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Serena Williams is upset over Victoria Azarenka at the US Open, who temporarily closes the application for a record 24th place

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Serena Williams receives a medical timeout Thursday at the US Open.

Shocked in the first set by Williams’ serve and powerful precision shots, Azarenka rallied and took the 1-6 6-3 6-3 victory as the women’s semifinal in New York reached tremendous heights.

Without helping the Williams case, she injured her left Achilles in the second game of the decider, causing a rare mid-game timeout. However, Williams said that after that, the injury did not bother her.

With the roof closed at Arthur Ashe Stadium due to the rain and the lack of fans inside the largest regularly used tennis stadium in the world – with a capacity of about 24,000 people – their thunderous thumps on the ground sounded even louder.

As such, Saturday’s final will be a rematch of the Western & Southern Open warm-up, which will also be played on the US Open site as part of the tournament, rather than the 2018 US Open final, when Osaka defeated Williams in the match. controversial ending for the maiden major.
During these two weeks, Osaka entered and exited the hall wearing a mask bearing the names of blacks killed in police incidents. This time she honored Philando Castile
The fans were kept away as part of the bubble during coronavirus pandemic and who knows if their support sparked another comeback for the legendary Williams in those two weeks.

It is known that this is the ninth time that the 38-year-old American has lost, trying to catch up with Margaret Court’s record for the number of Grand Slam titles.

Transition to the French Open

“This is clearly disappointing,” Williams told reporters. “At the same time, I did my best. I feel like I was close another time and could have done better. I felt I gave a lot. “

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Such was her determination to land at number 24 ahead of the tournament, Williams built a tennis court at her Florida home with the same surface as the US Open.

Under normal circumstances, the United States Open would mark the end of the Grand Slam calendar and typically Williams’ season.

However, with the schedule changed this year due to the pandemic, the French Open will kick off in just two weeks.

Historically, this is Williams’ hardest Major in terms of titles, but she is planning a trip to Europe. She owns an apartment in Paris and enjoys playing on clay.

“I’m definitely going to Paris,” she said.

Williams barely made a mistake on the first serve, losing only two points on the first serve and counting four more winners than unforced errors.

Despite this, Azarenka continued her first serve in the second game, maintaining her break point.

Azarenka gradually improved her game and Williams didn’t win a point after the second serve in the second set.

Williams was now on the defensive and needed to hold her first serve of the third game. The 40-0 advantage has decreased to 40-30. Then she changed Achilles, passing the next point, and called the coach.

On her return, Williams lost 2-0.

‘I’m fine’

“It’s just overstraining,” she said. “It was pretty intense.” She later added that this had nothing to do with the final result.

“In the end, it didn’t affect my game in any way, only one point. I’m fine”.

Azarenka has tested Williams in previous bouts, but this was her first Grand Slam victory in 11 attempts.

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Looking into the past month, few could have predicted this. Former number one in the world, Azarenka did not win a single match in a year before the Western & Southern Open in order not to lose the US Open.

She survived a brutal custody battle revolving around her son Leo, suffered injuries and was considering retirement.

The last time the Belarusian won the Grand Slam title at the Australian Open tennis, and the last time he reached the final of the Grand Slam tournament in New York against Williams seven years ago.

“I’m in a completely different place in my mind,” the 31-year-old journalist told reporters. “I think seven years ago, after I won the Australian Open and everything, and played consistently with good results, I was expected to make the final. I don’t think that was the case this year.

“But it seems to me that this year is more fun, more interesting, more enjoyable. It’s nice, nicer. “

Straightforward Azarenka said that bruising her ego is exactly what she needs to grow.

“The best tool was that I lost a lot of matches,” she said. “It was the biggest tool I could get. I could continue to be on my high horse or just change it and learn from this lesson.

“I just feel very proud of myself that I took the challenge, lost, and changed it and got better. I’m not talking about the best tennis player.

“I’m talking about the best person for myself, for my son. This is what I am most proud of. “

Serena’s Coach Help

Ironically, Williams’ coach Patrick Muratoglu played a part in Azarenka’s victory. He helped shape Azarenka’s new entourage, including coach Dorian Desclokes, after she trained with Williams and others ahead of the Florida season.

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Far from the courtyard, Azarenka sang karaoke with Williams.

“I would say there have been many falls in her career,” Williams said. “She started off with many successes.

“I don’t know how she stayed positive. This is a good lesson for all of us. Whatever happens, you just have to keep going forward. I hope she continues to live her dream. “

The perfect ending to that dream would be to win Saturday’s final against Osaka. A hamstring injury forced Osaka, who represents Japan but, like Azarenka, is based in the US, to withdraw from the western and southern finals, so the decision never materialized.

Osaka and Brady hit 35 winners each and made only 42 unforced errors. But Brady lost a little in a tie-break.

Equalized to make it to the point, the American was broken the first time 1-2 in the third. Brady did not dispute her shot, which was called long, although the replays showed that the ball was good.

Osaka didn’t survive the break point in third.

“I am sure that this time we will play and it will be a great match,” Azarenka said as she awaited the final. “She has already won two Grand Slam tournaments. Aren’t we looking for a third? “

Indeed, they are. For Williams, the hunt for 24 will have to be postponed until Paris.

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″They are all a gang of thieves!″

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″They are all a gang of thieves!″

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Atlético Madrid’s defense was incensed at the end of the match that saw Uruguay expelled from the World Cup in Qatar.

José Jiménez, Uruguay’s defender, was one of his team’s most furious referees after the triumph over Ghana, which South Americans lacked to qualify for the next round of the World Cup in Qatar.

Uruguay complained furiously after the final whistle about Cavani’s missed penalty. Jimenez, according to some media reports, even attacked the FIFA director of competitions in the heat of the moment on the field.

Caught on camera, he yelled, “They’re all thieves, bastards!”

Captain Godin, on the other hand, spoke of a theft, Cavani threw the screen on the ground on his way to the dressing rooms…



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BAL – “These are honest tears with a big soul”: Ricardo Nascimenta was already adored in Seoul and talk about the victory over Portugal (South Korea)

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BAL - "These are honest tears with a big soul": Ricardo Nascimenta was already adored in Seoul and talk about the victory over Portugal (South Korea)

Ricardo Nascimento may have ceased to be the most beloved Portuguese in Korea after the feat of Paulo Bento, when he managed to seal the Asian team’s advance to the 1/8 finals at the limit, namely in a victory over Portugal, which also happened in 2002. The midfielder, now 48 and coach of Canedo from Aveiro District, was a hero during his time at Seoul from 2005 to 2007, earning an emotional farewell to the South Koreans who saw him as the deity of the championship. in those years.

When he left, there were tears and a storm at the airport, as well as chants that made him the most experienced player in South Korea. Ricardo Nascimento did not lose this game, he followed it closely and even in the midst of the defeat of the Portuguese managed to warm his heart with the success and joy of many friends that overwhelmed him.

“I was on the phone with a South Korean friend, really delirious. I just laughed… because he was scribbling in Portuguese in euphoria. There was a lot of soul, a lot of desires. So many good people do, it was a supersonic win for the Koreans,” he praised, better analyzing the match.

“Portugal came out very strong with good ball circulation. Definitely Vitinha is a player who adds more. The team was organized for 20 minutes, then the Koreans gradually began to balance the game with very fast transitions and managed to level the score before the break. They managed to organize better for the 2nd half, which was almost equal to the beginning of the game. The difference was in speed, Portugal went better, but with slower circulation, and the Koreans tried to surprise with their accelerations. Thus, they scored the winning goal. I note their good positional play combined with such transitions,” praises Ricardo Nascimento… surrendered to the qualification celebration.

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“But there is a lot of the soul of the people. This is amazing! These were sincere tears that matched the joy that swept the streets.

I was touched to see these holidays,” said the former creative of Boavista and Rio Ave, who has no doubts about the success of Portugal.
“They finished first, that’s the most important thing. They lost the game they could have lost, Portugal’s future in the tournament seems very good to me,” he stressed.

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BALL – Enzo, Scaloni’s “pillar”, waiting for Di Maria (Argentina)

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BALL - Enzo, Scaloni's "pillar", waiting for Di Maria (Argentina)

Argentina coach Lionel Scaloni told a press conference this Friday ahead of the World Cup round of 16 match in Qatar – Saturday against Australia (15 hours from mainland Portugal), in Al Rayyan – that he still believes the former player Benfica Di Maria (now at Juventus) has recovered from his injury and is ready to play.

“Di Maria still feels some discomfort, but he has no contractures. Wait for game time. It may seem absurd, but we played later, even after winning the group, and rested less than Australia had since the last game. Look, I also have doubts about whether I will have Tagliafico at the game. i hope angel [Di María] be available for the game,” Scaloni wished reporters this Friday in the capital of Qatar.

According to the Argentine press (Olé newspaper), Scaloni’s midfielder Enzo Fernandez of Benfica is one of the pillars of the formation in a strategy dubbed “Scaloneta”: the Benfica player is already in the starting line-up against Poland (assist) after coming on as a substitute in two previous games (and a beautiful goal scored against the Mexicans) is one of the three pillars of the pampas for the coach, along with Alexis Mac Allister (Brighton) and Julian Alvarez (Manchester City).

What Scaloni doesn’t want is unbridled euphoria. “The opponent is losing? I disagree. Absolutely. This is football, 11 against 11, you have to drop favoritism and play the match. As for tactics, it will be similar, perhaps with some changes. There are good players in Australia, but we will try to show our best game, control the game for most of the minutes, our idea is to try to win,” said Scaloni.

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What he expected from the Oceania team, but which qualified and is playing in the Asian zone, was clear. “They have good players on the right flank, forwards and experienced midfielders playing in competitive leagues. And, in particular, they are a team. And when you face the team, it’s always hard. It’s a choice with players who know what they want,” Scaloni said.

After the controversy over the VAR confirmation of Japan’s 2-1 move against Spain – there was a feeling that the ball had completely crossed the bottom line earlier, but the goal was confirmed – also Scaloni, without stopping to do so, he left, as did his counterpart in Spain Luis Enrique, many doubts.

“I think the way Luis Enrique thinks: the first images are clear. [bola terá passado o risco na totalidade]🇧🇷 But if you analyze it in detail, you will see what happened. There is nothing else to do. We face the situation, we live with it. It’s hard to digest, especially since it’s implemented at the World Cup. If we had time to adapt earlier, but it was very sudden. We had a month of tests before the games. Anyway, this is for everyone, this is what we have. But to be… it’s almost a millimeter,” said the Pampas breeder.

As for the football that will be featured and what Australia expects, there is no doubt. “They have a clear system in attack and I don’t think they are going to change. My message to the fans as always: let’s break our backs on the field! We came to compete, but at the end of the day it’s just football, one game, we saw it in the Group E games on Thursday. Almost all the teams deserved to get into the next stage, but at some point the games turned upside down, that’s what happened, ”Scaloni gave the example, not surprised that Australia beat Denmark.

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“I was not surprised: they are a good team, they had a good qualifying campaign. They were the fourth team to qualify for Qatar! They have a World Cup tradition and that makes them a strong contender. We are not going to be too confident, but we will play our best football, game after game, and see what happens, ”concluded the Argentina coach.

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