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Coric ousts Wawrinka in Shanghai opener, Klahn stuns Kyrgios

Tuesday, 2018-10-09 06:57:00
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Croatia's Borna Coric celebrates winning his match against Frances Tiafoe of the US. (Reuters)
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Croatian Borna Coric recovered from a set down to beat three-time Grand Slam winner Stan Wawrinka 4-6 6-4 6-3 in the opening round of the Shanghai Masters on Monday, while the 23-year-old Australian Kyrgios lost five straight games from 4-4 in the second set to hand the momentum to world no. 104 Klahn.

* Three Thai chair umpires have been handed life bans for match-fixing and betting offences, the Tennis Integrity Unit (TIU) said on Monday (Oct 8). The TIU said the three had admitted to betting on tennis matches at ITF Futures tournaments at which they were officiating last year.

* Brazil have called up Tottenham Hotspur forward Lucas Moura for friendlies against Saudi Arabia and Argentina, national team coordinator Edu Gaspar said on Monday.

* Former French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko was dumped out of the Hong Kong Open on Monday (Oct 8) - by a player ranked 299 places below her. The Latvian world number 18 crashed out in three sets against outsider Kristina Kucova, going down go down 7-5, 3-6, 2-6.

* Real Madrid forward Karim Benzema has suffered a hamstring injury which Spanish media have reported could keep the Frenchman out of action for two weeks. Benzema joins Marcelo, Isco and Dani Carvajal on the sidelines at the Santiago Bernabeu, but the Frenchman should return before the Clasico against Barcelona on Oct. 28.

* Senegal has been officially confirmed as the host of the 2022 Youth Olympic Games at the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Session here on Monday. The 2022 Youth Olympics will take place in Senegal's capital city Dakar between May and June.

* Arsenal have signed a new kit deal with German sportswear firm Adidas starting in July, 2019, the Premier League club said on Monday. The UK media reported the new deal is worth 300 million pounds over five years until 2024.

* The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) said on Monday it had lifted the provisional suspension imposed on bobsledder Nadezhda Sergeeva, one of two Russian athletes to fail doping tests at the Pyeongchang Olympics.

* Former world number one Karolina Pliskova overcame unseeded Varvara Lepchenko 6-2 6-7(3) 6-3 in her opening-round match at the Tianjin Open on Monday. Top seed Pliskova will next face Slovenian Polona Hercog, who beat Spain’s Lara Arruabarrena 7-6(5) 6-2.

Reuters, Xinhua