It’s Brady of the US vs. Teichmann of Switzerland in WTA final

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Jennifer Brady returns a shot against Coco Gauff during the WTA tennis tournament semifinal match in Nicholasville, Kentucky, on Aug. 15, 2020. (AP Photo/James Crisp)
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Jil Belen Teichmann returns a shot against Shelby Rogers during action in her WTA tennis tournament semifinal match in Nicholasville, Kentucky, on Aug. 15, 2020. (AP Photo/James Crisp)
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Updated 16 August 2020

It’s Brady of the US vs. Teichmann of Switzerland in WTA final

  • Brady, a 25-year-old based in Florida, beat the tenacious 16-year-old Coco Gauff
  • Teichmann of Switzerland eliminated Serena Williams conqueror Shelby Rogers

LEXINGTON, Kentucky: Jennifer Brady reached the first WTA final of her career by using a power-based game to beat 16-year-old Coco Gauff 6-2, 6-4 on Saturday at the Top Seed Open, the first tennis tournament in the US since the start of the coronavirus pandemic.
Brady, a 25-year-old based in Florida, will face Jil Teichmann, a 23-year-old left-hander from Switzerland, in Sunday’s title match.
Neither finalist has dropped a set at the hard-court tuneup for the US Open, which starts Aug. 31 in New York.
Brady has ceded a total of just 17 games through four matches and was broken only once — by Gauff. In their match, Brady hit eight aces and won 22 of 26 first-serve points.
“If I’m able to serve well, I’m able to start the point aggressive, start it in my favor, looking for forehands and be in control of the point from the very first shot,” Brady said.
Gauff eliminated the No. 2 and No. 8 seeds earlier in the tournament.
“I couldn’t ask for a better first week back,” Gauff said. “I mean, the whole goal is just to be in the prime for the US Open, and these are good stepping stones.”
Teichmann reached the third final of her career — and first on a hard court — by eliminating Shelby Rogers 6-3, 6-2 in the day’s opening semifinal.
The 116th-ranked Rogers, who is from South Carolina, was coming off a quarterfinal upset of Serena Williams on Friday.
Both of Teichmann’s previous WTA titles came on clay in 2019, at Palermo, Italy, and Prague.
“Everyone thinks I’m just a clay-court player. I think I’ve proven now that it’s not only this way,” Teichmann said. “I’ve been feeling great on hard courts since, let’s say, the beginning of the year.”
As for her 2-0 record in past WTA finals, Teichmann said: “That doesn’t mean anything, (but) for sure, I’m going to the final confident.”
She broke Rogers to open the second set Saturday and then faced one key moment while serving up 3-2. Teichmann was down love-40, but erased each of those three break points, held serve and didn’t cede another game.


Another Pakistan cricketer positive for COVID-19

Updated 28 November 2020

Another Pakistan cricketer positive for COVID-19

  • All members of the squad tested negative before flying to New Zealand, though six were found positive on arrival
  • The whole New Zealand tour has been called into question since the team is unable to train

CHRISTCHURCH: A seventh Pakistan cricketer tested positive for Covid-19 as the team remained confined to their hotel in Christchurch on Saturday, unable to train and with a question mark over their New Zealand tour.
The Pakistanis, who only arrived four days ago, are already on a “final warning” for breaching New Zealand’s tight quarantine restrictions, with the growing number of coronavirus cases adding pressure to preparations for their opening match on December 18.
Despite all members of the squad returning negative tests before flying to New Zealand, six came up positive after testing on day one in the country.
“One additional member of the Pakistan cricket squad has today tested positive,” the Ministry of Health said in a statement on Saturday, confirming the seventh patient.
“The remainder of the results from the squad’s day-three swab testing, apart from the six who have already returned a positive result, are negative.”
All overseas arrivals to New Zealand must spend two weeks in quarantine.
The 53-man squad will undergo further tests on Monday and in the meantime they remain confined to their rooms after permission to train while in isolation was revoked by New Zealand authorities.
The ministry said exemptions allowing teams to train while in managed isolation “are very difficult to obtain” and Pakistan’s exemption was put on hold after several players were caught flouting social distancing protocols inside the quarantine hotel.
New Zealand’s director-general of health, Ashley Bloomfield, said Thursday that breaches of the rules were taken very seriously and the Pakistan team “as a whole has been issued with a final warning.”