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Isner joins elite club of Americans with fifth Atlanta title

Monday, 2018-07-30 00:41:18
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John Isner (US) reacts during his match against Kevin Anderson (RSA) on day 11 at All England Lawn and Croquet Club. (Photo: Reuters)
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John Isner joined elite company when he saved four of five break points en route to beating compatriot Ryan Harrison 5-7 6-3 6-4 to win the Atlanta Open for the fifth time on Sunday. Top seed Isner became the fifth American man to win the same event at least five times after Jimmy Connors, John McEnroe, Pete Sampras and Andre Agassi.

* Thailand’s Ariya Jutanugarn fired a 5-under-par 66 on Sunday to win the Ladies Scottish Open by one shot over Australia’s Minjee Lee. The victory will boost Jutanugarn, who finished at 13-under 271, back to world No. 1 in the Rolex Rankings. Inbee Park currently holds the top spot.

* Miguel Angel Jimenez won the Senior British Open by one stroke from Bernhard Langer at St. Andrews on Sunday (July 29). Jimenez sank a clutch 10-foot par putt at the famous par-four 17th road hole before securing victory with a tap-in par at the last, the same hole where his late Spanish countryman Seve Ballesteros clinched the 1984 British Open.

* The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea’s athletes arrived in the Republic of Korea on Sunday (July 29) for joint training ahead of the Asian Games next month. The two Koreas agreed last month to field joint teams in three sports - canoeing, rowing and women's basketball - at the Asiad in Jakarta and Palembang from Aug 18 to Sep 2.

* Serbian teenager Olga Danilovic became the first player born in 2000s to win a WTA title, defeating fellow 17-year-old Anastasia Potapova 7-5 6-7(1) 6-4 in the Moscow River Cup final on Sunday.

* Italy’s Matteo Berrettini overcame second seed Roberto Bautista Agut 7-6(9), 6-4 to win his first title at the Swiss Open in Gstaad on Sunday (July 29).

* China’s second seed Wang Qiang claimed her first WTA title after her compatriot Zheng Saisai was forced to retire injured trailing 7-5, 4-0 in the Jiangxi Open final on Sunday (July 29).

* Georgian qualifier Nikoloz Basilashvili upended defending champion Leonardo Mayer 6-4 0-6 7-5 to win his first ATP title at the German Tennis Championships in Hamburg on Sunday.

Reuters, CNA