Williams setback for Aussie Open
TENNIS: Serena Williams injured her left ankle today while playing her first tournament since September in what looms as a major setback for her
Australian Open preparations.
Williams, in her first trip Down Under since winning the 2010 Australian title and playing a tournament for the first time since losing last year's US Open final, was serving for the match at 6-2, 5-3 against Serbia's Bojana Jovanovski when she was wrong-footed and twisted her ankle, crashing heavily to the court.
The 13-time Grand Slam winner needed treatment as she lay near the baseline for several minutes and then had the ankle re-taped before resuming the match and losing the next point to surrender a service break.
Williams limped through the next game, wincing in pain after at least two points, before securing a 6-2, 6-4 win to advance to the Brisbane International quarterfinals.
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.