Sandgren, Norrie to meet in Auckland final
Tennys Sandgren is heading to the Australian Open in career-best form after beating Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-4, 6-2 to reach the ASB Classic final on Friday in Auckland, New Zealand.
In Saturday’s final he will face British wild card Cameron Norrie, who reached his first ATP final by defeating Jan-Lennard Struff 7-5. 4-6, 6-3.
Norrie, a two-time AllAmerican at TCU, was born in South Africa and plays for Britain but was raised in Auckland and considers it his hometown.
American Sofia Kenin advanced Finals in Hobart, Australia, with a 6-2, 6-4 win over sixth-seeded Alize Cornet. Kenin will play Anna Karolina Schmiedlova, who Belinda Bencic 7-6 (2), 4-6, 6-2 in an earlier semifinal.
Ashleigh Barty continued her strong run at the Sydney International with a semifinal win over Kiki Bertens, beating the Dutch player 6-7 (4), 6-4, 7-5.
She will play two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova or Serbian qualifier Aliaksandra Sasnovich in Saturday’s final.
Gordon Smith,CEO and executive director of the U.S. Tennis Association, will retire at the end of 2019 after 12 years on the job. Under Smith, the national governing body finished the five-year, $600 million transformation of the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. That included two new stadiums and a retractable roof over Arthur Ashe Stadium.
Stockholm bid: Sweden’s Olympic leaders met a deadline Friday to submit a 2026 Winter Games hosting plan after satisfying concerns of lawmakers in Stockholm which threatened to end the bid last year.
The bid was at risk in October when Stockholm’s new city government coalition cast doubts about spending taxpayer money on the event and asked the Swedish Olympic Committee for more details.
IOC corruption probe: In the latest blow to the International Olympic Committee’s efforts to rid itself of scandal, marketing head Tsunekazu Takeda is being investigated for corruption related to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Takeda, who is also the president of the Japanese Olympic Committee, was placed under formal investigation for “active corruption” Dec. 10, France’s financial crimes office said. 11 a.m.: (taped), FS-FL, FCSA
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