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SA woman surfer shines in Peru

first_imgCompeting in excellent one-metre waves at the left hand point break of Lobitos, Buitendag used her powerful forehand attack to post a heat total of 15.00 points (out of a possible 20), earning scores of 7.0 and 8.0 on her two best rides, to Blanchard’s 12.90 (7.9 and 5.0). South Africa’s Bianca Buitendag clinched the biggest victory of her professional surfing career on Sunday when she defeated Hawaii’s Alana Blanchard in the final of the ASP six-star rated Movistar Women’s Pro in Piura, Peru. With eight of women ahead of her in the rankings currently competing on the ASP Women’s WCT – five of whom will probably re-qualify – Baum is now firmly in contention for a spot on the 2013 ASP Women’s WCT, with five ASP Star Series events still to be run this year. ASP WOMEN’S STAR 2012 – TOP 10 Courtney Conlogue (USA) 9 730 pointsMalia Manuel (Haw) 8 280Sally Fitzgibbons (Aus) 7 000Sage Erickson (USA) 6 750Bianca Buitendag (RSA) 6 663Rebecca Woods (Aus) 6 530Pauline Ado (Fra) 5 980Paige Hareb (NZ) 5 910Sofia Mulanovich (Per) 5 640Alana Blanchard (Haw) 5 400 “I feel really emotional and very happy with my victory,” said Buitendag on the podium. Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material The victory moved Buitendag, the 2011 ASP World Junior Surfing champion, up to fifth place on the ASP World Star women’s rankings, which makes her the highest ranked surfer not on the 2012 ASP Women’s World Championship Tour (WCT). Final Bianca Buitendag (RSA) def Alan Blanchard (Haw) 15.00 to 12.90 She overcame ASP number eight ranked Paige Hareb of New Zealand and ASP number 10 Rebecca Woods twice on her way to the semis where she was narrowly beaten by Blanchard. ‘An incredible feeling’“I never thought that I would make it past the quarter-finals, let alone past Sofia (Mulanovich) in the semi-finals. So to make it to the finals and win the contest is such an incredible feeling. Semi-finals Bianca Buitendag (RSA) def Sofia Mulanovich (Per) 16.25 to 15.50 Alana Blanchard (Haw) def. Sarah Baum (RSA) 13.95 to 11.40 DominantBuitendag, who has based herself in France, where she has already won three consecutive ASP Women’s Pro Junior (under-20) events since matriculating last year, was dominant throughout the event in Peru. She won her opening encounter and then placed second behind local heroine and 2004 ASP women’s world champion, Sofia Mulanovich to move into the round of 24, where she again won to reach the quarter-finals. In the final day one-on-one heats, Buitendag defeated Port Elizabeth-born Australian Philippa Anderson before getting revenge over Mulanovich in their semi-final match-up. 30 July 2012 RESULTS SAinfo reporter Baum up to number 12 in the ASP World Star women’s rankings with her third place finish. “Alana surfed really well, the waves were excellent throughout the whole week, and this is the most important moment for me in my early career.” “This was such a fun contest and I’m thankful for making it to the finals,” said Blanchard. “It’s a shame I never got a good second wave to back up my score, but Bianca was unstoppable throughout the entire event and she deserved the victory.” ThirdCompatriot Sarah Baum, the only other South African in Peru, placed third to record her best result in an ASP six-star event. last_img read more

Nadal, Dimitrov advance to Australian Open quarterfinal

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Dimitrov has never won a major, coming closest here last year before losing a semifinal to Rafael Nadal in five sets, but is enhancing his credentials as a next generation champion.Nadal secured his spot in a 10th Australian Open quarterfinal earlier Sunday on Rod Laver Arena, beating Diego Schwartzman 6-3, 6-7 (4), 6-3, 6-3 in 3 hours and 51 minutes.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingThe 16-time major winner draped an arm around his Argentine friend and patted him on top of the head. If he needed a fitness test in the first week in his comeback from an injured right knee, he got it.“A great battle … he’s a good friend of mine,” Nadal said. “This is the first big match that I played in 2018. That’s confidence for myself … confidence I can resist for four hours on court at a good intensity.” Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ LATEST STORIES Caroline Wozniacki continued to cash in on her second chance, reaching the quarterfinals here for the first time since 2012 with a 6-3, 6-0 win over Magdalena Rybarikova.After saving match points and coming back from 5-1 down in the third set of her second-round win, No. 2-ranked Wozniacki said she was “playing with the house money” and had nothing to lose.Wozniacki next plays Carla Suarez Navarro, who rallied from a set and 4-1 down to beat No. 32 Anett Kontaveit 4-6, 6-4, 8-6.The other quarterfinal will feature the winners of two tune-up events. Brisbane International champion Elina Svitolina beat Denisa Allertova 6-3, 6-0 in a match that started just before midnight.Fourth-seeded Svitolina next plays Hobart International winner Elise Mertens, who beat Petra Martic to reach the quarterfinals in her Australian Open debut.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Spain’s Rafael Nadal celebrates after defeating Argentina’s Diego Schwartzman in their fourth round match at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia Sunday, Jan. 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)MELBOURNE, Australia — After snuffing out local hopes for yet another Australian Open, Grigor Dimitrov huddled with Nick Kyrgios at the net and the pair exchanged encouraging words.It was Kyrgios, having just lost 7-6 (3), 7-6 (4), 4-6, 7-6 (4) in the fourth round in a typically tempestuous performance, who left No. 3-ranked Dimitrov with this message: “Believe.”ADVERTISEMENT Nadal lifted to win the third, but Schwartzman didn’t relent.The second game of the fourth set lasted almost 13 minutes, with Nadal finally holding after saving five break points.He broke again in the next game to regain control.“It was a good test for me. It was a lot of hours on court. Moments under pressure,” Nadal said.Britain’s Kyle Edmund reached his first Grand Slam quarterfinal with a 6-7 (4), 7-5, 6-2, 6-3 afternoon win over Andreas Seppi and could relax and watch the night-time entertainment featuring Dimitrov and Kyrgios. They all played two weeks ago in Brisbane, where Edmund lost to Dimitrov, who lost to eventual champion Kyrgios.Both Dimitrov and Kyrgios got tense at key times in the night match. Dimitrov was broken while serving for the match. Kyrgios was called for a foot fault, double-faulted on a set point and smashed an easy overhead into the net on a break point after dominating the rally. He had 36 aces, and some second serves recorded at faster than 202 kph (125 mph).“Only a couple points in it, you know. It wasn’t like I got demolished out there,” said Kyrgios, who missed the chance to end the drought for local men that dates back to the 1976 Australian Open. “I had a lot of chances to win the match and I just came up short.”He tipped his mate Dimitrov to go far.“He hasn’t even found his best form yet and he’s still getting through all those matches, which is pretty frightening,” Kyrgios said. “Once he finds his feet and he has more confidence, he’s got a real chance at winning it.”Dimitrov thanked him for the support, and said he’s growing more confident in his game. Nadal will next play 2014 U.S. Open champion Marin Cilic, who collected his 100th Grand Slam match win with a 6-7 (2), 6-3, 7-6 (0), 7-6 (3) victory over No. 10 Pablo Carreno Busta.“I had the 300th win of my career at the U.S. Open in 2014, so this is also beautiful one,” Cilic said of his latest major milestone. “I hope I’m going to continue and gather three more here.”Nadal lost last year’s Australian Open final to Roger Federer, but went on to regain the No. 1 ranking and win the French and U.S. Open titles before bringing his season to a premature end because of an injured right knee.Despite not playing any competitive matches in his Aussie Open preparation, Nadal advanced through three rounds without dropping a set.That streak finished when Schwartzman took the second set, rebounding three times after dropping serve to break back and win the tiebreaker.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games: PH still winless in netball after loss to Thais BeautyMNL open its first mall pop-up packed with freebies, discounts, and other exclusives MOST READ PH military to look into China’s possible security threat to power grid ‘We cannot afford to fail’ as SEA Games host – Duterte Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH The Patriots and Eagles will square off in Super Bowl 52 View comments ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claimslast_img read more

Harshvardhan Kapoor to play Olympic gold medallist Abhinav Bindra: How sports biopics have fared so far

first_imgFrom Saina Nehwal to Abhinav Bindra, sportspersons continue to inspire Bollywood filmmakers. Their triumph in the face of overwhelming odds is not only lapped up by the audiences, but is also a favourite with critics.The number of sports biopics currently in the pipeline proves that they are here to stay. While Harshvardhan Kapoor is gearing up to play Olympic gold medallist Abhinav Bindra, Shraddha Kapoor will portray ace badminton player Saina Nehwal. There are also films on PV Sindhu, Murlikant Petkar, Deepa Malik  and several others in the making.Let us take a look at how earlier biopics on sportspersons have fared:1. DangalDangal is the story of wrestler Mahavir Singh Phogat (Aamir Khan) and his struggle to make his daughters, Geeta Phogat and Babita Kumari (Zaira Wasim and Suhani Bhatnagar in the initial part of the film, and then, Fatima Sana Shaikh and Sanya Malhotra), world champions in the “manly” sport of wrestling. From a strapping wrestler to a greying middle-aged father, Aamir’s portrayal of Mahavir earned him accolades. The Nitesh Tiwari-directed film went on to become the highest grossing Bollywood film ever, and is still going strong in Hong Kong. Dangal is inching closer and closer to the Rs 2000-crore mark worldwide.2. MS Dhoni: The Untold StoryCricket is a religion in our country, and if a film is being made about one of the successful captains that the Indian cricket team has ever seen, you can rest assured that it will be a smashing hit. That is exactly what happened when Sushant Singh Rajput brought alive the journey of Mahendra Singh Dhoni on celluloid. MS Dhoni: The Untold Story went on to become one of the highest grossing films of 2016, crossing the Rs 200-crore mark globally.advertisement3. AzharAzhar portrays the life of former Indian captain Mohammad Azharuddin, whose cricket career was tainted by a match-fixing scandal. Critics unanimously agreed that Emraan Hashmi brought a sincerity to the portrayal of the controversial player, and the film had a fantastic start at the box office, earning Rs 20.80 crore in the opening weekend alone.4. Mary KomMC Mary Kom established herself as a champion boxer by fighting against all odds, from her humble beginning in a Manipuri village to the lack of infrastructure. Just like Mary Kom herself, the Priyanka Chopra film was a winner, earning over Rs 50 crore at the box office.5. Bhaag Milkha BhaagBased on the life of “The Flying Sikh” Milkha Singh, Bhaag Milkha Bhaag struck gold at the box office and entered the coveted Rs 100-crore club. That the film was made tax-free in many states helped. Bhaag Milkha Bhaag received a huge thumbs up from critics, who thought Farhan Akhtar did full justice to the part.ALSO SEE: Dangal’s China run ends, Aamir Khan gets a moving tribute ALSO READ: Sports movies leave a strong impression in 2016 ALSO WATCH: India’s glorious sports journeylast_img read more