Kvitova wins Syd­ney In­ter­na­tional

The Bradenton Herald (Sunday) - - Sports - — AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

SYD­NEY

Two-time Wim­ble­don cham­pion Pe­tra Kvitova beat Ash­leigh Barty 1-6, 7-5, 7-6 (3) in the women’s sin­gles fi­nal on Satur­day at the Syd­ney In­ter­na­tional.

Barty led the de­cid­ing set 3-0 be­fore Kvitova be­gan a come­back to win her 26th WTA ti­tle.

Later, Aus­tralian Alex de Min­aur won the men’s sin­gles ti­tle when he beat Ital­ian vet­eran An­dreas Seppi 7-5, 7-6 (5). It was de Min­aur’s sec­ond win of the day, af­ter he ear­lier beat Gilles Si­mon 6-3, 6-2 in a rain-de­layed semi­fi­nal from Fri­day night.

Amer­i­can Sofia Kenin won her first WTA ti­tle at the Ho­bart In­ter­na­tional af­ter beat­ing Anna Karolina Sch­miedlova 6-4, 6-0. She joined com­pa­triot Ten­nys Sandgren, who won his first ATP Tour sin­gles ti­tle, beat­ing Cameron Nor­rie 6-4, 6-2 in the fi­nal of the ASB Clas­sic across the Tas­man Sea at Auck­land, New Zealand, as a first-time tour win­ner.

AWorld Cup gi­ant slalom: Mar­cel Hirscher over­turned ri­val Hen­rik Kristof­fersen’s first-run lead for a clear win in a World Cup gi­ant slalom in Adel­bo­den, Switzer­land.

Olympic cham­pion Mariama Ja­manka of Ger­many teamed with An­nika Drazek to win a World Cup women’s bob­sled race in Koenigssee, Ger­many, for their third

Avic­tory in four starts this sea­son. Elana Mey­ers Tay­lor and Lake Kwaza of the U.S. were sec­ond, the best fin­ish so far this sea­son for any sled from USA Bob­sled and Skele­ton.

In Sigulda, Latvia, Rus­sia’s Tatyana Ivanova had the fastest time in both heats to win a women’s World Cup luge race, de­feat­ing Ger­man star and Olympic cham­pion Natalie Geisen­berger. Sum­mer Britcher of the U.S. was third for her fifth medal of the sea­son and mark­ing the fifth con­sec­u­tive rac­ing week­end that USA Luge has left a

World Cup with a medal.

AJoe Gibbs Rac­ing said co-founder J.D. Gibbs has died fol­low­ing a long bat­tle with a de­gen­er­a­tive neu­ro­log­i­cal dis­ease. He was 49 and the el­dest son of JGR team owner and Pro Foot­ball Hall of Fame coach Joe Gibbs.

Katie Ledecky won the 1,500-me­ter freestyle for her fourth in­di­vid­ual ti­tle of the week in a TYR Pro Swim Se­ries meet in Knoxville, Tenn. The five-time Olympic gold medal­ist won the 200 freestyle, 400 in­di­vid­ual med­ley and 400 freestyle ear­lier in the four-day event.

The Uni­ver­sity of Michi­gan has hired for­mer USA Gym­nas­tics ex­ec­u­tive Rhonda Faehn as a women’s gym­nas­tics coach­ing con­sul­tant. The move was an­nounced af­ter The Michi­gan Daily re­ported the hire. USA Gym­nas­tics parted ways with Faehn as se­nior vice pres­i­dent in May af­ter she was crit­i­cized by vic­tims of Larry Nasser.

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