UEFA European Championship Qualifying

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UEFA European Championship Qualifying

 

 - Group C

 

Fixture

Kick-off

 
 

Luxembourg V Belarus

19:45

 
 

Spain V Macedonia

19:45

 
 

Ukraine V Slovakia

19:45

 

 

 

UEFA European Championship Qualifying - Group E

 

Fixture

Kick-off

 
 

Estonia V Slovenia

19:45

 
 

San Marino V Lithuania

19:45

 
 

Switzerland V England

19:45

 

 

UEFA European Championship Qualifying - Group G

 

 

 

Fixture

Kick-off

 

 

Russia V Liechtenstein

17:00

 

 

Austria V Sweden

19:45

 

 

Montenegro V Moldova

19:45

 

 

 

   

 

   

Tuesday 9th September 2014

 

UEFA European Championship alifying - Group A

 

Fixture

Kick-off

Status

 

Kazakhstan V Latvia

17:00

 
 

Czech Rep. V Netherlands

19:45

 
 

Iceland V Turkey

19:45

 

 

   
 

 

 

 

UEFA European Championship Qualifying - Group A  

 

Fixture 

Kick-off 

Status 

 

Kazakhstan V Latvia

17:00

 
 

Czech Rep. V Netherlands

19:45

 
 

Iceland V Turkey

19:45

 
   
 
       
       
           

 

 

 

UEFA European Championship Qualifying - Group B

 

Fixture

Kick-off

Status

 

Andorra V Wales

19:45

 
 

Bos-Herce V Cyprus

19:45

 

 

 

UEFA European Championship Qualifying - Group H

 

Fixture                                  Kick-off

   
 

Azerbaijan V Bulgaria           17.00

   
 

Croatia V Malta                      19.45

   
 

Norway V Italy                        19.45

 

TENNIS. US OPEN.

 

 

   
         

 

   
       

 

Serena Williams wins US Open and 18th Grand Slam title

 

Serena Williams beat Caroline Wozniacki in straight sets to win her sixth US Open and 18th Grand Slam title.

The American, ranked one in the world, won 6-3 6-3 at Flushing Meadows in New York.

After a poor start from both players, Williams steadied herself to take the first set and found something approaching her best form to dominate the second.

The victory moves her to joint-fourth in the all-time list of major winners, alongside Martina Navratilova and Chris Evert.

Serena Williams's 18 Grand Slam titles

Australian Open (5): 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009 and 2010

French Open (2): 2002 and 2013

Wimbledon (5): 2002, 2003, 2009, 2010 and 2012

US Open (6): 1999, 2002, 2008, 2012, 2013 and 2014

Williams, 32, has now won three successive titles at the US Open, the scene of her first Grand Slam triumph 15 years ago.

"It was a really wonderful feeling," said Williams, who was joined by Navratilova and Evert for the trophy presentation, when she also collected US$4m in prize money.

"I couldn't have finished things in a better way. It is a pleasure for me to win here, I am really emotional. I couldn't ask to do it at a better place."

Wozniacki, a close friend of Williams, said: "Congratulations to Serena. She really deserved it today and played better than me.

 

Navratilova and Evert presented Williams with a gold bracelet to mark her

"She is an inspiration to me on and off the court and an unbelievable friend - and you definitely owe drinks later!"

Williams arrived in New York having failed to make it past the fourth round of a Grand Slam in 2014, but the American looked a class apart throughout the two weeks at Flushing Meadows.

Her dominance was such that she won the title without dropping a set, or more than three games in a single set.

The case for Wozniacki heading into the final centred around the Dane's improved form this summer, which saw her push Williams to three sets twice before reaching her first Grand Slam final for five years.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

US Open: Kei Nishikori beats Novak Djokovic in the semi-finals

US Open Men's Final, Flushing Meadows

 

 

Kei Nishikori stunned world number one Novak Djokovic at the US Open to become Japan's first Grand Slam singles finalist.

The 10th seed won 6-4 1-6 7-6 (7-4) 6-3 and will take on Marin Cilic for the title on Monday after the Croat shocked Roger Federer in straight sets.

Nishikori, 24, coached by Michael Chang, responded superbly after losing the second set to seal his biggest win.

"It's just an amazing feeling, beating the number one player," said Nishikori.

 
 
 
 
 
 

"I hope it's big news in Japan. I feel the support from Japan. It's 4 o'clock in the morning but I hope a lot of people are watching."

Nishikori had needed 10 sets and more than eight hours to win his previous two matches, but produced a remarkable performance as temperatures hit 36C and humidity soared.

"It was really tough conditions today, it felt a little bit heavy and humid," he added. "I guess I like long matches."

Few expected Nishikori, making his Grand Slam semi-final debut, to have the stamina to test Djokovic after his epic wins over Milos Raonic and Stan Wawrinka in previous rounds.

The Japanese player made the better start though, breaking twice to take the first set against a strangely flat Djokovic, who beat Britain's Andy Murray in a gruelling quarter-final.

 

"This was an extraordinary double for the underdog. If Cilic's victory over Federer - who had shown signs of frailty in his narrow quarter-final win - did not come as a complete surprise, Nishikori's triumph defied logic. At the start of the third set, the Japanese wore the look of a man who wanted to go for a quiet lie down. Instead, with fuel levels running low after two consecutive five set matches, he went on the attack - thrillingly and brilliantly - and Djokovic couldn't respond in the way we are used to. Cilic, full of the belief instilled in him by coach Goran Ivanisevic, hit the ball cleanly and powerfully and - unlike Monfils - gave Federer no chance to launch a comeback at the end of an unforgettable day."

It was still no surprise when the Serb, playing in his 24th major semi-final, raced through the second set in half an hour as Nishikori appeared to finally be flagging.

A dramatic third game early in the third set proved pivotal, though, as Nishikori survived four break points and seven deuces to hang on, bringing the crowd on side as they got behind the underdog.

Flashing backhand and forehand winners had Djokovic reeling as Nishikori broke for 5-3, but a nervous service game followed and he double-faulted when trying to close out the set.

Again, it appeared that Djokovic would finally assume control and power on to a fifth straight US final, but the top seed continued to struggle and played a poor tie-break.

A wayward forehand on set point was his sixth unforced error in 11 points and the prospect of a major shock became very real when he then dropped serve at the start of the fourth set. 

 

Source BBC Sports.

Posted on September, 8 2014

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