Johan Rystrom of Sweden shot a Ta Shee course record of seven-under 65 to put him at one-under overall. \nTeeing off before yesterday's strong winds hit, his seven-under-par round yesterday eclipsed the record shared by Michael Campbell, Jeremy Robinson and Johan Skold. The trio all set the old mark at the 1999 Johnnie Walker Classic. \nTeeing Off \nPlayers begin teeing of at 6:40am today with the final group of Jarmo Sandelin, Miguel Angel Jimenez and Carl Pettersson starting at 11:05. \nOn TV \nThe final two rounds today and tomorrow will be broadcast on CTS starting at 1:30pm. \nCourse Changes \nThe only modification to the Ta Shee course after the 1999 Johnnie Walker Classic was moving the tee box on the 18th hole up 26 yards. The sand in 50 bunkers was also replaced following heavy rains in September due to Typhoon Nari. \nThe Taiwan Difference \nJose Maria Olazabel explained that getting accustomed to the Bermuda grass on the greens is the greatest challenge facing the players in Taiwan. "The biggest difference between playing here and in Europe is the type of grass. The greens are so quick and have a lot of grain which is something we are not used to," he said. \nWin one for the caddie \nVijay Singh wants to give his new caddie, Paul Desori, a present tomorrow. "My caddie hasn't had a win with me so this would be a good way for him to finish. I won twice this year without him. He's more into [the tournament], and he's getting me more into it," Singh said.
KEY GOAL: Taiwan’s Hsieh Su-wei is now free to focus on taking her fourth doubles title of the year with Barbora Strycova; they are due to face Nao Hibino and Makoto Ninomiya Taiwanese No. 1 Hsieh Su-wei on Monday returned to the court for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic shut down the WTA Tour, falling to a 6-3, 6-1 defeat to US Open quarter-finalist Elise Mertens, who made a solid transition from the hard courts in New York to the clay at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia in Rome. “I’m not sure how well I adapted, to be honest,” Mertens told the WTA Web site. “I just feel like I might still be struggling a little. It was also [Hsieh’s] first match of the week, so that was a bit of an
‘GREAT EVENING‘: In the women’s singles in Rome, Simona Halep and Karolina Pliskova advanced, while Rafael Nadal swept into the quarters in the men’s singles Taiwan’s Hsieh Su-wei and Barbora Strycova of the Czech Republic on Friday had to dig deep to advance to the semi-finals of the women’s doubles at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia in Rome. The top seeds, who did not drop a game in their opening match on the clay courts at the Foro Italico, battled to a 7-6 (7/5), 6-4 victory over sixth seeds Veronika Kudermetova and Katerina Siniakova in 1 hour, 39 minutes. The reigning Wimbledon champions saved nine of 11 break points and converted three of eight, winning 56 percent of points on their second serve and sending down two aces
‘FUN TIME’: Denver’s Nikola Jokic said that his team would not accept that anyone else is better than them and the opposition need to play much better than they do Just about everyone had LA versus LA written in for the NBA’s Western Conference finals, but the resilient Denver Nuggets have crashed the party. Behind Jamal Murray and Nikola Jokic, the Nuggets advanced to the conference finals for the first time since 2009 to face LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers. Game 1 is scheduled to be played tomorrow. This was no ordinary road. The Nuggets fell behind 3-1 in their first-round series against the Utah Jazz before bouncing back with three straight victories. Then they went down 3-1 to the Los Angeles Clippers in the second round before winning in Game 7
Neymar on Sunday claimed that he had been the victim of racism as he was one of five players sent off in a mass brawl at the end of Olympique de Marseille’s 1-0 win over Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint-Germain. PSG’s Brazilian star appeared to accuse Alvaro Gonzalez of calling him a “monkey” in a series of furious tweets after he was sent off in stoppage-time for slapping the Marseille defender on the back of the head. “Look at the racism. That’s why I hit him,” Neymar, who was returning from COVID-19 quarantine, said as he left the pitch. “The only regret I