Andy Murray knocked out of Zhuhai Championships

Andy Murray playing at the Zhuhai Championships
Andy Murray’s win in the first round was his first on Tour in the singles since hip surgery

Britain’s Andy Murray said he played “only top-70, top-60 level” tennis as he lost to Alex de Minaur in the last 16 of the Zhuhai Championships.

But the 32-year-old slipped to a 4-6 6-2 6-4 defeat by the world number 31.

“Physically, I was struggling,” he said. “My level dropped off a little bit and he capitalised on that.”

Murray won two matches on the lower-level Challenger Tour at the Rafa Nadal Open last month.

But Tuesday’s three-set win over Tennys Sandgren in the first round of the Zhuhai Championships was his first singles victory on the ATP Tour since January.

“My body held up well after two pretty long matches but the rest of my body is just tired,” Murray said.

“I wasn’t able to sustain it for long enough. I played one or two good points, but then I was trying to finish the points a little bit early and shot selection goes down when you’re tired.”

Seventh seed De Minaur will now face Borna Coric in the quarter-finals after the Croat beat China’s Wu Di 6-3 6-3.

Also in China, fellow Briton Dan Evans lost 5-7 5-7 to Bulgaria’s Grigor Dimitrov in last 16 at the Chengdu Open.

Women’s world number one Ashleigh Barty is through to the semi-finals of the Wuhan Open after beating Croat Petra Martic 7-6 (8-6) 3-6 6-3.

The Australian, 23, will face Aryna Sabalenka for a place in the final after the Belarusian won 6-3 1-6 6-1 against Kazakhstan’s Elena Rybakina.

World number seven Petra Kvitova beat Ukraine’s Dayana Yastremska 6-2 6-4 to set up a semi-final clash with Alison Riske after the American upset world number three Elina Svitolina 6-1 6-3.

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Following his exile from the team, he made three substitute appearances of under 30 minutes – plus one Carabao Cup start – but he set up three goals in that time, including against Southampton and Ajax.

Lampard may find it impossible to put him back on the bench now. Not that he will want to.

“I know the pressures of a move like that,” said his Chelsea manager. “He only had a one-week break this summer [with the US in the Gold Cup]. I try to deal with it as I see best. I’ve got competition in that area. He’s been performing well from the bench, he fully deserved to start and a match-winning performance.

“I hope it gives him confidence, it should do. I’m pretty sure it will do.”

Pulisic is no rookie, having scored 19 goals in 127 games for Dortmund and another 13 in 34 for his country.

He added: “I just want to be on the field, help the team and make an impact. I didn’t think it would be super easy. But I have come on a few times the past few weeks and was happy to start today, it was a special day.”

He is now one of many talented youngsters in the Chelsea team as they have risen to fourth in the table with a seven-game winning run in all competitions.

English trio Mount, Tammy Abraham and Tomori have all enjoyed fantastic seasons so far, with Pulisic replacing another – Hudson-Odoi – in Saturday’s line-up.

When he first arrived, he could have been seen as a replacement for Eden Hazard, who left for Real Madrid this summer in a deal which could be worth up to £150m.

He was quick to downplay those comparisons at the time – but Hazard said Pulisic could be “one of the best in the future for sure”.

The Hazard chat may have died down with Pulisic out of the team, but this hat-trick – already halfway to Hazard’s total of two Premier League trebles – will soon reignite comparisons.

He has now been involved in eight goals this season despite so little action. Only Abraham, with nine, has been involved in more.

Luckily he has a bit of help with learning about goalscoring – manager Lampard is the Blues’ all-time top scorer with 211.

“He was an incredible goalscorer so we work on it a lot in training,” said Pulisic on his manager.

Three down, 208 to go for Pulisic.

Tennis’ Alison Van Uytvanck says more players should ‘come out’

"It would be more difficult to come out" if she were a man, Alison Van Uytvanck said.

“We [would like to] see more people coming forward and saying ‘It’s OK.’ I think people would have more confidence,” Van Uytvanck told The Guardian after her doubles match at Wimbledonon Wednesday, which she played with her off-court partner of three years, Greet Minnen.
The Belgians are the first openly lesbian couple to team up in doubles at Wimbledon, but they aren’t the first to play the game. Legends Billie Jean King was outed in 1981, and Martina Navratilova came out as bisexual the same year.
In the men’s game, openly LGBTQ players are even more rare. Brian Vahaly, who retired in 2007, came out only after he finished playing.
Van Uytvanck and Minnen said that sponsorship loss may be a reason why more men don’t come out, as well as the difficulties of playing in countries that may not be friendly toward LGBTQ people.
“There must be some gay men [actively playing] out there. For me personally, [if I were] a man, it would be more difficult to come out” because of the stereotypes, Van Uytvanck said.
Van Uytvanck and Minnen play again Friday, against No. 9 seeds Hao-Ching Chan and Latisha Chan.
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September 2019