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Tennis star Putintseva to Budapest final
9.58 pm: Julia Putintseva has qualified for the final of the WTA tournament in Budapest. The tennis star from Kazakhstan, the number 1 on the placement list, won in the semifinals against Hungarian Dalma Galfi 6-2 3-6 6-2.
In the other semi-final, the victory went to Angelina Kalinina from Ukraine. She saw American Danielle Collins give up in the second set. Kalinina was leading 7-6 (5) 4-1 at the time.
Putintseva can add a second WTA title to her honors list on Sunday, after winning in Nuremberg in 2019. For Kalinina, it will be her first final at the highest level.
Wolves striker back on the field eight months after skull fracture
9.44 pm: Mexican striker Raúl Jiménez has made his comeback at Wolverhampton Wanderers nearly eight months after suffering a skull fracture. The number 9 of the Wolves participated for more than half an hour in the lost practice match (1-0) against Crewe Alexandra. Mexico international Jiménez wore a protective band around his head.
The striker suffered a fractured skull in the league game against Arsenal at the end of November, after a collision with David Luiz. Jiménez was then treated on the pitch for minutes and then went to the hospital for surgery. The 30-year-old Mexican returned to the field in February and was cleared by medical staff to return to play in May, but decided to focus on the new season.
Tennis players Arends and Pel to Swedish ATP tournament double final
9.24 pm: Sander Arends and David Pel have reached the double final at an ATP tournament for the second time this year. The couple did that in the Swedish city of Bastad, by beating Pablo Cuevas from Uruguay and Frenchman Fabrice Martin via a super tiebreak: 2-6 7-5 10-7.
Arends (29) and Pel (30) will face the German Andre Begemann and Albano Olivetti from France in the final on Sunday. They reached the final battle without having to take action. The Spanish/Italian couple they would face in the semifinals withdrew.
Arends and Pel already reached the final at the ATP tournament in Marseille in March, but they lost out to a British/Finnish couple.
Dutch tennis final at Dutch Open in Amersfoort
7:50 PM: The final of the Dutch Open in Amersfoort will be a Dutch get-together between Botic van de Zandschulp and Tallon groenpoor. Van de Zandschulp reached the final by beating Argentinian Guido Andreozzi in three sets: 6-7 (4) 6-3 6-2. Greek track also defeated Antoine Hoang from France in three sets: 4-6 6-3 6-4.
Greek track and Van de Zandschulp were placed first and second respectively in the only Dutch challenger tournament, which is played on the clay courts of tennis club ALTA. The 25-year-old Greek track is number 115 in the world, his peer Van de Zandschulp is 132nd.
Two years ago, the German Mats Moraing won the first edition of the challenger in Amersfoort. Last year, the tournament was canceled due to the corona crisis.
Ulissi records second stage win in Italian stage race
3:58 pm: Cyclist Diego Ulissi has strengthened his leading position in the Italian stage race Settimana Ciclistica Italiana with a win in the fourth stage. The Italian of UAE-Team Emirates won the stage over 168 kilometers, with start and finish in Cagliari.
After four climbs in the middle part of the stage, Ulissi was ahead of his team mate Alexandr Riabushenko from Belarus and the Belgian Sep Vanmarcke in the sprint in Cagliari. Earlier, Ulissi had already won the first stage.
The stage race in Sardinia will conclude on Sunday with another stage with start and finish in Cagliari.
Czech tennis final in Prague
3:57 pm: The final of the WTA tournament in Prague is between two Czech tennis players. Barbora Krejcikova, recently winner of Roland Garros, will take on her compatriot Tereza Martincova in the final battle. The tournament in the Czech capital is played on hard courts.
Krejcikova (25) defeated the Chinese Xinyu Wang in the semifinals: 6-1 6-2. Martincova was too strong for Greet Minnen from Belgium: 6-3 6-4. The 26-year-old Martincova, number 78 in the world, is still waiting for her first WTA title. Krejcikova won the Strasbourg and Roland Garros tournament consecutively on clay in May and June. The Czech shot up to thirteenth place in the world ranking. Her winning streak ended in the fourth round of Wimbledon.
Toronto Blue Jays are allowed to play baseball games in their own stadium again
6.50 am: Baseball club Toronto Blue Jays has received permission from the Canadian government to play its home games in Major League Baseball (MLB) at its own stadium in Toronto.
The Blue Jays are the only Canadian club to play in the MLB. Due to the corona situation in the United States, the authorities canceled home games in Toronto more than a year and a half ago. As a result, the baseball players moved to Buffalo in the American state of New York and Dunedin in Florida.
In a statement, the club said that Canada has made an exception, allowing games to be played again from July 30 at the Rogers Centre, the home of the Blue Jays in Toronto. The team last came into action there in September 2019.
Immigration Minister Marco Mendicino told Canadian media that all players and staff who cross the border should be tested before and after arriving in Canada. Mendicino also stated that baseball players who are not fully vaccinated will be obliged to stay in a ‘corona bubble’ for fourteen days.
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Jiménez returns eight months after skull fracture | schedel Sport
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