Sport Qualifier Samsonova downs Azarenka to reach Berlin final
Berlin police detain journalists at anti-Autobahn protest
BERLIN (AP) — Berlin police said 13 journalists were detained Saturday while reporting on a protest by environmentalist against the construction of a highway in the German capital. The journalists were covering an early-morning blockade of the construction site of the A100 Autobahn by activists from the group Sand im Getriebe, or Sand in the Gears. “They entered the site along with the activists, so we treated them as participants in the protest," police spokesperson Martin Halweg said.They are now being investigated on suspicion of trespassing on the construction site, which is operated by the publicly owned company Autobahn GmbH, Halweg said.
Russian qualifier Liudmila Samsonova made light of her world ranking of 106 to defeat former number one and two-time Grand Slam champion Victoria Azarenka to reach the Berlin WTA grass court final on Saturday.
Samsonova, 22, will face world number 12 Belinda Bencic for the title on Sunday after her 6-4, 6-2 win over Azarenka.
"It's all incredible for me, it's so new, and I'm very happy for it," Samsonova said.
Samsonova claimed her second Top 20 win of her career by firing 24 winners (including 11 aces) past the Belarusian.
Organisers hope up to 35,000 can run Berlin Marathon this September
Organisers hope that up to 35,000 runners can take part in the Berlin marathon this September as part of a pilot project as Germany eases Covid-19 restrictions. In a joint press conference Monday, Berlin's senate and marathon organisers outlined plans to first hold two test events, a 10km race in July and a half marathon in August. Providing all goes well and the rate of infection remains low, the Berlin marathon would take place on September 26.Runners would either have to prove they are fully innoculated or undergo a PCR test as part of a hygiene programme still to be approved by Berlin's health authority.
She is the fifth qualifier to reach a singles final on the WTA this season and will comfortably make her Top 100 debut next week.
Switzerland's Bencic, seeded fifth, ended the run of Alize Cornet to progress to the final with a 7-5, 6-4 win.
Bencic improved to 3-1 against Cornet as her victory placed her into the fourth grass-court final of her career.
Bencic won the 2015 Eastbourne title for her best-ever grass-court result on tour.
"I always try to play as many tournaments on grass as possible because I just love the surface," Bencic said.
France's Cornet, 63rd in the world, reached the last four after an upset win over former Wimbledon champion Garbine Muguruza.
Tennis - WTA - Bad Hombourg: Azarenka for Cornet, Pegula did not assured .
© Panoramic Azarenka 170621 Series Number 2 of the Bad Hombbourg Tournament Victoria Azarenka eliminated its compatriot Yuliya Hatouka in the first round and will be opposed to Alizé Cornet. Series 3, Jessica Pegula dropped against Katerina Siniakova when Amanda Anisimova took the best on Andrea Petkovic. semi-finalist the week spent in Berlin, Victoria Azarenka was like German turf, and she started her week in Bad Hombourg, where she is headboard # 2.