Halep and Kerber save the bad day of favorites: Pliskova, Bencic and Vekic eliminated

first_imgThe favorites of the ladies’s staff had a sophisticated day at the Australian Open. Simona Halep and Angelique Kerber saved a bad day from the prime gamers. Pliskova, Bencic and Vekic stayed out in the third sphericalHalep (4th) was the one with the least issues to resolve his dedication to the Kazakh Yulia Putintseva, which he gained by 6-1 and 6-Four in a single hour and 18 minutes. The Romanian had solely fallen 3 times at this level of a Grand Slam and prevented the fourth from coming with a solvent efficiency (26 successful pictures and 15 unforced errors). In the first set he broke his opponent’s serve 3 times and in the second he did it twice. In the second spherical he’ll face Belgian Elise Mertens (16th), who beat Catherine Bellis 6-1, 6-7 (5) and 6-0. Mertens had solely misplaced 5 video games in the match till this match and gave up seven towards the American, who had been away from the Grand Slams for a number of accidents. Kerber (17th) needed to endure to beat Italian Camila Giorgi, who beat 6-2, 6-7 (4) and 6-Three 2h: 08. After successful the first set, the German couldn’t discover the break in the second and succumbed in the tiebreaker. If he managed to interrupt the serve of his rival in the third spherical to get 3-1 and then endured nicely in his companies to make sure victory. Giorgi attacked relentlessly (49 winners), however failed lots (65). Kerber will face Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova on Monday, who shocked match quantity two head Karolina Pliskova in a match that was resolved in two playoffs (7-6 (4) and 7-6 (3) in 2h: 25) . The Czech had gained in the earlier six matches between earlier than and had solely given one set. Every participant added two breaks and with related numbers, the luck of the tie-break smiled extra to the Russian.Bencic (sixth) didn’t see the potential of Anett Kontaveit coming, which handed over him like a cyclone in a seen and unseen (6-0 and 6-1 in 49 minutes). The Estonian solely dedicated seven failures in the whole match and was extra aggressive than the Swiss, unusually apathetic and complaining. His physique language indicated that he was not feeling nicely and his rival took the alternative to enter for the second time in the fourth spherical of the Open. It is going to be measured with Iga Swiatek, who additionally gave the shock by interesting to the 19th favourite, Donna Vekic (7-5 ​​and 6-Three in 1h: 44). The 18-year-old Polish, who eliminated Carla Suárez in the second spherical, solely misplaced her service as soon as and broke the Croatian’s 3 times. It’s the second time that he reaches eighth in a giant, after having completed it final 12 months at Roland Garros.Outcomes of the ladies’s staff of the Australian Open.last_img read more

Dubai, Doha, Indian Wells … this is the Muguruza calendar

first_imgAfter spending some well-deserved relaxation days after taking part in the Australian Open remaining, during which he misplaced in opposition to the American Sofia Kenin, Garbiñe Muguruza will resume the competitors from his new place in the world desk. The Spanish, quantity 16 now, is not going to go along with Spain to the elimination of the Federation Cup in opposition to Japan (February 7 and eight) and is ready to obtain a Dubai Premier match invitation (February 17-22), who didn’t enter by rating (registration closed just a few weeks in the past), to compete once more. That will be his first match earlier than going to Doha (February 23-29), a Premier 5. Afterwards, Garbiñe plans to proceed the onerous observe season at the Obligatory of Indian Wells (March 11 to 22) and Miami (March 245 to April 4), earlier than beginning the floor marketing campaign at the Charlotte Premier (April 6 to 12), to begin getting ready the second Grand Slam of the course, Roland Garros (Could 24 to June 6). Earlier than going to the Madrid Open (Could 2 to 9), one other Obligatory, and to Rome (Could 11 to 17), a Premier 5, and relying on the outcomes might enter another competitors.Muguruza is not going to take part in Hua Hin or Monterrey, the place he was final yr and may have defended 60 and 280 factors, respectively. In the second match, the Mexican GNP, was champion by abandoning Azarenka when he received by 6-Three and 3-1.last_img read more

Zorrilla grass is almost perfect

first_imgIt has been and will continue to be a headache in the coming weeks, but less so far. The Zoriila Lawn is almost perfect, but it has cost an immense job and not a few sparks. More than one game and more than two the image of the green of the stadium left a lot to be desired and its evolution since it was renovated this summer was not in line with what the venue itself looks after the remodeling. The climatology of Valladolid, including the persistent fog, makes the grass more difficult to grow. Therefore for a few weeks huge led lamps are being used that heat the Zorrilla mat and they have been slowly recovering the best aspect so that players can display their best football. Even these last days of sun and mild temperatures have favored this evolution until the present time, in which the grass has the right amount and density and that amount of sand that in many games gave Zorrilla beach appearance is no longer observed. The patience of the players and the work of the managers has paid off and the grass is already in line with a team of First.last_img read more

Oier: “It would be important to add”

first_imgThe Osasuna staff continues to work with an eye on San Mamés. A match in which they will not be sure the injured Moncayola and Chimy Ávila. But in addition, Jagoba Arrasate will have to wait to see if he can count on Arnaiz and Rubén García. The first has been training for a couple of days of his classmates due to a catarrhal picture. As to Rubén García, continues to exercise with less workload due to some discomfort in the hip, because of an injury to the external shutter that makes him doubt for the Bilbao meeting. Who seems to return to eleven, already recovered from the lumbar discomforts that prevented him from playing against Real Madrid, is the captain, Oier Sanjurjo, who stressed the importance of scoring in the Bilbao fief .: “Adding Sunday would be important because we have not had two days without doing it and this consists of addingFor that we are working, that’s why we train, that’s why we study the rivals every week and we want to add and with that idea we will go to the green of San Mamés. There are still fifteen games left, but we want to continue adding as soon as possible. “ The Navarrese does not hesitate to affirm that the match against Athletic is not one more: “We have another beautiful opportunity to add. Against Athletic it is always a special day and in its field it is a very attractive scenario and we want to show a good image and, above all, to regain a bit of solidity and that tactical work that we did well and that lately, perhaps, not. We have neglected a tad and it is clear that we have conceded a few goals in the last three games and there we have to improve. “last_img read more

Classrooms: “Cherki will become stronger than Mbappé”

first_imgThe transfer of Aouar: “I have never talked to Agnelli about that, but I know there have been contacts between our sports directors. I would like to see Aouar in Juventus in the future and I hope that it is also his ambition because if he has this intention, he will want to take advantage of these two games of the Champions League to make a good impression and show off. Sooner or later I will have to make a good deal with my friend Agnelli. “ The president of Olympique de Lyon, Jean-Michel Classrooms, granted an interview to Tuttosport taking advantage of his club facing the Juventus in the knockout stage of the Champions League next week. The French praised Cristiano Ronaldo, to which he confessed that he could have signed, admitted that the Italians are trying to sign Houssem Aouar and had time to talk about Rayan Cherki, the 16-year-old jewel intended by Europe. One of those interested is the Real Madrid, but Classrooms believes that if it continues for a while longer in France it will exceed the level of the PSG, Kylian Mbappé. The march of Ndombélé: “Tottenham wanted Ndombélé at all costs and they offered more, so the player preferred to go to England.”Cherki, better than Mbappé: “Perhaps Rayan Cherki is more technical than Mbappé, and above all, he has been discovered before. If he stays in Lyon a few more years, he will become even stronger than Mbappé.”He was able to sign Cristiano Ronaldo: “In addition to raising Miralem Pjanic, I was close to being Cristiano Ronaldo’s first president. During a youth tournament in Portugal we met him. He was 15 or 16 years old and he was already very strong. We tried to buy it from Sporting, but unfortunately we couldn’t I still have the satisfaction of seeing the beginning of a great story. Cristiano is crazy and I’m not surprised that at 35 he still has an incredible scoring average. “Disagreeing with the Golden Ball: “I like Messi a lot, he and Cristiano are two phenomena. However, the number one is Cristiano Ronaldo. He is the strongest and the most effective. I did not decide the last Golden Ball. If it were for me, Cristiano would have won it Ronaldo. “Maurizio Sarri: “I put him at the level of Guardiola and Klopp, the best. In Chelsea he had a difficult challenge but he did a great job. I respect Sarri since the days of Empoli, before going to Naples. I also tried to bring him to Lyon. I didn’t speak directly. with him, but with his agent. Juventus can win the Champions League. “center_img Flirt 1* Data updated as of February 21, 2020last_img read more

The calendar sudoku

first_imgThe first option is to play again the weekend of May 2 and 3. And if it is not possible, on the 13th and the 14th, again during the week. Even so, Thebes has also offered more possibilities with which it would no longer be feasible to end on June 30, as desired, since this could cause problems with the contracts of the players that, on the other hand, as announced yesterday Iusport, FIFA is going to review urgently. Thus, it is not ruled out having to finish in July or even in summer if necessary.What is clear, whatever the calendar plan chosen, is that it will be necessary to play during the week several times. And that, in addition, the Champions and the Europa League could also be disputed on weekends. “Not only does the League exist and we have to coordinate with the rest of the competitions. In the Champions there are five leagues involved and in the Europa League, 11. It may be the case that the League is played during the week when there are Champions League matches and on the contrary, that there are Champions League matches on days when national competitions are also held in any country, “says Tebas. UEFA is not yet clear whether the European competitions will be played in the usual format or will even have to be reduced on the fly and play a Final Four in a single venue.In all the possible scenarios that will be studied, the Second. LaLiga guarantees that all the matches will be played (there are 11 games left as in the First) and that also goes through playing the promotion playoff, which brings such good results to the leading clubs by also having an extra audiovisual income. The league Since last weekend, he has been working on five possible alternatives to square the restart of his championship with that of the rest of the countries and with European competitions. The fact that the Eurocup as of June 2021 it has made things much easier, although Javier Thebes had already designed different calendar sketches to present to the UEFA, regardless of this decision that was made last Tuesday. Luis Gil, director of competitions at LaLiga, has been the architect who, together with Thebes, has developed all the new scenarios.As AS has learned, the proposed alternatives that have already begun to be debated have fluctuated from the most optimistic, which would be to start on April 23, during the week, to the most pessimistic, which would not being able to restart the championship and make drastic decisions together with the Federation to designate the champion, if there is one or if it is left deserted, the ascents and descents. This is the situation that everyone wants to avoid since it would be necessary to put themselves in the hands of UEFA to decide also who will go to Europe next year without having finished the season on the pitch. A scenario that for the RFEF, in the words of Luis Rubiales, “it would be totally unfair”.Thebes has admitted to this newspaper that “comments have already been made to those five alternatives presented.” Now they will continue to work on the UEFA reduced committee to take a good look at all the possibilities. “Until late May we have time to start competing,” says the president of LaLiga. Therefore, several of his alternatives focused on restarting Spanish football in that month, when it is already assumed that the coronavirus contagion curve will be in decline.last_img read more

Luis Muñoz and his renewal: “I am not going to leave the ship”

first_imgLuis Muñoz had words of praise for the sports director, Manolo Gaspar: “We are talking, in these circumstances they are difficult times because it is not known what will happen, if the League will end, if there will be ERTE, if not … Yes, it is true that I have maintained contacts with Manolo Gaspar, and very well with him. It is clear, sincere. I, Sub-23 step to have a professional record and that generates the problem, it is not known if LaLiga will allow it. What has to be solved is if the League continues or not, if it will end or not ”. Málaga and Luis Muñoz began talks months ago for the renewal of the youth squad, whose contract ends on June 30. The club and the player have shown, both in public and in private, a total willingness to continue hand in hand in the future.The man from Malaga has several proposals on the table, but he assures that his absolute priority is to continue at La Rosaleda. “There are teams that are interested in me, that want me to sign. But I spoke to Manolo and I told him that I am not going to leave the boat, that I wanted to wait to see the situation in which Málaga would be at the end of the League. I went from U23 to professional and it could happen to me like Iván Rodríguez and Mula and I would not like to be in that situation at all. If things were fixed, I would like to stay in Malaga“He said in an interview with Malaga today.last_img read more

Duckadamazo to Barça in the final of Sánchez-Pizjuán

first_imgThe 1985-86 European Cup was marked by the absence of English teams in the wake of the Heysel tragedy, in which an avalanche caused by the fans of the Liverpool in the end of the previous edition, he killed 39 people. Barça started with the Juventus of Platini, current champion, and the Bayern as a big favorite to win the title. Outperform Vecchia Signora In the quarterfinals it was a blow to the chest for the Catalans, who after that tie dreamed of winning, and with many reasons for it, their first European Cup. A historic comeback against the Gothenburg in a magical night of the semifinals (Barça passed on penalties after drawing the 3-0 first leg) it served to further fuel the hopes of that Barça led by the English Terry Venables. On the other side of the table walked a Steaua that until then had only surpassed the knockout stages twice in its entire history. Luckily for the Romanian team, he had no major rival until the semifinals, where he ran into Anderlecht. Before he eliminated Vejle Danish at Honved Hungarian and al Kuusysi Finnish. They weren’t exactly coconuts. Against the Belgians, Steaua came from behind in the second match (3-1 overall) and met Barça in the final in Seville, in which the Catalans practically played at home. Now that hooves are so fashionable, it is an extraordinary occasion to remember one that jumped in 1986, when River Plate won the Libertadores and had to face the European champion in the Intercontinental Cup: “The Europeans do not send their champion but a second-line club, the SteauaIn general, it was a phrase that the detractors and rivals of the millionaires preached to belittle their victory at a time when information was not circulating with the current fluidity, which is why many considered it to be good. But it was not so. . The Steaua Bucharest was the winner of the European Cup 1986, edition in which the Romanians won against all odds in the final at Barcelona at Sánchez Pizjuán. From that encounter, the name of Duckadam, the Steaua goalkeeper, as one of the great black legends for Barcelona.center_img That was the second final of the European Cup for Barça after losing 25 years before the 1961 against Benfica in Bern. The nerves took over the Barça players to such an extent that SchusterAfter missing the clearest occasion of the match, he starred in one of the most absurd anecdotes in the history of the European finals: he was replaced and left the stadium clearly angry in a taxi to the hotel with 0-0 on the scoreboard. No one knows what would have happened if Barça had won and the German would have had to carry out this anti-doping test. The ballot could have been terrible. That was the beginning of the end in the relationship Schuster-Barcelona, a disagreement that would end the German in the Real Madrid.In the penalty shootout, Barça put all their hopes in Urruti, the hero against Goteborg. The goalkeeper culé responded to expectations and stopped the first two shots of Majaru and Boloni. What nobody could imagine is that the rival goalkeeper, Duckadam, starred in one of the most spectacular individual performances in the history of the European Cup: the Romanian goalkeeper stopped the launches of Alexanco, Pedraza, Pichi Alonso and Marcos Alonso. Four out of four. Lacatus and Balint Yes they were right and the round ended with an incredible 2: 0 after eight penalties executed.That final caused a sports crisis in Barcelona, ​​which ended eleven points behind Madrid in the league and lost the Cup final to Zaragoza. But that stumbling triggered the start of something much bigger at Can Barça. The poor results the following two seasons caused Cruyff’s return to the club, this time as a coach, in May 1988 and, as he did in his time as a player, he rescued a sunken Barcelona to place it again among the best teams on the continent in one of the most glorious stages in its history.In contrast, the Steaua story was reversed. The late 1980s were the club’s golden age. In Romania there was no one to cough him and in Europe, he reached the semifinals in 1988 and the final the following year, in which this time he did lose, and in what way, against the Milan by Arrigo Sacchi (4-0). That same year was the year of the Romanian Revolution and the great stars of Steaua, like Hagi and PetrescuThey did not take long to leave the country. In the 90s, Steaua maintained its dominance in the country but unlike Barça, it was losing importance in the European Cup. Ying and yang.last_img read more