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Day 6 has started at the year’s second Grand Slam tournament — the U.S. Open normally closes the major tennis championship season but the pandemic caused changes to the calendar.The sun is shining and the temperature is in the mid-70s Fahrenheit (mid-20s Celsius) as the third round continues Saturday.Among the matches underway: No. 15 Maria Sakkari of Greece is facing No. 22 Amanda Anisimova of the U.S. in Louis Armstrong Stadium.The highlight of the afternoon is expected to be Serena Williams against Sloane Stephens in Arthur Ashe Stadium.Williams owns 23 Grand Slam singles titles, including six in New York. Stephens won the 2017 U.S. Open. ___12:15 p.m.Maria Sakkari reached the fourth round at her second consecutive Grand Slam tournament after needing just 55 minutes to eliminate mistake-prone American teen Amanda Anisimova 6-3, 6-1.The 22nd-seeded Anisimova, who turned 19 on Monday, finished with 28 unforced errors and just four winners. Sakkari made eight errors.The 15th-seeded Sakkari entered 2020 with an 0-7 record in third-round matches at major championships. Associated Press Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on the U.S. Open tennis tournament (all times EDT):3:40 p.m.Serena Williams and Sloane Stephens are heading to a third set in their third-round showdown at the U.S. Open. The Latest: Williams, Stephens head to 3rd set at US Open Stephens took the first set 6-2, and Williams grabbed the second by the same score.Williams has won six of her 23 Grand Slam singles titles at Flushing Meadows. Stephens won the 2017 title in New York.___2:45 p.m.Serena Williams and Sloane Stephens have started their third-round U.S. Open match in Arthur Ashe Stadium. But she finally won at that stage at the Australian Open in January, then did it again Saturday in Louis Armstrong Stadium.Normally the Grand Slam circuit would head to Paris and London between Melbourne and New York. Because of the coronavirus pandemic, the French Open was postponed from May until late September and Wimbledon was canceled for the first time in 75 years. Sakkari will play Serena Williams or Sloane Stephens next.___11:30 a.m. Williams has won six of her 23 Grand Slam singles titles at Flushing Meadows; Stephens won the 2017 title in New York.That matchup follows 2019 runner-up Daniil Medvedev’s 6-3, 6-3, 6-2 victory over American wild-card entry J.J. Wolf in Ashe.Other third-round winners Saturday include No. 10 Andrey Rublev in the men’s draw, and No. 16 Elise Mertens in the women’s, both in straight sets.___2:25 p.m. Kristina Mladenovic and her partner, Timea Babos, have been dropped from the U.S. Open women’s doubles competition after Mladenovic was issued a quarantine notice by public health officials of Nassau County, New York.The U.S. Tennis Association announced the withdrawal Saturday, saying it was “obligated to adhere to government guidance.”Mladenovic was one of seven players placed under extra restrictions during the tournament after contact tracing determined she potentially could have been exposed to COVID-19 by Benoit Paire, the only entrant to test positive.Mladenovic had been allowed to continue to compete in singles. She won in the first round but lost in the second round after blowing a 6-1, 5-1 lead.The USTA says the new quarantine orders mean those players “identified as having prolonged close contact with the infected player will quarantine in their rooms for the remainder of their quarantine period.” September 5, 2020 ___
Ghana’s national team, the Black Stars, will play Japan in an international friendly in September.The match will be played in Japan on Tuesday 8th September.The warm-up match has been lined up to prepare the Black Stars for their future matches.The Blue Samurai, who reached the round of 16 of the 2010 World Cup, are expected to give Ghana a good test.“We have arranged a friendly against Japan as part of our plan of keeping the Black Stars engaged in matches on international friendly match dates,” Ghana Football Association President Kwesi Nyantaky told www.ghanafa.org.“Japan are one of the tough football nations in the world today and going by their performance at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa they will give us a good test. “We want to leave no stone unturned with adequate preparation for the future competitions we play in. Playing in matches like this will keep the squad in shape.”The Black Stars are playing in the 2014 World Cup qualifiers where they are second in Group D.
The best BH tennis player Damir Dzumhur will play against Argentinian Nicolas Kicker in the first round of Roland Garros.Dzumhur is currently on the 96th place, and his opponent will be a twenty-four-year-old Kicker, who is on the 94th place on the ATP list.It will be their first encounter on a single tournament, and the winner will play better against the match between thirty-one-year-old Spanish Champion Pablo Cuevas (23rd ATP).(Source: klix)