In his first game sporting the maple leaf since November, Canada’s Alphonso Davies picked up right where he left off.
The Bayern Munich star dribbled into the box against Curacao in Nations League action on Thursday and was brought down by a defender, drawing a penalty. He then calmly stepped up to the penalty spot to open the scoring for Canada at BC Place.
Not only was this Davies’s return to the Canadian men’s national team, it was also his return to Vancouver — where the 21-year-old spent four years blossoming into a star with MLS’s Whitecaps.
After drawing the penalty, Davies made it clear he was the man to take it.
“I’m home,” he appeared to say to striker Cyle Larin.
Davies missed Canada’s last six outings in World Cup qualifying after developing symptoms of myocarditis, a mild heart condition, following a bout of COVID-19. He returned to play with Bayern on April 6, marking his first club appearance since Dec. 17.
Davies was named the CONCACAF men’s player of the year in April.
Novak Djokovic shares message to Australian Open runner-up Elena Rybakina – Tennis World USA
Novak Djokovic congratulated Australian Open runner-up Elena Rybakina on “an amazing tournament.” On Saturday, 23-year-old Rybakina fell just short of landing her second Grand Slam title. In the Australian Open final, Rybakina was up by a set before 24-year-old Aryna Sabalenka stormed back to win 4-6 6-3 6-4.
Six months ago, Djokovic and Rybakina lifted titles at Wimbledon. “@lenarybakina, amazing tournament,” Djokovic captioned his Instagram Story.
Novak Djokovic congratulates Aryna Sabalenka and Elena Rybakina
Djokovic congratulates Rybakina
Rybakina has now made Grand Slam finals in two of the last three Major tournaments.
After winning Wimbledon and finishing as runner-up at the Australian Open, Rybakina admits her confidence levels have increased and she now believes even more that she can win Grand Slams. “For sure, that’s the goal, to be in the second week of all the Grand Slam, to play finals.
I mean, now I have more confidence of course even after this final. I just need to work hard, same as I did during pre-season and actually throughout the years, be healthy, and for sure the results are going to come. I would say I’m trying to not think about expectations and everything.
Still after a great pre-season like this I was thinking I should show it on the court. Then, of course, the results are going to be there. First few weeks was not that great…but I think in the end it’s just confidence to go forward, to keep on working.
I feel now good physically also. I know if I’m going to keep on working, the results are going to be (good),” Rybakina said after the match, per Tennis Majors. Rybakina has proved over the last six months that she has what it takes to be a legitimate Grand Slam contender.
En route to reaching the Australian Open final, Rybakina defeated world No 1 Iga Swiatek. It will be interesting to see how will Rybakina do after a strong Australian Open run.
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