Tennis Keeps Producing Challengers To Serenas Throne She Keeps Beating Them

Serena Williams needs just two more wins in this year’s U.S. Open to tie Margaret Court’s all-time record of 24 Grand Slam titles. The record would be impressive on its own, but it’s even more notable for the strength of her opposition: Williams has faced the best in the game, over and over, in the 20 years since she won her first major.The 37-year-old captured her first major title at the U.S. Open on Sept. 11, 1999, beating Martina Hingis. Since then, 58 different players have ascended to the top 10, according to the WTA, and Serena has played 55 of them. She’s also played almost all of the women who have made it into the top 5 since her first title, facing 36 of the 37. And more of Williams’s opponents are likely to make their top 10 debuts soon: Bianca Andreescu, whom she faced in Toronto last month, is ranked 15th and could reach the top 10 for the first time after she won Wednesday in the quarterfinals of the U.S. Open.Some of her former adversaries — players who made it atop the rankings in the past 20 years — have already retired, while Williams continues to compete for major titles. Justine Henin, who is 6-8 all-time against Williams, retired in 2008, staged a comeback in 2010 and left the game for good in 2011. Kim Clijsters, who was 2-7 against Williams, retired in 2012.Somehow, Williams has continued to evolve despite facing a seemingly endless parade of young talent.“I think the sport has come a really long way,” Williams said in her post-match press conference on Tuesday. “It’s the best work in the world that a woman can do in my mind.”Serena’s staying power has been a thing of beauty. From 1999 to 2010, she won 13 major titles. She struggled in 2011 and early in 2012, missing large swaths of time with a foot injury and blood clots in her lungs. But after she started working with Patrick Mouratoglou in 2012, reworking some of her approach to the game and recovering from the injuries, Williams reversed her decline and played her best tennis yet. From 2012 to 2017, she won 10 Slams, an improbable count for her age. And, of course, Williams took a year off from the sport around the birth of her daughter in September 2017, skipping four straight Slams until last year’s French Open.At the U.S. Open, she is close to another record. After beating Wang Qiang 6-1, 6-0 on Tuesday, Williams now has 100 match wins at the U.S. Open. If she wins the tournament without an opponent withdrawal, she will pass Chris Evert, who won 101 matches in her U.S. Open career.Even among her historic achievements, a record 24th major victory for Serena will be on the minds of observers on Saturday. Since her last Slam victory in 2017, Williams has come close to the mark, reaching three finals in the past two years. Tonight, she will battle Elina Svitolina, who has beaten Williams once, at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. Svitolina hasn’t lost a set at the Open and has looked formidable. Still, Williams has a great opportunity this week to finally tie Court’s record, as none of the three other women left in the U.S. Open — Svitolina, Andreescu and Belinda Bencic — has ever won a major.“It feels good,” Williams said. “This is what I’ve been training for.” read more

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Luis Suarez ruled out of Tottenham clash

first_imgBarcelona striker Luis Suarez has been ruled out of Tuesday’s Champions League game against Tottenham.The Uruguayan striker sustained a knee injury, which required stem cell treatment and is expected to be out for two weeks.Suarez had previously missed Barcelona’s Champions League game against PSV Eindhoven but returned and scored for Barcelona in their 4-0 win over Espanyol on Saturday. However, manager Ernesto Valverde confirmed on Monday that the 31-year-old will not feature against Tottenham in their final group game in the Champions League, according to Sky Sports.samuel umtiti, barcelonaBarca’s Umtiti out for weeks with broken bone George Patchias – September 13, 2019 Barcelona’s Samuel Umtiti has been ruled out for up to six weeks with a broken bone in his foot.Last week, Samuel Umtiti withdrew from…Barca are already through to the knockout stages but their match against Tottenham on Tuesday could help decide who finishes second in Group B between Tottenham and Inter Milan.Mauricio Pochettino’s side go to the Nou Camp knowing victory would seal a spot in the last 16.Both Inter Milan and Tottenham are level on seven points but Tottenham boast a better head-to-head record courtesy of their away goal in the 2-1 defeat in the San Siro on matchday one.last_img read more

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Young Man Shot Killed in Chollas Creek Neighborhood

first_imgYoung Man Shot, Killed in Chollas Creek Neighborhood Posted: August 29, 2019 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter August 29, 2019 KUSI Newsroom SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Homicide detectives Thursday were investigating the death of a young man who was fatally shot in the Chollas Creek neighborhood.Dispatchers received a call shortly after 10:30 p.m. Wednesday from someone who reported that a person was down near the intersection of Ogden and Shiloh streets, San Diego police Lt. Martha Sainz said.Officers responded to the area, but were notified that a witness had found the victim in an alley off Ogden Street — suffering from at least one gunshot wound to his body — and paramedics had already taken the man to a hospital, Sainz said.The unidentified victim, a man believed to be in his late teens to early 20s, was later pronounced dead at the hospital, the lieutenant said.Witnesses told police they saw a light-colored sedan leaving the area shortly after the shooting, Sainz said.No description of the shooter was immediately available.Anyone with information about the shooting was urged to call the San Diego Police Department’s homicide unit at 619-531-2293 or the Crime Stoppers anonymous tip line at 888-580-8477. KUSI Newsroom, last_img read more

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CMCH row Hungerstrike enters 11th day students fall ill

first_imgKolkata: The hunger-strike by some of the medical students of Calcutta Medical College and Hospital (CMCH) entered the eleven day on Friday.It is learnt that some of students taking part in the hunger strike have fallen ill. Three students, who are seriously ill refused to get admitted to the hospital, despite several pleas by the CMCH authorities. The hospital authorities held a meeting with the agitating students but no solution was found.The CMCH authorities refused to republish the allotment of hotel seats. Despite some of the students falling ill, the agitating students refused to lift the agitation. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThey threatened to continue the agitation until their demands are met. Some junior doctors also took part in the agitation on Friday.It may be mentioned that the second, third and fourth year MBBS students of CMCH started a protest agitation inside the hospital campus demanding a new hostel for them.The move was taken after the first year MBBS students were given a new hostel. However, the CMCH authorities have agreed to meet the demands. The agitating students were assured that they would be given proper hostel accommodation.Around 276 hostel rooms were allotted by the CMCH authorities. But the agitating students refused to listen to the authorities and demanded rooms in the new hostel building.CMCH Principal, Uchhal Bhadra fell ill on Tuesday after being heckled by theagitating students.last_img read more

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Trouble Scaling Examine How You Approach Digital Transformation

first_img Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. 4 min read Register Now » Innovation pays off — and if you’re not regularly investing in it, your company’s growth may be suffering. Seamless collaboration and automation yield bigger savings, greater operational efficiency, more strategically aligned decisions and, ultimately, better business outcomes. In today’s digital world, the only way to achieve this is through innovative technology. While effective technology is the clear way of the future (and indeed, the future is now), many organizations still aren’t up to speed. In fact, new research from Harvard Business Review Analytics Services (HBR), in partnership with Scout RFP, found that a large number of companies are lagging in the use of advanced digital technologies for non-customer-facing operating activities. One of the most prominent areas where digital transformation lacks is sourcing and procurement — which is especially problematic due to increased pressure on businesses to increase efficiency, strategic thinking and collaboration.Related: 6 Must-Have Tech Tools to Close More SalesOrganizations that have yet to prioritize digital transformation are hobbling their success and hindering their scaling efforts. A sourcing executive interviewed for HBR’s research paper drove home the crucial contributions of technology: “At a company growing as quickly as ours, technology has been essential to our ability to scale. We needed to scale up without asking for a huge investment, which meant we needed to automate.” Greg Tennyson, CPO of VSP Global, echoed this sentiment: “Automation allows all parties to get things done as quickly as possible without a lot of fanfare or oversight.”So, this begs the question: Why aren’t businesses adopting technology to automate critical business functions as quickly as they should?Related: 4 Ways Technology Improves the Human Resources (and Human) ExperienceTop reasons, according to HBR research, include the inability to experiment quickly, legacy systems, the inability to work across silos, a risk-averse culture and a lack of corporate vision for digital. Take a 1-2-3 approach to mitigate these roadblocks:Appreciate: Understand how the right technology can transform your business — and all the benefits it can unleash.Educate: Shift the mindset of your company — all the way up to the top executive level — to one that embraces and paves the way for a digital transformation.Automate: Research your options and select the technology that makes most sense for you. Ensure high adoption rates through a comprehensive adoption process.Owens Corning, a global manufacturer of insulation, roofing and fiberglass composites, took this approach. As Gregg Focht, global indirect sourcing operations leader, noted in HBR’s research paper, “It’s our annual ritual to establish goals for value creation. They’re generally stretch goals, and we’re constantly looking for new and creative ways to meet them.” For the sourcing team, this entailed finding a technology that could meet their needs. “Because our team is global, we needed an easier way to collaborate, a way the older legacy systems could not provide. To address this disconnect, we adopted an automated and cloud-based solution so that the team, the business and suppliers could collaborate in real time.”Related: Why Fintech Startups Need Smart AnalyticsFor Owens Corning, these efforts paid off handsomely. In 2016, the sourcing team contributed millions of dollars of hard savings, which helped helped the company achieve record levels of adjusted EBIT and free cash flow.This is just one example of how the digital transformation can impact companies of all sizes and, ultimately, lead to better outcomes and a bigger business impact. Ready to embrace the potential of effective technology in your own organization? It’s as simple as 1-2-3. Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. July 14, 2017last_img read more

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