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.


New Zealand maintains Pakistan cricket training ban as coronavirus cases rise

Updated 04 December 2020

New Zealand maintains Pakistan cricket training ban as coronavirus cases rise

  • Ten people among the 53-member tour party have tested positive for COVID-19 while completing two weeks of isolation in Christchurch
  • Team members were confined to their rooms when the first cases emerged last week but had hoped to resume training before finishing their stint in isolation

Wellington: New Zealand health officials refused to lift a ban on Pakistan’s coronavirus-hit cricket team training during quarantine on Friday after the touring party’s number of infections climbed to 10.
The team were confined to their rooms when the first cases emerged last week but had hoped to resume training before finishing their stint in isolation on Tuesday.
However, health chiefs said the risk of further infections was too great. Ten people among the 53-member tour party have tested positive for COVID-19 while completing two weeks of isolation in Christchurch.
“I have very carefully considered this situation,” director-general of health Ashley Bloomfield said in a statement.
“At this time, I continue to have ongoing concerns about the risk of cross-infection within the squad.”
The decision means that Pakistan’s cricketers will have only 10 days to prepare for their first tour match, a Twenty20 international in Auckland on December 18, and probably less when travel is factored in.
Bloomfield said the decision was prompted by the number of active cases detected among the squad.
“Public health considerations will continue to be foremost in our response to COVID-19, whether this involves individuals or teams,” he said.
“We appreciate the challenges that this decision will have for the touring team.”
Bloomfield issued the team with a “final warning” last week for flouting social distancing protocols at their hotel and no further breaches have been reported since.
The tourists arrived in New Zealand on November 24 and are scheduled to play three T20s and two Tests.
New Zealand has largely eradicated community transmission of coronavirus, recording just 1,713 cases and 25 deaths in a population of five million.