Serena and Murray headline day four of US Open

first_imgMurray will then take to the famous court to try to progress into round three at the expense of 15th seed Felix Auger-Aliassime of Canada.The Scotsman came back from two sets down to win a thrilling five-set match first-round match against Japan’s 49th-ranked Yoshihito Nishioka on Tuesday.Murray is playing in the singles at a Grand Slam for the first time since a first-round exit at the Australian Open in 2019.The 33-year-old is trying to rebuild his injury-ravaged career with a new metal hip that was installed last year. Serena Williams and Andy Murray are back in action on day four at the US Open in New York on Thursday.Williams, the tournament’s third seed, continues her bid for a record-equaling 24th singles Grand Slam against unseeded Russian Margarita Gasparyan.The second-round match kicks off the evening session inside the main Arthur Ashe Stadium. Topics :center_img Williams’ chances of matching Margaret Court’s record for the all-time number of Grand Slam singles titles were handed a boost on Wednesday when top seed Karolina Pliskova tumbled out of the tournament.The Czech was stunned in straight sets by France’s world number 50 Caroline Garcia.The women’s draw is missing a host of top players, either because of coronavirus fears or through injury, including top-ranked Ashleigh Barty and Simona Halep.It has been more than three years since Williams won her 23rd Grand Slam title at the 2017 Australian Open — when she was already pregnant with daughter Olympia.The 38-year-old has come close since, reaching four major finals only to come away empty handed.Also on court Thursday is second seed Sofia Kenin who plays Canada’s Leylah Fernandez for a place in the third round.In the men’s draw second seed Dominic Thiem of Austria goes up against Sumit Nagal, who is the first Indian man since 2013 to reach the second round of a Grand Slam.Third see Daniil Medvedev is also gunning for a spot in the third round Thursday, taking on Australia’s 116th-ranked Christoper O’Connell.last_img read more

Yaya Toure apologises for ‘inappropriate joke’

first_img “It was meant as a joke however I lacked thorough consideration for the feelings of all the other participants. “That being said I deleted the jokes within minutes and I immediately apologised to all inside the group.” Toure said he wanted to “take full responsibility” for his mistake. “We gather for a good cause and this deviates the focus of the game which is to bring everyone together to help children around the world,” he wrote. “It’s sad to see an inappropriate joke I made attract the attention which should be fully devoted to the beauty of the charity game. “Regardless of the circumstances, I want to take full responsibility. I am a grown man who should not be engaged in such jokes. “I am very sorry for my mistake and wish everyone all the best with Soccer Aid on Sunday in raising awareness and funds for important causes.” Toure sparked a string of complaints from his appalled team-mates, who included several female players as well as celebrities. They called on Soccer Aid and ITV bosses to axe Toure from the game, held annually in support of children’s charity Unicef. Toure, who has three children with wife Gina, deleted the messages and issued an apology but got the boot from Sunday’s game. An insider said: “Everyone at Soccer Aid was disgusted by Yaya’s messages. “There is a WhatsApp group for his team, the World XI, and everyone had been chatting in it. “Without being prompted, Yaya posted a video of a naked woman in a bath. Yaya Toure has apologised for an “inappropriate joke” after offering to hire sex workers for his Soccer Aid team. Married dad Toure, 37, boasted in a WhatsApp group chat that he could bring 19 girls to the side’s five-star hotel in Cheshire, and also posted a pornographic video showing a naked woman in a bath. He was axed from this weekend’s event, and tweeted an apology. “I would like to apologise to everyone involved in Soccer Aid for an inappropriate joke I deeply regret,” he wrote. read also:Yaya Toure axed after offering to hire sex workers for teammates “She was acting in a lewd manner and it was highly inappropriate. “He went on to say he could get 19 women like the one in the video to come to the hotel to the pleasure of those playing the match. “It was absolutely disgraceful and caused a huge amount of distress to some of the people who received the messages. “Soccer Aid is a charity game and is raising money for children. “So to have one of the players, especially one who is supposed to be a professional, making such lewd and gross suggestions is despicable.” Midfielder Yaya, who left Manchester City in 2018, sent the X-rated messages on Thursday night. The WhatsApp group was made up of his team-mates from his World XI side – including ex-Man United star Patrice Evra and female players Julie Fleeting, Lianne Sanderson and Chelcee Grimes. Players and coaches from their England XI opponents were also in the group. A string of complaints were then made to Soccer Aid and ITV, which is broadcasting the match live. The insider added: “The messages turned the stomachs of the women, along with the men. “The atmosphere among both teams had been so good and spirits were high. These messages have really soured the mood. “Julie, Lianne and Chelcee made their feelings clear about how wrong they thought his messages were. They called for Toure to be taken off the team.” After bosses at Unicef and ITV were notified of the content, Yaya was told to delete them. He was then forced to apologise to everyone who received the messages and was warned his place in the squad was in jeopardy. However, feelings were running high during breakfast at the hotel this morning, with many feeling he should get the boot. A source explained: “Within a few minutes his messages had been deleted and Yaya got a mouthful from the bosses. “He repeatedly apologised to them and also said he was sincerely sorry for what he had posted to those in the group. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted Content5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksThe Adorable Model For Simba In The Lion King Remake8 Weird Facts About Coffee That Will Surprise YouTop 10 Female Stars Everyone Had A Crush On In The 90s8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its GrowthBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made7 Mind-Boggling Facts About Black HolesThis Muslim Woman Belongs To World’s 10 Strongest Women10 Disney Characters Who Would Make Great Role ModelsWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?8 Addictive And Fun Coffee FactsIs This The Most Delicious Food In The World? Loading… last_img read more