Related Video and AudioAudio 8 hours Audio 8 hours 8:00:00Got a TV Licence?You need one to watch live TV on any channel or device, and BBC programmes on iPlayer. Itâ€™s the law.Find out moreSummaryGreat Britain level with Netherlands at 1-1 in opening round-robin tie at Davis Cup finals in MadridJamie Murray & Neal Skupski play Wesley Koolhof and Jean-Julien Rojer in deciding doubles rubberDan Evans loses 3-6 7-6 (7-5) 6-4 to Robin Haase in second group matchAndy Murray had earlier beaten Tallon Griekspoor 6-7 (7-9) 6-4 7-6 (7-5)Use audio icon to listen to BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra coverageLive ReportingBy Emma SandersAll times stated are UKPosted at 16:0216:02Post updateMy six-hour live text stint is turning into a bit of a marathon now we’ve got the doubles… so I’m off to grab a brew!We’ll be back in about 15/20 minutes for the doubles. Jamie Murray and Neal Skupski are up for Great Britain.Posted at 16:0016:00Game, set and matchEvans 6-3 6-7 (5-7) 4-6 HaaseUnbelievable. Haase’ backhand pass it out of reach and he’s won it. Incredible performance from the Dutchman, denying Evans, who was two points away from winning the tie in the second set.It’s all down to the doubles rubber now.Posted at 15:5915:59Post updateRussell FullerBBC tennis correspondent at Caja MagicaThe match looked over but Dan Evans has kept the match alive!Posted at 15:5915:59Third match point HaaseEvans 6-3 6-7 (5-7) 4-5 Haase*Evans’ forehand flies long.A third match point.Posted at 15:5815:58Post updateEvans 6-3 6-7 (5-7) 4-5 Haase*DEUCE!Wow. Evans somehow manages to pick the ball up at the net, scrambles to get back to his feet and Haase slots it into the cords.Come on Dan!Posted at 15:5815:58One match point HaaseEvans 6-3 6-7 (5-7) 4-5 Haase*Evans kisses the line! Another excellent forehand winner. Still one more match point…Posted at 15:5615:56Two match points HaaseEvans 6-3 6-7 (5-7) 4-5 Haase*Ace. 15-0. But Evans comes out on top in the rally, constructing the point brilliantly, forcing Haase’s forehand into the net.The Dutchman produces another rocket of a serve down the middle. 30-15. And another one. 40-15.Two match points.Posted at 15:5415:54Evans holdsEvans 6-3 6-7 (5-7) 4-5 Haase*Evans races up to 30-0. And to 40-0 with a sliced drop shot.He holds to love with a big serve out wide. Evans has to break Haase now.Getty ImagesCopyright: Getty ImagesPosted at 15:5215:52Haase holds*Evans 6-3 6-7 (5-7) 3-5 HaaseEvans turns up the heat on the ball but gets caught out by a mix-up from Haase. The Dutchman commits to the net and pulls off another volley.He slices to go 40-0 but two loose forehands give Evans a way back in. Haase holds with a cracker down the line.Posted at 15:4815:48Evans holdsEvans 6-3 6-7 (5-7) 3-4 Haase*The Brit is clawing his way back into this, in terms of being competitive on Haase’s service games. He moves up to 30-0 on his own, before Haase drags a wild forehand wide.A comfortable hold in the end. Now, can Evans get that break?!Posted at 15:4615:46Haase holds*Evans 6-3 6-7 (5-7) 2-4 HaaseEvans repeatedly apologises at the net after a lucky net cord and assures Haase there hadn’t been a double bounce. But it is all academic anyway as Haase’s beautiful forehand winner seals the hold. Posted at 15:4115:41Evans holdsEvans 6-3 6-7 (5-7) 2-3 Haase*He’s held on! Evans serves deep and Haase can only flop a forehand into the net.Posted at 15:4015:40Post updateMiles MaclaganFormer British Davis Cup player on BBC Radio 5 Live Sports ExtraHaase is just making the right decision more and more frequently. The energy coming from the Dutchman at the moment – his feet are much lighter, the degree of focus.Posted at 15:3915:39Post update*Evans 6-3 6-7 (5-7) 1-3 HaaseCool sliced volley from Evans, under real pressure, to save the first break point. He stretches to read Haase’ backhand return and the Dutchman can’t pull off the pick-up shot at the net. Deuce.Posted at 15:3815:38Two break points Haase*Evans 6-3 6-7 (5-7) 1-3 HaaseAt the third attempt, Evans’ slam passes Haase. The Brit moves into the net but Haase reads it all the way, wrapping a forehand into the open court. Evans’ backhand then drifts wide. Two break points for Haase.Posted at 15:3615:36Post updatePosted at 15:3615:36Haase holds*Evans 6-3 6-7 (5-7) 1-3 HaaseTwo big serves give Haase a 30-0 lead. He then slumps a forehand into the net and a double-fault draws Evans level at 30-30…Haase delivers with a big forehand out wide and he catches the backline to hold.Posted at 15:3215:32Evans holdsEvans 6-3 6-7 (5-7) 1-2 Haase*A one-two punch gives Evans the advantage…He draws Haase into the net and the Dutchman slices it long. HUGE hold for Evans. He’s still in this!!!Posted at 15:3115:31Post update*Evans 6-3 6-7 (5-7) 0-2 HaaseHe’s hanging in there! Haase’ forehand is overcooked and Evans brings it back to deuce.Posted at 15:2915:29Two break points Haase*Evans 6-3 6-7 (5-7) 0-2 HaaseEvans smacks a forehand into the net but he recovers with a slick backhand down the line. But again, he slices wide.He isn’t clipping those lines any more… And Haase just thumps a forehand up the line. Two break points.
Going for goal: Saudi Arabia kicks off first women’s football league
RIYADH: First they opened the grandstands to women, now Saudi Arabia is encouraging them to cross the touchline and compete in the Kingdom’s first Women’s Football League tournament. The historic competition kicks off on Tuesday morning, with 24 teams across Jeddah, Riyadh and Dammam competing for a championship cup, and a $133,000 cash prize. The…
RIYADH: First they opened the grandstands to women, now Saudi Arabia is encouraging them to cross the touchline and compete in the Kingdom’s first Women’s Football League tournament.
The historic competition kicks off on Tuesday morning, with 24 teams across Jeddah, Riyadh and Dammam competing for a championship cup, and a $133,000 cash prize.
The Kingdom opened its stadiums to women football supporters in January, 2018, but this is the first time they will have been allowed to compete in a tournament.
The competition has been lauded as an important step for the Saudi sports world, with many in the game throwing their support behind the event.
Calling the competition a “positive step,” Abdullah Alyami, Saudi football coach and sports reporter, said he expects many more women to participate in future tournaments.
“This is a very happy day for all athletes, be they male or female. And based on what we’ve seen, and how beloved the sport of football is all over the Kingdom, I believe we will see many more of our sisters getting involved in professional sports,” he said.
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Saudi sports reporter Riyan Al-Jidani tweeted his support.
“To all my dear sisters participating the Women’s Football League, your success in the tournament is a step in the right direction towards our dream of universality and representing our homeland to the outside world. Raising the flag on the field is a glory and pride,” he said.
The tournament was due to start in March – but the coronavirus pandemic stopped play.
But for some that just presented the opportunity to up their game.
“We started preparations early, and the delay due to the pandemic actually worked in our favor. We were able to take more than two months to prepare for the tournament,” Maram Al-Butairi, general manager and head coach at Dammam-based Eastern Flames FC.
Amal Gimie, 26, an Eritrean midfielder for Jeddah’s Kings United, previously told Arab News that she had been playing the beautiful game since she was eight.
“There was a match every weekend. The boys made us play as goalkeepers in the beginning, and in 2002, when I first saw the Women’s World Cup, it sparked my passion to learn more about this sport,” said Gimie, who is also a management information systems graduate. She joined her first female football team, Challenge, in Riyadh in 2014.
She said: “It was the first time I joined something organized. I was happy to be playing but at the same time I felt as though it was an unreachable goal (to become a professional athlete or join an official league), I felt like I was growing older without achieving anything.”
The matches won’t be broadcast, but Saudi’s army of football fans remain excited by the tournament.
Wejdan Al-Shammary, who grew up playing sports in school, said she would have tried for a team “in a heartbeat” if she had been just a few years younger.
“I played both basketball and football on my high school teams. I was a complete sports nut, but it makes me happy to know that even if it’s too late for me to achieve those dreams, there’s a chance now for young Saudi girls that I never had,” she said.
Najla Ahmed, a 16-year-old from Riyadh who plays on her school’s football team, said she would try for a local team in 2021.
“I’ll be 17, and therefore eligible, and I would love to see anyone try and stop me,” she said.
Both women said they hoped this was just the start and that more sports would be opened up to women.
“Football is just the beginning. I would love to see more focus on other sports, as well. Basketball, tennis, maybe even competitive swimming,” said Al-Shammary. “I’m sure we have so many potential Olympians among us who just need their talents nurtured.”
NFL game postponed over Covid-19 cases
Tennessee Titans’ long snapper Beau Brinkley (left) and defensive tackle DaQuan Jones (right) have been put on the reserve/Covid-19 listThe NFL game between the Tennessee Titans and Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday has been postponed because of Covid-19 cases.The game will be rescheduled for Monday or Tuesday after the outbreak among Titans players and staff.On Tuesday,…
Tennessee Titans’ long snapper Beau Brinkley (left) and defensive tackle DaQuan Jones (right) have been put on the reserve/Covid-19 listThe NFL game between the Tennessee Titans and Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday has been postponed because of Covid-19 cases.The game will be rescheduled for Monday or Tuesday after the outbreak among Titans players and staff.On Tuesday, defensive tackle DaQuan Jones, long snapper Beau Brinkley and practice squad tight end Tommy Hudson were put on the reserve/Covid-19 list.The NFL has since shut down the team facility.According to the NFL network, a fourth player also returned a positive test on Wednesday.The Titans played the Minnesota Vikings in Minneapolis last Sunday.The Vikings’ facility was also closed on Tuesday and Wednesday and it is unclear whether their scheduled game with the Houston Texans will take place on Sunday.
Pliskova survives scare at French Open
Karolina Pliskova reached the Italian Open final earlier in SeptemberCzech second seed Karolina Pliskova came from a set down to avoid an upset against Egyptian qualifier Mayar Sherif in the French Open first round.World number four Pliskova, 28, had eight set points in the opener, before losing to Sherif – ranked 172nd in the world…
Karolina Pliskova reached the Italian Open final earlier in SeptemberCzech second seed Karolina Pliskova came from a set down to avoid an upset against Egyptian qualifier Mayar Sherif in the French Open first round.World number four Pliskova, 28, had eight set points in the opener, before losing to Sherif – ranked 172nd in the world – in a tie-break.The 2017 semi-finalist wrapped up a quick second set against the 24-year-old after winning four games in a row.Pliskova came through a tense decider to claim a 6-7 (9-11) 6-2 6-4 victory.”It was super tough,” she said. “Especially after losing the first set after having set points.”She played a great game, especially in these conditions.”Sherif kept up an impressive level throughout and the pair exchanged breaks at the start of the second set.But Pliskova then won four games in a row, eventually holding serve to level things.The Czech was made to work much harder for the final set as she failed to convert five break points before winning the sixth to go 4-3 up.She held serve and wrapped up the match after two hours and 15 minutes with an ace down the middle.Pliskova, who has never won a Grand Slam, will face Latvian world number 43 Jelena Ostapenko in the second round.Live scores, results and order of playAlerts: Get tennis news sent to your phone