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Serena Williams Ousted in The Semi-finals of U.S. Open

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Serena Williams Ousted in The Semi-finals of U.S. Open

Serena Williams was beaten 1-6, 6-3, 6-3 in the semi-finals of the U.S Open by Victoria Azarenka on Thursday, denying her the chance of winning a record-equalling 24th grand slam singles title on home soil this year.

Belarusian Azarenka will play Japan’s Naomi Osaka in her third final at flushing meadows on Saturday, having lost the previous two to Williams in 2012 and 2013.

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Six-times U.S open champion Williams came out firing winners from all sides of the Arthur Ashe stadium court and wrapped up the opening set in little more than half an hour.

Azarenka, playing her first grand slam semi-final in seven years, raised her game in the second stanza and came out on top after some explosive exchanges of power-hitting.

The twice Australian open champion kept up the pressure in the third as 38-year-old Williams struggled with an injury to her left ankle and sealed her place in the final with an ace.

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Andy Murray Exits Rennes Open After Losing to Roman Safiullin in Last 16

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Andy Murray is out of the Rennes Open after a punishing 6-2 4-6 6-1 defeat to Roman Safiullin in the last 16.

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The world number 116 was sluggish in the first set but hit back to take the second against the big-serving Russian. Seeded fifth, Murray had hoped for a run of games in France, attracting large crowds for his two matches.

But an unfortunate net cord at break point down in the third set broke his resistance and Safiullin ran away with the match. Murray, 34, was impressed in the first round and wanted to build his ranking with a good run in this ATP Challenger event.

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Dominic Thiem Outclasses Rafael Nadal

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Dominic Thiem became the first man to move into the last four of the ATP Finals event in London.

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The Austrian beat Rafael Nadal 7-6 7-6 in a high-quality match for his second victory of the season-ending event at the O2 Arena in London.

Nadal had two set points in the first-set tie-break but could not convert with Thiem eventually securing the win on his fifth match point.

Dominic Thiem’s qualification was secured when Stefanos Tsitsipas beat Andrey Rublev.

Defending champion Tsitsipas survived a match point as he won 6-1 4-6 7-6 in Tuesday’s other match of Group London 2020.

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Gumel: Sports Administration Key to Development

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The third Module of fifth edition of Sports Administration and Advanced Sports Management Course (ASMC) started on Tuesday November 11, 2020 at the National Olympic Committee (NOC) boardroom, National Stadium Complex, Surulere, Lagos.

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) course which the NOC is partaking in, is a global sport management course put together to produce and promote excellence in sports administration.

Engineer Habu Gumel, President, Nigeria Olympic Committee (NOC) at the opening session told the participants to see the course as a key to national development and an opportunity to know and as well have first hand information as regards sports administration globally.

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“The International Olympic Committee (IOC) through the Olympic Solidarity designed this course to provide National Olympic Committees the needed assistance to conduct administrative courses in their respective countries. This is to enhance their skills as sports administrators in their day to day activities”, Gumel added.

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The three day programme which is virtual and conventional, has twenty five participants in attendance with Prof. Clement Fasan and Mr. Dyagas Jonathan as certified IOC Program Directors. They are assisted by Mrs. Nyakno Oluokun, Assistant Director, National Institute for Sports and Mrs. Olanipekun Bodunrin of the Lagos State Sports Commission.

The course ends on November 13, 2020.

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