Li Na

Chinese No 1 Li Na squandered a 3-1 lead in the deciding third set to lose to ninth seed Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic 4-6, 6-2, 6-4 in the quarterfinals of the China Open on Friday.

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Li Na

Chinese No 1 Li Na squandered a 3-1 lead in the deciding third set to lose to ninth seed Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic 4-6, 6-2, 6-4 in the quarterfinals of the China Open on Friday.

Serena Williams

World number one Serena Williams looked to be at about the peak of her game as the 32-year-old needed just one hour and 28 minutes to send eighth seed Jelena Jankovic crashing for her second China Open crown on Sunday.

Novak Djokovic

Novak Djokovic defeated Rafael Nadal 6-3, 6-4 to win the China Open for the fourth time Sunday.

Rafael Nadal

Rafael Nadal will supplant Novak Djokovic atop the rankings after advancing to the final of the China Open on Saturday when Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic retired with a back injury.

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China Open

While tennis fans and pundits are obsessed with his below-par performances at the four majors this year which have left him in danger of missing the cut for the season-ending ATP finale for the first time since 2001, Federer has already put a positive spin on his 2013 trials and tribulations.

Chinese soccer

Lack of a local club in the top-tier professional league has seen Xinjiang soccer struggle to enter the mainstream of modern professionalism.

Champions League

Guangzhou Evergrande took a step toward a place in the Asian Champions League final by coming from a goal down to beat Japanese club Kashiwa Reysol 4-1 in the first leg of AFC semifinals at the Hitachi Kashiwa Soccer Stadium Wednesday.

US Open tennis tournament

Rafa Nadal crowned his brilliant year by defeating world number one Novak Djokovic 6-2 3-6 6-4 6-1 to win the US Open at Arthur Ashe Stadium on Monday.

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Sports scandals

In protest of the refereeing at the final against Shandong, the Beijing female rugby sevens squad threw the match in the second half, standing still on the field while surrendering its end zone to their opponent, who won by an embarrassing 71-0 on Tuesday.

Love in sports - love affairs of sports stars

Novak Djokovic, the world's top-ranked tennis player, announced via social media on Wednesday that he was engaged to marry his longtime girlfriend, Jelena Ristic.

Doping

Lance Armstrong said on Wednesday he will not cooperate with a US Anti-Doping Agency investigation into dope cheats in cycling but would be willing to help other anti-doping inquiries.

Sports violence and tragedies

Police in rural Brazil have detained one man and were seeking two others in the slaying of a soccer referee who was killed, dismembered and decapitated by spectators after he stabbed a player to death mid-match.

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