The winner and the runner-up were lined up on the court for a postmatch picture, holding glass trophy vases and smiling for a photographer, when champion Varvara Lepchenko jumped out of the picture, ran to her equipment bag, and pulled out a small camera. She handed it to runner-up Kelly Liggan’s coach, Bill Belser, who obliged and snapped some souvenirs for the 21-year-old from Uzbekistan.
China coach Zhu Guanghu faces an uncertain future after his team went from championship contenders to Asian Cup also-rans within two matches.
Uzbekistan coach Rauf Inileyev is keen to see as much footage of Saudi Arabia as he can before their Asian Cup quarter-final on Sunday in Jakarta.
Uzbekistan scored three late goals to stun 2004 finalist China 3-0 Wednesday, securing a trip to Jakarta for the Asian Cup quarterfinals at the expense of the 2004 finalists, AP reported.
Substitutes helped Uzbeksitan to win the crucial match against China, coach Rauf Inileyev said after his team smashed China 3-0 on Wednesday.
A second half brace from Taisir Al Jassam steered Saudi Arabia to a 4-0 drubbing of Gulf neighbours Bahrain at the Gelora Sriwijaya Stadium in Palembang on Wednesday and a place in the quarter-finals of this year’s AFC Asian Cup.
Korea Republic booked their place in the quarter-finals of the AFC Asian Cup, downing co-hosts Indonesia 1-0 at a sold-out Gelora Bung Karno Stadium to squeeze into the last eight.
In the wake of Iran’s 2-0 defeat of co-hosts Malaysia on Wednesday night, Team Melli coach Amir Ghalenoei revealed that his side were happy to have achieved their aim of finishing top of a strong Group C.
A 29th minute penalty from Javad Nekounam coupled with a second half goal from Andranik Teymourian helped a struggling Iran secure a place in the quarter-finals of the AFC Asian Cup by narrowly beating resilient co-hosts Malaysia 2-0 on Wednesday night.