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One other Canadian tennis participant is making historical past on the U.S. Open
Yesterday marked the one-year anniversary of Bianca Andreescu’s monumental victory over Serena Williams within the U.S. Open ladies’s closing, which made her the primary Canadian to win a Grand Slam singles title. Like a number of different tennis stars, Andreescu determined to skip this 12 months’s occasion. A mix of the pandemic and her gradual restoration from a knee harm suffered final October have stored Andreescu off the court docket since late October — greater than 10 months in the past.
However even with out its greatest star, Canada is having a fairly good U.S. Open. For the primary time ever, three Canadians reached the ultimate eight of a Grand Slam singles occasion as Denis Shapovalov, Felix Auger-Aliassime and Vasek Pospisil all made it to the boys’s quarters. Shapovalov additionally obtained to the boys’s doubles quarters together with his Indian teammate Rohan Bopanna, and Gabriela Dabrowski made the ladies’s doubles quarters with American Alison Riske. Each pairs misplaced, as did Auger-Aliassime and Pospisil in singles.
However Shapovalov, who’s ranked 17th on the planet and is seeded 12th for the U.S. Open, knocked off No. 7 seed David Goffin on Sunday to make Canadian tennis historical past. Although it is nowhere close to as spectacular as what Andreescu did final 12 months, Shapovalov is the primary Canadian man ever to achieve the singles quarter-finals on the U.S. Open. The 21-year-old from Richmond Hill, Ont., can be in uncharted territory personally: that is two rounds deeper than he is ever gone in a Slam.
Shapovalov’s opponent tonight in New York is Spain’s Pablo Carreno Busta, who’s ranked 27th on the planet and seeded 20th. The seedings and the betting odds each favour the Canadian, however Carreno Busta is available in with the head-to-head edge. He is 3-1 lifetime vs. Shapovalov and has swept their three matches on laborious courts, which is the floor used on the U.S. Open. Tonight’s match will happen after a ladies’s quarter-final between Naomi Osaka and Shelby Rogers that begins at 7 p.m. ET. So count on it to get going someday after 8:30 p.m. ET.
If Shapovalov can advance, he’ll face a comparatively pleasant path to the title. World No. 1 Novak Djokovic was disqualified within the fourth spherical for placing a linesperson with a ball that he carelessly hit towards her between factors. World No. 2 and defending champion Rafael Nadal elected to skip the event on account of coronavirus/journey considerations, and world No. four Roger Federer is out with a knee harm. World No. Three Dominic Thiem and No. 5 Daniil Medvedev are nonetheless alive, however they don’t seem to be in Shapovalov’s half of the draw. If the Canadian reaches the semis, his opponent will likely be both Alexander Zverev (ranked seventh on the planet) or Borna Coric (ranked 32nd).
The star energy is considerably higher within the ladies’s event, the place the highest two remaining seeds are No. Three Serena Williams and No. four Naomi Osaka. The 2 highest-paid feminine athletes on the planet, in line with Forbes’ most up-to-date rankings, are on reverse halves of the draw, organising the opportunity of a marquee matchup within the closing. Their paths are pretty straightforward too: each face unseeded opponents within the quarter-finals, and the very best remaining seed exterior of Williams and Osaka is No. 16 Elise Mertens.
If Serena wins the event, she’ll match Margaret Courtroom’s all-time file of 24 Grand Slam singles titles. It might even be her first since changing into a mom in September 2017. Two different moms — Victoria Azarenka and Tsvetana Pironkova — are additionally within the quarter-finals, making this the primary time ever that three mothers have reached the ultimate eight in the identical Grand Slam.
WATCH | Shapovalov wins beautiful rally level in opposition to Goffin at U.S. Open:
Caster Semenya seems to have misplaced her lengthy combat. The 2-time Olympic and three-time world 800-metre champion has spent the previous couple of years mounting authorized challenges in opposition to observe and subject’s controversial rule limiting testosterone ranges for many who need to compete in ladies’s working occasions between 400 metres and a mile. She misplaced them, and was down to 1 final longshot — an enchantment to the Swiss Supreme Courtroom. However it dismissed Semenya’s case immediately, that means she probably will not have the ability to defend her Olympic gold in Tokyo until she takes medicine or has surgical procedure to decrease her naturally occurring testosterone ranges. Semenya has vowed by no means to do this, and she or he remained agency in that stance immediately whereas additionally lashing out at observe and subject’s world governing physique. “I’m very upset by this ruling, however refuse to let World Athletics drug me or cease me from being who I’m,” Semenya stated. “Excluding feminine athletes or endangering our well being solely due to our pure talents places World Athletics on the improper aspect of historical past.” Read more about the ruling and where it leaves Semenya here.
Olympic organizers appear actually decided to carry the Tokyo Video games subsequent summer time. Worldwide Olympic Committee vice chairman John Coates informed a French media outlet yesterday that the Video games will begin on July 23 subsequent 12 months “with or with out COVID.” He added that “these would be the Video games that conquered COVID; the sunshine on the finish of the tunnel.” Right now, Japan’s Olympic Minister stated the occasion should be held subsequent 12 months “at any value.” Authorities and organizing officers held the primary in a collection of conferences Friday to determine the best way to pull the Olympics off throughout a pandemic. Read more about the steps they’re discussing (and bold statements they’re making) here.
The Blue Jays now have a 90 per cent probability of constructing the playoffs. That is in line with the fashions of each ESPN and Fangraphs. Bear in mind, underneath this 12 months’s expanded playoff format, eight groups per league qualify for the post-season — up from 5. The highest two in every division get in (that is six) plus the 2 with the next-best data. Two-thirds of the way in which into the shortened 60-game common season, the Jays are a stunning second within the AL East with a 23-18 file. They’re two video games forward of the Yankees, who have been the pre-season favourites to signify the AL within the World Sequence, after beating them 12-7 final night time within the opener of a three-game set. Extra excellent news: star shortstop Bo Bichette, who was having a unbelievable 12 months on the plate earlier than hurting his knee three weeks in the past, is nearing his return. So is nearer Ken Giles, who’s been out since late July. Some unhealthy information, although: outfielder Teoscar Hernandez, who’s main the staff in homers (14) whereas batting a robust .308, was positioned on the 10-day injured record yesterday with a knee harm. Read more about the Jays’ big win over the Yankees, which included a 10-run inning, here.
The Raptors are on the point of elimination. No option to sugarcoat it: final night time was ugly. After roaring again to tie their second-round collection vs. Boston with two straight wins, the defending champs no-showed Sport 5. They scored solely 11 factors within the first quarter, trailed 62-35 on the half and finally misplaced 111-89. Pascal Siakam (10 factors) had one other powerful night time and Kyle Lowry (additionally 10) regarded like a man who’d run out of fuel after enjoying large minutes to spark the Raptors’ two wins. Key off-the-bench large man Serge Ibaka sprained his ankle and is questionable for Game 6, which is Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. ET. The Celtics have regarded like the higher staff extra usually on this collection, however rely the Raptors out at your peril. They’ve a knack for proving individuals improper. Read more about last night’s game here.
Jamal Murray has cooled off. Since scoring 50, 42 and 50 factors in consecutive video games, the younger Canadian guard has reverted to extra typical manufacturing. He had 17 in Denver’s Sport 7 win over Utah, and he is gone for 12, 27 and 14 vs. the Clippers. L.A. leads the collection 2-1 after final night time’s win, which included Okayawhi Leonard blocking a Murray dunk attempt with one finger (really). Tonight’s NBA playoff video games are Miami vs. Milwaukee at 6:30 p.m. ET and Lakers vs. Houston at 9 p.m. ET. Miami has one other probability to finish a surprising upset of Milwaukee, which had the league’s finest regular-season file. The Bucks averted getting swept with an time beyond regulation win on Sunday that got here after Giannis Antetokounmpo left with a sprained ankle. The reigning NBA MVP is questionable for Sport 5. The Lakers and Rockets are tied 1-1 of their collection.
The Tampa Bay Lightning regarded rested, not rusty. Per week-long layoff did not uninteresting essentially the most spectacular staff within the NHL playoffs. Tampa Bay improved its file in 2020 post-season collection to 9-2 by pounding the Islanders 8-2 final night time to open the Japanese Convention closing. New York had simply in the future of relaxation after going the gap with Philadelphia, and it confirmed as Tampa’s Nikita Kucherov and Brayden Level each had a five-point night time that included a marvelous give-and-go between them. Sport 2 is Wednesday night time. Tonight, Vegas and Dallas play Sport 2 of the Western Convention closing at Eight p.m. ET. Dallas took the opener 1-0.
Dustin Johnson is a wealthy(er) man. The world’s top-ranked golfer received the FedEx Cup title by taking the playoff-ending Tour Championship by three photographs. The victory comes with a $15-million US cheque — the most important money prize within the sport. Mackenzie Hughes did alright for himself too. The one Canadian to qualify for the Tour Championship completed a robust 14th after beginning the event in 28th. He earned $620Okay for that. Usually, this may have been the final large males’s golf event of the calendar 12 months. However, due to the pandemic, the U.S. Open is developing subsequent week and the Masters is in November. Read more about Johnson’s FedEx Cup win here.
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