Chelsea team news: Key duo both in contention for Arsenal clash

first_img1 Eden Hazard and Diego Costa are in contention to play for Chelsea at Arsenal after returning to training following injury.Playmaker Hazard has missed the last three matches with a groin injury sustained at Crystal Palace, while striker Costa sustained a bruised shin in last Saturday’s last-gasp draw with Everton.Chelsea interim boss Guus Hiddink said: “The last two days he [Hazard] was in full commitment with first-team training, so he is available.“We have to be careful, because he has fallen into some injuries recently.“I’m not sure whether he can play a full 90 minutes yet. We have to consider whether it’s best (for him) to start or to come in.”Costa had scans immediately after the draw with Everton, with the results showing no fracture and just bruising.The Brazil-born Spain striker returned to training on Thursday.Hiddink added: “He [Costa] was in yesterday. He was in today. So he will be available as well.” Diego Costa and Eden Hazard last_img read more

Serena Williams battles past Agnieszka Radwanska to reach Indian Wells final

first_imgSerena Williams overcame a sluggish start to forge past Agnieszka Radwanska and move into the final of the BNP Paribas Open with a 6-4, 7-6(1) victory on Friday.The world number one was 4-2 down in the opening set and not moving freely in their semi-final at Indian Wells, before the American began to find her rhythm to claim four straight games and control of the battle.Williams continued her run in the second set to win the opening three games before her Polish opponent fought back. Radwanska displayed the kind of tennis that will see her rise to number two in the world rankings on Monday, rallying to win the next three games to get the set back on serve.The Pole even had a chance to win just her second career set against Williams when she broke the American to lead 6-5, but could not close out on serve.Williams then snuffed out any hopes Radwanska had of claiming a first victory against the American, winning seven straight points to take the tiebreaker 7-1 and improve to 10-0 in their head-to-head battles.”I think it was really good for me to have a match like that and I think that’s the reason Aga is doing so well, because she never gave up,” Williams told reporters.”I was up so much in the second and she just came back and was determined more than ever, so it was really good to play well against her tonight.”I could have played three sets but I figured I should at least do 1000 percent right now. That’s what I tried to do.”advertisementWilliams improved to 23-1 at Indian Wells, where she won in 1999 and 2001, before taking a self-imposed 14-year exile from the event amidst allegations of racial abuse from fans after sister Venus withdrew minutes before their semi-final showdown.Some 15 years later, she is feeling the love.”I had a lot of support, I heard a lot of ‘Go Serena’s’ and that was kind of cool,” Williams added.”This year has been great. It feels so great to be supported. It’s been a great comeback here in Indian Wells, so I’m excited about that.”Williams will play the winner of the second semifinal between Victoria Azarenka and Karolina Pliskova.last_img read more