Tseng slide continues
Taiwanese star Yani Tseng slid another place to 19th in the Rolex Women’s World Golf Rankings on Monday after failing to make the cut at the rain-shortened LPGA Evian Championship in France over the weekend. Tseng is expected to return to Taiwan for a rest and to prepare for the LPGA Tour’s Asia swing, which will feature events in China, Malaysia, South Korea, Taiwan and Japan from early next month to mid-November. Though the former world No. 1 has fallen on hard times since losing her top ranking in late March — finishing in the top 10 only once since then — Tseng said she was still confident in her game ahead of the Asia events. Suzann Pettersen of Norway won the Evian Championship in Evian-les-Bains, France, by two shots, moving her into second place in the women’s golf rankings, behind South Korea’s Inbee Park. Tseng, who held the No. 1 spot for 109 consecutive weeks, has not won an LPGA Tour event since March last year.
Querrey rallies to advance
Sam Querrey of the US recovered from a set down to beat Ivo Karlovic of Croatia 4-6, 7-6 (7/4), 6-4 and reach the second round of the Moselle Open on Monday. The 31st-ranked American, who is seeded sixth in the French city of Metz, got off to a slow start, but managed to force a tiebreaker in the second set and pull through in the only first round match of the day. The contest featured 37 aces, including 25 from the 34-year-old Karlovic. Querrey comes into the tournament on the back of a disappointing second-round exit at the US Open. Defending champion Jo-Wilfried Tsonga is top-seeded for the tournament and has a bye into the second round.
Youzhny wins Russian battle
Second-seeded Mikhail Youzhny advanced to the second round of the St Petersburg Open on Monday by rallying to beat fellow Russian wild-card Alsan Karatsev 6-7 (5/7), 6-2, 6-2. Youzhny, the 2004 champion, won four consecutive games in the second set and broke Karatsev twice in the decider. The 20th-ranked Youzhny is looking for his second title this season. He won his ninth career title in Gstaad, Switzerland, in June. Another Russian wild-card, 17-year-old Karen Khachanov, who is making his debut on the ATP Tour, prevailed to eliminate Romanian veteran Victor Hanescu 7-6 (7/4), 7-6 (7/4).
World champ points finger
Reigning world champion Ronnie O’Sullivan yesterday alleged that Stephen Lee may not be the only top-level player to have taken part in match-fixing. Lee, a former world No. 5, was found guilty of match-fixing on Monday over matches in 2008 and 2009. He could be handed a lifetime ban at a hearing next week. O’Sullivan claims Lee’s case may only be the tip of the iceberg, and accused snooker authorities of not doing everything in their power to bring corruption in the sport to light. “I’ve heard there’s many more players who throw snooker matches .. I suppose Steve lee was just caught out,” he wrote on Twitter. “I just love putting it out there bring it all out in the open.. Nothing like a bit of transparency is what I say.. No need to worry if you got nothing to hide. But plenty of people have got loads to hide. That’s why there is no free speech. There [sic] hiding.” He added: “They will prob fine me for talking about it.. They don’t like you doing that.. Like to keep things under the carpet..”