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Wozniacki falls to friend Williams in US Open final

In her first return to the US Open finals in five years, a reinvigorated Caroline Wozniacki couldn't top Serena Williams to claim her first Grand Slam title.

Wozniacki falls to friend Williams in US Open final
Serena Williams of the United States is congratulated on her win by Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark after their women's singles final match at the 2014 US Open. Photo: Mike Stobe/Scanpix
World number one Serena Williams won her 18th Grand Slam title at last, overpowering Denmark's Caroline Wozniacki 6-3, 6-3 on Sunday to capture her sixth US Open crown.
 
The world number one, shut out in the first three majors of the year, ended a year of waiting as she joined Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova on 18 majors — trailing only the 22 of Steffi Graf on the Open era list and six behind the all-time record held by Margaret Court.
 
Williams, who turns 33 later this month, said the goal of an 18th Grand Slam had hung over her "because I was joining Chrissy and Martina, someone I never thought me, Serena Williams, would be in that name group.
 
"Who am I?" said Williams, who grinned with delight as Evert and Navratilova presented her with a gold bracelet bearing an "18" charm.
 
"I never thought you would mention my name with such greats and legends."
 
Williams lifted the trophy at Flushing Meadows for the third straight year, joining Evert as the only woman in the Open era to win three titles in a row and matching Evert's six US Open triumphs.
 
She also offered words of encouragement to her beaten foe, her friend and confidant as both endured difficult months this year.
 
"Congratulations to Caroline, she knows the struggles I have had. She's a real nice person, a great friend. We text each other all the time.
 
"You will win a Grand Slam title soon," Williams said.
 
But former world number one Wozniacki, owner of 22 WTA titles, still has that gaping hole on her resume.
 
The Dane was just 19 when she lost to Kim Clijsters in the 2009 US Open final, and she hadn't returned to a Grand Slam title match until Sunday.
 
"Serena, you deserve it. You played better than me today and you deserve to be the champion," Wozniacki said.
 
"You are an inspiration on the court and off it. You're an unbelievable champion and a great friend. The drinks are on you tonight."

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FOOTBALL

Tennis courts and golf courses to reopen in Denmark

Danes will be able to take up their tennis rackets and golf clubs again after the country's two biggest sports associations announced that outdoor sports with no physical contact can resume again.

Tennis courts and golf courses to reopen in Denmark
Tennis will be one of the first sports to restart. Photo: Søren Bidstrup/Ritzau Scanpix
The Sports Confederation of Denmark and the country's other sports association DGI announced that they had agreed new guidelines for restarting group sports with the Danish Health Authority, in a press release issued on Tuesday. 
 
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“This is the first sign of sport opening up, and we are really pleased that the health authorities have given us guidelines so that some activities can start up again,” Charlotte Bach Thomassen, chair of the Danish sports association DGI, said. 
 
“Of course, joining together in sports clubs must be safe from a  health point of view, so it is important to be aware that in many sports associations you will not be able to meet physically.” 
 
 
DIF chairman Niels Nygaard told Ritzau that the announcement did not mean any organisation would be required to restart activities they did not regard as safe. 
 
“These are voluntary associations where there are differences from association to association and sport to sport,” he said. “Our recommendations are not a requirement for associations to start activities. They can do it if it can be done under safe conditions, and if they have doubts about whether it can be done, then they shouldn't do it.”
 
According to the joint press release, group sports can now restart if: 
 
  • they take place outside 
  • participants can keep a distance of two meters from others
  • participants pay special attention to hand hygiene
  • rackets, clubs or other props are frequently cleaned
  • participants cough or sneeze into your elbow or a paper towel
  • participants stay home if they have a fever, cough or muscle soreness. 
  • shared facilities such as clubhouses and dressing and shower facilities are not used 
 
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