Sport notes | Woz it a sign she can shine?

Woz it a sign she can shine? 

Ahead of the start of the US Open next Monday, Caroline Wozniacki is finding her feet on her favoured hard courts, reaching the quarter-finals of the Cincinnati Masters last week where she lost to eventual champion Victoria Azarenka. On the way she beat Petra Kvitova – her first win against an opponent ranked in the top-10 since her run to the Indian Wells final in March. This week she is competing at the New Haven Open, where she's won her first two matches to setup a high-profile tilt with American Sloane Stephens. 

Rowers all set for battle

Denmark has entered seven boats at the 2013 World Rowing Championships, which begin this Sunday in Chungju, South Korea. The Danish contingent will be looking to improve on their fourth-place finish at the 2012 Olympics last August. Six of the seven entries are sculling boats, although Olympic gold medallists Rasmus Quist and Mads Rasmussen – who won the lightweight double sculls – will not be making the trip.  

Fullback almost a fall guy

A strange handball from Liverpool fullback Daniel Agger gave away a penalty in the dying minutes of his side’s Premier League openeron Saturday. Fortunately goalkeeper Simon Mignolet then saved the spot kick and the three points. Elsewhere, Aston Villa debutants Jones Okone and Nicklas Jensen-Helenius remained on the bench, as did Man United keeper Anders Lindegaard, while Cardiff City striker Andreas Cornelius is injured. 

Danes ready for Spain

Following their failure to make the Tour de France team, three Danish cyclists have been chosen by Team Saxo-Tinkoff for La Vuelta, which starts on Saturday. Chris Anker Sørensen, Nicki Sørensen and Michael Mørkøv will compete in a nine-man squad that includes Roman Kreuziger (Czech Republic) and Nicolas Roche (Ireland). The team’s top cyclist, Local boy Alberto Contador, however, will not be defending the title he won last year. 

He's a Devil now

The Plymouth Devils, a team in the British Premier League, the second tier of the country’s speedway scene, has acquired the rights to the sought-after Danish racer Mikkel Bech. The 18-year-old from Glumsø, who was officially required to ride in eight events to become a Devil, was one of the most coveted young riders in speedway. “He’s the first name on the team-sheet every week,” Devils manager Lee Trigger told the Plymouth Herald.