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GOLF

Fisher wins Africa Open

Trevor Fisher Jr claimed his maiden European Tour title on Sunday in East London and maintained a South African monopoly of the Africa Open tournament. The Johannesburg-born and based golfer closed with an eight-under 64 for a 264 total and a five-shot victory in the cosanctioned European Tour-Sunshine Tour championship. Englishman Matt Ford, joint first-round pacesetter and sole second-round leader, finished with a 69 for a 269 total and second place. Spaniards Jorge Campillo (66) and Eduardo de la Riva (66) and Dane Morten Madsen (66) shared third place. Fisher follows Major-winning compatriots Retief Goosen, Charl Schwartzel and Louis Oosthuizen, plus Shane Norris, Darren Fichardt and Thomas Aiken as Africa Open champions. Ranked 271 in the world, Fisher turned professional in 2003, has won eight Sunshine Tour titles and his form this year ahead of the Africa Open was two top-32 finishes.

BADMINTON

Marin takes All-England title

Carolina Marin of Spain staged a remarkable comeback to land the All-England Championships crown on Sunday, as Saina Nehwal blew the chance to become India’s first female winner. In the men’s final, world champion Chen Long captured the title for the second time in three years as he overcame charismatic Dane Jan O Jorgensen 15-21, 21-17, 21-15. It was China’s eighth men’s singles title in the event since 2005. Olympic bronze medalist Nehwal threw away a 6-1 lead in the second game before world champion Marin pressed the throttle to triumph 16-21, 21-14, 21-7. “It is an amazing feeling,” Marin told reporters. “I was making too many easy mistakes and was really nervous at the start, but I just wanted to enjoy it. “In the second game and at 11-9 down I felt there was a change and that I could win.”

TENNIS

Wozniacki beats Dulgheru

Danish star Caroline Wozniacki won the Malaysian Open after dispatching Romania’s Alexandra Dulgheru on Sunday. The top-seed lost the first set, but managed to overcome the initial setback and win the match 4-6, 6-2, 6-1. “I kept making you [Dulgheru] run, because I knew that you would eventually get tired, but well done and good luck in your next tournament,” Wozniacki said. With the win, she has managed to atone for her first-round early exit last year in the same Malaysian tournament. Wozniacki qualified for the final after beating Taiwan’s Hsieh Su-wei in straight sets in the semi-finals on Saturday. She posted a selfie on Instagram after collecting her trophy and wrote that she “couldn’t be happier” with her 23rd title. “Thank you Malaysia for a great week, can’t wait to be back!” she said.

TENNIS

Bacsinszky wins in Malaysia

Timea Bacsinszky of Switzerland rallied to win the Monterrey Open early yesterday for her second straight WTA Tour title in Mexico. The fourth-seeded Bacsinszky beat third-seeded Caroline Garcia of France 4-6, 6-2, 6-4 after waiting out a four-hour rain delay in the second set in the hard-court event at Club Sonoma. Bacsinszky also beat Garcia last week in Acapulco in the Mexico Open final, winning 6-3, 6-0. Bacsinszky has three career WTA Tour titles. Bacsinszky held serve in a 15-minute game to take a 5-3 lead in the final set. Garcia held to cut it 5-4, and Bacsinszky ended the match on serve nearly seven hours after they took the court.

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