The Latest: Petra Kvitova moves into 4th round at US Open

first_imgWhen the second set ended with Osaka missing a backhand return, she flung her racket away.Osaka won the U.S. Open in 2018 and the Australian Open the following year. She has been ranked No. 1 and is seeded fourth at Flushing Meadows. Kostyuk is ranked 137th.___12:45 p.m. The Latest: Petra Kvitova moves into 4th round at US Open 5:45 p.m.The third-round U.S. Open match between No. 5 seed Alexander Zverev and No. 32 Adrian Mannarino has started in Louis Armstrong Stadium after a delay of nearly three hours.The U.S. Tennis Association described the holdup in vague terms, saying only there was “a collaborative dialogue with health officials” and that the players were “updated at all times.”The USTA said in a statement it would not provide any details because of what it called “the sensitivity of the medical issues involved.”Mannarino is part of a group of seven players under extra restrictions during the tournament because contact tracing determined they potentially could have been exposed to COVID-19 by Benoit Paire, the only entrant to test positive. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on the U.S. Open tennis tournament (all times local):10:45 p.m.Sixth-seeded Petra Kvitova has moved into the fourth round of the U.S. Open with a 6-4, 6-3 win over American Jessica Pegula. Djokovic has won his last 29 matches and is 26-0 this season, making him a prohibitive favorite to get his fourth U.S. Open title — he won it in 2011, 2015 and 2018. He’ll play 20th-seeded Pablo Carreno Busta.___8:10 p.m.Alexander Zverev reached the fourth round at the U.S. Open for the second year in a row, beating Adrian Mannarino in a match that was delayed because of health concerns.The fifth-seeded Zverev won 14 of the last 18 games for a 6-7 (4), 6-4, 6-2, 6-2 victory after a delay of nearly three hours related to COVID-19 precautions. Martic now will try to get to the second Grand Slam quarterfinal of her career after reaching that stage at last year’s French Open. She has lost her other six fourth-round matches at major tournaments, including against Serena Williams at the U.S. Open in 2019. ___11:10 a.m.Play is underway in third-round matches on Day 5 at the U.S. Open. ___2:20 p.m.Caty McNally, an 18-year-old from Ohio, eliminated No. 21 seed Ekaterina Alexandrova in three sets in a rain-delayed match to reach the U.S. Open’s third round.McNally’s 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 (2) victory gives the host country 11 women in the third round at Flushing Meadows for the first time since 1992.The match was suspended Thursday because of the weather. 6:40 p.m.Denis Shapovalov rallied late in the fourth set and won a five-set match between rising stars at the U.S. Open.The 21-year-old Canadian smashed his racket on the court — leaving it bent and spent — while falling behind 22-year-old American Taylor Fritz, who had a chance to serve it out leading 5-3 in the fourth set.Shapovalov broke Fritz’s serve, won the tiebreaker and pulled out a 3-6, 6-3, 4-6, 7-6 (5), 6-2 win to reach the fourth round.___ Petra Martic is the first player into the fourth round at this year’s U.S. Open.The No. 8-seeded Martic made it that far at Flushing Meadows for the second year in a row, advancing Friday with a 6-3, 6-3 victory over Varvara Gracheva.Gracheva simply made too many mistakes, with 33 unforced errors — three times as many as Martic.As Gracheva’s deficit grew larger and larger, she knew more than anyone that it’s never over until it’s over: In the previous round, she trailed No. 30 Kristina Mladenovic 6-1, 5-1 and faced four match points before coming all the way back to win.There was no such turnaround this time. ___2:55 p.m.Naomi Osaka has moved into the fourth round of the U.S. Open by getting past 18-year-old Marta Kostyuk 6-3, 6-7 (4), 6-2.Osaka threw her racket after ceding the second set, then was one point from trailing 3-1 in the third.But she saved five break points to get to 2-all, starting a five-game run that ended the match.center_img Past champions Naomi Osaka and Novak Djokovic are among those scheduled to play in Arthur Ashe Stadium later Friday.Osaka will face Marta Kostyuk to begin the day session in the tournament’s main arena.The top-seeded Djokovic will bring a 28-match winning streak, including 25-0 this season, into his night match against Jan-Lennard Struff. After rain Thursday night suspended play on the courts without a roof, the weather is much better — sunny with the temperature around 80 degrees Fahrenheit (a little above 25 Celsius).___ Associated Press McNally, who plays doubles with 16-year-old American Coco Gauff, had never been this far in singles at a Grand Slam tournament.___2:10 p.m.Naomi Osaka is headed to a third set in the U.S. Open’s third round.The two-time Grand Slam champion took the opening set 6-3, but 18-year-old Marta Kostyuk, who is playing in just her second major tournament, grabbed the second in a tiebreaker. More AP tennis: https://apnews.com/apf-Tennis and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports Kvitova faces another American, Shelby Rogers, in the next round, trying to reach the quarterfinals of the U.S. Open for the third time. Rogers is having her best run in the Grand Slam event.___9:00 p.m.Top-seeded Novak Djokovic stayed perfect for 2020 and advanced to the fourth round of the U.S. Open with a straight-sets win.He beat Germany’s Jan-Lennard Struff 6-3, 6-3, 6-1 in an hour and 43 minutes, holding serve throughout. Struff managed only four break points and couldn’t convert. Mannarino was among a group of seven players under more severe restrictions after he played in a card game with countryman Benoît Paire, who tested positive for the coronavirus at the start of the Grand Slam event. Zverev said players were told a few hours before their match that it likely wouldn’t happen because of New York health department concerns about Mannarino. The match was permitted after back-and-forth with health officials.Mannarino needed attention for a leg problem after falling behind 0-3 in the second set.Zverev will play Alejandro Davidovich Fokina for a berth in the quarterfinals.___ Osaka is a former No. 1-ranked player who has won two Grand Slam titles, including the 2018 U.S. Open.The 137th-ranked Kostyuk was appearing in only her second major tournament.Also moving into the fourth round: 2016 U.S. Open champion Angelique Kerber, who beat 20-year-old American Ann Li 6-3, 6-4.Kerber’s next opponent is another American, 28th-seeded Jennifer Brady, a 6-3, 6-3 winner against Caroline Garcia.In the previous round, Garcia upset top-seeded Karolina Pliskova. September 4, 2020last_img read more

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Sir Gerry delighted to be living in “one of the best places in the world”

first_imgOne of Ireland and Britain’s leading businessmen told a gathering of tourism providers in east Donegal he was delighted to be promoting, and living in, ‘one of the best places in the world.’Sir Gerry Robinson was speaking at the weekend at the launch of Donegal East Tourism, an initiative to promote one of the lesser spotted areas of the county as a tourist destination.Only formed last year, the organisation showcased the area – from Fintown to Burt – to an audience of tens of thousands at the prestigious Holiday World Shows in Dublin and Belfast January. Their bright new full-colour brochure and website were officially launched by Mr Robinson at Oakfield Park, Raphoe, where he now lives with his wife Heather.Sir Gerry Robinson, Cllr,. Gerry McMonagle, Cathaoirleach of Donegal County Council and Cronan Scanlon, Chairperson Donegal East Tourism. Photo Clive WassonPhoto Clive WassonThe park has been a huge success since opening to the public, with more than 50,000 visitors expected in 2018.The former Chairman of Granada Television told representatives of local businesses and community groups within the tourism sector that the area had ‘huge potential’.He also paid tribute to the new tourism group and hoped it would go from strength to strength. “This is a wonderful initiative for this part of Donegal and indeed all of Donegal. The new brochure and website also have the potential to promote all that is that is great about this part of the world,” he told those present.“Generally, the history of voluntary bodies is that they get off to a great start and then they die away. I hope that will not be the case here.“In fact, I hope Donegal East Tourism will be something that will steadily and logically build on this launch and that it will go on to produce something of real value – not in a year, not in five years, but in the next 20 years – to promote an area which is probably among one of the best places in the world.”Cllr,. Gerry McMonagle, Cathaoirleach of Donegal County Council speaking at the launch of Donegal East Tourism. Photo Clive WassonThe Cathaoirleach of Donegal County Council, Cllr Gerry McMonagle, who was at Oakfield Park for the launch, said after seeing the brochure, he was hugely impressed with what the area has to offer.“I’m both delighted and honoured to have been invited here today for the launch of what is a major initiative for the east of the county and, indeed, all of Donegal,” he said. Cronan Scanlon, Chairperson Donegal East Tourism, Sir Gerry Robinson and Cllr,. Gerry McMonagle, Cathaoirleach of Donegal County Council and at the launch of Donegal East Tourism. Photo Clive WassonChairman of Donegal East Tourism, Mr Cronan Scanlon, stressed that the group was not just about promoting the area as a tourist destination. He said it was also its aim to make locals more aware of what they have on their doorstep, take pride in it and to boast about where they come from.“We would argue that, in terms of tourism promotion, this part of the county has been kept a secret for far too long,” he said.“This is despite it being home to one of Europe’s best salmon fishing rivers, the Glenfin Gaeltacht, Bluestack Mountains, McElhinney’s Stores, Oakfield Park, Dunmore Gardens, Beltany Stone Circle, Lifford Old Courthouse and An Grianan of Aileach. The region also has a strong tradition of Irish music, an Ulster Scots heritage and much, much more.“Donegal East is also the perfect base from which to explore the Wild Atlantic Way, and we should be constantly reminding ourselves of that. “I would urge you not just to distribute the brochure to potential visitors, but to give it to your friends and family. Let them know what a wonderful place they’re living in and that it is something to be immensely proud of. Don’t be shy about coming from Donegal East – boast about it.”He also appealed to tourism providers, and businesses and community organisations, to assist the group in its efforts to build the area as a strong tourist destination.Sir Gerry Robinson with Cllr,. Gerry McMonagle, Cathaoirleach of Donegal County Council, Cronan Scanlon, Chairperson Donegal East Tourism local businesses and guests at the launch of Donegal East Tourism.The new Donegal East Tourism brochure can be picked up for free from various outlets, including Letterkenny and Donegal Town Tourist Information Offices, The BASE in Stranorlar, Kee’s, Jackson’s and Villa Rose hotels, Lifford Old Courthouse and Oakfield Park.For further information on the latest initiative, visit www.donegaleast.ie ,log on to the Donegal East Tourism Facebook page or email [email protected] Gerry delighted to be living in “one of the best places in the world” was last modified: April 18th, 2018 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:donegaleast Donegalsir gerry robinsontourismlast_img read more

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