Grandmaster and former world junior champion Abhijeet Gupta missed out on a podium finish after losing to Eduardo Iturrizaga of Venezuela in the 9th and final round of 16th Dubai International open chess tournament that concluded here.
Swiss tennis ace Roger Federer is reportedly hoping to come back to his best after ending top-seeded Novak Djokovic`s defence of the Dubai Open title by beating him for the first time in 18 months on Friday.
Former men`s world number one Roger Federer had to dig deep to progress to the quarter-finals of the Dubai Open on Wednesday eventually beating fellow veteran Radek Stepanek of the Czech Republic 6-2, 6-7 (4/7) 6-3 in their second round clash.
Venus Williams reached only her second final in 16 months and brought closer the possibility of an all-Williams sisters final for the first time in more than four years when winning her Dubai Open semi-final today.
Venus Williams is close to her best again, according to Ana Ivanovic, the former world number one from Serbia, who managed to take only three games off the seven times former Grand Slam winner at the Dubai Open on Wednesday.
Serena Williams` bid to extend her phenomenal career into her 33rd year will take a tentative but crucial step forward when she unexpectedly lines up at the head of the field for the Dubai Open which starts on Monday.
India`s Sania Mirza today clinched her second doubles title of the season after she combined with partner Bethanie Mattek-Sands to defeat Nadia Petrova and Katarina Srebotnik in the title clash of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships, here.
Grandmaster norm holder Akshayraj Kore showed character and fighting skills as he held second seed Grandmaster Loek Van Wely of Holland to a draw in the second round of the 14th Dubai International Chess Open here.