WUHAN, China — Fourth-seeded Simona Halep of Romania advanced to the semifinals of the Wuhan Open on Thursday with a 6-4, 6-2 win over Madison Keys of the United States. Halep dominated the eighth-seeded Keys with powerful groundstrokes to set up a semifinal match against either Johanna Konta or Petra Kvitova. With the win, Halep improved to 4-1 against Keys and qualified for her third straight appearance at the WTA Finals in Singapore. It was Halep’s third victory against Keys this year following wins in the third round of Wimbledon and in the final of the Rogers Cup in Montreal.
It was the afternoon of Monday, Aug. 22. In less than an hour, Libertyville was scheduled to play Loyola in its first girls tennis meet of the season. Wildcats seniors Callie Klein and Dani Blaser were talking in the school parking lot adjacent to the tennis courts. Coach Dan Kiernan approached them with news about that day's match. "He said, 'Are you ready to play some doubles?'" Klein said. "We started screaming." The reason for the excitement? One-time doubles partners, the pair hadn't played high school tennis together since being eliminated from the 2014 state tournament. It's been a long road back to a tennis partnership for Klein and Blaser. For Klein, the journey was more arduous. During
Another petition was filed asking the United States Supreme Court to throw out a $1 billion settlement of NFL concussion lawsuits, citing treatment of current brain injuries versus future ones. Former NFL players who filed the petition on Monday say that chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) diagnosed before April 2015 can bring $4 million while future diagnoses of CTE aren’t compensated. The April 2015 cutoff date was set in an attempt to avoid incentivizing suicides. Payouts from the settlement will be delayed for at least a few months after the family of a former player filed a last-second appeal last month. According to the petition, the family of former Chicago Bears safety Dave Duerson,