Thompson Sports News Archives for 2021-04

Felix Auger-Aliassime beats Denis Shapovalov in latest chapter of Canadian rivalry

 Felix Auger-Aliassime beat Denis Shapovalov 6-2, 6-3 in an all-Canadian third-round match at the Barcelona Open on Thursday.

 

The 10th-seeded Auger-Aliassime, from Montreal, saved the only break point he faced on the clay court.

 

The seventh-seeded Shapovalov, from Richmond Hill, Ont., could save only five of nine break points.

 

Shapovalov didn't appear to be at full health as a trainer looked at his shoulder during the match.

 

It was the third win in five career meetings against Shapovalov at the top level for the 20-year-old Auger-Aliassime. The Montrealer is now 2-0 on clay against the 22-year-old Shapovalov.

 

Auger-Aliassime was far more effective on serve. He won 78 per cent of points when he got his first serve in, 15 percentage points better than Shapovalov.

Canadian women get peek at their possible road at Olympic soccer tournament

Eighth-ranked Canada got a peek Friday at its possible road at the Olympic women's soccer tournament this summer.

 

Using the April rankings, FIFA released the makeup of the pots to be used in next Wednesday's draw to determine the three groups of four for the women's field in Tokyo.

 

Pot 1 contains host Japan (ranked No. 11), the U.S. (No. 1), and the Netherlands (No. 3) while Pot 2 is made up of Sweden (No. 5), Britain (England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are ranked separately by FIFA) and Brazil (No. 7).

 

Canada is in Pot 3 along with Australia (No. 9) and China (No. 14). Pot 4 consists of New Zealand (No. 22), Chile (No. 37) and Zambia (No. 104).

 

Britain qualified via England's performance at the 2019 Women's World Cup - the three best-placed European teams earned Olympic berths - so was allocated to a pot based on England's position (No. 6) in the rankings.

 

FIFA says the “general principle” for the tournament draw is to ensure that no group has more than one team from the same confederation, so Canada should avoid the Americans to start.

Leylah Annie Fernandez wins opener for Canada against Serbia at Billie Jean King Cup

 

 

Canada's Leylah Annie Fernandez beat Serbia's Olga Danilovic 7-5, 4-6, 6-4 in the opener of their Billie Jean King Cup playoff tie on Friday.

 

Fernandez, the top-ranked singles player in the indoor hard-court-tie at No. 72, needed two hours 34 minutes to finish off the 162nd-ranked Danilovic.

The Canadian broke Danilovic in the final game of the match to win.

 

The 18-year-old Fernandez, from Laval, Que., won six of seven break-point chances. Danilovic was good on just five of 14.

 

The 230th-ranked Rebecca Marino, from Vancouver, will meet world No. 87 Nina Stojanovic in the second match on Friday.

 

Reverse singles matches go on Saturday before Canada's Carol Zhao and Sharon Fichman face Danilovic and Aleksandra Krunic in a doubles match.

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