Following is a abstract of present sports activities information briefs.
Djokovic solutions health doubts with victory over Raonic
Reigning champion Novak Djokovic got here by means of a tricky examination of his health as the highest seed beat Canadian powerhouse Milos Raonic 7-6(4) 4-6 6-1 6-4 on Sunday to achieve the Australian Open quarter-finals. Djokovic, who injured a aspect muscle throughout a five-set win over Taylor Fritz on Friday and recommended he may not be capable of proceed, confirmed hints of discomfort on the best way to changing into the second male participant to achieve 300 Grand Slam match wins.
Zverev reaches final eight with straightforward win over Lajovic
German sixth seed Alexander Zverev used his highly effective serve to good impact to beat twenty third seed Dusan Lajovic of Serbia 6-4 7-6(5) 6-3 on Sunday and attain the Australian Open quarter-finals. Zverev wanted 5 units to beat Lajovic in every of their two earlier conferences on the French Open, however the 23-year-old was in a extra ruthless temper on Margaret Court Arena and sealed victory together with his fifteenth ace.
Serena takes care of enterprise on and off the court docket in Melbourne
Most gamers could be content material to relaxation the day earlier than a giant match, however not Serena Williams. The 23-times Grand Slam champion mentioned she needed to step in to avert an “emergency” at her clothes line on Saturday, a day forward of her Australian Open final 16 match towards Aryna Sabaleka.
Kevin Durant scored 20 factors in his return to the San Francisco Bay Area and Brooklyn’s “Massive Three” had been firing on all cylinders Saturday night time because the Nets opened a Western Convention swing with a 134-117 victory over the host Golden State Warriors. Kyrie Irving paced the Nets with 23 factors, and James Harden complemented a game-high 16 assists with 19 factors, serving to Brooklyn full a dominant season-series sweep from the Warriors.
NHL roundup: Islanders cease Bruins’ level streak at 10
Mathew Barzal scored a tiebreaking energy play objective 5:30 into the third interval Saturday night time for the host New York Islanders, who went on to snap the Boston Bruins’ 10-game level streak with a 4-2 win in Uniondale, N.Y. Jean-Gabriel Pageau scored twice, together with a short-handed objective that iced the victory with 5:28 left. Jordan Eberle additionally scored for New York, which has received three of 4. Goalie Semyon Varlamov made 28 saves.
Battle-weary Nadal, Djokovic lead second week cost in Melbourne
Because the second week of the Australian Open begins, followers eagerly wait to see if the 2 Grand Slam winners left within the males’s draw can attain the summit conflict intact as harm clouds loom over defending champion Novak Djokovic and Rafa Nadal. With an injured Roger Federer skipping the match, the onus of carrying the “Massive Three” flag has fallen on the highest two seeds as they defy age and put on and tear to advance whereas youthful gamers are left behind within the mud.
Serena into quarters after surviving Sabalenka check
Serena Williams stormed into the quarter-finals of the Australian Open on Sunday with a gritty 6-4 2-6 6-4 victory over Belarusian Aryna Sabalenka. The match was a giant check for Williams, who was up towards one of many few gamers on the ladies’s tour able to matching her energy from behind the baseline.
Osaka a lot greater than a hardcourt specialist: coach
Japan’s Naomi Osaka has received three of the final 5 Grand Slams performed on hardcourts however the world quantity three can also be greater than able to lifting titles on grass and clay, her coach Wim Fissette mentioned on Sunday. Osaka received back-to-back Grand Slam titles on the 2018 U.S. Open and the Australian Open in 2019 and picked up her third main at Flushing Meadows final yr however she has by no means made it past the third spherical at Wimbledon or Roland Garros.
Halep battles previous Swiatek to arrange Serena showdown
Second seed Simona Halep survived an early wobble to beat Iga Swiatek 3-6 6-1 6-4 within the Australian Open fourth spherical on Sunday because the Romanian avenged her shock defeat by the Polish teenager on the similar stage of final yr’s French Open. After an error-prone opening set, Halep reeled off 5 consecutive video games throughout the second and third units earlier than sealing her one hundredth Grand Slam match win to arrange an eagerly anticipated quarter-final conflict with Serena Williams.
Athletics: Kenya’s Chepkoech breaks 5km world report in Monaco
Kenya’s Beatrice Chepkoech broke the 5 kilometres world report on Sunday, ending in a time of 14 minutes 43 seconds around the streets of Monaco to clip one second off the outdated mark. The 29-year-old Chepkoech, who additionally holds the world report within the 3,000 metres steeplechase, battled windy situations with help from her pacemaker Luuk Maas.
(With inputs from companies.)