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MUNICH---Real Madrid and
Bayern Munich will contest
the final of the Audi Cup, a
four-team, preseason friendly
James Rodriguez scored in
the first half with a header and
former Spurs winger Gareth
Bale completed a 2-0 win for
Madrid against Tottenham
yesterday with a long-range
shot late in the match.
The Spanish side arrived in
Munich without stars Cris-
tiano Ronaldo and Karim Ben-
In the second match, Bayern
beat AC Milan 3-0.
Juan Bernat s deflected shot
put Bayern ahead in the first
half and Mario Goetze and
Robert Lewandowski added
goals after the break for Pep
Guardiola s side. (AP)
DOHA---Qatar s top diplomat yes-
terday promised that his country
would host a successful World Cup in
2022 and suggested that criticism of
its successful bid was partly based on
The bid is under renewed scrutiny
following the launch of American and
Swiss investigations into corruption at
football s world governing body, Fifa.
In a wide-ranging interview, Foreign
Minister Khalid al-Attiyah reiterated
Qatar s stance that it has and will con-
tinue to cooperate with investigators.
He said he was confident the event
would go ahead and will be "the best
World Cup ever."
He also hit back at the barrage of
international criticism directed at Qatar
over the tournament, indicating that
racism played a role.
"Some parties cannot digest that a
small, Arabic state...is hosting such an
event, as if our region, our Arab region
is not entitled to have such an event,"
he said. Al-Attiyah acknowledged that
more work needs to be done to improve
conditions for migrant labourers work-
ing on World Cup infrastructure and
other construction projects in Qatar.
Promised reforms to the country s
restrictive labour laws, which bind
workers to a given employer and which
rights groups say leave workers open
to abuse, have yet to be implemented.
Al-Attiyah said he expected the new
guidelines will be put in place by the
end of the year.
"It is on the right track, and it will
happen. We are serious about doing
reforms," he said.
Al-Attiyah made the comments in
an AP interview where he called for a
"serious dialogue" with Iran in the wake
of its nuclear deal with world powers,
even as he blasted Tehran for continuing
to support Syria s embattled govern-
WASHINGTON---Sam Stosur recorded
her 500th career victory yesterday,
moving into the second round of the
Citi Open hard-court tournament by
beating Kristina Mladenovic 6-2, 6-
2. Stosur is a 31-year-old Australian
who won the 2011 US Open. She is the
seventh active woman with at least 500
match wins---across all levels, including
at ITF, WTA, Grand Slam events, main
draw and qualifying---and at least one
Grand Slam singles title.
"Guess it proves how old I am," Sto-
sur said after ending yesterday s match
by serving it out at love, closing with
an ace at 116 mph (187 kph).
To mark the occasion, the second-
seeded Stosur was presented on court
with a white-frosted cake, decorated
with a yellow tennis ball and the words,
"Congratulations on your 500th."
Stosur s career singles record is 500-
336, a .598 winning percentage.
Asked whether one of those victories
stands out from the others, Stosur
scratched her head and joked: "Maybe
the US Open final?"
She beat Serena Williams in the title
match at Flushing Meadows four years
ago. When Stosur was asked what mile-
stone she s thinking about next, she
replied: "Let s go for 501 tomorrow."
She will face Irina Falconi of the United
States in the second round.
Minutes after the match ended,
Mladenovic cried while she sat on the
ground and leaned against a glass door
across the way from the players lounge.
In another early women s matchup,
Christina McHale knocked off No 7
seed CoCo Vandeweghe 6-2, 4-6, 6-
4. Vandeweghe is ranked 33rd; McHale
Vandeweghe, a niece of former NBA
player and executive Kiki Vandeweghe,
was appearing in her first tournament
since pushing five-time major cham-
pion Maria Sharapova to three sets in
the quarterfinals at Wimbledon.
Vandeweghe entered the field in
Washington last week via a wild card,
replacing former No 1 Victoria Azaren-
ka, who pulled out of the US Open
tuneup because of an injured right
Bayern Munich, Real Madrid
in final of Audi Cup
Bayern Munich's Robert Lewandowski, left, challenges for the ball with
Milan's Cristian Zapata during the friendly football match between FC
Bayern and AC Milan, in the Allianz Arena stadium in Munich, southern
Germany, yesterday. Bayern won 3-0. AP PHOTO
overcame 14 aces by Jan-Lennard
Struff to beat his German compatriot
6-3, 6-7 (5), 6-3 in the first round of
the Generali Open yesterday.
The sixth-seeded Kohlschreiber held
his serve throughout and broke Struff
once in the first set and again in the
"I was the better player in the rallies
but his serve made it a close match,"
said Kohlschreiber, who reached the final
here in 2012 but failed to win his opening
match the following two years.
Andreas Haider-Maurer came back
from a break down in both sets to beat
Joao Souza of Brazil 7-6 (2), 6-4 and
set up a second-round match against
fellow Austrian Dominic Thiem.
The 21st-ranked Thiem, who is com-
ing off back-to-back titles in Umag and
Gstaad, is the top-seeded player at the
final clay-court event of the season after
David Goffin of Belgium pulled out for
Another Austrian, Jurgen Melzer, also
advanced by defeating Daniel Gimeno-
Traver of Spain 7-6 (3), 6-3. The former
eighth-ranked Melzer, who entered on
a wild card, next plays Nicolas Almagro
of Spain. Almagro hit 20 aces while ral-
lying to beat the seventh-seeded Jiri
Vesely of Czech Republic 6-7 (2), 7-5,
6-4. Also, Albert Montanes of Spain
beat Gerald Melzer, Jurgen s younger
brother, 6-4, 7-6 (5), and Dusan Lajovic
of Serbia defeated Mikhail Youzhny of
Russia 6-3, 6-4. (AP)
Qatar's FM promises
best World Cup ever
reach 2nd round in Kitzbuehel
Stosur tops Mladenovic at Citi Open
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