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Sulking around and dwelling on the past isn't the ointment of choice for Australia's leading woman tennis player Samantha Stosur after world No.86 Heather Watson ended her redemption run at the Australian Open on Tuesday.

"I've (comeback) before, I've done it many times before," the world No.17 told reporters after going down 3-6, 6-3, 0-6 in her opening round on Tuesday, adding there's "obviously things I need to improve" and "need to do it quickly" in the belief she'll make it back to the top.

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Defending champion Lee Westwood of England is eyeing another return to the summit when he takes on a stellar field at the US$1 million Thailand Golf Championship which starts on Thursday.

The former world number one has lifted the prestigious Thailand Golf Championship trophy twice in 2011 and 2014.

With his only victory this year coming in Indonesia, Westwood hopes it will be a return to another happy hunting ground for him in Asia this week.

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Heather Watson came, she saw and she fell agonizingly short. The 23 year old from the small island of Guernsey produced the best tennis of her young professional career and was two points away from beating arguably the greatest female tennis player of all time, however, world no.1 Serena Williams produced her best tennis when her back was against the wall, digging deep to pull off an incredible 6-2, 4-6, 7-5 in the match of the tournament at Wimbledon so far this year.

At one stage Serena appeared to be cruising into the fourth round, up 6-2, 4-3 against the young Brit, but Watson produced a dramatic comeback, rattling off 6 games in a row to win the second set and pull ahead 3-0 in the third with a double break in hand.

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American Bubba Watson produced a magical finish to win the WGC-HSBC Champions, stealing the crown from under the noses of European Tour stars Martin Kaymer and Graeme McDowell.

Watson looked out of contention after he double bogeyed the par three 17th, but he holed a bunker shot for eagle on the last to sign for a two under par 70 and an 11 under total. South African Tim Clark matched that with a birdie at the 18th, but on the first hole of a play-off the two-time Masters Champion holed a birdie putt from 20 feet to win his first WGC title.

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Cricket Australia has today announced that Shane Watson has been ruled out of the VB Tour to the United Arab Emirates after suffering a setback during his ankle injury rehabilitation.

Cricket Australia Physiotherapist Alex Kountouris said: “Whilst Shane has made steady progress with his rehabilitation after he stepped on a ball and sprained his ankle, he has suffered a setback, experiencing some right calf soreness.

“As Shane has previously had similar calf injuries, we plan to hold back his return to running and bowling for approximately 7-10 days. The unfortunate timing of this calf injury will mean that his preparation for the UAE Tour will be considerably affected and he would have been unavailable for the T20 and ODI part of the tour and significantly limit his bowling preparation for the Test matches.”

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The Royal Challengers Bangalore, one of the pre-tournament favourites for IPL 2014, have now lost back to back games, slumping to a 6-wicket defeat at the hands of the Rajasthan Royals in a dull affair at Abu Dhabi which saw the Royals make rather heavy weather of chasing down a paltry target.

Having won a good toss, Rajasthan were quick to insert the Royal Challengers Bangalore on a green wicket in Abu Dhabi, and earned instant rewards for their decision as RCB slumped to an incredible 5-4! Rookie Yogesh Takawale was caught behind for naught in the first over from Stuart Binny before Parthiv Patel was run out due to some indecisive running. Yuvraj Singh's poor 2014 continued as he gave catching practice to second slip, and Kane Richardson was soon on a hat-trick when AB de Villiers dragged one onto his stumps to depart for a golden duck.

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Just two years after emerging victorious at Augusta National, Bubba Watson was presented with his second Green Jacket as the left-handed American cruised to a 3-stroke win on an entertaining final day at the Masters.

Coming into the final day tied with 20-year old American rookie Jordan Spieth, Watson fell two strokes back of the Masters debutant by the 7th hole as the youngster was attempting to become the youngest winner of a Major since Tom Creavy in 1931. That piece of history stayed intact as Watson birdied the 8th and 9th holes, making the turn two ahead as the inexperienced Spieth bogeyed both in what was effectively a 4-stroke swing. Watson went on to open up a 3 stroke lead in the end to finish with a round of 69.

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