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  • 17 Jun
    SINGAPORE -- Top-seeded Angelique Kerber is the only player in the WTA Finals Red Group to stand at 2-0 in the round-robin stage after a 6-4, 6-2 win over Simona Halep on Tuesday.Madison Keys, who needed to win her match to stay in semifinal contention, prevailed 6-1, 6-4 in which she never offered Dominika Cibulkova a break point opportunity.Keys has won all four matches shes played against Cibulkova without dropping a set.Its a huge thing, especially for me as it makes you a little bit more comfortable when youre not facing break points, Keys said.All four players in the Red Group remain in the hunt for a semifinal berth.In the standings, Kerber is at 2-0, Halep and Keys are 1-1, and Cibulkova 0-2. This year marks Keys and Cibulkovas WTA Finals debut.On Thursday, Kerber plays Keys, and Halep plays Cibulkova in the final round-robin matches.Its good because you still have a third chance, Cibulkova said. Knowing this, that I can still go into semifinals, I will be as positive as I can to win my match against Halep.Kerber, playing steady and precise tennis, allowed Halep to take all the risks. She posted 11 winners and 16 unforced errors to 24 winners and 35 unforced errors for Halep, who is 1-1.Im feeling very, very good here, Kerber said. Im very happy to win my second match here and to be playing some of my best tennis.Kerber is 4-4 against Halep, but has won four of their five meetings this season -- the most matches played between any two players this year.Kerber is making her fourth appearance at the WTA Finals, but the German has never gotten beyond the round-robin stage. Custom Jaguars T-shirts . Now that hes hitting streaking teammates with pin-point passes for easy layups, Love is asserting himself as one of the true superstars in the league. Custom Josh Allen Jersey . Robredo, ranked No. 16, bounced back from an upset loss to Leonardo Mayer in the second round of the Royal Guard Open in Chile last week to down Carreno Busta in 1 hour, 25 minutes. On a day filled mostly with qualifying matches, fifth-seeded Marcel Granollers of Spain also entered the second with a 7-5, 3-6, 6-2 win over Aljaz Bedene of Slovenia, while Guido Pella of Argentina defeated Guillermo Garcia-Lopez of Spain 7-6 (6), 6-4 to advance. Jaguars Jerseys China . Nigeria beat surprise package Ethiopia 2-0 in the second leg of their playoff for a comfortable 4-1 aggregate victory. Victor Moses converted a 20th-minute penalty after an Ethiopian handball, and Victor Obinna made certain of Nigerias place in Brazil with his powerful free kick in the 82nd at UJ Esuene Stadium. Authentic Custom Jaguars Jersey . -- Playing time has been limited for Maxim Tissot this season, so the Montreal Impact defender made the most of his first scoring opportunity on Saturday. Until Saturday afternoon, Afif Hossain was a virtual unknown who had trained with the Rajshahi Kings franchise in Mirpur. A few coaches and local scouts knew him from the group of Under-19 players who are training for the upcoming Asia Cup, which will be held in Sri Lanka later this month. It took Afif only four overs to announce himself on the big stage.Primarily an opening batsman, Afif claimed 5 for 21 with his offspin for Rajshahi against Chittagong Vikings in the Bangladesh Premier League, becoming the first Bangladeshi to pick up a five-wicket haul on T20 debut. At 17 years and 72 days, he also became the youngest bowler to pick up a five-wicket haul in T20s.Brought into the attack in the fifth over, after Rajshahi opted to bowl, he was taken for back-to-back fours by Jahurul Islam, but Afif had the batsman leg-before off the third ball, umpire Nadir Shah giving Jahurul out despite an inside edge.In his next over, Afif bowled Chris Gayle with a full-length delivery for 5 off 15 balls, and let out a huge roar. Afif then took the wickets of Zakir Hasan, caught brilliantly by a diving Sabbiir Rahman, and Saqlain Sajib and Imran Khan to complete his five-for.ddddddddddddait till you see him bat, one of Afifs teammates said, soon after he had finished his four overs.Afif, who recently made three tall scores in Under-19 practice matches, is a big-hitter. His coaches vouch for his batting talent, one of them even went on to say Afif reminded him of a young Tamim Iqbal.Afif, born in September 1999 in Khulna, is a student of the BKSP, Bangladeshs premier sports institute that has produced many international cricketers including Mushfiqur Rahim and Shakib Al Hasan.During the Dhaka First Division Cricket League last year, Afif managed only two wickets in seven matches for his school BKSP.He had been pulled up by the BCB for a suspect bowling action earlier this year, before getting it cleared in September.After the BPL he will re-join the Bangladesh Under-19 set-up to prepare for the Asia Cup. Afif will now be the most well-known member of the Under-19 side. ' ' '