Chan makes quarters
Taiwan’s Chan Hao-ching and Shuko Aoyama of Japan were playing Canada’s Gabriela Dabrowski and Giuliana Olmos of Mexico in the quarter-finals at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia yesterday after defeating Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic and Jelena Ostapenko of Latvia 6-3, 5-7, 10-7 in their round-of-16 match on Thursday. Their quarter-final was under way at press time last night. In the men’s singles, defending champion Rafael Nadal crashed out in the third round on Thursday, with the record 10-time Rome winner complaining of a recurring foot problem after a shock 1-6, 7-5, 6-2 defeat by Canadian Denis Shapovalov. World No. 3 Alexander Zverev yesterday overcame Cristian Garin 7-5, 6-2 to book his place in the semis. In the women’s singles, top-ranked Iga Swiatek was tested before winning 6-4, 6-1 against Victoria Azarenka to reach the quarter-finals.
Highlanders boost hopes
The Otago Highlanders yesterday strengthened their claim to a place in the playoffs in Super Rugby Pacific, scoring nine tries in a 61-10 win over the Western Force. The Highlanders’ third straight win of the season came with a bonus point, which left them comfortably in eighth place, with eight teams advance when the regular season ends after two more rounds. New Zealand appears likely to have five teams in the playoffs — the Blues, Chiefs, Hurricanes, Highlanders and the Crusaders, who later yesterday downed the ACT Brumbies 37-26.
Vettel questions his job
Four-time Formula One world champion Sebastian Vettel on Thursday said that climate change had made him question his job as a driver traveling the world to race cars. Speaking on BBC Question Time, a television panel show, the German was asked whether his position on the environment made him a hypocrite considering he was part of a “gas-guzzling” sport. “It does, it does, and you’re right when you laugh,” he said. “There’s questions I ask myself every day and I’m not a saint. Certain things are in my control and certain things are not. It’s my passion to drive a car, I love it and every time I step in the car I love it. When I get out of the car, of course I’m thinking as well: ‘Is this something that we should do, travel the world, wasting resources?’”
Kane double sinks Arsenal
Harry Kane struck twice on Thursday as Tottenham Hotspur kept their Premier League top four hopes alive with a 3-0 demolition of Arsenal in a north London derby. Victory for Arsenal would have secured their first top-four finish since 2016 and a Champions League place.
Kane double leads Oilers
Evander Kane scored twice on Thursday as the Edmonton Oilers fought off elimination and forced a deciding game against the Los Angeles Kings in Game 6 of their Western Conference first-round series. Edmonton are to host the winner-take-all game today. In Tampa, Florida, the Lightning saved their season, beating the Toronto Maple Leafs 4-3 to force a winner-take-all Game 7.
Taiwanese badminton star Tai Tzu-ying (戴資穎) yesterday beat Thailand’s Ratchanok Intanon in their women’s singles semi-final match to advance to today’s final at the Thailand Open. The top-seeded Tai overcame a 10-21 first-game loss to seventh seed and former world champion Ratchanok to dominate the final two games 21-13, 21-19 in 58 minutes of play at the Impact Arena in Bangkok. World No. 2 Tai is today to face world No. 4 Chen Yufei of China. Chen yesterday bested Pusarla Venkata Sindhu 21-17, 21-16 to secure her spot in the final of the Super 500 tournament. On Friday, Tai overpowered China’s He Bingjiao 21-10,
Wimbledon, widely regarded as the world’s most prestigious tennis tournament, was on Friday stripped of ranking points by the sport’s main tours in a move that threatens to reduce the Grand Slam to the status of a high-profile exhibition event. The decision by the ATP and WTA was in response to Wimbledon banning Russian and Belarusian players following the invasion of Ukraine. “It is with great regret and reluctance that we see no option but to remove ATP Ranking points from Wimbledon for 2022,” an ATP statement said. “Our rules and agreements exist in order to protect the rights of players as a
Defending champions Taichung Blue Whale thrashed Taoyuan Mars 6-0 in Taiwanese women’s soccer over the weekend, while Hualien City rolled on with their fourth win to sit atop the league table. While Thai fullback Pitsamai Sornsai partnered with compatriot goalkeeper Nattaruja Muthtanawech on defense, Japanese midfielder Maho Tanaka opened the scoring for Blue Whale in Saturday’s match, kicking a screamer on a volley from outside the penalty box — her first goal of the season. The match remained 1-0 heading into the break, although Taoyuan Mars striker Ho Chia-huan, a student at Hsing Wu High School in New Taipei City, had good
Faced with a machete, a fighter leaps and locks his legs around another man’s neck, bringing him crashing down to a cacophony of cheers. This is vovinam, Vietnam’s acrobatic martial art with roots dating back to the country’s struggle for independence, and it is showing at the Southeast Asian (SEA) Games for the first time since 2013. Proponents are trained to use not only their hands and legs to grapple a rival to the ground, but also fend off assailants armed with blades. Short for “Vo Viet Nam” (literally “Vietnamese martial arts”) it was inspired by nationalists who sought an end to the