Sloane Stephens cracks top 10 with Miami semifinal run

first_imgCabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism Kerber was deep in conversation with coach Wim Fissette during the break, being urged to assert herself.Kerber saved four break points in the fifth game but Stephens was did not allow her opponent into the match and a 22nd winner sealed the triumph.“You have to execute your game well and make sure you stick with it,” Stephens said. “It’s easy to start doing other things so I just need to keep to my plan and make sure I didn’t venture off.”Kerber admitted coming through a grueling three-set win over qualifier Wang Yafan the day before had left her flat.“I was really feeling a little bit tired today,” Kerber said. “It was windy, it was tricky, but I’ve played so many matches in the last three months that I was feeling it a little bit in my body.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 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 It also means the reigning US Open champion will finally be named in the world’s top 10 when the WTA release their rankings next week.She will meet two-time Australian Open champion Azarenka for a place in Saturday’s final after the Belarusian beat fifth-seeded Karolina Pliskova 7-5, 6-3.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown“I am so tired of hearing that I am number 11 in the world,” said a smiling Stephens.“It’s very exciting to get there, something I have wanted to do for a while. Getting into the top 10 is pretty special and something I have worked on for a long time.” In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery View comments Azarenka’s return from the birth of her son has been complicated by a custody battle that limited her ability to travel, but she said physically she is firing on all cylinders.“I have surprised myself with the transformation I have achieved since coming back from pregnancy,” she said. “I have actually got in better shape which can be unusual for a woman. I feel physically well, I  want to get faster and stronger but I am in good shape. I just need to keep working to get tournament fit.”Stephens’ previous best in Miami came with a quarter-final run in 2015, so the emotions on display at the end of what was an ultimately straightforward win over the world number 10 were understandable.Since her debut Grand Slam triumph at the US Open last September, the 25-year-old has struggled to follow on. Stephens arrived at Key Biscayne having not beaten a top-50 player since the run at Flushing Meadows.But this week has seen the American, who was raised in South Florida, get back to her roots — and to winning ways.Reigning Wimbledon champion Garbine Muguruza was emphatically dispatched in straight sets Monday before Kerber received similar treatment.Wind hampered both players, but it was Stephens who adapted far better — the power of her groundstrokes and superior movement leaving Kerber frustrated and unable to find a way into the encounter.“The wind is uncomfortable for both of us. But it can help push you outside of your comfort zone. You just have to embrace it,” Stephens said.‘Stick with it’Stephens took just 23 minutes to wrap up the first set as Kerber looked sluggish from the start. Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Azarenka, meanwhile, is enjoying her best tournament run since the birth of her first child in December of 2016 and faces Stephens just three weeks after the pair met in Indian Wells, a match won by the American 6-1, 7-5.In an error strewn clash with world number six Pliskova, Azarenka , who was given a wildcard into the tournament thanks to a ranking of 186, was broken when serving for the first set only to break back straight away and take control.The pattern continued at the start of the second, yet the 28-year-old held her nerve to reach the last four of a tournament she won in 2009, 2011 and 2016 and complete a return to the top 100 when the WTA rankings are updated this Monday.“Every match is important right now, I hope it’s a different story from last time we met,” Azarenka said. “I don’t want to take anything from that match because it was terrible although I did have opportunities but I didn’t take them.“The possibility of winning (the tournament) is always in my head,but I need to take it one match at a time,” she added. “I know there is a long way to go before winning the final.”ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Del Potro, Raonic advance, Cilic ousted by Isner at Miami Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters KEY BISCAYNE, FL – MARCH 27: Sloane Stephens of the United States plays a forehand against Angelique Kerber of Germany in their fourth round match during the Miami Open Presented by Itau at Crandon Park Tennis Center on March 27, 2018 in Key Biscayne, Florida. Clive Brunskill/Getty Images/AFPAmerican Sloane Stephens had cause for a double celebration Tuesday after beating Germany’s Angelique Kerber 6-1, 6-2 to set up a Miami Open semifinal clash with former world number one Victoria Azarenka.The US 13th seed’s comprehensive triumph in tricky wind conditions over the former world number one ensured Stephens reached the last four at Key Biscayne for the first time.ADVERTISEMENT Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikinalast_img read more

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Courtois Cristiano Ronaldo is irreplaceable

first_imgReal Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois admits Cristiano Ronaldo simply cannot be replaced, but challenged his teammates anyway to help compensate for the loss of his goalsThe Portuguese superstar call time on his glorious nine-year spell with Real in favour of a €112m summer move to Juventus and has since excelled over in Italy.But, while Ronaldo impresses in the Serie A, Real have struggled in his absence by having their worst start to a new campaign in 17 years.However, under new manager Santiago Solari, things have improved for Los Blancos with seven wins in the Argentine’s nine matches in charge.And Solari won his first piece of silverware at the club on Saturday in their 4-1 win over Al Ain in the Club World Cup final.Franck Ribery, FiorentinaFiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.Despite that though, Courtois believes Real still have to step up and find a way to compensate for the loss of Ronaldo’s goals.“Cristiano Ronaldo is irreplaceable, you cannot forget what he did,” said Courtois, according to Yahoo.“But he is not here anymore, so it’s time for other players, like Bale did in the semi-finals [of the Club World Cup], to score the goals he [Ronaldo] used to score.“If we are able to do so, it’ll be fine.”Currently, Karim Benzema (11) and Gareth Bale (10) are Real’s leading scorers this season.last_img read more

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Teacher beats up 5yrold in Joka school

first_imgKolkata: A five-year-old student of a primary school in Joka was allegedly beaten up by a teacher after she was found sitting in the classroom of her elder sister who studies in class I in the same school. The victim’s family members have lodged a complaint against the teacher at Haridevpur police station.According to the complaint, the victim, who studies in KG of Kolua Aboitonik Prathamik Vidyalaya in Joka, had gone to the classroom of her elder sister and sat beside her when tiffin break was going on. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeWhen Lipika Bhaduri Das, the accused teacher saw the little girl, she enquired why she had come to a class in which she does not belong. Before the girl could say anything, the teacher started beating her up with a tin ruler.She suffered injuries on her hand, feet and back and black spots were found on her body even on Tuesday.The victim’s father Vicky Ghorai who is a driver, was in Siliguri on Friday when the incident occurred. When he returned on Monday afternoon and heard the matter, he spoke with the headmistress of the school and lodged a police complaint. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedGhorai claimed that the headmistress had herself told KG students that if anybody’s guardian comes late to school after classes get over, she may go and wait in the class of her elder brother or sister if the latter studies in the same school.He further said that the teacher had earlier beaten up a physically challenged student of the same school. However, the accused teacher, who did not turn up at the school on Tuesday, denied the allegations.”I was not in school when the incident happened. I have heard the matter and will surely look into it,” headmistress Aparna Bose said.last_img read more

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Mamata to lay foundation stone of Silicon Valley today

first_imgKolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee will lay the foundation stone of her government’s flagship project ‘Silicon Valley’ on Monday. The Housing and Infrastructure Development Corporation has already earmarked 100 acres of urban land at Action Area II beside the Biswa Bangla Sarani near Eco Park for the project, which will be attracting top IT players across the country.”Bengal is poised to take a lead when it comes to embracing emerging technologies like Blockchain, Fintech, Internet of Things (IoT), Embedded Technology, Artificial Intelligence, etc. The Silicon Valley, with its plug and play infrastructure, will encourage the IT firms associated with these technologies to take up space,” a senior official of the state Information Technology (IT) department said. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeBanerjee is expected to announce the IT department’s work schedule and plan of action for the Silicon Valley project on Monday. As per plans there will be green building offices and tier 4 cloud based data centre in the hub.According to sources, the IT department is working on a plan to provide co-working spaces in the proposed Silicon Valley project. “The concept of co-working is gaining momentum in the country. Quality innovation requires an environment of working in a community. So, we are trying to create facilities for co-working in Silicon Valley,” said an official of the IT department. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThe department is trying to develop the concept of offering infrastructure as a service in the proposed Silicon Valley hub. “We want people to come to this place and use the plug and play infrastructure on a weekly/monthly/yearly rental basis,” he added.The IT department, for the last few months, has been holding knowledge-sharing workshops every month at the Biswa Bangla Convention Centre in New Town, related to emerging technologies. Experts from all parts of the country and even from the world are speaking and sharing their experiences on the advantages of these new age technologies. “Our vision is to move towards a decentralised and transparent ecosystem, where the government and every industry will be able to leverage benefits of these emerging technologies. We are laying a lot of emphasis on awareness and training of the people working in this sector, as well as for the future generation,” the official maintained.On January 31, Banerjee had announced her government’s decision to set up the Silicon Valley hub. She had said that the idea was discussed in the Bengal Global Business Summit (BGBS), which was held on January 16 and 17 at the Biswa Bangla Convention Centre.last_img read more

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Weighing Design and Function When Building Your App

first_img This story originally appeared on Bizness Apps 5 min read These days, app makers must contend not only with well funded giants in the mobile space, but with the endless amount of new competition entering the scene as app store growth accelerates. Once a better version of your app gains popularity, yours is likely getting the axe — especially when the daunting “Storage Almost Full” message appears. To avoid the chopping block but not waste precious resources, you have to prioritize. So, which matters more: design or function?Computer, tablet, and smartphone users tend to be both decisive and loyal. For years, we’ve seen the same major brands go head-to-head, but this point buyers have generally chosen their camp. Try to sell a longtime iPhone user on an Android (or vice versa) and you’ll find yourself wrapped up in an endless debate over features, UI, customization, battery life, security, the color of the message bubbles…When it comes to apps, the market is endless and users are far less forgiving, especially when installing is free and uninstalling is simple. Once dominated by professional designers, the app industry is now accessible to anyone with a computer and some time on their hands through DIY app builders like Bizness Apps. So with such a high degree of market saturation, how can you entice users to download and keep your app installed for the long-run, especially when gaining loyalty is much harder?Function Breeds LoyaltyWhen a new user launches an app, they form an opinion immediately. Is it easy to use? Is it visually appealing? Does it perform all the functions I need it to? The average user doesn’t want to spend more than 10 minutes figuring out how to use an app and there’s no barrier to uninstalling which makes user experience of chief importance in retention. Recent findings by TechCrunch suggest average users spend 85 percent of their smartphone time on native applications, and 84 percent is devoted to just five apps total. Each user’s “fave five” will vary considerably, of course, but the apps with the highest usage fall under the categories of social media, gaming, and instant messaging.Mobile apps can edge beyond the competition by doing one thing — and doing it well. Consider e-commerce; since mobile websites often facilitate easy purchasing, mobile apps need even simpler checkout processes to be attractive to the average user. That means reducing the number of clicks to the purchase page, storing account info, and generally providing a much more personalized experience. If a user has installed a retail app, they’re likely looking for deals and an improved purchasing process. The app needs to check those boxes to stay on the home screen.Design Closes the DealFellow designers and mobile experts are sold on apps for entirely different reasons. Many industry buffs are most impressed by an app’s ability to draw on the device’s existing features, improving or applying them in new ways. For example, camera apps that optimize flash and size often top the design charts. Gaming apps are still popular in this demographic too, but generally for their innovative design and graphics. And though the general public tends to discount design in favor of the function-packed these days, the nuance of design is very much alive.Remember the message bubble thing above? It may seem silly that the background color of a text message would merit a reaction (and an emotional one, at that), but I can’t tell you how many iPhone users have expressed actual hatred for the green bubble that appears when they text non-iOS users. The message bubble defaults to blue when you’re texting another iOS user — a genius little trick on Apple’s part that glorifies its own. When applied to mobile apps, this psychology suggests that design holds the power of long-term influence. Users may be drawn in and initially held by an app’s function, but design can lock them in as they gradually develop a UI preference that they can’t imagine swapping out for something new.What This Means for YouAverage users want instant gratification and answers to their specific needs, but craftsmanship and visual innovation have more subtle capabilities in user retention. If you’re operating on a slim budget or a time crunch, your top priority should be perfecting function. Give users a reason to download and a reason to come back, and you’ll make a bigger dent than you would with an app facelift. But if you can devote more energy to your mobile app, don’t overlook the potential small design changes have to radically improve user experience. With three million apps and counting, there’s something out there for everyone, but you can’t beat a good first impression. April 5, 2016 Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Register Now »last_img read more

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