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Tennis: Demi Schuurs loses final in Madrid

16.00 hours: Demi Schuurs did not manage to conquer her third doubles title of the season at the major WTA tournament in Madrid. Together with her doubles partner Gabriela Dabrowski from Canada, Schuurs lost 6-4 6-3 to Barbora Krejcikova and Katerina Siniakova from the Czech Republic in the final.

The final battle saw no fewer than nine service breaks. The duo Krejcikova / Siniakova, seeded second, used the first competition point after an hour and 20 minutes on the storage of the third seeded pair Schuurs / Dabrowski.

The 27-year-old Schuurs, the number 11 in the world ranking for doubles, was already the strongest in Doha and Charleston this season. She had won nine games in a row, including one in the Billie Jean King Cup.

Tennis: Greek track to final challenger tournament Prague

3.29 pm: Tallon Griekspoor has secured a place in the final of the Prague challenger tournament. The 24-year-old Griekspoor was in the last four with 7-6 (5) 6-3 too strong for the first placed Norbert Gombos, the global number 89.

Griekspoor, the number 143 in the world, will take on the German Oscar Otte in the final on Sunday. He can then conquer his third challenger title. In 2018 he was the best in Tampere (Finland) and in 2019 in Banja Luka (Bosnia and Herzegovina).

Recently, Griekspoor, who is guaranteed to improve his best ranking of 138 after this week, is assisted by coach Raemon Sluiter.

Football: Again injury for Real player Ramos

1.10 pm: Real Madrid cannot have Sergio Ramos in the game against Sevilla on Sunday. The 35-year-old football player has suffered a muscle injury. He also did not train on Friday and Saturday.

The Spanish football club has not disclosed how long Ramos will have to recover, but according to Spanish media he will miss the last four league games.

Ramos may have already played his last match for Real. His contract with the club expires after this season. The defender did not take much action due to injuries. He was on Wednesday for the first time in seven weeks in the base in the Champions League match with Chelsea. Ramos was unable to prevent Real being eliminated in the match.

Basketball: Lakers also lose to Trail Blazers

08.40 am: The Los Angeles Lakers basketball players have lost sight of direct placement for the playoffs of the American league NBA. The reigning champion lost against Portland Trail Blazers in the battle for sixth place in the standings. The Blazers were too strong with 101-106 and passed the Lakers in the standings. Sixth place entitles you to direct qualification for the play-offs. The Lakers must participate in the so-called play-in tournament with the numbers 7 to 10 in order to participate in the play-offs.

The Lakers are having a hard time due to the lack of their star player LeBron James. The German Dennis Schröder was also not there against the Blazers. He is in quarantine because someone close to him had tested positive for the corona virus.

The team lost against the Blazers for the eighth time in the last ten games.

General: IOC Vice-President: Nothing can stop the Olympic Games anymore

John Coates, the vice president of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), said on Friday that there is nothing left that could endanger the Olympic Games in Tokyo this year. Coates made that statement despite the corona pandemic, which caused the international sports spectacle to be postponed last year.

“No, there is not,” Coates answered Saturday to the question from the AFP news agency whether there is a scenario that could cause the games to be postponed or canceled before July. The IOC leader said that the July and August Olympics will go ahead because organizers have designed a “custom Olympic bubble” to protect athletes and the Japanese people from the lung virus.

Coates, who chairs the Games Coordination Commission on behalf of the IOC, told the Australian Olympic Committee in Sydney on Saturday that the 484 Australian athletes can prepare for “the experience of a lifetime.” According to Coates, experts say the games can go ahead in a safe way and the IOC does not want the games to continue at all costs. The Vice-President said the IOC “has been learning every day” and that the “tome” of health requirements for participants unveiled last week is “a guide to safe and successful play.”

In Japan, doubts about allowing the Olympic Games to go ahead have grown in recent months. The support base among Japanese for allowing the Olympic Games to go ahead also shrank sharply. Some 230,000 residents of the country have signed a petition calling for the games to be canceled. The Australian sports director called the shifting public opinion in Japan “a concern.”

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