Australian #1 Ashleigh Barty entered the Brisbane International with fans expecting her to sail home with silverware. Instead all she got was a resounding thumping to set her 2018 campaign off to a disappointing start. As for Tsurenko, she booked a second-round clash with 2012 Brisbane International champion Kaia Kanepi of Estonia.


Svitolina won five titles in 2017 on her way to a career-high world ranking of number three.

Anna Muzychuk demonstrates again that Ukrainian women are strong and will not compete where women’s rights are violated


If it is anything like the last global sporting extravaganza held in Russia, next year's FIFA World Cup will be the most political tournament since 1934 when Italian dictator Benito Mussolini presided over the action.



When it comes to athletes banned for doping, the IAAF has given Russia the top prize by a country mile. Not exactly covering itself in glory, Ukraine came in fourth with 19 confirmed cases compared to Russia’s 71.



Following a meeting of the IOC's executive board in Lausanne on Monday, IOC President Thomas Bach announced a series of sanctions against Russia over evidence of systematic, state-sponsored doping outlined in a World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) report compiled by Canadian lawyer Richard McLaren. 



Novotna was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 2005


Photo: Ukrainian chess grandmaster Anna Muzychuk won two gold medals in the FIDE World Chess Rapid & Blitz Championships in 2016.



"To risk your life, to wear abaya all the time?? Everything has its limits and headscarves in Iran was more than enough," she added in reference to the world championships that were held in Tehran earlier this year.

The top seeds saw off Italy to take the sabre world title on the final day of the IWAS Wheelchair Fencing World Championships.



South Korea’s Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Do Jong-hwan, left, and 2010 Vancouver Olympic figure skating champion Kim Yu-Na hold the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics flame at Incheon International Airport


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