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Hyderabad to host WTA meet

Hyderabad: The city will make its presence felt in international tennis circles as it readies to host a Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) tournament next year.

The tournament comes to the city after the WTA officials tossed between Bangalore and Hyderabad before finally allotting the tourney, carrying prize money of $ 150,000, to the city, Andhra Pradesh Tennis Association secretary Raja Narsimha Rao said Sunday. The city will also host men’s and women’s ITF tournaments scheduled for next year.

Keane’s defining moment

London: Niall Quinn has described compatriot Roy Keane’s infamous outburst at the World Cup as a “defining moment in Irish history”.

Keane was sent home from the World Cup in South Korea and Japan after a furious row with Ireland manager Mick McCarthy at a meeting over training facilities. The Sunderland striker told the Mail on Sunday that Keane’s verbal assault left the manager reeling. “There was shock in the room, amazement,” Quinn recalled. “I’m not saying I was fortunate to have been in that room because it was a horrible place to be, but I’m someone who witnessed one of the defining moments in Irish history.

Seeking new pastures

London: Arsene Wenger can foresee the day he leads out his team to play a European club match against Real Madrid in a stadium in the Far East.With clubs looking at ways of generating new income, he believes Europe’s top teams should look at exploiting the growing market in Asia. “I could imagine some day Arsenal playing Real Madrid in Shanghai, for example ... why not'” Wenger said.

Ivanisevic return

Zagreb: Croatia’s Goran Ivanisevic has returned to light training after undergoing shoulder-surgery in May, but the former Wimbledon champion has ruled himself out of the Australian Open at the start of next year.

Keegan on the mark

Ayr (Scotland): Manchester City manager Kevin Keegan, a keen racehorse fan, was on the mark on Saturday when Funfair Wane won the Ayr Gold Cup, one of the biggest and most keenly contested sprints of the season.

The winner is owned and bred by Keegan’s wife Jean.

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