Cibulkova beats Pironkova
Slovakia’s Dominika Cibulkova overcame the heat and a three-hour match with Bulgaria’s Tsvetana Pironkova on Sunday in the first round of the Connecticut Open. The 26-year-old Cibulkova won 7-6 (8/6), 6-7 (7/5), 6-3 as she continues her comeback from left Achilles surgery that sidelined her for more than four months this year. “The sun wasn’t so strong, but it was really, really humid,” Cibulkova said. “I was sweating a lot, and in the end I was cramping a lot. I could feel it in my body I was getting really tired, but I knew I had to stay strong. I said to myself: ‘OK, I’m here for three hours now, I’m not going to give it up.’” The tournament lost its top seed when Simona Halep withdrew because of a left thigh injury after losing to Serena Williams in the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati earlier in the day. Halep was replaced in the draw by lucky loser Lesia Tsurenko. In women’s doubles, Taiwan’s Chuang Chia-jung and China’s Liang Chen defeated Spain’s Lara Arruabarrena and Slovakia’s Andreja Klepac 6-3, 6-2 in their first-round match. In other matches at the Cullman-Heyman Tennis Center, Romania’s Irina-Camelia Begu beat Kazakhstan’s Zarina Diyas 7-5, 5-7, 6-2 and the Czech Republic’s Barbora Strycova topped Italy’s Camila Giorgi 6-2, 7-5.
Groth defeats Donaldson
Australia’s Sam Groth beat the US’ Jared Donaldson on Sunday night in the first round of the Winston-Salem Open. Groth won 6-7 (4/7), 7-6 (10/8), 7-6 (7/5) to advance to face 13th-seeded Steve Johnson of the US in the second round. South Korea’s Chung Hyeon also advanced, beating Britain’s James Ward 6-7 (7/9), 6-4, 6-3. Taiwan’s Lu Yen-hsun beat Robin Haase of the Netherlands 7-6 (7/4), 6-2; Argentina’s Diego Schwartzman topped Spain’s Daniel Gimeno-Traver 6-4, 7-6 (10/8); and Colombia’s Santiago Giraldo advanced when Belgium’s Steve Darcis retired.
Greipel wins Cyclassics
German sprinter Andre Greipel, who won four stages on this year’s Tour de France, survived a fall after just 10km to win the Vattenfall Cyclassics race in Hamburg, Germany, on Sunday. The 33-year-old Lotto Soudal rider, who was born in Rostock, northern Germany, relished his first victory in Hamburg to win in 4 hours, 57.05 minutes, ahead of Norway’s Alexander Kristoff and Italy’s Giacomo Nizzolo in a blanket finish. A crash ended the hopes of Britain’s Mark Cavendish, who had been amongst the prerace favorites.
Pirelli shifts blowout blame
Sebastian Vettel’s explosive Belgian Grand Prix blowout would not have happened if tire manufacturer Pirelli had been listened to two years ago, the Italian company said in a statement on Sunday. Pirelli said they had asked in 2013, after a spate of blowouts at the British Grand Prix forced a change in construction, for a maximum to be set for the number of laps that could be run with the same tires. “This request was not accepted. The proposal put forward a maximum distance equivalent to 50 percent of the grand prix distance for the prime tire and 30 percent for the option. These conditions, if applied today at Spa, would have limited the maximum number of laps on the medium compound to 22,” Pirelli said. Ferrari’s Vettel, who was running in third place, had completed 27 laps on the medium tire and was on a one-stop strategy when his car’s right rear blew on the penultimate lap of the race.
‘CRIMINAL ACT’: The UCI said it ‘strongly condemns’ Dylan Groenewegen’s ‘dangerous behavior,’ which left Jakobsen in critical condition and injured other cyclists Dutch cyclist Fabio Jakobsen was in a coma on Wednesday, in “serious” condition, after he was thrown into and over a barrier at 80kph in the conclusion to the opening stage of the Tour de Pologne. Footage showed 23-year-old Jakobsen, of the Deceuninck-Quick-Step, racing elbow-to-elbow with fellow Dutchman Dylan Groenewegen of Jumbo-Visma as both men frantically tussled in a tight sprint to the line in Katowice. However, Jakobsen came off worst, somersaulting over the barriers before colliding with a photographer after Groenewegen had veered suddenly to the right, squeezing his rival into the security wall. “His condition is very serious. His life is
Taiwan Steel on Sunday grabbed three points with a narrow 1-0 win against Hang Yuan FC, to move into the No. 2 spot on the Taiwan Football Premier League (TFPL) log, while Taipower FC beat NTUS 2-0 to maintain first place. Taking advantage early in the match of opposition defenders who had not yet settled down, Taiwan Steel’s attacking trio of Wu Chun-ching, Marc Fenelus from the Turks and Caicos Islands, and Benchy Astama from Haiti pushed forward with good passes. After only one minute of play, Fenelus dribbled from the right flank, feeding a short pass inside the penalty area to
LEAVING IT LATE: Rakuten added late runs last night to add to wins on Wednesday against the Brothers and the Lions on Friday that went down to the last batter The Rakuten Monkeys rallied to post three late runs for another close win, prevailing 5-3 over the Uni-President Lions yesterday as Taiwan’s second-half CPBL season got started with lower scoring output, but exciting finishes. It was Rakuten’s third win in a row. In two games this week, they seized victory in dramatic fashion with their last at-bat and have drawn level with the CTBC Brothers on top of the table after yesterday’s results, 0.5 games in front of the Fubon Guardians and 1.5 games ahead of the Lions. It was tied at 1-1 early, with Rakuten hosting the Lions at the Taoyuan Intenational
STAYING COOL: Hamilton said that his ‘heart nearly stopped’ when he noticed the puncture, but he kept going to beat Alain Prost’s total of six home wins in France Lewis Hamilton said he feared he might not make it home when a last lap puncture almost derailed his charge to a record seventh British Grand Prix victory on Sunday. “I didn’t think I would make it round the last two corners,” the world champion said. The front left tire of his Mercedes had delaminated and deflated on his final lap, leaving the six-time world champion to nurse his vehicle to the finish as second-placed Max Verstappen hunted him down. “I just can’t believe it,” Hamilton said. “It was heart-stopping. I backed off and stayed chilled and was so glad it happened on