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On This Day, September 9, 2012: Serena Williams won her 15th grand slam singles title by beating Victoria Azarenka at the US Open.

Serena Williams won her 15th Grand Slam on this day at the US Open. Over the weekend, Bianca Andreescu denied the American her 24th Grand Slam at the same event

BIRTHDAYS

Neil Fairbrother (cricket) - former England and Lancashire batsman, born 1963.

Graham Onions (cricket) - Lancashire's former England bowler, born 1982.

Brad Guzan (soccer) - United States and Atlanta United FC goalkeeper formerly of Aston Villa, Hull and Middlesbrough, born 1984.

James Hildreth (cricket) - Somerset batsman, born 1984.

Luka Modric (soccer) - Real Madrid and Croatia midfielder, born 1985.

Alex Song (soccer) - Cameroon and Sion's former Arsenal and West Ham midfielder, born 1987.

Oscar (soccer) - Shanghai SIPG's former Chelsea and Brazil midfielder, born 1991.

 

ON THIS DAY

 

1930: Arnold Cream, otherwise known as Jersey Joe Walcott, marked his professional debut with a first-round knock-out of Cowboy Wallace in New Jersey. Walcott would need another 21 years before he became world heavyweight champion.

1960: Blackpool's derby against Bolton was the first Football League match to be televised live.

1975: A week after reaching the US Open semi-finals as an 18-year-old, Martina Navratilova defected from her native Czechoslovakia and was granted political asylum in the United States.

1990: At 19 years and one month old, Pete Sampras became the youngest winner of the US Open. He beat Andre Agassi 6-4 6-3 6-2 in the final.

2001: Venus Williams beat her sister, Serena, 6-2 6-4 to win the US Open at Flushing Meadows in the first grand slam final to feature two sisters since 1884.

2007: Asafa Powell broke the world record for the 100 metres by three hundredths of a second after running 9.74 seconds at the Rieti Grand Prix in Italy. The mark has since been lowered to 9.58secs by Usain Bolt.

2009: England qualified for the 2010 World Cup with a 5-1 victory over Croatia at Wembley.

2010: John Toshack announced his resignation as Wales manager.

2012: Serena Williams won her 15th grand slam singles title by beating Victoria Azarenka 6-2 2-6 7-5 at the US Open.

2016: Former FIFA vice-president Jeffrey Webb was banned for life from all football-related activity.

2017: James Anderson took a career-best seven for 42 as England completed victory over West Indies by nine wickets, sealing the series 2-1.

QUICK QUIZ BLITZ

1. In which city does US Open champion Bianca Andreescu live?

2. Which county won the All-Ireland Senior Football Championship in 1999?

3. Who is the current Ireland rugby captain?

4. At which ground did England win the 2015 Ashes?

5. Name the wide-receiver who quit the Oakland Raiders in spectacular fashion at the weekend.

SPORT ON TV

Today (Monday, September 9)

SOCCER: Euro 2020 qualifier, Northern Ireland v Germany - Sky Sports Main Event 1900, Azerbaijan v Croatia - Sky Sports Main Event 1700; Euro 2021 Under-21 qualifier, England Under-21 v Kosovo Under-21 - BT Sport 1 1930; International friendly, Wales v Belarus - Sky Sports Premier League 1940.

CYCLING: Tour of Britain - ITV4 1045; Vuelta a Espana - Eurosport 1 1200.

GRIDIRON: NFL, New Orleans Saints v Houston Texans - Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Action 0000, Oakland Raiders v Denver Broncos - Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Action 0320.

SNOOKER: Shanghai Masters - Eurosport 2 - 0725 & 1225.

TENNIS: WTA, Japan Open - BT Sport 2 0330; Zhengzhou Open - BT Sport 1 0500.

BASEBALL: MLB, Boston Red Sox v New York Yankees - BT Sport/ESPN 0000.

Tomorrow (Tuesday, September 10)

SOCCER: Euro 2020 qualifier, England v Kosovo - ITV 1900, Lithuania v Portugal - Sky Sports Premier League 1940; International friendly, Republic of Ireland v Bulgaria - Sky Sports Main Event 1940.

CYCLING: Tour of Britain - ITV4 1045 & Eurosport 1 1330.

SNOOKER: Shanghai Masters - Eurosport 2 - 0725 & 1225.

TENNIS: WTA, Japan Open - BT Sport 2 0330; Zhengzhou Open - BT Sport 1 0200.

BASEBALL: MLB, Minnesota Twins v Washington Nationals - BT Sport/ESPN 1230.

Quick Quiz Answers: 1. Toronto; 2. Meath 1-11 Cork 1-8; 3. Rory Best; 4. Trent Bridge; 5. Antonio Brown.

 

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