Coco Gauff & fighting spirit sets up rematch with title defender Naomi Osaka at the Australian Open
In nine Grand Slam contests, and at the Coco Gauff, at the age of 15, can claim the unusual distinction that he has never been to one of the showcourts at a Grand Slam.
This order, although arguably not entirely healthy, will not change when faced with defending champion Naomi Osaka in the third round of the Australian Open .
On Wednesday, she was in the secondary Melbourne Arena when she demonstrated the fighting spirit that her signature is about to restore to beat Sorana Cirstea of Romania 7-5 in a decisive set.
Gauff will face front and center against Osaka, who threw her into a much-hyped match at the US Open that was more memorable for what happened next. When they saw that the young person was upset after having played only three games, the Japanese started comforting her.
Osaka then invited Gauff to share the interview after the game, resulting in some of the most memorable images of the season. Gauff lovingly remembers the gesture. & # 39; It was definitely a good time for both of us, especially me, & # 39; she said.
& # 39; But I only think more of the people watching, the little girls watching and the little ones guys who can see what sportiness really is. & # 39;
There were mixed fortunes for British competitors, with one playing the reigning Wimbledon champion at Rod Laver Arena on Thursday, an experience that another was denied.
Harriet Dart is in the unknown position of filling the primetime slot in the early evening by addressing Simona Halep, but a defeat for Dan Evans meant the hope that he would do something similar to Novak Djokovic swirled in the wind.
Evans became the last GB man to leave the singles when he went to Yoshihito Nishioka in turbulent circumstances and left it to Dart to try and banish the demons of what happened to her at the same location a year ago when she suffered a 6-0, 6-0 loser by Maria Sharapova.
She must apply the same kind of ruthlessness with which she has taken the relatively unusual step of working for this tournament with a female coach, Serbian Biljana Veselinovic. Dart arrived in Australia with another coach in tow, former British player David Brewer, but sent him home when she quickly felt it wasn't working.
Now with Veselinovic – whose former customers include one-time world No 5 Lucie Safarova – in her corner she will play Halep, convinced that there will be no repeat of 2019. & # 39; Physically I am in a much better place, & # 39; she said. & # 39; Thanks to my trainer for helping me. He hits me outside in the gym all season. I recover better and am able to cope with the weight of shots, the back-to-back matches. I am happy with that. & # 39;
Evans dropped 6-4, 6-3, 6-4 to the metronomic Japanese baseline trainer Nishioka, whose speed and dexterity mean that he is getting a demoralizing number of balls.
Heather Watson would play Belgian number 1 Elise Mertens on Thursday-morning in the second round after a delayed 4-6, 6-3, 6-1 win over Kristyna Pliskova in the fierce gusts of Wednesday.
Simona Halep against Harriet Dart, LIVE from 8 a.m. on Eurosport 1, Amazon Prime and BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra.
Jo Konta defeats Ana Bogdan to defeat the second round of Wimbledon with straight sets of victory
- Jo Konta booked her place in the second round of Wimbledon
- ] The British No. 1 defeated Ana Bogdan in straight sets on Court One in SW19
- Konta took the first set 7 -5 before he found the rhythm and dominated the second
Jo Konta made light work of her first round competition in Wimbledon, impressed by the Duchess of Cambridge with a straight-sets victory over No1 Court.
Despite a disappointing grassland season so far, British No. 1 demonstrated part of the verve that saw her reach the semi final in 2017 when beating the Romanian qualifying competition Ana Bogdan.
Opposite All England Club's patron saint Kate Middleton, who had already welcomed a British winner at Harriet Dart, the 27-year-old patient remained in what appeared to be a narrow opening set.
And when the opportunity finally came to serve on the previously impenetrable Bogdan, she took the first breaking point of the match to seal the set.
After an early shock in the second set, she saw two breakpoints save to keep herself in front, Konta first broke for a 4-2 lead.
And the Romanian must abandon her again while she fought to stay in the competition. Unlike her clinical end to the first set, Konta let two match points avoid her with backhand errors, but was gifted with a double error from Bogdan to get her third chance.
While the crowd became increasingly feverish for another British victory, Bog faltered then this time, a forehand sent long to hand Konta her fourth consecutive victory in the first round in Wimbledon.
Konta & # 39; s count of 29 unforced errors surpassed her 27 winners and will have to be improved as she progresses.
Still, she couldn't go deep into any of the pre-Wimbledon grass-court tournaments, Britain's major singles hoped to have been happy to take less than 90 minutes to send her first opponent .
Dan Evans seals spot in second round Australian Open after fighting back two sets to defeat American MacKenzie McDonald
- Dan Evans assured a hard-fought victory over MacKenzie McDonald in first round
- He came back to defeat American 3-6 4-6 6-1 6-2 6-3 in three hours and 21 minutes
- A third round against Novak Djokovic can be the reward for the winner
] Evans will now face the Japanese world No. 71 Yoshihito Nishioka at Australian Open
With an intentional tap on his belly Dan Evans fourth the most hard-won victory as the first time to seed at the Australian Open .
Whatever discussions there have been about his eating habits, the British number one showed that he is fit enough to come back to the American MacKenzie McDonald 3-6 4-6 6-1 6-2 6 -3 to beat in three hours and 21 minutes.
Evans l he was tense at the start but ultimately claimed his superiority, sh because of how far he has come in the last eighteen months.
He later rejected his playful pats, although it was undoubtedly a reference to Tim Henman who suggested that he could reduce calories.
& # 39; No, it was just a joke for the guys in my corner. There was nothing in it, & a relieved Evans said after defeating world number 132, whose rankings were erroneously squeezed by a long absence from the tour.
Asked what meal he would have on Monday evening, he replied: & # 39; What do you want me to have? I'll have schnitzel. I don't know What my girlfriend really wants. I am not so picky about what I eat earlier. We will see.
& # 39; I am in good shape – there is no doubt about that. I have strong legs and a good set of lungs. Everyone can be in better shape – that's just normal, isn't it? But I'm still trying to improve on and off the pitch. I can't help it now. It's the middle of the tournament, so we'll see. & # 39;
Being British brings no. 1 to the ex tra busy but he denied that was a factor in his slow start after an impressive start to the season.
& # 39; I'm going to & # 39; back to the hotel at night with exactly the same and I prepare exactly the same and feel exactly the same on the court. We all know who British No. 1 is and it's Andy Murray. He is the best player even when he is injured. & # 39;
While Serena Williams made a successful start to her 2020 campaign at the Rod Laver Arena, Evans was banned to Court 14 at the very edge of the Melbourne Park complex, close to the end of the city. He wore an unbranded package that he bought from Uniqlo while waiting for a new clothing deal, there were no airs and graces about him.
However, that is the interest in him and with a large number of British supporters in the crowd, the location was not sufficient for the demand of spectators with people deep in the standing areas.
There was not much for them to cheer in the early stages against a player with a decent enough pedigree, but who has hardly played the French Open since last year due to a long-term hamstring injury.
Tight and apparently distracted by the crowd, Evans was early on tight with the tension that spread to his arm. His forehand in particular was misleading because he made an abundance of casual mistakes.
Four breakpoints begged in the second set, but when he paused because of a netted volley for 2-0 in the third, the fear began to disappear.
That gave a decisive impulse and he started beating much more freely. There was some late resistance when the American broke back for 2-2 in the decision maker, but Evans immediately broke back to come to 5-2. A little fear returned when he was serving it and he was broken again, but then he broke again to clinch the game.
After having played a lot of tennis this month, at the ATP Cup and Adelaide International, it remains to be seen how much this will have taken him away, especially since there is a lot of running to do against his next opponent.
Before rain fell on Melbourne Park Kyle Edmund made a good start against 24th seed Dusan Lajovic with a 5-2 lead. Jo Konta also had to play later, although every country court was postponed.
Dani Alves revealed in spectacular style at Sao Paolo … while setting a goal for playing for Brazil at the 2022 World Cup (when he will be 39 years old!)
- The former Barcelona player was unveiled by his new club on Tuesday
- Alves sealed a return to his home country and signed until 2022
- The full back emphasized his desire to represent Brazil at the next World Cup
Dani Alves was enthusiastically received for his official disclosure as the newest star addition from Sao Paulo.
The full-back veteran had sealed an emotional return to his homeland by signing for the Brazilian giants until 2022, and was greeted by hundreds of admiring fans at the airport before the extravagant ceremony.
The former Barcelona man was subsequently introduced to the Morumbi Stadium by his new club in front of a crowd of more than 40,000 avid supporters.
A special event was organized on site to celebrate Alves' return to Brazilian domestic football for the first time since 2002. Three of the greatest servants of Sao Paulo were present to introduce the signing.
Club captain Hernanes held the enviable task of Alves & # 39; first acquaintance with the fans, Kaka gave the 36-year-old for the first time in the 10th jersey and Luis Fabiano handed Alves another shirt to show off for the camera & # 39; s.
Both Casemiro and Luis Suarez had recorded videos to support Brazil steadfastly, while Lionel Messi also appeared on the stadium screen with a message of support.
And a few moments before his unveiling, Alves had declared his intentions to represent Brazil at the 2022 World Cup.
& I need a solid project. I need sporting stability because I have my goals ahead, & he said.
& # 39; I have to build this story knowing all the difficulties it entails – back to Brazil, everything my name entails, everything people are expected of me.
& # 39; But the dreams I have are greater than any difficulty. I emphasize once again that my goal is to try to play the 2022 World Cup.
& # 39; And that means being in a club that gives me that opportunity, that bet for me, that b elieves in my professionalism and my history in football.
& # 39; It has always been a story built with much sacrifice and effort, but with much dedication and great results. & # 39;
Alves was a free agent after leaving Paris Saint-Germain, and allegedly caught the attention of Manchester City and Arsenal this summer.
Alvarez Cinnamon & # 39; sets his sights on the summer confrontation with Billy Joe Saunders & # 39; with negotiations to advance this week for a super middleweight title fight in Las Vegas
- Cinnamon Alvarez focuses on the Las Vegas confrontation with Billy Joe Saunders
- The Mexican reportedly chose the Briton as his next opponent this summer
- He also considered Callum Smith but Saunders & WBO belt is more attractive
- Alvarez will fall back to super middleweight to fight against Saunders in May
- The pressure on players was clear with Alex due to Minaur's stomach problems
- The Australian number one had to withdraw from the Adelaide International
- His injury will concentrate taking into account changes in format to maintain player health
- Australian has increased gears to resign on 6-3, 7-6, 6-4 victory over Flushing Meadows
- Kyrgios was his usual self-righteousness and received a code violation in the draw
- Johnson was irritated after Kyrgios made a public scene of answers to the crowd
- Novak Djokovic defeated the Chilean Cristian Garin 6 -3, 6-3 at the ATP Cup in Brisbane
- The Serbian kept his perfect record in the competition with his routine victory
- quarterfinals while Dusan Lajovic defeated Nicholas Jarry 6-2, 7-6
- Meanwhile, Rafael Nadal conquered Yoshihito Nishioka as Spain progressed
- The attacker of Atletico Madrid has recently undergone surgery on a hernia
- Diego Costa is expected to miss the last 16 first leg of the Metropolitan Wanda
- But the former Chelsea man is hoping to make a difference on Anfield
- Costa has already missed the last month of action and is in light training
The Mexican star currently has the WBA super middleweight world title and wants to add Saunders & # 39; WBO belt for his collection.
According to the Athletic Alvarez also considered colleague Brit Callum Smith a potential opponent, but the title of Saunders was a more attractive proposition.
Negotiations between the two hunters are set to continue and should the fight come to fruition, Alvarez would fall back to super middleweight after his step-up two weight classes to Sergey Kovalev defeat.
The win saw the 29-year-old become a four-weight champion but he quickly left the light-heavyweight title to unite the super-middleweight division.
Saunders & # 39; last fight came on the undercard of KSI & # 39; s rematch with Logan Paul at the Staples Center in November.
The 30-year-old British managed to beat Marceloa Esteban Coceres in the penultimate round to pick up the win.
Promoter Eddie Hearn, who represents Saunders, would like to put his husband against Alvarez, who has a mega-10 combat agreement with streaming site DAZN.
Alvarez regularly fights on party weekend May 5, with Daniel Jacobs his most recent victim in which the Mexican beat him on points last year.
Saunders is currently undefeated after 29 fights and has once successfully defended his belt.
ATP Cup is considering replacing the decisive third sets with longer tiebreaks because tired players demand a shake-up after late finishes and the withdrawal of Alex de Minaur from the Adelaide International
The abolition of the decision to replace third sets due to elongated tiebreaks, the ATP Cup will be seriously considered after a series of ultra late finishes and subsequent withdrawals from the player this week.
The tension on players at the start of the season was again illustrated by the format on Monday when Australian number one Alex from Minaur was forced to withdraw from the Adelaide International with stomach problems .
The main attraction of the tournament, Novak Djokovic had already plays the central role in Serbia and takes the ATP Cup title in Sydney.
With van Minaur the best male hope for the host country when the Australian Open starts on Monday, and his absence potentially a serious blow, it will focus attention on changes in the format to maintain the health of players.
awake from losing the final, Rafael Nadal from Spain had described it as a & # 39; long competition & # 39; and refused to play in the decisive doubles of the final to ensure that he did not make too much effort for the first Grand Slam of the season.
Even before the event began, the organizers had already considered straw Simply to be first-to-ten & # 39; champions & # 39; having tiebreaks instead of decisive sets, and going to now, will get more speed.
Britain's opening game against Bulgaria ended at 2.47, while Sunday's final – even with every match over straight sets – was not completed until 1.04 with thousands before the end .
Another change for next year is probably the introduction of a WTA Cup for women, although it is far from certain that they will be invited to participate in 24 teams like the men.
Meanwhile, the first of Dan Evans the regular tournament of the year began with a 6-2 6-4 win over Juan Ignaci de Londero of Argentina in Adelaide, and he would face Alexander Bublik on Tuesday morning.
& # 39; You could not have chosen a more boring sport as a profession … not a joke & # 39 ;: Nick Kyrgios produces ANOTHER Eruption in the first round of the US Win – before his opponent his erratic behavior an & # 39; s calls *** show & # 39;
- Nick Kyrgios has successfully won his US Open campaign versus Steve Johnson
Nick Kyrgios once again lived up to his billing at the US Open, by producing another bizarre outburst during his win over the American Steve Johnson.
The Australian started his tournament with a winning start with a straight win over Steve Johnson, but irritated his opponent after answering calls from the crowd.
Kyrgios increased the acceleration to leave at 6-3, 7-6, 6-4 victory at Flushing Meadows, but was his usual boisterous self and quarrel with the referee for not addressing violent crowd members who moved between the seats before he personally addressed the crowd and said in the usual pinballing way: & # 39; You could not have chosen a boring sport as a profession. & # 39;
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the second set when the fireworks seemed to be ready after Kyrgios aimed at a rowdy section in the stands, whom he thought he should sit during the game.
After shouting back to the fans he got a code violation for an audible obscenity that he raised.
He then chose to continue the conversation after serving and wondered why the referee was not controlling the crowd and handed him in. instead a warning, the couple exchanged a heated conversation because Johnson didn't had a different choice than just to return to his seat.
His American opponent was not happy with the exchange of words and delivered a sharp line to Kyrgios in the immediate aftermath of the umpire fight.
& # 39; Do you want to play tennis *** or organize a sh * t show? & # 39; Johnson heard him say.
Kyrgios then fascinated the crowd after playing a series of dazzling shots during a draw, because he Tipping momentum in his favor and continuing to win the victory
Planning meant that the game was pushed back from the original start time, starting at 11:10 pm, and Kyrgios thanked fans in the aftermath.
& # 39; I just want to thank you for staying away, I know it's late and I appreciate it, & Kyrgios said after the win.
& # 39; Steve is a great player, he is one of my good friends in the dressing room and he played well, I knew I had to play the right type of tennis and I am glad I got through it. & # 39;
Novak Djokovic sails straight through the Cristian Garin of Chile to stay perfect at the ATP Cup while sending Serbia to the quarterfinals
Novak Djokovic has its perfect start at the ATP Cup to help Serbia reach the quarter-finals, with the number two in the world improving to three single wins and one double win from four games.
Djokovic, who still has to put a set at the tournament, beat Chilean Cristian Garin 6-3, 6-3 in Brisbane
Dusan Lajovic earlier broke Nicolas Jarry three times en route to 6-2, 7-6 (3) win, as the Serbian ended the round-robin phase with a 2-1 record singles.
Serbia won group A on Monday and despite a double loss against Chile I want to travel to Sydney to compete in the top eight
Spain also advanced in Perth after world number one Rafael Nadal defeated Japanese Yoshihito Nishioka 7-6 (4) 6-4 in a debilitating battle over two hours and eight minutes in Perth
Nadal & # 39; s team-mate Roberto Bautista Agut defeated Go Soeda 6-2 6-4 when Spain was at the top of Group B and set up a final eight draw in Sydney on Friday.
Poland defeated Dominic Thiem & Austria to finish second in Group E, losing the world number four with 6-3 6- 4 7-6 (5) from Hubert Hurkacz.
Later, France takes on South Africa in Brisbane, Georgia meets Uruguay in Perth and Marin Cilic & Croatia's fight Argentina in Sydney
In the FA Cup glory for Marcelo Bielsa reputation will have been improved.
If they are going to win promotion this season, the Premier League have been warned.
Arsenal will certainly not forget how they were dominated by the championship leaders in the first half at the Emirates Stadium.
ARSENAL 4231: Martinez 7; Sokratis 6.5, Holding 6.5, Luiz 6.5, Kolasniac 6; Guendouzi 6, Xhaka 6.5; Pepe 7 (Saka 90 + 1), Ozil 6 (Willock 77 min) Nelson 7.5 (Martinelli 67, 7); Lacazette 7.
SUBS: Leno, Mavropanes, Ceballos, John-Jules. BOOKINGS: Kolasinac
MANAGER: Mikel Arteta 6.5
LEEDS 433: Meslier 6.5; Ayling 6.5 (Stevens 78), White 6.5, Berardi 6, Douglas 6; Klich 7, Phillips 7, Gotts 6 (Dallas 61.6); Harrison 7, Bamford 7, Alioski 6.5 (Coast 61, 5).
SUBS: Casilla, Cooper, Davis, Casey.
RESERVATIONS: ] Klich, Dallas,
MANAGER: Marcelo Bielsa 6.5
REF: Anthony Taylor 6
] The side of Mikel Arteta survived early pressure, sometimes drove their luck, showed their desire to hold on to their credit and improved after the break.
Reiss Nelson scored the goal, 10 minutes in the second half, sending them into a fourth round draw in Bournemouth
When Sokratis stopped a break from Jack Harrison and Rob Holding blocked a cross in in the final minutes, Arsenal defenders clenched their fists and hit the sky when they had scored goals
Welcome signs for Arteta, four games in his tenure, and for a club that has won the FA Cup 13 times more than ever before.
Leeds returns Wednesday to a campaign with a Yorkshire derby against Sheffield Wednesday and with a Premier League team appearance in the making, even if this defeat prolonged a stuttering run of a form only extended one win in six games.
They played Arsenal completely in the first half hour and called 11 shots in the first 25 minutes.
Patrick Bamford's effort against the bar was so close when they came before Arteta got his side back on track and won their Premier League power.
Compared with many others on the weekend of the Third Round, both managers selected strong teams and grabbed the draw with a clear hunger for
Arteta brought goalkeeper Emi Martinez back for a rare start instead van Bernd Leno, captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang took a night off and was recalled at the center of defense.
Jack Harrison, lent by Manchester City, forced Martinez in his first rescue of Patrick Bamford to rattle the frame of the goal, linki Contact Luke Ayling, found room for himself in the penalty area and crashed the ball against the bar with his left shoe.
Martinez escaped because he couldn't claim a dangerous free kick from Kalvin Phillips towards Ben White, who could have opened the score if he was connected to a header. As it was, the cross was just outside of him.
Holding the rebound and Arsenal breathed again but struggled to impose some control on the game in the first half when they were limited to offering incidental threat to the counter attack
Leeds goalkeeper Illan Meslier saved a comfortable rescue in the opening moments to deny Nicolas Pepe 25 meters.
Nine-year-old Meslier, on loan from Lorient, was one of two players presented their debut by Marcelo Bielsa. The other was Robbie Gotts, who was busy and clear in midfield and released Ezgjan Alioski who fired another attempt over the goal of Arsenal and wide.
Alioski climbed over Sokratis to reach a crossing from Ayling. It looked like an error by the Leeds winger, but one was not awarded by referee Anthony Taylor and Martinez flew in another rescue, clawed the ball away from the top corner.
For Arteta, it was the reversal of the pattern of recent home games when he saw his team start with energy and intention. Here they were on the back foot and found it hard to hit their stride against
A corner David Luiz headed wide on the next post from the cross of Mesut Özil, but Leeds was unaffected and continued to pour forward.
Nelson caused an outburst of acceleration early in the second half that made him flawless, but he was unable to find a finish before being superseded by the recall of defenders.
Another point, this time by Granit Xhaka, made a mistake on the edge of the penalty area and Alexandre Lacazette wore the captain's bracelet in the absence of Aubameyang and cut the top of the bar with a free kick.
Lacazette got another rescue from Meslier who dived low to the left and Matteo Guendouzi flashed a wide shot.
Arsenal pushed higher into the field and found a healthier time in the second half, allowing them to get their better players to the ball, although Leeds was always dangerous. Bamford deliberately broke and expanded Martinez again before falling behind. Gaetano Berardi slipped in and tried to intercept the cross, but only managed to amuse it to the back post where Nelson arrived to convert, despite Ayling's best efforts on the line.
It was his second competitive goal for Arsenal.
Bielsa reacted with a double substitution, but the Premier League team was at the top and almost expanded their lead with Sokratis and substitute Gabriel Martinelli who both came close.
& # 39; Diego Costa sets goal to beat Liverpool from the Champions League in Anfield & # 39; as he fights for fitness before the final-16 draw
The Atletico Madrid Striker has recently had surgery on a hernia and is expected to miss the first part of the Metropolitan Wanda.
But the former Chelsea man hopes to make a difference on his return to England in the second leg of the final-16 draw in March.
Costa has already missed action in the last month and is currently in light training with the team.
Athletic has been associated with a move in January for a striker with Costa out and in the summer signs of Joao Felix struggling for goals.
Alvaro Morata has had to take on the burden of the goals, but Simeone has kept his mouth shut on everything he will improve his team in the next transfer window.
The side of Diego Simeone is currently struggling with injuries with Stefan Savic and Sime Vrsaljko doubts for their trip to Real Betis on Sunday.
Vitolo and Koke have already been confirmed from the race but should be back after the winter break.