Madison Keys downs Wozniacki to claim Charleston crown

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Madison Keys celebrates with the ball boys and ball girls after defeating Caroline Wozniacki to win their finals match at the Volvo Car Open tennis tournament in Charleston, South Carolina, on April 7, 2019. (AP Photo/Mic Smith)
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Madison Keys celebrates after defeating Caroline Wozniacki to win their finals match at the Volvo Car Open tennis tournament in Charleston, South Carolina on April 7, 2019. (AP Photo/Mic Smith)
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Caroline Wozniacki hits a forehand to Madison Keys during the final at the Volvo Car Open tennis tournament in Charleston, South Carolina on April 7, 2019. (AP Photo/Mic Smith)
Updated 08 April 2019
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Madison Keys downs Wozniacki to claim Charleston crown

  • Victory marks 4th title of Keys' career and her first since winning at Stanford in 2017

CHARLESTON, USA: Madison Keys claimed the first clay court title of her career on Sunday with a straight sets defeat of Caroline Wozniacki in the final of the Charleston Open.
World number 18 Keys, who had not reached a WTA final since her defeat to Sloane Stephens at the US Open in 2017, took 1hr 46 min to complete a 7-6 (7/5), 6-3 win over Danish fifth seed Wozniacki.
It marked the fourth title of Keys' career and her first since winning at Stanford in 2017.
Her win also completed a superb week in South Carolina, where she defeated three Grand Slam champions — Jelena Ostapenko, Stephens and Wozniacki — to take the title.
After winning a close opening set on a tiebreak, Keys took control of the second set with a stroke of good fortune.
A netcord earned her a break to go 4-2 up, and from there she was not going to surrender the initiative and duly closed out the set to complete the win.


Eriksen late show keeps Spurs on course for top four finish

Updated 24 April 2019
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Eriksen late show keeps Spurs on course for top four finish

  • Erikssen’s long-range strike gave Spurs the win over Brighton

LONDON: After bombarding the Brighton goal without success throughout the game, Tottenham was getting frustrated.
So frustrated that, with Harry Kane’s injury depleting Tottenham’s striking options, out-of-favor Vincent Janssen was summoned from the bench for his first appearance in 20 months for the final 10 minutes.
In the end, though, it was a more familiar name that delivered the breakthrough. Christian Erikssen’s long-range strike inside the near post gave Spurs a 1-0 win over Brighton on Tuesday that kept his team’s bid for a Champions League spot on track.
The goal finally came in the 88th minute when the Dane was teed up by Dele Alli and squeezed the ball beyond the reach of diving goalkeeper Mat Ryan.
The goal nudged Tottenham three points clear of Chelsea in fourth Champions League qualification place. Arsenal is a further point behind in fifth place ahead of Wednesday’s trip to Wolverhampton.
By conceding a late goal, Brighton was denied a point in its bid to stay in the Premier League and remains three points ahead of Cardiff, which occupies the final relegation place.
But another of Brighton’s relegation rivals also conceded late — after scoring early.
The earliest-ever goal in a Premier League game.
Shane Long netted after 7.69 seconds for Southampton but Andre Gray leveled in the 90th minute to grab a 1-1 draw for Watford.
Southampton is three points ahead of Brighton and six clear of the drop zone with three games remaining.