Wozniacki beats Halep to win 1st major at Australian Open

first_imgView comments Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Church wedding serves as an inspiration for Barroca Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Denmark’s Caroline Wozniacki kisses her trophy after defeating Romania’s Simona Halep during the women’s singles final at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018. (Photo by DITA ALANGKARA / AP)MELBOURNE, Australia — It took Caroline Wozniacki 43 majors and two failed attempts in finals before finally claiming her first Grand Slam singles title.One of the first things she did as a champion was apologize to top-seeded Simona Halep following her 7-6 (2), 3-6, 6-4 win in the Australian Open final on Saturday night.ADVERTISEMENT Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track Neil Diamond’s “Sweet Caroline” played over the stadium speakers as the 27-year-old Danish player carried the Daphne Akhurst Memorial Cup around Rod Laver Arena.Wozniacki lost two US Open finals – in ’09 and 2014 – and Halep lost two French Open finals before their meeting at Melbourne Park.It was the first time in the Open era that players ranked No. 1 and 2 were meeting in a major final without either having won a Grand Slam title.So the pressure was on.It was the first time in the Open era that both Australian Open finalists had saved match points before reaching the final, also, so in some ways the pressure was off.In Halep’s case, she was the first player who had saved match points in multiple matches to have reached the final. She saved triple match point and rallied in the third set to beat Laura Davis 15-13 in the third set of her third-round match, and also needed to save match points in her semifinal against Angelique Kerber.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew “I’m sorry, I’m just taking a second to hug Daphne,” Wozniacki said, pausing as she clutched the winner’s trophy in the on-court ceremony. “I dreamt of this moment so many years, to be here now it’s a dream come true.”More than seven years after appearing in her first Grand Slam final at the 2009 US Open – a straight sets loss to Serena Williams – Wozniacki can finally erase the “but never won a major” footnote that has long been attached to her resume.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk“I’m never going to get the question again about being a world No. 1 without a Slam,” she said after leaving the court.Wozniacki will regain the top ranking next week for the first time in six years – beating Serena Williams’ record of 5 years, 29 days between stints at No. 1 on the women’s tour – in another benefit of beating the top-seeded Halep. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Wozniacki saved match points in her second-round win over Jana Fett and later said she was relaxed because for the rest of the tournament she was “playing with the house money.”So both players rolled the dice in the 2-hour, 49-minute final, which featured some long, absorbing rallies and 10 service breaks – including six in an eight-game run in the third set.“I know that today is a tough day,” Wozniacki said to Halep. “I’m sorry I had to win today but I’m sure we’ll have many matches in the future. Incredible match, incredible fight. And again, I’m sorry.”Halep was playing with an injured left ankle, needed treatment for dizziness in the second set and had rallied from a break down in the third set to lead 4-3 when Wozniacki took a medical time out to have her left knee taped. In the end, she just ran out of steam.“It’s not easy to talk now,” Halep said at the presentation. “It’s been a great tournament for me. I started not very well with the ankle injury. I just wanted to give my best every match, which I did. Of course I’m sad I couldn’t win today but Caroline was better than me. Sad that I couldn’t make it the third time, maybe the fourth time will be with luck.”Wozniacki is the third first-time major winner in the four Grand Slam tournaments since Serena Williams won the 2017 Australian Open for her record 23rd Grand Slam title.Serena Williams, who beat her older sister, Venus, in last year’s final, took time out for her pregnancy and the birth of her first child in September, and is preparing to return to competition next month.Wozniaki was ranked No. 1 for 67 weeks, including 49 straight from Feb. 21, 2011 until Victoria Azarenka replaced her on Jan. 30, 2012.Wozniacki got a break in Halep’s first service game and had a chance to serve for the first set at 5-3, but the Romanian rallied to break back and to force a tiebreaker. After getting an early jump in the tiebreaker, Wozniacki won the last three points to win a set for the first time in a Grand Slam final.Halep fended off four break points to hold early in the second set, and called for the trainer after holding in the fifth to get her blood pressure and pulse taken. Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. She returned and broke for a 5-3 lead before leveling the match.The players had a 10-minute break between the second and third sets with the temperature at 30.5 Celsius (87 Fahrenheit) and 60 percent humidity.Wozniacki appeared to sense Halep’s fatigue and attacked hard, getting a break in the second game.Halep converted her sixth breakpoint chance when Wozniacki double-faulted for the first time in the set. It was 2-1.There was a total of four straight service breaks until Halep held and got on level terms. She broke Wozniacki for a 4-3 lead, but lost momentum after Wozniacki’s medical time out.“I can still smile. It’s fine. I cried, but now I’m smiling,” Halep said. “Is just a tennis match in the end. But, yeah, I’m really sad I couldn’t win it. I was close again, but the gas was over in the end.”Serena Williams didn’t watch the game, saying she gets too nervous, but tweeted to congratulate her good friend Wozniacki.“New number one and aussie open champ. So awesome. So happy. Are those tears? Yup they are. From a year ago to today I’m so proud my friend so proud.”last_img read more

No images of car’s interior taken – Police photographer

first_imgPegasus taxi driver’s murderHours after Prosecutor Tiffini Lyken opened the State’s case against Lorenzo Forde, who is accused of murdering Pegasus Hotel taxi driver Rubranauth Jeeboo during the course of a robbery, the 12-member jury heard that there was no image taken of the interiors of the deceased man’s Toyota Allion motorcar. This was the account of former Policewoman Delicia Browne, who revealed that she was not asked to take photographs of the vehicle’s interior.During December 2013, when Jeeboo’s body was found in a heap of garbage at Caneview Avenue, South Ruimveldt, Georgetown, Browne, then a Police constable, was stationed at the Criminal Investigations Department (CID), attached to the Brickdam Police Station’s Crime Scene Unit.Led by Prosecutor Lisa Cave, the witness recalled being summoned to the crime scene at 08:00 hrs, and speaking with Police Corporals Dhanraj and Williams before taking photographs of the murdered man, who had been clad in a blue shirtjack and dark coloured trousers.Browne said she took images of the body in its original position — faced downwards – and she had taken more photographs when Corporal Dhanraj turned the body to face the opposite direction.About two hours after, according to Browne, she spoke with Corporal Williams, who showed her the Toyota Allion motorcar, which did not have a licence plate to the rear and the ‘HC’ part to the front licence plate was “barely showing”. Browne said that she and Corporal Williams securely placed the car on a tow truck to be taken away to the Brickdam Police Station.Browne recalled taking photos of the outside of the car.After brief cross-examination by Defence Counsel Hewley Griffith, members of the jury sought to ascertain why any photo was not taken of the car’s interior.“I wasn’t instructed to take photos of the inside,” the former Policewoman informed the jury.The 19 photographs she had printed and secured were tendered and admitted into evidence at Monday’s trial. Justice Reynolds allowed the exhibits to be shown to the jury, which in later days will determine whether the accused, Forde, is innocent or guilty. The matter was adjourned to Thursday morning, when more of the State’s 12 witnesses are expected to testify at the High Court in Georgetown.Forde was 18 years old when he was first charged with the murder of Rubranauth Jeeboo. According to reports, on December 27, Jeeboo left his Campbellville, Georgetown home for work, and the following day, December 28, around 07:50h, his body was discovered with several injuries at Caneview Avenue.State counsel Shawnette Austin is assisting the prosecution’s case.last_img read more

Man Utd v Fulham: Debut for Heitinga

first_imgFulham’s new arrival John Heitinga makes his debut and Ryan Tunnicliffe, recently signed from Manchester United, also starts against the champions, who welcome defender Nemanja Vidic back from suspension. The Whites’ record signing Kostas Mitroglou must wait for his debut, while Scott Parker is among the Fulham substitutes. Boss Rene Meulensteen has also opted to start with John Arne Riise and youngster Muamer Tankovic.Manchester United: De Gea, Rafael, Smalling, Vidic, Evra; Mata, Carrick, Fletcher, Young; Rooney, van Persie.Subs: Lindegaard, Ferdinand, Giggs, Valencia, Kagawa, Januzaj, Hernandez.Fulham:Stekelenburg; Riether, Burn, Heitinga, Riise; Tunnicliffe, Sidwell, Kvist, Richardson; Holtby, Tankovic.Subs: Stockdale, Hangeland, Kacaniklic, Duff, Cole, Parker, Bent.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Tennis stars take in South Africa

first_img6 February 2009French-born tennis star Jo-Wilfried Tsonga left no doubt that African blood runs through his veins when he paid a visit to the sprawling township of Soweto outside Johannesburg on Wednesday.Cypriot Marcos Baghdatis, also in Johannesburg for the South African Tennis Open, took time off to get a taste of what it would have felt like living under apartheid.Tsonga, who lies seventh in the ATP world rankings and is in Johannesburg for the South African Tennis Open, held a coaching clinic at the Arthur Ashe Tennis Centre in White City, Jabavu.At the end of the clinic, youngsters from Jabavu and neighbouring areas broke out in song in appreciation for Tsonga’s efforts, and moments later the broad-smiling Muhammad Ali look-alike tennis pro started dancing, even throwing in the odd Ali-shuffle in his routine.African heritageTsonga, whose father was born in Pointe Noire, Congo, has always been proud of his African heritage, and prior to his arrival in Johannesburg had been at pains to make the point that he has long had an emotional attachment to the continent.He was clearly at home among the children, many of whom did not know that he is one of the world’s top tennis players. And it seemed Tsonga’s enjoyment was at its greatest when he was putting the smallest toddlers through their paces with basic drills.“As a kid I never had a chance to go to clinics which were conducted by the world’s top players,” Tsonga said. “It’s really great for them, although I think many of them do not know the players here.‘They’ve got to be able to dream about it’“But I would like them to go home and dream about becoming professional tennis players one day. They’ve got to be able to dream about it, because that could be the start of great things for them.”Tsonga was accompanied by South African Davis Cup players Jeff Coetzee and Wesley Moodie, who worked with the older children on adjacent courts. The clinic was organised by the South African Tennis Association along with the ATP World Tour.Baghdatis at the Apartheid MuseumCypriot Marcos Baghdatis, meanwhile, took time off from the tennis to get a taste of how it felt living in the former apartheid South Africa.Baghdatis, his coach Oliver Sounes and agent Jean-Phillipe Bernard were all labelled either “white” or “non-white” and required to enter Johannesburg’s Apartheid Museum through separate doorways.“It’s weird, you know, knowing that they separated people for everything,” Baghdatis said. “They had different toilets, black people had toilets, white people had other toilets, but it was not only that, it was everything – beaches, houses, taxi queues, entrances, bus stops – and mainly the black people suffered a lot.“I also watched some videos which showed how they were treated, and … it hurt a lot to see that,” said Baghdatis, clearly moved by the experience.Understanding MandelaThe South African Tennis Open eighth seed was taken through a visual and physical explanation of the life of Nelson Mandala, after which he said: “I can understand now why he is a hero to so many people.”Taking the museum’s “walk of freedom”, Baghdatis chose a series of coloured sticks – red for loyalty, white for courage, green for forgiveness – to represent characteristics of Mandela’s life as he saw it.The tour finished with Baghdatis signing the museum’s visitor book – the same book Mandela signed when the museum opened in 2001.“It’s a bit shocking when you’re in there and watching that,” Baghdatis said afterwards. “But it’s also nice to see because it is a small wakeup call – and it does wake you up, you see life a bit differently and people a bit differently.”SAinfo reporter. Sources: South African Tennis Association and ATP World Tourlast_img read more

Pro Kabaddi League 2018 Highlights, updates, Bengal Warriors vs Dabang Delhi: Bengal vs Delhi 31-37

first_img8:56 PM – What a performance from Bhupender Singh. He raids and he defends. Bengal. BUt the game is not over as Meraj Sheykh sends back the remaining two Bengal players. He gets the ALL OUT and Delhi look like walking away with the match.The #KOLvDEL encounter went right down to the wire but #TheEagles turned the game in the final minute courtesy of a 5-point raid from Meraj Sheykh! #DilBoleDilli #VivoProKabaddi #Eagles100 pic.twitter.com/CKc3EIek0vDabang Delhi KC (@DabangDelhiKC) December 23, 20188:52 PM – Bengal are not ready to let this one go. They fight back to make it within just one point. Delhi will be hoping that the time passes quickly and Bengal do not have a chance to pip them in the final few hurdles.8:48 PM – Delhi are now back in the lead. The game is oscillating at frantic pace. Looks like we are going to go till the wire. Vey little time left on the clock.8:40 PM – What a contest this is turning out to be… Both teams not giving as there is nothing to separate the teams.Strong raids from bothg Delhi as well as Bengal.8:35 PM – What a comeback from Bengal! The Warriors clears the Delhi base and are now slowly clearing the Delhi lead.8:31 PM – Meraj Sheykh is lucky in his 3rd raid. He returns with just one point.Stamping his ‘Raj’ in #VivoProKabaddi is @DabangDelhiKC’s Meraj Sheykh with yet another milestone to his name!Can he lead #TheEagles to the this season?For more such stats, click here: https://t.co/7EcbPhQvpG pic.twitter.com/qve8U84tTdadvertisementProKabaddi (@ProKabaddi) December 23, 20188:29 PM – Chandran Ranjit of Delhi is stopped vehemently by the Bangal defenders. It is a failed raid from Delhi.Good start from Bengal.8:20 PM – At the halfway mark, It is Delhi with the lead. Bhupender Singh has been the star man for the away team. Bengal will have to pull up their socks and force the issue now on Delhi if they want to stay in the game.A great fightback from #TheEagles after a slow start to the game.An exciting second half coming up! #KOLvDEL #DilBoleDilli #VivoProKabaddi #Eagles100 pic.twitter.com/C7RRpBmgqDDabang Delhi KC (@DabangDelhiKC) December 23, 2018A tight 1st half as #AamarWarriors trail by 6 points. Will they turn the in the 2nd half? Stay tuned. #KOLvDEL #JordaarKabaddi #AamarWarriors pic.twitter.com/vziBh0h1OGBengal Warriors (@BengalWarriors) December 23, 20188:17 PM – Bhupender Singh is doing the star turn for Delhi. He picks out the Benhgal defenders one by one and forces an ALL OUT for Bangal.8:12 PM – Bengal get a Green Card. and on the back of that, Delhi are mounting a comeback. Naveen Kumar makes the most of it as he raids the Bengal defense and returns with 3 points.8:07 PM – Jang Kun Lee is on fire as usual for Bengal.Two successful raids back to back. His explosive power and his far-reaching kicks mean he returns with a few points.8:05 PM – Maninder Singh, Chandran Ranjit, Maninder Singh and Meraj Sheykh all fail to return with any points from their respective raids.8:03 PM – Jang Kun Lee has an empty raid for Bengal, while Naveen Kumar has a successful raid. Delhi is not letting this goes that easy.8:01 PM – Delhi win the toss and it is Bengal Warriors who start ous off with the first raid. And What a raid it was from Meraj Sheykh, returns wit three points.8:00 PM – The two teams are out and the match is about to begins. Both teams will be gunning for a victory to maintain their good run of form and consolidate their position in the Zones.Bengal Warriors play Dabang Delhi in their inter zone wildcard match of Pro Kabaddi League season six at the Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Indoor Stadium in Kolkata on Sunday. The Bengal Warriors became the fifth team in the tournament to qualify for the playoffs after beating Dabang Delhi by a comfortable 16-point margin (39-23) on Saturday. The Bengal Warriors hve an opportunity to seal the second spot in Zone B with a win on Sunday – the third day of their home leg.Ran Singh’s men now have 58 points from 19 matches, three more than Dabang Delhi who have 55 points with only one match left.The home team will pin their hopes on star raider Maninder Singh, who starred in their win over the Pirates with 11 raid points. On the other hand, having already sealed a spot in the playoffs, the Dabang Delhi will be hoping to head into the knockout stages with winning momentum. They are assured of a third-place finish on Zone A.It is going to one a very interesting clash between these two teams.advertisementTHE TWO TEAMS:Bengal WarriorsRan Singh (c), PO Surjeet Singh, Ameares Mondal, Ziaur Rahman, Baldev Singh, Vijin Thangadurai, Manoj Dhull, Mithin Kumar, Jang Kun Lee, Mahesh Goud, Amit Kumar, Amit Nagar, Rakesh Narwal, Ashish, Vittal Meti, Bhupender Singh, Shrikant Tewthia, Ravindra Ramesh KumawatDabang DelhiJoginder Singh Narwal (c), Tushar Balaram Bhoir, Satpal, Viraj Vishnu Landge, Vishal Mane, Anil Kumar, Ravinder Pahal, Naveen Kumar, Khomsan Thongkham, Pawan Kumar Kadian, Chandran Ranjit, Shabeer Bappu, Yogesh Hooda, Kamal Kishor Jat, Sidharth, Rajesh Narwal, Vishal, Meraj Sheykh, Tapas Pal.last_img read more

Trends of the Game Breakfast

first_imgAfter the success of the inaugural Trends of the Game breakfast in 2007, this initiative will be in full swing again this year. The Trends initiative provides valuable information regarding skills and tactics currently in the game from Australia and the World’s leading Coaches. This information is useful for Coaches, Players, Referees and even spectators of the sport, from the park right through to elite level.   Join Australian Men’s Open Coach Tony Trad, Women’s Open Coach Kerry Norman, and Mixed Open Coach Bernie Morrison and National Referee’s Director Lou Tompkins, as they discuss the latest trends across the game. Attendees will be able to have their questions answered by presenters in an open forum environment.  A continental breakfast of cereal, fruit, yoghurt & juice will be provided to all participantsDate: Thursday 18th SeptemberVenue: Coffs Harbour Ex-Services Club Cnr Pacific Hwy & Vernon Street Coffs HarbourTime: 7.30 – 9am (first games commence at 10am on this day)Cost: $5RSVP: [email protected] by Friday 12th SeptemberThe 2008 Trends of the Game DVD will also be launched at this event. With the theme of ‘Back to Basics’, these coaches have discussed areas of the game including defensive body positioning,  creating space, performing the switch and the referee two-by-two-by-two system. This is supported by vision and breakdown of these techniques. The Trends of the Game 2008 DVD will be available at the breakfast for attendees for the reduced price of $10. Following the event it will be available at the TFA Online Shop at www.austouch.com.au for $15 plus postage.last_img read more

OFFICIAL Aston Villa fired Steve Bruce

first_imgAston Villa have communicated via their official website that they have parted company with the head coach Steve Bruce as well as with his assistants Colin Calderwood, Steve Agnew, Stephen Clemence, and Gary Walsh.Only a few months ago, the Lions came close to the Premier League promotion, but Tom Cairney’s goal fired Fulham back to the top flight, leaving the Villans empty-handed.BREAKING: Sky sources: Steve Bruce has been sacked by @AVFCOfficial #SSN pic.twitter.com/dbZYq1YnTF— Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) October 3, 2018Steve BruceAllardyce praises Newcastle’s Steve Bruce Manuel R. Medina – September 11, 2019 Sam Allardyce believes Steve Bruce is a better fit at English Premier League side Newcastle United than he would ever have been.However, this season the things are not going as planned for Aston Villa as they currently occupy the 14th place with a 7-point deficit to Leeds United. The four failures in the last five Championship fixtures eventually cost Steve Bruce his job, with Kevin MacDonald expected to take charge of the team against Millwall next weekend.Considering the former Hull City manager left his post vacant, the Claret & Blue Army will have to find a reliable solution swiftly if looking to return to the promotion race until it’s too late.last_img read more

Michael Owen praises Liverpools defensive improvements

first_imgFormer Liverpool striker Michael Owen hailed the progress his old side have made in their backline over the past five yearsThe Reds will be top of the Premier League on Christmas Day for the first time since the 2013/14 campaign.Back then, under now-Celtic coach Brendan Rodgers, Liverpool nearly claimed their first English league title since 1990 – only to end up finishing two points behind winners Manchester City.But this season Liverpool are yet to lose a single one of their 18 games with just seven goals conceded in the process.And Owen is now backing Jurgen Klopp’s side to go one better this time around due to their improvements in defence.“They’ve got a better defence,” said Owen on the Premier League website.“You can look at [Daniel] Sturridge, [Raheem] Sterling and Suarez, and say, ‘Who’s the best?’ Those three, or [Sadio] Mane, [Mohamed] Salah and [Roberto] Firmino, and you can debate it all night long.Victor Wanyama, Tottenham Hotspur, Premier LeaguePochettino admits Wanyama remains in his Spurs plans Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Kenyan international, Victor Wanyama, was the protagonist of a summer transfer saga, but in the end, he is set to stay at Tottenham Hotspur.“But the facts of the matter are, their defence now, they don’t ever look like conceding.“Brilliant goalkeeper, brilliant back four, protection in front of that back four. They’re looking ominous.”Former Manchester United captain Gary Neville also agrees that Klopp’s team is better than the one coached by Rodgers five years ago.“They’re a better team than the Brendan Rodgers team,” said the six-time Premier League winner.“I know they had [Luis] Suarez, they had Steven Gerrard, but I think they’re a better team [now].“They’ve got a better squad, they’re playing better football, they’re in control, it’s worrying for us Man Utd fans that’s for sure.”Liverpool defeated Wolves 2-0 on Friday night.last_img read more

Walk Knock welcomes kindness

first_imgSUNDAY PICKUPDonors whose food bags weren’t picked up Saturday can call 360-696-6321, Ext. 184, for Sunday pickup. People also can bring food Sunday or Monday to any of 50 sites listed at: http://walkandknock.org/one/volunteer_barrels.htm.Justin Lee knows that food will be in short supply this winter for some of his fellow Mountain View High School students. That’s why Lee was happy to join 4,000 other volunteers Saturday in the 27th annual Interservice Walk & Knock food drive.Lee was among those working at a drop-off site at Crestline Elementary School in east Vancouver. It was one of 11 transition points around Clark County where people who’d toured local neighborhoods brought bags of donated food so the cans, jars and boxes could be crated and loaded on a truck.“I also work at Open House Ministries, and I know students from Mountain View and the Evergreen school district who get help there,” Lee said. “I definitely know this will help people. It’s nice working in your own community.”The total take in all those bags and boxes amounted to about 140 tons of groceries.While it was not a record, “It was a good return,” said Walk & Knock President Joe Pauletto.The event always is held on the first Saturday of December, but it’s not too late to give.“There still are barrels out at drop-off sites where people can leave food,” Pauletto said. The organization also will be tallying cash contributions over the next couple of weeks.last_img read more