The launch of Serena Williams, the Ciryl Gane show in Paris, the master Verstappen in his kingdom… What to remember from the sports weekend

The launch of Serena Williams, the Ciryl Gane show in Paris, the master Verstappen in his kingdom... What to remember from the sports weekend

This first weekend of September was especially loaded with sports news. Between the probable last appearance of Serena Williams on a tennis court in the resumption of the Top 14, passing through the Eurobasket or Ligue 1 where PSG and Marseille caper in the lead, you had to have your eyes everywhere to not miss anything. lucky for you, Information from France: sports offers you a weekend sports recovery session.

The latest from Serena Williams?

She had announced in August that “the countdown was on“, hinting that she would retire at the US Open 2022. Serena Williams had delayed the deadline by passing the first two rounds, but left the New York tournament from Friday to Saturday night. The American with 23 Grand Slam titles it was defeated by the Australian Alja Tomljanovic after a match of more than three hours (7-5, 6-7 [4]6-1).

The one who will celebrate her 41st birthday at the end of September burst into tears during her on-court interview. Everything about his attitude and his way of accepting the tributes gives the impression that he was saying goodbye, but a doubt remains. At a press conference, he was asked if he intended to reconsider his decision to end his career soon, to which he cryptically replied: “I don’t think so, but you never know (…). I have always loved Australia. she slipped away, smiling. I still don’t know if it was my last moment or not. It is clear that I am still able [de jouer]. But there are so many other things… I am ready to be a mother, to explore another version of Serena and I want to enjoy life as long as she can walk.”

Cyryl Win in the appointment in UFC Paris

It was the sporting event of the weekend in the Paris region. The AccorArena hosted the first major MMA event in France, two years after the discipline was legalized. UFC Paris offered several fights to the 16,000 spectators who made the trip. That of Frenchman Ciryl Gane, world number 1 heavyweight, was the most anticipated.

Pushed back in the second round, the latter outclassed Australia’s Tai Tuivasa by knocking him out in the third round to seek an important win. A victory that may give him the opportunity to challenge Francis Ngannou again, the current holder of the world champion belt in the category.

La Rochelle offers itself the first surprise of the Top 14 season

Rugby resumed on Saturday. What better card to kick off the Top 14 season than a clash between European champions La Rochelle and French champions Montpellier? It was the Marítimos, winners of the last Champions Cup, who won at home against the holders of the Brennus Shield (26-22). Everything changed on a penalty try in the 78th minute when MHR were in the lead.

In the rest of the matches on this first day, Lou won in Brive (31-27) and Toulon prevailed over Bayonne (40-25). Racing 92 struggled but beat Castres at home (25-19). The other club from the capital, Stade Français, defeated Clermont (24-18). Pau finally won by the minimum at home against Perpignan (16-14).

France recovers in the Eurobasket

After a failed entry against Germany on Thursday (76-63), the Blues raised their heads against Lithuania on Saturday (77-73). Facing the teammates of Domantas Sabonis and Jonas Valanciunas, Vincent Collet’s players made a much better copy. Author of 27 points, Evan Fournier left behind his last performances to assume his leading role, even more important with the absences of Nicolás Batum and Nando de Colo.

I hope we have a good start in this competition.”, the back of the New York Knicks reacted to the Canal + microphone. They showed it the next day by stringing together a second win against Hungary (78-74). Inconstant, the France team was scared until the end, before Evan Fournier validated the victory with free kicks nine seconds from the gong. Rudy Gobert took the opportunity to regain confidence in attack (15 points and 9 rebounds). Next deadline Tuesday (2:30 p.m.), against Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Untouchable Verstappen at home

Before the orange tide that invaded the Zandvoort circuit on Sunday, the local scene did not disappoint. Max Verstappen won the Dutch Grand Prix – to the delight of the 105,000 spectators won for his cause – ahead of George Russell (Mercedes) and Charles Leclerc (Ferrari). Thanks to his fourth consecutive victory, the Red Bull driver increases his lead in the world championship, where he now has 109 points over his runner-up, Charles Leclerc.

Starting on pole position, Mad Max only left the outposts during pit stops. Other than that, he was never really concerned, even when the safety car gave a look of suspense fifteen laps from the end. Positioned on the exhausts of Lewis Hamilton as the race restarted, Max Verstappen immediately overtook the Briton to retake the lead and set himself up for his 30th career success.

PSG and Marseille continue their momentum

Three goals, here is the new price of PSG. After the five goals scored during the first two days of Ligue 1 and then the card in Lille (7-1), PSG has just achieved its second consecutive victory with a score of 3-0. Like Toulouse on Wednesday, this time it was Nantes who paid the price on Saturday night, weighed down by a red card and a brace from Kylian Mbappé.

With 16 points, PSG is leader of Ligue 1, tied on points with Olympique de Marseille. OM beat Auxerre (2-0) and remain undefeated in the league. This is also the case with Lyon, a big winner over Angers (5-0), and Lens, hooked on Reims (1-1). At the bottom of the table, Strasbourg, Ajaccio and Angers are still looking for their first win of the season.

Remco Evenepoel threatened by Primoz Roglic

Remco Evenepoel (Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl) showed his first signs of weakness at the Vuelta a España. And rather twice than once. While he held a 2’41” lead in the overall standings on Friday over runner-up Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma), the red jersey saw his gap fade over the weekend.

On Saturday, during stage 14, the Belgian first conceded 48 seconds to the Slovenian who also pocketed four bonus seconds at the top of Sierra de La Pandera. Rebelote Sunday in the Sierra Nevada, where the pilot of the Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl blew another fifteen seconds. With six stages to go, Remco Evenepoel will need to maintain his thirty-four minute lead to prevent Primoz Roglic from winning his fourth consecutive Vuelta.

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