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Heather Watson and Laura Robson into Japan Open quarter-finals

Brit pack rule in Osaka as Watson and Robson both make last eight at Japan Open

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11:57 GMT, 11 October 2012

Britain's Heather Watson and Laura Robson booked their places in the quarter-finals of the Japan Open with contrasting wins in Osaka.

Watson sealed her progression with an impressive performance against Spanish sixth seed Anabel Medina Garrigues, coming from a set down to seal a 6-7 (4/7) 6-2 6-3 win.

Next up for the world No 71 is a meeting with France's Pauline Parmentier, who also pulled off a second-round shock by beating second-seeded Zheng Jie of China 6-3 6-4.

Japan-easy: British No 1 Laura Robson beat China's Zhou Yi-Miao in straight sets

Japan-easy: British No 1 Laura Robson beat China's Zhou Yi-Miao in straight sets

Robson, the world No 60 and eighth seed in Osaka this week, sealed her place in the last eight with a 6-4 6-4 triumph over China's Zhou Yi-Miao.
Chang Kai-Chen of Chinese Taipei awaits Robson in the next round.

Also on Thursday, seventh seed Chanelle Scheepers of South Africa defeated Mirjana Lucic of Croatia 6-2 6-2.

Laura Robson crashes out of Swedish Open

Blow for Robson as British No 4 crashes out of Swedish Open

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18:26 GMT, 17 July 2012

Laura Robson's hopes of building on last week's stunning run to the semi-finals in Palermo were dashed when she was beaten in the first round of the Swedish Open in Bastad.

Robson, who jumped back into the world's top 100 as a result of her heroics in Sicily, was beaten 6-4, 7-6 (7-4) by Spanish third seed Anabel Medina Garrigues.

Over and out: Robson has crashed out of the Swedish Open

Over and out: Robson has crashed out of the Swedish Open

The British No 4 claimed the first break of serve in the opening set but struggled to hold her own against the world No 35, dropping it three times to lose the first set.

Robson was let down by her serve again in the second set, as despite breaking the Medina Garrigues serve twice she was forced into a tie-break where her opponent's experience told to clinch victory in one hour and 41 minutes.

Johnny Tapia is dead

Boxing in mourning as former three-weight world champion Tapia is found dead

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09:43 GMT, 28 May 2012

Former three-weight world boxing champion Johnny Tapia has died at the age of 45.

Tapia's body was found in his Albuquerque, New Mexico, home on Sunday night and police spokesperson Robert Gibbs said there did not appear to be any suspicious circumstances.

My crazy life: Former world champion Johnny Tapia (left) has died

My crazy life: Former world champion Johnny Tapia (left) has died

Although a highly successful boxer, Tapia's life outside the ring was highly tumultuous – plagued by drug use, depression and brushes with the law.

His mother was murdered when he was eight, and his father was reportedly killed before the boxer was born.

No 1: Johnny Tapia

No 1: Johnny Tapia

He had the Spanish phrase 'mi vida loca' (my crazy life) tattooed on his stomach and went after his opponents in an all-action style.

Tapia turned professional in 1988 and after going unbeaten in his first 48 fights – claiming the WBO and IBF super flyweight titles plus the WBA bantamweight crown in the process – he was eventually defeated by Paulie Ayala in June 1999.

He won the IBF featherweight title in April 2002 with a majority decision victory over Manuel Medina but dropped a decision to Marco Antonio Barrera six months later and from there his career went slowly downhill.

His last fight came in June 2011 when he scored an eight-round decision over Mauricio Pastrana in his home town of Albuquerque, leaving him with a career record of 59 wins, five losses and two draws.