Tennis

WTA Wuhan first round preview: Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova vs Alize Cornet By Don Han

Tokyo finalist Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova and Alize Cornet face off for the second time in two months as the winner will earn a place in the second round of the Wuhan Open facing Svetlana Kuznetsova there....

Tennis

WTA Wuhan: Elena Vesnina starts her campaign with a win over local favorite Duan Yingying By Don Han

Elena Vesnina, despite putting in an inconsistent performance, defeated wildcard Duan Yingying in straight sets as she marched into the second round where she will face either Elise Mertens or Naomi Osaka. This was also Vesnina's first ever appearance in Wuhan....

Tennis

WTA Wuhan: Ekaterina Makarova upsets Anastasija Sevastova in straight sets By Don Han

Ekaterina Makarova got past 15th seed Anastasija Sevastova in the first round of the Wuhan Open without a hitch, triumphing in straight sets after just 78 minutes....
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WTA Tokyo: Caroline Wozniacki beats Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova to defend title

Oliver Dickson Jefford | After losing six finals earlier in the season, Caroline Wozniacki’s quest for a first WTA title of 2017 came to an end on Sunday, with the former world number one beating Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in straight sets to successfully defend the Toray Pan Pacific Open title. Wozniacki, who also won her first title of 2016 in Tokyo, had failed to win a set in any of her finals previously this season, though bageled Pavlyuchenkova in the opening set and then broke at the end of a tougher second set to seal a 6-0, 7-5 victory in an hour and 13 minutes and take the 26th WTA title of her career. Pavlyuchenkova and Wozniacki after the final (Getty/Koji Watanabe) The victory in Tokyo is fairly significant for the Dane, with Wozniacki in an increasingly strong position to qualify for the WTA Finals, which is just four weeks away, whilst a good run for the Russian increases her chances of playing at the Elite Trophy in Zhuhai. Both her and Pavlyuchenkova are next set to play in Wuhan, which takes place next week. Wozniacki eases past Pavlyuchenkova to keep Tokyo crown The third seed beat unseeded Naomi Osaka in the final last year and faced another unseeded player in Pavlyuchenkova today. After six losses in finals this year, there were doubts that whether Wozniacki would fail to win a title for the first time since 2007, though the Dane impressed today to extend her title-winning run to ten consecutive seasons. The former world number one got off to the...

NWSL

Sky Blue FC vs North Carolina Courage preview: Courage trying to clinch top spot By Hannah Roberts

Which of these goalscoring powerhouses will come out on top in New Jersey?...

MLS

Portland Timbers vs. Orlando City SC: Preview, team news, viewing info By Paul DeBruler

We're entering the home stretch (almost literally)....

MLB

Ryan Goins’ hidden-ball trick, second Grand Slam lead Blue Jays to emphatic 8-1 victory over Yankees By Max Gao

Ryan Goins led the charge offensively, and even made a rare defensive play, while Marco Estrada had another great outing to lead the Blue Jays to an emphatic 8-1 win over the Yankees in their series opener Friday night at Rogers Centre....

NWSL

Washington Spirit vs Boston Breakers Preview: A battle against the bottom of the table By Alexandra Grant

Only three points separate the Breakers and the Spirit in the bottom of the table, making Saturday's match important for both teams....

Tennis

Laver Cup day one recap: Tiebreaks dominate matches as Team Europe starts out strongly By Noel John Alberto

Nine total tiebreaks in the opening day saw Team Europe fly out to a 3-0 lead before Kyrgios and Sock grabbed a late doubles point for Team World....

NWSL

The Snub of the Year: Sam Kerr as a finalist for FIFA Women's Player of the Year By Cindy Lara

FIFA announced the three finalists for the yearly honor, awarded to the best women's player of the year. The player everyone expected to be a finalist was not, shocking the women's soccer world....

College Football

Score Arkansas vs Texas A&M of the 2017 Southwest Classic (43-50) By Thomas Cluck

Thank you for following along here on VAVEL. The recap of the game will be up shortly. This is Thomas Cluck saying so long! 50-43 Texas A&M: The Aggies comeback and win again! An Austin Allen pass is intercepted in the end zone by Armani Watts and A&M takes the Southwest Classic 50-43...
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