BEIJING - Reigning China Open champion Victoria Azarenka crashed out in the first round on Monday as the second seed went down to former finalist Andrea Petkovic. The Belarusian world No.2 rarely showed glimpses of the form which helped her claim the title last year, as she committed a staggering 15 double faults in the 6-4 2-6 6-4 loss in Beijing.
ROSARIO - Wallabies coach Ewen McKenzie is giving no guarantees Will Genia will regain a starting role for the Rugby Championship wooden spoon clash against Argentina. Long-term incumbent halfback Genia has been on the bench for Australia's last two matches, including the demoralising 28-8 loss against the Springboks in Cape Town.
BUCHAREST - Chelsea soccer coach Jose Mourinho walked out of a media conference ahead of a Champions League match at Steaua Bucharest after becoming increasingly agitated at questions about his squad selections. Mourinho has spent weeks responding to questions about Juan Mata being dropped from the team was frustrated to be quizzed on Kevin De Bruyne's absence.
BERLIN - The German Olympic Committee (DOSB) yesterday voted in favour of Munich launching a bid to host the 2022 Winter Games. In 2011, Munich lost out to South Korea's Pyeongchang in the race to host the 2018 Winter Olympics but, at a meeting on yesterday, DOSB members voted overwhelmingly in favour of another attempt.
LONDON - Andy Reid, Darron Gibson and Anthony Stokes were recalled to the Republic of Ireland squad by interim manager Noel King yesterday for World Cup soccer qualifiers against Germany and Kazakhstan. Nottingham Forest midfielder Reid has not figured in the squad since the early days of Giovanni Trapattoni's reign after an incident in 2008.