[/av_one_full] [av_one_full first min_height=” vertical_alignment=” space=” custom_margin=” margin=’0px’ padding=’0px’ border=” border_color=” radius=’0px’ background_color=” src=” background_position=’top left’ background_repeat=’no-repeat’ animation=”][av_heading heading=’Negrense Torres-Sunang eyes gold in SEA Games’ tag=’h3′ style=’blockquote modern-quote’ size=” subheading_active=’subheading_below’ subheading_size=’15’ padding=’10’ color=” custom_font=”]By ADRIAN STEWART CO[/av_heading][av_textblock size=” font_color=’custom’ color=’#0a0a0a’]Tuesday, January 10, 2017[/av_textblock][av_textblock size=” font_color=’custom’ color=’#0a0a0a’]MANILA – Filipina long jumper Marestella Torres-Sunang will be gunning for her fifth Southeast Asian Games gold medal when she competes in the 2017 edition of the biennial event in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.The San Jose, Negros Oriental-native Torres-Sunang said she will be preparing hard for the tournament slated from Aug. 19 to 31 as she aims to do better than her bronze medal finish in 2015 in Singapore.“Kaya pa naman nating manalo. Target talaga natin ang ginto,” said the 36-year-old Torres-Sunang, who represented the country in the 2016 Rio Olympics in Brazil.“Paghahandaan talaga natin ‘yan dahil gusto kong makabawi dun sa performance ko sa Singapore,” she added. “Kayang kaya ko pa naman mag compete. Ang magpapa-retire lang sa akin ay injury.”The former Far Eastern University Tamaraws jumper has four SEA Games gold medals so far which she won in 2005 in the Philippines, 2007 in Thailand, 2009 in Laos, and 2011 in Indonesia.Torres-Sunang did not participate during the 2013 edition in Myanmar after giving birth to her first child. In 2015, she had her worst performance in the biennial event after finishing third.Torres-Sunang remains the holder of the SEA Games record in the women’s long jump event at 6.71 meters, which she tallied during the 2011 SEA Games in Palembang, Indonesia.However, 6.71-meter mark is just the second best of Torres-Sunang as she tallied 6.72 meters during the Kazakhstan Open in July 2015 that merited her third Olympic stint./PN[/av_textblock]
Serena Williams of the United States returns the ball during her women’s singles semifinal match against Anastasija Sevastova (not shown) of Latvia on Day 11 of the 2018 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough, New York City. GETTY IMAGES NEW YORK – Serena Williams has another shot at winning her first Grand Slam title since giving birth after defeating Anastasija Sevastova in 66 minutes in their US Open semifinal.Williams, beaten by Angelique Kerber in the Wimbledon final in July, won 6-3 6-0 against Latvian 19th seed Sevastova.The 36-year-old American will play Japan’s Naomi Osaka in today’s final after the 20th seed beat Madison Keys.Victory will equal Margaret Court’s record of 24 Grand Slam singles titles. “It is really incredible. A year ago I was literally fighting for my life at the hospital after having the baby,” said Williams, who missed last year’s US Open because of the birth of her child, Olympia. “Every day I step out on this court I am so grateful to have an opportunity to play this sport. So no matter what happens in any match, I already feel like I have already won.”Williams made a slow start in front of an expectant crowd on Arthur Ashe Stadium, which had the roof closed because of rain and thunderstorms.She lost her serve in the first game and trailed Sevastova 2-0 before winning four in a row to take command.Williams was out of the game for over a year after announcing her pregnancy in April 2017 and then giving birth last September.Now, she is back playing at her home Grand Slam and looking close to her very best.A dominant win over older sister Venus laid down a significant marker in the third round, before a straight-set win over Czech eighth seed Karolina Pliskova in the quarter-finals showed she was able to compete with the world’s best players once again.That meant she came into her semi-final as the favorite against a player who had never before reached a Grand Slam semi-final.But the ease with which she ran away with the match – winning 11 of the final 12 games and losing just 12 points in the second set – was startling.“This is just the beginning. I’m only a few months in and really looking forward to the rest of the year and next year,” Williams said. “I just feel like there’s a lot of growth still to go in my game. That’s actually the most exciting part. Even though I’m not a spring chicken, I still have a very, very bright future.” (BBC)
Scottish side Hearts have hinted that Ghana midfielder Laryea Kingston is likely to be unavailable for the Black Stars two World Cup qualifiers in two weeks’ time.Kingston will miss Hearts’ match against Dundee United Sunday because of a recurrence of his hamstring trouble.And he is not expected to be back for the final game of the season against Celtic either.The Ghanaian midfielder had only recently been passed fit after undergoing treatment in Germany, but pulled up in the first half of his club’s goalless draw with Aberdeen on Tuesday night.“I can’t understand it,” Csaba Laszlo, the Hearts manager said.“Larry is out for ten weeks, and then he’s OK, but now he has the same problem. “I’m sorry for Larry. He’s a really good football player and if he’s fit he can help any football team.”Even though no tests have been done so far, there are fears that he could stay out as long as he did when he got injury the last time.He was out for nearly three months that kept him out of the World Cup qualifier against Benin in April and he is likely to miss the two matches against Mali and Sudan.Ghana are keen on getting a result in both matches to boost their chances of qualifying for the World Cup and Kingston is a key player for the Black Stars.Source: Ghanasoccernet
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