The Croatian wild card, who led Russia's 13th-seeded Vesnina 5-3 in the third set on Thursday when a thunderstorm halted play, returned on Friday and cashed in on her third match point to secure a spot in the third round. French Open champion Garbine Muguruza, whose opening match on Thursday was also interrupted, fared better than Vesnina after her night's sleep. The sixth-seeded Spaniard, who trailed 46th-ranked American Christina McHale 6-0 3-2 when play was suspended Thursday, escaped a match point in the tiebreak and emerged with an 0-6 7-6(6) 6-4 victory.
Shaquille O’Neal will be dunking outside Staples Center forever. The Los Angeles Lakers paid the ultimate tribute to one of their greatest players on Friday, celebrating the outsized contributions and outsized personality of center Shaquille O’Neal by unveiling a mammoth statue of the Hall of Famer that will join the other iconic figures standing outside Staples Center.
U.S. pitcher David Robertson (L) and infielder Nolan Arenado celebrate the team’s 8-0 win over Puerto Rico. The World Baseball Classic has sadly come to an end, with Team USA beating Team Puerto Rico 8-0 on Wednesday night to win its first WBC championship. The U.S. players seemed singularly possessed right out of the gate, notching 13 hits on the night compared to Puerto Rico’s three.