Figureskating: French ice dancers deal first loss to Virtue/Moir since comeback

NAGOYA, Japan – French ice dancers Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron ended the comeback winning streak of Canadian team Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir to take gold in the Grand Prix Final on Saturday. Two-time Olympians Virtue and Moir, who topped the podium in Vancouver in 2010, had racked up win after win since their return to competition with Skate Canada 2016. At Skate Canada this year they set a new record score. In Japan,…

"Figureskating: French ice dancers deal first loss to Virtue/Moir since comeback"

Figureskating: Canada’s Osmond takes surprise lead in Grand Prix Final

NAGOYA, Japan – Canada’s Kaetlyn Osmond took a surprise lead in the women’s short program at the Grand Prix Final on Friday, edging ahead of Russian teenager Alina Zagitova by less than a point. Osmond hit a seasonal best with 77.04 after her sultry, sassy routine to “Sous le Ciel de Paris” that had the audience at the packed arena in the central Japanese city of Nagoya clapping along. Zagitova, at 15 making her Grand…

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Figure skating: Chen edges Uno for lead in Grand Prix final

NAGOYA, Japan – Nathan Chen of the United States edged Japan’s Shoma Uno in the men’s short program to take the lead at the Grand Prix final on Thursday, setting up a showdown between the two jumping powerhouses two months before the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics. On the first day of the competition, often seen as a key step on the road to the Olympics, Chen took 103.32 points for his dynamic, clean routine, while Uno…

"Figure skating: Chen edges Uno for lead in Grand Prix final"

Pouille wraps up 10th Davis Cup title for France

LILLE, France – France won their 10th Davis Cup title when Lucas Pouille crushed Steve Darcis 6-3 6-1 6-0 to give the hosts a 3-2 victory in the final against neighbours Belgium on Sunday. Pouille was never threatened in the decisive rubber after David Goffin had given Belgium both their points with impressive displays in the singles. Les Bleus, however, had more strength in depth, winning a singles match through Jo-Wilfried Tsonga on Friday and…

"Pouille wraps up 10th Davis Cup title for France"

Noah’s French Davis Cup men dispel ‘losing culture’

LILLE, France – Charismatic captain Yannick Noah reckoned that the “losing culture” of French men’s tennis had been dispelled by the way his team had powered to their first Davis Cup title in 16 years on Sunday. One of the major Davis Cup nations, France had lost three finals since 2001, but the return of Noah as captain seemed to have transformed their mindset as they beat Belgium 3-2 to claim their 10th title. Yet…

"Noah’s French Davis Cup men dispel ‘losing culture’"

Ice-cool Goffin beats Tsonga, sends Davis Cup into deciding match

LILLE, France – David Goffin never once lost his cool as he beat Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 7-6(5) 6-3 6-2 to put Belgium level at 2-2 with hosts France, sending the Davis Cup final into a decisive fifth match on Sunday. The world number seven saved six break points in a thrilling opening set of the first reverse singles, before cantering to victory in a packed Pierre Mauroy stadium. The final encounter is set to feature local…

"Ice-cool Goffin beats Tsonga, sends Davis Cup into deciding match"

Noah’s gamble rewarded as France take Davis Cup lead

LILLE, France – France captain Yannick Noah gambled on an untested pair for the pivotal Davis Cup final doubles against Belgium on Saturday but Richard Gasquet and Pierre-Hugues Herbert’s win ensured he was spared a “hot seat” as Les Bleus moved into the driving seat. Despite a big scare in the third set, Noah’s chosen duo beat Ruben Bemelmans and Joris De Loore 6-1 3-6 7-6(2) 6-4 as France moved 2-1 ahead and within one…

"Noah’s gamble rewarded as France take Davis Cup lead"

Goffin is now a different player, says beaten Pouille

LILLE, France – Lucas Pouille had never lost to David Goffin before Friday but the Frenchman admitted after a straight-sets defeat in the Davis Cup final that the Belgian was no longer the same player. Goffin played a near-perfect match to win 7-5 6-3 6-1 and earn visitors Belgium a 1-0 lead after holding off world number 18 Pouille in the opening set. Goffin rose to seventh in the world rankings after finishing runner-up at…

"Goffin is now a different player, says beaten Pouille"

Tennis: No stress as Goffin beats Pouille to put Belgium ahead

LILLE, France – David Goffin gave visitors Belgium a 1-0 lead in the Davis Cup final against France when he crushed Lucas Pouille 7-5 6-3 6-1 in the opening singles match on Friday. The world number seven, high on self-confidence since he finished runner-up at the ATP Finals last weekend, played the key points better at the end of the first set and never looked back. French number one Jo-Wilfried Tsonga next takes on Steve…

"Tennis: No stress as Goffin beats Pouille to put Belgium ahead"