Halep and Petkovic to meet on Thursday to fight for final place

first_img She is the first German to reach the semi-finals since 1999 when Steffi Graf went on to win the last of her Open era record of 22 Grand Slams. Back, knee and ankle problems almost forced her to give up the game in 2013 and on her last visit to Roland Garros, she failed to get through the qualifying rounds. “I played against her one year ago at Nuremberg in the final and I beat her in two sets, but it’s already one year ago,” said Halep. Petkovic won the last of her three WTA titles, all on clay, earlier this year at Charleston, three years after Strasbourg and her breakthrough victory in 2009 at Bad Gastein. “The pressure comes hand in hand with this excitement. When I play really well, the thing with my injuries was that it now has a nail of doubt every time when I play well. I’m just so scared that it might slip away again,” said Petkovic. The Russian came back from a set down to defeat Spaniard Garbine Muguruza 1-6, 7-5, 6-1 and reach the last four. 04/06/2014 “She was a source of inspiration for me at the time, and therefore, she was an idol for me when I was younger. But now we have reached semi-finals of a Grand Slam and now she’s a tennis player. I respect her, but I will do my best during the match.” Bosnian-born 28th seed Petkovic, peaked at world number nine in 2011, her finest season before injuries derailed her career and sent her plunging to 177 in the WTA rankings. Sharapova has won each of the Grand Slams once and has beaten Bouchard in their two meetings including at Roland Garros 12 months ago. Fourth-seed Halep, who is trying to become the first Romanian to win Roland Garros since her manager Virginia Ruzici in 1978, brushed aside the challenge of 2009 champion Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-2, 6-2 to set up her date against Petkovic. Bouchard is bidding to become the first Canadian woman to reach a Grand Slam final and revealed Sharapova was one of her idols as a child, looking on as the Russian burst onto the scene by winning Wimbledon at just 17 in 2004. “I was the happiest when I was in the top 10 and was one of the top players, and then it was just taken away from me. Upd. on 10/06/2014 at 17:40 CEST The second semi-final is a battle between four-time Slam champion and 2012 French Open winner Maria Sharapova and rising Canadian star Eugenie Bouchard. The two players have met three times with Halep winning twice. “I’m happy, and I really want to look forward for the next round because it is my first semi-final at a Grand Slam, and I have to be very focused, very calm, and to try to do everything on court,” she said. AFP “She was number one in the world and she’s won several Grand Slams, so it’s going to be a great experience for me,” said Bouchard. Petkovic almost quit “Maybe she’s improved more but I’ve improved too. It will be a tough match, for sure.” The 22-year-old Halep’s best previous result at a Grand Slam was reaching the quarter-finals at Australia earlier this year. Romanian Simona Halep, the highest seed left in the draw, will meet Germany’s Andrea Petkovic as both players enter their first ever Grand Slam semi-final at the French Open on Thursday. “So now every time I have happy moments and nice wins, it immediately brings the doubt and the fear of that it might slip away again. I’m very cautious with wins and with happy moments and trying just to stay with both feet on the ground and enjoy the moments when they are there.” “Someone like Eugenie who has been up and coming for a couple of years, I think this is the year where she’s really broken through, especially at the Grand Slams, playing at a high level,” said Sharapova.last_img read more

Real Madrid waste no time in unfollowing Iker Casillas on Twitter

first_img A quick scan through the list revealed that Spain’s goalkeeper (@CasillasWorld) is now not being followed by Los Blancos.  CEST Upd. at 22:22 It’s an action which was quickly picked up on by AS, who soon noticed that Real Madrid, who had previously been following 50 accounts, are now only following 50.  Casillas has lost a follower, but he need not worry because he has gained another one. His account is now the 38th account followed by his new club, FC Porto.  12/07/2015 Iker Casillas hasn’t even had time to pack his bags and Real Madrid’s official Twitter account (@realmadrid) has decided to unfollow him.  In any case, the unfollow from his old club doesn’t matter too much, because Casillas can still count on 4.8 million followers — just in case he does worry about that type of thing. Sport ENlast_img read more

Cholo hails new Atletico Madrid duo Luciano Vietto and Jackson Martinez

first_img “He has a few years’ more experience and that’s what we need: people who are ready to play. He can put on the Atleti shirt and play. We have competition for places here with Fernando Torres and now Luciano too.  CEST Sport EN 13/09/2015 “I always tell the new players that when I joined as coach, Koke wasn’t a starter. When Diego Costa came here after loan spells elsewhere, he wasn’t a starter. When Jan Oblak arrived, he wasn’t a starter. When Antoine Griezmann arrived, he wasn’t a starter.  Upd. at 16:45 “He has the attributes the squad needs. He’s a good forward who can play as a second striker. He can get assists and goals and is a hard worker. Of course he’ll have to develop. “He’s had his first year in European football with Villarreal at a very high level. Obviously we wanted to bring him here so he can provide greater competition up front.  “Vietto is a boy I gave a debut to in Argentina,” he said. “The new boys need to integrate as well as possible so they quickly understand what the team need. Of course the coach will see that even faster. “Jackson is a finisher. He’s also very strong in the air and good with both feet. He’s a bit older than the likes of Ángel Correa, Griezmann and Vietto. “All the players like to compete, which is great for us. I hope and want Jackson to have a great season because that would definitely mean the team and the club will have a great season.” Diego Simeone is pleased with Atletico Madrid’s new attacking options, including Jackson Martinez and Luciano Vietto. He gave an interview to UEFA ahead of the team’s Champions League campaign. last_img read more

Ronaldo HASN’T scored in a big game this season

first_img Goles de Cristiano RonaldoCreate your own infographics Upd. at 15:59 —Five against Espanyol —Five against Shakhtar Donetsk His goals so far this season are:  The statistics don’t lie. As the Twitter account @pedritonumeros pointed out, all his 21 goals have come against sides Madrid were expected to beat in games which they won normally.  Meanwhile, Ronaldo has not scored against Athletic Club, Atletico Madrid, PSG (twice), Sevilla, Barcelona or Villarreal.  —Six against Malmocenter_img —One against Levante, Celta Vigo, Las Palmas, Eibar, Getafe 14/12/2015 After Real Madrid lost to Villarreal, the Cristiano Ronaldo debate was reopened: in the current season he has only scored goals against the ‘lesser’ sides.  Sport EN CET It’s one of the main complaints Madrid fans have – he’s not making the difference in the big La Liga and Champions League games.last_img read more

The restaurant where Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola reconciled

first_img Upd. on 01/11/2016 at 15:32 CET El local en el que Guardiola y Mourinho se reconciliaron In Manchester there is a luxurious restaurant that serves fusion food between Brazil and a mediterranean style, called Bem Brasil, one of the most important eating places in the city. It’s somewhere that Mourinho and Guardiola both like, as well as other City and United stars, and according to information from Manchester, the coaches have met each other in there on various occasions, showing a good relationship. That was on display during their recent encounter in the EFL Cup where they joked openly.  IN SPORT.EScenter_img 31/10/2016 Despite their teams clashing on a couple of occasions already it seems the bad blood between them in Spain is a thing of the past. Sport ENlast_img read more

Official: Seung-Wo Lee joins Verona

first_img Seung Woo Lee’s future drifts away from FC Barcelona CEST Sport EN Upd. at 17:17 As SPORT revealed a few days ago, Barça were looking to offload the player due to his non-EU status. Only two non-EU players are allowed in La Liga 1/2/3 and these are currently taken up by Anthony ‘Choco’ Lozano and the Brazilian Vitinho. IN SPORT.ES RELATED STORIES Hellas Verona offer €1.5 million for Seung-Woo Lee Oficial: El Barça traspasa a Seung-Wo Lee al Verona italiano Seung-Woo Lee played for the Juvenil A last season, scoring 10 goals in 30 games. He also made his debut for Barça B against Lleida Esportiu. At the start of the summer, the player said “after meeting with the team and taking advice from other people, I’ll take the best possible decision. If I’m not staying at Barcelona, then I’ll choose the team that offers me the best options”. In the end this was Verona. 31/08/2017 Barcelona and Hellas Verona have reached an agreement for the transfer of Seung-Woo Lee, the 19 year old Korean forward. Barça have the option buy the player back at the end of the next two seasons.last_img read more

Leo Messi will not see the Pope before the 2018 World Cup

first_img Meanwhile, Argentina continue to train at Barcelona’s training ground. On Thursday they will travel to Israel for their final friendly before the World Cup starts. “Three weeks ago we explained to [the Vatican] that we should travel to Isreal [for a friendly] so it wouldn’t be possible. In addition, we agreed that, if God wants and things go well, we will take the World Cup to the Vatican,” said AFA president Chiqui Tapia. They will now meet the Pope, who is from Argentina, at some point after the finals in Russia. The coaching staff, led by Jorge Sampaoli, have prioritised the preparation for the tounrmanet — Messi will have to wait.  CEST The director of press at the Vatican, Greg Burke, had announced a meeting on Wednesday but he then had to confirm that the meeting had been cancelled.  IN SPORT.ES sport.es Upd. at 16:10 Messi no podrá ver al Papa Francisco antes del Mundial 2018 The Argentine national team had planned to visit Rome to meet Pope Francis before travelling to this summer’s World Cup but have had to change their plans.  05/06/2018last_img read more

Lucas Hernández: “Griezmann chose Atleti a month ago!”

first_img Lucas Hernández: “Griezmann eligió al Atleti hace ya un mes” “Maybe he was tired because of the heat, for the effort he made in the game but I don’t think it (his substitution) had anything to do with the video. That was made a long time ago,” concluded Hernandez. CEST Jesús Burgos Atletico Madrid’s Lucas Hernandez, who is currently with the French national team in Russia, spoke about the situation of his teammate Antoine Griezmann following their match against Australia. Griezmann was one of the key men on the pitch for France, winning and converting a penalty, before later being substituted by Didier Deschamps. IN SPORT.ES Hernandez defended his teammate and rejected suggestions Griezmann wasn’t at his best in France’s debut because of the speculation surrounding the striker’s future. “I believe Griezmann made his choice a month ago. The video only came recently but that (situation) wasn’t in his head,” commented Hernandez. “He’s only thinking about the World Cup and is 100% focused on that,” he added. Upd. at 18:54 17/06/2018last_img read more

David De Gea back in goal for Spain against Faroe Islands

first_img @jordigil Upd. at 20:29 08/09/2019 The line up is: De Gea, Carvajal, Ramos, Hermoso, Gayà, Rodri, Parejo, Thiago, Oyarzabal, Suso and Rodrigo Moreno. The Chelsea man made some fine saves against Romania and looks to be the first choice still. Robert Moreno picked a heavily rotated side as Spain hosted the Faroe Islands in Gijon on Sunday. Only two players repeated from the side he picked in Romania – Sergio Ramos and Rodrigo Moreno.  IN SPORT.ES Jordi Gil David de Gea returned in goal. Kepa Arrizabalaga was selected ahead of him in Bucharest but the Man United stopper has a new chance tonight in the Euro 2020 qualifier. De Gea vuelve a la portería de España ante las Islas Feroe CESTlast_img read more

ISL 2018-19: Kerala stutter to draw in fourth consecutive game

first_imgAdvertisement 51mNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vsrcb5yWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E4ql1o( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 48tjzbWould you ever consider trying this?😱zrCan your students do this? 🌚40mmi9kRoller skating! Powered by Firework Kerala continued their string of draws as they shared the spoils against FC Pune City at the Balewadi Sports Complex in Pune in an action-packed encounter. With this draw, Kerala Blasters climb to the fifth place on the table with 7 points from 5 games. On the other hand, FC Pune City now has two points from 5 games and are just above defending champions bottom-placed Chennaiyin FC.Advertisement Kerala haven’t won a game since their opener against ATK (credits-indiansuperleague.com)Kerala Blasters began the match on the front foot and created multiple chances in the opening ten minutes of the game. However, it was the Stallions who drew first blood at the 13th minute when Stankovic rocketed in his free-kick from just outside the box.The game took a controversial turn at the 41st minute when a scramble saw a laid down Alfaro handle the ball with his hands to deny the ball from crossing the line. It seemed as if the ball had crossed the line and referee had given a goal to the visitors. However, after consulting with the assistant, the decision was overturned and free kick was awarded to FC Pune City.Advertisement The home side could have doubled the lead at the 56th minute when Krcamarevic nudged Alfaro inside the penalty box and referee awarded the penalty. However, the Uruguayan blasted the shot against the crossbar and missed it. Krcamerevic made them pay dearly as Gurtej’s feeble clearance fell straight in the path of him who slotted it past Kamaljit with a fierce shot.FC Pune City pressed hard to regain their lead and Kerala looked to pounce on the counter, nut the final scoreline read 1-1.  Tomorrow’s game would see Mumbai City squaring off against Chennaiyin FC in the latter’s home ground.Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more