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Djokovic crushes Ymer to start French Open campaign

Wednesday, 2020-09-30 08:53:53
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Tennis - French Open - Roland Garros, Paris, France - September 29, 2020 Serbia's Novak Djokovic in action during his first round match against Sweden's Mikael Ymer. (Reuters)
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Novak Djokovic got his quest for an 18th Grand Slam title back on track as he commenced his French Open campaign with a drama-free 6-0 6-2 6-3 victory over Mikael Ymer on Tuesday.

* Jelena Ostapenko said she believes she can return to the world's top 10 with a little more consistency in her game after securing her first French Open victory since lifting the trophy in 2017. The Latvian, 23, blasted 46 winners en route to a 6-2, 6-1 defeat of Madison Brengle - her only win at Roland Garros outwith her shock run to the title three years ago.

* Czech second seed Karolina Pliskova managed to rein in her errors and found a way past battling Egyptian qualifier Mayar Sherif with a 6-7(9) 6-2 6-4 victory in the opening round of the French Open on Tuesday.

* Ferencvaros reached the Champions League group stage for the first time in 25 years after a 0-0 draw with Molde in their playoff round return leg on Tuesday sent the Hungarian side through on away goals following a 3-3 draw in Norway.

* Tottenham Hotspur overcame visitors Chelsea 5-4 in a penalty shootout to progress in the League Cup following a 1-1 home draw in their fourth round clash on Tuesday (Sep 29).

* Manchester City have completed the signing of Portugal defender Ruben Dias on a six-year deal from Benfica, the Premier League club said on Tuesday as they moved to strengthen their defence two days after a 5-2 home defeat by Leicester City.

* Premier League Leicester City have agreed to sign French central defender Wesley Fofana from St Etienne, the Ligue 1 club said on Tuesday (Sep 29).

* Tony Gustavsson, who helped the United States win back-to-back Women's World Cups, has been appointed coach of the Australian women's soccer team, broadcaster SBS reported on Tuesday (Sep 29).

* The 2023 World Table Tennis Championships will be staged in Durban, South Africa, the first time since 1939 the tournament has been staged on the African continent. Durban beat 2017 hosts Dusseldorf 90-39 in a vote by members of the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF), and becomes the first South African city to stage the event, and the second on the continent after Cairo 81 years ago.

* Champions Cup finalists Exeter Chiefs and Racing 92 dominated the five-man shortlist for the European Player of the Year award, European Professional Club Rugby (EPCR) said on Tuesday.

Reuters, CNA