Radwanska wins Connecticut Open

NEW YORK - Agnieszka Radwanska held on for a 6-1, 7-6 (7/2) win over Elina Svitolina in Saturday's final of the WTA Connecticut Open, the last tune-up before the US Open. The top seed and world number four Radwanska claimed her second title of 2016 and the 19th of her WTA Tour. Radwanska was given a wild card berth to get into the tournament. She needed just 29 minutes to win the first set as Svitolina won just four points on serve all set long. But the two traded breaks throughout the second set as Svitolina raised her level of play. Poland's Radwanska staved off three sets points to send the second set into a tiebreaker. "Thank you so much to the tournament director Anne, for giving me that wildcard," Radwanska said. "I definitely appreciate it, and I'll be back next year for sure."–AFP

 

 

Spain's Busta claims Winston-Salem crown

LOS ANGELES - Pablo Carreno Busta recorded his first ATP title triumph by beating fellow Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut in the final of the Winston-Salem Open in North Carolina on Saturday. Carreno Busta, 25, won 6-7 (6) 7-6 (1) 6-4 in a match that lasted more than two hours 30 minutes. In a confidence-boosting performance heading into the U.S. Open that starts on Monday, the world number 47 clinched victory in style with an ace. The 16th seed had previously lost two finals this year and could have been excused for dropping his head after losing the first set in a tiebreak when second seed Bautista Agut sent a backhand winner down the line. A reward for both finalists was a ride in the same private jet to New York on Saturday night.–Reuters

 

 

Ariya leads Canadian Open

LOS ANGELES - Reigning British Open champion Ariya Jutanugarn continued her breakout year form Saturday by firing a five-under 67 to take a two-shot lead into the final round of the Canadian Women's Open. The 20-year-old from Thailand is making a bid for her fifth victory of 2016 after finishing 54 holes on the Priddis Greens Country Club course at 17-under 199. Ariya said following her third round on Saturday that she doesn't watch the leaderboard. "I keep an eye on me," said Ariya of Bangkok. "I don't really care who the leader is. I want to play my game." Ariya posted seven birdies from the fourth through the 14 holes. She made bogey on Nos. 16 and 18 but it was just a small stumble on another brilliant round by the LPGA Tour's biggest rising star.–AFP

 

McEnroe calls halt to coaching Raonic

NEW YORK - US tennis legend John McEnroe on Saturday called a halt to his coaching work with Milos Raonic, claiming "it will make life easier" despite helping the Canadian to the Wimbledon final last month. McEnroe made his announcement just two days out from the start of the US Open, the season's final Grand Slam event where world number six Raonic is ranked as a potential title winner. Raonic, defeated by Andy Murray in the Wimbledon final, only started working with McEnroe for the grass court season but the two men then decided to extend their agreement. "Milos has two coaches. I came in an advisory role before Wimbledon. He's got a great team around him," McEnroe said. "I think it's best and easiest at this point, this week I was with him, but having thought about it.”–AFP

 

 

 

ISLAMABAD: Winners and participants of ‘Say No to Drugs Save Tomorrow’ Cycling Marathon at Pakistan Sports Complex pose for a group photo. The event was organised by Serena Hotels.