Desiree Linden has become the first American woman to win the Boston Marathon in over 30 years. Ms Linden, a 35-year-old from Michigan, finished the race during a dreary, rainy day with a time of 2:39:54. The last American woman to win the race — one of the most prestigious events in road racing — did so in 1985. The champion was unchallenged during the last leg of the race Monday, and burst with joy and emotion after completing the 26.2 mile race through gruelling and dreary conditions. Read more Trans women will be able to compete as women in the Boston Marathon The last American woman to win the race was Lisa Larson Weidenbach, who finished first 33 years ago. During the marathon, Ms Linden was noticed helping out a fellow American runner, Shalene Flanagen, when she stopped by a "portable facility" for a pit stop in the middle of the race. Instead of running ahead with the group, Ms Linden stopped to wait on Ms Flanagen and helped her catch up with the … [Read more...] about First American woman wins the Boston Marathon since 1985
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Monte Carlo (Principality of Monaco) (AFP) - Rafael Nadal said on Sunday that he is fit and ready to defend his Monte Carlo Masters title and the number-one ranking this week, as he returns to the ATP Tour after injury. The 31-year-old made his comeback from a hip injury with two wins in Spain's Davis Cup quarter-final victory over Germany last weekend, having not played previously since January's Australian Open. Nadal was forced to retire from his last-eight clash with Marin Cilic in Melbourne, but recently usurped Roger Federer at the top of the world rankings after his great rival's early exit in Miami. "I feel that I'm playing well. I had some good days of practice here, playing some good sets," Nadal said ahead of the start of the claycourt season. "That helps me. I love this event. I always feel comfortable here. "I'm enjoying being here in Monte Carlo in an event that always brings me to the best feelings possible. "It's hopefully going to be my first event of the year that I … [Read more...] about Nadal ready for ATP Tour return in Monte Carlo title defence
Roger Federer has become the oldest world number one in tennis history after coming from behind to beat Robin Haase at the Rotterdam Open. The 36-year-old replaces Rafael Nadal to the top of the ATP rankings for the first time since October 2012 and eclipses Andre Agassi as the most senior player to reach the summit of the sport. Haase initially appeared to have miss-read the script by taking the opening set but the 20-time grand slam winner ratcheted up the pressure to take the next two to prevail 4-6 6-1 6-1, with the Dutchman clearly struggling with injury and illness. He will face either Andreas Seppi or Daniil Medvedev in the semi-final on Saturday [16 February] as he pursues his second title of a year in which he has already won a sixth Australian Open. "What an amazing run it has been," the noticeably emotional Swiss said. "To clinch world number one again really means a lot to me. "Reaching world number one is the ultimate achievement in our sport. Sometimes you're trying to … [Read more...] about Roger Federer becomes oldest world number one ever and replaces Rafael Nadal after Rotterdam win
Grigor Dimitrov has hailed Roger Federer as one of the greatest players to ever take the court and the fact that he is breaking records at 36-years-old proves that he is in a league of his own. The 26-year will join the Swiss ace at the 2018 Rotterdam Open and may potentially meet Federer in the finals after as he has been put on the other side of the draw to the Swiss master. Federer needs to reach the semis in Holland to become the oldest world No 1 in tennis history, beating Andre Agassi to the crown. In his quest to win the title, Dimitrov will have to contend with, among others, three-time Grand Slam winner Stan Wawrinka, who is recovering from a knee problem and will compete at Rotterdam. Dimitrov had a great 2017 campaign, winning the ATP World Tour finals, beating David Goffin for the title. The win led him to a career-high third in the ATP rankings but lost that honour to Australian Open finalist Marin Cilic, after the Bulgarian lost to Kyle Edmund in the … [Read more...] about ‘I’m not even surprised’ Dimitrov explains his perception of Roger Federer ahead of possible matchup
By Muneeb Farrukh Published: January 12, 2018 0 SHARES Share Tweet Email Historically, the Australian Open has proven to be one of the most exciting Grand Slam tournaments of the year. PHOTO: AUSTRALIAN OPEN 2018 Over the years, the Australian Open has effectively been the perfect curtain raiser for the year, as it serves up some pretty special matches to captivate the audience. The last edition of the prestigious event proved to be memorable, but 2018 has all the ingredients to be an even better one! Let’s take a look at what this year’s event has to offer thus far: No Murray or SerenaIf you are still uncertain as what this game means to the players, Andy Murray is the player one should set his or her eyes on. Unable to feature in the Australian Open due to a long-standing hip injury, Murray left a heartfelt message on social media which would have left quite a few people sobbing. The injury could have been career-ending, but a successful surgery has meant … [Read more...] about Without Andy Murray and Serena Williams, will the Australian Open 2018 be a classic Federer-Nadal showdown?