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'It's going to be fun': Andreescu relishes US Open date with Serena 'It's going to be fun': Andreescu relishes US Open date with Serena
NEW YORK: Canadian teenager Bianca Andreescu is eagerly awaiting Saturday’s US Open title showdown with 23-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams, in a rematch of last month’s Toronto final that was cut short by injury. The 19-year-old Andreescu, playing at just her fourth Grand Slam and making her US Open main draw debut, has enjoyed a rapid rise over the past nine months after finishing 2...
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Nadal 'in good shape' after scrappy US Open win Nadal 'in good shape' after scrappy US Open win
NEW YORK: Rafael Nadal said he felt “in good shape” after advancing to the semi-finals of the US Open with a battling 6-4, 7-5, 6-2 win over Argentine 20th seed Diego Schwartzman. Second seed Nadal, a three-time champion in New York, will play Italy’s Matteo Berrettini for a berth in the final after the 18-time Grand Slam winner overcame a gritty performance from the 5ft 7in (1.70m) Schwartzm...
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Verstappen, Gasly to start at back of grid in Italy Verstappen, Gasly to start at back of grid in Italy
MONZA: Red Bull’s Max Verstappen and Toro Rosso’s Pierre Gasly will start Sunday’s Italian Grand Prix at the back of the grid due to power unit changes, engine partners Honda said on Wednesday. Both will use Honda’s latest ‘Spec 4’ unit, taking them beyond their engine allocation for the season. “For their first race with Spec 4, Gasly and Verstappen will therefore take grid penalties and ...
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Osaka beaten but wiser after US Open exit Osaka beaten but wiser after US Open exit
Naomi Osaka was dethroned as champion and toppled from the world number one ranking with a US Open loss Monday, but she’s calm about the setback after learning some valuable lessons. Swiss 13th seed Belinda Bencic beat Osaka 7-5, 6-4 in a fourth-round match at Flushing Meadows, sending the 21-year-old Japanese star away unhappy but wiser. “For me, right now I have this feeling of sadness, bu...
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Three things we learned from the Premier League Three things we learned from the Premier League
LONDON: Liverpool and Manchester City continue to move away from their ‘top six’ rivals at the top of the Premier League as Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham all dropped points this weekend. Arsenal and Spurs played out a thrilling 2-2 draw, while United and Chelsea threw away leads to take only a point each from games with Southampton and Sheffield United respectively. Liv...
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Osaka, crowd help tearful Coco cope with lopsided loss Osaka, crowd help tearful Coco cope with lopsided loss
NEW YORK: US teen sensation Coco Gauff’s first appearance at Arthur Ashe Stadium left both players crying Saturday night and produced one of the most touching moments in US Open history. Top-ranked defending champion Naomi Osaka captured the last eight games in a dominating 6-3, 6-0 third-round victory that had 15-year-old Gauff wiping away tears, but it was what happened next that was memora...
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Serena excited for Coco-Osaka blockbuster Serena excited for Coco-Osaka blockbuster
NEW YORK: Serena Williams is usually playing in the matches that thrill her most, but she’s going to join a host of fans in watching Saturday’s US Open third round showdown between teen sensation Coco Gauff and top-ranked defending champion Naomi Osaka. The blockbuster night matchup at Arthur Ashe Stadium pits 15-year-old American Gauff, who made a fourth-round Wimbledon run in her Grand Slam...
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Fighting Coco sets up Osaka showdown at US Open Fighting Coco sets up Osaka showdown at US Open
NEW YORK CITY: Crowd-pleaser Coco Gauff came through a tough battle with qualifier Timea Babos 6-2 4-6 6-4 on Thursday to set up a third-round clash at the US Open against top seed and defending champion Naomi Osaka. The 15-year-old American phenom was forced to dig deep to become the youngest player since Anna Kournikova in 1996 to reach the third round of the women’s singles at Flushing Mea...
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'Fastest woman' racing driver dies trying to break own record 'Fastest woman' racing driver dies trying to break own record
OREGON: Racing driver Jessi Combs, considered the “fastest woman on four wheels,” was killed in a car accident trying to break her own record, police said on Wednesday. Combs’s jet car crashed on Tuesday in the Alvord Desert where she was pronounced dead at the scene, officers in the northwestern US state of Oregon said in a statement. Combs, 39, earned her “fastest woman” title in 2013 ...
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'I believe in my ability', says defiant Sharapova 'I believe in my ability', says defiant Sharapova
Maria Sharapova said she remains confident in her ability to compete with the best despite Monday’s crushing defeat by old foe Serena Williams in the first round of the US Open. Five-time Grand Slam winner Sharapova was ruthlessly dumped out in just 59 minutes on Arthur Ashe as Williams beat the Russian for the 19th time in a row to improve her record in the rivalry to 20-2. “Bottom line is ...
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