Tennis-Noah named France Fed Cup captain
PARIS, Dec 7 France Davis Cup skipper Yannick Noah has been named the country's Fed Cup captain as well, the French tennis federation said on Wednesday.
MELBOURNE Jan 25 Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci wore down local hopes Ashleigh Barty and Casey Dellacqua 6-2 3-6 6-2 to become the first Italian pair to win the women's doubles at the Australian Open on Friday.
It was a case of second time lucky at Melbourne Park for the Italians, who were denied a maiden grand slam doubles title by Russians Svetlana Kuznetsova and Vera Zvonareva in the final last year.
Errani and Vinci, wearing identical orange skirts and white singlets, captured the decisive break at 3-2 in the third set, and clinched the title on the second match-point when Dellacqua clubbed a backhand wide of the tramlines.
The Italians celebrated their third doubles title in the past four grand slams, after winning last year at Roland Garros and the U.S. Open. (Reporting by Ian Ransom; Editing by Amlan Chakraborty)
LONDON, Dec 7 MotoGP claimed a motorsport first on Wednesday by announcing a multi-year partnership with a company that monitors betting patterns for signs of fraud.
BELGRADE, Dec 7 Novak Djokovic lost his momentum in the second half of last season and was toppled as the world number one by Andy Murray because his work-rate dropped, the Serbian's former coach Boris Becker said on Wednesday.