Olympic champion Li falls at first hurdle

  • Agencies, Birmingham
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  • Updated: Mar 06, 2013 23:32 IST

Li Xuerui, the Olympic and the defending All-England champion, suffered a stunning defeat on Wednesday when she lost in the first round of the All-England Open.

Li, widely regarded as the sport's outstanding woman player after her triumph at the London Games seven months ago, went down 21-18, 21-18 to Bae Yeon Ju, the world number 13 from South Korea.

The Chinese player did not blame either the wind drift or having to face such a high quality opponent in the first round for her defeat. "It was personal performance issues, too many mistakes, nothing else," she said.

Somdev bows out in qualifiers
Indian Wells: Somdev Devvarman's bid to enter the main draw of the Indian Wells ATP Masters tournament fell flat as he lost the opening round of the qualifiers in straight sets to Italian 27th seed Matteo Viola, here.

The Indian, playing under protected ranking, suffered a 2-6, 2-6 basing at the hands of world number 127.

Somdev, ranked 250, lost his serve six times in the opening-round match of the $5,030,408 hard court event.

Solid gold Messi foot on sale in Japan
Tokyo: A solid gold replica of footballer Lionel Messi's left foot, complete with blood vessels and the swirls of skin on the bottom of the toes, is to go on sale in Japan, a jeweller said on Wednesday. The 25-kilogramme statue, worth $5.25 million (`28.73 crore approx), was created from a mould of the star striker's foot by Ginza Tanaka to mark Messi's record-breaking fourth consecutive Ballon d'Or award.


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