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Emma Raducanu: Injury forces British number one to miss Billie Jean King Cup Finals

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British number one Emma Raducanu will miss November’s Billie Jean King Cup Finals in Glasgow because she has not recovered from her right-wrist injury.

The 2021 US Open champion had been chosen to lead the Great Britain team.

Raducanu, 19, pulled out of the Transylvania Open in Romania earlier this month with the same injury.

“It’s disappointing to get the news from the doctors that I won’t be ready in time, particularly with it being on home soil,” said Raducanu.

The Billie Jean King Cup begins in Glasgow on 8 November.

Great Britain have been drawn in a group with Kazakhstan and Spain, with only the winners progressing to the semi-finals.

Raducanu made her debut in the tournament in April’s qualifier against the Czech Republic and was selected alongside Harriet Dart, Katie Boulter and Heather Watson, with a fifth player added at a later date, for the Finals.

“I tried to do everything possible to get it ready in time,” added Raducanu.

“Since my last tournament I’ve been working every day on physical training and rehab. I’ve got confidence in my team-mates and look forward to playing next year.”

As things stand, Raducanu is next due to play against Ons Jabeur in an exhibition in Abu Dhabi on 16 December.

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BREAKING: Senegal powers into Round of 16 in Qatar

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Senegal has become the first African side to qualify for the next stage of the World Cup presently going in on Qatar after beating Ecuador 2-1 in an action-packed final match at the group stage, the first time they African champions would be doing so since the 2002 edition.

Senegal, current holder of the African Cup of Nations (AFCON), which they won in Egypt in February, had opened scoring through a penalty, but Ecuador was later to equalise, only for the African champions to power home again, two minutes later and sustained the lead till the 96 minutes the encounter lasted.

They will join The Netherlands, which won 2-0 against the host nation, Qatar, which neither won a match nor scored a goal, but lost their three matches.

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BREAKING: Morocco shocks Belgium in Qatar with 2-0 victory

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It would have been three in all, but with just part of the arms sticking out, was all it needed to cancel a beautiful freekick that would have sent Morocco in front at the nick of the first half after the Video Assisted Referee (VAR), was contacted.

But it did not deter the African side, 22 in the world ranking from their continuous onslaught, until the pressure paid off with another splendid freekick in the second half, from Abdelhamid Sabiri, which found its way at the back of the Belgian net, without touching anybody.

All attempts to equalise failed until well into three minutes of five minutes extra time, when a combination of a back-pass and one touch shot from Zakaria Aboukhlal, gave the African side, which had the best result ahead of the qualifiers without losing a match chance to complete the rout, becoming the first team in the continent to win a match in the ongoing global football event.

 

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BREAKING: Mighty Argentina, falls at S’Arabia’s feet in W’Cup shocker!

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Football pundits may take longer a longer time to unravel the mystery of Argentina, two-time World Cup winner falling at the feet of lowly-rated Saudi Arabia at the ongoing World Cup mundial in Qatar, despite parading some of the world’s most celebrated stars including seven time Balon D’or winner, Lionel Messi.

The world had been expecting a whitewash from the South Americans La Scaloneta, but it seems that the ginnie came out of the bottle to do the magic for Al-Suqour Al-Akhdhar otherwise known as the Green Falcons, leaving everyone stunned.

The game played at the Lusail Iconic Stadium, also left the Argentine team in blushes of shocks as most of them stood in one place, stupefied, apparently wondering what would have happened in a match, they began with a lot of promise, hitting the back of the net of the team of the world’s richest oil-producing country.

Messi, had stamped his authority by converting a penalty awarded his team masterfully, and expectations, was high that the downpour would commence from ther, but it was not to be, as Harve Renard, saw to it that his boys picked up the gauntlet to do maximum battle.

Two goals in quick intervals was all it took to get a stunned Argentine side and the world gaping in disbelief and remaines so till the full blast of the whistle, with the players smiling to the dressing room triumphantly, clinching the sweet memories of their victory, the first ever in a World Cup game to their heart.

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