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Colombians Cabal and Farah seal year-end doubles top ranking

Thursday, 2019-10-10 09:20:11
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FILE PHOTO: Tennis - Wimbledon - All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, UK - July 13, 2019 Colombia's Juan-Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah celebrate winning the men's doubles final with the trophies against France's Nicolas Mahut and Edouard Roger-Vasselin. (Reuters)
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Colombian doubles pairing Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah have sealed the ATP end-of-year number one ranking to become only the second all-South American pair to claim the honour.

* World number one Novak Djokovic extended his winning run in Asia when he strolled into the last-16 of the Shanghai Masters with a 6-3 6-3 victory over Canada's Denis Shapovalov on Wednesday.

* US teenager Coco Gauff reached her maiden WTA quarter-final on Wednesday (Oct 9), assuring herself of a place in the world top 100 for the first time. Gauff, currently ranked at 110, was 4-6, 6-4, 2-0 ahead when Ukrainian opponent Kateryna Kozlova retired from their Linz second round clash with a left leg injury.

* Iranian women fans are free to enter a football stadium on Thursday (Oct 9) for the first time in decades, after FIFA threatened to suspend the Islamic republic over its controversial male-only policy.

* Indonesia's national football association has been fined US$45,000 by FIFA over crowd trouble during a World Cup qualifier against Malaysia, the organisation said Wednesday (Oct 9).

* AC Milan has appointed Stefano Pioli as its new coach, the Serie A club said on Wednesday, handing him a two-year contract in the hope he will turn around the fortunes of the seven-times European champions.

* Wales midfielder Aaron Ramsey will not be available for Thursday's Euro 2020 qualifier in Slovakia as he continues to recover from a muscle injury, the country's football association said.

* Slovan Bratislava's next Europa League match against Wolverhampton Wanderers will be played behind closed doors after the Slovakian side's fans were found guilty of racist behaviour, UEFA said on Wednesday.

* Russia grabbed the men's team gold at the World gymnastics championships in Stuttgart after China's Sun Wei fell off the high bars in the closing routines on Wednesday (Oct 9).

* The mixed-gender Hopman Cup team competition is set to return in 2021 after losing its traditional place on the tennis calendar next year, International Tennis Federation (ITF) president David Haggerty confirmed on Wednesday.

Reuters, CNA