Coric up­sets Fed­erer, will meet Djokovic for ti­tle

The Charlotte Observer (Sunday) - - Sports -

Borna Coric up­set de­fend­ing cham­pion Roger Fed­erer to face No­vak Djokovic in the Shang­hai Mas­ters fi­nal on Sun­day.

Coric earned pas­sage to the fi­nal by tak­ing down the top-seeded Fed­erer 6-4, 6-4 in the semi­fi­nals on Satur­day.

The Croa­t­ian gave him­self a third ca­reer shot at Djokovic. In their pre­vi­ous meet­ings, Coric failed to take a set off of Djokovic.

The soon-to-be-No. 2-ranked Djokovic booked a fi­nal ap­point­ment af­ter crush­ing No. 5 Alexan­der Zverev 6-2, 6-1.

Top-seeded Karolina ●

Pliskova will be look­ing for her sec­ond ti­tle of the WTA’s Asian swing when she plays sec­ond-seeded Caro­line Garcia in the Tian­jin (China) Open fi­nal on Sun­day.

Pliskova, play­ing on a wild card, needed only an hour to beat Timea Bascin­szky 6-2, 6-1.

●Wang Qiang, the best Chi­nese women’s player in ten­nis with a rank­ing of No. 24, will play Ukrainian teen Dayana Yas­trem­ska for a third ca­reer ti­tle at the Hong Kong Open on Sun­day.

Wang posted two up­set vic­to­ries by first fin­ish­ing her rain-post­poned quar­ter­fi­nal against top-seeded Elina Svi­tolina and win­ning 6-2, 6-4. Then, Wang up­set fourth-seeded Gar­bine Mugu­ruza 6-7 (5), 6-4, 7-5.

Eka­te­rina Alexan­drova

● re­cov­ered from a dis­as­trous first set against Andrea Petkovic at the Ladies Linz (Aus­tria) tour­na­ment to reach her first fi­nal.

The Rus­sian qual­i­fier beat Petkovic 0-6, 6-4, 6-0 in their topsy-turvy semi­fi­nal. Alexan­drova plays Camila Giorgi in Sun­day’s fi­nal.


Peters wrecks Grag­son to win: Ti­mothy Peters won the Truck Se­ries race at Tal­ladega (Ala.) Su­per­speed­way af­ter spin­ning leader Noah Grag­son out of his way on the fi­nal lap, then block­ing traf­fic as he rushed to the check­ered flag.

It was the 11th vic­tory of Peters’ ca­reer and third at Tal­ladega, the most wins at the Alabama track among Truck Se­ries driv­ers.

Mick Schu­macher, 19, ● son of seven-time F1 cham­pion Michael Schu­macher, se­cured the For­mula 3 Euro­pean Cham­pi­onship ti­tle on the fi­nal week­end in front of a home crowd at Hock­en­heim, Ger­many.

Col­lege Bas­ket­ball

Texas guard out: Texas guard An­drew Jones frac­tured a toe in prac­tice, and the school says there is no timetable for his re­turn. Jones had re­joined the team fol­low­ing his di­ag­no­sis of leukemia, which oc­curred in Jan­uary. He sat out most of last sea­son while un­der­go­ing treat­ment.

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