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The Russian tennis star qualified easily for the second round in Rabat
2:02 pm: Arantexa Ross easily qualified for the second round of the WTA Championships in Rabat. The best Dutch tennis player in the world rankings defeated Lulu Sun in the opening round of the sand tournament in Morocco 6-3, 6-0. The Swiss, ranked 276 in the world, was accepted with a wild card.
The 31-year-old Russian ranked 76th in the world is ranked seventh in Rabat. In the second round, she will compete against Ulrike Ekere of Norway or Dalma Galvi of Hungary. The Dutch could reach the quarter-finals of the WTA Championships for the first time this year.
The Rabat League is the last preparation for the Roland Garros League, the major tournament that begins on Sunday.
Lamens in his first appearance to the second round of playoffs Roland Garros
Time is 13:48: Suzanne Lammins convincingly qualified for the second round of qualifying for Roland Garros in her first Grand Slam debut. The 22-year-old Dutchman left Madison Inglis of Australia 6-2 6-2 without a chance. Ingles is number 126 in the world and has been ranked 18th in the qualifiers.
In the second round, Lammens will face the duel winner between Slovakia’s Rebecca Sramkova and Alicia Parks of the United States. She needs to win three matches to reach the main draw.
Lamens climbed to 169th in the world rankings and was thus accepted into the preliminary rounds of the Grand Slam for the first time. She is now No. 4 in the Netherlands, behind Arantxa Rus, Lesley Pattinama-Kerkhove and Arianne Hartono.
Patinama Kerkhove and Hartono are also in the qualifiers for Roland Garros, as is Rachel Hogenkamp. With the guys, Jesper de Jong and Tim van Rijthoven are trying to get a place in the main tournament.
Botic van de Zandschulp, Tallon groenpoor and Rus were admitted directly to the main table.
Robson retires due to ongoing injuries
12.10 pm: Laura Robson announced her retirement. The former young Wimbledon champion has been struggling with continuous injuries for some time and therefore sees no other option but to stop.
The Briton underwent surgery on her wrist in 2014, after which three operations on her thigh confirmed that her career had been on hold for a long time. The 28-year-old tennis star last played in the ITF tournament in 2019.
“I’ve been through all the possibilities of rehab and surgery. It’s crazy to say it out loud, but I’m done with it, I’m going to stop. I’ve already known about it for a while because of what the doctors told me last year. But it took me a while to be able to say it to myself as well. That’s why it took so long for me to officially come out with it,” says the former No. 27 world number one.
Robson has been a fantastic talent in tennis for many years. In 2008, at the age of 14, she already won the Wimbledon Junior Championships. In 2012, she won the Olympic silver medal in mixed doubles with Andy Murray. In the same year she reached the fourth round of the US Open. In 2013, she had her best season with a fourth round at Wimbledon. She reached the third round at the Australian Open and the US Open that year.
Van Wonderen takes assistant Simonis to Heerenveen
10.24 amKees van Wonderen takes assistant coach Paul Simonis to SC Heerenveen, where he will begin work as head coach in the summer. Van Wonderen and Simonis have worked together at the Go Ahead Eagles for the past two seasons.
Prior to his tenure at Go Ahead, the 37-year-old Simonis worked at the Sparta Youth Academy for fifteen years. With Go Ahead, he was promoted to the Eredivisie in the 2020-2021 season and this season the club from Deventer finished 13th.
Van Wonder, 53, succeeds Ole Tobiassen in Friesland. Tobiassen ended the season after Jonny Janssen resigned at the beginning of this year. The Friesian, led by Tobiassen, finished eighth in the Eredivisie. They meet from A to Z in the European football play-off matches.
Hoogland 2nd in sprint at the Nations Cup in Canada
08.27 AM: Jeffrey Hoagland had to settle for the silver in the Nations Cup match in Milton, Canada. He had to admit his superiority in the final in Australian Matthew Richardson, who won two races. Especially in the second race the difference was huge: 5.249 seconds.
Richardson had already eliminated Sam Ligtlee in the quarter-finals. Harry Lafrisen was missing in Canada.
Jan Willem van Schep (125 points) was third in the aluminum division, behind Britain’s Ethan Hayter (128) and American Gavin Hoover (163). Van Scheep already won the gold medal in the pairing race on day three of the Nations Cup in Milton, along with Jóri Havík.
Van de Zandschulp entered the top 30 world rankings
08.04 am: Botic van de Zandschulp entered the top 30 world rankings. The best tennis player in the Netherlands moved up three places and is now number 29 in the world.
The 26-year-old Van de Zandschul reached the second round of the Masters in Rome last week, in which he lost to Norway’s Casper Ruud. Seen into the top 30, Van de Zandschulp is placed next week in Roland Garros, the second major championship of the year. The top 32 tennis players have protected status in the Grand Slams.
Talon Great is the second Dutchman in 64th place. He also climbed three points. In the top ten, Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas and Rafael Nadal swap places. Tsitsipas finished fourth from the 21-time Grand Slam champion. 1 seed Novak Djokovic ended up with Daniil Medvedev, who returned to the Tour this week after back surgery. Djokovic was the best in Rome.
Among women, Arantexa Ross is the highest ranked Dutch national. She lost two places and is now ranked 76th in the world. Little has changed at the top and Iga Swiatek has consolidated its leadership position. The Polish won the title in Rome on Sunday and won for the 28th consecutive time in the Italian capital.
Czech Karolina Pliskova, who reached the final last year in Rome, has fallen two places and is now eighth.
The Mavericks win Game 7 and reach the NBA Conference Finals
7:21 amBasketball players of the Dallas Mavericks convincingly advanced to the Western Conference Finals in the NBA Playoffs. The Mavericks won their decisive seventh game against the Phoenix Suns in Phoenix, 123-90.
The Dallas Mavericks will face the Golden State Warriors in the final, which was too strong 4-2 for the Memphis Grizzlies in the semi-finals.
The Eastern Conference Final will be between the Miami Heat and the Boston Celtics.
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