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Osaka remains top as Wimbledon approaches



Naomi Osaka retained a top place in the WTA rankings on Monday in an unchanged top 20 with two weeks to go to Wimbledon.

Osaka and French Open winner Ashleigh Barty are playing on the grass in Birmingham this week in preparation for Wimbledon.

American Alison Riske moves up 12 places to 49th following her win over Kiki Bertens in the final of the s’Hertogenbosch tournament in the Netherlands on Sunday.

WTA rankings as of June 17 (changes in brackets):

1. Naomi Osaka (JPN) 6,377 pts

2. Ashleigh Barty (AUS) 6,125

3. Karolina Pliskova (CZE) 5,685

4. Kiki Bertens (NED) 5,425

5. Petra Kvitova (CZE) 4,925

6. Angelique Kerber (GER) 4,675

7. Elina Svitolina (UKR) 3,967

8. Simona Halep (ROU) 3,963

9. Sloane Stephens (USA) 3,682

10. Aryna Sabalenka (BLR) 3,565

11. Serena Williams (USA) 3,411

12. Anastasija Sevastova (LAT) 3,366

13. Belinda Bencic (SUI) 2,953

14. Caroline Wozniacki (DEN) 2,833

15. Qiang Wang (CHN) 2,752

16. Marketa Vondrousova (CZE) 2,746

17. Madison Keys (USA) 2,615

18. Johanna Konta (GBR) 2,430

19. Julia Gorges (GER) 2,400

20. Anett Kontaveit (EST) 2,335


49. Alison Riske (USA) 1,153 (+12)

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Manchester City Deserve to Win, Says Ancelotti




Real Madrid coach, Carlo Ancelotti, has admitted that Manchester City deserved to win the match because they played better, as Madrid a painful 4-0 loss at Manchester City on Wednesday.

The win completed a 5-1 aggregate defeat for Real Madrid in their Champions League semi-final.

Manchester City, who were beaten by Real Madrid at the same stage last season, avenged that heartbreaking defeat with a brilliant performance in front of their jubilant fans.

Only Real Madrid goalkeeper, Thibaut Courtois, prevented them from inflicting even more damage.

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“They played better than us and deserved to win.

“They put a lot of pressure at the beginning, it worked out well for them because they made it very difficult for us to get the ball in play and they went two goals ahead.

“From then on, it was difficult to get back into the game. We tried in the second half… but it didn’t work out,” Ancelotti told reporters.

Ancelotti admitted it was a painful night but said it was too soon to analyse what had gone wrong.

“Evaluating today, at this moment, makes no sense.

“It is a defeat that hurts, it hurts a lot. But it can happen. We reached the semi-finals of the Champions League against a strong opponent, they played better and left us without a final.

“We have to learn and for the next season, to be better,” he said.

This is coming a year after winning a LaLiga and Champions League double, and becoming the first manager to capture titles in each of Europe’s top five leagues.

Ancelotti is now facing up to finishing the campaign with just a Spanish Cup and the FIFA Club World Cup to show for their efforts.

He did, however, set another record on Wednesday, becoming the coach with the most European Cup games (191), surpassing the mark set by former Manchester United manager, Alex Ferguson.

But with their rivals Barcelona crowned LaLiga champions last weekend with four-games to spare, Ancelotti was left searching for a silver lining.

“I think it was a good season. We have to show up in the few games we have ahead of us.

“I think that reaching a Champions League semi-final is a success because only four teams make it to the last four,” Ancelotti said.


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Why We Defeated Chelsea – Arsenal Manager, Arteta




Arsenal manager, Mikel Arteta has hailed his side’s dominating 3-1 win over Chelsea on Tuesday night.

The Gunners won thanks to a Martin Odegaard double and Gabriel Jesus strike.

Noni Madueke scored the only goal for the visitors in the second half.

“We wanted to [push Chelsea back early on]. We knew that if we dominated them and got in the final third then they were going to have issues.

“In the first 15 minutes of the second half, we should have scored two or three goals – then the game is over,” Arteta said

The result takes Arsenal back to the top of the Premier League, two points ahead of Manchester City, who face West Ham on Wednesday.

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Frank Lampard Set for Surprise Return to Chelsea




Frank Lampard is set to be appointed interim Chelsea manager until the end of the season – just over two years after the club sacked him.

He has been out of a job since January when he was dismissed by Everton after less than a year in charge.

The ex-Chelsea and England midfielder previously managed the Blues from July 2019 until January 2021, when he was replaced by Thomas Tuchel.

Tuchel’s successor, Graham Potter, was sacked on Sunday.

Chelsea are 11th in the Premier League and drew 0-0 with Liverpool on Tuesday

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