Anderson survived a tense third-set tie-breaker to upset the top-seeded Thiem and advance to the quarterfinals of the Citi Open.
The 6-foot-Eight South African veteran fought off a match level earlier than serving out the tie-breaker to win 6-Three, 6-7 (6), 7-6 (7) on Thursday night time and enhance his profession document to 6-Zero towards the seventh-ranked Thiem. The match lasted 2 hours, 46 minutes.
The Citi Open is a hard-court tune-up for the U.S. Open, which begins July 28. Anderson’s three profession titles have all come on exhausting courts. Thiem has three titles this season, two on clay, and he reached the semi-finals on the French Open.
Third-seeded Milos Raonic, the 2014 Citi Open champion, gained a prolonged first-set tiebreak on the best way to beating Marcos Baghdatis 7-6 (7), 6-Three, and eighth-seeded Jack Sock beat fellow American Jared Donaldson 7-6 (6), 6-2. Raonic and Sock will face one another in the subsequent spherical.
In the ladies’s draw, Canadian wildcard Bianca Andreescu knocked off second- seeded Kristina Mladenovic in straight units to advance to the quarterfinals. Andreescu beat Mladenovic 6-2, 6-Three on Thursday. In different ladies’s matches, top- seeded Simona Halep got here again from dropping the primary set to beat Mariana Duque- Marino Three-6, 6-Four, 6-2, and Andrea Petkovic beat Eugenie Bouchard 6-2, Four-6, 6-Zero. Five of the highest seven seeds in the ladies’s draw reached the quarterfinals.
SOMETIMES for athletes on the highest degree, it’s not simply the act of doing it. It’s how they do it that’s vital.
In the case of Jordan Spieth and his British Open victory Sunday, had he plodded his means round Royal Birkdale and gotten to 69 within the ultimate spherical by way of 17 pars and a birdie, the Claret Jug he probably spooned with Sunday night time won’t maintain the identical significance because it does due to the treacherous path he ended up navigating to win it.
“Closing [Sunday] was extraordinarily essential for the best way I take a look at myself,’’ Spieth conceded.
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Spieth had a rating to settle Sunday at Birkdale. With himself.
His caddie, Michael Greller, knew. That’s why, whereas standing off to the aspect of the 18th inexperienced whereas his boss was receiving the Claret Jug, Greller stated this win “was extra particular’’ than any Spieth had gained already in his budding profession — together with the 2015 Masters and U.S. Open he bagged.
“He’s harm quite a bit since that ’16 Masters, and I’m positive there have been some doubts that crept in,’’ Greller stated. “And then he simply stated, ‘You know what? I know how to do this.’ ’’
Oh, sure he does.
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What Spieth did Sunday was flip that 2016 Masters — at which he famously blew a five-shot lead with 9 holes to play, taking a quadruple-bogey 7 on the par-Three 12th with two balls rinsed in Rae’s Creek — into an anomaly, not a development.
What Spieth did was not simply win his first British Open however forge his popularity for being a resilient, cold-blooded nearer.
How Spieth gained Sunday was not misplaced on his fellow gamers.
“He’s a fighter,’’ Rory McIlroy stated. “He’s proven that the entire means via his brief profession. He can dig himself out of those holes. He’s an absolute star.’’
McIlroy, who owns 4 main championships and has endured his share of heartbreak (see his final-round back-nine Masters meltdown), is aware of a factor or two about being a star and about being within the place Spieth was in Sunday.
When Spieth reached the 18th inexperienced with the event in hand, ready on the again of the inexperienced to congratulate him have been fellow gamers Rickie Fowler, Justin Thomas, Jason Dufner, Gary Woodland and Zach Johnson, who denied Spieth of a British Open win in 2015 at St. Andrews.
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Spieth flew house with Johnson on a personal aircraft in 2015 and drank wine out of the Claret Jug that night time. He joked Sunday that he was warned it was dangerous luck to drink from the jug earlier than you’ve gained it, and he was starting to consider that on the entrance 9 as his lead melted away.
“I’m confused,’’ Johnson stated whereas making an attempt to explain how Spieth survived the mess he’d made on No. 13, the place his drive sailed 120 yards towards Liverpool to the appropriate of the green and but he nonetheless salvaged a bogey. It was a man falling right into a shark tank and climbing out of it with a paper reduce.
Ernie Els, whose profession prime occurred to coincide with Tiger Woods’, marvelled not solely on the three majors Spieth already has at age 23 and by his seven top-Four finishes in simply 19 profession majors, however the status as a ruthless nearer he’s forging.
“He can go as much as the 14 mark,” Els stated, talking of main championships, which occurs to be the quantity Woods is caught on. “Guys sort of begin understanding that you understand how to win — and virtually like Tiger — the place individuals perhaps really feel like they will’t do it towards Jordan.’’
Spieth is humbled to listen to his identify utilized in the identical sentence because the likes of Woods and Jack Nicklaus, whom he joined Sunday as the one gamers ever to win three legs of the Grand Slam earlier than age 24.
If he wins the PGA Championship subsequent month at Quail Hollow, Spieth would eclipse Woods’ document because the youngest to finish the uncommon and elusive Grand Slam that solely 5 gamers (Nicklaus, Woods, Ben Hogan, Gary Player and Gene Sarazen) have completed.
“I don’t examine myself,’’ Spieth stated. “I don’t assume that they (comparisons) are applicable or vital. To be in that firm little question is completely unimaginable and I definitely recognize it. But I’m very cautious as to what meaning going ahead, as a result of what these guys have finished has transcended the game.
“And by no means, form or type do I feel I’m anyplace close to that, in any respect. So it’s an excellent begin, however there’s a lengthy solution to go.’’
JORDAN Spieth is hoping he can use the bitter expertise of his collapse within the Masters at Augusta final yr to his benefit when he goes into the ultimate spherical of the British Open with an enormous lead.
Spieth shot a bogey-free 65 within the third spherical at Royal Birkdale – his third consecutive spherical within the 60s – to take a seat at 11 underneath par for the championship and lead by three strokes from fellow American Matt Kuchar.
At the age of 23 he appears poised to win a 3rd main following his victories at the 2015 Masters and US Open, however he is aware of all too properly what can occur if the nerves grow to be an excessive amount of on the ultimate day.
Last yr Spieth led by 5 photographs as he approached the 10th gap within the ultimate spherical of the Masters, solely to dramatically drop six photographs in three holes and ultimately lose out to England’s Danny Willett.
“I think I’m in a position where it can be very advantageous, just everything I’ve gone through, the good, the bad, and everything in the middle,” he stated.
“I perceive that leads might be squandered shortly, and I additionally perceive how one can carry on rolling on one. So it was a humbling expertise that I assumed at the time might serve me nicely going ahead.
“And if I don’t win tomorrow (Sunday), it has nothing to do with that. It has to do with it was another person’s day, and I didn’t play in addition to I ought to have. And if I win tomorrow it has nothing to do with that, both.
“It might be a day that can be emotionally draining and troublesome to remain very impartial within the head, however that’s in all probability an important factor for me to do.”
A win would see Spieth comply with within the footsteps of the good Jack Nicklaus by getting three-quarters of the best way to a grand slam within the majors earlier than his 24th birthday.
Spieth’s 54-hole complete rating of 199 is only one shot shy of the British Open document held by Tom Lehman when he went on to win at Royal Lytham and St Annes, simply up the north-west English coast, in 1996.
With his enjoying companion Kuchar three photographs again, and Austin Connelly and Brooks Koepka six adrift in a tie for third, Spieth is in a golden place to emulate Lehman.
He arrived at Birkdale having failed to complete greater than 11th in any of his final 5 main appearances, however a victory within the Travelers Championship on the PGA Tour in Connecticut final month set him up properly.
“I thought Hartford was big. I was able to win feeling really poorly with the putter and that’s never happened before. And being able to do that gave me confidence, and then I had a lot of rest. I just feel rested,” he stated.
“I’ve been through this experience a lot. And I know how draining it can be and how important it is to conserve energy. And that’s the plan going into tomorrow.”
207 – Dustin Johnson (USA) 71-72-64, Chan Kim (USA) 72-68-67, Rafael Cabrera-Bello (ESP) 67-73-67, Henrik Stenson (SWE) 69-73-65
208 – Ross Fisher 70-72-66, Rory McIlroy 71-68-69, Richie Ramsay 68-70-70, Ian Poulter 67-70-71
209 – Alex Noren (SWE) 68-72-69, Rickie Fowler (USA) 71-71-67, Richard Bland 67-72-70
210 – Andrew Johnston 69-74-67, Jason Day (AUS) 69-76-65, Jason Dufner (USA) 73-71-66, Shaun Norris (RSA) 71-74-65, Tony Finau (USA) 70-73-67, Scott Hend (AUS) 71-74-65, Sergio Garcia (ESP) 73-69-68, Paul Casey 66-77-67, Matthew Fitzpatrick 69-73-68, Joost Luiten (NED) 68-72-70, Jamie Lovemark (USA) 71-69-70
211 – Steve Stricker (USA) 70-72-69, Chris Wood 71-72-68, Bubba Watson (USA) 68-72-71, Matthew Southgate 72-72-67, Thongchai Jaidee (THA) 70-73-68, Li Haotong (CHN) 69-73-69, Kevin Na (USA) 68-75-68, David Drysdale 72-73-66, Ernie Els (RSA) 68-73-70, Tommy Fleetwood 76-69-66, Marc Leishman (AUS) 69-76-66
212 – Zach Johnson (USA) 75-66-71, Thomas Pieters (BEL) 69-75-68, Charley Hoffman (USA) 67-73-72
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213 – Adam Scott (AUS) 69-74-70, Okay.T. Kim (KOR) 73-71-69, Brandon Stone (RSA) 73-72-68, Andrew Dodt (AUS) 69-75-69, Peter Uihlein (USA) 72-72-69, Jon Rahm (ESP) 69-74-70, Chang Yi-Keun (KOR) 71-71-71, a-Alfie Plant 71-73-69, Gary Woodland (USA) 70-69-74
214 – Kent Bulle (USA) 68-72-74, Soren Kjeldsen (DEN) 71-71-72, Xander Schauffele (USA) 69-75-70, Toby Tree 70-75-69, Joseph Dean 72-72-70, Martin Kaymer (GER) 72-72-70, Daniel Berger (USA) 68-76-70, Laurie Canter 70-72-72, J.B. Holmes (USA) 71-72-71, Andy Sullivan 70-75-69, Justin Rose 71-74-69, Jimmy Walker (USA) 72-72-70, James Hahn (USA) 68-76-70, Song Young-Han (KOR) 71-74-69, Lee Westwood 71-74-69
215 – Mike Lorenzo-Vera (FRA) 75-70-70, Charl Schwartzel (RSA) 66-78-71, Russell Henley (USA) 70-70-75, Kevin Kisner (USA) 70-71-74, Bernd Wiesberger (AUT) 69-75-71, Webb Simpson (USA) 71-74-70
216 – Sean O’Hair (USA) 72-73-71, Thorbjorn Olesen (DEN) 70-72-74
217 – Aaron Baddeley (AUS) 69-76-72, Kang Sung-Hoon (KOR) 68-73-76
One of the favourites coming into the event, Australia’s Under 19 group has fallen 66-61 to Japan of their first recreation of the Women’s World Championship.
Ezi Magbegor led the aspect with 21 factors, however the the rest of the aspect shot simply 28%, together with 5% from three level vary, as Japan’s perimeter recreation and skill to get to the road served them properly in serving the upset.
An early turnover from the Gems allowed Japan to rating the primary factors of the sport, however the Australians shortly hit again as Ezi Magbegor went to work within the paint. Whilst the Japanese aspect went with the surface capturing route within the early levels, the Australians selected to feed Magbegor and Chloe Bibby within the paint. Whilst Magbegor offered the Japanese issues at each ends of the ground, the sport remained tight in a low-scoring first quarter. A pair of air balls in a single possession from the Gems was maybe an excessive instance, however an instance nonetheless of the problem each groups had find scoring alternatives against some extraordinarily aggressive protection. An Anneli Maley put-back tied issues at 10-10, earlier than some robust play within the paint from Zitina Aokuso a minute or so later culminated within the final scoring play of the quarter for the Gems, earlier than Japan tied the sport at 13-13 with a buzzer-beating three to finish the time period.
Samantha Simons opened the second quarter scoring to restore the Gems’ benefit to 15-13 earlier than Bibby doubled the lead shortly after with some strong work within the publish. With the Japanese bombing away from outdoors the arc with out a lot luck, the Australians discovered alternatives to construct their lead. Magbegor proved to be virtually unstoppable across the rim, however Japan managed to hit simply sufficient photographs to maintain themselves inside hanging distance all through the second quarter. Soon sufficient, Japan had tied issues up once more at 23-23 courtesy of a pair of Kadysha Umezawa free throws, leading to a Gems timeout.
Jaz Shelley discovered Rebecca Pizzey for a large open look within the paint to edge the Australians forward out of the timeout, earlier than the Victorian level guard discovered Aokuso for an and-one alternative, which the Townsville Fire recruit promptly transformed. Japan continued to hit from the perimeter, however their free throw capturing value them useful factors whilst they retook the lead from the Australians at 29-28 heading into the ultimate minute of the half. Australia had an opportunity to retake the lead going into halftime, however a turnover culminated in a last-second basket for Japan and it was they who took a 31-28 lead into halftime. Magbegor led the Australians at halftime with eight factors on four/5 subject objective capturing, and at occasions wanting unstoppable within the paint, while Anneli Maley had a Windex-like impact on the glass within the opening 20 minutes to decide up six rebounds.
The third quarter began inauspiciously for the Gems with their first possession ending with the cross crusing into the bench, and Japan made the Australians pay with a mid-range jumper. Fortunately, the Australians’ second possession of the half ended with Magbegor holding the ball in shut proximity to the basket, leading to her fifth basket of the night. Bibby adopted up with a jumper, and when Maddison Rocci knocked down a nook three within the wake of a Japanese offensive foul, the Gems had taken a 34-33 lead lower than two minutes into the second half.
The Australians continued to exploit their dominance within the paint because the quarter continued, with the ball commonly discovering Magbegor inside. Despite being often double and triple-teamed by the Japanese protection, the brand new Canberra Capitals recruit managed to earn journeys to the road and convert with regularity within the early levels of the second half. A few turnovers stifled the Gems’ rhythm, however with Japan unable to knock down photographs from their most popular space across the perimeter, Australia maintained a slim margin deep into the third quarter. A late rally appeared as if it’d assist the Japanese aspect tie the sport, however Magbegor got here to the fore at each ends with a steal and a basket in fast succession to maintain the Gems forward 46-40. Some free-flowing basketball within the remaining minute stored the scoreboard ticking over, however Australia retained a 48-44 margin going into the ultimate time period, with Magbegor persevering with her domination, taking her tally to 17 factors with 1 / 4 remaining.
The Gems middle delivered extra of the identical to open the ultimate time period, drawing a foul while working inside and changing the ensuing free throws. Nine fast factors from the Japanese adopted, and with seven minutes remaining the Gems trailed 53-50 as the sport appeared destined to come proper down to the wire. A neat cross from Maley allowed Bibby to cease the run with a short-range floater earlier than Rocci collected an extended rebound on the Australians’ subsequent offence to ship her aspect a 54-53 lead.
Japan restored their lead earlier than Rocci picked off a move for a quick break lay-up to tie issues at 56-56, and when Miwa Kuribayashi missed a pair on the line, the Gems have been afforded the prospect to retake the lead. However, with outdoors capturing accuracy deserting the Australians at very important moments, it was Japan who opened up a 62-56 lead as the sport ticked into the ultimate 2 minutes. Even a chase-down block from Magbegor was unable to stem the move because the ball rebounded into Japanese ahead Stephanie Mawuli’s arms for the open lay-up.
A Gems timeout ensued, and Magbegor pulled her staff inside 4 factors from shut vary on the first alternative. Despite this, Japan re-established a six level margin earlier than Samantha Simons banked residence a 3 to depart the sport tantalisingly poised at 64-61, earlier than Japan took a timeout with 18 seconds to play. An offensive foul on the inbound play from the Japanese aspect gave the Gems one final probability at sending the sport to extra time, however a number of makes an attempt on the game-saving three pointer have been off course. Eventually, the Japanese aspect gained possession and Mawuli was despatched to the charity stripe. An ideal journey to the road put Japan up 66-61 with negligible time remaining, condemning the Gems to a first-up loss of their World Championship campaign as a 22-13 last quarter helped safe Japan the victory.
The Gems have been little question hampered by their incapability to hit photographs from past the road, connecting on simply 1 of 20 for the competition, however there might be myriad issues that the aspect could have to rectify if they’re to go deep on this event, not least their lack of ability to benefit from their superior measurement and dominance within the paint.
Magbegor led all scorers with 21 factors on eight/11 capturing from the sector, and the Gems will little question need to utilise her presence within the paint extra considerably going ahead. Bibby additionally completed in double figures with 10 factors with 7 rebounds. Maley was a menace on the boards to end with 13 rebounds alongside her four factors. The Gems will tackle Mexico of their second recreation of the pool stage tomorrow, with a win very important if they need to safe a beneficial draw within the knockout rounds.
Nick Kyrgios was pressured to retire from the Queen’s event. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
The world quantity 20 and defending champion, Nick Kyrgios, has withdrawn from the Atlanta Open, citing a proper hip pressure.
Kyrgios gained the event final yr after defeating American John Isner within the remaining. He will forfeit 250 rating factors and can probably fall to round quantity 25 on the planet.
“Having to make the decision not to defend my title at the Atlanta Open was really tough and disappointing,” Kyrgios stated in a press release on Twitter. He additionally stated he had been “hopeful up to the last moment” however simply was not prepared.
Tournament director, Eddie Gonzalez, wished Kyrgios a speedy restoration and stated the event will wanting ahead to welcoming again “a great Atlanta Open champion” sooner or later.
This comes after a tumultuous grass season the place the Australian re-injured his hip when he fell on the London Queens Club event. He was pressured to retire within the first spherical at Wimbledon because of the similar damage a fortnight later.
The 22-year-old had lately posted photographs of himself coaching again in Australia on social media and has stated he’s assured that he will probably be wholesome in time to play on the US Open in August.
Other Australian gamers to look out for on the Atlanta Open embrace Bernard Tomic and John Millman.
AFTER all of the speak of how properly he felt he has been enjoying regardless of the shortage of outcomes, it was all going sideways for Rory McIlroy on Thursday.
He was 5-over par by means of the primary six holes and his British Open title quest appeared extremely more likely to be over earlier than it started.
But McIlroy rallied furiously on the ultimate 12 holes, enjoying them in Four-under to submit a good 1-over 71 and hold himself in rivalry, 4 photographs off the lead.
“I used to be nervous going out,’’ McIlroy stated. “I used to be a bit of anxious, timid, in all probability simply not as a lot perception in myself as I ought to have had. JP (Fitzgerald, his caddie) gave me a superb speaking on the (sixth) tee field, and kind of jogged my memory of the place I used to be. That helped, that received me again in a constructive mind set.’’
What did Fitzgerald say?
“He stated, ‘You’re Rory McIlroy. What the (expletive) are you doing?’ ” McIlroy stated.
“At that time I mumbled and stated, ‘Whatever.’ But it helped. It undoubtedly helped. It stored me constructive. So he did an awesome job.
“Thankfully he’s not needed to do it too typically. But, yeah, he’s needed to do it a number of occasions. And he’s by no means afraid to try this. I really feel (Thursday) it helped much more than at different occasions as a result of I wanted one thing.’’
Before that caddie confidential, McIlroy, who entered the week having missed the reduce in his earlier two tournaments the final two weeks and three of his final 4, stated, “I used to be considering, ‘Geez, here we go again.’ But I simply wanted to remain affected person and stick with it. I didn’t get indignant on the market in any respect. I didn’t let my head drop an excessive amount of.
“I stored an excellent, constructive angle. And it rotated for me, fortunately. It was good to see the (birdie) putt on 18 go in and shut out with one thing actually constructive.
“With the (poor) climate we’re anticipating (Friday), I nonetheless really feel I’m within the golf event. If I can exit and play a great high quality spherical of golf within the morning and attempt to get within the clubhouse someplace round even par, underneath par, I’ll nonetheless be round for the weekend.’’
That was one thing that appeared extremely unlikely by way of the primary six holes.
McIlroy stated he’s skilled, “a little bit of insecurity simply during the last couple of weeks, and simply letting that get in my head just a little bit.
“It’s a serious championship. These are the 4 largest tournaments of the yr, and also you need to go on the market and shoot a very good rating and get off to a great begin. I’m all the time extra nervous enjoying in these 4 tournaments than I’m anything.
“And I felt that on the market simply due to the lack-of-self perception I had going out. But by some means I used to be capable of finding it midway via the spherical and, once more, that’s what I’m going to focus on going into (Friday).’’
LEGENDARYgolf journalist Dan Jenkins has been savaged on social media for belittling Australian Ian Baker-Finch’s record-setting British Open triumph at Royal Birkdale.
Twenty-six years after becoming a member of Peter Thomson, Kel Nagle and Greg Norman as solely Australia’s fourth man in additional than a century to boost the well-known Claret Jug, Baker-Finch’s efficiency on the Lancashire hyperlinks course stays part of Open folklore.
In the type of his life, the Queenslander opened his last spherical with a front- 9 29, blitzing the sector with 5 birdies in his first seven holes, earlier than ultimately heading a memorable Australian quinella with a two-stroke win over Mike Harwood. LIVE stream the British Open on the FOX SPORTS devoted channel. Get a free 2-week Foxtel Now trial now & stream LIVE inside minutes. SIGN UP NOW >
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Baker-Finch’s eight-under-par 272 complete stays the bottom profitable rating in 9 Opens contested at Birkdale, stretching again to Australian nice Thomson’s first victory on the course in 1954.
Atoning for blowing final-round Open leads in 1984 and 1990, Baker-Finch’s spectacular Sunday begin left challengers together with Norman, Seve Ballesteros and Bernhard Langer in his wake.
Yet Jenkins, certainly one of golf’s most-respected journalists and as soon as hailed as “the best sportswriter in America”, took to Twitter on Thursday to lament Baker- Finch’s identify being on the Open honour roll.
How can a course that has offered such winners as Palmer, Trevino, Miller and Watson even have given us Ian Baker-Finch?
“How can a course that has provided such winners as Palmer, Trevino, Miller and Watson also have given us Ian Baker-Finch?” the 88-year-old tweeted to his 59,200 followers.
The backlash was swift and withering, with a number of Australian professionals together with US PGA Tour star and three-time Open combatant Greg Chalmers condemning the American’s attack on the much-loved and admired “IBF”.
So based mostly in your principle solely the legends of golf can win on the venues you select. Clown. I assumed you have been good at your job
“Golf seems like a generic recreation from the surface and, positive, you need to have the basics however there are big variations. I’m 5 foot seven so, whereas I admired his psychological recreation, I by no means seemed at Nick Faldo. I seemed at Ian Woosnam.”
By getting in quite a lot of execs, amateurs gamers of all sizes and shapes (plus, in fact, deadly flaws) will have the ability to study, in addition to following the motion on target.
McGinley believes sustaining this connection between the Rorys and the hackers is an important mission for professional golf proper now.
“There’s a growing disconnect between the professional and amateur game,” he stated.
“Pro scoring has never been better. Last month, the US Open was 8,000 yards, the longest-ever for a major. Another record. Players are demolishing courses. The technology is based around club-head speed, not forgiving mis-hits. And golf always prided itself on having the same rules, the same equipment for the pros and the amateurs.”