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  • January 31st, 2011
  • Posted by EUEditor

cricket-31111.jpgThe sports season begun in defiance of bad weather and flooding, (see EUAustralia Online, “Australia: Focus back on summer sport”, 21.1.11), brought in some final results on the weekend.

Australia’s cricket team clinched the one-day series with a win against England at the Gabba ground in Brisbane on Sunday, leading now 4-1 in the best-of-seven competition.

They’d opted to bat first, worked up 249 runs, and had the visitors out 51 runs short of the target; proclaiming the series  outcome some compensation for the earlier drubbing given to them by England in the preceding test series, for the Ashes.

In tennis on Sunday.

Kim Clijsters defeated the popular Chinese competitor Li Na to win the women’s Australian Open, 3-6, 6-3, 6-3.

The Belgian star, greatly thought-of in Australia and taken with the place, declared: “now I will be an Aussie”.

In the men’s competition, Serbia’s Novak Djokovic won his second Australian open, declaring he was in the best form of his life and ready to go on to more Grand Slam victories.

He’d beaten Andy Murray, Scotland,   6-4, 6-2, 6-3.

In Football, overnight on Saturday, the Socceroos were heading home after their 1-0 defeat by Japan in the final of the Asian Cup, in Qatar.

The game went deep into extra time.

Reference

Australian Open, (home), Melbourne. www.australianopen.com, (31.1.11).

Radio Australia, Pacific Beat, “Socceroos  look to the future after Asian Cup disappointment”, 31.1.11. http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/pacbeat/stories/201101/s3125434.htm, (31.1.11).

Liam Daly, Sportal, “Clarke on the way back?”, Cricket Australia, Melbourne,  31.1.11. http://cricket.com.au/news-display/Clarke-on-the-way-back/23863, (31.1.11).

Picture  Cricket Australia

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