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Thiem beats Ramos-Vinolas to win first title on home soil in Kitzbuehel

Sunday, 2019-08-04 08:07:11
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Thiem becomes the first Austrian to win the Kitzbuehel title since former world number one Thomas Muster achieved the feat in 1993. (Photo: Reuters)
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Austria’s world number four Dominic Thiem beat Spain’s Albert Ramos-Vinolas 7-6(0) 6-1 on Saturday to win the Kitzbuehel Open, his 14th ATP singles title and his first on home soil.

The 25-year-old top seed wrapped up the match in 98 minutes to clinch his third title of the year after wins in Indian Wells and Barcelona. Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer are the only other players to win three titles this year.

* Manchester United beat AC Milan 5-4 on penalties after their International Champions Cup match in Cardiff's Millennium Stadium ended 2-2 in regulation time on Saturday. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side begin their new Premier League campaign next Sunday when they host Chelsea.

* Japan's Hinako Shibuno will take a two-shot lead heading into the final round of the Women's British Open in Milton Keynes after carding a five-under 67 to move to 14 under on Saturday. The 20-year-old, competing in her first-ever LPGA major, birdied seven holes to leapfrog overnight leader Ashleigh Buhai, who bogeyed three of the back-nine holes to finish the third round with a par score and drop to second place.

* Italy's Camila Giorgi ended American teenager Caty McNally's surprising run with a 7-6(5) 6-2 victory in the semi-finals of the Citi Open in Washington on Saturday. The Italian will face another American, Jessica Pegula, as she plays in her seventh WTA final on Sunday. Pegula won five consecutive games off Russia's Anna Kalinskaya in the third set to win 6-3 3-6 6-1.

* Mercedes Formula One boss Toto Wolff ruled out making a move for Max Verstappen or George Russell on Saturday and said Lewis Hamilton's 2020 team mate would be either Valtteri Bottas or Esteban Ocon. Bottas, 30 this month, is in his third year with the dominant team and the Finn, winner of two races so far this year, gets on well with five-times world champion Hamilton. French reserve Ocon, 22, is a highly-rated but less experienced talent who has had to sit on the sidelines this season.

* Guangzhou Evergrande maintained their four point lead at the top of the Chinese Super League on Saturday as Fabio Cannavaro's side beat Shandong Luneng 3-0 to close in on an eighth title in nine seasons. Guangzhou lead second-placed Beijing Guoan by four points with nine matches remaining after the club from the capital won their first game under new coach Bruno Genesio 2-0 against Hebei CFFC on Friday.

* Honda's MotoGP world champion Marc Marquez took a tyre gamble in drying conditions and equalled Australian Mick Doohan's record of 58 top class pole positions at the Czech Grand Prix in Brno on Saturday. The Spaniard, on slick tyres after earlier rain, lapped with a best time of two minutes 02.753 seconds - 2.524 quicker than Australian Jack Miller who qualified second for the non-works Pramac Ducati team.

* Paris Saint-Germain substitute Angel Di Maria scored the winner with a spectacular free kick and Kylian Mbappe was also on target as the Ligue 1 champions recovered to beat Stade Rennes 2-1 and lift the French Super Cup in Shenzhen on Saturday.

* Four-times Tour de France champion Chris Froome says he is ahead of schedule in his recovery from a horrific crash in June that ended his 2019 season and is already targeting next year's race in a quest for a record-equalling fifth title. The 34-year-old Briton missed last month's Tour after he broke his neck, femur, elbow, hip and ribs in a 54 km/hr crash at the Criterium du Dauphine less than four weeks before the start of the Tour.

* Brighton & Hove Albion have signed centre back Adam Webster on a four-year deal from Championship side Bristol City in a club-record deal, the Premier League team said on Saturday. Financial details of the transfer were not disclosed but British media reported Brighton paid 20 million pounds to sign the 24-year-old defender.

* DPR Korea have nominated Pyongyang as the host venue for their World Cup qualifying match against Korea Republic in October, clearing the way for the two countries to play on DPRK soil for the first time in almost 30 years. The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) confirmed to Reuters on Saturday that the DPRK had requested that the game scheduled for Oct. 15 be played at the 50,000-capacity Kim Il-sung Stadium in the northern capital.

* Reigning champions Ajax drew 2-2 at Vitesse in the first round of the Dutch Eredivisie season 2019-2020 on Saturday. For the third season in a row, Ajax dropped points in the opening round of the season. Also on Saturday, PSV, the main rivals for Ajax in the Dutch championship race, dropped points as well.

Reuters, Xinhua