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Konta dispatches Makarova, to meet Serena in quarters

Konta dispatches Makarova, to meet Serena in quarters

MELBOURNE, Jan 23 (REUTERS) Johanna Konta advanced to an Australian Open quarter-final showdown with Serena Williams after the ninth seed dismantled Ekaterina Makarova 6-1 6-4 in their fourth-round clash today. The 25-year-old Konta, Britain's last hope in the singles after Andy Murray and Dan Evans were bundled out on Sunday, took 69 minutes to send the Russian packing in temperatures approaching 35C. Makarova was no match for Konta's serve or ground game in the first set as she changed angles and depth of returns that prevented the left-hander from getting any rhythm. Makarova, who beat sixth seed Dominika Cibulkova in the third round, raced to a 4-1 lead in the second set but Konta rallied to win the next five games and sealed victory on her second match point when the Russian's forehand sailed over the baseline. REUTERS AKC RAI0929

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Pyeongchang Games 'killing' equipment rental business, say owners

20 Feb 2018 | 1:32 PM

By Jack Tarrant and Hyun Young Yi
PYEONGCHANG, South Korea, Feb 20 (Reuters) Visitors coming to Phoenix Snow Park for the Winter Olympics' freestyle skiing and snowboarding events are being stopped in their tracks by a jarring red banner that marks the front lines in a battle between local business owners and Games organisers.

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Snowboarding-Women's big air final brought forward to Thursday

20 Feb 2018 | 1:18 PM

By Jack Tarrant
PYEONGCHANG, South Korea, Feb 20 (Reuters) The women's Olympic snowboard big air final has been brought forward to Thursday due to predicted high winds, organisers said on Tuesday.

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Freestyle skiing-United States dominate ski halfpipe qualifying

20 Feb 2018 | 12:57 PM

By Jack Tarrant
PYEONGCHANG, South Korea, Feb 20 (Reuters) Aaron Blunck led the United States' domination in the qualification for the men’s ski halfpipe final at the Pyeongchang Olympics with the Americans securing the top three spots on Tuesday.

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Slovenia ice hockey player Jeglic fails doping test, to leave Games: CAS

20 Feb 2018 | 12:55 PM

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea, Feb 20 (Reuters) - Slovenia men's ice hockey player Ziga Jeglic has tested positive for a banned substance and has been suspended for the remainder of the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, the Court of Arbitration for Sport said on Tuesday.

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Global broadcasters' output up by 14 percent from Sochi - IOC

20 Feb 2018 | 12:07 PM

By Karolos Grohmann
PYEONGCHANG, South Korea, Feb 20 (Reuters) Broadcasters around the world have beamed 14 percent more hours of programming from the Pyeongchang winter Olympics compared to the Sochi Games in Russia four years ago, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) said on Tuesday.

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