Taiwan crown is 49th for Venus
KAOHSIUNG • Venus Williams, 35, collected the 49th title of her illustrious career by defeating Japan's Misaki Doi 6-4, 6-2 in the final of the inaugural Taiwan Open yesterday.
The American's total, including seven Grand Slam singles titles, leave her seventh on the all-time list as she closes in on Monica Seles (53).
Martina Navratilova leads the way on 167 titles, while Williams' younger sister and current world No. 1 Serena, who pulled out of this week's Dubai Championships with the flu, has 69.
Fritz reaches final in only third ATP event
MEMPHIS • Teenager Taylor Fritz surpassed Jimmy Connors, Andre Agassi and John McEnroe to become the fastest American finalist on the ATP Tour after reaching the title decider in Memphis on Saturday.
Fritz, just 18 years and three months, fought back to beat Lithuania's Ricardas Berankis 2-6, 6-3, 6-4 and reach the final of the ATP 250 event in just his third on the men's Tour.
He was set to face Japanese top seed Kei Nishikori, who is coached by Chang, in yesterday's final.
Youngest coach earns point on debut
BERLIN • The Bundesliga's youngest-ever football coach survived a baptism of fire on his debut on Saturday, when his Hoffenheim team held on for a point in a relegation battle at Werder Bremen.
Julian Nagelsmann, who at 28 is nine years the junior of Werder striker Claudio Pizarro, said after the 1-1 draw that he was too worried about his team's plight to think about making history.
Schippers sounds warning for Rio
BERLIN • Dafne Schippers ran a world-leading seven seconds dead on Saturday to win the women's 60m at Berlin's Indoor meeting and lay down a marker for the Rio Olympics.
The 23-year-old, who won the 200m gold and 100m silver at the world athletics championships in Beijing last year, had already run 7.04sec, the previous best time for the season, in the first round.
Pakistani women boxers make mark
SHILLONG (India) • Three Pakistani women made history last weekend after stepping into the boxing ring at the South Asian Games in India, the first time the country had fielded women boxers internationally.
Khoushleem Bano, Rukhsana Parveen and Sofia Javed say that to achieve their dream of competing, they had to battle conservative groups in Pakistan.
West Indies win U-19 cricket World Cup
DHAKA • The Windies beat India by five wickets in the final of the International Cricket Council Under-19 World Cup in Dhaka yesterday to win the title for the first time.
Ryan John and Alzarri Joseph grabbed three wickets each, as India were bowled out for 145 runs in 45.1 overs. Making an unbeaten 52 runs, Keacy Carty then guided the Windies to 146-5 for victory with three balls to spare.