Why did Kim Jong-un order his brother's murder? IMAGE: North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un at the Pyongyang Orphans Primary School. Photograph: Korean Central News Agency/Reuters Tyrants don't rest until they get rid of their enemies -- real or imagined. Constantly insecure, they consolidate their positions by ruthless annihilation. Soviet dictator Josef Stalin set the macabre agenda with personal and mass murderous purges, which the tyrants of our time -- Saddam Hussein, Muammar Gaddafi, ... Rediff.com, 1 month ago
Roshneesh Kmaneck presents 5 exceptional players who surprised us at Melbourne. This Australian Open has been full of surprises. It's for the first time since Roland Garros 2004 that the top two seeds in the men's draw were ousted before the quarterfinals. Novak Djokovic, the World No 2, was stunned and so was the world when Uzbekistan's Denis Istomin, currently ranked 117, outplayed the Serb and won a wonderfully tantalising 5 set match. And three days later, Mischa Zverev did the impossible ...Rediff.com, 2 months ago
IMAGE: Serena Williams of the US celebrates match point after defeating Britain's Johanna Konta in the Australian Open quarter-final in Melbourne on Wednesday. Photograph: Issei Kato/Reuters When Serena Williams spoke at a court-side interview after defeating UK's Johanna Konta in the quarter-final on Wednesday, she was reminded by the interviewer that three of the Australian Open semi-finalists are in their 30s and pat came a beaming Serena's reply: "30s are the new 10." The inspiring ...Rediff.com, 2 months ago Aus Open PHOTOS: Nadal to face Dimitrov in semis; Serena sets up Lucic-Baroni reunion Rediff.com, 2 months ago Aus Open PHOTOS: Raonic recovers from stumble; Serena marches on Rediff.com, 2 months ago Serena defers engagement joy as 7th Aus Open in sight Rediff.com, 2 months ago
IMAGE: Switzerland's Roger Federer plays a backhand return in his Australian Open quarter-final against Germany's Mischa Zverev on Tuesday. Photograph: Michael Dodge/Getty Images Four-times champion Roger Federer took apart Mischa Zverev 6-1, 7-5, 6-2 with a clinical display of all-court tennis to reach his 13th Australian Open semi-final in 92 minutes on Tuesday. Chasing an 18th grand slam title, and first since 2012, the 35-year-old Federer neutered his left-handed German opponent's ...Rediff.com, 2 months ago PHOTOS: Vintage Federer hammers Berdych to reach Aus Open last 16 Rediff.com, 2 months ago Aus Open PIX: Kyrgios, Cilic out; Federer Kerber stagger to Round 3 Rediff.com, 2 months ago
'My trend has been semis, quarters, fourth, third, second, first round, and then, according to my trend, I should have been in the third-round quallies.' IMAGE: Caroline Wozniacki in action during her first round match. Photograph: Edgar Su/Reuters Since her invites to the White House are likely to dry up once outgoing US President Barack Obama vacates the premises this week, Caroline Wozniacki was relieved to snap her backward sliding run at the Australian Open on Tuesday. PHOTOS: Nadal, ...Rediff.com, 2 months ago
Will it be Djoko or Sir Andy?Will it be Serena?Or Simona? Or Svetlana? The tennis season will begin in full swing with the Australian Open commencing on Monday, January 16. The first Grand Slam of the year is a preview of what to expect, more or less, from the rest of the season -- which player will dominate the circuit, who could upset the apple cart, new players to watch out for. Last year, Serbian World No 2 Novak Djokovic joined Roy Emerson as the most successful men's champion at the ...Rediff.com, 2 months ago
Svetlana Kuznetsova opened the defence of her Sydney International title with a comfortable 6-1, 6-4 victory over Irina-Camelia Begu on Sunday as the Australian Open warm-up event suffered a pair of big-name withdrawals. The Russian fifth seed started strongly by winning 10 of the first 11 games and after her Romanian opponent rallied in the second set to tie it up at 4-4, Kuznetsova broke again in the ninth game and served out the victory in 77 minutes. "I started the year quite good with the ...Rediff.com, 2 months ago
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