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Halep outlasts Pavlyuchenkova to reach third round in Montreal

Friday, 2018-08-10 00:43:24
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Simona Halep of Romania hits a shot against Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova of Russia during the Rogers Cup tennis tournament at Stade IGA, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, on Aug 9, 2018. (Photo: USA TODAY Sports via Reuters)
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Top seed Simona Halep grinded out a 7-6(9) 4-6 7-5 win over Russian Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova at the Rogers Cup in Montreal on Thursday but will have little time to rest ahead of her third-round clash with Venus Williams.

The Romanian world number one will have a quick turnaround as she is set to cap the evening session with a battle against seven-time Grand Slam winner Venus Williams, who will also not be fully rested after beating Sorana Cirstea 7-6(4) 6-4 in a match that was postponed from Wednesday.

* Leicester City strengthened their defence with the signings of Caglar Soyuncu and Filip Benkovic before the transfer window shut on Thursday. In a further boost to Leicester, England striker Jamie Vardy has signed a new four-year contract that will keep him at the club until 2022.

* Fulham have broken their transfer record to sign Cameroonian defensive midfielder Andre-Frank Anguissa from Olympique de Marseille, the Premier League club said on Thursday. The 22-year-old, who British newspapers reported cost 22.3 million pounds (US$28.6 million), agreed a five-year-deal with newly promoted Fulham subject to being granted a work permit.

* Rafael Nadal was made to wait before his second-round Rogers Cup match due to several rain delays but did his part to put the schedule back on track with a speedy 6-2 6-3 win over Frenchman Benoit Paire on Wednesday. World number one Nadal, who kicked off the evening session a little over an hour after its original start time, had some issues with his serve later in the match but still needed only 74 minutes to secure his spot in the third round.

* Real Madrid goalkeeper Keylor Navas says the signing of Belgium keeper Thibaut Courtois has not affected his desire to remain at the triple European champions as he emphatically ruled out leaving the club in order to be assured of first team football.

* Sweden's Sebastian Larsson has moved home to swap relegation battles in England for a title run with table-topping Stockholm side AIK after spending more than half his life away. The 33-year-old, who played a key role for his country at this year's World Cup where they lost to England in the quarter-finals, is relishing the chance to get his hands on some silverware while he still can.

* Tiger Woods made a horrible start, three over par after only two holes as he took time to rub the sleep from his eyes at the PGA Championship on Thursday. The former world number one clawed his way back with two birdies for an even-par 70 that left him five shots behind leader Rickie Fowler.

* Everton brought in three new faces on the final day of the Premier League transfer window, swooping for Brazilian midfielder Bernard from Shakhtar Donetsk and Barcelona players Yerry Mina and Andres Gomes. Playmaker Bernard arrived on a free transfer after his contract ended with the Ukrainian club while Barcelona said Everton had agreed to sign centre back Mina for an initial 30.3 million euros and have taken midfielder Gomes on loan.

* World No. 1 Mark Selby suffered a 5-4 defeat against Thailand's Noppon Saengkham at the 2018 Snooker World Open held in Yushan county, Jiangxi province, China on Thursday.

* La Liga runners-up Atletico Madrid announced on Thursday they have signed Croatia striker Nikola Kalinic from AC Milan for an undisclosed fee, bolstering their already fearsome strikeforce of Antoine Griezmann and Diego Costa. Kalinic struck six goals in 20 starts in Serie A last season and is likely to be Atletico's third choice striker behind Costa and Griezmann.

Reuters, Xinhua