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Homecoming queen: The lone reyna of Nectar s 2018 LGBT Santacruzan

On the front of the door of Nectar’s bathroom, the sign reads “we don’t care.” Behind it, 28-year-old Miggoy is putting on the layers that will transform him into Valeria, just in time for the gay nightclub’s annual Santa Cruzan parade. Miggoy has come a long way to get to ........»»

Category: newsSource: rappler rapplerMay 31st, 2018

Ahtisa Manalo flies to Tokyo for Miss International 2018

    Binibining Pilipinas International Ahtisa Manalo is set to to conquer the international stage as she flies to Japan to bring home the country's seventh Miss International title.     The 21-year-old beauty queen shared on Thursday a photo of herself at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) posing with a Philippine flag in an Instagram story.     Manalo will be competing for the Miss International 2018 title at the Tokyo Dome City Hall on November 9.           She also posted a snapshot of a simple note with message: "This is for you, Philippines."     &nb...Keep on reading: Ahtisa Manalo flies to Tokyo for Miss International 2018.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsOct 19th, 2018

Legarda files COC for Antique congressional seat

SENATOR Loren Legarda on Oct 17, 2018 filed her certificate of candidacy (COC) for representative of the lone district of Antique. On behalf of Legarda, who is at The Hague, Netherlands for the launch of the Ban Ki-moon and Bill Gates-led Global Commission on Adaptation where she is a Commissioner, Antique Governor Rhodora Cadiao filed […] The post Legarda files COC for Antique congressional seat appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

Category: newsSource:  thedailyguardianRelated NewsOct 19th, 2018

Precious Lara Quigaman wants new moms to celebrate their postpartum body

  View this post on Instagram   A post shared by Lara Quigaman Alcaraz (@laraquigaman) on Mar 20, 2018 at 6:09am PDT If you're currently going through postpartum depression, beauty queen Precious Lara Quigaman-Alcaraz' recent Instagram post may lift your spirits up. In a lengthy post, she talked about the pressures of looking good immediately after birth. She revealed that a few days after her delivery, some of her relatives and friends asked her "Bakit ang laki pa rin ng tyan mo?!" She wrote, "I know they don't mean anything bad but people can be so insensitive, and all those photos of 'celebrities a...Keep on reading: Precious Lara Quigaman wants new moms to celebrate their postpartum body.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsOct 18th, 2018

Mariah Carey is releasing a studio album for the first time in 4 years

MANILA, Philippines – “Don’t forget about us,” Mariah Carey fans have begged – and it’s true, the queen hasn’t forgotten. Iconic songstress Mariah Carey announced on Twitter that her upcoming 15th studio album will be named Caution. It is set to be released on November 16, 2018 in the United ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsOct 17th, 2018

Warriors dominance in the West shows no sign of relenting

By Shaun Powell, NBA.com We have reached the point in this Golden State Warriors’ chokehold on the Western Conference where it turns spooky: The last team out West to deny the Warriors (technically) no longer exists. Yes, the LA Clippers are still right where they’ve always been. But all other traces of May 3, 2014, when they beat the Warriors in the first round of the playoffs, have turned to dust. Chris Paul, Blake Griffin, JJ Redick, DeAndre Jordan, Jamal Crawford -- they’re all gone. Usually, it’s the loser who feels the cold repercussions and fallout of a first-round defeat in the playoffs. But what’s often lost as the Warriors run the table in the West is how they’ve shattered so many teams, schemes and dreams along the way. In hindsight, four years ago was not the beginning of “Lob City” and the Clippers. It was the beginning of their end. The wreckage left behind by the Warriors over the ensuing 53 months underlines the undeniable truth: They’ve taken ownership of their very own West Side Story. They had a record-setting 73-win regular season. They’ve won 12 straight West payoff series (and 15 of 16 playoff series overall). Only twice – the West finals in 2016 and '18 -- did they endure the indignity of needing to survive Game 7 in the West playoffs. In short, this dynasty shows no signs of dying this season. If anything, the argument can be made -- even before it’s proven as fact -- that the 2018-19 Warriors are their most talented team yet. All-Stars Kevin Durant, Stephen Curry, Draymond Green and Klay Thompson welcomed a fifth, DeMarcus Cousins, to their mix this summer. That is not typical in the NBA, folks. “This," Durant said, "is going to be an exciting season. Fun.” The Warriors’ five All-Stars (two of whom are former Kia MVPs) are still in their prime. And given that Andre Iguodala tends to transform from a fossil to an X-factor when spring arrives, perhaps only injury or another uncontrollable circumstance will keep the Warriors from making it an NBA-record five straight Western Conference crowns. “In terms of encouraging each other, being in tune with some of the things that might be thrown at you, whether it's injuries, whether it's a couple of slumps on the court, whatever the case is, we adapt really well and we don't stay down for too long,” Curry said. The Rockets, who won 65 games a season ago, are perhaps the most realistic challenger to the Warriors out West. But it's quite possible that Houston is weaker than it was in 2017-18. To understand how high the Warriors are sitting on the throne, you must survey what they’ve left behind. Just look at how the biggest threats in the West have either hit dead ends or maxed themselves out trying to chase the Warriors since 2014. Memphis Grizzlies: At one point, they were considered the toughest matchup for the Warriors because they were polar opposite in style. Half-court and methodical, the Grizzlies took a switchblade to the basketball, slowing the tempo. And they exploited Golden State’s lone weaknesses: Interior size and overall strength. They physically beat up the Warriors in the paint (Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol) and on the perimeter (Tony Allen). Additionally, Mike Conley was at times a handful at point guard at a time when Curry was winning MVP awards. But health and age wore the Grizzlies down and eventually forced them into a current reinvention that likely won’t reap benefits until after the Warriors are finished. Oklahoma City Thunder: As one of only two West teams (Houston being the other) to force the Warriors into a seventh game, OKC was prime for a takeover in 2016. That season, OKC eliminated a 67-win San Antonio Spurs team in the West semfinals. Durant and Russell Westbrook were healthy, humming and helping the Thunder to a 3-1 lead in the West finals. That, however, was their apex, and the costly collapse was heightened by the “Klay Game” (41 points in Game 6). Imagine, if not for a fateful turn of events -- Klay’s 3-point rampage, KD’s second-half Game 7 vapor and the Warriors losing the 2016 Finals to Cleveland -- maybe Durant sticks around in OKC. At any rate, the post-2016 West finals reconstruction being done by the Thunder (Exhibit A: The short-lived Carmelo Anthony experience) is falling short so far. Portland Trail Blazers: They were never seriously considered a thorn to the Warriors, and still aren’t. It’s just that they played themselves. They were fooled by the events in 2016, when they beat the injury-hampered Clippers in the first round. They were then somewhat competitive against the Warriors in the West semifinals (winning one game by 12, losing another in OT and the elimination game by just four). Flushed with false hope, that summer the Blazers handed out rich extensions to rotational players and, unfortunately, locked themselves into a team that hasn’t won a playoff game since. San Antonio Spurs: Like the Grizzlies, the Spurs caused trouble for the Warriors because of their disciplined style that put the brakes on the pace. San Antonio ruled the West just prior to the Warriors’ run and the proud franchise wasn’t willing to relinquish its hold so easily, causing the Warriors to shiver by winning the regular season matchup from 2014-16. Still, like Memphis, the Spurs turned gray almost overnight. Tim Duncan retired, Tony Parker lost some zip and then, of course, came the sneaky Zaza Pachulia foot plant that KO’d Kawhi Leonard in the first game of their 2017 series. It hasn’t been the same for the Spurs, who shipped off the disgruntled Leonard this summer. Houston Rockets: While the Warriors were able to build around Curry to create a dynasty, the Rockets are in their third attempt to do likewise with James Harden. The Dwight Howard experiment was an exploding cigar, and then the strategy of turning Harden into a point guard failed to draw blood. Chris Paul arrived last season and the best record in the West followed, but Paul has always limped at the wrong time. True to form, his body failed him in the conference finals, just when the Rockets were up 3-2 on the Warriors and primed to issue a stunning statement. The conference-wide process of teams searching for the formula to bring an end to this “Golden” era has taken on an interesting twist. Except for the Rockets, who shuffled their deck slightly this summer, other West contenders are on a semi-defeatist two-year plan. As in: We’re not ready now, but look out in a coupla years! LeBron James joined the Lakers this summer, but it’s hard to take them seriously when LeBron himself says his new team isn’t breathing the same air as the defending champs. His supporting cast is a mix of pups with no playoff experience and vets who’ve seen better days. It’s foolhardy to doubt the potential of any team with LeBron — eight straight trips to the championship round is no joke, even if it came through the East. But they’ll stand a better chance next season, especially if they’re bringing Kawhi or Jimmy Butler by then. There’s also the Utah Jazz, a Spurs-like operation led by a pair of Spurs alums in GM Dennis Lindsey and coach Quin Snyder. Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell is a star in the making, but you need more than one of those to match Golden State. Perhaps in time, Mitchell will get a shotgun rider, but Utah is a tough sell for A-list free agents. Houston stands out from the pack with Harden, Paul and center Clint Capela, who gave the Warriors fits last spring. They’re still an attractive, turnkey team. Adding Anthony provides scoring, but does he impact a potential West finals rematch in 2019? With Trevor Ariza and Luc Mbah a Moute gone, where is the perimeter defense coming from? Is it possible that Houston, with Paul aging, had its best chance last spring and didn’t cash in? It’s also possible the Warriors will do everyone in the West a favor and destroy themselves in the very near future. Durant can become a free agent next summer. Thompson’s contract is up, too, although he’s been very clear about his preference to stay even if that means making below market value. “What’s happening right now is going to be really tough to replicate for anybody,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. “You have the proverbial window, however you want to put it. We have an incredible opportunity that’s just not always going to be here. We want to take full advantage not only from a success standpoint but from an enjoyment standpoint. “We’re well aware that it’s not going to last forever.” But that’s getting ahead of the story here, which is whether the Warriors will fall shy of The Finals for the first time since 2014. A three-time champion is bringing everyone back and will add a bonus whenever the healing Cousins returns. Basketball can sometimes be a funny game and anything can happen to throw this scenario for a loop. Until then, however, it's hard to imagine anything derailing another season of Warriors dominance. Veteran NBA writer Shaun Powell has worked for newspapers and other publications for more than 25 years. You can e-mail him here or follow him on Twitter. The views on this page do not necessarily reflect the views of the NBA, its clubs or Turner Broadcasting. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 16th, 2018

PVL: Cool Smashers freeze Lady Falcons in straight sets

Creamline schooled Adamson-Akari on Wednesday with a 73-minute volleyball clinic at the FilOil Flying V Centre. Alyssa Valdez and Jema Galanza wreaked havoc on offense as the Cool Smashers collected their third straight win with a 25-16, 25-9, 25-20 drubbing of the Lady Falcons in the Premier Volleyball League Season 2 Open Conference. Creamline barely felt the absence of veteran middle Michele Gumabao, who flew to Albania to represent the country in the 2018 Miss Globe, with Valdez taking care of the offense with 22 points. Valdez unleashed 15 attacks, landed four aces with three kill blocks in the Cool Smashers' third win in four outings to tie idle Pocari Sweat-Air Force, which they will face next on Sunday. Former Queen Falcon Galanza displayed her efficiency on offense and defense with 11 points with all but one coming off kills while adding 13 digs and eight excellent receptions. Despite an easy crushing of the younger Adamson-Akari side, Valdez had nothing but kind words to the wards of head coach Air Padda. “They’re potential sa floor defense medyo siguro kailangan talaga sa side namin kailangan matyaga kami kasi malakas sila sa floor defense,” she said. “But I think medyo nag-struggle sila tapos madami silang miscommunication but I think they pretty did well.” Seldom-used Jem Gutierrez delivered eight points, Coleen Bravo got six while Pau Soriano retuned after recovering from a knee injury and chipped in three points in two sets of action for the Cool Smashers. Adamson-Akari absorbed its fourth loss in as many outings with no Lady Falcon scoring in double figures. Krich Macaslang had seven points while Bernadette Flora and Chiara Permentilla were limited to a combined seven-point outing.     ---   Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 10th, 2018

Garins lead gift-giving to Guimaras BHWs

DEPUTY Speaker Sharon Garin of AAMBIS-OWA Party-list, Vice Governor Christine “Tingting” Garin of Iloilo, and Cong. Lucille Nava of the Lone District of Guimaras, led the gift-giving ceremony for the 657 Barangay Health Workers (BHWs) of Guimaras last Sept 14, 2018. Also present in the event were Mayor Ruben Corpuz of Jordan, Guimaras, and Doctor […] The post Garins lead gift-giving to Guimaras BHWs appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

Category: newsSource:  thedailyguardianRelated NewsSep 27th, 2018

Ilongga is Mutya ng Pilipinas Tourism Queen of the Year Int’l

By: Emme Rose Santiagudo AN 18-YEAR-OLD Ilongga from Bo. Obrero in Lapuz, Iloilo City bagged one of the five major crowns of the 50th Mutya ng Pilipinas beauty pageant held last Sept 16, 2018 at the Mall of Asia (MOA) Arena in Pasay City. Kheshapornam Ramachandran, a Filipino-Malaysian of Indian descent, was crowned Mutya ng Pilipinas […] The post Ilongga is Mutya ng Pilipinas Tourism Queen of the Year Int’l appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

Category: newsSource:  thedailyguardianRelated NewsSep 21st, 2018

Homecoming Kings

Kicking off Karpos Live's Mix 3 of 2018, a triad of exciting shows happening at the Vertis Tent in Quezon City, are Wanderland's veteran partners in having a damn good time. The Royal Concept brought their concept of indie dance rock to the stage of Wanderland 2014 with unforgettable renditions of the songs like "On Our Way" and "D-D-Dance."In 2017, Urbandub rocked the Wanderland stage to the thrill of their fans. Mix 3.1 is a homecoming of sorts for both bands. Karpos Live is staging the show on October 7---it's the first in Karpos Live history that a homegrown artist will be co-headlining with a foreign act. Let's have an awesome time welcoming them home. There are two mor...Keep on reading: Homecoming Kings.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsSep 21st, 2018

Man killed after going on ‘rob spree’

A 34-YEAR-OLD man who was believed to suffer from nervous breakdown, went on robbery binge at Igbaras, Iloilo, evening of Sept 13, 2018. Ricky Gevero of Barangay Kinagdan, Igbaras, was killed after allegedly putting up a fight with responding police officers. Gevero, a vehicle mechanic, succumbed to a lone gunshot wound on his cheek. Inspector […] The post Man killed after going on ‘rob spree’ appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

Category: newsSource:  thedailyguardianRelated NewsSep 14th, 2018

Muntinlupa, Imus still streaking in MPBL

The streak keeps on going for Muntinlupa and Imus even as last Thursday even as the two teams pulled off contrasting wins over their respective rivals in the 2018 Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League Anta-Datu Cup at the Imus Sports Complex in Cavite. The Cagers survived a near meltdown before holding on for a 77-76 win over the Parañaque Patriots. Muntinlupa had to hold its breath before notching its seventh straight win as it squandered a 31-point lead in the third period and watched Parañaque chop the lead slowly but surely. The Cagers were still comfortably ahead, 73-50, inside the final seven-minute mark when the Patriots let their defense do the work, holding their rivals to just a lone field goal. Ryusei Koga came through with a triple then completed a steal, setting up Ivan Valenzuela for two free throws for a 77-74 count with only five seconds left in the game. Koga gave up a duty foul to stop the clock, but put more pressure on Chito Jaime to make at least one of his two free throws. The ex-pro forward missed the first, then made the second then Harold Arboleda let loose a triple that went in as time expired, making Jaime’s split charities earlier more significant. Arboleda led all scorers with 21 points, but also contributed 10 rebounds for his 10th double-double performance in the league, the most completed by any player in the young two-season history of the fastest growing regional amateur basketball league in the country.    Muntinlupa coach Aldrin Morante admitted that his wards relaxed too much when it built a big lead, but blamed himself as well for experimenting on using different combinations, particularly in giving more playing time to the second stringers. In the nightcap, Imus streaked to its fourth straight win after outplaying Pampanga, 88-76, to improve its win-loss record to 5-3 and forge a tie for second spot in the Southern Division. The Bandera, however, needed to survive a 36-point explosion from Juneric Baloria before extending its winning streak. Baloria’s 36 markers is the new all-time record for most points in a game......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 14th, 2018

Outstanding Jubilarians honored in UPV homecoming

By: GC Castro UP ALUMNI Association Iloilo Chapter honored five UP outstanding alumni during the 2018 U.P. Alumni & Faculty Homecoming Dinner & Awards Night held at Diversion 21 Hotel, Iloilo City on August 26. The awardees were given Oblation Trophies in recognition of their contributions and achievements to their respective fields. The 2018 UPV Outstanding […] The post Outstanding Jubilarians honored in UPV homecoming appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

Category: newsSource:  thedailyguardianRelated NewsSep 13th, 2018

TNT s former Best Import to lead Team Philippines in Terrific 12 joust

The lone Philippine team in the Asia League's Terrific 12 tournament will have a former PBA Best Import as its main reinforcement. Richard Howell, the 2014 PBA Commissioner's Cup Best Import for TNT, will lead the campaign for the iECO Green Warriors seeing action in Macau starting Sept. 18. Playing for the Tropang Texters, Howell helped TNT sweep the Commissioner's Cup through the semifinals. Unfortunately for him and the Texters, San Mig Coffee took the Finals, 3-1, to win the third of four straight titles that led to their Grand Slam that year. Howell would return to TNT the following year, leading the team to a 4-1 start. However, he was replaced by Ivan Johnson and the Tropang Texters would later win the 2015 Commissioner's Cup, beating Rain or Shine after two overtimes in Game 7 of the Finals. Howell, who has since played for Israel national team, is back in the Philippines to play for the Green Warriors coached by former Phoenix Fuel Masters mentor Ariel Vanguardia. [Related: TERRIFIC 12: Vanguardia-coached D-League All-Stars start prep for Macau invitational] Sam Logwood is iECO's other import and the local crew is composed of several D-League standouts including 2018 Foundation Cup champion Gab Banal. Also in iECO's roster is Joshua Munzon from the ABL's Westports Malaysia Dragons. The Green Warriors will have work cut out for them in Group C. iECO will debut in the main game of Sept. 18 against Japan's Ryuku Golden Kings which has 2014 NBA champion Jeff Ayres and former Japan naturalized player Ira Brown on deck. [Related: TERRIFIC 12: Jefferson takes over Blatche's old spot with Flying Tigers] iECO will then take on the Xinjiang Flying Tigers two days later on Sept. 20. The Flying Tigers have former NBA veteran Al Jefferson as import.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 11th, 2018

Lone PH bet Ronildo Palmera bags medals in Nomad Games

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippines only had one representative in the 2018 World Nomad Games but he is quite the winner.  Filipino Ronildo Palmera struck two medals in the biennial meet, which is dedicated to ethnic sports practiced in Central Asia, last Saturday, September 8 in Kyrgyzstan.  Palmera nabbed silver in the Toguz Korgool ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsSep 10th, 2018

For her 1st birthday, Olympia Ohanian got Off-White sneakers

A post shared by Alexis Olympia Ohanian, Jr. (@olympiaohanian) on Jul 24, 2018 at 7:23am PDT If you've been obsessing over the Off-White x Nike sneakers, be glad to know that they come in baby size too. Virgil Abloh custom-made a pair of Off-White x Nike Blazer Mid "OLYMPIA" sneakers for Serena Williams' daughter, Olympia Ohanian. A post shared by Serena Williams (@serenawilliams) on Sep 1, 2018 at 5:36pm PDT The sneakers were a birthday gift for Olympia's first birthday. It's a miniature version of the "Queen" Collection shoe that was originally designed for Serena. Both pairs have the same pink and purple colorway on the sole with the neon green p...Keep on reading: For her 1st birthday, Olympia Ohanian got Off-White sneakers.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsSep 3rd, 2018

PDP-Laban to field local bets – Treñas

THE Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) will field official candidates for local positions for the 2019 midterm elections. This was agreed during the PDP-Laban leadership assembly at the GSIS Financial Center on Roxas Boulevard on Aug 31, 2018, according to Iloilo City lone district Rep. Jerry Treñas. In an interview with The Daily Guardian […] The post PDP-Laban to field local bets – Treñas appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

Category: newsSource:  thedailyguardianRelated NewsSep 3rd, 2018

WATCH: Miss Earth Philippines 2018 Celeste Cortesi teaches you basic Italian

MANILA, Philippines – Heading to Italy soon? Or do you simple want to learn a line or two in case, you know, the need arises? Worry not because Miss Earth Philippines 2018 Celeste Cortesi was kind enough to teach us basic Italian words and phrases. The Filipino-Italian beauty queen is the first candidate ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsSep 2nd, 2018

Serena Williams can win no matter what she wears

A post shared by nike (@nike) on Jul 14, 2018 at 1:51pm PDT Nothing is going to stop Serena Williams, not even banning her catsuit. Let's put that controversy aside for a while and focus on something more positive. The tennis superstar just won her first US Open match against Poland's Magda Linette. Oh, and she did it while wearing an asymmetrical dress with a tutu. According to Nylon, it was designed by Virgil Abloh as part of the Nike "Queen Collection." A post shared by @virgilabloh on Aug 27, 2018 at 7:05pm PDT This definitely proved that no matter what Serena wears, she will deliver 100 percent.We'll also be on the lookout for her next matches so wa...Keep on reading: Serena Williams can win no matter what she wears.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsAug 29th, 2018

Import not the problem for reeling TNT, says Castro

MANILA, Philippines – It’s easy to pin the blame on TNT’s reinforcement. After all, its lone win came when the KaTropa fielded an all-Filipino lineup.  But Jayson Castro thinks the import isn’t to blame even as the KaTropa dropped three of their first four games in the 2018 PBA ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsAug 27th, 2018

US OPEN 18: Nadal aims for 2nd title in a row in New York

By Howard Fendrich, Associated Press Men to watch at the U.S. Open, where play begins Monday: ___ RAFAEL NADAL Seeded: 1 Ranked: 1 Age: 32 Country: Spain 2018 Match Record: 40-3 2018 Singles Titles: 5 Career Singles Titles: 80 Grand Slam Singles Titles: 17 — U.S. Open ('10, '13, '17), Wimbledon ('08, '10), French Open ('05, '06, '07, '08, '10, '11, '12, '13, '14, '17, '18), Australian Open ('09) Last 5 U.S. Opens: '17-Won Championship,'16-Lost in 4th Round,'15-3rd,'14-Did Not Play,'13-W Aces: Won the U.S. Open as No. 1 seed in 2010, 2017. ... Trying to become first man to repeat as champion in New York since Roger Federer won his fifth in a row in 2008. Topspin: Beat two past U.S. Open champions and two future stars en route to tuneup title at Toronto Masters this month. ___ ROGER FEDERER Seeded: 2 Ranked: 2 Age: 37 Country: Switzerland 2018 Match Record: 33-5 2018 Singles Titles: 3 Career Singles Titles: 98 Grand Slam Singles Titles: 20 — U.S. Open ('04, '05, '06, '07, '08), Wimbledon ('03, '04, '05, '06, '07, '09, '12, '17), Australian Open ('04, '06, '07, '10, '17, '18), French Open ('09) Last 5 U.S. Opens: '17-QF,'16-DNP,'15-RU,'14-SF,'13-4th Aces: Only made it to the final at Flushing Meadows once in the decade since his last title. ... Could face Novak Djokovic in the quarterfinals. Topspin: Still has never played Nadal at the U.S. Open. If they meet this year, it would be for the title. ___ JUAN MARTIN DEL POTRO Seeded: 3 Ranked: 3 Age: 29 Country: Argentina 2018 Match Record: 37-10 2018 Singles Titles: 2 Career Singles Titles: 22 Grand Slam Singles Titles: 1 — U.S. Open ('09) Last 5 U.S. Opens: '17-SF, '16-QF, '15-DNP, '14-DNP, '13-2nd Aces: Playing in his 22nd major tournament since his lone such title. If he gets a second, he would set an Open era record for most Slam appearances before No. 2. Topspin: Biggest forehand in the game makes him ever-dangerous on hard courts. Just needs his oft-repaired left wrist to hold up on backhands. ___ ALEXANDER ZVEREV Ranked: 4 Seeded: 4 Age: 21 Country: Germany 2018 Match Record: 43-13 2018 Singles Titles: 3 Career Singles Titles: 9 Major Titles: 0 — Best: QF, French Open ('18) Last 5 U.S. Opens: '17-2nd,'16-2nd,'15-1st,'14-DNP,'13-DNP Aces: Recently started working with Ivan Lendl, saying: "He's a smart man, a great guy. Done it as a player, done it as a coach, so he knows what it takes." Topspin: Has won three Masters titles. Now it's time to step up at a Grand Slam tournament and get to his first semifinal. ___ KEVIN ANDERSON Seeded: 5 Ranked: 5 Age: 32 Country: South Africa 2018 Match Record: 33-1 2018 Singles Titles: 1 Career Singles Titles: 4 Grand Slam Singles Titles: 0 — Best: RU, U.S. Open ('17) Last 5 U.S. Opens: '17-RU, '16-3rd, '15-QF, '14-3rd, '13-2nd Aces: Runner-up at two of the past four majors, including in New York last year, then again at Wimbledon last month. Topspin: Coming into his own late in his career, he's shown that with a big serve and consistent groundstrokes, he is a contender on fast surfaces. ___ NOVAK DJOKOVIC Seeded: 6 Ranked: 6 Age: 31 Country: Serbia 2018 Match Record: 33-10 2018 Singles Titles: 2 Career Singles Titles: 70 Grand Slam Singles Titles: 13 — U.S. Open ('11, '15), Wimbledon ('11, '14, '15, '18), Australian Open ('08, '11, '12, '13, '15, '16), French Open ('16) Last 5 U.S. Opens: '17-DNP, '16-RU, '15-W, '14-SF, '13-RU Aces: Since starting the year 6-6, has gone 27-4. ... Titles at Wimbledon and Cincinnati Masters (beating Federer in the final) make him a popular pick. Topspin: Sure seems very close to being right back at his best after a lull caused at least in part by an injured right elbow. ___ JOHN ISNER Seeded: 11 Ranked: 11 Age: 33 Country: United States 2018 Match Record: 26-5 2018 Singles Titles: 2 Career Singles Titles: 14 Grand Slam Singles Titles: 0 — Best: QF, U.S. Open ('11) Last 5 U.S. Opens: '17-3rd, '16-3rd, '15-4th, '14-3rd, '13-3rd Aces: 12 of 14 titles have come in the U.S. ... Just one quarterfinal appearance in New York, way back in 2011. Topspin: Says playing with calm and not fretting over results helped him have his best season, including first Slam semifinal at Wimbledon......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 25th, 2018