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Wednesday / June 20.
  • PHOENIX (AP) — Deandre Ayton spent Wednesday with the Suns with the feeling that this was the start of a beautiful relationship.

    The 7-foot-1, 250-pound center went through what he said would be his only pre-draft workout and expressed supreme confidence that the Suns will use the No. 1 pick to select him.

    “I know I’m going No. 1,” he told reporters.

    Not that the Suns have assured him of that; he’s just that confident that the team won’t pass on his combination of size, strength, athleticism and shooting touch.

    “Nobody told me,” he said. “That’s just me. I think I deserve that. I’ve worked hard.”

    (AP) — Top-ranked Simona Halep rallied past Angelique Kerber 6-7 (2), 6-3, 6-2 to reach the French Open semifinals.

    On Thursday, Halep will face No. 3 Garbine Muguruza, who blitzed No. 28 Maria Sharapova, 6-2, 6-1, in a matchup of past French Open champions.

    The second semifinal is an all-American battle between reigning US Open champ Sloane Stephens and US Open runner-up Madison Keys. 

    Halep went all out in the first set but her bold strategy backfired badly as she hit 30 unforced errors. She reacted well to limit her mistakes while staying aggressive on her German opponent’s service games.

    “After the first set I just stayed strong, I did not give up at all,” said Halep. “I missed a lot at the beginning of the match. I tried to do too much. Then I changed a little bit of tactics and it worked.”