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Serena, Thiem move into US Open semi-finals

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Serena Williams battled into a US Open semi -final showdown with Victoria Azarenka on Wednesday as top men ’s seeds Dominic Thiem and Daniil Medvedev booked their spots in the last four .
Williams seeded third, came from a set down to overcome unseeded Bulgarian Tsvetana Pironkova and keep alive her bid for a 24 th singles Grand Slam title at Flushing Meadows .
Later , Azarenka blew away Belgium ’ s Elise Mertens as she continues her hunt for a first Grand Slam title in seven years .
Williams ’ comeback included two astonishing shots with her left hand that contributed to winning points .
“ At that point , I was fighting so hard . I was just trying to do everything I can whether righty or lefty , ” she said .
A sluggish start saw the American lose the first 6- 4 , but she fought back to take the next two 6- 3, 6- 2 , in 2 hr 12 min inside Arthur Ashe Stadium .
“ I never give up and you know I just gotta keep going, ” Williams added.
Williams smashed 20 aces, the most she has had in eight years, taking her tally for the tournament to 64 so far.
The record for the most number of aces in a US Open in the women ’ s singles is 70, set by Williams in 1999 when she won for the first time .
“ Sometimes when I ’ m serving , I just tell myself , I don ’t care if my arm falls off , I ’ m going to keep serving, ” she said .
Williams is looking to match Margaret Court ’ s record for the most number of singles Grand Slam wins .
It has been more than three years since she won her 23 rd at the 2017 Australian Open — when she was already pregnant with daughter Olympia .
Williams has come close since , reaching four major finals only to come away empty -handed .
In the last four , she will renew her rivalry with former world number Azarenka who demolished Mertens 6- 1 , 6 – 0 in just 1 hr 13 min .
Williams defeated Azarenka in the final of the US Open in 2012 and 2013 .
– ‘Happy’ –
The last few years of Azarenka ’ s career have been interrupted by a custody battle over her son who was born in 2016 .
Azarenka said she found it “ hard to accept losses ” when she was young and at the top of her game , but was now benefiting from a more philosophical attitude .
“ I enjoy the moment no matter what it is . I take life as it comes , ” Azarenka told reporters.
“ It took me a long road to come here with a lot of struggles, a lot of understanding , forcing me to find this route, this path , if you can say that . But I ’ m here and I ’ m happy . ”
In the men ’ s draw , Russia ’ s third seed Medvedev downed compatriot and childhood friend Andrey Rublev 7 – 6 ( 8/6) , 6- 3, 7 – 6 ( 7 /5) .
Twenty – two- year – old Rublev raced to a 5- 1 lead in the first – set tie- break before Medvedev, last year ’ s US Open runner- up , hauled back to win it 8- 6 with an ace .
Medvedev, 24, smashed 16 aces and won 89 percent of first – serve points . He made 75 percent of returns to Rublev ’s 54 percent .
“ One point decided two sets so it was a really tough match and Andrey was playing unbelievable actually ,” Medvedev said .
Medvedev will play second seed Thiem who demolished Australia’ s Alex de Minaur , seeded 21 st, 6 – 1 , 6- 2 , 6- 4 .
“ I had a great feeling from the first moment on, ” said the Austrian .
Fifth seed Alexander Zverev of Germany faces Spain ’ s 20th seed Pablo Carreno Busta in the competition ’ s other semi – final .
The disqualification of Novak Djokovic for accidentally hitting a line official with a ball during the last 16 means the US Open will crown a first – time Grand Slam winner on Sunday.

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Djokovic wins fifth Italian Open title

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Novak Djokovic claimed a record 36 th Masters crown on Monday, beating Argentine Diego Schwartzman in the final of the Italian Open .
The world number one won 7 – 5 , 6 – 3 to break a tie with Spanish rival Rafael Nadal for most master titles .
For Djokovic , it was a fifth title in the warm – up clay – court tournament for next week ’ s French Open .
Nine- time Rome winner Nadal, the defending champion, fell in the quarter -finals to eighth- seed Schwartzman .

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Onuachu Voted Man Of The Match In Genk’s Win Vs Mechelen

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Onuachu Voted Man Of The Match In Genk’s Win Vs Mechelen
Super Eagles striker Paul Onuachu has been voted Genk’s Man of the Match after scoring two goals in their 3-1 home win against Mechelen in the Belgian Jupiler on Sunday, Completesports.com reports.
Genk announced Onuachu as the most outstanding player on their verified Twitter handle on Monday.
Onuachu took his goal tally in the league to four in five games after Sunday’s game.
He opened scoring in the 10th minute before adding the third goal in the 68th minute.
He has now scored in consecutive games after getting on the score sheet in the 5-2 defeat at Beerschot last week Monday.

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Jesse Lingard to Tottenham transfer hinges on Dele Alli exit

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Jesse Lingard moving to Tottenham this transfer window hinges on whether or not Dele Alli leaves.


The Manchester United ace has been octracised from the group by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

After hiring Mino Raiola as his agent, Lingard has been looking at the exit door at Old Trafford.

A way back into the starting XI looks improbable, especially after the signings of Bruno Fernandes and Donny van de Beek.

Lingard had been linked with several Italian teams, including AC Milan, Fiorentina and Roma.

But that interest has died down after United slapped a whopping £30m price-tag on the England international.

With the transfer window eking out, it appeared likely that Lingard would be spending the season with United.

But Tottenham have emerged as shock contenders for his signature in the past few days.

The 27-year-old had played his best football under Jose Mourinho while he was in charge of the Red Devils and a reunion is on the cards.

However, Spurs already have a number of attacking players in the same position, including Giovani Lo Celso, Steven Bergwijn and Alli.

And unless Mourinho can shift one, the likelihood of Lingard joining remains slim.

According to transfer guru Fabrizio Romano, it is largely dependant on whether or not The Special One can offload Alli.

The former MK Dons star has suffered from a steep decline after a horror year that saw him suffer from injuries and poor form. With the arrival of Gareth Bale, there is no room for Alli and the club are trying to get him out before the transfer window ends.

Paris St-Germain are the most interested in his services with club officials keen on a deal.

Real Madrid had been notified but are opting against a transfer with their own house to get in order in terms of outgoing players.

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