Williams setback for Aussie Open
TENNIS: Serena Williams’ Australian Open preparations took a major hit today when she injured her left ankle playing in only her second singles match since September and withdrew from the Brisbane International.
In her first tournament since losing the US Open final, Williams was serving for the match with a 6-2, 5-3 lead against Serbia’s Bojana Jovanovski when she twisted the ankle and crashed heavily to the court.
After receiving medical treatment, she continued and clinched the match in the next game to secure a quarter-final spot, but later withdrew from the tournament after having medical scans which “confirmed that I have a left ankle sprain (and) that I probably shouldn’t play on.”
She said she would “take a couple of days off - not too many - and see how I feel. I’m still hopeful of playing the Australian Open.”
TENNIS: Rafael Nadal was given a tough work-out as he overcame Germany's Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-3 6-7 (2/7) 6-3 in the Qatar Exxonmobil Open in Doha.
The World No 2, the top seed in Qatar, took two hours and 23 minutes to emerge victorious. He claimed the first set but fell 4-1 behind in the second before rattling off three games in a row to draw level against World No 43 Kohlschreiber.
The set culminated in a tie-break in which the German grabbed an early mini-break and emerged victorious and he continued his momentum by breaking early in the decider, but Nadal immediately broke back and a second breach of the Kohlschreiber serve allowed him to gain a 3-1 lead, a position from which he did not look back.
DARTS: Phil Taylor was named as the PDC Player of the Year last night at the PDC Annual Awards Dinner.
World No 1 Taylor saw his achievement in winning five major titles during 2011 - at the World Matchplay, European Championship, World Grand Prix, Championship League Darts and Grand Slam of Darts - recognised with the showpiece PDC Player of the Year Award.
World Champion Adrian Lewis saw his thrilling comeback from 5-1 to defeat James Wade 6-5 in the World Darts Championship semi-finals named as the PDC Televised Performance of the Year.
BASKETBALL: Kobe Bryant rediscovered his scoring touch to score 37 points and lead the Los Angeles Lakers to top spot in the Pacific division with a 108-99 win over the visiting Houston Rockets last night.
NBA: Cleveland 115 Charlotte 101; Portland 103 Oklahoma City 93; Memphis 113 Sacramento 96; Chicago 76 Atlanta 74; Utah 85 Milwaukee 73; LA Lakers 108 Houston 99.