Iga Swiatek and Coco Gauff advance in San Diego

Top-ranked Iga Swiatek needed more than two hours to earn a 6-4, 4-6, 6-1 win over China’s Zheng Qinwen in her opener Thursday at the WTA 500 Open from San Diego.

Facing constant haze that caused a 30-minute delay just after the start of the match and a brief stoppage at the start of the second set, Swiatek rocked the hard-hitting 28th-seeded Qinwen in the round of 16 match. .

The victory was the 61st on the WTA Tour this year for the 21-year-old Pole.

Later Thursday, sixth-seeded Coco Gauff beat unseeded Canadian Bianca Andreescu 6-4, 4-6, 6-3, showing off her fiery shot in the deciding third set.

“There were turns, but every game counted, every point counted,” Gauff said. “We both fought and the atmosphere was great.”

Gauff’s diving forehand just out of Andreescu’s reach sent her into Friday’s quarter-final match against Swiatek.

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The Maradona “Hand of God” ball at auction

A former World Cup referee is set to cash in on his biggest mistake – to the tune of around $3 million.

The ball used when Diego Maradona scored his ‘Hand of God’ goal against England in the 1986 World Cup was auctioned off by the Tunisian referee who was in charge of the game and missed the handball the most famous in football.

Graham Budd Auctions said on Thursday it expects the 36-year-old Adidas ball owned by ex-referee Ali Bin Nasser to fetch between $2.7 million and $3.3 million when it goes on sale in Britain on November 16, four days before the World Cup. in Qatar begins.

• Scott McTominay scored in stoppage time to give Manchester United a 1-0 victory over Omonoia Nicosia in the Europa League.

United improve to nine points, three behind leaders Real Sociedad, who shut out the 10-man Sheriff 3-0. Armel Zohouri was sent off in the 25th minute for his second yellow card.

Bukayo Saka scored and Arsenal beat Bodø/Glimt 1-0 in Norway to stay perfect with their third successive Europa League win. Arsenal sit atop Group A with nine points from three games – with a game against PSV Eindhoven postponed following the death of Queen Elizabeth II. PSV were second after beating Zurich 5-0.

Golf:
Brendan Steele finished with four straight birdies and shot a 64-under on Thursday to take the lead in the opening round of the PGA Tour’s Zozo Championship in Inzai City, Japan.

Adam Schenk was fired after a 65 on a rainy day on the Tokyo outskirts course. Sam Ryder, Matthew NeSmith and Keegan Bradley were two returning.

Three other Americans were three behind: Rickie Fowler, Xander Schauffele and former Stanford Maverick McNealy.

Defending champion Hedeki Matsuyama got off to a slow start in front of a home crowd with a 71.

• Min Woo Lee fired a 5-under 66 at Valderrama to sit in a five-under tie for the lead at the Andalucia Masters in Sotogrande, Spain. The Australian had five birdies, an eagle and two bogeys in his first round, finishing level with Pep Angles, David Horsey, Jazz Janewattananond and Soren Kjeldsen.