Articles by Pritha Sarkar



Figure Skating Supremacy Challenged as Russians Tumble

  • 16 February 10
  • Reuters
Russian or Soviet skaters had dominated the pairs event by winning gold at 12 successive Olympics stretching back to the 1964 Innsbruck Games but on Monday they were completely knocked off the podium after Yuko Kavaguti and Alexander Smirnov both crashed to the ice in their free program.

Words to Wife Possibly Sparked Betting Scandal

  • 26 June 08
  • Reuters
Nikolay Davydenko said an on-court conversation with his wife, Irina, may have accidentally triggered the betting scandal which has plagued him since last year.

U.S. and Russia Face Difficult Away Semis

  • 15 April 08
  • Reuters
Andy Roddick tore through Frenchman Paul-Henri Mathieu on Sunday to seal the United States' place in the Davis Cup semifinals, after a rare defeat for top-ranked doubles pair Bob and Mike Bryan on Saturday had delayed the Americans' celebrations for 24 hours.

Andreyev Sees Light at End of Long Tunnel

  • 06 June 07
  • Reuters
Sitting at home in Moscow last May and resting his injured knee on a foot stool, Igor Andreyev was beginning to enjoy the enforced break a little too much.

Russians Suffer a Bad Day at the Open

  • 22 January 07
  • Reuters
A drizzly Melbourne Park proved to be an inhospitable place for the Russians on Sunday.

Players Wilt as Mercury Rises

  • 17 January 07
  • Reuters
Maria Sharapova squeezed through after coming within two points of losing at the Australian Open on Tuesday when players struggled to last the distance in the sweltering conditions.

Russia Fails to Make an Impact

  • 18 October 06
  • Reuters
Russia's chances of ending its gold-medal drought did not look too promising at the World Gymnastics Championships on Tuesday after the team put in a scrappy performance to qualify.

Gymnasts Building for 2008 Olympics

  • 12 October 06
  • Reuters
For decades, Russia was considered the most dominant force in gymnastics. Now, many people believe that only divine intervention will lead their gymnasts to gold-medal glory.

Nemov Misses Thrill of Perfect 10

  • 10 October 06
  • Reuters
Alexei Nemov spent more than 20 years striving for perfection.

Rivals Out to Snatch Gold From Slutskaya

  • 21 February 06
  • Reuters
Twenty-eight of the world's most talented and skillful figure skaters have only one aim at the Winter Olympics -- to stop Irina Slutskaya from climbing to the top of the podium.

Skaters Primed to Sweep Golds

  • 06 February 06
  • Reuters
Irina Slutskaya and Yevgeny Plushenko will be out to complete unfinished business at the Turin Olympics.

Jumps, Footwork Seal Gold for Russian Pair

  • 20 January 06
  • Reuters
Tatyana Totmyanina and Maxim Marinin captured their fifth successive European pairs title with an exhilarating display of acrobatic jumps and synchronized footwork on Wednesday.

Plushenko Lands in Spotlight

  • 06 December 05
  • Reuters
As a three-time world figure skating champion, Yevgeny Plushenko could have been forgiven for thinking he was one of the most recognizable figures in Russia.

Russians Restore Dominance

  • 31 January 05
  • Reuters
Irina Slutskaya and Yevgeny Plushenko handed a timely warning to their American and Asian rivals after they restored Russian dominance at the European figure skating championships.

Russian Gymnasts Strike 50-Year Low

  • 18 August 04
  • Reuters
Russian men's gymnastics sank to a new low Monday when the national team failed get a medal in the Olympic team competition for the first time in more than 50 years.

Russian Gymnasts Out of Spotlight

  • 13 August 04
  • Reuters
The Russians had better watch out. For the first time in Olympic history, the traditional powerhouse of gymnastics arrive at the Games as the rank outsiders.

Sharapova's Sacrifice Pays Off

  • 28 June 04
  • Reuters
Maria Sharapova arrived in the United States in 1994 with a paltry $700 in her pocket and the dream of one day playing on Centre Court at Wimbledon.

Khorkina Out to Take Worlds

  • 14 August 03
  • Reuters
With her bewitching smile and alluring personality, Svetlana Khorkina has made a seamless transition from Olympic champion to Playboy centerfold.

Mirnyi Wants Minsk's Attention

  • 25 February 03
  • Reuters
Max Mirnyi stormed to his first career title with a 7-6, 6-4 victory over local favorite Raemon Sluiter at the World Indoor Tournament final Sunday.

Russia Hits Post-Sydney Slump

  • 27 November 02
  • Reuters
Two years on from their remarkable medal haul at the Sydney Games, the Russians are becoming an endangered species in the world of gymnastics.

Li Wins Double as Khorkina Falters Again

  • 26 November 02
  • Reuters
Olympic champion Li Xiaopeng emphasized his superiority over the rest of the men's field to walk away with two gold medals at the world gymnastics championships on Sunday.

Khorkina Falters on Bars as American Takes Title

  • 25 November 02
  • Reuters
Olympic champion Svetlana Khorkina's hopes of winning the asymmetric bars came crashing down at the world championships on Saturday.

Khorkina Falls Off Beam Then Flies Through Bars

  • 22 November 02
  • Reuters
Svetlana Khorkina's hopes of demonstrating her balancing skills failed to materialize Wednesday when she fell off the beam during qualification at the 36th gymnastics World Championships.