Upsets continue as heat rises: Muguruza, Konta out of Aussie Open

first_imgView comments OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “It feels amazing. I was ready to leave on Monday and then they told me I’m in, so I was obviously excited,” Pera said. “I was checking the tickets to fly back. I’m happy I didn’t buy one.”Pera will next play No. 20 Barbora Strycova, who beat Lara Arruabarrena 6-3, 6-4.Also advancing were No. 8 Caroline Garcia and No. 26 Agnieszka Radwanska, who next plays Hsieh.Lauren Davis beat Andrea Petkovic 4-6, 6-0, 6-0 and has a potential third-round match against top-ranked Simon Halep, who was playing Eugenie Bouchard later Thursday.Former No. 1-ranked Karolina Pliskova advanced to a third-round match against No. 29 Lucie Safarova.Sam Querrey was the latest of the leading U.S. men eliminated when he lost his second-round match 6-4, 7-6 (6), 4-6, 6-2 to 80th-ranked Marton Fucsovics. No. 8 Jack Sock and No. 16 John Isner went out in the first round.The 13th-seeded Querrey was one of 10 American players — men and women — to reach the second round from the 32 who started the main draws.No. 5 Dominic Thiem rallied from two sets down to defeat 190th-ranked American qualifier Denis Kudla 6-7 (6), 3-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-3. No. 21 Albert Ramos beat another American, wild-card entry Tim Smyczek 6-4, 6-2, 7-6 (2).No. 19 Tomas Berdych beat Guillermo Garcia-Lopez in four sets. Spain’s Garbine Muguruza waves as she leaves Rod Laver Arena following her second round loss to Taiwan’s Hsieh Su-wei at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)MELBOURNE, Australia — Wimbledon champion Garbine Muguruza struggled with the heat and Hsieh Su-wei’s game before losing 7-6 (1), 6-4 on Day 4 as the upsets intensified at the Australian Open.No. 3-ranked Muguruza follows Venus Williams and U.S. Open champion Sloane Stephens out of the tournament in the first week, leaving only three major winners still in the women’s draw — and two of them could meet in the third round.ADVERTISEMENT Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals Muguruza had five double-faults, including one to give No. 88-ranked Hsieh a match point, and made 43 unforced errors. She needed a medical time out in the first set, and accidently hit a ball into a line judge in frustration.“She’s definitely a very tricky opponent — today she played well,” said Muguruza, acknowledging that the heat was bothersome but it wasn’t the hottest conditions she’d experienced in Australia. “I could have done things better, but at the end, she deserves to win.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkThe 32-year-old Hsieh is a former top-ranked doubles player who only had one previous win over a top 10 player and whose career-high singles ranking peaked at 23 in 2013.Considered one of the contenders for the title after Serena Williams opted against defending her Australian title, Muguruza had a troubled preparation. She retired with cramps in the second round at the Brisbane International and withdrew before her quarterfinal at Sydney because of a right thigh injury. 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I did my job in two sets against someone that’s been troubling in the past for me,” said Sharapova, who missed last year’s tournament while serving a 15-month doping ban. “I think I deserve to smile out there after that victory.”Ninth-seeded Johanna Konta, the 2016 Australian Open semifinalist, fended off three match points before losing to U.S. lucky loser Bernarda Pera 6-4, 7-5.No. 123-ranked Pera is making her Grand Slam debut and, after losing in the last round of qualifying, didn’t even know she had a spot in the main draw until Margarita Gasparyan withdrew with an injury.ADVERTISEMENT Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

NEC Begins Final Printing of Ballot Papers for October Elections

first_imgSample of the presidential ballot for the 2017 electionsThe Daily Observer has reliably learned that the final printing of ballot papers for the October 10 presidential and legislative elections is expected to begin today, Monday, August 28, since the verification of the layout of the ballot papers ended on Saturday, August 26. Twenty (20) political parties are participating in the presidential elections.It is assumed that the National Elections Commission (NEC) will print 2,026,426 ballot papers to match the number of registered voters captured during the voter registration process. Party representatives were able to review and verify ballot papers which contained their logos and the names of their standard and vice standard bearers.The party representatives actively studied the alphabetical arrangement of the standard bearers of the various parties on the ballot papers, which started with “B” and end with “W.” The NEC has, meanwhile, neither revealed which company is printing the paper nor where they are being printed.Up to Sunday, August 27, there were no protests from any political party about the layout and alphabetical arrangement of their standard bearers.Still Room for DisqualificationIt may be recalled that NEC chairman Jerome George Korkoya announced that although Liberians contesting both the legislative and presidential elections may see their names on the list of approved candidates, it is also still possible that any of them can be disqualified when acts inconsistent with elections laws and the Code of Conduct are discovered.“We indicated that any candidate on the final list could be removed if the final disposition of a case in which he or she is involved so warranted, and the Board of Commissioners (BOC) has the authority to make the decision,” he said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more