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England v Scotland at the Six Nations – win tickets

Win tickets to England v Scotland at the Six Nations – courtesy of BMW


15:08 GMT, 29 January 2013



15:08 GMT, 29 January 2013

Sportsmail has teamed up with BMW to offer you the chance to watch England's Six Nations opener against Scotland at Twickenham.

As proud partners of England rugby, BMW are ready to give you tickets to be at the Calcutta Cup on Saturday, February 2.


BMW has launched the BMW Performance Academy, a programme that aims to support the RFU’s development of up and coming young players.

To be in with a chance of winning, just answer the following question:

Who is the coach of Scotland a) Scott Johnson
b) Gavin Hastings
c) Andy Robinson

E-mail your answer, along with your name, address and contact number to:

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to arrive by 11am on Thursday, January 31.

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World Darts Championship 2012: Phil Taylor powers into last eight

Taylor powers into last eight after demolition of Thornton at Ally Pally



23:23 GMT, 23 December 2012

It was third time lucky for Phil Taylor as he got the better of his UK Open and World Grand Prix conqueror Robert Thornton on Sunday night in the World Darts Championship third round.

The 15-time world champion raced to a 4-0 win to book his place in the last eight is the last match before the Christmas break at Ally Pally.

Taylor made a good start to the match with a 12-dart finish and 131 checkout on his way to taking the opening set 3-1.

Powering through: Taylor was at his imperious best on Sunday

Powering through: Taylor was at his imperious best on Sunday

‘The Power’ then won the second set
3-0 before winning a pivotal deciding leg in the third set on Thornton’s
throw to take a three-set lead.

And Taylor checked out 81 to seal the final set as he romped past the UK Open winner and into the last eight.

He told Sky Sports: ‘Robert just seemed to be missing doubles but I’m glad because I can have a good Christmas now.’

Taylor will play Andy Hamilton for a place in the semi-finals after ‘The Hammer’ beat Terry Jenkins in a high-quality encounter.

It was a good start from Jenkins as he capitalised on Hamilton missing a 74 checkout to take the opening set.

Hammer time: Andy Hamilton beat Terry Jenkins

Hammer time: Andy Hamilton beat Terry Jenkins

But ‘The Bull’ missed chances to go
2-0 up and ‘The Hammer’ responded by taking four sets in a row to move
into the quarterfinals.

In Sunday’s second-round action, Dean Winstanley hit a stunning nine-dart finish but still lost 4-2 to Vincent van der Voort.

The Dutchman went 2-0 as he won the first six legs before Winstanley fought back with the perfect leg at 1-1 in the third set.

And Winstanley went on to take the set before winning the fourth set 3-0 to level at 2-2.

But The Dutch Destroyer took control again as he won the next two sets in deciding legs to seal his place in the third round.

Hair we go: Peter Wright sported an intriguing hairstyle

Hair we go: Peter Wright sported an intriguing hairstyle

Winstanley will pocket 15,000 for
his nine-dart finish should nobody else achieve the feat but that will
be scant consolation for ‘Over The Top’ as he will not be returning to
Ally Pally after Christmas.

Van der Voort’s fellow Dutchman Michael van Gerwen was in brilliant form as he came from two sets down to beat Peter Wright 4-2.

Van Gerwen started slow as he lost
the first set 3-1 and the second set 3-2 before steamrollering Wright
with an impressive display.

The Dutchman then won 12 of the next 14 legs and averaged 102.13 to set up a third-round tie with former world No 1 Colin Lloyd.

James Wade also qualified for the last 16 as he saw off a stiff challenge from Steve Beaton 4-2.

Dutch of class: Van Gerwen was in fine form

Dutch of class: Van Gerwen was in fine form

‘The Machine’ wasn’t at his best and
was twice pegged back but came through in six sets to set up a
third-round clash with Van der Voort on Thursday.

At two sets apiece, Wade produced a moment of magic to win the fifth set in a deciding leg as he checked out 130.

And Wade repeated the feat as he won the sixth set in a decider as well with a 120 checkout to seal his progress to the last 16.

Mark Walsh started the day with a 4-2 win over Justin Pipe to set up a third-round clash with Wes Newton.

The next action at Ally Pally will be
on Thursday after the three-day Christmas break when the remaining six
third-round matches take place, including Gary Anderson’s mouth-watering
tie against Raymond van Barneveld.

Lionel Messi will wear fan designed boots

Bootiful! Barcelona star Messi picks lucky fan's boot design to wear against Atletico



00:01 GMT, 15 December 2012

When Lionel Messi takes to the field against Atletico Madrid on Sunday night, he will be wearing a pair of boots designed by a fan.

Javier Pascual Mullor's own take on the adidas adizero f50s will be broadcast round the world thanks to Messi's selection.

Give him the boot: Lionel Messi has selected his favourite design (below) and will wear it on Sunday

Give him the boot: Lionel Messi has selected his favourite design (below) and will wear it on Sunday

Messi's boots

Messi's boots

Over 14,200 people submitted entries after Messi's Facebook page encouraged them to put forward their own customisations.

The chosen boot includes a 'running white' upper, with black outsole and laces and a 'vivid red' heel, tongue and adidas 'three-stripe'.

Mullor's final design had the Messi Icon logo, Argentina flag, 'Leo 10' and 'Thiago', in an acknowledgement to his newborn son, added to it.

Leo logo: Messi added his usual further customisations to the submitted design

Leo logo: Messi added his usual further customisations to the submitted design

Messi said: 'I am happy with the miadidas boots and want to congratulate Javier on designing the winning ones that I will wear Sunday against Atltico Madrid.

'I also want to thank everyone who sent in their designs, they were all really good!'

Ricky Burns fight: Jose Ocampo withdraws from ExCel clash

Burns night chaos as second opponent Ocampo pulls out of fight against lightweight king


09:38 GMT, 11 December 2012



09:39 GMT, 11 December 2012

Ricky Burns will be fighting in London on Saturday but not against Jose Ocampo after the 23-year-old Filipino pulled out of their WBO lightweight title fight.

The Coatbridge champion was due to make the third defence of his belt against the fighter ranked 14th in the world, who was himself a late stand-in for Liam Walsh, who was injured in a car crash.

Third time lucky WBO lightweight champion Ricky Burns is waiting to discover who his opponent for Saturday will be

Third time lucky WBO lightweight champion Ricky Burns is waiting to discover who his opponent for Saturday will be

However, promoter Frank Warren had it confirmed that Ocampo has also dropped out of the bout at the ExCel Arena in Docklands although the reason is not yet clear.

While the search for a new opponent for Burns is under way, a spokesman for Warren said: 'Ricky's opponent pulled out this afternoon.

Last time out: Scottish hero Burns destroyed Kevin Mitchell in Glasgow earlier this year

Last time out: Scottish hero Burns destroyed Kevin Mitchell in Glasgow earlier this year

'But Ricky will still be fighting on the show as planned and we are looking for a replacement now.'

The 29-year-old Scot, whose last outing was a fourth round stoppage of Dagenham's Kevin Mitchell at Glasgow's SECC in September, is aiming for a unification fight with WBC champion Adrien Broner.

West Ham v Liverpool – win tickets

WIN tickets to watch West Ham v Liverpool with VIP treatment – courtesy of Sure for Men


14:42 GMT, 2 December 2012

Sportsmail has teamed up with Sure for Men to offer one lucky reader the chance to win a pair of VIP tickets to watch West Ham v Liverpool at Upton Park on Sunday, December 9

You and a guest will enjoy a behind-the-scenes tour of the stadium, go pitch-side for the pre-match warm-up and enjoy corporate hospitality during the game.

Better still, you'll be given a shirt signed by the entire West Ham squad.

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Which striker is on loan at West Ham from Liverpool
A) Carlton Cole
B) Modibo Maiga
C) Andy Carroll

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[email protected]

to arrive by 11am on Wednesday, December 5.

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Nottingham Forest 1 Hull 2: Tigers stay on track with gritty win on the Trent

Nottingham Forest 1 Hull 2: Tigers stay on track with gritty win on the Trent


17:19 GMT, 1 December 2012



17:40 GMT, 1 December 2012

Hull maintained their npower Championship promotion push with victory over Nottingham Forest.

It was a tale of two penalties in the first half of a drab encounter on the banks of the River Trent.

Robert Koren put Hull in front after 34 minutes before Billy Sharp levelled things up with his spot-kick in the 43rd minute.

On the up: Paul McShane celebrates his goal for Hull City

On the up: Paul McShane celebrates his goal for Hull City

Match facts

Nottm Forest: Camp, Hutton, Ward, Collins, Harding, Coppinger, Guedioura, Gillett (McGugan 75), Cohen (Blackstock 75), Reid, Sharp. Subs Not Used: Darlow, Moussi, Findley, Moloney, Lansbury.

Scorer: Sharp 43 pen.

Hull: Stockdale, Bruce, Chester, McShane, Elmohamady, Meyler, Evans, Quinn, Brady (Faye 87), Koren (Rosenior 89), Mclean (Proschwitz 67). Subs Not Used: Jakupovic, McKenna, Simpson, Olofinjana.

Yellow cards: Brady, Stockdale, Meyler, Rosenior.

Scorers: Koren 34 pen,McShane 69.

Att: 19,472

Ref: Gavin Ward (Surrey).

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Paul McShane won it for the Tigers with a close-range header after 69 minutes.

Forest boss Sean O'Driscoll made two changes after seeing his side's four-game unbeaten league run come to an end with a 3-1 defeat at Ipswich on Tuesday night.

James Coppinger made only his second start since joining the Reds on loan from Doncaster at the end of August, while Andy Reid also returned in midfield.

Henri Lansbury and Dexter Blackstock dropped down to the bench as Forest played with Billy Sharp as a lone striker.

An injury to leading scorer Sone Aluko forced Hull boss Steve Bruce into his only change meaning a recall for Aaron Mclean.

A dull start to the game led to a first half littered with misplaced passes by both teams.

Forest had a lucky escape after 27 minutes when on-loan Aston Villa defender Alan Hutton conceded a corner when trying to head the ball back to goalkeeper Lee Camp.

Corry Evans' flag-kick was headed away from underneath his own crossbar by Elliott Ward before David Meyler shot into the side-netting. Meyler was involved in the penalty that gave Hull the lead.

He was brought down inside the box by Simon Gillett and Koren sent Camp the wrong way from the spot, stroking the ball into the bottom right-hand corner of the net.

Out of the blue, Forest were presented with the opportunity to equalise when they were awarded a penalty for Alex Bruce's foul on Sharp.

And the on-loan Southampton striker made no mistake from the spot, shooting powerfully into the top right-hand corner of the net.

Chris Cohen might have sent the hosts into half-time ahead but the midfielder lacked composure and blasted over from close range after his initial flick from Reid's cross was blocked.

The game improved slightly after the break with early chances at both ends.

Adlene Guedioura, who scored a superb long-range effort against his former club Wolves last weekend to give Forest a 2-1 win at Molineux, curled a shot just wide before Ahmed Elmohamady shot straight at Camp.

Guedioura then had a goalbound effort blocked and Cohen volleyed the rebound into the Trent End from the edge of the area.

Forest were dominating possession without making any telling inroads and they were made to pay midway through the second half.

It was dreadful defending from O'Driscoll's side.

Koren's corner was allowed all the way through a crowded penalty box and McShane had the simple task of heading in from two yards out.

Forest continued to enjoy much of the ball, with Hull seemingly content to play on the counter attack. O'Driscoll brought on Blackstock and Lewis McGugan, with Cohen and Gillett making way, but, with Forest continually frustrating with the final ball, it made no difference.

Centre-half Ward was pushed up front in the closing stages as an additional aerial threat and he almost rescued a point for Forest in injury time but his header was plucked from beneath the crossbar by Hull keeper David Stockdale.

Derek Lawrenson World of Golf – November to remember for Ian Poulter and Lee Westwood

It's already been a November to remember



23:00 GMT, 5 November 2012

Has there ever been a golfing week in November quite like the last one What caught your eye – the joyous rise of Ian Poulter in China or the sad demise of Lee Westwood What happens next for Rory McIlroy now he’s changed club manufacturers or what happens next for the European Tour now everybody is off to America Are the governing bodies right to try to ban belly putters

Here are some thoughts on the hot topics of the moment…

The rise of Poulter

He might have no chance of winning the BBC’s Sports Personality award but is there really a better personality in sport right now than our Poults

Poulter: Amazing personality

Poulter: Amazing personality

Is there a better character than the larger than life, former 17 year old club assistant playing off a five handicap, who progressed so far he changed the destiny of the Ryder Cup single-handedly and still found enough energy to win in China on Sunday and become the first Englishman to win two World Golf Championship events This is Poulter’s 13th year as a pro and he has won tournaments in all but one of them.

Poults reckons the American Brandt Snedeker is the best putter in golf. On a week-to-week basis, I’d go with Luke Donald. But if you had to pick one man to hole a putt to save your life, the way Jose Maria Olazabal once did and then Tiger Woods That man is now Ian James Poulter.

The demise of Lee Westwood

You will be familiar with my respect for Westwood the golfer and Westwood the man. So you can imagine what it was like rising early to watch the end of the HSBC Champions tournament in China on Sunday, and the first two shots I see are Westwood doing what all bad amateurs do – first clunking a chip short and then thinning the next one.

The great thing about Westwood is that he will dwell on the positives of his lucky life and keep searching for a solution, and let’s hope to God he finds one.

Demise: Westwood fell away in China

Demise: Westwood fell away in China

But the fact he has now played in over 100 majors and world golf championship events and not won any tells its own story about a telling weakness around the greens under pressure that you fear will never be resolved.

Rory McIlroy changing clubs

Listening to Sir Nick Faldo, he makes changing club manufacturers sound a bit like a violin virtuoso ditching his Stradivarius. And yes, it is true, we have seen a number of players lose form after such a change. Payne Stewart, Ian Woosnam and, perhaps most pertinently in this instance, David Duval when he switched to Nike clubs, to name but three.

But the technology has changed to such an extent since those players were competing it is hard to believe that it will cause a break in McIlroy’s stride.

Perhaps there will be a couple of tournaments early on when the clubs will feel a touch strange. But, as we await the official announcement of his expected 156 million switch to the swoosh, expect him be perfectly in tune with the new tools of his trade come the Masters.

Changing clubs: McIlroy

Changing clubs: McIlroy

Whither the European Tour

Are we rapidly reaching the point where the last man on tour needs to switch off the lights Listening to some of the doom and gloom, you’d think so.

No-one could argue this has been a good year for the tour, with events in mainland Europe disappearing at an alarming rate. But Keith Waters, the tour’s chief operating officer, tells me that when the schedule is announced for next year, all the national Opens around Europe that we have come to know and love will be in place, and that’s good to know.

Luke Donald said last week the tour should be worried by the growing exodus to America but the fact is, stars like himself can ease any such fears. All it would take is for them to commit to play in three events in Europe every year.

Time to ban the Belly Putter

Yes, you’re right, the governing bodies should have snapped this dreadful implement in half at birth. But if you’re in any doubt that it is never too late to do the right thing, then the sight of 14-year-old Guan Tianling winning his spot at the Masters using one of the damn things should convince.

Belly putter: Guan Tianlang of China, 14, reacts after winning his pot at the Masters

Belly putter: Guan Tianlang of China, 14, reacts after winning his pot at the Masters

In other words, the future stars are now not even bothering learning the complexities of putting with orthodox equipment, and why should they when this form of legalized cheating offers such an easy way out

The Royal and Ancient and the United States Golf Association have seen the future, and know that if they don’t act now a conventional putter in another decade will be about as common as a persimmon driver.

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Ryder Cup car up for auction

Shortly up for auction in the village of Lombard, just outside Chicago: an unmarked police car, namely a Ford Crown Victoria, built in 2005 and with 81,000 miles on the clock.

Its selling point This is the car used by Deputy Chief Pat Rollins that broke all speed limits and got Rory McIlroy to the Ryder Cup singles matches on time.

Christian fighting to avoid cut

On a United States tour where $1 million first prizes are handed out almost as a matter of course and the average salary of players competing is in seven figures, it seems almost perverse that a shortfall of precisely $3,504 is threatening Gary Christian’s livelihood.

That is the amount between the 41-year-old Englishman in 127th place on the list and 125th-ranked Billy Mayfair, who occupies the last spot to retain privileges to play a full schedule next year.

Perverse too, that this week’s final event featuring pros frantic with worry and nerves should take place in the vacation capital of America, Orlando.

Christian is the gutsy fighter who finally made it through to the big-time this year after so many seasons of struggle, when he was forced to take jobs like selling knives to keep his dream alive. Now he has 72 holes to save himself or suffer the unkindest cut.

A terrible finish to his last tournament, when he was in position to claim the funds he needs, was a brutal indication of the pressure he is feeling. We can but wish him well in the Children’s Miracle Network Classic, which begins on Thursday within the grounds of Walt Disney.

Quote of the Week

‘If Rory McIlroy doesn’t come and play Bay Hill next year he might have a broken arm and won’t have to worry about where he’s going to play next.’

Here was Arnold Palmer, wrapping up his message in a joke but making clear he wants Rory to pitch up at his tournament next March. If truth be told, McIlroy would rather play in Houston the following week. But dare he say no to the King

Everton v Liverpool, Chelsea v Manchester United live

PREMIER LEAGUE LIVE: Everton v Liverpool – as it happens from Goodison Park



14:03 GMT, 28 October 2012

Follow Sportsmail's coverage of the Barclays Premier League as Sunday's action features the Merseyside derby and a crunch clash between Chelsea and Manchester United. Everton host Liverpool to kick off the drama at 1.30pm, while Newcastle host West Brom and Southampton welcome Tottenham at 3pm. Concluding the day an hour later, Manchester United travel to league leaders Chelsea.

Everton 1 Liverpool 2

Everton: Howard; Coleman, Jagielka, Distin, Baines; Naismith, Neville, Osman, Mirallas; Fellaini, Jelavic.

Subs: Mucha, Hibbert, Heitinga, Oviedo, Hitzlsperger, Gueye, Vellios.

Booked: Osman.

Goal: Osman 22.

Liverpool: Jones; Wisdom, Skrtel, Agger, Enrique; Gerrard, Allen, Sahin; Suso, Suarez, Sterling.

Subs: Reina, Assaidi, Henderson, Coates, Downing, Carragher, Shelvey.

Booked: Sterling.

Goal: Suarez 14, 20.


Southampton v Tottenham (3pm)

Newcastle v West Brom (3pm)

Chelsea v Man United (4pm)

32 mins: Raheem Sterling is a very lucky boy there… he deliberately trips Baines for what would usually be a clear booking, but – perhaps knowing that his first booking was extremely harsh – Marriner gives the young winger a final warning.

29 mins: Sterling trips Baines and we have another very harsh booking from Andre Marriner.

28 mins: Fellaini's touch lets him down after being slid through by Jelavic and the ball trickles over the line for a goal-kick.

27 mins: Close! Suarez is inches away from his hat-trick with a rasping drive from 25 yards that shaves Howard's left-hand post.

26 mins: Jones is very lucky to get a free-kick as he comes out and flaps at a cross.

24 mins: That has brought the crowd back to life… What a game!

GOAL! Everton 1 (Osman) Liverpool 2

Everton are back in it! Fellaini's effort is deflected wide off Skrtel and when the resulting corner is cleared Osman is there on the edge of the box to drill home into the far corner.

GOAL! Everton 0 Liverpool 2 (Suarez)

Suarez again! Sterling was tripped by Osman – who was rather harshly booked – and Gerrard sent in a delicious free-kick that the Uruguayan got the slightest glance on to beat Howard.

19 mins: That goal has sucked the life out of the home crowd, who were in buoyant mood with there team right on top before that goal.

GOAL! Everton 0 Liverpool 1 (Suarez)

Liverpool draw first blood on the break! A lovely ball from Suso set Enrique clear down the left, his cross nearly found Sterling, who was arguably pushed and should have had a penalty… the ball eventually found its way to Suarez at the back post who's low drive from a tight angle deflected in off Leighton Baines. Suarez then runs over to the touchline and performs a mock dive in celebration right in front of David Moyes!

13 mins: England team-mates Gerrard and Jagielka share the first 50-50 of the day, and they shake hands after the crunching challenge, which is good to see.

10 mins: Jones managed to just flick the corner clear under pressure from Naismith – the first 10 minutes has definitely belonged to the home side.

Bossing it: Moyes (left) and Rodgers shake hands before the game

Bossing it: Moyes (left) and Rodgers shake hands before the game

10 mins: Close! A brilliant run from Kevin Mirallas sees him zip past three on the left flank before his cross is deflected just over by Agger.

9 mins: Good work from Jones again this time to prevent the corner from Enrique's over-hit backpass.

6 mins: Jones is off his line quickly to win the ball at the feet of Jelavic. It's been a lively start – end-to-end stuff.

3 mins: Liverpool force two corners in quick succession, but they can't create an opening.

2 mins: Half
a chance for Liverpool as Enrique breaks clear from the corner but he
can't find Sterling with the throughball and Howard mops up.

1 min: Great start from Everton! Fellaini's flick-on finds Jelavic who forces a corner after just 14 seconds… Agger clears.

1 min: We're off…

Midfield scrap: Fellaini and Allen do battle

Midfield scrap: Fellaini and Allen do battle

1.26pm: The
players are out to a huge ovation… Local lads can be vital in games
like this and there are just two scousers on the pitch today – Steven
Gerrard and Leon Osman, who will go head-to-head in the centre of

1.23pm: Not
long now until kick-off and the tension is building inside Goodison
Park. There is no question that this is one of the biggest derbies in
world football.

1.15pm: We're
entering the stage of the season where the league table starts to take
shape, so there is added importance (as if it needed it) placed on
this one. A win for Everton – or even just a point – will left them
back above Arsenal and into fourth place, while Liverpool can climb out
of the bottom half and into 10th place if they pick up three points here
today, while a defeat will see them drop below Sunderland into 14th.

Expect to see two contrasting styles at Goodison Park today. Everton go
with two big men up top in the form of Jelavic and Fellaini, while the
inclusion of Suso ahead of the likes of Shelvey and Downing only
emphasises more Rodgers' insistence on quick passing using small, mobile

1.00pm: So
Brendan Rodgers has taken a few big gambles in naming Brad Jones, Andre
Wisdom and Suso in his side. With Raheem Sterling in there too it's a
very young starting XI for Liverpool.

Derby day: Everton host Liverpool at Goodison Park in the Merseyside derby

Derby day: Everton host Liverpool at Goodison Park in the Merseyside derby

12.45pm: Meanwhile, Marouane Fellaini starts up front for Everton with Steven Naismith replacing the suspended Steven Pienaar.

12.40pm: Team news: Liverpool
keep faith with Brad Jones in goal as Pepe
Reina is still out with a hamstring injury. Glen Johnson is replaced by
Jose Enrique after succumbing to an injury suffered in midweek while
Brendan Rodgers includes three teenagers in his starting line-up – Raheem Sterling, Suso and Andre Wisdom.

12.35pm: Manchester
United travel to Chelsea later this afternoon but first up we have a
mouthwatering Merseyside derby from Goodison Park in just under an hour.
At 3pm, Newcastle host West Brom and Tottenham travel to Southampton.

12.30pm: Welcome to Sportsmail's coverage of the opening games of what promises to be a enthralling day in the Premier League.

England v Ukraine – win tickets and signed shirt

WIN tickets to watch England v Ukraine and a signed shirt – courtesy of William Hill


07:41 GMT, 7 September 2012


Win England tickets

Sportsmail has teamed up with William Hill, official supporter of the England team, to offer two lucky readers the chance to win a pair of tickets for England’s FIFA 2014 World Cup qualifying match against Ukraine at Wembley on Tuesday, September 11.

The winners will also receive a signed shirt from the England shirt.

To be in with a chance, answer the following question:

Who is England's current manager
A) Roy Hodgson
B) Gary Neville
C) Ray Lewington

E-mail your answer, along with your name, address and contact number to:

[email protected]

to arrive by 9am on Monday, September 10.

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Anne Keothavong loses to Marina Erakovic in first round of Texas Open

First round defeat in Dallas sends British No 2 Keothavong packing



09:34 GMT, 21 August 2012

Anne Keothavong bowed out to New Zealand's Marina Erakovic in the first round of the Texas Open after losing a final-set tie-break.

The British No 2, 80th in the world rankings, looked poised to earn a fine win over the 54th-ranked Erakovic in Dallas after leading by a break of serve in the deciding set.

But she gave the break back and Croatia-born Erakovic, who at 24 is four years Keothavong's junior, edged through 6-1, 5-7, 7-6 (11/9).

Out: Keothavong had looked in control in the deciding set

Out: Keothavong had looked in control in the deciding set

Erakovic later teamed up with British No 1 Heather Watson in doubles and the pair got the better of Elizabeth Lumpkin and Yasmin Schnack, overcoming the little-known American pair 6-2, 2-6, 10-8.

Britain's Emily Webley-Smith was handed a late call for the tournament, entering as a lucky loser when German top seed Angelique Kerber withdrew today due to a minor shoulder injury.

Webley-Smith did not last long though, beaten 6-1, 6-2 by Croatian qualifier Mirjana Lucic.