INJURY CRISIS HITS AUSTRALIAN OPEN BUILD-UP
A CATALOGUE of injuries threatens to play havoc with the Australian Open and put more pressure on women's tour organisers to reform the playing schedule.
World No. 1 Serena Williams is chief among the injury concerns after she pulled out of the Hopman Cup exhibition tournament with a sore knee.
But the 21-time Grand Slam winner is not alone, with only her sister Venus and Flavia Pennetta - who has retired - unscathed among the women's top 10.
Simona Halep, Garbine Muguruza, Agnieszka Radwanska and Maria Sharapova have pulled out of build-up tournaments because of injury concerns.
THUNDER HANG ON TO
THE Oklahoma City Thunder watched a 29-point fourth-quarter lead over the undermanned Dallas Mavericks whittled down to 14, before finally pulling away for a 108-89 victory at the Chesapeake Energy Arena.
"It was a difficult game for everybody," Thunder centre Enes Kanter said. "They rested their guys, but like I always say, we can't worry about what they're doing. We can only focus on what we do on the court and play basketball."
Kevin Durant scored 29 points to lead Oklahoma City. He shot nine of 14 from the field to go with 10 rebounds and four assists.
Serge Ibaka added 20 points and 11 rebounds as the Thunder improved to 28-12.
THREE-PEAT FOR KOH AT HSBC WOMEN'S CHAMPIONS
Golfer Koh Sock Hwee will make a record third appearance at the HSBC Women's Champions in March after she won the local qualifying tournament yesterday.
The 26-year-old Singaporean closed with a six-over 78 to finish on 152 total at the two-day event at the Sentosa Golf Club to earn the coveted slot at the US$1.5 million (S$2.15 million) LPGA Tour invitational competition.
It will again see an elite 63-woman field and will feature the likes of world No. 1 Lydia Ko and defending champion Park In Bee.