Roger Federer gushes about Serena Williams after defeating her in first match together

first_imgJanuary 1, 2019 /Sports News – National Roger Federer gushes about Serena Williams after defeating her in first match together FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailTwitter/@rogerfederer(PERTH, Australia) — It was sportsmanship at its best on New Year’s Day in Perth, Australia, as Roger Federer defeated Serena Williams in mixed doubles, then took to the mic to praise the iconic athlete.Federer and his partner Belinda Bencic defeated Williams and Francis Tiafoe 4-2, 4-3 to advance in the Hopman Cup, but the event was more about two tennis greats facing off and then showing great esteem for the other.After the match, Williams told the crowd she was “kinda sad the match was over. I was just warming up.”About Federer, she added, “We grew up together … and having an opportunity after all these years. We’ve actually never done this and so this was super cool that we got to do this at such a pinnacle point in both our careers. For me, it was super cool! I wanted to take pictures and wanted to bring my baby out.”Williams leads Federer 23-20 in career grand slams won, but the two will be forever linked as the dominant male and female, respectively, in tennis for this era, maybe all-time.Federer gushed right back after the match, not only smiling for a selfie with the empowering athlete, but adding, “Your serving, especially the last serve at 3-3, I’m like ‘I’ve got to win this point,’ but it’s Serena Williams,’ I was telling myself. And I was telling myself, ‘This is maybe what I’ve always wanted, maybe a big-time moment like this.’”He added that it was an “honor” to face off against Williams.“It was great, great fun, and she’s a great champion and you see how focused and determined she is, and I love that about her,” he added.Williams fired a compliment right back at the male champion, calling him the “the greatest of all-time to be honest” and that is “both on the court and off the court. He has such charisma, he’s just a wonderful player.”The crowd wasn’t just treated to a super match, but two icons effusing respect for one another in the best way.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. Written bycenter_img Beau Lundlast_img read more

Awesome United sink sorry City

first_img Any hopes of retaining the title are now surely over for Pellegrini and the pressure on the Chilean is continuing to mount. This fixture has thrown up some classics over the years – and the early signs were that this was going to be another. Both teams went at each other from the first whistle on a typically wet and windy Mancunian afternoon. City went into the match as underdogs after a miserable run of form, but the roles were reversed in the opening stages as they threatened to run riot, dominating possession and attacking at every opportunity. Jesus Navas raced through on goal following Martin Demichelis’ punt over the back four, but the Spaniard was denied by his compatriot David de Gea, who raced off his line to block. Smalling denied Aguero from the resulting corner and then it was Carrick’s turn to put in a last-gasp tackle to deny Yaya Toure. When the opening goal came in the eighth, City made it look easy. James Milner drifted in from the left flank, slipped the ball in to David Silva and he squared to the unmarked Aguero, who tapped in from close range. The goal woke United from their slumber. They threw everything at their opponents and six minutes later they were level. De Gea, under pressure from Aguero after a short backpass from Phil Jones, booted the ball to the left wing where Herrera whipped the ball into Young. Gael Clichy blocked Young’s first attempt, but the winger swept the ball in at the second attempt. The Stretford End was rocking. They demanded another and United looked destined to give it to them. Herrera buzzed around the pitch, causing City no end of problems, Fellaini was over-powering Toure in the middle and Mata sprayed a series of deft passes around the park. The former Chelsea midfielder started off the move that led to United’s second. Mata fired a 40-yard ball across the field to Young, who backheeled the ball to Daley Blind. He returned the ball to the former Aston Villa player, who whipped in a ball to the back post where Fellaini headed past Joe Hart after out-jumping Clichy. United continued to pile on the pressure before half-time, but they did not have it all their own way. Aguero broke through just before half time, but Antonio Valencia sprinted across the pitch to tackle the Argentinian while Silva was unmarked in the box. Kompany joined Silva in the book for wiping out Blind. The City captain did not emerge after the restart. He was replaced by Eliaquim Mangala. The match continued at the same breakneck speed after the break. Hart denied Rooney his 12th Manchester derby goal with a diving save from his free-kick and Carrick’s rebound was blocked. City were all over the place at the back and it was only a matter of time before United scored their third. It came when Mata slipped in behind the City defence after a through-ball from Rooney and he slipped the ball under Hart. Smalling then put the victory beyond any doubt when he nodded in Young’s cross from a free-kick. There was just enough time for Aguero to pull one back, but there were no celebrations from the visitors. They knew that they had already been soundly beaten. Louis van Gaal’s dream turned into reality as Manchester United put four goals past City in a superb derby win at Old Trafford. Sergio Aguero’s early opener was cancelled out by Ashley Young’s close-range effort and United went in ahead at half-time after Marouane Fellaini’s powerful header. Juan Mata added a third after the restart and Chris Smalling also found the net before Aguero pulled one back at the death to make it 4-2. Van Gaal said before the match that he and his players had been “dreaming” of beating their arch rivals for the first time since December 2012. But this was a victory and performance that was surely beyond the United manager’s wildest expectations. Once United had levelled the scores, they out-performed the Barclays Premier League champions in every department. Mata rattled City with his creativity and vision, Michael Carrick ensured the hosts played at a high tempo at the base of midfield and Ander Herrera had possibly his best game in United red. But the best players on a pitch full of mega stars were Young and Fellaini. Van Gaal played down his role in United’s revival before kick-off, but the Dutchman deserves huge credit for the way he has turned these misfits into two of the most deadly players in the top flight on current form. Pablo Zabaleta, one of the league’s most experienced and consistent performers, could not handle Young’s pace all afternoon and Fellaini just bullied every player he saw in blue. The result means United remain third in the table, four points ahead of City. The Red Devils are just one point behind Arsenal and eight shy of table-toppers Chelsea. The biggest repercussions are likely to be felt across town. City boss Manuel Pellegrini was taunted with chants of “sacked in the morning” towards the end of the match, which brought to an end a run of four successive derby wins for the Blues. Press Associationlast_img read more

AshGold through to next round of CAF Confederation Cup

first_imgAshanti Gold Sunday overcame threats from Sewe Sports of Cote D’Ivoire to secure a 1/16th stage berth of the Caf Confederation cup at the Len Clay Sports stadium.Aminu Mohammed’s 35th goal sealed victory for the Obuasi-based club over their Ivorian counterparts who they had beaten by one goal to nil a fortnight agoMeanwhile, pemier league champions, Aduana Stars failed to make it to the next round of the CAF Champions league.Even though they beat their counterparts from Morrocco, Wac of Morocco at the Agyeman Badu Park in Dorma Ahenkro, the result was not enough to see them through.Striker Dan Bortey’s 25th minute penalty ensured a one nil victory for the home team but the victory was not enough to see Aduana Stars them.They needed three more unanswered goals to cancel out a 3-0 defeat they suffered at the hands of Wac in Morocco. But they failed to live up to the billing.Source: read more