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seeded Caroline Wozniacki
made a winning start to her
grass-court season with a 7-
6 (4), 6-2 victory over qual-
ifier Jarmila Gajdosova in the
second round of the Aegon
Wozniacki fell behind to an
early break before rallying to
reach the tiebreaker, where
Gajdosova paid for a series of
errors. Wozniacki broke her
opponent's serve three times
on the way to sealing victory
in the second set.
"It felt great to be out here,
I love this tournament, this
amazing crowd and I know
Jarmila is a really tough oppo-
nent," Wozniacki said.
Earlier, Eugenie Bouchard
earned her first win of the
grass-court season when the
2014 Wimbledon runner-up
beat Alison Riske of the US
7-6 (5), 6-3.
The result was desperately
sought by Bouchard, who
came into the event having
lost nine of her last 10 match-
es, including opening defeats
in the last two weeks on grass
at s-Hertogenbosch and
Her one win in her last
eight events was in Rome in
May. Her ranking dropped out
of the top 10 this month.
She improved to 4-1
"It is good to finally get one
(a win on grass)," Bouchard
said. "I was a little bit more
aggressive and I was trying
to enjoy the moment."
In other matches, Dominika
Cibulkova of Slovakia upset
third-seeded Lucie Safarova
7-6 (7) 6-4, Coco Van-
deweghe of the United States
beat Monica Niculescu 7-5,
2-6, 6-1 and Sara Errani of
Italy came through against
Barbora Zahlavova Strycova,
6-2, 6-7 (1), 7-6 (7).
British wild card entrant
Johanna Konta upset fourth-
seeded Ekaterina Makarova
PARIS---Declaring they have learned from their past
mistakes and failures, French officials launched a bid
yesterday to bring the Olympics to Paris in 2024 ---
100 years after the games were last held in the city.
Paris became the fourth city to enter the 2024 race
and, with a bid team led by athletes and sports officials
rather than politicians, believes it has found a winning
formula after a string of stinging defeats.
"We've learned our lessons," bid CEO Etienne Thobois
said. "This time around, this is about winning."
The Paris bid, which had been in the works for
months, was formally announced at the headquarters
of the French Olympic Committee in a ceremony
attended by dozens of leading French athletes in a
"We believe that this bid and our goal to host the
2024 Games will excite, unite and enthuse the people
of Paris, our entire nation and lovers of Olympic and
Paralympic sport all over the world," said bid chairman
Bernard Lapasset, surrounded by current and past
Olympians shouting "Allez Paris!"
The French capital joins Boston, Hamburg and Rome
as declared bidders. The Budapest city council voted
Tuesday to support a bid, but the project still needs
approval from the Hungarian government and parlia-
The deadline for submission of bids is September
15. The International Olympic Committee will select
the host city in 2017.
The French sports daily L'Equipe proclaimed on its
front page: "Paris En Tete," or Paris out in front. That
was supported by British bookmaker William Hill,
which listed Paris as the 5-4 favorite, ahead of Boston
Paris was also considered the favorite in the race for
the 2012 Olympics, only to lose out to London in a
close vote. Paris also failed in bids for the 1992 and
French officials were criticised for their perceived
arrogance in previous bids. This time, they have opted
for a more cautious and sports-driven approach, leaving
government officials in a supporting role and making
sure all the political hurdles were cleared before going
The new bid is led by Lapasset, head of the Inter-
national Rugby Union, and Tony Estanguet, a three-
time Olympic canoeing gold medalist and an IOC
The bid announcement coincided with the annual
Olympic Day, which celebrates the founding of the
IOC in Paris on June, 23, 1894, by French baron Pierre
Paris hosted the Olympics in 1900 and 1924. Despite
the strong symbolism of hosting the games 100 years
since the last time, French officials are not focusing
on the centenary connection.
NOTTINGHAM---Top-seeded David Ferrer lost to
Marcos Baghdatis 6-2, 7-6 (4) in the second round
of the Aegon Classic at Nottingham yesterday.
Ferrer, the world No. 7, lost his first two service
games to Baghdatis, who earned his first win over
a top-10 player in more than two years.
"For me, the first set was difficult because it was
the first set back on grass," Ferrer said after his first
appearance in Nottingham in 11 years. "He (Baghdatis)
played more hours on court, and had more confidence
in his game."
Second-seeded Gilles Simon of France also strug-
gled before rallying for a 4-6, 7-6 (3), 7-6 (0) victory
over Marcel Granollers of Spain.
In other matches, No. 3 Feliciano Lopez of Spain
beat Taylor Harry Fritz of the United States 6-3, 6-
3, fourth-seeded Leonardo Mayer of Argentina
brushed aside Hyeon Chung of South Korea 6-3, 6-
1 and No. 7 Dominic Thiem of Austria beat Malek
Jaziri of Tunisia by the same score.
Paris launches bid
for 2024 Olympics
Ferrer ousted by
Baghdatis in opener
advance in Eastbourne
Denmark's Caroline Wozniacki in action against Australia's Jarmila
Gajdosova during day four of the women's International tennis at
Devonshire Park, Eastbourne, England, yesterday. AP
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