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“I was a bit nervous because it was a bit windy today,” said Pliskova, who holds the record for the most aces (31) in a match on the WTA tour. “My serve was working today so it helped.“I was struggling a bit and was sick when I was at home. It’s always tough after a Grand Slam,” said the 25-year old world No. 41, who lost to Magdalena Rybarikova of Slovakia in the second round of the U.S. Open.“You don’t know how you would feel. So I said to myself if I get a wild card I’d definitely go (to Tokyo). I need some matches. I’m happy to be here.”Pliskova will play either Nao Hibino or Miyu Kato in the next round.“If Hibino wins — I think she is the favorite of the two — I have played her two or three times and I know her so I have some plans,” she said.Misa Eguchi, the only Japanese player in action Monday in the main singles draw, battled gamely in the first set but fell at the first hurdle, going down 7-5, 6-2 to China’s Han Xinyun.“I was a bit nervous at the start and the errors started to pile up,” said world No. 494 Eguchi, who battled from 4-0 down in the first set before Han took control once again at 5-5.“I lost the first set but I thought I was the better player in the second half of it. I wanted to lead at the start of the second set but it went the same way as the first.“I think that is something I will be able to change the more games I play,” added Eguchi, who returned to action in May from a knee injury sustained in September last year.In other first-round matches, Belgian third seed Elise Mertens beat Russia’s Evgeniya Rodina 7-6 (8-6), 6-1, China’s Wang Qiang was a 7-5, 6-2 winner against Taiwan’s Hsieh Su-wei and Slovak Jana Cepelova won 6-3, 1-0 against Belarusian Aliaksandra Sasnovich, who retired in the second set.Seventh seed Alison Riske won an all-American battle against Madison Brengle 5-7, 6-3, 6-4.In singles qualifying matches involving Japanese players, Kato defeated Magdalena Frech of Poland 6-3, 2-6, 7-6 (7-3), but Miharu Imanishi missed out on a place in the main draw after going down 6-3, 3-6, 6-2 to Montenegrin Danka Kovinic.In the doubles first round, Japanese pair Erina Hayashi and Momoko Kobori were beaten 6-2, 6-0 by Australians Monique Adamczak and Storm Sanders, while top seeds Makoto Ninomiya of Japan and Renata Voracova of the Czech Republic beat Japan’s Misaki Doi and Taiwan’s Chuang Chia-jung 1-6, 7-6 (7-4), 11-9. KEYWORDS Fourth-seeded Czech Kristyna Pliskova overcame Taiwan’s Chang Kai-chen in straight sets to advance to the second round of the Japan Women’s Open on Monday.Pliskova, who took a wild card and came to the $250,000 hardcourt tournament at the last minute, reeled off 14 aces in hot and windy conditions at Ariake Tennis Forest Park en route to a 7-5, 7-5 victory. Japan Women’s Open, Kristyna Pliskova IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5 GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES
Both players are out of contract and have been informed they will not be offered new deals, with manager Steve Cotterill wishing both all the best for the future.Forward Emmanuel-Thomas, a former Arsenal youth product, has been with the club since July 2013. In his two seasons with the club he scored 33 goals in 103 games.“We’re not going to extend his contract here,” Cotterill told bcfc.co.uk.“I know there are potentially a few people interested in him. I’ve spoken to people about him in the last few weeks and I’ve told them what a wonderful character he is.“Jay has never been a minute’s bother for me from the moment I walked in through the door. I love him to bits; he’s a fantastic lad.“The one thing he needs is regular football. I’ve not been able to offer him that this year and if I couldn’t do that this year then there are no guarantees for next year either.“It was very sad really. I’ve been a big supporter for Jay. When people look at him and see his laid-back style and then suggest he doesn’t care – it’s the total opposite.“Due to his size, Jay needs to play on a regular basis. It’s hard when he doesn’t play and then gets thrown back in at the deep end. To get that big frame of his around the football pitch, it’s difficult.“He’ll get sorted out with a new club for sure and if he gets a deal with one of the clubs I’ve been speaking to then I’d be delighted for him. I’ve certainly given good recommendations for him, including to a chairman. He’d do a cracking job for them.“I’m sad to see him go. He’s been a fantastic character around the place. I thanked him for his time with me and he said ‘it’s been a great 18 months and I’ve really enjoyed it’.“We had a big hug and we said our goodbyes. I’ve said I’m always at the other end of the phone if he needs to call me.”Goalkeeper Richards departs Ashton Gate after two and a half seasons with the club.Although he failed to make a first team appearance, he was an ever present on the teamsheet as understudy to Frank Fielding throughout the 2014/15 double-winning campaign.“David needs to go and play regular football somewhere,” added Cotterill.“The exceptional form of Frank Fielding this year has not allowed David to break into the team, but he’s had some fantastic experience.“He’s been in a squad at Wembley and has a Sky Bet League One winner’s medal.“It’s definitely time David moves on and tries to get a regular game somewhere.“I’ve spoken to him and he understands it. I wish him all the best for the future. He’s a smashing lad and I hope he can go and find regular games at whatever level.”Youngsters Lewis Hall and Gus Mafuta, from the club’s Under-21 group, have also departed the club.
BALTIMORE — As the Orioles continue to search for consistent production in left field, outfielder and first baseman Steve Pearce appears to be moving closer to a return from an oblique strain.Manager Buck Showalter told reporters prior to Wednesday’s game against the New York Mets that Pearce took live batting practice in Sarasota, but the 32-year-old was hit in the back by a pitch in his third at-bat, bringing an end to his session. Should Pearce respond well to hitting live pitching and feel no ill effects from the hit by pitch, the Orioles are hoping to send him on a minor-league rehab assignment in the near future.Baltimore is currently using a platoon of Henry Urrutia and Nolan Reimold in left field after exhausting a number of unsuccessful options over the course of the 2015 season. Of course, Pearce was in the midst of a poor campaign of his own with a .227 average in 193 plate appearances, but he might represent the organization’s best internal option of receiving production in left field if he can channel his 2014 success over the final weeks of the season.Pearce was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a left oblique strain on July 22 and is eligible to be activated at any point. After a horrendous start in which he batted just .183 through June 3, Pearce was hitting .321 with an .856 on-base plus slugging percentage over his last 59 plate appearances before the injury.In other health-related news, right-handed relief pitcher Chaz Roe threw off flat ground on Wednesday, the first time he’s picked up a baseball since being placed on the 15-day DL with right shoulder tendinitis. Roe will repeat that task a couple more times before throwing off a mound and could then go on a brief minor-league rehab assignment.He is eligible to return from the DL on Aug. 25, and the club remains hopeful that he will be able to return close to that date if he isn’t quite ready at the conclusion of the minimum 15 days.Showalter said Matt Wieters’s hamstring felt good after returning to the lineup on Tuesday. The catcher also took a foul tip off his knee in the 5-3 loss to the Mets, but he stayed in the game.The Orioles signed left-handed reliever Mike Belfiore to a minor-league contract and assigned him to Triple-A Norfolk. He made his major league debut for Baltimore in 2013, but the 26-year-old appeared in only one game.After officially being released by the Orioles, outfielder Travis Snider has signed a minor-league contract with the Pittsburgh Pirates, the club that traded him to Baltimore last winter.
Related PHOTOS.com/Thinkstock(STORRS, Conn.) — The UConn women’s basketball team beat South Carolina Monday night, 66-55, for the Huskies’ 100th straight win. The Huskies’ last loss came in a 2-point overtime defeat at Stanford in November 2014. The Huskies have been undefeated this year, as well as the two previous seasons. The last Division I men’s college basketball team to finish unbeaten was Indiana in 1975-76. ABC Breaking News | Latest News VideosCopyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.Powered by WPeMatico