Spain’s Rafael Nadal celebrates with the trophy after winning the final against Switzerland’s Stan Wawrinka. – Reuters Nadal hails best season, incredible era June 11, 2017 Spain’s Rafael Nadal celebrates with the trophy after winning the final against Switzerland’s Stan Wawrinka. – Reuters COMMENT RELATED Playing in his 22nd Grand Slam final, Nadal triumphed in Paris without dropping a set for a third time. Published on null SHARE SHARE SHARE EMAIL Rafael Nadal coasted to a record 10th French Open title on Sunday, demolishing Stan Wawrinka in a brutally one-sided final which also earned the Spaniard a 15th Grand Slam crown.Nadal, 31, triumphed 6-2, 6-3, 6-1 to become the first man in history to win the same major 10 times. His collection of Slams now stands just three behind great rival Roger Federer, a staggering statistic coming just a year after he quit Roland Garros with a wrist injury.Playing in his 22nd Grand Slam final, Nadal triumphed in Paris without dropping a set for a third time. He also lost just 35 games in total and only six in the final, his most comprehensive victory since allowing Roger Federer four games in the 2008 final.“It’s really incredible. To win La Decima is very, very special,” said Nadal. “I am very emotional. The feeling I have is impossible to describe. It’s difficult to compare with other tournaments but the nerves and adrenaline I feel, it’s like no other place.”Nadal was joined on the presentation by his uncle Toni, his coach since boyhood, who is stepping down at the end of the year. “Without my uncle I would not have won 10 trophies,” said Nadal who will rise to two in the world rankings on Monday. “For me to be here for many years is difficult to describe. I come back and see people I have a good relationship with and it’s very special.‘Rafa, just too good’“It’s difficult for me to compare this to any other event. You are always going to be in my heart.”Wawrinka, bidding for a fourth Grand Slam title, hailed Nadal as an opponent and sportsman. “Rafa, I have nothing to say — you were too good,” said third seed Wawrinka. “You are a great example and it’s always been an honour to play against you.”It was the 22nd Slam finale for Nadal; just the fourth for Wawrinka, the oldest man in the championship match in 44 years. Sunday was also the first time since 1969 that the Roland Garros final had featured two men over 30.Despite having spent more than five hours on court getting to the final, 2015 champion Wawrinka had the first break point in the third game. The 32-year-old couldn’t take it and it proved to be the only break point he earned all afternoon.From there, it was all downhill.Nadal was unable to convert four break points in the fourth game. No matter as he broke through for 4-2 and then went to set point in the eighth game after a relentless forehand barrage sapped the will out of Wawrinka.A backhand which sailed long gave Nadal the first set with the Spaniard having crunched 10 winners to Wawrinka’s four while committing half the unforced errors.Nadal forced Wawrinka into another forehand error to break for 2-0 in the second set before the Swiss halted a run of seven games lost with a hold for 1-3.But the song remained the same, Nadal taking the set in the ninth game, just moments after Wawrinka, who knocked out world number one Andy Murray in the semis, had destroyed a racquet in utter frustration.First game of the third set and Nadal broke again as the man who stunned him in the 2014 Australian Open final suffered further damage.Nadal was soon a double break to the good for 4-1, held for 5-1 and then claimed a huge slice of history when Wawrinka limply dropped a backhand into the net. tennis × COMMENTS
Juneau artist Crystal Worl was one of five Native artists from around the country to show their work at Vice President Joe Biden’s house last month. Worl was commissioned to design a print for the U.S. State Department’s Arts in Embassies program.Download AudioTony Abeyta, Crystal Worl, Vice President Joe Biden, Courtney Leonard, Jeff Kahm and Dan Namingha at the Bidens’ house on Oct. 27, 2015. (Photo © Tony Powell)“The piece itself is called, ‘Héen,’ which is a Tlingit word for water,” said Crystal Worl.Its alternate title is “Into Water.” Worl said the design, which is an image of Raven intertwined with a sea spirit, is an interpretation of a dream she had earlier this year.“I was really, really thirsty in my sleep and I was flying around looking for water and I saw this huge range of mountains and I knew there was water on the other side. So I flew over the mountain and there was this huge body of clear water, and I dove into it to quench my thirst and to soak my feathers in the water,” Worl said.Crystal Worl worked with printmaker Jeff Sipple to produce “Héen.” (Image courtesy Crystal Worl)And then she flew out of the water. “As I flew over the land, the water that was in my feathers began to drip and create rain, because the rest of the world was thirsty. The dream itself reflects an actual Raven story about Raven and water; there is an actual Tlingit story about that,” Worl said.Worl came up with this design this summer over a period of 12 hours at the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where Worl graduated in 2013.“I struggled for the first 5 hours. I couldn’t come up with what I wanted to do. I was like, ‘It has to be good, it has to be good,’ and that kind of haunted my creation,” Worl said.The Institute of American Indian Arts chose five alumni from different regions of the country to produce new work as part of the Arts in Embassies program. Worl was selected to represent Alaska. Prints of her and the four other Native artists’ work will end up on the walls of U.S. embassies and ambassadors’ houses all over the world.While working on the design, Worl studied books on traditional formline, took pictures of her sketches and consulted with her brother Rico Worl. She wanted to stay true to the art form, but also depict the sensation of underwater movement.“You can recognize it as traditional design, but you look at the tail feathers and the tips of the claws – they kind of spiral out and curl outward – which is not traditional,” Worl said.The background of the print is a photo transfer of the shore at Eagle Beach. Worl said she wanted to use an image directly from home.Crystal Worl looks on as her father Rodney Worl shakes hands with Joe Biden. (Photo courtesy Crystal Worl)Last month, the U.S. State Department flew Worl to Washington, D.C. She attended a reception at Joe and Jill Biden’s house where her print was framed and displayed. She and the other Native artists were being honored.“It was unreal,” Worl said. “I remember standing in front of my print while people were approaching and talking to me, and I was just kind of like outside of my body watching myself, like, ‘Is this really happening?’”As Jill and Joe Biden gave speeches about the exhibit, the artists, including Worl, stood next to them.“The best part for me was that I had my dad there with me and just to see him standing there smiling at me when I’m standing by the podium. I’ve seen him smile at me, but he was just beaming. He was glowing,” Worl said.Both Worl and her father Rodney Worl got to shake hands with the vice president.“I just remember my cheeks hurting from smiling, my feet hurting from those awesome heels and I was wearing this beautiful sea otter and seal fur shawl that my Aunt Louise had made and I just remember standing there next to him trying not to wipe my nose because I had otter fur on my nose,” Worl said, laughing.Worl got to take some of the 33 prints of her work home. One is hanging at Trickster Company, a Juneau art store she co-owns with her brother. She’s selling the print for $2,500.Worl is 27. She said it never gets old surprising yourself, “You can never tell yourself you’re not good enough for anything because you don’t know that. Just to keep going and keep pushing yourself is ultimately going to be good for you and the success of whatever it is you choose to do.”Soon after Worl returned to Juneau, she set off for Los Angeles to sell art and she’s now in Seattle to network with galleries and museums.Worl is also working on creating an art collective of indigenous millennial women making Northwest Coast art.