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Townsend off to a win; Nadal’s perfect 10

Italy 13 Scotland 34
Singapore

Scotland kicked off Gregor Townsend’s coaching era with a five-try victory over Italy in Singapore.

Ryan Wilson was a late inclusion at flanker, replacing the injured John Hardie.

The Scots took command in the second half against a team which showed the same indiscipline that featured in the Six Nations.

Scotland continue their tour against Australia in Sydney next Saturday.

Line-up

Scotland: D Taylor, D Hoyland, M Scott, A Dunbar, T Visser, F Russell, A Price; A Dell, R Ford, WP Nel, T Swinson, B Toolis, J Barclay (capt), R Wilson, J Strauss.

Replacements: F Brown, G Reid, Z Fagerson, R Harley, M Bradbury, H Pyrgos, P Horne.

Scorers

Italy: Tries: Campagnaro, Esposito Pen: Allan

Scotland: Tries: Price, Visser, Ford 2, Hoyland Cons: Taylor, Russell, Horne Pen: Russell


Rafa Nadal made it 10 French Open Championships when he defeated Switzerland’s Stan Wawrinka in straight sets at Roland Garros 6-2 6-3 6-1.

The Spaniard now has his eyes on Andy Murray’s world number one ranking which is up for grabs at Wimbledon.

Nadal – who won without dropping a set in the tournament for the third time – said: “I didn’t really think I’d have such a long career and win so many tournaments.”

Only Margaret Court has won more titles at a single Grand Slam tournament. Martina Navratilova won Wimbledon nine times, while Federer and Pete Sampras have  seven victories each.

Nadal narrowly failed to match Bjorn Borg’s tally of just 32 defeats at Roland Garros.

> Jelena Ostapenko became the first unseeded player since 1933 to win the French Open championship.

The 20-year-old Latvian defeated Romania’s Simona Halep 4-6 6-4 6-3 in only her eighth appearance at one of the four tennis majors.

She was rated a 100-1 outsider at the start of the tournament, and will rise from 47th to 12th in the world rankings after winning the title and the £1.65m which compares to the £1m she has so far earned in her short career.

Ostapenko, the junior Wimbledon champion in 2014, beat Olympic champion Monica Puig, former finalist Sam Stosur, former number one Caroline Wozniacki and two-time semi-finalist Timea Bacsinszky on her way to the final in Paris.

She heads to Birmingham for the Aegon Classic and then Eastbourne for the Aegon International.

“Of course I will probably now will have more pressure and attention, but I’m going to try to deal with that,” she said.

“I think it’s going to be little bit difficult but I chose to be a tennis player, so that’s my career. I should be fine with that.”

She chose a career in tennis over ballroom dancing, something she practise four times a week.


 

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