Category: Sport

Italian runner covers nearly 40 km at bone-chilling minus 52 C in Siberia

Italian runner covers nearly 40 km at bone-chilling minus 52 C in Siberia

© Gavril Sobakin, Winteryakutia via AP YAKUTSK, January 20. /TASS/. Italian extreme sports lover Paolo Venturini ran nearly 40 km in northern Yakutia’s Oymyakon region where temperature hit minus 52 degrees Celsius, the local department for external relations told reporters on Sunday. “Paolo Venturini ran for three hours, 54 minutes and 10 seconds covering the 39.12 km from Tomtor to Oymyakon with the temperature of minus 52 degrees,” the department’s press service said. The marathoner was accompanied by a team, including a doctor, an interpreter and cameramen who are making a documentary about the Italian’s trip to Russia. Last year, Venturini, who is a policeman in…

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Russia’s tennis star Sharapova fails to reach Australian Open quarterfinals

Russia’s tennis star Sharapova fails to reach Australian Open quarterfinals

Maria Sharapova © AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein MOSCOW, January 20. /TASS/. Russian tennis star Maria Sharapova was defeated by Australia’s Ashleigh Barty in their fourth-round clash at the Australian Open in Melbourne, this year’s first Grand Slam tournament that has $44.5 million in prize money up for grabs. Sharapova, 31, (seed-30) was beaten 6-4, 1-6, 4-6 during the match, which lasted for 2 hours and 25 minutes. Barty, 22 (seed-15) will play with Petra Kvitova from the Czech Republic, who had defeated American Amanda Anisimova 6-2 and 6-1. This is the second time Sharapova played with Barty in her career. In the first encounter last year in…

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Data from Moscow lab to solidify doping cases against Russian athletes — WADA head

Data from Moscow lab to solidify doping cases against Russian athletes — WADA head

MOSCOW, January 18. /TASS/. The database retrieved from the Moscow anti-doping laboratory by experts of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) will provide solid proof in doping cases against Russian athletes, WADA head Craig Reedie said. WADA said in a press statement on Thursday that experts of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) have finished their mission to extract data from the Moscow laboratory. “This is a major breakthrough for clean sport,” he said. “The first phase of the three-phase process outlined by that decision is now complete.” “WADA now embarks on the second phase, which entails the authentication and review of the data to ensure it…

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President Putin congratulates Kamaz-Master team with triumphant win at 2019 Dakar rally

President Putin congratulates Kamaz-Master team with triumphant win at 2019 Dakar rally

MOSCOW, January 18. /TASS/. Russian President Vladimir Putin has extended his congratulations to Kamaz-Master team over its another triumph at the recently completed 2019-Dakar rally in Peru. “I congratulate you with the triumphal performance at the famous Dakar,” Putin was quoted as saying in his message. “Our crews in the trucks category have been traditionally recognized as leaders of this prestigious rally.” “Strong opponents are not idling and despite this fact you maintain the level of winners proving from year to year the supremacy of your piloting level, of your strong will and dedication,” Putin stated. The Russian president added that the crew’s championship crown…

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Kovalev’s bout with Alvarez is ‘not in jeopardy’ in view of US probe – promoter

Kovalev’s bout with Alvarez is ‘not in jeopardy’ in view of US probe – promoter

MOSCOW, January 18. /TASS, Igor Lazorin/. An earlier reported investigation in regard to Russia’s Sergey Kovalev would pose no obstructions for his fight against Colombia’s Eleider Alvarez as the Russian boxer would ‘clear his name in the court,’ Kathy Duva, the CEO of Main Events promotion company, told TASS on Friday. Asked by a TASS correspondent to comment whether this year’s scheduled bout between Kovalev and Alvarez could be cancelled in view of a US investigation in regard to the Russian boxer, Duva said: “…the fight is not in jeopardy. Sergey [Kovalev] will clear his name in court.” TMZ sports web portal announced earlier on…

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Russian boxer Kovalev charged in US with felony assault for allegedly punching a woman

Russian boxer Kovalev charged in US with felony assault for allegedly punching a woman

© AP Photo/John Locher MOSCOW, January 18. /TASS/. /TASS/. Russian boxer Sergey Kovalev has been charged with a felony assault for allegedly punching a woman and, if found guilty, faces up to four years in prison, TMZ sports web portal announced on Friday. TMZ reported that the Russian boxer was detained in the Californian city of Big Bear on June 9 after a woman told police that Kovalev allegedly punched her in the head causing “a severely broken nose, a concussion and a displaced disk in her neck.” According to the woman, the 35-year-old Russian boxer tried to get her attention at a party, but she…

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Russia’s bobsleigh chief Zubkov may appeal IBSF’s suspension with CAS before February 6

Russia’s bobsleigh chief Zubkov may appeal IBSF’s suspension with CAS before February 6

MOSCOW, January 18. /TASS/. An appeal against the decision of the International Bobsleigh and Skeleton Federation (IBSF) to suspend the head of the Russian Bobsleigh Federation (RBF) and three bobsledders may be filed with the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) before February 6, sports lawyer Artyom Patsev said on Friday. The IBSF announced on January 16 its decision to suspend from all sports-related activities until 2020 RBF President Alexander Zubkov, citing violations of anti-doping regulations. The international organization added that three Russian bobsledders, namely Alexander Kasyanov, Ilvir Khuzin and Alexei Pushkarev, were also slapped with suspensions until 2020 for violating anti-doping rules. “The term…

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Russia’s Pavlyuchenkova through to 4th round of 2019 Australian Open

Russia’s Pavlyuchenkova through to 4th round of 2019 Australian Open

MOSCOW, January 18. /TASS/. /TASS/. Russian tennis player Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova defeated on Friday her opponent Aliaksandra Sasnovich of Belarus in the 3rd round of the 2019 Australian Open, which has $44.5 million in prize money up for grabs and runs between January 14 and 27. In the match that lasted 1 hour and 2 minutes Pavlyuchenkova, seed-44, breezed past by Sasnovich with straight sets win of 6-0; 6-3. The encounter in Melbourne on Friday was the third for the duo. The Russian previously enjoyed victories over Sasnovich at the WTA tournaments in Tokyo and Miami. The 27-year-old Russian is set to face in the 4th…

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2019 Australian Open: Sharapova ousts defending champ Wozniacki in 3rd round

2019 Australian Open: Sharapova ousts defending champ Wozniacki in 3rd round

MOSCOW, January 18. /TASS/. /TASS/. Russian tennis star Maria Sharapova’s stunning play on Friday saw her blazing past Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark in the 3rd round of the 2019 Australian Open, which has $44.5 million in prize money up for grabs and runs between January 14 and 27. Defending champion Wozniacki (seed-3) had little to answer to a 37-strong barrage of winners from Sharapova (seed-30). The match at the Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne lasted for 2 hours 26 minutes and saw the Russian player advancing to the next round with 6-4; 4-6; 6-3 win. “I was anticipating the match and I wanted that match…

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2019 Australian Open: Bacsinszky sends Vikhlyantseva home with straight sets win

2019 Australian Open: Bacsinszky sends Vikhlyantseva home with straight sets win

Natalia Vikhlyantseva © AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein MOSCOW, January 17. /TASS/. /TASS/. Russian tennis player Natalia Vikhlyantseva lost to Switzerland’s Timea Bacsinszky on Thursday in the 2nd round of the 2019 Australian Open, which has $44.5 million in prize money up for grabs and runs between January 14 and 27. The 21-year-old Russian suffered the straight sets defeat of 2-6; 5-7 to Bacsinszky, who also enjoyed earlier a straight sets win in the opening round of this year’s first Grand Slam tournament, knocking out of the competition Russia’s 10-seed Daria Kasatkina 6-3; 6-0. Vikhlyantseva reached the 2nd round of the 2019 Australian Open after defeating in the…

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WADA experts through with data extraction mission at Moscow laboratory

WADA experts through with data extraction mission at Moscow laboratory

MOSCOW, January 17. /TASS/. /TASS/. Experts of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) have finished their mission to extract data from the Moscow laboratory, WADA said in a press statement on Thursday. “A three-person World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) expert team has successfully retrieved the data from the Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS) and the underlying analytical data generated by the former Moscow Laboratory in Russia,” WADA said. “The data are crucial to build strong cases against cheats and exonerate other athletes suspected of having participated in widespread doping on the basis of previous WADA-commissioned investigations led by Richard W. Pound and Professor Richard H. McLaren. The…

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Russia’s Kamaz-Master crew of Eduard Nikolaev wins 2019 Dakar rally in trucks category

Russia’s Kamaz-Master crew of Eduard Nikolaev wins 2019 Dakar rally in trucks category

MOSCOW, January 17. /TASS/. /TASS/. The crew of Russian team Kamaz-Master led by Eduard Nikolaev won the 2019 Dakar Rally in the trucks category after the rally’s final stage on Thursday and finish in Lima, the capital of Peru. This was the fourth and the third time in a row for Nikolaev to win the prestigious annual Dakar rally. His first victory at the Dakar was in 2013 and then he was the winner of the annual rally in 2017 and 2018. Nikolaev was also a mechanic on the crew of famous Vladimir Chagin to win the Dakar rally in 2008. In other media

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Russian wrestler Makhov to get 2012 Olympics silver as IOC disqualifies Georgian athlete

Russian wrestler Makhov to get 2012 Olympics silver as IOC disqualifies Georgian athlete

MOSCOW, January 17. /TASS/. /TASS/. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has ordered on Thursday to annul results of Georgian freestyle wrestler Davit Modzmanashvili at the 2012 Olympics in London, where he won silver in men’s under-120kg category, citing violations of anti-doping rules. The IOC said in its statement on Thursday that Modzmanashvili, who competed “in the Men’s Freestyle Wrestling 120kg event in which he ranked 2nd and was awarded the silver medal, has been disqualified from the Olympic Games London 2012.” “Re-analysis of Modzmanashvili’s samples from London 2012 resulted in a positive test for the prohibited substance dehydrochlormethyltestosterone (oral turinabol),” according to the statement from…

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Russia’s Medvedev advances at 2019 Australian Open after straight sets win over Harrison

Russia’s Medvedev advances at 2019 Australian Open after straight sets win over Harrison

Daniil Medvedev © EPA-EFE/RITCHIE TONGO MOSCOW, January 17. /TASS/. /TASS/. Russian tennis player Daniil Medvedev defeated on Thursday Ryan Harrison of the United States in the 2nd round of the 2019 Australian Open, which has $44.5 million in prize money up for grabs and runs between January 14 and 27. The 22-year-old Russian, who is seeded 15 at the tournament, advanced to the next round of this year’s first Grand Slam tournament after battling out the American opponent in 1 hour and 33 minutes chalking up the straight sets win of 6-3; 6-3; 6-3. Medvedev’s 3rd round opponent is 21-seed David Goffin of Belgium, who earlier…

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FISU inks anti-doping cooperation deal with ITA on 2019 Winter Universiade in Krasnoyarsk

FISU inks anti-doping cooperation deal with ITA on 2019 Winter Universiade in Krasnoyarsk

MOSCOW, January 16. /TASS/. /TASS/. The International University Sports Federation (FISU) has signed an agreement with the Independent Testing Authority (ITA) on cooperation in the sphere of doping control at the 2019 Winter Universiade in Krasnoyarsk, the Russian Sports Ministry’s press service reported on Wednesday. The Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk, which has a population of over one million, was elected to host the 2019 Winter Universiade at the session of the FISU Executive Committee in Brussels in 2013. The event is scheduled for March 2-12, 2019. The International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) Executive Board announced at its session on March 16, 2017 a decision to set…

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RUSADA uses reliable ‘Rio-2016’ doping sample containers, says official

RUSADA uses reliable ‘Rio-2016’ doping sample containers, says official

MOSCOW, January 16. /TASS/. The Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) is currently using Swiss company Berlinger’s doping sample containers, which were manufactured by the company especially for the 2016 Olympics in Brazil, a senior official with the agency told TASS on Wednesday. Margarita Pakhnotskaya, a RUSADA deputy director general, said there had be no complaints at all regarding the ‘Rio-2016’ edition of containers for storing doping samples in terms of their reliability. “RUSADA is currently using containers, for collecting doping samples, made by the Swiss company Berlinger especially for the 2016 Olympics,” Pakhnotskaya said in an interview with TASS. “We had no complaints whatsoever regarding these…

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Russian Olympic Committee push for national bobsleigh chief’s suspension of powers

Russian Olympic Committee push for national bobsleigh chief’s suspension of powers

MOSCOW, January 16. /TASS/. /TASS/. The Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) will request the Russian Bobsleigh Federation an early termination of powers on behalf of the federation’s President Alexander Zubkov, ROC President Stanislav Pozdnyakov said on Wednesday. The International Biathlon and Skeleton Federation (IBSF) announced earlier in the day its decision to suspend from all sports-related activities until 2020 Alexander Zubkov citing violations of anti-doping regulations. The IBSF also stated that three Russian bobsledders, namely Alexander Kasyanov, Ilvir Khuzin and Alexei Pushkarev, have been also slapped with suspensions until 2020 for violating anti-doping rules. “On our behalf, we will be asking the Russian Bobsleigh Federation to…

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Sharapova’s straight sets win over Peterson takes her to 3rd round of 2019 Australian Open

Sharapova’s straight sets win over Peterson takes her to 3rd round of 2019 Australian Open

MOSCOW, January 16. /TASS/. /TASS/. Russian tennis star Maria Sharapova breezed past her 3rd round opponent Rebecca Peterson of Sweden on Wednesday to advance further at the 2019 Australian Open, which has $44.5 million in prize money up for grabs and runs between January 14 and 27. The 31-year-old Russian player secured her birth in the 3rd round after her straight sets win of 6-2; 6-1 in the match with Peterson on Wednesday night. The match lasted for one hour and 13 minutes. The 3rd round of this year’s opening Grand Slam tournament will see Sharapova clashing with the Australian Open reigning champion, Caroline Wozniacki…

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Dakar Rally drama: Dashing over the sand dunes

Dakar Rally drama: Dashing over the sand dunes

An aerial view of the arrival camping during the first stage of the Dakar Rally 2019, between Lima and Pisco, in Peru, January 7 © EPA-EFE/Ernesto Arias KTM rider Oscar Romero Montoya of Spain, Husqvarna rider Fausto Mota of Spain and KTM rider Loic Minaudier of France race their motorbikes during stage six of the Dakar Rally between Arequipa and San Juan de Marcona, Peru, January 13 © AP Photo/Ricardo Mazalan A general view of the second stage of the Dakar Rally, between Pisco and San Juan de Marcona, in Peru © EPA-EFE/ERNESTO ARIAS Stephane Peterhansel and David Castera in the Mini of the X-Raid Mini JCW Team…

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Russia’s Khachanov through to 3rd round of 2019 Australian Open after straight sets win

Russia’s Khachanov through to 3rd round of 2019 Australian Open after straight sets win

Karen Khachanov © AP Photo/Aaron Favila MOSCOW, January 16. /TASS/. /TASS/. Russian tennis player Karen Khachanov defeated on Wednesday Yoshihito Nishioka of Japan in the 2nd round of the 2019 Australian Open, which has $44.5 million in prize money up for grabs and runs between January 14 and 27. The 22-year-old Russian, who is seeded 10th at the tournament, advanced to the next round of this year’s first Grand Slam tournament after battling out the Japanese opponent in two hours and four minutes with the final score of 6-3; 6-3; 6-3. Khachanov’s 3rd round opponent will be decided later on Wednesday following the clash between Australia’s…

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Russian Football Union confirms Dyukov as sole candidate in presidential election

Russian Football Union confirms Dyukov as sole candidate in presidential election

MOSCOW, January 16. /TASS/. Alexander Dyukov, the director general of Gazprom Neft and the chairman of the Board of Directors of Zenit St. Petersburg football club, is the only candidate running for the post of the Russian Football Union’s (RFU) president, Igor Fatov, a member of the RFU Election Committee, told TASS on Wednesday. “Only one candidate was registered to run in the presidential election,” Fatov stated. All candidates wishing to run in the election had the time to submit a set of required documents with the RFU Election Committee by January 13. Dyukov, 51, was the only candidate, whose documents were submitted before the…

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Russian canoeist Shtokalov keeps waiting for IOC to hand him 2016 Olympics bronze

Russian canoeist Shtokalov keeps waiting for IOC to hand him 2016 Olympics bronze

MOSCOW, January 15. /TASS/. Russian canoeist Ilia Shtokalov told TASS on Tuesday that the International Olympic Committee (IOC) is still unable to find an opportunity of handing him the bronze medal of the 2016 Olympics. At the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Brazil’s Rio de Janeiro, Shtokalov finished fourth in men’s singles 1,000m sprint. The bronze went to Moldova’s Sergei Tarnovski, who was later disqualified after his doping tests proved positive for performance enhancing drugs. Tarnovski filed an appeal against his disqualification with the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), but the Swiss-based court rejected the appeal on July 11, 2018. In August 2018 the…

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Putin gets unique hockey stick gift

Putin gets unique hockey stick gift

MOSCOW, January 15. /TASS/. The Club of Leaders of the Agency for Strategic Initiatives (ASI) has presented President Vladimir Putin with an ice hockey stick made of composite materials and decorated with inscription ‘Russia’ and the national state emblem. On Tuesday, the Russian president visited the Club of Leaders’ stand for promoting the ASI’s business initiatives at the exhibition dedicated to the meeting of the ASI Supervisory Board. Director of the “New Business” Division of ASI Artem Avetisyan briefed the Russian leader on the production of composite ice hockey sticks made of carbon fiber and fiberglass. The stand displayed a set of ice hockey sticks…

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FISU to sign next week anti-doping cooperation deal with ITA on 2019 Winter Universiade

FISU to sign next week anti-doping cooperation deal with ITA on 2019 Winter Universiade

© Anton Novoderezhkin/TASS MOSCOW, January 15. /TASS/. The International University Sports Federation (FISU) is set to sign next week an agreement with the Independent Testing Authority (ITA) on cooperation in the sphere of doping control at the 2019 Winter Universiade, FISU President Oleg Matytsin told TASS on Tuesday. “We have reached the moment, when we can sign an agreement,” Matytsin said in an interview with TASS. “The signing is likely to take place next week. An official statement will be made as soon as it happens.” “We are currently negotiating the remaining details and after that the ITA will become our partner in the organization of…

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Russia aims entering top three of 2020 Olympics medals standings — sports minister

Russia aims entering top three of 2020 Olympics medals standings — sports minister

MOSCOW, January 15. /TASS/. The Russian national team is facing the task of entering the top three of the national squads in the overall medals standings at the 2020 Summer Olympic Games in Japan’s Tokyo, Russian Sports Minister Pavel Kolobkov said on Tuesday. “The national team is preparing for the 2020 Olympics in line with the schedule,” Kolobkov told journalists. “We have no doubts whatsoever that they will be well prepared, will accomplish the set tasks and will finish in the top three.” “We see the potential, which is necessary to accomplish this task,” the Russian sports minister added. At the 2016 Summer Olympic Games…

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Russia’s Vikhlyantseva, Gasparyan through to 2nd round of 2019 Australian Open

Russia’s Vikhlyantseva, Gasparyan through to 2nd round of 2019 Australian Open

Margarita Gasparyan © AP Photo/Andy Brownbill MOSCOW, January 15. /TASS/. /TASS/. Russian tennis players Natalia Vikhlyantseva and Margarita Gasparyan have both defeated their opponents on Tuesday to proceed to the 2nd round of the 2019 Australian Open, which has $44.5 million in prize money up for grabs and runs between January 14 and 27. It took 21-year-old Vikhlyantseva 2 hours and 10 minutes to battle out her opponent Varvara Lepchenko of the United States to advance to the next round with the victory of 6-7 (2-7), 6-2, 6-4. Gasparyan also lost the first set to her opponent, Lin Zhu of China, but came back in the…

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Britain’s Andy Murray bows out of 2019 Australian Open after 1st round defeat

Britain’s Andy Murray bows out of 2019 Australian Open after 1st round defeat

MELBOURNE, January 14. /TASS/. British tennis star Andy Murray, who hinted last week on wrapping up with his sports career due to a hip injury, suffered a defeat on Monday night in the 1st round of the 2019 Australian Open. In a match that lasted 4 hours and 13 minutes Murray fought hard but eventually succumbed to his opponent, Roberto Bautista Agut of Spain. Being two sets down, Murray fought back viciously to win the other two, but was eventually edged out of the Grand Slam tournament in Australia with the final score of 4-6, 4-6 ,7-6 (7-5), 7-6 (7-4), 2-6. Bautista Agut, seeded 22nd,…

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Russian lawmaker urges WADA to inspect reliability of containers for doping samples

Russian lawmaker urges WADA to inspect reliability of containers for doping samples

MOSCOW, January 14. /TASS/. A member of the Russian State Duma Committee on Physical Culture, Sports, Tourism and Youth Affairs, Dmitry Svishchev, called on the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) to hold extra examinations of containers used for collecting doping samples of athletes, a statement from the lawmaker’s press service said. Last week a video footage was circulated on the Internet, showing Norwegian pole vaulter Sondre Guttormsen easily opening three sealed containers with doping samples. According to the video, he opened them in the presence of a doping control officer during an inspection and without using special equipment. The Norwegian anti-doping body is using standard bottles…

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Maria Sharapova reaches second round of Australian Open

Maria Sharapova reaches second round of Australian Open

© AP Photo/Aaron Favila MOSCOW, January 14. /TASS/. Russian tennis star Maria Sharapova has defeated Great Britain’s Harriet Dart 6-0, 6-0 in her first-round match of the Australian Open, reaching the tournament’s second round. Sharapova will now play against Rebecca Peterson of Sweden, who defeated Romania’s Sorana Cirstea 6-4, 6-1. Sharapova won the Australian Open in 2008. The tournament will conclude on January 27. In other media

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Russian player Khachanov to face Japan’s Nishioka in 2nd round of 2019 Australian Open

Russian player Khachanov to face Japan’s Nishioka in 2nd round of 2019 Australian Open

Karen Khachanov © AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili MOSCOW, January 14. /TASS/. Russian tennis player Karen Khachanov defeated Germany’s Peter Gojowczyk in the first round of the 2019 Australian Open, which has $44.5 million in prize money up for grabs and runs between January 14 and 27. The 22-year-old Russian, who is seeded 10th at the tournament, battled out the German opponent in 2 hours 28 minutes with the final score of 3-6; 6-3; 6-4; 6-3. Leading 4-3 in the 3rd set, Khachanov asked for a time-out complaining of pains in a leg. Khachanov, whose best Australian Open result was the second round in 2017, is set to…

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