Jankovic battles to victory in Hong Kong

HONG KONG - Former world number one Jelena Jankovic sealed the Hong Kong Open on Sunday after beating Germany's Angelique Kerber 3-6, 7-6, 6-1 in a thrilling comeback from the brink of defeat. After ousting Venus Williams in the semi-final, the Serb battled hard to gain victory against Kerber and take revenge for a three-set defeat in Wuhan just a few weeks ago. "I was a tough fight against Angelique... it's amazing," Jankovic told reporters. "I am lucky to win tonight... the third set was very much in my favour because her level dropped. She got really tired," Jankovic said. Kerber would have qualified for Singapore WTA finals has she not lost to Jankovic, who was preparing to end her own season. "I think I proved I can play at the top level," Jankovic said.–AFP

Thompson takes LPGA Korea title

INCHEON - World number five Lexi Thompson posted a final round, three-under-par 69 on Sunday to take the LPGA KEB Hana Bank Championship in South Korea -- her second Tour win of the season. The American had been one stroke off the lead going into the final day, but just one dropped shot on the 11th hole and four birdies saw her clinch victory by a single stroke from former world number one Yani Tseng and Korea LPGA Tour star Park Sung-Hyung. "It's very satisfying," Thompson said afterwards. "I always look forward to coming back to South Korea and playing in front of these amazing fans .... but getting a win, it means so much." Tseng shot a solid 68 Sunday but will have to wait at least another week to grab her first LPGA win since March 2012. This was her fourth top-10 finish of the year.–AFP

Hend cruises to victory at Macau Open

HONG KONG - Australian Scott Hend Sunday won a second Venetian Macau Open victory in three years after holding off title holder Anirban Lahiri and Chiragh Kumar of India with a final round of five-under-par 66. Hend cruised to a three-stroke triumph at the Macau Golf and Country Club to become only the second player after China's Zhang Lian-wei to win twice at the US$1 million Asian Tour event with a tournament record of 20-under-par 264. The 42-year-old, who was pipped by Lahiri last year, collected the winner's cheque of $180,000. Lahiri and Kumar shared second place after closing with a 66 and 65 respectively. "Feel relieve and rewarded as I've worked hard the last few weeks in Europe," said Hend, who entered the last day with a three-shot cushion.–AFP

Kuchar wins in Fiji as Singh sets record

SUVA - American Matt Kuchar won the Fiji International on Sunday, seeing off a blistering late challenge from three-time major champion Vijay Singh who set a new course record. World number 16 Kuchar's consistency proved the key at a tournament dogged by windy conditions. He fired a second consecutive three-under 69, four shots ahead of Australia's Aron Price. But it was local hero Singh who caught the eye in the final round on the course he designed for the Aus$1.125 million event. Singh, who has not won an event for seven years and was in 33rd positon after Thursday's opening round, hit a seven-under 65 to shave two shots off the course record. The veteran managed seven birdies to finish joint third with New Zealand's Ryan Fox and Australian Nick Cullen, five shots behind Kuchar.–AFP

Potohar Challenge Cup Football

ISLAMABAD - Mehran Club, Federal Club, Elite Club and Falcon Club entered in the quarterfinals of the First Potohar Challenge Cup Football Tournament yesterday. Islamabad Football Association secretary Syed Sharafat Hussain Bukhari was the chief guest at the first pre-quarter final, while IFA President, Saleem Chaudhry was the chief guest for second pre-quarterfinal. Mehran Club defeated Akbar Club 2-1, thanks to Rohullah, who scored a brace for the winners. Kamil scored the consolation goal for Akbar Club. Federal Club beat Bolan Club 1-0; Gul Sher scored the lone goal of the match in the 15th minute. Elite Club beat Zeeshan Club 6-5 on penalty kicks, both teams were locked at 1-1 in the normal time. Falcon Club beat Islamabad 2-0, Zulqarnain and Waqas were scored the goals. –Staff Reporter