In a gruelling China Open final, Maria Sharapova dug deep to beat Petra Kvitova 6-4 2-6 6-3 on Sunday. The match in Beijing lasted two hours and 28 minutes. With the win, the Russian climbed up to number two in the WTA singles rankings.
World number one Novak Djokovic claimed his fifth China Open title by thrashing Tomas Berdych in a one-sided contest on Sunday. The Serbian took just 66 minutes to seal a comfortable 6-0, 6-2 win against the big Czech in Beijing.
The Venus Rosewater Dish proved to be something of a poisoned chalice for Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova after her 2011 win but she says the difficult experience means she is now ready to cope with the pressure of a second title win.
Russia fell to Finland in the big men`s hockey clash at the Winter Olympics on Wednesday, robbing the hosts of a shot at the gold they covet most, while athletes and officials reacted with shock to the deaths of protesters in neighbouring Ukraine.