Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut beats France’s Lucas Pouille in straight sets in Dubai final

Roberto Bautista Agut of Spain poses with the trophy after defeating Lucas Pouille of France in Dubai. (REUTERS)
Updated 03 March 2018
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Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut beats France’s Lucas Pouille in straight sets in Dubai final

DUBAI: Roberto Bautista Agut came from a break down in the second set to win his second title of the season on Saturday, beating Lucas Pouille, 6-3, 6-4, at the Dubai Championships.
The Spaniard claimed the eighth trophy of his career with an 81-minute victory over the French second seed.
The loss prevents number 15 Pouille climbing into the ranking top 10 for the first time.
“This is a special win that I’ll always remember, I’m so happy that I could win,” Bautista Agut said. .
“Lucas is a really good player and has a great future. He’s been playing unbelievable this month,” he said of the Frenchman who last month won in Montpellier and reached the final in Marseille.
“I’ve been working hard,” the winner said. “I was prepared to manage the emotions. I played very well this week.
Bautista Agut trailed 3-1 in the second set after winning the first, but quickly broke back for 2-3 and then squared the set 3-all.
The 23rd-ranked Spaniard then put Pouille under pressure with three break points and profited from a break for 5-4 before serving out victory a game later on his first match point.
Bautista also won in Auckland in January. He improved to 3-1 against Pouille.


Princess becomes first Saudi woman to head sports club

Updated 22 July 2019
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Princess becomes first Saudi woman to head sports club

  • Princess Nourah thanked her hosts for the hospitality and outlined her ambitions for the team’s future

RIYADH: Princess Nourah bint Saad has officially become the first Saudi woman to be president of a sports club. Italian news outlet Corriere Della Sera reported recently that the princess had successfully acquired the Umbrian football club Spoleto.

Speaking at a press conference, the princess thanked her hosts for the hospitality and outlined her ambitions for the team’s future. 

“Football is a family passion, and Italian football is followed all over the world. This is why I chose to invest in Umbria,” she said. 

Princess Nourah chose the team after considering several aspects. “Spoleto is a small, amateur football organization where it is possible to work with the aim of growing and aiming for promotion. But we cannot fail to consider the value and beauty of the city of Spoleto, which is famous throughout the world.” Spoleto is a member of Serie D of the Italian non-professional football association, Lega Nazionale Dilettanti.  The association represents more than 12,000 football players and 400 football teams across Italy and is considered the fourth-ranked league in the country. Under the princess’s presidency, the team aims to ascend to Serie C in the near future, and further in the long term.

Spoleto announced that they have formally registered for the Excellence Umbria 2019/2020 championship and the Regional Junior Championship 2019/2020.

This purchase marks the Saudi royal family’s second venture into sports club ownership. Prince Abdullah bin Musa’ad co-owns English Premier League football club Sheffield United.