GUTTED SHARAPOVA HEADS BACK TO THE DRAWING BOARD
FRUSTRATED Maria Sharapova admitted on Tuesday she needs to go back to the drawing board to figure out how to break her 12-year jinx against Serena Williams, after losing 6-4, 6-1 in the Australian Open quarter-finals.
Sharapova, 28, who has not surpassed Williams since the 2004 Wimbledon final, acknowledged the statistic was frustrating but said it also motivated her to work hard to keep putting herself in the position to beat the intensely focused 34-year-old.
"It's motivating because she's at a different level. She makes you go back to the drawing board, not just for me but for many other players."
NZ SOCCER WOMEN QUALIFY FOR RIO AFTER PNG NO-SHOW
THE New Zealand women's soccer team have qualified for this year's Rio Olympics after Papua New Guinea failed to travel to Auckland for the second leg of their qualifying final, having failed to obtain the necessary visas.
The Oceania Football Confederation and New Zealand Football said on Tuesday that Papua New Guinea had withdrawn from the tie due to the visa issue.
Said NZF chief executive Andy Martin: "... we're disappointed tonight's game will not be going ahead and we won't get the chance to secure our place on the field in front of our fans."
The Kiwis had won 7-1 in the first leg.
KEY TO SINGAPORE OPEN IS MASTERING GREENS: SPIETH
WORLD No. 1 Jordan Spieth, regarded as one of the best putters in the game, believes his much-heralded short game will be key to success at this week's SMBC Singapore Open.
The 22-year-old American headlines the US$1 million (S$1.44 million) tournament at the Sentosa Golf Club and is on his first visit to Singapore.
Welsh Ryder Cup star Jamie Donaldson backed Spieth to excel this week despite the Texan's unfamiliarity with the Serapong Course.
Said the world No. 50: "Sometimes, playing a new course for the first time can be a good thing...
"Jordan is a very good putter and that always gives him a chance to win."
Spieth said: "The greens are massive so I'm going to go out there and really work on my speed control on the greens among anything else."
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