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Ban returns to SKorea after hinting at presidency run

Ban returns to SKorea after hinting at presidency run.....»»

Category: newsSource: manilatimes_net manilatimes_netJan 12th, 2017

Ban Ki-moon returns to South Korea after hinting at presidency run

Ban Ki-moon returns to South Korea after hinting at presidency run.....»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJan 13th, 2017

The World: Ban returns to S. Korea, hints at presidency run

SEOUL -- Retired UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon returned to South Korea Thursday as momentum builds around his possible run in elections to succeed impeached President Park Geun-Hye......»»

Category: financeSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsJan 12th, 2017

Japan envoy returns home in SKorea ‘comfort woman’ row

Japan envoy returns home in SKorea ‘comfort woman’ row.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsJan 9th, 2017

The autocrat returns

The autocrat returns.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated News8 hr. 15 min. ago

Romeo returns to lead Globalport to a crucial win over ROS

Welcome back Bro. Terrence Romeo came through in the clutch for Globalport Friday, leading the Batang Pier to a crucial 107-101 victory over defending champion Rain or Shine at the Alonte Sports Arena in Laguna. The victory, Globalport's second straight, allowed the Batang Pier to stay in the playoff race of the 2017 PBA Commissioner's Cup as the league's lone neon green team improved to 4-6, tied with idle Phoenix for 8th place. Down by eight with five minutes to go, 86-94, Romeo anchored a Batang Pier rally as the two-time scoring champion played in his first game back from Gilas Pilipinas. Romeo buried a three and converted on a layup as Globalport cut the lead to one, 96-97, with 2:28 left in the game. Then, after import Justine Harper finally snatched the lead thanks to a pair of free throws, Romeo scored a booming trey to give the Batang Pier a 101-97 advantage in the final 1:20. Romeo added two more free throws to his tally as Globalport managed to hold on despite losing an early 16-point advantage. The dynamic point guard out of FEU pumped a game-high 26 points of 50 percent shooting on top of five rebounds and seven assists. Harper added 19 for the Batang Pier while Stanley Pringle and Sean Anthony came up with 15 points apiece. Rain or Shine, who is holding on for dear life at 6th place with a 5-5 record, got 23 points from import Duke Crews. James Yap was also effective for the Elasto Painters as the two-time league MVP fired 22 points off the bench in a losing effort.   The scores: GLOBALPORT 107 - Romeo 26, Harper 19, Pringle 15, Anthony 15, Pessumal 9, Cortez 8, Maierhofer 3, Mamaril 2, Forrester 2, Grey 2, Paredes 0. RAIN OR SHINE 101 - Crews 23, Yap 22, Cruz 14, Chan 10, Tiu 6, Belga 4, Tolomia 3, Norwood 2, Ahanmisi 0. Quarters: 27-14, 48-44, 75-73, 107-101.   br /> --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8 .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated News13 hr. 27 min. ago

Lenovo returns to profit as PC market stabilises

Lenovo returns to profit as PC market stabilises.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsMay 25th, 2017

Dead student from sunken SKorea ferry identified

Dead student from sunken SKorea ferry identified.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsMay 25th, 2017

SKorea rape victim navy officer commits suicide

SKorea rape victim navy officer commits suicide.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsMay 25th, 2017
Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 25th, 2017

No definite timetable for Pingris' Star return

It might take a while before Marc Pingris returns to action for Star. The veteran forward has missed the Hotshots' entire Commissioner's Cup campaign so far as he deals with a recurring hip injury. Star head coach Chito Victolero revealed Wednesday that Ping is set to go to the US to seek treatment and the team is looking forward to seeing him back in action in tip for the mid-season playoffs. However, nothing is set in stone yet and the Hotshots are in no rush when it comes to the 35-year-old former national team player. 'Yun ang target [playoffs] but wala pang definite,' Victolero said on Pingris' timetable for a return. 'He will go to the States next week para mapatignan yung hips niya,' Victolero added. Even without Pingris, Star has put together a nice campaign in the Commissioner's Cup, going 6-2 with former import Tony Mitchell. However, Pingris' continued absence forced the Hotshots to pull the trigger in replacing Mitchell with Ricardo Ratliffe who is more of an inside presence compared to the slam-dunking NBA vet. 'Yun talaga yung kailangan namin ngayon eh [inside presence]. Nakita niyo naman si Ping, siguro talaga di namin alam kung kelan makakabalik si Ping,' Victoler said. With an upcoming trip abroad for treatment, Victolero hopes that Pingris should at least be ready to go in practice once he comes back. '[Tignan] kung pwede na siyang magsimula ng at least 5-on-5, court practice. Right now di pa siya kasama eh,' Victolero said.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8 .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 25th, 2017

SKorea tourist arrivals hammered by China boycott

SKorea tourist arrivals hammered by China boycott.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsMay 23rd, 2017

Sam Milby returns to recording with Sam: 12

Sam Milby returns to recording with Sam: 12.....»»

Category: moviesSource:  thestandardRelated NewsMay 23rd, 2017

SKorea tourist numbers hammered by China boycott

SKorea tourist numbers hammered by China boycott.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsMay 23rd, 2017

Mark Alfafara leads a God-centered life

Twice or thrice, Mark Gil Alfafara sent the ball long in his first Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference match for his new team, the Cignal TV HD Spikers.    Acknowledged as one of the country’s most powerful wing attackers and servers to date, the 23-year-old marketing management graduate from the University of Santo Tomas blamed it in equal parts on the almost six-month hiatus following his last tournament, the now defunct Spikers’ Turf where he helped the Philippine Air Force Jet Spikers win the Reinforced Conference, and on the slight weight he had gained.      But when he found his range a few rotations later, the strong-armed native of Purok Malakas, General Santos City, was again his fearsome self on the court. It was almost like hearing a clap of thunder when his palm connected to the ball spike after spike and service after service and when the ball directly landed on the rubber-surfaced court.       In the end he logged a top-scoring 12 points, all on attacks, matching resident Cignal spiker Lorenzo Capate’s output built on eight hits, two blocks and two aces as the HD Spikers greeted their new coach, Oliver Almadro of the Ateneo Blue Eagles fame, with a straight-set victory over Instituto Estetico Manila, 25-19, 25-16, 25-22. Mark Gil Alfafara will always be on a beastly mode when in action, feared and marked by the opposition, but off the court when he puts on his spectacles, the six-foot son of GenSan returns to his amiable persona and to what he calls his God-centered life. Not that he is a bad guy when playing. On the contrary, he’s one of the nicest persons on the floor. He respects his teammates, the referees, and does not have mean words or obscene gestures for the other players on the opposite court.           “You can never go wrong if you put God at the center of your life; peace will come naturally to you if you do that,” says the son of a Protestant pastor. He claims he’s not a very religious person but by fully accepting God in his life without question, he says he knows he’ll always be guided to the straight and narrow path by the Unseen Hand.     That unwavering faith in his Creator had armed him with the courage, he says, to fly to Manila and, without invitation, join the then ongoing summer varsity tryouts at the UST gym.     Who was to know that this guy who just walked into the tryouts would later reap several UAAP awards for his chosen school?    On his freshman year with the Growling Tigers, he caught the last of UST’s four straight UAAP championships under the mentorship of coach Emil Lontoc. It proved to be the last title as well of the Espana-based crew, but Alfafara, showing how hard he had tried to snare another big one for UST, stood a cut above the rest individually by being crowned the league’s best scorer, best blocker and best server.     He made more noise on his fifth and final playing year when he was named UAAP 75 Season MVP. Alfafara continued to shine in the commercial leagues. He was chosen conference MVP and Best Open Spiker when his team, the PLDT Ultra Spikers, ruled the Open Conference in the inaugural season of Spikers’ Turf in 2015. The next year he suited up for Philippine Air Force and played a key role as the Jet Spikers helped themselves to the Spikers’ Turf Reinforced Conference title.     With his explosive start in the Reinforced Conference of the PVL, another groundbreaking project of Sports Vision backed up by Asics as its official league partner and Mikasa as its official game ball, Alfafara again bids fair to secure at least one of the individual awards up for grabs at the end of the season-opening conference.      Not to mention that Alfafara, affectionately called Buboy by friends and teammates, has scored a 100% batting average in every Sports Vision-organized tournament he took part in. In two years of participation in such tournaments he won two team championships.  .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 22nd, 2017

The Thai darlings of PHI volleyball are back!

If the names Jaroensri Bualee and Patcharee Saengmuang ring a bell in the local volleyball community, it is because years ago they were whipping up more excitement in the sport that at the time was starting to gain national attention and a wider following.       Now 33, the five-foot-nine Bualee, according to her recollection, was first flown into the country by Sports Vision co-founder Tony Boy Liao in 2005. In halting English, she says she instantly became one of San Sebastian College coach Roger Gorayeb's talents since meeting up with him and Liao in a hotel.     'I played for San Sebastian College as a guest player many times in the V League,' she says. 'I won a V League championship as a member of the SSC-Sandugo squad in the Reinforced Conference.'      She reckons she kept coming back to the Philippines to play for eight years. On one of those returns to what she now considers her second country, she brought along the 5-foot-11 Saengmuang, a member of the powerhouse Thailand national team for 12 years.      Not only did Saengmuang become a talent of coach Nes Pamilar; she was also embraced as a member of the Pamilar household. Over her four playing years in the country, distinguished by one V League title when she suited up for coach Pamilar's  Cagayan Valley squad, she stayed with the Pamilars, whose kindness and generosity until now, she says, overwhelms her.    Bualee and Saengmuang, 39, are back to the utter delight of their Filipino fans as among the foreign guest players in the inaugural staging of the Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference, another grand offering of Sports Vision, architect of the hugely successful but now defunct V League, in cooperation with Asics as its official league partner and Mikasa as its official game ball.  Bualee is donning the colors of the Balipure Water Defenders and Saengmuang is with the Philippine Air Force Lady Jet Spikers.    Age has caught up with both as shown by the lack of wallop and accuracy in their net attacks during their first games in the PVL. What is remarkable, though, was their display of fresh excitement and bigness of heart in their comeback on the Philippine court.      Bualee, however, remains a solid floor defender. 'I put my heart into every game I play. I try to be everywhere on the court, at least to keep the ball alive for my team in defense if I can't be that accurately effective in offense anymore.' 'Volleyball is my life,' says she. 'I am still single and happily so. I need only to play to complete my life. If I can't play anymore I will be a full-time coach.' Back in Thailand, Bualee is coaching kids in an international school. She's already a fully-accredited coach having secured her certificates of coaching (Level 1 & 2) from the world governing body in the sport. After her stint in the PVL, she says she'll proceed to attend the Level 3 coaching seminar so she can be accredited as an international coach.   Enlisted with the Thai Army for 19 years now, Saengmuang is also hopelessly hooked on volleyball. 'I don't mind not being married; I just want to play and play.'      Before flying back to Thailand, she says she will find time to visit Cebu and Palawan. 'I like the Philippines. I have many friends here so I will keep coming back to visit them, particularly coach Nes and his wonderful family.'                   .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 22nd, 2017

Warriors one win away from Finals with Spurs on the brink

em>By Tim Reynolds, Associated Press /em> San Antonio’s sense of humor was still there Sunday (Monday, PHL time). Gregg Popovich predicted that Golden State stayed out way late after winning game three of the Western Conference finals, celebrating with burgers and sundaes before spending Sunday (Monday, PHL time) playing poker. Manu Ginobili, amid plenty of questions about whether his career is ending, said the Spurs planned to lose the first three games of this series simply to make their comeback look more impressive. The laughs seemed helpful. The reality is that Golden State is just better, especially against a seriously undermanned Spurs team. All jokes aside, the Spurs — and everyone else watching this West final — know it’s just about over. No team has successfully rallied from 3-0 down in an NBA playoff series, and a San Antonio team that is without Kawhi Leonard, Tony Parker and now David Lee is facing that most precarious deficit. Game four is Monday (Tuesday, PHL time) in San Antonio, with Golden State now on the brink of clinching its third straight NBA Finals trip. “Circumstances were such that we could be in a totally different position now,” said Popovich, the Spurs coach whose teams have been swept only twice in 52 previous series on his watch. “That didn’t happen. It’s called life. Slap yourself. Quit your crying and move on. game four.” He’s right, of course. How different this could have been if Leonard didn’t re-injure his ankle when San Antonio was rolling with a 23-point lead in the third quarter of game one. The Spurs led by at least 22 points in each of their first four games against the Warriors this season. What they did against Golden State worked better than what anyone else did against Golden State. Then, thud. Leonard — who won’t play in game four barring something “miraculous,” Popovich said — has been out since landing on Zaza Pachulia’s foot in a hotly debated was-it-dirty-or-not closeout by the Warriors’ center. Game one changed in that instant, the whole series changed along with it and the Warriors will become the first team in NBA history to start a postseason 12-0 if they win on Monday (Tuesday, PHL time). “You know what the Spurs are about. ... They’ve got a lot of pride. These guys are pros, man,” Warriors forward Kevin Durant said. “We can’t come out here and feel like we’ve won already before the game has started. We’ve got to go take it.” The Warriors have made it look easy, which is their normal. Golden State has won 12 consecutive games, the third time this season the Warriors have enjoyed such a streak. Combine the regular season and the postseason, and this Golden State team (78-15, .839) has a better record so far than last year’s regular-season record-setting club (88-18, .830). Still, they’re not satisfied. “We’ve got to play better,” Warriors guard Stephen Curry said. As impressive as they have been, the Warriors have had lapses. Golden State turned the ball over 21 times in game three, leading to 25 San Antonio points. The Warriors also yielded 15 offensive rebounds, which San Antonio turned into 18 more points. They won by 12 anyway. And if closing a team out on the road is supposed to be among the toughest postseason tasks, the Warriors have apparently missed that memo: Golden State won by 25 in Portland to clinch the first round, and by 26 in Utah to close out the second round. “You let those guys get rolling, they’re a handful,” Spurs forward Pau Gasol said. Ginobili helped keep San Antonio close in game three with 21 points. He’ll likely get an emotional welcome Monday (Tuesday, PHL time), just in case the veteran decides this season will be his last — a topic he wanted really no part of on Sunday (Monday, PHL time), saying he’ll decide over the summer. “This is getting a little weird,” Ginobili said after questions hinting at retirement. “It truly is.” em> strong>NOTES: /strong> /em> The only teams to sweep a Popovich-coached team were the Suns in 2010 (when Warriors coach Steve Kerr was GM in Phoenix) and the Lakers in 2001 (when Kerr played for the Spurs). Warriors acting coach Mike Brown said there’s no change in Pachulia’s condition. Pachulia played only seven minutes of game two with a heel injury, and didn’t play Saturday (Sunday, PHL time). Durant lauded Popovich for not playing Leonard through the bad ankle, saying other players appreciate when teams put the future of their own players first. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 22nd, 2017

Juventus clinches record 6th straight Serie A title

ANDREW DAMPF, AP Sports Writer   ROME (AP) — Juventus clinched a record sixth straight Serie A title with a 3-0 win over relegation-threatened Crotone in the penultimate round on Sunday. Mario Mandzukic gave Juventus the lead 12 minutes in by redirecting a cross from Juan Cuadrado, Paulo Dybala scored with a precise free kick shortly before the break and Alex Sandro added another with a header near the end. Juventus moved four points clear of second-placed Roma, which last Sunday handed the Bianconeri their first Serie A loss since January. Since Serie A was founded in 1929, no club had previously won more than five straight titles. Torino won five consecutive titles from 1943-49 (including a season that was canceled due to World War II), Inter Milan took five straight from 2006-10 and Juventus claimed a handful from 1931-35. 'We've written one of the greatest pages in the book of football history,' said Juventus captain Gianluigi Buffon, who also won the 2002 and 2003 Serie A titles with Juventus. 'Winning is never easy,' Buffon added. 'Beyond what people say, staying at the top is synonymous with sacrifice on everyone's part. ... If you want to always win matches, you've got to always have your head in focus and your legs prepared.' It's the second title in five days for Juventus after a 2-0 win over Lazio in the Italian Cup final on Wednesday. The Bianconeri has a chance to complete the treble with a victory over Real Madrid and Cristiano Ronaldo in the Champions League final on June 3. Juventus also added to its record number of Serie A titles, with its 33rd. Players dumped shaving cream over the head of manager Massimiliano Allegri at the final whistle, then put on celebratory T-shirts with a '6' on them. 'First of all, I've got to complement the players who have won six straight titles. They're the ones going down in history,' said Allegri, who replaced Antonio Conte in 2014. Allegri, who has aspirations of following Conte to the English Premier League, wouldn't confirm that he'll remain with Juventus. 'It depends on both of us,' Allegri said when told that club director Giuseppe Marotta inferred his future is up to the coach. 'I'm very happy at Juventus. But now we've got to focus on playing, and possibly winning, the (Champions League) final in Cardiff.' ___ RELEGATION BATTLE Crotone remained third from the bottom, one point behind Empoli in the battle to avoid being the final club relegated. Empoli was beaten 1-0 at home by fifth-placed Atalanta, which got an early goal from Alejandro 'Papu' Gomez and qualified for the Europa League group phase. Genoa removed itself from the relegation chances with a 2-1 win over Torino, getting goals from Luca Rigoni and Giovanni Simeone — the son of Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone — before Adem Ljajic pulled one back for Torino. In the final round, Crotone hosts fourth-placed Lazio and Empoli visits already relegated Palermo. Last-placed Pescara, which has also already been relegated, hosts Palermo on Monday to conclude the penultimate round. ___ AC MILAN RETURNS TO EUROPE AC Milan ended a run of three seasons without European play by beating Bologna 3-0 to secure sixth place and a spot in the Europa League playoffs. Gerard Deulofeu scored with a volley in the 69th, Keisuke Honda added a free kick four minutes later and Gianluca Lapadula redirected a cross from Mati Fernandez in added time. Inter Milan came back from a goal down to beat fourth-placed Lazio 3-1 and end an eight-match winless streak. After a penalty from Keita Balde Diao gave Lazio the lead, Marco Andreolli leveled with a header, Wesley Hoedt scored an own goal and Eder added another for Inter. Lazio ended with nine men after Keita and Senad Lulic each picked up two yellows. The loss left Lazio one point ahead of Atalanta. ___ OTHER RESULTS Sassuolo routed Cagliari 6-2 with goals from Francesco Magnanelli, Domenico Berardi, Matteo Politano, Stefano Sensi, Pietro Iemmello (penalty) and Alessandro Matri. Also, Udinese drew 1-1 with Sampdoria. Later, it's Lazio vs. Inter Milan. ___ Andrew Dampf on Twitter: www.twitter.com/asdampf .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 22nd, 2017

Brazil s leader mounts defense to save his presidency

RIO DE JANEIRO  — Fighting to save his job amid a mushrooming corruption scandal, Brazilian President Michel Temer told the nation Saturday that an incrimina.....»»

Category: worldSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 21st, 2017

Castro returns as TNT stuns Alaska with comeback win

TNT's charge for a top seed and a twice-to-beat advantage in the 2017 PBA Commissioner's Cup is alive and well. Fresh from winning SEABA gold with Gilas Pilipinas, Jayson Castro sparked a comeback from 17 points down as the KaTropa stunned the Alaska Aces, 119-110, Saturday at the Ibalong Centrum for Recreation in Legazpi City. TNT's win was its seventh in 10 games in the mid-season joust while the Aces dropped a fourth straight game for an even 4-4 record. Showing no signs of fatigue, the Blur went for 20 points, five rebounds, and seven assists as TNT welcomed new import Joshua Smith win a win. The toweing Smith, who replaced Donte Greene, went for 23 points and 10 boards in his PBA debut. TNT showed incredible resilience against the Aces as Alaska dropped two 30-point quarters before faltering in the fourth. Cory Jefferson paces the Aces with 29 points while Calvin Abueva, also coming off Gilas duty, added 11.   The scores:  TNT 119 – Smith 23, Castro 20, De Ocampo 15, Garcia 13, Pogoy 12, Tautuaa 8, Rosario 7, Williams 6, Semerad 5, Reyes 5, Rosales 5, Carey 0 ALASKA 110 – Jefferson 29, Manuel 17, Casio 16, Abueva 11, Enciso 9, Pascual 8, Thoss 6, Exciminiano 4, Mendoza 4, Banchero 4, Hontiveros 2, Dela Cruz 0, Racal 0, Cruz 0, Galliguez 0, Andrada 0 Quarterscores: 23-36, 56-57, 88-95, 119-110 br /> --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8 .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 20th, 2017

Nadal's winning streak on clay ends, Venus loses in Rome

ROME (AP) — Rafael Nadal's winning streak ended at 17 matches as he lost in straight sets to Dominic Thiem in the quarterfinals of the Italian Open on Friday. Venus Williams is also out of the tournament after the American was defeated 6-2, 3-6, 6-2 by third seed Garbine Muguruza of Spain. The result bodes well for Muguruza's defense of her French Open title. Thiem's 6-4, 6-3 victory came after he was beaten by the Spaniard in the Madrid Open final last week. 'Of course I came in with a very aggressive game style, because I knew that if I want to have a chance, then I have to do something different and be more aggressive,' Thiem said. 'I knew that if it goes in, everything, maybe I have a chance. If not, maybe I also lose easy. 'But today was one of these days where I really felt the ball great on the racquet, and a lot of risky shots went in. It was a very, very good performance and I think probably one of my best matches.' The 30-year-old Nadal, who was seeded fourth, had won consecutive clay-court tournaments in Monte Carlo, Barcelona and Madrid and was aiming for an eighth title at the Foro Italico as he prepares for the French Open in less than two weeks. 'I just have to congratulate (Thiem), because he was better than me this afternoon,' Nadal said. 'He played great in all aspects. Just well done for him. 'It's obvious that I did not play my best match. I have been playing a lot ... so is not easy after playing almost every day for the last four weeks,' he said. Thiem, the No.8 seed, will face four-time champion Novak Djokovic or Juan Martin del Potro in the semifinals. Their quarterfinal was postponed by rain, with Djokovic leading 6-1, 1-2, and will resume Saturday. The 23-year-old Austrian dominated from the start, racing into a 5-1 lead. Nadal recovered and broke back to cut the gap to 5-4 but Thiem needed just one of his two set points when Nadal's backhand down the line landed just wide. Thiem almost broke again early in the second set but Nadal managed to save two break points and go on to hold his serve. However, Thiem took advantage on his opponent's next service game, putting in several delightful returns which had the audience on their feet before closing the game with a crosscourt forehand. Thiem almost allowed Nadal back into the match but managed to cancel out three break points to go into a 5-3 lead and he broke again to take the match when Nadal sent a forehand long. The other semifinal pits John Isner against No. 16 seed Alexander Zverev. The unseeded Isner, who hit 21 aces, beat sixth-seeded Marin Cilic 7-6 (3), 2-6, 7-6 (2) in a serve-dominated quarterfinal to become the first American to reach the last four at the Italian Open since Andy Roddick in 2008. Zverev beat fifth seed and 2014 semi-finalist Milos Raonic 7-6 (1), 6-1. In the women's draw, Muguruza will face No.8 seed Elina Svitolina after the Ukrainian beat second-seeded Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic 6-3, 7-6 (9). Muguruza raced into a 4-0 lead against Williams, who was seeded ninth, and comfortably closed out the set. The 36-year-old Williams used her experience to bounce back in the second, although she had to save three break points immediately after earning her first break of the match. It seemed as if the match was going Williams' way when she broke in the first game of the deciding set but Muguruza broke straight back and earned the double break when the American double-faulted twice. Muguruza broke again in the final game, sealing it when a Williams forehand down the line landed wide. Anett Kontaveit's dream debut ended as the Estonian qualifier lost 6-2, 6-4 to Madrid Open champion Simona Halep. The 21-year-old Kontaveit, who beat top-ranked Angelique Kerber in the second round, saved two break points before succumbing to Halep's clay-court prowess. The Romanian, who is seeded sixth, next faces Kiki Bertens of the Netherlands after the 15th seed beat Australian qualifier Daria Gavrilova 6-3, 6-3. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 20th, 2017