Stephens wins WTA title

first_imgWASHINGTON (AP): Sloane Stephens sat at a table for her postmatch news conference, eyed the big glass trophy sitting at arm’s length, and asked, “What happens to this?” Forgive the 22-year-old American for not knowing. She’s never been given championship hardware at a professional tournament before. Stephens earned a WTA title for the first time yesterday, overwhelming Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova of Russia 6-1, 6-2 in the final of the hard-court Citi Open. “Nothing was rushed. Nothing was given to me. I had to work for everything. It was just nice that all of the hard work and everything I’ve put into it – now I can say that I have a tournament title,” Stephens said. “Everything happens when it’s supposed to happen.” It was her first final as a pro. Entering this tune-up for the US Open, she owned a .685 career-winning percentage at Grand Slam tournaments, including getting to the second week in seven appearances, with a semi-final showing at the Australian Open and quarter-final run at Wimbledon, both in 2013. At her news conference, a reporter mentioned that Stephens has been considered the best women’s tennis player without a title for quite some time. “Now you’ll have somebody else to talk about,” Stephens replied. “I’m sure there’s someone else, so I will pass that torch on to whoever’s behind me.”last_img read more

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Buxton Bakery goes up in flames

first_imgAn early morning fire completely destroyed Benjamin’s Homemade Bakery in Buxton on Monday. The origin of the blaze, which left dozens unemployed, is yet to be determined.Details of this story will be published in the February 28th, 2017 edition of Guyana Times.last_img

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The end of the Messi-Ronaldo era? Football rings the changes in 2018

first_imgStill just 19 at the time, Paris Saint-Germain forward Mbappe also became the first teenager to score in a World Cup final since Pele as France won the trophy for the second time by beating Luka Modric’s Croatia 4-2 in the final on a dark and damp Sunday in Moscow.The World Cup itself was a joy to watch, a richly entertaining tournament full of memorable games and concluding with the highest-scoring final since 1966.From Spain’s 3-3 draw with Portugal in the group stage, featuring a Cristiano Ronaldo hat-trick, to Belgium’s 2-1 quarter-final win over Brazil and Croatia’s epic semi-final defeat of England in extra time, it was studded with memorable matches.But it was much more than that. “Maybe this is one of the weirdest World Cups,” said Croatia coach Zlatko Dalic.His team’s remarkable run to the final and the premature exits of Germany, Spain and Argentina showed that international football can still be unpredictable.Luka Modric won the Ballon d’Or after driving Croatia to the World Cup final and winning another Champions League with Real Madrid © AFP/File / Johannes EISELEIt will also probably be remembered as the tournament that marked the end of Messi and Ronaldo’s dreams of lifting the World Cup.They were eliminated on the same day in the last 16, and 2018 could be remembered as the year when the Messi-Ronaldo era ended.Both enjoyed prolific years, with the Argentine driving Barcelona to a Spanish league and cup double and Ronaldo winning another Champions League with Real Madrid before moving to Juventus in the transfer of the year.– Modric takes Ballon d’Or –However, their numbers are down on the phenomenal figures of past years, and instead it was the impish playmaker Modric who won the Ballon d’Or, and FIFA’s best player award, on the strength of his role in Madrid’s Champions League triumph and Croatia’s World Cup run. He was also the best player in Russia.Ronaldo and Messi had shared the Ballon d’Or between them for the last decade, winning five each. Ronaldo was second this time, while Messi was fifth, behind Antoine Griezmann and Mbappe.“Nobody has the right to compare themselves to them. They are among the best in the history of the sport,” Modric told France Football. “To follow on from them is incredible, and I am proud of it.”Crowned the best young player, Mbappe will hope the future belongs to him.Gareth Bale came off the bench to score twice as Real Madrid beat Liverpool in the Champions League final in Kiev © AFP/File / FRANCK FIFEAt club level, his PSG side are among the teams desperate to end Real’s run of three straight Champions League titles.The Spaniards beat Liverpool in this year’s final in Kiev with Gareth Bale scoring twice, and will hope to retain the trophy next year with the final in Madrid.Meanwhile, there is lots to look forward to at international level in 2019.– Nations League finals –The new UEFA Nations League has been an instant hit. It will conclude with the four-team finals in Portugal in June, with the hosts facing Switzerland and England playing the Netherlands in the last four.Alex Morgan and Carli Lloyd of the United States — they will be defending the World Cup in France in 2019 © GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA/AFP/File / RONALD MARTINEZ“We want to go beyond where we went last summer, and we’re in the mix for what is a really important staging post in our development,” said England manager Gareth Southgate of that competition.However, the main international events in 2019 are elsewhere.The first 24-team Asian Cup takes place in the UAE in January and February, before Brazil hosts the Copa America and the United States defend the CONCACAF Gold Cup.France are hoping to win another World Cup, as they host the 24-team women’s tournament in June and July, with the USA the defending champions.And a decision is expected soon on whether Egypt or South Africa host the 24-nation Africa Cup of Nations in June and July after the Confederation of African Football stripped Cameroon of the tournament due to delays in their preparations.0Shares0000(Visited 4 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Kylian Mbappe consoles Lionel Messi after France’s 4-3 win over Argentina in the last 16 of the World Cup © AFP/File / Luis AcostaPARIS, France, Dec 24 – One of the enduring images from 2018 will remain Kylian Mbappe consoling Lionel Messi in the Russian city of Kazan, just after the final whistle in France’s 4-3 win over Argentina in the last 16 of the World Cup.This was to a large extent Mbappe’s year, as the teenage superstar exploded on the world stage by scoring twice in that game, the first World Cup brace by a teenager since Pele in 1958.last_img read more

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