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Woz rubbish – A new hat trick king – Chelsea party-spoilers – Trio of moves – Bidding for 2015 – Successful tour

August 30th, 2012 12:08 pm| by admin

Caroline Wozniacki on Tuesday  crashed out of the US Open, the final grand slam of the season, in the first round, losing 2-6, 2-6 to Romania’s Irina-Camelia Begu, the world number 96. The loss means the Dane will lose 895 ranking points and almost certainly drop out of the top ten in the world for the first time since 2009. The defeat caps a poor year for Wozniacki, who also lost in the first round at Wimbledon.

AGF striker Aron Johansson managed to beat the 15-year-old record for the fastest hat-trick in the Superliga on Monday night. The AGF forward struck three times in just three minutes and 50 seconds (32, 32 and 35) away at AC Horsens, and initial reports claimed he had equalled Ebbe Sand’s record, before it was confirmed he had smashed it by 12 seconds. 

Chelsea last season earned a reputation for spoiling games, and now they have upset Michael Laudrup. By rights, the Dane’s new club, Swansea City, should be sitting top of the English Premier League with maximum points and a goal difference of +8 following 5-0 and 3-0 defeats of QPR and West Ham United respectively. But instead Chelsea lead, having already played three times.

Ahead of the closure of the international transfer window this Saturday, some current and former Danish internationals have completed Bosman frees. Winger Michael Krohn Dehli, 29, has left Brøndby to join Celta Vigo (no details), midfielder Christian Poulsen, 32, has moved from Evian to Ajax (two-year deal), and left back Simon Poulsen, 27, has left AZ Alkmaar for Sampdoria (three years).

Denmark’s national cricket team begins its unlikely bid to qualify for the 2015 Cricket World Cup in Kuala Lumpur next Monday, where it will participate in an eight-day tournament against fellow World Cricket League Division Four teams Malaysia, Nepal, Singapore, Tanzania and the USA. The winners will advance to the next qualifying round, from which just four non-test nations will qualify. 

The organisers of the Tour of Denmark, which climaxed on Sunday after six days of racing, have praised an event that attracted its “best field ever” who did not “just go through the motions” despite the double whammy of the Tour de France and Olympics. Dutch rider Lieuwe Westra finished top of the standings, while Team Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank’s Mark Cavendish won the final stage on Frederiksberg Allé. 

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