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Magnus Carlsen emulates Boris Spassky and reaps reward at Qatar Open


Magnus Carlsen’s bold decision to play in an open tournament, the first reigning world champion to do so since Boris Spassky in 1971, paid off handsomely this week at Qatar when the 25-year-old Norwegian won first prize unbeaten on 7/9 with one of his best performances. He tied with Yu Yangyi, then crushed his Chinese rival 2-0 in the speed tie-break.



Serena Williams

Serena Williams beats Timea Babos to set up Heather Watson tie

Serena Williams played with the unrelenting urgency of a woman who had a prior engagement and no interest in staying on Centre Court for a moment longer than was strictly necessary, beating Timea Babos in 59 minutes to set up a third-round match against Britain’s Heather Watson on Friday.