Woz­ni­acki up­sets top-ranked Pliskova

Los Angeles Times - - NFL -

In Toronto, Den­mark’s Caro­line Woz­ni­acki out­lasted top-ranked Karolina Pliskova 7-5, 6-7 (3), 6-4 in a rain­de­layed quar­ter­fi­nal at the Rogers Cup.

Next up will be a Satur­day matchup with Amer­i­can Sloane Stephens, who beat Lu­cie Sa­farova of the Czech Repub­lic 6-2, 1-6, 7-5 be­fore the rain re­turned in the evening.

Pliskova, a 25-year-old from the Czech Repub­lic, was play­ing her first tour­na­ment as the world No. 1.

Roger Federer ad­vanced to the semi­fi­nals of the Rogers Cup in Montreal and was joined later Fri­day by Cana­dian teenager De­nis Shapo­valov, who followed his up­set of Rafael Nadal with an­other three-set vic­tory.

The 18-year-old left-han­der from Rich­mond Hill, On­tario, beat France’s Adrian Man­nar­ino 2-6, 6-3, 6-4. Shapo­valov beat Juan Martin del Potro in the sec­ond round and then knocked off the top-seeded Nadal in a third-set tiebreaker on Thurs­day.

The sec­ond-seeded Federer con­tin­ued his mas­tery over 12th-seeded Roberto Bautista Agut of Spain with a 6-4, 6-4 vic­tory. The 36-year-old Swiss will next face unseeded Dutch­man Robin Haase, a 4-6, 6-3, 6-3 win­ner over Diego Schwartz­man of Ar­gentina.

Ney­mar is ex­pected to make his de­but with Paris Saint-Ger­main on Sun­day in the small Brit­tany town of Guingamp af­ter French soc­cer au­thor­i­ties fi­nally re­ceived the Brazil star’s in­ter­na­tional trans­fer cer­tifi­cate from his former team, Barcelona.

Morocco will bid to host the 2026 World Cup, with its an­nounce­ment com­ing on FIFA’s dead­line for ap­pli­ca­tion, Fri­day. Morocco’s last-minute move takes on the joint bid by the United States, Canada, and Mex­ico.

It’s the North African kingdom’s fifth at­tempt at host­ing the World Cup.

Brad Ke­selowski has won the pole for Sun­day’s NASCAR Cup Se­ries race at Michi­gan In­ter­na­tional Speed­way, putting him­self in good po­si­tion to try for his first Cup vic­tory at his home state’s track.

Joey Logano qual­i­fied sec­ond, followed by Kevin Har­vick.

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