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Published:Saturday | October 20, 2018 | 12:00 AM
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Alaves on top in Spain

 

VIGO, Spain (AP)

Alaves continued their sensational start to the season by winning 1-0 at Celta Vigo yesterday to go top of Spanish league.

A modest club from Spain's northern Basque Country, Alaves secured another notable victory following a 1-0 win over Champions League winners Real Madrid.

Alaves defended superbly and executed a set piece to perfection in the 58th minute when Victor Laguardia squared a long ball for unmarked midfielder Tomas Pina to tap home.

Alaves are one point above Sevilla, with Barcelona and Atletico Madrid two points behind. Those three teams play today, with Barcelona at home to Sevilla.

 

First for Tunisia

 

MOSCOW (AP):

Tunisian qualifier Ons Jabeur became the first player from her country to reach a WTA tennis final yesterday and she will next face Daria Kasatkina for the Kremlin Cup title.

Jabeur, the 2011 junior champion at the French Open, beat 11th-ranked Anastasija Sevastova of Latvia 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 in the semifinals.

"It's unbelievable," the 24-year-old Jabeur said of her run. "I'm not just playing for myself. I'm also playing for my country. This is really important for me."

In today's final, Jabeur can become the first WTA champion from an African country since South Africa's Chanelle Scheepers in 2011.

 

Osaka drawn with two other Slam champions

 

SINGAPORE (AP)

U.S. Open champion Naomi Osaka was drawn in the same group as Angelique Kerber, Sloane Stephens and Kiki Bertens for her debut appearance at the WTA Finals in Singapore.

Karolina Pliskova, defending champion Caroline Wozniacki, Petra Kvitova and Elina Svitolina are in the other group for the end-of-season tournament starting tomorrow.

Top-ranked Simona Halep is not playing because of a lower back injury. Serena Williams misses out, too, in a year in which she returned after giving birth to her first child and reached two Grand Slam finals.

White Group: Karolina Pliskova, Caroline Wozniacki, Petra Kvitova, Elina Svitolina.

Red Group: Kiki Bertens, Naomi Osaka, Angelique Kerber, Sloane Stephens.