Reuters Sports News Summary
World number six Tsitsipas, who has only enjoyed moderate success on grass, toppled Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut 6-4 3-6 7-6(2) in a major boost ahead of Wimbledon, where the 23-year-old has never gone past the fourth round. Tennis-Kvitova surges past Ostapenko to claim Eastbourne crown, Fritz wins men's title Twice Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova geared up for this year's tournament in style as she sailed past former Roland Garros winner Jelena Ostapenko 6-3 6-2 to capture the WTA 500 Eastbourne International crown on Saturday.
Following is a summary of current sports news briefs.
Tennis-U.S. ban fuels Djokovic's Wimbledon motivation
Defending champion Novak Djokovic says he will be extra motivated to claim a fourth successive Wimbledon title as it could be his last Grand Slam action of the year. The 35-year-old Serb missed the Australian Open after being deported for not having been vaccinated against COVID-19 and will not be allowed to compete at the U.S. Open for the same reason.
Tennis-Tsitsipas delighted with breakthrough title win on grass
Stefanos Tsitsipas said that his victory in the final of the Mallorca Championships on Saturday was a major milestone in his career as the Greek claimed his maiden grasscourt title leading up to Wimbledon next week. World number six Tsitsipas, who has only enjoyed moderate success on grass, toppled Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut 6-4 3-6 7-6(2) in a major boost ahead of Wimbledon, where the 23-year-old has never gone past the fourth round.
Tennis-Kvitova surges past Ostapenko to claim Eastbourne crown, Fritz wins men's title
Twice Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova geared up for this year's tournament in style as she sailed past former Roland Garros winner Jelena Ostapenko 6-3 6-2 to capture the WTA 500 Eastbourne International crown on Saturday. It was a 29th career title and the first in more than a year for the 32-year-old Czech as she underlined her status as an outside contender for Wimbledon, which begins on Monday.
Swimming-American Ress wins 50m backstroke gold after review, McIntosh takes 400m medley
American Justin Ress won gold in the 50m backstroke in dramatic circumstances at the world championships in Budapest on Saturday after officials overturned his initial disqualification following a lengthy review. Victory was earlier awarded to compatriot Hunter Armstrong after it was ruled that no part of Ress's body was above the water as he reached first for the wall.
Athletics-McLaughlin breaks own women's 400m hurdles world record
Olympic gold medallist Sydney McLaughlin broke her own women's 400 metres hurdles world record at the U.S. championships in Eugene, Oregon, on Saturday, winning the final in 51.41 seconds. The 22-year-old wrested the lead early and never gave the rest of the field a fighting chance, clinching her spot in the world championships in front of an adoring crowd.
Soccer-Bale finalising deal to join MLS side Los Angeles FC - report
Wales forward Gareth Bale is finalising a deal to join Major League Soccer (MLS) side Los Angeles FC following his departure from LaLiga champions Real Madrid, a report on the American league's official website said on Saturday, citing sources. The 32-year-old, who signed for Spanish giants Real from English Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur in 2013 for a then-record transfer fee of 100 million euros ($105.54 million), will join as a free agent with his contract set to end this summer.
Athletics-McLaughlin breaks own hurdles record, Norman clinches men's 400 metres
Sydney McLaughlin smashed yet another world record in the 400 metres hurdles at the U.S. championships on Saturday, while Michael Norman won the men's 400 metres. In her final national championship race, Allyson Felix, the most decorated woman in track history, finished sixth in the 400.
Cricket-England strike late to seize control of Headingley test
England's bowlers struck three times in quick succession late on day three to take control of the final test against New Zealand at Headingley on Saturday and stay on course for a 3-0 series sweep. The tourists were on 168-5 and led England by 137 runs when rain brought a premature halt to the day's play.
Tennis-Coric withdraws from Wimbledon with shoulder injury
Croatia's Borna Coric has withdrawn from Wimbledon because of a shoulder injury, tournament organisers said on Saturday. The 25-year-old, who was drawn to play 12th seed Diego Schwartzman in the first round, will be replaced by a lucky loser from the qualifying tournament.
Tennis-Fit-again Murray full of belief ahead of Wimbledon
Andy Murray has shaken off the abdominal injury which threatened his participation at Wimbledon, the former world number one said on Saturday before declaring that there was still a lot of "good tennis" left in him. Murray, who won the grasscourt Grand Slam in 2013 and 2016, sustained the injury during his Stuttgart Open final defeat by Italian Matteo Berrettini earlier this month, after impressive wins over Stefanos Tsitsipas and Nick Kyrgios.
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