. It took him nearly 11 hours to complete a 7-under 64 at Liberty National, his lowest score on the PGA Tour since the first week of February.