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Stephens downs Keys again to reach French Open final

Friday, 2018-06-08 06:58:12
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Sloane Stephens of the US in action during her semifinal match against Madison Keys of the US. (Photo: Reuters)
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Sloane Stephens maintained her perfect record against fellow American Madison Keys as she blazed into the French Open final with a 6-4 6-4 win on Thursday in a repeat of last year’s US Open final.

In the first all-American Roland Garros semi-final since 2002, the 10th-seeded Stephens stayed composed throughout as Keys, who has not won a set against her in three meetings, peppered the court with unforced errors. Stephens, who had never gone past the fourth round in Paris, will take on twice French Open runner-up and world number one Simona Halep of Romania in Saturday’s final.

* Amazon.com has won rights to show 20 English Premier League soccer matches a season from 2019, giving its Prime Video online streaming service a foothold in the most watched sports league in the world. The US company secured one of two previously unsold three-year packages for UK rights, the Premier League said on Thursday, with BT picking up the other to increase its access to live action.

* Tiger Woods will play the first two rounds at next week's US Open with world number one Justin Thomas and number two Dustin Johnson, the US Golf Association announced on Thursday. Woods will begin his quest for a fourth US Open title at Shinnecock Hills in Southampton, New York. He has won 14 major championships, but has not had a victory since the 2008 US Open at Torrey Pines.

* Ghana has decided to dissolve its national football association a day after officials, including the body's president, were shown in a documentary taking kickbacks, Information Minister Mustapha Abdul-Hamid said on Thursday. The two-hour documentary, "When Greed and Corruption Become the Norm" by undercover journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas, was provided to the authorities last month before being screened in public for the first time on Wednesday.

* Brazil's Manchester United-bound midfielder Fred injured his ankle in training on Thursday, a week before the start of the World Cup in Russia, British media reported. The BBC and Sky Sports television quoted the team doctor as saying the 25-year-old had suffered a 'trauma in his ankle' during training in north London. Manchester United this week agreed to sign Fred from Ukraine's Shakhtar Donetsk in a deal that British media have put at some 52 million pounds.

* The French Tennis Federation on Thursday announced that it has named Brazilian tennis legend Gustavo Kuerten as a Roland-Garros ambassador. Kuerten will undertake his mission of promoting the clay-court Grand Slam all over the world. The Brazilian made Rolan-Garros history by lifting the Coupe des Mousquetaires in 1997, 2000 and 2001. He became the lowest-ranked winner in the tournament's history in 1997.

Reuters, Xinhua