Sports World: Chen ends Jayaram's fairy-tale run in final

Chen ends Jayaram's fairy-tale run in final

SEOUL • Men's top seed Chen Long of China retained his Korea Open title yesterday, ending the run of unseeded sensation Ajay Jayaram in the final.

Chen won 21-14, 21-13 and he never looked troubled during the 40-minute match against the Indian, who was ranked world No. 30 when the tournament began.

In the women's event, sixth seed South Korean Sung Ji Hyun took the singles title, beating China's Wang Yihan 21-14, 17-21, 21-18.


Adam Goodes retires after 18 seasons

SYDNEY • Adam Goodes, one of Australia's most high-profile indigenous sportsmen, has retired from Australian Rules football after an illustrious career.

He was subject to repeated booing this season, with many believing that the booing was racially motivated.

Goodes quit in a low-key farewell to his team-mates after the Sydney Swans lost in the semi-finals of the domestic league to North Melbourne on Saturday, calling an end to 18 seasons at the top level of the sport.


Benzema winner lifts Real Madrid to top

MADRID • A solitary goal from Karim Benzema spared Real Madrid's blushes as the Spanish giants moved to the top of La Liga with a 1-0 win over Granada on Saturday.

Atletico Madrid remain just a point behind their city rivals as Fernando Torres came off the bench to inspire Diego Simeone's men to a 2-0 win at Eibar.


Show-boating Bacca nearly earns wrath

MILAN • AC Milan coach Sinisa Mihajlovic said he would have pinned Carlos Bacca to the wall over a failed "rabona", had the Colombian forward not gone on to score the winning goal in Saturday's 3-2 Serie A victory over Palermo.

Bacca, who also scored Milan's opener, missed a clear chance to put them 2-1 ahead when he tried a "rabona", where the kicking foot is wrapped behind the standing leg.


Murray sends Britain into Davis Cup final

GLASGOW • Andy Murray sent Britain into their first Davis Cup final since 1978 with a 7-5, 6-2, 6-2 win over Australia's Bernard Tomic yesterday.

Britain has an unbeatable 3-1 lead and will attempt to win the competition for the first time since 1936. World No. 3 Murray had teamed up with brother Jamie to win a five-set doubles rubber against Lleyton Hewitt and Sam Groth on Saturday.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 21, 2015, with the headline 'Sports World: Chen ends Jayaram's fairy-tale run in final'. Print Edition | Subscribe