Tsonga tri­umphs for 17th ca­reer ti­tle

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution - - SPORTS - Staff and wire re­ports

Jo-Wil­fried Tsonga beat Pierre-Hugues Her­bert 6-4, 6-2 in an all-French fi­nal of the Open Sud de France in Mont­pel­lier, win­ning his 17th ca­reer ti­tle.

Tsonga broke the sev­enth-seeded Her­bert’s serve three times and dropped only four points through­out the match on his own serve.

The 33-year-old Tsonga was out for seven months last year fol­low­ing a left-knee in­jury. His pre­vi­ous ti­tle was in Oc­to­ber 2017 at the Euro­pean Open in An­twerp.

■ Ro­ma­nia up­set de­fend­ing cham­pion Czech Repub­lic 3-2 to reach the Fed Cup semi­fi­nals with France, Be­larus and Aus­tralia.

Ro­ma­nia reached the semi­fi­nals for the first time. The Czechs had won six ti­tles in the last eight years.

Irina-Camelia Begu and Monica Niculescu teamed up to clinch the best-of-five con­test with a 6-7 (2), 6-4, 6-4 win over Czech pair Ka­te­rina Sini­akova and Barbora Kre­j­cikova in the dou­bles.

Ro­ma­nia took a 2-1 lead on an in­door hard court in Os­trava af­ter Si­mona Halep beat Karolina Pliskova 6-4, 5-7, 6-4 in a re­verse sin­gles fea­tur­ing two for­mer top-ranked play­ers. Halep im­proved her record against Pliskova to 7-2 to put Ro­ma­nia one win from ad­vanc­ing.

Sini­akova, the star of last year’s fi­nal vic­tory against the United States, made it 2-2 with a 6-4, 6-2 win over Mi­haela Burzanescu, leav­ing the re­sult up to the dou­bles.

It was a sim­i­lar fin­ish in Aus­tralia’s 3-2 win over the U.S. in North Carolina, with Ash Barty and Priscilla Hon beat­ing Danielle Collins and Ni­cole Melichar 6-4, 7-5 in the de­cid­ing dou­bles.

ODDS AND ENDS

Bas­ket­ball: A Boise State Univer­sity fresh­man guard was ar­rested and charged with two mis­de­meanors af­ter fight­ing with a bar em­ployee who asked him to leave be­cause he’s un­der­age, po­lice said. Jayc­son Be­real, 19, was booked early Sun­day and charged with bat­tery and a loi­ter­ing-re­lated charge.

Win­ter sports: Olympic and world cham­pion Natalie Geisen­berger is on the verge of win­ning her sev­enth con­sec­u­tive World Cup over­all women’s luge ti­tle af­ter lead­ing a Ger­man sweep of the medals in a race in Oberhof, Ger­many.

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