Mirza books slot in last 16 by TevitaVaikona


									48   Gulf Daily News Thursday, 11th June 2009

                                          Mirza books slot in last 16
                                                   BIRMINGHAM: Sania Mirza’s                       The gritty Mirza demonstrated that                     veteran Tamarine Tanasagurn, who suf-
                                                   impressive start to her grass                 she is fully recovered from a career-                    fered a stunning defeat to 20-year-old
                                                   court season gathered momen-                  threatening wrist injury as she raced                    British wildcard Naomi Cavaday in
                                                   tum yesterday when the                        through the first set and although                       three sets.
                                         Indian star swept British number one                    Keothavong put up greater resistance                        Cavaday brought down last year’s
                                         Anne Keothavong aside to advance to                     in the second set, she saw out the match                 Wimbledon quarter-finalist 7-6 (7/5), 2-
                                         the last 16 of the WTA tournament                       6-1, 7-6 (7/5).                                          6, 6-4 in a match featuring nine breaks
                                         here.                                                     It was not such a good day for Thai                    of serve.                                                     www.kewalramandsons.com

        SYDNEY:           Australia
        laboured to beat Bahrain 2-
        0 in a muted celebration of
                                                 for his eighth top-level goal.
                                                    David Carney doubled the lead in the
                                                 88th minute after Jason Culina's spec-
                                                                                                      WORLD CUP QUALIFYING
                                                                                                                    Group ‘A’
                                                                                                                                                    stiff muscles and would not be risked.
                                                                                                                                                       Bahrain, needing a point to lock up
                                                                                                                                                    third spot in the group and with it a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      s Australia's
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Kewell goes
                                                 tacular overhead kick ricocheted off an            Australia              2       Bahrain    0     potential World Cup playoff against                                                   up for a
        their World Cup Asian qual-                                                                                                                 Oceania champions New Zealand,
                                                 upright for Carney to ram the ball home                    (Sterjovski 55, Carney 88)                                                                                                     header
ification here yesterday.                        for his second international goal.                 Japan                  1       Qatar      1     looked the livelier in the first-half.
   The Socceroos, fielding only four                Bahrain had the ball in the net during             (Al Binali 2-og) (Yahya Afif 53-pen)            Skipper Mohammed Salmeen had a
survivors from the team that booked              the second-half from an Abdulla                                                                    free header off an Abdulla Abdi corner
their ticket to South Africa 2010 in             Marzooq header but the defender was                               P   W       D    L F A Pts       in the 24th minute but the chance went
Qatar at the weekend, were frustrated            ruled offside.                                     Australia      7   5       2    0 10 0 17       over the bar.
by the fast-breaking visitors and need-                                                             Japan          7   4       3    0 10 4 15
                                                                                                    Bahrain        7   2       1    4 5 8 7
                                                                                                                                                       Celtic striker Scott McDonald had a
ed second-half goals to grind them                                 Rivals                           Qatar          8   1       3    4 5 14 6        glorious chance to break his interna-
down.                                                                                               Uzbekistan     7   1       1    5 5 9 4         tional goal drought in his 12th game
   Mile Sterjovski broke the deadlock               It would have been the first time                                                               minutes later after being put clear by
in the 55th minute after he punished a           Australia had conceded a goal in their             But for the most part, before just              Brett Holman but he blazed his volley
defensive error inside the six-yard box          last seven qualifying games.                     under 40,000 fans at a half-filled                over the bar for the hosts.
and beat goalkeeper Sayed Mohammed                  Australia hold on to their lead at the        Olympic stadium, the Australians                     Bahrain continued to press and
                                                 top of Asia Group A and will play                played like strangers, with little rhythm         Mahmood Abdulrahman's free-kick
                                                 regional rivals Japan in Melbourne next          and wayward passing.                              was flicked on, only for goalkeeper
                                                 Wednesday, with both teams already                 The surprise omissions from the                 Mark Schwarzer to fumble the ball and
                                                 through to the World Cup finals.                 Australia team were English                       regather at the second attempt.
                                                    The Socceroos could have had a                Premiership stars Tim Cahill and Vince               Sterjovski had a free header comfort-
                                                 third goal but incredibly the ball stayed        Grella, with Cahill left out entirely and         ably taken by goalkeeper Sayed
                                                 out after Harry Kewell and Sterjovski            Grella on the bench. Grella came on in            Mohammed before Salman Isa blazed
                                                 had goalbound chances blocked on the             the 62nd minute.                                  just over the bar nearing halftime.
                                                 line in the 75th minute.                           Coach Pim Verbeek said Cahill had                 Macala shifts focus – Page 45

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