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Wimbledon: Barty beats Plíšková to win second Grand Slam

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World number one-ranked female lawn tennis player, Ashleigh Barty, has emerged the 2021 Wimbledon champion.
She defeated No. 8 seed Karolína Plíšková in three sets, 6-3, 6-7 (4-7), 6-3 on Saturday in the women’s final in London. It’s Barty’s second career Grand Slam singles title, with the other being the 2019 French Open. It marks the fourth year the Venus Rosewater Dish has been bestowed to a first-time Wimbledon winner at the All England Club.
“This is incredible,” Barty said in her post-match interview on the court. “I genuinely have to thank every single person in this stadium, you have made my dream so special, so thank you so much.”
Both Plíšková, 29, and Barty, 25, were playing in their first Wimbledon women’s final.
Barty is the first No. 1 seed to win Wimbledon since Serena Williams won as the top seed in 2016. She is also the first Australian woman to win the Championship since Evonne Goolagong Cawley defeated compatriot Margaret Court in 1980.
Barty jumped out to a fast start to grab hold of momentum early on in the match, dominating the first set with 12 winners and two aces.
Plíšková did not win a single point in the first three games before a double-fault on breakpoint handed Barty the 4-0 lead in the opening set.
But in the second set, Plíšková fought back. She forced a tiebreaker and rebounded with a much more productive service game.
In the first set, Plíšková served at 55 percent for her first serve and didn’t record an ace. In the second set, she notched three aces.
Barty was serving for the match at 6-5 in the second set, but made a handful of unforced errors that let Plíšková back in the match.
The third set was similar to the first in Barty dominating. She jumped out to a 3-0 lead and held her serve the rest of the way to win her second Grand Slam and first Wimbledon championship.
Barty entered the final as the top-ranked player on the planet and defeated Angelique Kerber in the semi-final. While no road to a Grand Slam final is easy, Kerber was one of just two seeded players Barty met during the fortnight — she also toppled No. 14 Barbora Krejčíková (2021 French Open winner) in the fourth round.
Plíšková also saw mostly unseeded opponents, but did take out No. 2 Aryna Sabalenka in the semi to reach her first Grand Slam final since falling to Kerber in the 2016 US Open.
Several top players, including Naomi Osaka and Simona Halep did not participate in this year’s event while Serena Williams withdrew during her first-round match because of an ankle injury.

 

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BREAKING: Oborududu settles for silver at Tokyo Olympics

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Nigeria’s Blessing Oborududu suffered a 1-4 loss to Tamyra Marianna Stock Mensah of the United States in the final of Tokyo Olympic women’s wrestling event to claim a silver medal.

 

Oborududu has won a Gold medal at the African Wrestling Championships every year for the last 11 years, except for 2012 when she did not enter due to competing in the 2012 Summer Olympics.

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Olympiacos sign Henry Onyekuru on permanent deal

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Olympiacos FC have announced the signing of forward Henry Onyekuru from Ligue 1 club Monaco.

 

The 24-year-old Nigerian forward arrived in Greece to seal a permanent move on Saturday after spending last season on loan at Galatasaray.

 

Olympiacos have confirmed the signing of the 24-year-old star on their official website by stating: “Olympiacos have announced the acquisition of international ace, Henry Onyekuru.

 

“The Nigerian, born on June 5, 1997, in Lagos, has been acquired from Monaco after signing a four-year contract.

 

“Having spent five years at Aspire Academy, Onyekuru took the first big step in his career in 2015 by signing a contract with Eupen.

“His 30 goals in 60 games with the Belgian club attracted several clubs with Everton acquiring his services in 2017. The Nigerian spent the next two seasons on loan at Anderlecht (28 assists, 10 goals) and Galatasaray (31 assists and 14 goals) respectively.”

 

Speaking after signing for the team, Onyekuru said: “I know it is a big club in Greece, one of the biggest and they have good ambition and target every season and they are always in the Champions League.

 

“I also know of two Nigerians who played here before and I am just here to contribute and keep on pushing and also to be champions countless times, achieve more goals and aims with the club.

On June 30, 2017, Onyekuru joined Premier League side, Everton, for £7 million and was immediately loaned out to Anderlecht where he was handed the number 9 jersey.

Onyekuru, who made his debut for the Super Eagles in a 3-0 friendly win over Togo on June 1, 2017, is part of the key players for head coach Gernot Rohr ahead of the upcoming World Cup qualifying matches in September.

 

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Nigeria wins first medal at Tokyo Olympics in long jump

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Nigeria on Tuesday morning won her first medal at the ongoing Tokyo Olympics in long jump through Ese Brume.
Brume jumped 6.97 metres to clinch the bronze medal in the event.
The world championship bronze medalist became the first athlete to claim an Olympic medal for Nigeria in 13 years.
Malaika Mihambo, the reigning world champion, claimed the gold medal with a 7.00m jump.
American athlete, Brittney Reese, who won gold in London 2012, finished second with 6.97m to take the silver medal.
Brume went right into the lead with her first jump of 6.97m but she went behind after she leaped 6.67 meters in the second jump and recorded a foul jump at the third attempt.
Early on, the medal contenders had bunched up at the top with Mihambo moving within 2cm of Brume’s 6.97m and Serbia’s Ivana Spanovic in third with 6.91m.
Reese then took the top spot on her third attempt, moving in front of Brume’s jump of 6.97m by virtue of having the second-longest effort, but the Nigerian’s second-best jump of 6.88m on her fourth attempt put her back into the overall lead.
The 6.87m jump by Reese on her fourth attempt meant she trailed Brume by a centimeter. But her fifth attempt of 6.95m got her to the top.
In the final round, it was a battle between Mihambo, Reese and Brume for the gold medal.
On Mihambo’s last jump, she scored 7.00m to move from bronze into gold position.
Brume had her foot well behind the line in her last jump (6.90m) which did not improve on her best, forcing her to settle for bronze.

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