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Monday 18 December 2017

Serena slams Tarp' remarks

TENNIS: Serena Williams has labelled Russian tennis federation president Shamil Tarpischev's comments about her and her sister Venus "sexist, racist and bullying".

Tarpischev, who is also the Russian Davis and Fed Cup captain and a member of the International Olympic Committee, referred to world number one Serena and Venus as "the Williams brothers" on Russian television.

He has been fined $25,000 and suspended from any involvement with the Women's Tennis Association (WTA) for a year while the governing body is also seeking his removal from his position as chairman of the board of the Kremlin Cup for a year.

Williams is preparing to play in the season-ending WTA Finals in Singapore,.

Williams said: "I thought (the comments) were very insensitive and extremely sexist as well as racist at the same time. I thought they were in a way bullying.

"I've done the best that I can do, and that's all I can say. So I just wasn't very happy with his comments. I think a lot of people weren't happy as well.

"The WTA and the USTA (United States Tennis Association) did a wonderful job of making sure that - in this day and age, 2014 - for someone with his power, it's really unacceptable to make such bullying remarks."

Phelan impressive

GOLF: Waterford's Kevin Phelan finished third as Australian Scott Hend edged Angelo Que in a play-off to clinch his maiden European Tour title at the Hong Kong Open.

Phelan shot a final round of 66 to end up on 11 under par, two behind Hend and Que, and take a €64,546 prize. A par on the first extra hole was enough to steer 41-year-old Hend past Que, who missed the green on the 18th and then over-hit his chip.

Que's fourth-round 66 forced the play-off after an intense back-nine battle, which ended with his birdie on the 18th tying things up with Hend at 13 under par.

But the 35-year-old will be left lamenting the fact that his three bogeys on the day - to Hend's two - and a costly second-round 69 ultimately cost him victory.

Van Gerwen triumphs

DARTS: Michael Van Gerwen denied James Wade a Players Championship double as he claimed a 6-2 victory over his rival.

Wade had picked up the £10,000 title by winning Saturday's Players Championship, and lined himself up for a memorable ProTour double by reaching the decider 24 hours later.

However, he suffered defeat to Van Gerwen for the second successive weekend as the Dutch ace followed up last week's World Grand Prix triumph with another win over the world number six.

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