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WUHAN, China — Angelique Kerber lost for the first time since becoming the No. 1-ranked player, losing to Petra Kvitova in the third round of the Wuhan Open on Wednesday.

Kvitova saved 17 of 22 break points on her way to the 6-7 (10-12), 7-5, 6-4 win.

Kerber committed eight double faults.

"It's always tough to play against Petra," said Kerber, who was facing Kvitova for the 10th time. "I think we both played on a really high level over three hours. At the end, I think there's no loser."

Kerber also confirmed she will start 2017 at the Brisbane International tournament in Australia on Jan. 1.


Solo has shoulder surgery

Suspended U.S. national team goalkeeper Hope Solo said she had shoulder replacement surgery Monday. Solo posted post-surgery photos of herself on her social media accounts.

COACH SORRY: Sam Allardyce expressed regret over "silly" unguarded comments to undercover journalists that cost him the England manager's job. He also complained about "entrapment" by the Daily Telegraph that made his England job untenable after 67 days and one match.

CHAMPIONS LEAGUE: Manchester City came from behind three times to draw 3-3 at Celtic, ending the English team's 100 percent start to the season under new coach Pep Guardiola. Not missing Gonzalo Higuain, host Napoli tightened its grip on Group B with a 4-2 win over Benfica. And Barcelona overcame the absence of Lionel Messi to rally past host Borussia Moenchengladbach 2-1.

Et cetera

BOXING: Three Olympians received "severe reprimands" for betting on fights during last month's Rio de Janeiro Games. Ireland's Michael Conlan and Steve Donnelly and Britain's Antony Fowler were censured by the International Olympic Committee for violating anti-betting rules.

FIGURE SKATING: U.S. pairs team Alexa Scimeca Knierim and Chris Knierim withdrew from two Grand Prix events as Scimeca Knierim recovers from an unspecified medical procedure.

HACKING: Despite the hack of personal medical information from some of the world's leading athletes, the World Anti-Doping Agency said its overall electronic database is safe.

TRACK: Russian Mikhail Idrisov, who won three national 100-meter titles and took silver with Russia at the 2014 European team championships, was banned for four years for doping.

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Sports in brief 09/28/16 [Last modified: Wednesday, September 28, 2016 9:21pm]
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