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cinch Championships 2021: Cameron Norrie beats Jack Draper after Dan Evans loses to Matteo Berrettini

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Norrie runs out 6-3 6-3 winner over teenager Draper while British No 1 Evans beaten in straight sets by top seed Matteo Berrettini

Last Updated: 18/06/21 8:16pm

Cameron Norrie booked his place in the semi-finals at Queen’s Club with victory over Jack Draper (PA)

Cameron Norrie won the cinch Championship all-British quarter-final to end teenager Jack Draper’s run – while Matteo Berrettini added Dan Evans to his list on scalps.

For the first time in the tournament’s history, three British players reached the last eight at Queen’s Club in west London, and despite relentless rain across the day play finally got underway just after 4pm when Evans and Berretini took to the court.

However, it was all eyes on the second game on Centre Court as British No 2 Norrie and 19-year-old Draper took to the stage with a place in the semi-finals at stake.

Draper, the world No 309, had enjoyed a dream week in just his second ATP Tour level event, but after wins over Jannick Sinner and Alexander Bublik – both members of the world’s top 40 – he came up short as Norrie ran out a 6-3, 6-3 winner.

25-year-old Norrie has two clay-court finals already this season as he chases his first ATP singles title and his experience told as he got the better of the key moments, twice breaking Draper in the opening set before adding a single break in the second set while Draper could convert none of the five break points he fashioned.

Norrie, who will rise into the top 40 for the first time in his career when the rankings are updated, will face either second seed Denis Shapovalov or Frances Tiafoe in Saturday’s semi-final – Shapovalov took the first set before play was suspended in the fading light.

Berrettini had beaten three-time Grand Slam champion and former world No 1 Andy Murray on Thursday and he added the name of the current British No 1 Dan Evans to his list, coming through in straight sets to reach the last four.

However, it wasn’t all straight forward for big-hitting Berrettini who only managed to break the Evans serve once, but that was enough to seal a date with fourth seed Alex De Minaur in the last four after the Australian beat former champion Marin Cilic in three sets.

World No 25 Dan Evans became the second Brit to fall to Matteo Berrettini after the Italian won in straight sets at the cinch Championships (PA)

World No 25 Dan Evans became the second Brit to fall to Matteo Berrettini after the Italian won in straight sets at the cinch Championships (PA)

The 25-year-old from Rome, a quarter-finalist at Roland Garros a couple of weeks ago, claimed a tight first set on tie break, before adding a solitary break in the second to seal a 7-6, 6-3 victory and a date with fourth seed Alex De Minaur in the last four.

Evans, who has four previous victories over top 10-ranked players, fashioned just a couple of half chances in his first Queen’s Club quarter-final, but was pleased with his week’s work on the grass courts.

“I thought he played a good match, and I thought I did well to hang around,” he said after the match.

“Obviously I got in some winning positions in the first set and didn’t take them. So that’s life. But I’m right there. I’m right there or thereabouts where I want to be at this point on the grass.”

Rain washes out Birmingham

The WTA event in Birmingham was not as fortunate as London, all four quarter-finals scheduled for Friday were washed out, meaning Saturday will see the last eight and semi-final matches take place on the same day.

Heather Watson is the last Brit standing, she goes up against third seed Donna Vekic, while second-seeded Ons Jabeur of Tunisia faces Russia’s Anastasia Potapova.

Two Czech players are scheduled to compete, with eighth-seeded Marie Bouzkova facing CoCo Vandeweghe of the United States, and Tereza Martincova taking on fourth-seeded Daria Kasatkina of Russia.

Vandeweghe, a former top 10 player, reached two Grand Slam semifinals in 2017 and twice has been a quarterfinalist at Wimbledon.

She earned her first tour-level, main-draw victory in nearly two years on Monday by beating Kristyna Pliskova in straight sets.

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MLB trade grade: Brewers acquire Daniel Norris from Tigers

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Daniel Norris trade for the Brewers is nothing to phone home about

Milwaukee supporters sure were hoping for some better news, as Norris is currently sporting a 5.83 ERA this season. That’s not the kind of production you want from a reliever, which is why the Brewers receive a C grade for this deal.

Meanwhile, for Detroit, they’re getting a B+ for moving Norris. In return, Tigers beat writer Jason Beck is reporting Detroit is receiving 21-year-old pitching prospect, Reese Olson.

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Blue Jays acquiring Twins ace Jose Berrios for Martin, Woods Richardson

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The Toronto Blue Jays made a big splash hours before Friday’s MLB Trade Deadline, acquiring right-handed starter Jose Berrios from the Minnesota Twins, Sportsnet’s Ben Nicholson-Smith confirms.

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic was first to report the agreement.

Nicholson-Smith reports that the Blue Jays are sending No. 2 prospect Austin Martin and No. 4 prospect Simeon Woods Richardson to the Twins in the trade.

Berrios, who is under team control through the 2022 season, was one of the most sought-after starters on the trade market. He has 3.48 ERA and 126 strikeouts in 20 starts for the Twins this season. The two-time All-Star has spent his entire six-year career with the Twins and outside his rookie season he has never had an ERA above 4.00.

The move gives the Blue Jays a third ace starter to join Robbie Ray, Alek Manoah and Cy Young finalist Hyun-Jin Ryu. It also is the latest blockbuster move in the AL East arms race after the Yankees, Red Sox and Rays all made trades in recent days to add power bats to their lineups.

The Blue Jays enter play Friday, their first home game at the Rogers Centre in nearly two years, fourth in the division with a 51-48 record. They are 9.5 games back of the Red Sox for first in the division and 4.5 games out a wild card spot.

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Tokyo Olympics LIVE: Tennis-Belinda Bencic vs Marketa Vondrousova – Women’s singles Gold medal match; Live Stream, Scores, Date, Time, All you need to know.

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Tokyo Olympics LIVE: Tennis-Belinda Bencic vs Marketa Vondrousova – Women’s singles Gold medal match; Live Stream, Scores, Date, Time, All you need to know.

Tokyo Olympics LIVE: Tennis-Belinda Bencic vs Marketa Vondrousova – Women’s singles Gold medal match; Live Stream, Scores, Date, Time, All you need to know.

Belinda Bencic and Marketa Vondrousova will face off in the Gold medal match of the women’s singles category in the Tokyo Olympics. Bencic, the ninth seed, navigated her path into the final by defeating Elena Rybakina 7-6(2), 4-6, 6-3 and will be the first Swiss to win two medals in the same Olympics campaign after she progressed to the doubles final as well.


The 24-year-old is also the fifth player to reach two finals at the same Olympics after Serena and Venus Williams, Andy Murray and Nicolas Massu. Marketa Vondrousova has stunned one and all in the tournament, beating Naomi Osaka in round 3 (6-1, 6-4) and 4th seed Elina Svitolina (6-3, 6-1) in the semifinals. She is the first Czech player to make the Olympic singles player and will hope to crown the moment with glory. 

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The duo have only met once previously in their careers, with Vondrousova earning a hard-fought three-set win over Bencic in Miami earlier this year. Vondrousova is no stranger to making it big, as she reached the French Open finals as a teenager, and achieved a ranking as high as 14. However, Bencic has had a more storied career, having teamed up with Roger Federer for Switzerland in the past, and achieving a career-high ranking of four in February last year.

Belinda Bencic road to the final

  • First round: Beat Jessica Pegula 6-3, 6-3 
  • Second round: Beat Misaki Doi 6-2, 6-4
  • Third round: Beat Barbora Krejcikova 1-6, 6-2, 6-3
  • Quarter-final: Beast Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 6-0, 3-6, 6-3
  • Semi-final: Beat Elena Rybakina 7-6(2), 4-6, 6-3

Marketa Vondrousova road to the final 

  • First round: Beat Kiki Bertens 6-4,3-6, 6-4 
  • Second round: Beat Mihaela Buzarnescu 6-1, 6-2
  • Third round: Beat Naomi Osaka 6-1, 6-4
  • Quarter-final: Beast Paula Badosa 6-3, 0-0 (retired)
  • Semi-final: Beat Elina Svitolina 6-3, 6-1

Also Read: Tokyo Olympics: Heartbreak for Novak Djokovic, World No.1 loses two semifinals on same day

Match Details: Belinda Bencic vs Marketa Vondrousova (Tennis – Women’s singles Gold medal match)

Time: TBD

Date: 31-07-2021

Venue: Ariake Tennis Centre Court

Tokyo Olympics TV coverage: Belinda Bencic vs Marketa Vondrousova (Tennis – Women’s singles Gold medal match)

Follow all updates LIVE from Tokyo Olympics on InsideSport.co & Watch LIVE streaming on SonyLIV.

Tokyo Olympics Live stream: Belinda Bencic vs Marketa Vondrousova (Tennis – Women’s singles Gold medal match)

Tokyo Olympics will be broadcasted on DD National. Follow all matches LIVE from Tokyo Olympics on InsideSport.co & Watch LIVE streaming on SonyLIV.

 

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