By Iacovos ConstantinouTable-toppers APOEL face third-placed AEL in what is undoubtedly the most intriguing game of the fifth round of the Cyprus football championship.Second-placed Apollonas appear to have a much easier match, at least on paper, at home to newcomers Othellos Athienou.APOEL will be seeking their fifth straight win against AEL at the GSP stadium on Saturday in order to complete a tough opening fixture sequence in the best possible way.With Tuesday’s Champions League clash at home to Ajax on his mind as well, coach Giorgos Donis is set to continue with his squad rotation, resting some players and giving playing time to others. However, as APOEL almost paid the price for too much tinkering against Anorthosis in midweek, Donis may not make drastic changes to his ‘best’ eleven. He cannot call upon the injured Anastasios Papazoglou while star signing Rafik Djebbour is returning from injury and the best he can hope for is a place on the bench. John Arne Riise should get some more playing time while Vinicius is expected to start the game.AEL, who lost to Apollonas last week, travel to Nicosia knowing that they must avoid defeat at all costs as this would leave them eight points off the top.Bulgarian coach Ivaylo Petev will be without the suspended Sardinero and most probably Barcelos, who seems to have been unable to shake off his niggling injury.However since taking over a year or so ago, Petev has never lost two consecutive games with AEL and he is hoping that this pattern will continue.Apollonas will be without the injured Rezek and Hamdani against Othellos, while coach Christakis Christophorou is also expected to rest key players ahead of their Europa League clash against Villareal on Thursday.Othellos, with four points so far, were desperately unlucky not to get anything out of their game against Omonia on Wednesday, losing to a last minute goal. They are a well-organised team that most opponents will find very difficult to break down.Anorthosis take on bottom of the table Ayia Napa at the Antonis Papadopoulos stadium. Despite collecting just three points so far, Anorthosis should be able to record their second win of the season. Omonia travel to Achna on Sunday to face Ethnikos in a game that can go either way while Doxa Katokopias entertain Nea Salmina.The final game of the round will take place on Monday evening where two in-form teams, AEK and Ermis Aradippou, will clash at the GSZ stadium. Saturday, September 27th: APOEL vs AEL (18.00), Apollonas vs Othellos & Anorthosis vs Othellos (20.00)Sunday, September 28th: Ethnikos Achnas vs Omonia (19.00), Doxa vs Nea Salamina (20.00)Monday, September 29th: AEK vs Ermis Aradippou (19.00)
By Tony JimenezRory McIlroy showed precisely why he is the world’s number one golfer, producing a dazzling performance in the final-day singles to spearhead Europe’s victory push in the 40th Ryder Cup on Sunday.Playing in the third match of the day, the 25-year-old Northern Irishman showed the full range of his dynamic shot-making skills as he powered to an emphatic 5 & 4 win over close friend Rickie Fowler.Europe, who now lead 11-6 and need three more points to retain the trophy they won in the ‘Miracle at Medinah’ two years ago, were up in four matches and down in four of the remaining 11 matches out on the course.McIlroy wielded a red-hot putter on a sunny day at Gleneagles, notching four birdies and an eagle in the first six holes to leave his American opponent reeling.There was no stopping the British Open and U.S. PGA champion as he claimed three more birdies before closing out the American on the 14th green.“I knew I needed to get off to a fast start and I knew what was expected of me as one of the leaders of the team,” McIlroy told Sky Sports television.“I was really up for it today, more than in the final rounds of the majors I won earlier this year.“It was very satisfying. I knew Paul wanted to play me up the order and I knew what was expected,” he said of Captain McGinley.“There was no option but to win. I was six-under through six and that built a comfortable lead. This week has been an amazing experience and now I am going to cheer on the rest of the boys.”
By Ian ChadbandNewcastle United manager Alan Pardew is on the verge of taking over at Crystal Palace after being given permission to talk to his former club on Monday.Newcastle confirmed on their official website that Palace had made a formal approach to speak to Pardew about their managerial vacancy and they had agreed.“Crystal Palace have offered compensation at a level whereby Alan has now been permitted to speak to them,” the statement said of the manager who joined the club in December 2010.“As a result of this development today, Alan will not be at training on Tuesday. Training will be the responsibility of assistant manager John Carver.”The agreement smoothes the way for Pardew’s managerial ‘transfer’ to the club where he was once a favourite as a player.With Pardew’s Newcastle contract still having six years to run, a compensation package will need to be finalised between Palace’s co-owners and United owner Mike Ashley, who is currently on holiday in Barbados.If the deal is confirmed, it would mean Pardew leaving a club currently lying 10th in the table for one struggling for survival in the relegation zone in 18th place, having sacked their manager Neil Warnock on Saturday.Yet after a turbulent time at St James’ Park, where he faced various campaigns calling for his resignation or dismissal, the 53-year-old Pardew would be warmly received back at Palace, the club he helped steer to an FA Cup final as a midfielder in 1990.Reports in the British media claim that Pardew, whose future looked particularly insecure before Newcastle rallied from their dismal start to the season, had made it clear to Ashley he wanted to go to Palace.He played for the London club as a midfielder for four years, making 128 league appearances and scoring eight goals.Pardew’s most celebrated goal, though, was the one that sank Liverpool in the 1990 FA Cup semi-final. Palace went on to lose the final to Manchester United after a replay but it remains the Eagles’ finest achievement.Speculation about Pardew’s future had been rife since he skipped the post-match news conference after Newcastle had beaten Everton 3-2 on Sunday.There have also been reports that Pardew, whose family home is in Surrey, much nearer to London than Newcastle, was left frustrated by a meeting with Ashley last month where he was told he would have no money for new signings in the transfer window.
By Andreas VouSaturday’s clash between Anorthosis and Omonia (7pm) is the standout fixture of Week 4 of the Cypriot first division, as the Nicosia club host the league’s only side to have won all three of their opening games.Anorthosis have got off to the perfect start with wins over AEL, Salamina and Ethnikos Achna but face their biggest challenge yet when they take on Omonia in the capital.Andre Paus’ side will need to shake off a recent streak of defeats on their visits to the GSP, as they lost on all five trips to the national stadium last campaign.Omonia, on the other hand, have not won since the opening day at home to Salamina and will be looking to kick-start their campaign against a quality Anorthosis side.Costas Kaiafas’ Greens had two points snatched away from them in the fifth minute of injury-time in their last league encounter against Doxa and will be eager to rewrite the wrongs of their last match. The Omonia defenders will have their work cut out for them as they go up against the league’s top goal-scorer in Dino Ndlovu who has scored five goals in the opening three matches. Elsewhere on Saturday, AEL host Ermis (8pm) in a game where the Limassol side will be expected to take all three points after a start which has seen them already suffer two defeats, despite big investments over the summer. Ethnikos, who lost 3-0 to Anorthosis last time out, take on Ayia Napa (7pm), who are the only side in the league to have lost all three of their matches.Newly-promoted Aris have also had a tough start to their top-flight return with just a point from their opening games, and it will not get any easier for Eugen Negoe’s team as they host a much-fancied AEK side in Limassol on Sunday (6pm) who are vying for the title this year. Fresh off the back of their 1-0 derby win over AEL, Apollon will be in buoyant spirits after an unconvincing start when they travel to Salamina on Sunday evening (7pm), while Enosis Paralimni host Paphos (6pm). Concluding the fourth round of matches will be APOEL’s visit to Doxa, where the champions will be keen to put their 3-0 Europa League defeat behind them. Temur Ketsbaia’s side are the league’s highest scorers by some distance with 13, but their leaky defence means that Monday night’s match (7pm) will be no foregone conclusion.
Former world champion Kimi Raikkonen will stay at Ferrari next season, the Italian Formula One team announced on Friday.“The driver line-up for the 2017 racing season will still consist of the Finnish driver and Sebastian Vettel,” a Ferrari statement said.Raikkonen, who won his title with Ferrari in 2007, is currently level on points with team mate Vettel ahead of this weekend’s British Grand Prix, behind Lewis Hamilton and leader Nico Rosberg.The Finn, who will be 37 in October, is the oldest driver on the starting grid but also one of the most popular among fans who admire his no-nonsense attitude and focus on racing.Ferrari have yet to win this season but are the closest team to champions Mercedes and hoping to fight for the title next season when the sport undergoes an overhaul of the technical rules.Vettel, a four times world champion with Red Bull before joining Ferrari last year, gets on well with Raikkonen and had made clear he wanted the partnership to continue.“It’s easy to work with him because you don’t need to worry about any tricks or games or whatever that are potentially a distraction to getting the job done,” the German told reporters last month.The Ferrari seat is one of the most sought after, even if not currently the most competitive, with the team the most glamorous and successful in Formula One history.Ferrari had seemed to be running out of top level alternatives to the ‘Iceman’, however, with triple world champion Lewis Hamilton contracted to Mercedes until 2018 and team mate Nico Rosberg making clear he wants to stay.Red Bull recently confirmed they had Australian Daniel Ricciardo, who has Italian citizenship and is a known Ferrari target, and Dutch teenager Max Verstappen locked in on long-term contracts.Raikkonen‘s extension also rules out any immediate move for Frenchman Romain Grosjean, at Haas, and Mexican Sergio Perez at Force India.The pair had been linked to Maranello on the paddock grapevine, with Perez a former Ferrari academy driver.Ferrari’s move should speed up Rosberg’s talks with Mercedes now that there are no more attractive possibilities remaining.The focus of the driver market will now switch to McLaren’s 2009 champion Jenson Button, who is out of contract at the end of the year and likely to be replaced by Belgian Stoffel Vandoorne.Button has also been linked to a return to Williams.
CAROLINE Wozniacki outlasted Agnieszka Radwanska 4-6 7-5 6-4 in a dog fight of a semi-final at the Pan Pacific Open on Saturday to end the Pole’s reign at the Ariake Coliseum.The former world number one prevailed in two hours and 50 minutes of hard-fought tennis and will meet Naomi Osaka in Sunday’s final after the local wildcard rallied to secure a 1-6 6-3 6-2 over Ukraine’s Elina Svitolina in the second semi-final.World number four Radwanska served for the match in the second set but then lost five straight games as Wozniacki levelled up the contest and took an early break in the decider.There were 13 breaks of serve in the topsy-turvy encounter, however, and it was not until a fourth match point, which Radwanska slapped into the net for her 43rd unforced error, that the Dane was certain of her place in the final.“I think every time I play her we play really tough matches,” Wozniacki said in a courtside interview.“She played really well today and I was lucky to win that second set and then we just fought really hard, both of us, in the third.”Languishing at 28th in the world rankings after a string of injuries, Wozniacki reached the semi-final of the U.S. Open earlier this month and should be confident of clinching her second title in her third Pan Pacific Open final on Sunday.The 18-year-old Osaka got off to a sluggish start in her one hour and 47 minute contest against Svitolina, with the promising youngster lacking patience and committing a string of unforced errors in a disastrous first set showing.However, the home favourite regained her composure in the second set as her much improved service game, which included four aces, roused the crowd and she utilised her power to send the contest into a deciding set.Osaka continued to build on her momentum in the third, breaking the Ukrainian twice on her way to knocking out the world number 20 as she reached her first Pan Pacific Open final.Sunday’s contest will be the first meeting between Wozniacki and Osaka.
“Yes, my first trip here, I’m very pleased and also to be here for the Pacific Games is very important for FIH to follow these championships are very important.“The turf is fantastic, yeah. Its like the Olympic pitch in London, we are very pleased, here you have a full nice venue and after talking with the Minister of Sports we are very glad because we have a plan to allocate here a lot of hockey tournaments,” said the Spaniard.Hockey makes a return to the Pacific Games after a lapse of 36 years. It was last competed at the 1979 South Pacific Games in Suva, Fiji.The FIH president said World League Series Rounds 1 which has been staged in Fiji can now take place in Port Moresby.“We can have Rounds 1 and 2 (World League Series) here but also we can get the South East of Asia, they can join the Pacific Islands and to make a big tournament altogether,” said Negre.He is also delighted that two new countries Tonga and Solomon Islands have joined the hockey family in the region.Minister Tkachenko has revealed that a second artificial turf adjacent to the current one at Sir John Guise Arena will be built.Oceania Hockey Federation president Pam Elgar of New Zealand shares the same sentiments about the new turf as the FIH boss.“It’s absolutely fantastic for us. Its been a long term goal to have hockey as a sport back in the Pacific Games. So we absolutely ecstatic and that’s why Leandro Negre our International President has come to show support. “In fact now that we are back in the Pacific Games, we’d like to stay.“We’re very excited to see fantastic facility down here and to have our International president and most importantly to have two new countries – Solomon Islands and Tonga here for the first time, so I’m very excited about the whole thing,” Elgar said.Fiji Hockey Federation president Dr Robin Mitchell said the sport of hockey is delighted that FIH president Negre came to PNG from his busy schedules.“I think its very good for hockey.“And hockey from what I here amongst the different sports, their development office has been quiet active in making sure that the teams get here and provide financial and coaching support.“And talking to the president tonight he’s looking at how he could help Solomons and Tonga.”Dr Mitchell was a member of the Fiji gold medal winning team in 1979 at the National Stadium in Suva.Negre departed Port Moresby for the Pam American Games and a series of meetings with National Olympic Committees in Central America. PACNEWS
The retired Brisbane Broncos veteran arrived in the country on Tuesday for the inaugural Super 8’s competition, which will see youths from Eastern Highlands’ rural districts get the opportunity to showcase their footy skills.He is attending the Eastern Highlands Super 8 Rugby League Tournament, which was launched on Wednesday, by the Australian and Queensland forward, alongside Sports Vice-Minister Wesley Raminai.The tournament is an initiative of Kainantu MP and Minister for Mining, Johnson Tuke.Obura-Wonenara MP, and Chairman of the tournament, Mehrra Kipefa, said the tournament was also aimed at uniting all district development authorities in the development of youths and sports programs.The Super 8’s competition is a program between the eight districts of Eastern Highlands with three invitation teams from Chuave, Markham and Usino-Bundi. It will involve a 13-a-side competition for men and 9s for females.The tournament starts on Friday at the National Sports Institute and will run for a week, with finals to be played on January 24.
Claycourt king Rafa Nadal regained his Roland Garros throne after two years in exile with a brutal 6-2 6-3 6-1 mauling of Swiss Stan Wawrinka to complete ‘La Decima’ on Sunday.Rewinding the clock to the days when he was untouchable on the crushed brick dust, the 31-year-old turned 2015 champion Wawrinka into a human punchbag, winning in just over two hours.This title, an unprecedented 10th at a single grand slam in the professional era, was arguably the most impressive of his 15 though as it arrived three injury-plagued years after the last one, without dropping a set and conceding only 35 games in seven matches.Only Bjorn Borg, who conceded 32 on his way to the 1978 title, has been a more ruthless champion.Having beaten world number one Andy Murray with a majestic display of power in the semi-final, third seed Wawrinka arrived full of confidence as, at 32, he tried to become the oldest French Open winner since Andres Gimeno in 1972.But the barrel-chested ‘Stanimal’ was powerless as Nadal turned the final into an exhibition of his clayclourt supremacy — taking his French Open record to an eye-watering 79-2.As a weary Wawrinka sliced a volley into the net on match point Nadal collapsed on his back on the baseline.“I’m a little emotional,” Nadal said before getting to clamp his jaws on La Coupe des Mousquetaires. “The nerves and adrenaline I feel on this court is impossible to compare.”Straw hats and fans were de rigueur for an expectant Court Philippe Chatrier as the final began with temperatures hovering around the 30 degrees Celcius mark — perfect conditions for Nadal’s trademark monstrous topspin game.Wawrinka, who spent nearly five hours more on court than Nadal to reach the final, looked tentative and heavy-legged although he did have a glimmer in the third game when Nadal was forced to save a break point.FIRST BLOODNadal failed to convert any of the four break points he had in the following game, but drew first blood the next time an opportunity arose to take a 4-2 lead.Then he switched on the afterburners. A matter of minutes later Wawrinka wafted a forehand long to hand Nadal a second break of serve and the opening set.Wawrinka was flat, striking not a single winner off his glorious single-handed backhand in the first set, and with less than an hour on the clock his task already looked forlorn.Nadal was given a time violation warning at the start of the second, but Wawrinka could not halt his charge as the Spaniard bounded into a 3-0 lead in the second having won seven games in a row.With the crowd attempting to lift Wawrinka he stopped the rot to hold, firing himself up with a roar of “C’mon”.Nadal was relentless though, pinning Wawrinka back behind the baseline. Even when he was stretched the response was emphatic, one astonishing forehand, whipped from close to the front row of seats to land in the corner, drawing gasps from the crowd and applause from Wawrinka.Social media lit up at that point with women’s semi-finalist Timea Bacsinszky tweeting “OMG!”Wawrinka could not lay a glove on Nadal and his frustration boiled over as the Spaniard closed in on a two-set lead, destroying his racket frame after a missed forehand.After Nadal sealed the second set both players left the court while court staff watered down the red dust.Nothing could extinguish Nadal’s fire though and he surged two breaks ahead in the third set despite the best efforts of Wawrinka to try and extend the contest.RAFA NADAL FACTBOXRafael Nadal celebrates winning a tenth record breaking French Open titleBorn: Manacor, Mallorca, Spain on June 3, 1986 (Age: 31)Grand slam career-best results: Australian Open (2009); French Open (2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2017); Wimbledon (2008, 2010); U.S. Open (2010, 2013)* Nadal won his 15th grand slam, three away from the men’s record held by Swiss Roger Federer.* Took his head-to-head record against Wawrinka to 16-3 overall and 6-1 on clay.* Nadal extended his match wins tally to a 43-6 record, including a 24-1 stretch on clay.KING OF CLAY– Became the first player in the Open Era to lift 10 titles at a grand slam tournament.– He took his record at Roland Garros to 79-2 after winning his 10th straight final in the French capital.– His overall record in best-of-five matches on red clay is now 102-2.– Nadal dropped just 35 games in his seven matches at this year’s French Open.– The Spaniard bagged his 53rd claycourt title, four more than Argentine great Guillermo Vilas.– Won his 10th titles in Monte Carlo, Barcelona and Paris this year.MAKING HIS NAME– Born to Sebastian Nadal and Ana Maria Parera.– Nadal’s uncle Miguel Angel Nadal, a former football, played for Barcelona, RCD Mallorca and the Spain national team.– Nadal was introduced to tennis at the age of three by another uncle, Toni Nadal.– Plays left-handed but writes right-handed.– Turned professional in 2001 and won the junior Davis Cup with Spain in 2002.– Won the ATP newcomer of the year in 2003.– Coached by former Spanish pro Carlos Moya and uncle Toni Nadal.PROFESSIONAL CAREER HIGHLIGHTS2003 – Became the youngest player to reach the third round at Wimbledon since Boris Becker in 19842004 – Defeated then world number two Andy Roddick to help Spain clinch the Davis Cup title. He won the tournament again in 2008, 2009 and 2011.2005 – Won the French Open on his debut in 2005 and a year later beat Roger Federer in the final for his second title.2007 – Became the first man since Bjorn Borg in 1980 to win a hat-trick of Roland Garros titles.2008 – Won gold medal at Beijing Olympics for Spain in singles. He won the doubles gold with Marc Lopez at 2016 Rio Games.2009 – Suffered his first French Open defeat when he lost to Robin Soderling in the fourth round.2010 – He came back to regain the title, beating Soderling in the final. He also won his first U.S. Open title, becoming the seventh man to win all four grand slam titles.2011 – Matched Borg’s record of six French Open titles.2013 – Became the first man with eight titles at the same grand slam tournament when he beat fellow Spaniard David Ferrer in the French Open final. He also won the U.S. Open.2014 – Became the first man to win five successive French Open titles.2017 – Reached the Australian Open final where he lost to Federer in five sets. The Spaniard won three titles on the Tour before entering Roland Garros.
US Open Men’s Singles Round 1 matches on MondayLu Yen-Hsun (Taiwan) beat 25-Karen Khachanov (Russia) 4-6 6-2 6-3 6-3Denis Shapovalov (Canada) beat Daniil Medvedev (Russia) 7-5 6-1 6-2Ernests Gulbis (Latvia) beat Alessandro Giannessi (Italy) 6-4 6-7(3) 6-2 7-5Dudi Sela (Israel) beat Christopher Eubanks (U.S.) 6-2 6-4 6-2Radu Albot (Moldova) beat Ernesto Escobedo (U.S.) 7-5 4-6 6-2 6-410-John Isner (U.S.) beat Pierre-Hugues Herbert (France) 6-1 6-3 4-6 6-35-Marin Cilic (Croatia) beat Tennys Sandgren (U.S.) 6-4 6-3 3-6 6-38-Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (France) beat Marius Copil (Romania) 6-3 6-3 6-429-Diego Schwartzman (Argentina) beat Carlos Berlocq (Argentina) 6-2 6-1 6-3Mikhail Kukushkin (Kazakhstan) beat 21-David Ferrer (Spain) 4-6 6-3 6-2 6-1Benoit Paire (France) beat Lukas Lacko (Slovakia) 6-3 6-2 7-6(5)Chung Hyeon (South Korea) beat Horacio Zeballos (Argentina) 3-6 7-6(8) 6-4 6-328-Kevin Anderson (South Africa) beat JC Aragone (U.S.) 6-3 6-3 6-1Florian Mayer (Germany) beat Rogerio Dutra Silva (Brazil) 7-5 0-6 6-3 6-4Steve Johnson (U.S.) beat Nicolas Almagro (Spain) 6-4 7-6(2) 7-6(5)12-Pablo Carreno (Spain) beat Evan King (U.S.) 6-3 6-2 7-6(5)Kyle Edmund (Britain) beat 32-Robin Haase (Netherlands) 6-3 7-5 6-3Cameron Norrie (Britain) beat Dmitry Tursunov (Russia) 7-6(7) 6-1 (Tursunov retired)Evgeny Donskoy (Russia) beat Andreas Haider-Maurer (Austria) 7-6(3) 5-1 (Haider-Maurer retired)Jordan Thompson (Australia) beat 13-Jack Sock (U.S.) 6-2 7-6(12) 1-6 5-7 6-4Borna Coric (Croatia) beat Jiri Vesely (Czech Republic) 7-6(5) 7-6(2) 6-2Jared Donaldson (U.S.) beat Nikoloz Basilashvili (Georgia) 6-0 4-6 6-3 7-6(6)Nicolas Mahut (France) beat Marton Fucsovics (Hungary) 6-3 2-6 6-4 2-6 7-6(3)Thomas Fabbiano (Italy) beat John-Patrick Smith (Australia) 7-6(5) 6-4 3-6 7-6(4)Janko Tipsarevic (Serbia) beat Thanasi Kokkinakis (Australia) 6-7(5) 3-6 6-1 7-6(2) 6-320-Albert Ramos (Spain) beat Denis Istomin (Uzbekistan) 4-6 7-6(4) 7-5 6-7(3) 7-523-Mischa Zverev (Germany) beat Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (U.S.) 7-6(5) 4-6 4-6 7-5 6-316-Lucas Pouille (France) beat Ruben Bemelmans (Belgium) 6-3 6-4 6-417-Sam Querrey (U.S.) beat Gilles Simon (France) 6-4 6-3 6-419-Gilles Muller (Luxembourg) beat Bernard Tomic (Australia) 3-6 6-3 6-4 6-4Paolo Lorenzi (Italy) beat Joao Sousa (Portugal) 4-6 6-3 7-6(4) 6-2 US Open Women’s Singles Round 1 matches Maria Sharapova (Russia) beat 2-Simona Halep (Romania) 6-4 4-6 6-316-Anastasija Sevastova (Latvia) beat Carina Witthoeft (Germany) 7-5 6-19-Venus Williams (U.S.) beat Viktoria Kuzmova (Slovakia) 6-3 3-6 6-2Sloane Stephens (U.S.) beat Roberta Vinci (Italy) 7-5 6-1Ajla Tomljanovic (Australia) beat Johanna Larsson (Sweden) 7-5 6-4Donna Vekic (Croatia) beat Beatriz Haddad Maia (Brazil) 6-2 6-1Zheng Saisai (China) beat Alison Van Uytvanck (Belgium) 6-4 3-6 6-1Aleksandra Krunic (Serbia) beat 7-Johanna Konta (Britain) 4-6 6-3 6-4Kateryna Kozlova (Ukraine) beat Irina Begu (Romania) 6-2 7-6(7)Duan Yingying (China) beat Claire Liu (U.S.) 7-6(8) 7-6(3)30-Julia Goerges (Germany) beat Annika Beck (Germany) 6-1 6-0Maria Sakkari (Greece) beat 24-Kiki Bertens (Netherlands) 6-3 6-4Sofia Kenin (U.S.) beat 32-Lauren Davis (U.S.) 7-5 7-5Sachia Vickery (U.S.) beat Natalia Vikhlyantseva (Russia) 4-6 6-4 6-1Alize Cornet (France) beat Heather Watson (Britain) 6-4 6-4Arina Rodionova (Australia) beat Richel Hogenkamp (Netherlands) 7-5 7-513-Petra Kvitova (Czech Republic) beat Jelena Jankovic (Serbia) 7-5 7-531-Magdalena Rybarikova (Slovakia) beat Camila Giorgi (Italy) 6-3 6-43-Garbine Muguruza Blanco (Spain) beat Varvara Lepchenko (U.S.) 6-0 6-3Ekaterina Alexandrova (Russia) beat Anna Zaja (Germany) 6-2 6-318-Caroline Garcia (France) beat Tereza Martincova (Czech Republic) 6-0 6-1Kristyna Pliskova (Czech Republic) beat Misa Eguchi (Japan) 6-2 6-211-Dominika Cibulkova (Slovakia) beat Jana Cepelova (Slovakia) 6-7(5) 6-3 6-2Timea Babos (Hungary) beat Viktorija Golubic (Switzerland) 7-5 5-7 7-5Oceane Dodin (France) beat Pauline Parmentier (France) 3-6 6-0 7-6(6)22-Peng Shuai (China) beat Amandine Hesse (France) 6-4 6-1Carla Suarez Navarro (Spain) beat Ipek Soylu (Turkey) 6-4 6-25-Caroline Wozniacki (Denmark) beat Mihaela Buzarnescu (Romania) 6-1 7-529-Mirjana Lucic-Baroni (Croatia) beat Monica Puig (Puerto Rico) 6-4 6-7(4) 7-6(4)Ashleigh Barty (Australia) beat 21-Ana Konjuh (Croatia) 4-6 6-0 6-1Ekaterina Makarova (Russia) beat Mona Barthel (Germany) 6-2 6-1Aliaksandra Sasnovich (Belarus) beat Julia Boserup (U.S.) 6-2 6-2