The Pliskova twins
The first meeting of identical twins in WTA Tour history ended with an upset as Kristyna Pliskova (left) overcame a ranking gap of more than 100 places to beat Karolina (right) at the grass-court Birmingham Classic in England on Wednesday. Kristyna, ranked No. 112, won 6-2, 3-6, 7-6 (7) against her sister, ranked third, from the Czech Republic at the Wimbledon warm-up event. “I’m happy with the way I served today,” Kristyna said. “I think we played the best that we could but it was not easy for us. She was nervous as well. The serve was the key, and I’m happy I won.” In 2013, the Pliskova sisters became the first set of twins in history to win a doubles title at the Generali Ladies Linz tournament in Austria.
Somewhere, the Dallas Cowboys’ recently unretired tight end must be grieving. That’s because the 1-year-old giraffe that was named after him has died at the Dallas Zoo. Officials tweeted that Witten the giraffe stopped breathing Monday during a medical exam to prepare him for transfer to a zoo in Canada for a breeding program. The zoo says he had been anesthetized for the exam, but efforts to revive him failed. A necropsy has been ordered. Witten was born in April 2018 and named in honor of the Cowboys’ player who had at the time had recently retired. Jason Witten, however, is alive and well and back with the Cowboys after one season as a “Monday Night Football” commentator.
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