US’ Sofia Kenin (right) and team-mate Bethanie Mattek-Sands in action against Latvia’s Jelena Ostapenko and Anastasija Sevastova during their doubles match in the Fed Cup qualifier in Everett on Saturday. Associated Press
With Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships set to celebrate two decades of successfully hosting one of the WTA Tour’s top events this week, all eyes will be on Australian Open champion Sofia Kenin and veteran Kim Clijsters,
Some mouth-watering first round clashes are on the cards as the draw for the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships on Saturday has pitted Kim Clijsters, who is making a comeback to the WTA Tour, against No.8 seed Kiki Bertens.
The Australian Open women’s division witnessed a couple of upsets before it threw up a brand new winner. But Sofia’s victory was almost expected after her gritty performance
"I called her right after the match just to tell her that everything's fine, I won, she can just relax now," a beaming Sofia Kenin told reporters, glass of champagne in hand, referring to mother Lena.
"She's been really stressed at home, very superstitious.
The Tour de Suisse was cancelled on Friday in the face of the coronavirus pandemic and the organisers of June’s eight-day cycling race said they will not reschedule it for later in the year.
Australia pacer Pat Cummins on Friday said he is in regular touch with his IPL franchise Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) about the fate of the league which currently hangs in balance because of the coronavirus pandemic.
The Premier League has said its clubs will consult with their players over a proposed 30% reduction in wages and the suspended season would only resume when it was “safe and appropriate”.
The cancellation of Wimbledon this week has not only fanned the possibility of a total tennis wipeout for the rest of the season but may also have put an end to the Grand Slam title chase for both Roger Federer and Serena Williams.