Below is a summary of the latest sports news.
Soccer – Brazil abandons plans to have fans in Argentina qualifier
Brazilian authorities have abandoned plans to allow 12,000 spectators to watch Sunday’s World Cup qualifier against Argentina as the Brazilian Football Association (CBF) said there was a lack of time to prepare. The CBF had promised that 12,000 spectators would be the first step towards the possible reopening of stadiums in Brazil after almost one and a half years of games without fans due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Tennis – Isner sent into the first round from Nakashima
Wildcard Brandon Nakashima defeated his American John Isner 7-6 (7) 7-6 (6) 6-3 in the first round of the US Open on Monday. The 20-year-old tamed the terrifying serve of his 6’10-inch compatriot, while Isner contributed to his own downfall with 28 easy mistakes.
Former tennis champion Stephens defeats Keys in the first-round thriller
Former champion Sloane Stephens overcame best friend Madison Keys’ aggressive game to claim a 6-3 1-6 7-6 (7) win in the first round of the US Open on Monday. The 2017 winner quickly took control of the first set at Arthur Ashe Stadium and showed a strong defensive effort to hold off three breakpoints when Keys made 15 casual mistakes.
Tennis – Suarez Navarro receives a standing ovation as she retires from the US Open
Carla Suarez Navarro received a standing ovation in Flushing Meadows on Monday after the fan favorite dropped the curtain on her individual Grand Slam career after her first-round defeat at the US Open. The 32-year-old Spaniard announced in September 2020 that she was being treated for early-stage Hodgkin’s lymphoma and had several months of grueling chemotherapy and radiation therapy before returning to the French Open in June.
Tennis – Cilic is retiring for the first time in more than 800 games
Former champions Marin Cilic from Croatia retired on Monday with an obvious injury from his first round match against the German Philipp Kohlschreiber, his earliest exit at the US Open after 13 attempts. The 2014 winner had two sets lead but was eliminated early in the fifth game when Kohlschreiber led 2-0 after struggling with his serve.
Tennis – Brady and Ostapenko canceled Monday’s US Open
American Jennifer Brady was among a handful of players to retire from the US Open on Monday and added to the list of competitors who had already announced that they would be skipping the final major of the year due to injury. Brady, who reached the tournament’s semifinals in 2020 and lost to Naomi Osaka in the Australian Open final earlier this year, pulled out with an unspecified injury, the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) said. The lucky loser Stefanie Voegele from Switzerland replaced her at the draw.
Tennis King praises Osaka for mental health and calls it “fantastic progress”
Tennis star Billie Jean King has praised Naomi Osaka for speaking up on mental health issues and her stance against racial injustice. The Japanese Osaka pulled out of this year’s French Open after being threatened with a fine and expulsion for refusing to perform media duties, which she believed contributed to the depression problems she had struggled with for years .
Tennis – US Open Day One
Highlights of the first day at the US Open, the last Grand Slam tournament of the year, in Flushing Meadows on Monday (times GMT): 2203 KREJCIKOVA, KERBER ADVANCE
Tennis – Anderson unbuckles 49 aces in the first round win
Former finalist Kevin Anderson fired 49 aces to beat Czech Jiri Vesely with 7-6 (1) 4-6 3-6 7-6 (5) 7-6 (4) in the first round on Monday. The 6’8 “power server rattled off 17 aces in the last set alone, the last came on the match point. The South African grinned in his moment of triumph before holding his arms up.
After a year, enthusiastic fans return to the US Open, but are faced with long lines
Fans attending the US Open on Monday faced long lines at the main gate security checkpoint, forcing some ticket holders to wait up to two hours in the heat to gain entry. The United States Tennis Association, which oversees the event, admitted the delays but said it was not to blame for the last-minute decision to impose vaccination requirements on fans.
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