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Serena Williams reaches quarterfinals


WIMBLEDON, England (AP) – Serena Williams eased into the Wimbledon quarterfinals for the 14th time by beating Carla Suarez Navarro 6-2, 6-2 on No. 1 Court.


Williams won six straight games from 3-2 in the first set to take control of the match. She raised both arms in celebration after her fifth break of the match gave her a 5-2 lead in the second set and served out the victory when Suarez Navarro sent a backhand wide.


Williams is looking for her eighth Wimbledon title after losing last year’s final to Angelique Kerber. She has never lost a set in seven career meetings against Suarez Navarro.


Williams will next face fellow American Alison Riske, who upset top-ranked Ash Barty earlier in the day, 3-6, 6-2, 6-3.


Riske broke for a 5-3 lead in the deciding set and clinched the win on her first match point when Barty sent a backhand wide.


The loss ends a 15-match winning streak for Barty, who was coming off titles at the French Open and Birmingham and was playing her first tournament as No. 1.


Also, Barbora Strycova came from a set and break down to beat Elise Mertens 4-6, 7-5, 6-2. Mertens led 5-2 in the second set but lost nine straight games to go 4-0 down in the second.


Zhang Shuai beat Dayana Yastremska 6-4, 1-6, 6-2.




Big prize for Home Run Derby


CLEVELAND (AP) – The All-Star Game might not count anymore, but the Home Run Derby is upping the stakes. This year’s derby includes a $1 million top prize, and the participants are taking it seriously. Several have been practicing before games, trying to simulate derby conditions. Milwaukee’s Christian Yelich backed out of the field Sunday after tweaking his back and was replaced by Oakland’s Matt Chapman. The rest of the field is Cleveland’s Carlos Santana, the Mets’ Pete Alonso, Pittsburgh’s Josh Bell, Atlanta’s Ronald Acuna Jr., Houston’s Alex Bregman and the Dodgers’ Joc Pederson.




Lucroy evaluated after collision


HOUSTON (AP) – The Angels are awaiting test results for catcher Jonathan Lucroy, who was bowled over by Houston’s Jake Marisnick at home plate Sunday. The team said Lucroy was sent to a hospital for a CT scan and being evaluated for a possible concussion and broken nose.


Marisnick crashed into Lucroy as he attempted to score on George Springer’s fly ball and was called out for the aggressive collision. Los Angeles manager Brad Ausmus thinks the league should consider suspending the Astros outfielder.




Women’s British Open raises prize fund to $4.5 million


ST. ANDREWS, Scotland (AP) – The Royal & Ancient is raising the total prize money to $4.5 million for the Women’s British Open.


R&A chief executive Martin Slumbers says the prize fund – up from $3.25 million a year ago – is an important first step toward achieving parity with the men’s game, but that it will take time.


The British Open next week has a $10.75 million purse.


The increase in prize money for the Women’s British Open comes in the first year of AIG’s five-year deal as the title sponsor.


The winner of the Women’s British Open, to be played Aug. 1-4 at Woburn in England, will receive $675,000. That makes it the second-highest payout among the women’s five majors. The U.S. Women’s Open champion, Jeongeun Lee6, received $1 million from a $5.5 million purse last month.



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