Venus Williams Gains 9th Wimbledon Final Awaits Muguruza

Venus Williams returns to Britain’s Johanna Konta during her Wimbledon women’s singles semifinal victory that sent the American to the 16th Grand Slam final of her career.(AP Photo/Alastair Grant)LONDON — All these years later, Wimbledon still brings out the best in Venus Williams.With her latest display of gutsy serving and big hitting, Williams beat Johanna Konta 6-4, 6-2 on Thursday to reach her ninth title match at the All England Club and first since 2009.At 37, Williams is the oldest Wimbledon finalist since Martina Navratilova was the 1994 runner-up at that age.Williams also stopped Konta’s bid to become the first woman from Britain in 40 years to win the country’s Grand Slam tournament.“I couldn’t have asked for more, but I’ll ask for a little more. One more win would be amazing,” Williams said. “It won’t be a given, but I’m going to give it my all.”She will be seeking her sixth Wimbledon championship and eighth Grand Slam singles trophy overall. Her most recent came in 2008, when she defeated her younger sister, Serena, for the title at the All England Club. A year later, she lost the final to Serena.In the time since, Williams revealed that she was diagnosed with Sjogren’s syndrome, which can sap energy and cause joint pain. As time went on, there were questions about whether she might retire, especially after a half-dozen first-round losses at major tournaments. But she kept on going, and lately has returned to winning.Her resurgence began in earnest at Wimbledon a year ago, when she made it to the semifinals. Then, at the Australian Open in January, Williams reached the final, where she lost to — yes, you guessed it — her sister. Serena is off the tour for the rest of this year because she is pregnant.“I missed her so much before this match. And I was like, ‘I just wish she was here.’ And I was like, ‘I wish she could do this for me,’” Williams said with a laugh. “And I was like, ‘No, this time you have to do it for yourself.’ So here we are.”On Saturday, the 10th-seeded American will participate in her second Grand Slam final of the season, and 16th of her career, this time against 14th-seeded Garbine Muguruza of Spain.“She knows how to play, especially Wimbledon finals,” Muguruza, the 2015 Wimbledon runner-up and 2016 French Open champion, said about Williams. “It’s going to be, like, a historic final again.”Muguruza overwhelmed 87th-ranked Magdalena Rybarikova of Slovakia 6-1, 6-1 in the earlier semifinal.Williams arrived in England a few weeks after being involved in a two-car accident in Florida; not long afterward, a passenger in the other vehicle died. At her initial news conference at Wimbledon, a tearful Williams briefly left the room to compose herself after being asked about the crash.She has tried, coach David Witt said, to “just focus on the tennis.”In the semifinals, it was Konta who had the first chance to nose ahead, a point from serving from the opening set when it was 4-all and Williams was serving down 15-40.Williams erased the first break point with a backhand winner down the line, and the second with a 106 mph (171 kph) second serve that went right at Konta’s body. It was a risky strategy, going for so much pace on a second serve, but it worked. That opened a run in which Williams won 12 of 13 points.“She looks to dictate from the very first ball,” Konta said. “When she puts herself in a position to do that, she plays with a lot of depth, a lot of speed, and you don’t get much of a chance to get your, I guess, grip into the points.”Williams wouldn’t face another break point and, later, produced another impressive second serve — in the second set, at 103 mph (166 kph), it went right at Konta, who jumped out of the way.Konta played quite well, especially early, and finished with more winners, 20 to 19, each greeted by roars from the Centre Court spectators.“They could have really been even more boisterous. I thought the crowd was so fair. And I know that they love Jo, and she gave it her all today,” Williams said. “It’s a lot of pressure. It’s a lot of pressure. I thought she handled it well. I think my experience just helped a lot.”This was her 10th semifinal in 20 Wimbledon appearances; Konta had never been past the second round at the grass-court tournament before this year.In the other semifinal, Muguruza won 15 of the first 20 points en route to a 5-0 lead. Even though Rybarikova entered having won 18 of her past 19 grass-court matches, mostly at lower-level tournaments, she suddenly looked a lot more like someone whose career record at Wimbledon before last week was 2-9.“Not my best day,” Rybarikova said. “But she didn’t give me much chance to do something.”Muguruza won the point on 19 of 25 trips to the net and had a 22-8 edge in winners.That earned the 23-year-old Muguruza a berth in her third career Grand Slam final, second at the All England Club. She lost to Serena Williams with the title on the line at Wimbledon in 2015, then beat her at Roland Garros last year.“I’ll have to ask Serena for some pointers,” Venus Williams said. “Serena’s always in my corner. And usually it’s her in these finals, so I’m trying my best to represent ‘Williams’ as best as I can.” read more

CW Announces Appointment of New CEO Inge Smidts

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#UnitedStates, January 4, 2018 – Miami, FL – Cable & Wireless Communications (C&W) today announced the appointment of Inge Smidts as Chief Executive Officer.   She is replacing John Reid who announced earlier this month that he will step down from the position of CEO in early 2018. Smidts joins C&W from Liberty Global where she most recently held the position of Chief Marketing Officer.Prior to her role at Liberty Global, Smidts was Senior Vice President – Residential Marketing and a member of the Executive Team at Telenet Group.   While there, she was responsible for Go-to-Market reporting and overseeing the commercial strategy for Telenet’s business.Smidts has significant brand and marketing experience having spent over ten years earlier in her career at Procter & Gamble, where she started as Assistant Brand Manager and was regularly promoted, ultimately to Business Leader for the Benelux Paper business.   Smidts holds a Master of Economics degree from UFSIA in Antwerp and an MBA in Marketing from the IAE in Aix-en-Provence.Balan Nair, incoming President & CEO of Liberty Latin America said, “Inge is a proven executive that has delivered strong results throughout her career.   We are excited that she has agreed to lead C&W and join the Liberty Latin America team next year once the split from Liberty Global is complete.   I also want to thank John Reid for his many contributions to the company and facilitating a smooth transition.”“Inge is a dynamic leader who has successfully driven financial performance and built capable teams,” said Betzalel Kenigsztein, Liberty Latin America’s Chief Operating Officer.   “As we look to the future for C&W, we are confident that Inge is the right leader to help rebuild operations that were damaged by this year’s hurricanes and deliver growth for all our stakeholders.”Smidts commented, “I am excited to take on the role of CEO at C&W and work with the new management team that will lead Liberty Latin America into the future.  The prospects for C&W are bright and I look forward to leveraging my experiences at Liberty Global and Telenet to bring a commercial, marketing and customer-focus that will help deliver results.”John Reid, C&W’s current CEO, will help ensure a seamless leadership transition until Smidts’ tenure begins in February 2018.   Under the new Liberty Latin America management structure effective upon completion of the split-off from Liberty Global, Smidts will report to Betzalel Kenigsztein, Liberty Latin America’s COO.Press Release: C&W Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Navy League Spearheads Campaign to Shore up Military Funding

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR The Navy League is launching a grassroots campaign to generate public support for bolstering the budget of the Navy and the Marine Corps.The initiative comes as the 2011 Budget Control Act spending caps are slated to be fully imposed for the first time since the legislation was enacted and the military is grappling with a variety of global threats even as it no longer is engaged in combat operations in Iraq and is in the midst of drawing down from Afghanistan.“Since 2001, the pace of Navy and Marine Corps operations has not slowed down,” said Sheila McNeill, who is chairing the national campaign and is a former Navy League president.“Yet because the work of the Navy-Marine Corps team is out of sight, over the horizon on the vast oceans of the world, many are unaware of their work or the strain that they are under. The ‘America’s Strength’ campaign will work to ensure that Congress and the American people understand the dire consequences of a Navy-Marine Corps team unable to fulfill its mission,” said McNeil, president of the Camden Partnership, a community-based group that supports Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay in southeastern Georgia.McNeill said the campaign will include ads, editorials and letters to the editors in newspapers across the nation, reported the Brunswick News.“We are saying get with our military and fund them so they can do their jobs,” she said. “It is important it come out in our communities. We will have ads all over the country.”Navy officials have said the service suffers a $10 billion shortfall annually, forcing it to delay maintenance and modernization of the fleet and curtail training for its personnel.“As threats to our allies and partners increase in the future, this shortfall will likely grow higher,” said Bryan Clark, senior fellow at the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments. “The nation will need to decide if we are going to maintain our alliances and prevent conflict away from our shores, or if we want a strategy that reduces America’s role in the world, and we wait until trouble comes to our hemisphere.”last_img read more

Stop use of hydraulic horns in Dhaka in 48 hrs HC

first_img.The High Court on Wednesday asked the government to take necessary steps in 48 hours to stop the use of hydraulic horns in the capital city of Dhaka to prevent sound pollution.The court also asked the government to confiscate the instruments in the market used for hydraulic horns in the next seven days and asked the authorities to seize the vehicles after 27 August if they use hydraulic horns defying the order.The HC bench of justice Quazi Reza-ul Hoque and justice Mohammadullah passed the order in response to a writ petition filed by advocate Monjil Morshed on behalf of rights body Human Rights and Peace for Bangladesh.The bench also asked the government to file the progress report in two weeks.The writ petition said any machine causing sound pollution cannot be operated as per the Motors Vehicles Ordinance, but violating the act, it mentioned, different vehicles are using hydraulic horns.last_img read more

35 bodies found in Mexico mass graves

first_imgMexicoLocal authorities have discovered the remains of 35 people in mass graves in violent Jalisco state, on Mexico’s central Pacific coast, officials said Saturday.Prosecutor Gerardo Octavio Solis said most of the bodies were located at a ranch in the town of Zapopan.Among the dead, “27 of the bodies had been tied up when killed. And we have two people identified at this time,” Solis told a news conference.The number of dead could still rise as the forensics team wraps up processing of the site, he warned.”We are digging more than three meters deep. We are also using heavy machinery, with engineers to do structural calculations as we don’t want to weaken some of the perimeter walls,” he added.Solis said the skulls of seven other people and other human remains were discovered on the premises of a house located in Guadalajara, Mexico’s second most populous city.Families with missing kin have rushed to authorities in Jalisco asking for details on the exhumations.More than 40,000 people have gone missing and are presumed dead since Mexico’s war on drugs was militarised with federal troops in late 2006.More than 250,000 people have been killed in violent crime in Mexico since then, according to government data. The data does not say how many cases were linked to organised crime.Last year in Jalisco state alone there were 2,418 homicides.From January to March this year there were 720 murders in the state, official data show.last_img read more