Coming off a duo of losses to highly ranked national opponents, the No. 51 Wisconsin women’s tennis team will look to return to winning form as they take on DePaul at 4:00 PM at the Nielsen Tennis Stadium today.But the Badgers’ greatest opponent may well be their own blue demons as the squad looks to take on the regional rival while still battling a flurry of health problems that have left key players at less than 100 percent and others cycling through the bench.”[I]t appears as though we’ll be playing short-handed again,” head coach Patti Henderson said. “So we have to try to find a way to be successful in the win/loss column with DePaul.”Wisconsin junior Kaylan Caiati, who spent last weekend on the sidelines due to health issues, is expected to bump up to the second singles flight today in place of sophomore Nicole Beck who will likely see her playing time limited to doubles action because of her own ongoing ailment.”You acknowledge that first, because it’s going to be a lot tougher,” senior Lexi Goldin said of going into today’s action with a depleted roster.Still, in DePaul, the Badgers will find a team with quite the international flair. The Chicago-based squad has only two Americans on its roster and neither is expected to start in singles play, offering a stark contrast to the Wisconsin team that is comprised entirely of Americans.Team ace Caitlin Burke, hailing from Cedarburg, Wis., will likely face Beatrix Csordas, who comes from Budapest, Hungary, while Caiati, also a Dairyland native, is expected to take on Gergana Ganeva of Vratza, Bulgaria. Other members of the DePaul starting lineup have passports originating in Croatia, Serbia and Slovakia, while the Badgers’ only non-Midwesterners come to UW by way of California, Georgia and Kentucky.Last year, the Badgers defeated the Blue Demons 5-2, with Burke claiming the clinching point over Ganeva in a 6-2, 6-2 victory that marked the DePaul player’s first drop in an unlucky 13 matches. Ironically, Burke also battled the Chicago-based squad while personally under the weather a year ago, a situation that may well repeat itself as the Badger ace comes off a rough final weekend of February play in which she missed one match due to health considerations and pulled off a convincing victory in another despite coughing audibly on the court.”I haven’t been feeling very good for the last week or so,” Burke commented after her decisive victory last year. “I try not to think about, it’s hard though. I have a cold.”Having claimed only one of 14 points last weekend — with Burke being the sole singles victor — various members of the Wisconsin squad will look to regain their winning ways today in what will be the team’s final match before spring break play in sunny southern California — a location that may actually do some good for a physically ailing squad.
“I’m happy for the team, all the fans, we needed that, even if it was not a match for the purists,” said Monaco coach Henry afterwards.“Style is important, in general, but… we can think about style later.”Falcao’s fifth league goal of the campaign secured Monaco’s first win in any competition since the opening day of the league season, a miserable run of form that has left them second-bottom in Ligue 1 despite Saturday’s win.The victory came seven games into Henry’s reign at Monaco, where a host of injuries has further complicated an already difficult start to his tenure.“This is only the beginning, there are still a lot of matches and battles to come. I happy for the team, for the hard work they put in that for a while was not rewarded.”– Disjointed PSG –Earlier on Saturday Uruguay striker Edinson Cavani saved a disjointed performance from runaway leaders PSG to maintain their 100 percent start to the season ahead of the crunch Champions League clash with Liverpool on Wednesday.Neymar and Mbappe were both injured during friendlies in the international break, and PSG are sweating on their recovery for the huge Group C clash with the Parisians just a point behind the Reds and Napoli and gunning to qualify from the competition’s tightest group.Shorn of their two stars, PSG dominated possession but struggled to create chances against 15th-placed Toulouse.However coach Thomas Tuchel said that he was “optimistic” that the pair could return for the match at the Parc des Princes.“I am more optimistic (than on Friday) because both did individual training today,” said Tuchel after his team’s win.“I hope they will be able to train with the whole team on Monday.”Cavani ensured that their domestic dominance was consolidated when he expertly controlled a ninth-minute knockdown after a period of scrappy play, then spun Toulouse defender Kelvin Amian with a neat flick before firing home the winner.His goal put PSG a full 15 points ahead of second placed Lyon, who prevailed in a tight derby with Saint-Etienne on Friday night thanks to Jason Denayer’s second half header.On Sunday Lille can take back second place from Lyon with a win over Nice, while local rivals Montpellier and Marseille continue their battle for the Champions League places.Rudi Garcia’s Marseille are sixth but would overtake Saint-Etienne should they beat lowly Amiens, while their fellow southern club Montpellier take on Rennes knowing a win would take them second should Lille stumble at Nice.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Thierry Henry Was yet to see Monaco win in his three games since taking chargePARIS, France, Nov 25 – Radamel Falcao secured Thierry Henry his first win as Monaco boss with a free-kick that would have made his manager proud as Paris Saint-Germain warmed up for Liverpool’s visit by strengthening their hold on Ligue 1 with a routine win over Toulouse without Neymar and Kylian Mbappe.The Colombian striker struck with a dipping set-piece nine minutes after the break, and Henry could be seen smiling on the touchline as his players celebrated Falcao’s winner wildly.