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Garcia is the strongest on hard courts in Cincinnati
10:36 PMFrench tennis star Caroline Garcia has won the prestigious Cincinnati Championships. He won the number 35 in the world in two sets with Czech Petra Kvitova in the final: 6-2 6-4.
Garcia was not directly qualified for the main tournament in the US. She had to make her way through the playoffs first. That worked and then the French defeated three top ten players on her way to the final.
Garcia, 28, returned to the tennis court in May after a foot injury. She then won the clay championship in Warsaw, the turf championship in Bad Homburg and the hard court championship in Cincinnati on Sunday.
Twente has been eliminated from the Champions League
8.21 pm: Twente footballers have been eliminated from the preliminary round of the Champions League. At Sportcampus Diekman in Enschede, they lost to Benfica on Sunday, 1-2.
Ana Vitoria put Benfica ahead in the 10th minute. Over an hour later, the Portuguese club ran further thanks to a goal from Francesca of Nazareth.
Rinat Janssen (1-2) returned the tension shortly thereafter.
Ajax footballers reached the second qualifying round of the Champions League with a 2-1 victory over Denmark’s Hjoring Eintracht Frankfurt.
Motocross rider Coldenhof loses third place in World Cup
8.14 pm: Glenn Coldenhoff lost his third place in the MXGP Championship. De Brabander, who won the Finnish Grand Prix last week, finished sixth in the Charente Maritimes (France) Grand Prix. Spain’s Jorge Prado finished third, with 12 points more than the Dutchman. Coldenhof dropped to fourth place in the standings as a result.
Slovenian Tim Gajser won his ninth Grand Prix of the season, cementing his championship lead once again. He actually took his fourth world title in Finland last week. The fight for the title has another race, in Turkey at the beginning of September. Coldenhof has to compensate 4 points on the Prado to regain third place in the championship.
“Comfortable” golfer Luiten out of the top 40 on return to Prague
6.17 pm: Joost Luiten was unable to participate to win his first tournament after a two-and-a-half month hiatus. He finished outside the top 40 at the Czech Masters in Prague. The Dutchman closed correctly, on a 69-stroke run, 3 under par.
Luten, the winner of six tournaments at the highest professional level, withdrew from golf at the beginning of June due to mental issues. He ran out for a while after eighteen years of the best golf, traveling a lot and the stress of always having to perform. Take advantage of the break to get married. After a few weeks of no golf, things started to feel itchy again, and he’s back on the course to play a game this week at the Albatross Golf Resort in Prague.
„It is always a question of waiting to see what it will look like in such a first tournament. Anyway, the start was good: an eagle on my hole,” he wrote on his website after the tournament. “It gave me an instant boost. Anyway, I was very comfortable on the track, and I thought, exactly what I was looking for. My game was good, as I said before, I don’t forget golf if I haven’t touched any club for a few weeks.”
The win in the Czech Masters went to Germany’s Maximilian Kieffer, who finished the match on 16 par with the final round of 66 strokes, one stroke short of Malaysia’s Gavin Green, who finished second at -15. Luiten wasn’t the best Dutch player: Daan Huizing finished 33rd with -7.
Ducati Bagnaia rider won third place in a row in MotoGP
3:44 pm: Italian road racer Francesco Bagnaia won the Austrian Grand Prix in motorcycle racing. Italy’s Ducati started second in the race at the Red Bull Circuit, but outperformed compatriot Ena Bastianini (Ducati), who left first place on the first lap. Then he led Bajnaya without delay to his third win in a row. He won the Assen TT at the end of June and then the British Grand Prix at Silverstone.
Frenchman Fabio Quartaro made his way from fifth to second place. Three laps before the end of the match, the Yamaha World Champion overtook Australian Jack Miller (Ducati) who was relegated to third with a stunning move.
Bastianini did not reach the end of the race. He passed out with a flat front tire.
Quartaro consolidated the lead in the tournament. He has 200 points. Spaniard Alex Espargaro (Aprilia), sixth in Austria, is second with 168 points. Bagnaia is third with 156 points.
Moto2 driver Bendsneyder takes a point in Austria
2:47 pm: Bo Bendsneyder took one point in the Austrian Grand Prix for world championship position in Moto2. With 15th place, the 23-year-old Rotterdam finished the points. Zonta van den Gorburg took 18th place. The race had many collisions. Nine drivers did not make it to the end.
Bendsneyder is 13th in the World Cup standings with 62 points, and Van den Goorbergh is still goalless at the rear. Thanks to the victory in Austria, Japan’s Ai Ogura took the lead from Augusto Fernandez who finished fifth. Ogura was ahead of teammate Sumkyat Shantra at Spielberg and now has one point more than Fernandes.
The title fight will continue at Moto2 in San Marino in two weeks.
Tsitsipas into the Cincinnati final after beating Medvedev
9.04 am: Stefanos Tsitsipas reached the Cincinnati Championships final. The fourth-placed Greek beat world number one Daniil Medvedev 7-6 (6), 3-6, 6-3. In the final battle, he will meet Croatian Borna Coric, who ousted Britain’s Cameron Norrie 6-3 6-4.
Tsitsipas surprised the Russian with an offensive game. He came to the net no less than 36 times and made 27 points. The Greek survived a set point in the first set tiebreak and trailed 5-0 in the second set. In the third set, Medvedev left somewhat without a chance.
Couric has shown that he is improving after shoulder surgery. 22 winners hit against Nori. Earlier in the tournament, the Croatian was also responsible for eliminating Rafael Nadal and Felix Auger-Aliassime.
Caroline Garcia and Petra Kvitova play the Women’s Championship final in Cincinnati. The French woman defeated Arina Sabalenka of Belarus (6-2, 4-6, 6-1). Kvitova defeated American Madison Keys, who won the tournament in 2019. The Czech won in three sets: 6-7 (6), 6-4, 6-3.
Garcia is the first player to reach the Cincinnati Final from the playoffs. She could win the WTA Championships for the 10th time and she already won in Bad Homburg and Warsaw earlier this year. Kvitova already has 29 nicknames to her name. She twice won Wimbledon.
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