Triple Crown winner American Pharoah works at Santa Anita

Getty Images
0 Comments

ARCADIA, Calif. — Triple Crown winner American Pharoah completed his final workout at Santa Anita before heading south to Del Mar racetrack.

The Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont winner breezed five furlongs in 59.2 seconds on Sunday.

Trainer Bob Baffert plans to ship American Pharoah to Del Mar, north of San Diego, on Monday, along with several other horses in his stable ahead of that track’s summer meet opener on Thursday.

American Pharoah and jockey Martin Garcia sat behind two other horses working together on the backstretch before the champion moved past one on the outside coming out of the turn. It was the third timed workout for American Pharoah since June 6 when he became racing’s first Triple Crown winner in 37 years.

Baffert didn’t indicate whether American Pharoah will work out over Del Mar’s new dirt surface or when he will ship to Monmouth Park in New Jersey for his next start in the $1 million Haskell Invitational on Aug. 2.

Mayar Sherif becomes first Egyptian to win WTA Tour event

Getty Images
1 Comment

PARMA, Italy — Mayar Sherif became the first Egyptian to win a WTA Tour event by beating top-seeded Maria Sakkari 7-5, 6-3 at the Parma Ladies Open.

Besides earning her first career title, Sherif also notched her first win over a top-10 opponent.

Along with Tunisia’s Ons Jabeur, who reached the Wimbledon and U.S. Open finals this year, Sherif is raising the profile of tennis in North Africa.

The 74th-ranked Sherif actually had to win two matches on Saturday, first overcoming sixth-seeded Ana Bogdan 6-4, 3-6, 6-4 in the semifinals, which were postponed a day due to rain.

The seventh-ranked Sakkari beat Danka Kovinic 7-5, 6-2 in her semifinal earlier Saturday.

Parma Ladies Open semifinals postponed to same day as final

parma ladies open
Valerio Origo/Getty Images
3 Comments

PARMA, Italy — The semifinals of the Parma Ladies Open have been postponed by a day and will be played shortly before the final.

The decision was made because of persistent rain at the clay-court tournament.

Top-seeded Maria Sakkari will start on center court against Danka Kovinic at 10:30 a.m. local time (0830 GMT) before sixth-seeded Ana Bogdan’s match against Mayar Sherif.

The final will be after 6 p.m. local time, shortly after the doubles final – with the doubles semifinals also being played earlier in the day on a different court.