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Omotayo Overcomes Nerves At Hungarian Classic

Nigerian table tennis player, Olajide Omotayo refused to play to the gallery at the ITTF World Tour in Hungary as the former national junior champion took his Canadian counterpart to the cleaner in the first group match of the men’s singles. In 2017, Omotayo lost most of his first matches at the ITTF World Tours but this year, he took ...

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Sharapova Shines Under Australian Open Sun

Russian female tennis ace, Maria Sharapova on Tuesday resumed her career at the Australian Open in bright sunshine with a performance that went some way to banishing those demons. The 30-year-old former champion returned a positive doping test after a quarter-final defeat by Serena Williams in 2016, resulting in a 15-month ban from the sport. Sharapova was in dominant mood ...

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Quadri, Meshref To Defend Titles At Top 16 Cup

Aruna Quadri of Nigeria and Dina Meshref of Egypt will be defending their titles at this year’s ITTF Africa Top 16 Cup holding in Nairobi, Kenya. To win the tournament in 2016 in Khartoum, Sudan, Quadri defeated Omar Assar of Egypt 4-2 while Meshref also beat Edem Offiong of Nigeria and this year they will be aiming to retain their ...

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Bencic Sends Venus Packing On USA’s Bleak Day

Swiss Belinda Bencic sent an early shockwave through the Australian Open on Monday by toppling last year’s finalist Venus Williams on an opening day of carnage for American tennis. With defending champion and new mum Serena absent, 20-year-old Bencic’s brilliant 6-3 7-5 win under the Rod Laver Arena roof ensured there would not be a Williams sister in the second ...

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16 Badminton Players Enter National Camp In Katsina

Badminton Federation of Nigeria (BFN) have commenced preparation for the first event of the international calendar in 2018 holding in Algeria with 16 players in camp for next month’s championship. Clement Krobapor, Anuoluwapo Opeyemi, Godwin Olufua, Enejoh Abah, Habeeb Bello, Usman Ayo Ishaq, Olawale Odunayo and Daniel Phillip are the eight male players in the team’s camp in Katsina. Dorcas  ...

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Federer Begins Australian Open Chase Next Week

Swiss tennis ace, Roger Federer will open his Australian Open title defence against Slovenian Aljaz Bedene next week, while top seed Rafael Nadal, the losing finalist last year, was paired with Dominican Victor Estrella Burgos at the draw. Women’s top seed, Simona Halep of Romania faces Australian wildcard Destanee Aiava in the first round, with second seed Caroline Wozniacki starting ...

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Serena Williams Reveals Close Brush With Death

Serena Williams has revealed she suffered a horrifying post-birth health scare which required several operations and left her bedridden for six weeks. The tennis superstar was diagnosed with blood clots in her lungs which affected her breathing and experienced major internal bleeding after becoming a new mum. Her ordeal, divulged in a magazine interview, delayed her planned comeback and forced ...

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AJC 2018 Qualifiers: Marylove, Kushimo Win Gold, Shoot Nigeria Atop Medals’ Log

Marylove Edward, Thursday, produced a stunning performance by beating Koumba Niangadou to clinch gold medal at the 14 and under of the 2018 ITF/CAT West and Central African Qualifiers holding in Togo. The youngster, who joined the Nick Bolleteri Tennis Academy in Bradenton, Florida last September, justified her status as the prime seed as she coasted to an easy 6-1, ...

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Venus Williams’s Inspires With Deadlifts, Dances Ahead Aussie Open

Venus Williams is looking to make history! Although younger sister Serena will not be playing in the Australian Open this year, Venus is more motivated than ever as she could become the “oldest player, male or female, to win a major in the Open era,” Tennis.com reports. At just 37 years old (and 62 days), Venus is looking to surpass ...

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Serena Pulls Out Of 2018 Australian Open

Australian Open women’s defending champion, Serena Williams will not be playing at the 2018 edition of the competition later this month, as the American ace has opted to withdraw on health grounds The former world number one had been expected to return to Melbourne, having entered the competition and secured a visa, but announced her decision to stay away on ...

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