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04 December 2023

Ones to watch


By Ahmad Lala


The Russian No3 seed has looked in impressive form ahead of the Australian Open on Monday and can be counted among the tournament's favourites.

Her muscular physique gives her a distinct advantage and it seems just a matter of time before she claims her first Grand Slam and, perhaps, with it the top spot in the women's rankings.


On Tuesday, rugby players in the United Kingdom will be crossing their fingers in hope that they are lucky enough to be named by McGeechan among the 60 members of the initial British and Irish Lions squad. The Scotsman will need to make some risky selections as the international season has yet to begin up North and he will have to use club form.


The American will make his Middle East debut this week at the Qatar Masters in Doha. The Floridian is famed for his unique on-course presence and has been known to ride his driver cowboy-style down fairways.


The opening batsman became the first player since 1877 to be selected for Australia without playing a first-class game and he immediately impressed hitting 89 of 43 balls in his Twenty20 debut against South Africa. So impressive was his performances that he has now been added to the One Day International squad for this week's games – and has secured an IPL contract.


With president Ramon Calderon resigning yesterday amid rumours he rigged last month's club elections in order to stay on in the job, all eyes will be on the club to see who will be appointed next.