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Sport Thiem-Cilic & Murray-Wawrinka in French Open first round, Serena on course for Azarenka

21:25  24 september  2020
21:25  24 september  2020 Source:   performgroup.com

Azarenka crushes Kenin in Rome, as Muguruza sees off Gauff

  Azarenka crushes Kenin in Rome, as Muguruza sees off Gauff It was a day to forget at the Internazionali d'Italia for Australian Open champion Sofia Kenin, as she lost without winning a game.Azarenka, beaten in the US Open final less than a week ago, has transitioned to the clay courts in impressive fashion after beating Venus Williams and now, more impressively, Kenin.

Flushing Meadows champion Dominic Thiem © Getty Images Flushing Meadows champion Dominic Thiem

US Open champion Dominic Thiem was dealt a difficult hand in an exciting men's French Open draw, while Serena Williams was handed a tough route in the women's competition.

Thiem finally ended his wait for a first major title in New York earlier this month, beating Alexander Zverev in a five-set epic after losing his prior three finals.

Two of those came in the most recent two French Open finals against Rafael Nadal, although there will be no repeat this year.

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Thiem is in the bottom half of the draw along with Nadal, who starts against Egor Gerasimov, and has a tricky schedule right from the outset.

The Austrian has grand slam winner Marin Cilic in the first round, and Andy Murray and Stan Wawrinka – two other former major champions – are potential fourth-round opponents as they begin against one another in an intriguing clash.

Nadal could have to tackle John Isner in the last 16, while Zverev is also in the bottom half of the draw.

World number one Novak Djokovic has Mikael Ymer up first and could meet Pablo Carreno Busta in the quarter-finals, having been defaulted from the US Open when facing the Spaniard – his only defeat of the year.

MotoGP 2020: Quartararo wins to regain championship lead as rivals stumble

  MotoGP 2020: Quartararo wins to regain championship lead as rivals stumble It was a huge day for Catalan Grand Prinx winner Fabio Quartararo, who now once again leads the MotoGP standings.Petronas Yamaha rider Quartararo took the chequered flag for the third time in 2020, while former riders' standings leader Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati) crashed out on lap one having started way back in 17th and Maverick Vinales stumbled to ninth.

Daniil Medvedev and Stefanos Tsitsipas are in the top half, too.

Meanwhile, Williams, still bidding for a record-equalling 24th major title, is set to meet Victoria Azarenka in round four.

Azarenka came from a set down to beat Williams in the semi-finals at Flushing Meadows before she was defeated in the championship match by Naomi Osaka, who is absent in France.

Defending champion Ash Barty and 2019 US Open winner Bianca Andreescu are also missing, while world number 10 Belinda Bencic withdrew shortly before the draw.

But Williams still faces a difficult task just to reach the final.

A potential victory over Azarenka in the last 16 could see the 38-year-old paired with third seed Elina Svitolina in the quarters, while top seed, world number two and 2018 champion Simona Halep is also in the same half.

Williams starts against Kristie Ahn, who she defeated in her US Open opener.

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  MotoGP 2020: I suffered a lot this last month - Quartararo revels in return to winning ways After winning the Catalan Grand Prix to regain the lead in the MotoGP standings, Fabio Quartararo expressed his relief.The Petronas Yamaha rider won the opening two races in Jerez but failed to even make the podium in the following five.

Kiki Bertens is in the same quarter as Halep, which sees arguably the pick of the first-round matches as Coco Gauff takes on Johanna Konta, last year's semi-finalist.

Marketa Vondrousova, beaten by Barty in the 2019 final, is a potential fourth-round opponent for Halep.

Karolina Pliskova and Petra Kvitova are in the same section as former champion Jelena Ostapenko and Germany's Angelique Kerber, who could complete a career Grand Slam.

Garbine Muguruza, another previous winner, is in Sofia Kenin's quarter with Aryna Sabalenka.


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French Open 2020: Beaten Errani blasts Bertens as Azarenka and Gauff are eliminated .
Victoria Azarenka and Coco Gauff are out of the French Open, while there was bad blood between Kiki Bertens and Sara Errani in Paris.A visibly upset Bertens left the court in a wheelchair after suffering with cramps in a three-hour, 11-minute tussle with Errani that the Dutchwoman won 7-6 (7-5) 3-6 9-7.

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