Andy Murray to make singles tennis return at Cincinnati next week

Andy Murray says he has accepted a wild-card invitation to make his return to singles competition at the Western & Southern Open next week near Cincinnati.

Murray announced the news on his Facebook page Friday.

The three-time major champion and former No. 1 hasn’t played a singles match on tour since the Australian Open in January. At the time, he made it sound as if he would be retiring because of a painful hip that already has been surgically repaired.

But Murray had a second hip operation shortly after that and began playing doubles in June.

He has been cautious about when he might be able to get back on the court in singles.

Murray won the U.S. Open 2012 and Wimbledon in 2013 and 2016.

• At the men’s Rogers Cup in Montreal, top-seeded Rafael Nadal rallied to reach the semifinals, beating No. 7 Fabio Fognini 2-6, 6-1, 6-2.

• At the women’s Rogers Cup in Toronto, Serena Williams advanced to the semifinals, beating soon-to-be-top-ranked Naomi Osaka 6-3, 6-4.

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Liverpool opened its bid to end a 30-year English title drought by beating English Premier League newcomer Norwich 4-1, but lost goalkeeper Alisson to injury.

In his first game since Brazil’s victorious Copa America final a month ago, Alisson was forced off in the first half at Anfield with a calf injury. The severity of the injury isn’t known yet but it will rule him out of the UEFA Super Cup match against Europa League winner Chelsea on Wednesday in Istanbul.

Motor sports: Brad Keselowski won the pole for Sunday’s NASCAR Cup race at Michigan International Speedway, his home track. The Team Penske driver, who has three Cup victories this year, was the fastest in qualifying with a lap of 190.471 mph around the 2-mile oval.

Keselowski won the series championship in 2012 and has 30 career Cup victories, but he hasn’t won any of his 20 races at MIS — where he made his Cup debut 10 years ago.

Kevin Harvick will start second, followed by William Byron, Alex Bowman, Clint Bowyer and Chase Elliott. Points leader Kyle Busch will start 24th in the 38-car field.

Basketball: In WNBA play, Sylvia Fowles had 17 points and 12 rebounds and host Minnesota beat Connecticut 89-57 and Courtney Vandersloot scored 16 points and had 13 assists as Chicago beat Las Vegas 87-84. … In the San Francisco Pro-Am playoffs at Kezar Pavilion, Dream Team got 17 points apiece from Cal’s Juhwan Harris-Dyson, Juan Anderson of the Warriors’ G League team and Tre Grey to defeat Oakland Believers 115-104. Dream Team advances to face East Bay in the best-of-three finals beginning Monday.

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