Tsonga wins 17th ti­tle, his first since 2017

The Washington Post - - SPORTS - — From news ser­vices and staff re­ports

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

Tsonga broke the sev­enth­seeded Herbert’s serve three times and dropped only four points in 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, Bel­gium.

Herbert has lost his three sin­gles fi­nals on the ATP Tour. . . .

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

Romania reached the semi­fi­nals for the first time af­ter its first vic­tory against the host Czechs, who won six ti­tles in the past eight years.

Irina-Camelia Begu and Mon­ica Niculescu teamed up to clinch the best-of-five con­test with a 6-7 (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 topranked play­ers.

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 Buzarnescu, leav­ing the re­sult hing­ing on the dou­bles.

It was a sim­i­lar fin­ish in Aus­tralia’s 3-2 win over the United States in Asheville, N.C., with Ash Barty and Priscilla Hon beat­ing Danielle Collins and Ni­cole Melichar, 6-4, 7-5, in the de­cid­ing dou­bles.

Ear­lier, Barty beat Madi­son Keys, 6-4, 6-1, to give Aus­tralia a 2-1 lead. Collins, who reached her first Grand Slam semi­fi­nal at the Aus­tralian Open last month, made it 2-2 af­ter a 6-1, 3-6, 6-2 vic­tory over Daria Gavrilova.

The Aus­tralians will next play Be­larus, which lost the 2017 fi­nal to the United States, in April. Be­larus dom­i­nated at Braun­schweig, with Aryna Sa­balenka cruis­ing past Laura

Siege­mund, 6-1, 6-1, to give her coun­try an in­sur­mount­able 3-0 lead over host Ger­many on an in­door hard court.

In Liege, Caro­line Gar­cia clinched an in­sur­mount­able 3-0 lead for France over host Bel­gium af­ter eas­ing past Elise Mertens, 6-2, 6-3, to set up a semi­fi­nal against Romania.

PRO FOOT­BALL

For­mer NFL run­ning back Trent Richard­son rushed for 56 yards and two touch­downs, and the Birm­ing­ham Iron beat the Mem­phis Ex­press, 26-0, in Birm­ing­ham, Ala., in the first Al­liance of Amer­i­can Foot­ball game for each team.

The Mem­phis of­fense strug­gled un­der for­mer Penn State quar­ter­back Chris­tian Hack­en­berg, a sec­ond-round draft pick of the New York Jets in 2016 who never ap­peared in an NFL game. Hack­en­berg com­pleted 10 of 23 passes for 87 yards with an in­ter­cep­tion.

Else­where, John Wol­ford threw for four touch­downs to lead the Ari­zona Hot­shots to a 3822 win over the Salt Lake Stal­lions in Tempe, Ariz.

TRACK AND FIELD

Ac­cord­ing to a Sports Il­lus­trated re­port, Ja­maican dis­tance run­ner Ke­moy Camp­bell re­mained in a hos­pi­tal on as­sisted breath­ing a day af­ter he col­lapsed off the track at the Mill­rose Games in New York.

The re­port said Camp­bell, 28, was put in a med­i­cally in­duced coma Satur­day night and doc­tors were still try­ing to de­ter­mine what caused him to col­lapse.

The 2016 Olympian pulled off the track just past the 1,000me­ter mark of the men’s 3,000me­ter race.

BASE­BALL

With a team that wasn’t even sup­posed to be in the tour­na­ment, Panama beat Cuba, 3-1, in Panama City to win its sec­ond Caribbean Se­ries and first since 1950.

Panama was rep­re­sented in the tour­na­ment for the first time since 1960 only af­ter the Caribbean Pro­fes­sional Base­ball Leagues moved the se­ries out of Venezuela be­cause of se­cu­rity con­cerns. With Panama host­ing, the Toros de Her­rera were in­vited to play as a guest.

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