Wednesday Morning Sports Update

TENNIS

Serena Williams is out of the Australian Open.

Seventh seed Karolina Pliskova produced a stunning fight back to win their quarter final in Melbourne.

Williams, who is chasing a record equalling 24th Grand Slam title, had four match points and held a 5-1 lead but still lost the deciding set 7-5.

Pliskova will now play Naomi Osaka for a place in the final.

The U-S Open champion beat Ukraine’s Elina Svitolina in straight sets.

France’s Lucas Pouille has beaten Milos Raonic of Canada in four sets to reach the Men’s Singles semi finals.

He will now face either top Seed Novak Djokovic or Kei Nishikori, who are next to play this morning.

SOCCER

Claudio Ranieri has described Cardiff City’s record signing Emiliano Sala as a “fighter” and a “wonderful character”.

The Fulham manager and former Chelsea and Leicester boss worked with the Argentine striker at Nantes last season.

A vigil was held in the French City last night for the 28 year old who was on a light aircraft that went missing over the Channel Islands on Monday.

The search will resume at sunrise.

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola says he faces an “unusual situation” tonight.

The Premier League champions hold a 9-nil lead head into the second leg of their League Cup semi final at League One Burton Albion.

Guardiola still wants to see an improvement from the opening tie.

RUGBY

Ulster have thanked the supporters who helped with their investigation into the abuse suffered by Simon Zebo at Kingspan Stadium.

The Province have banned a spectator for life for the incident that happened during Ulster’s win over Racing 92 in the Champions Cup earlier this month.

Ulster also sent formal apologies to Zebo and to Racing.

The Cork winger has thanked the Province for their actions.

RACING

There’s no horse racing in Ireland today.

In the UK, they run on the standard track at Lingfield from 1pm, at Hereford from 1.30 – Good to Soft, soft in places and on the standard track at Kempton from 4.40.

Today’s meeting in Catterick has been called off.