First News : 2019-04-05

SPORT : 28 : 28


28. SPORT Issue 668 5 – 11 April 2019 FirstNews by Eddie de Oliveira SPORT NUMBERS TENNIS 101 IN 1 Formula 1 race has been won by Lewis Hamilton this season. The reigning champion finished first at the Bahrain Grand Prix, ahead of team-mate Valtteri Bottas in second and Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc in third. Leclerc, who started on pole for the first time, suffered an engine problem late on. Hamilton took full advantage and is now second in the standings. ROGER Federer (above) has won his 101st career title and his 28th Masters trophy, after beating John Isner in the final of the Miami Open. fourth Miami Open win. Having won the Dubai Championsh­ips a few weeks before, Federer becomes the first man to win two titles on the ATP Tour this season. In the women’s tournament, Australia’s Ashleigh Barty lifted the trophy after beating Czech player Karolína Plíšková 7-6, 6-3 in the final. Barty returned to tennis three years ago after quitting to play cricket for a while. Her win moves her into the top ten. The Miami Open also saw Canada’s Félix Auger-Aliassime make a name for himself. The 18-year-old, who reached the semi-finals, is now world number 33, making him the youngest player in the top 50. The Swiss star swept aside his American rival 6-1, 6-4, wrapping up the first set in just 24 minutes. He was in supreme form throughout the tournament, defeating top 20 players Kevin Anderson, Daniil Medvedev and Denis Shapovalov along the way. Federer’s commanding performanc­e in the semi-final against Canada’s Shapovalov was all the more impressive given Federer is 37 and his opponent is just 19! The Swiss star won comfortabl­y in straight sets, 6-2, 6-4. After his 50th Masters final, Federer said: “I’m just so happy right now. It’s unbelievab­le. I played here in 1999 for the first time and here I am in 2019. It means a lot to me.” It is Federer’s 2 points separate German football league leaders Borussia Dortmund from second-placed Bayern Munich. The title rivals play each other in a crucial match this weekend. Dortmund’s Paco Alcácer scored twice in injury time to beat Wolfsburg and put his team on top. SPORT PIC OF THE WEEK 96 runs was the winning margin as England trounced Sri Lanka in the final match of the women’s Twenty20 series. The result means England completed a 3-0 whitewash. The team finished the match on 204-2 – their second highest Twenty20 score ever – while Sri Lanka could only manage 108-6. Amy Jones (below) scored 57 runs.

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