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Tennis: Lee Duck-hee becomes first deaf player to win an ATP main draw match

Wednesday, 2019-08-21 07:17:45
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FILE PHOTO: Tennis - 2018 Asian Games - Men's Singles - Semi-Final 2 - JSC Tennis Court - Palembang, Indonesia - August 24, 2018. Lee Duck-hee of South Korea hits a shot against Wu Yibing of China. (Reuters)
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Lee Duck-hee became the first deaf player to win an ATP Tour main draw match on Monday when the South Korean defeated Henri Laaksonen 7-6(4) 6-1 in the first round of the Winston-Salem Open.

* Singaporean shuttler Yeo Jia Min beat world No 1 Akane Yamaguchi to reach the third round of the BWF World Championships in Basel, Switzerland on Tuesday (Aug 20). The 20-year-old defeated the Japanese player in straight sets 21-14, 21-17 in a match that lasted 40 minutes.

* Mark Robinson has resigned as England women's national team coach two years after taking the side to World Cup glory with a victory over India in the final at Lords.

* Sheffield Wednesday moved to the top of the Championship with a hard-fought 1-0 win over Luton as Philip Cocu suffered his first defeat as Derby County boss, 2-1 at home to Bristol City, on Tuesday (Aug 20).

* Last year’s semi-finalists Ajax Amsterdam clung on for a tense 0-0 draw in searing heat away to APOEL Nicosia in the first leg of their Champions League playoff tie on Tuesday.

* Repsol Honda rider Jorge Lorenzo says he is ready to return at this weekend's British Grand Prix after missing the last four MotoGP races due to injury. The Spaniard, a triple MotoGP champion, crashed during practice at Assen in the Netherlands in June and suffered fractured vertebrae.

* Former world number one Serena Williams will begin her 2020 season with a return to the Auckland Open in January, her first appearance at the tournament since she was ousted in the second round in 2017. The Auckland Open serves as a warm-up before the year's first Grand Slam, the Australian Open, which begins on Jan 20 next year.

* Czech Republic's 10th seed Karolina Muchova beat Slovakia's Viktoria Kuzmova 7-5 6-2 to move into the second round of the Bronx Open while fourth seed Zhang Shuai was knocked out in straight sets on Monday.

* American Sloane Stephens has parted ways with her coach Sven Groeneveld less than a week before the US Open gets underway, the former champion has said.

* Andy Murray on Monday (Aug 20) fell in the first round of the ATP Winston-Salem Open, where he was giving his surgically repaired hip just its second test in singles. He again showed glimpses of his once-dominant self, but was inconsistent in a 7-6 (10-8), 7-5 loss to 73rd-ranked American Tennys Sandgren in a match lasting 2 hours and 10 minutes.

* Manchester United are working on identifying individuals who racially abused Paul Pogba online after the midfielder missed a penalty in Monday's 1-1 draw at Wolverhampton Wanderers, the Premier League club said on Tuesday (Aug 20).

Reuters, CNA