"I played pretty aggressively from the first ball, and that's pretty necessary against her because she's a great player who can hit a lot of great angles," Mertens said. "I tried to step into the court, and thankfully my first serve was working, so that was a big advantage."
"He's one of the big champions of the last decade, one of the very few active players, who won a Grand Slam tournament here in New York," Thiem said of Cilic. "Even though he's not on the top of his game, he's always dangerous for a deep run in these big tournaments. He's not a guy I want to face in the third round as he's a former champion. On a good day, he can beat anybody. It's going to be a real tough one." Enditem
The result at Morumbi stadium marked Sao Paulo's fourth victory in five matches and lifted the Tricolor to second, a point behind Internacional.
This came after Barcelona insisted that he had to pay his 700 million-euro release clause to leave the club, while Messi argued that a clause in his contract meant he could leave for free.
World football governing body FIFA and regional confederation CONCACAF announced that the qualifying tournament, which had been due to begin in October, will now kick off in March.
However, just 51 league goals and 16 draws show where Atletico's chances all too often disappear. They are hard to break down and they are hard to beat, but all too often they are unable or unwilling to take the initiative and ultimately that costs them points.
RIO DE JANEIRO, Sept. 3 (Xinhua) -- Ecuador international midfielder Alan Franco scored two first-half goals as Atletico Mineiro beat Sao Paulo 3-0 in Brazil's Serie A championship on Thursday.
Then in the third set, Williams was rarely troubled by her rival en route to the victory.
Williams defeated Russia's Margarita Gasparyan 6-2, 6-4 while Kenin needed an hour and 22 minutes to maneuver past Canadian youngster Leylah Fernandez 6-4, 6-3.
PZPN gave a quick response to these accusations. "It's true Hertha wanted Piatek returning to Germany instead of playing in Bosnia and Herzegovina, but we didn't give a green light. They even contacted FIFA, who claimed that there is no rule that allows clubs to demand such things from national teams," said PZPN's spokesman Jakub Kwiatkowsi to the local media on Monday.
Rodriguez moved to Madrid from French side AS Monaco in 2014 after claiming the FIFA World Cup Golden Boot with his six goals at that year's competition in Brazil. He also spent two years on loan to German giants Bayern Munich from 2017 to 2019.