The Morning Journal (Lorain, OH)
Top seeds move on at Tennis in the Land
Top seed Daria Kasatkina of Russia and second seed Anett Kontaveit of Estonia won their first round matches at Tennis in the Land.
Kasatkina defeated Kaja Juvan of Slovenia 6-3, 6-3 in the opening match of the day, while Kontaveit rallied for a 1-6, 6-0, 6-0 victory over Gilmour grad Lauren Davis in the evening session on the stadium court at Jacobs Pavilion.
No. 26 Kasatkina, who received a wild-card entry into the tournament, eliminated the No. 109 Juvan despite not getting an ace in the 1 hour, 27 minute contest. She will face No. 33 Catherine McNally in the round of 16.
No. 28 Kontaveit overcame a poor start and a wave of support behind Northeast Ohio native Davis in the first WTA tournament held in Cleveland. She snapped a five-match losing streak that began in the final at the Viking International Eastbourne.
FINAU REIGNS AT NORTHERN TRUST >> Tony Finau was developing a label as the player who did everything right but win. What he never lost was his belief he could beat the best.
That moment finally arrived at The Northern Trust against the sunlit backdrop of the Manhattan skyline. Finau delivered the best back nine of his career to track down Jon Rahm, the world’s No. 1 player, and then beat Cameron Smith in a playoff.
Finau tapped in the winning par putt at Liberty National, tilted his head to the sky and fluttered his lips in a sigh that was equal parts relief and satisfaction.
“It’s more massive I think for just my sense of accomplishment,” he said. “It’s hard losing, and it’s hard losing in front of the world. I’ve done it already a couple of times this year. That made me more hungry. If it doesn’t discourage you, it makes you more hungry. You guys keep telling me, ‘When are you going to win again?’ That makes me more hungry.
“It all equals up to now. It was time for me to win again.”
W.VA. GOVERNOR DENIED DUAL COACHING ROLE >> West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice won’t be moonlighting as the coach of a boys high school basketball team where he already is the girls coach.
The Greenbrier County Board of Education rejected a motion to hire Justice as the boys coach at Greenbrier East High School. News outlets reported the board voted, 3-2, to toss a recommendation from county schools Superintendent Jeff Bryant to hire Justice.
Justice said during one of his regularly scheduled news conferences on the coronavirus pandemic that the board’s vote “came down with just that ugliness of personal preference or political preference.”
“Frankly, the board of education in Greenbrier County made a decision that will ultimately hurt not me, but the kids,” the governor said.
The board is looking to replace former NBA player Bimbo Coles, who resigned in July. Much of the debate involved whether Justice could give enough attention to both the boys and girls teams while also being governor, along with paying attention to his family’s businesses. Board member Rick Parker, who voted against Justice’s hiring, had said he planned to base his vote on those concerns.