EM – Sports Digest: Madison Keys warms up for Australian Open with tournament title in Adelaide


Former US Open finalist Madison Keys has been warming up in strong form for the Australian Open, winning an all-American final against Alison Riske at the Adelaide International.

Keys never allowed her compatriot a look in the competition and fought her way to a 6-1, 6-2 win in just over an hour to claim her sixth WTA title.

In the men’s final, Thanasi Kokkinakis secured his first ATP Tour Title in front of home fans with a 6:7 (6), 7:6 (5), 6:3 against Arthur Rinderknech.

SYDNEY CLASSIC: Andy Murray’s impressive run ended with a win before his 47th title of his career , as he lost to Aslan Karatsev 3-6, 3-6.

Murray started the week with his first win on Australian soil in more than 1,000 days. The three-time Major winner made ends meet and reached his first ATP final since 2019.

In the women’s final, Paula Badosa claimed her third career title as she defeated French Open champion Barbora Krejcikova with 6 :3, 4:6, 7:6 (4) upset.

CHRIS EVERT: Former tennis star Chris Evert says she was diagnosed with early-stage ovarian cancer. Evert, 67, revealed the illness in a story published on ESPN.com on Friday; She is the on-air announcer for ESPN.

“I’ve lived a very charming life. Now I have some challenges ahead of me,” said Evert. “But it comforts me to know that the chemotherapy should ensure that the cancer does not come back.”

Evert won 18 Grand Slam singles titles. Her sister Jeanne Evert Dubin died of ovarian cancer in February 2020 at the age of 62.

PGA: Russell Henley made a number of important putts late in his round and saved a 3-under-67 that put him in at the Sony Open Honolulu put a two-shot lead over Masters champion Hideki Matsuyama.

Matsuyama made up a lot of ground with a 63 and only took 25 putts, although he had no idea how some of them went in. He briefly caught up with Henley by closing out with a 15-foot birdie putt.

Henley retook the lead with a 12-foot birdie putt on the 15th hole and then hit a 15 on the 17th hole -foot putt. He was an 18-under 192 and is paired with Matsuyama, who is as popular in Honolulu as any stop on the PGA Tour outside of Japan.

ENGLAND: Kevin De Bruyne scored a brilliant goal in the second half to save Manchester City a 1-0 home win over Chelsea and a 13-point lead over their nearest Premier League rivals.

It was City’s 12th consecutive win on their relentless trek to their sixth title in 11 years .

• Philippe Coutinho came on as a substitute and scored a late equalizer on his Aston Villa debut in a 2-2 home draw against Manchester United.

United had just managed a 2nd thanks to Bruno Fernandes’ second goal of the game : 0 lead taken when Coutinho was substituted on at Villa Park to acclaim.

The Brazilian playmaker was involved in Jacob Ramsey’s 77th-minute goal that gave Villa hope and converted a low cross from five minutes later Ramsey at the far post .

GERMANY: Robert Lewandowski scored a hat-trick as the visiting Bayern Munich side scored a record goal in their 66th Bundesliga game in a row, beating Cologne 4-0 and restoring their six-point lead.

FRANCE : Kylian Mbappe’s 10th French league goal helped leaders Paris Saint-Germain overcome a sloppy start, beating the visiting Brest 2-0 and staying 11 points clear of second-placed Nice.

WORLD CUP: The Swiss skier Lara Gut-Behrami won a downhill of the season in Altenmarkt-Zauchenzee, Austria after Olympic champion Sofia Goggia of Italy suffered an awkward fall midway.

Goggia, who had won the previous three runs, appeared unhurt and skied down the track shortly after the incident.

Gut-Behrami was measured in perfect conditions on the three-kilometre-long Kälberloch track with a time of 1 minute and 45.78 seconds, to Kira Weidle au s beat Germany by a tenth of a second. Ramona Siebenhofer of Austria was third, 0.44 seconds back.

• Austria’s Vincent Kriechmayr won a downhill in Wengen, Switzerland, despite missing the normally obligatory midweek training runs and being quarantined in Austria after failing tested positive for COVID-19.

He had arrived in Wengen late on Wednesday after the two practice runs but was cleared by race officials, who insisted that Kriechmayr – the reigning downhill world champion – not get any special treatment after the Rules of the International Ski Federation.

In a further twist, Kriechmayr’s winning streak denied the Swiss favorite Beat Feuz the fourth record victory in the legendary race. The Austrian winner finished the grueling 4.27 kilometers (2 2/3 miles) and longest distance in the World Cup by 0.34 seconds over Feuz.

EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS: Victoria Sinitsina and Nikita Katsalapov took on another Russian duo to defend their ice dance title at the European Figure Skating Championships on Saturday in Tallinn, Estonia.

Skating to the music of Russian composer Sergei Rachmaninov, Sinitsina and Katsalapov scored 130.07 points in free dance for a total of 217, 96 points to beat Alexandra Stepanova and Ivan Bukin with 213.20. Charlene Guignard and Marco Fabbri took Italy bronze with a score of 207.97.

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