Krunic, Siniakova reach doubles semis in Tashkent

TASHKENT - Aleksandra Krunic of Serbia and Katerina Siniakova of the Czech Republic advanced to the semifinals of the doubles event at the Tashkent Open WTA Championships, after beating Lara Arruabarrena of Spain and Mandy Minella of Luxembourg 6-7 (7-5), 3-6, 10-2 on Thursday.

Krunic and Siniakova will next face Akgul Amanmuradova from Uzbekistan and Kateryna Bondarenko of Ukraine.

Encouraging signs

Wednesday turned out to be a particularly good day for Greece with regard to the operations of the European Union.

The country’s commissioner, former Defense Minister Dimitris Avramopoulos, was assigned a significant and – as it turned out – reinforced portfolio.

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France and Britain secured top positions on Wednesday in incoming European Commission President Jean Claude-Juncker's new team, which must tackle a stagnant economy, rising euroskepticism and the Ukraine crisis on its borders.

Novak Djokovic through to 2nd round

NEW YORK - Novak Djokovic is through to the 2nd round of the US Open after defeating Diego Schwartzman of Argentina 6-1 6-2 6-4 on Tuesday.

World number one will now face France's Paul-Henri Mathieu, who ousted Gilles Mueller of Luxembourg in five sets, 6-7(9) 7-5 7(8)-6 6(5)-7 6-1.

Photo AP,Darron Cummings