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 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.
Delray Beach (hard) Estoril (clay) Lyon (clay) And now Queen’s (grass)!
Cameron Norrie beats Jack Draper and the fading light to reach his 4th semi-final of the year, on a 3rd different surface.
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.
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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The Milwaukee Brewers have gone out and traded for pitcher Daniel Norris from the Detroit Tigers on deadline day.
As you might have been able to guess, the Milwaukee Brewers are busy on the MLB trade deadline trying to improve their roster for a deep postseason run. Well, this isn’t quite the move fans were hoping for, as the club just acquired veteran reliever Daniel Norris from the Tigers.
Norris, the former No. 3 left-handed pitching prospect back in 2015, never lived up to his hype and is having a year to forget in 2021.
The Milwaukee Brewers are finalizing a deal to acquire left-hander Daniel Norris from the Detroit Tigers, sources tell @kileymcd and me.
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.
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.
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