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emerged Queen's Park
Cricket Club (QPCC)
Cricketer of the Year
at the Club's end-of-
season awards held
at the Century
Ballroom at the
Queen's Park Oval,
"I am already
next year and the
Games in Rio."
Usain Bolt on why he
cut his season short
to begin preparation
for next year's
Olympics in Rio.
(Ext: 2069, 2071,
Ryan Lochte's new
underwater turns were a little
too radical for swimming's
The 11-time Olympic
medalist will no longer be
able to swim underwater on
his back during freestyle legs
of individual medley events.
FINA sent a new rules
"interpretation" notice to all
member federations on
Instead of rotating onto his
stomach immediately after
pushing off the wall at last
month's swimming world
championships in Kazan,
Russia, Lochte remained on
his back for ten metres, since
he kicks better that way.
"Being on the back when
leaving the wall for the
Freestyle portion of the Ind.
Medley is covering more than
one quarter of the distance in
the style of Backstroke and is,
therefore, a disqualification,"
the interpretation stated.
The interpretation was
based on an existing rule
which said that "in individual
medley or medley relay
events, freestyle means any
style other than backstroke,
breaststroke or butterfly."
Too radical: Lochte's new turns banned in medleys by FINA
NEW YORK---Roberta Vinci had plans
to watch the Williams sisters play in
the US Open quarterfinals scehduled
last night. She won t be rooting for
one or the other.
"Doesn t matter," she said with a wide
grin. "I am in the semifinal."
For the first time in a major, at the
age of 32.
Facing an opponent a decade younger,
the Italian outlasted Kristina Mladenovic
6-3, 5-7, 6-4 yesterday afternoon. Her
ranking down to 43rd, Vinci never
This is her 44th Grand Slam tourna-
ment. Only Elena Likhovtseva had played
in more (46) before making her semifinal
debut at the 2005 French Open.
Vinci recognises she s had a favourable
draw---she has yet to meet a seeded
opponent. Two top-10 players she could
have faced---Ana Ivanovic and Carla
Suarez Navarro---were upset; another,
Maria Sharapova, pulled out because of
In the fourth round Sunday, Vinci
was scheduled to take on 25th-seeded
Eugenie Bouchard, but the Canadian
withdrew after sustaining a concussion
when she slipped and fell in the locker
room two days earlier.
"Maybe this was my tournament,"
That left her plenty rested for yes-
terday s match on a steamy afternoon.
Mladenovic, in contrast, didn t wrap up
her fourth-round win until 1 am Monday,
and then she played doubles later that
day. She struggled with cramping yes-
terday, when trainers rubbed ice on her
legs during changeovers in the final two
Still, the 40th-ranked Frenchwoman
rallied from down a break in the second
to force a third. At 3-3 in the decisive
set, the two played a 15-minute game
with 10 deuces. Mladenovic had six
game points she failed to convert.
"That was a mental massacre for both
of us," Vinci said.
After getting broken, Mladenovic
asked for a medical timeout. Not eligible
under the rules to receive more treatment
for cramping, she said it was a different
injury. Vinci protested to the chair umpire
as Mladenovic had her left thigh
It wouldn t make a difference. Mlade-
novic repeatedly bent over in discomfort
between points, and Vinci won her last
two service games to clinch victory after
2 hours, 32 minutes.
Mladenovic, who had never been past
the third round at a major before now,
had 64 unforced errors, including 11
double-faults---many of them at key
Vinci has played on the biggest stages
before, winning five major doubles titles
with former partner Sara Errani. She
had been 0-2 in Grand Slam singles
quarterfinals, both at the US Open.
"Of course I think I m at the end of
my career, so my semifinal, first semi-
final, it s incredible," she said. "When
you work hard for a long time and every
single day, sometimes you have some
periods down and try to come back. It s
not always easy. "But it s nice. I m very
proud of myself." (AP)
NEW YORK---As Roger Fed-
erer so correctly noted, the
exact score of a tiebreaker is
not all that important. All that
matters is who wins it.
Still, it was noteworthy that
Federer became the first player
to shut out John Isner in a
tiebreaker---and later added a
rare service break of the big-
serving, 6-foot-10 American,
too---while winning their
fourth-round US Open match
7-6 (0), 7-6 (6), 7-5 on Mon-
According to the ATP, Isner
had never lost by a 7-0 score
in 428 previous official tour-
"You ve got to get a little
lucky," Federer said in an on-
court interview, "but 7-love is
a very good score, obviously,
against John. As long as you
win the breaker, it doesn t
matter what the score is."
Isner called the way that
tiebreaker went "surprising."
"That was a lot on me,"
Isner said, covering his face
with his left hand. "He had a
lot to do with that, as well."
Federer also broke to close
out the match, ending the
13th-seeded Isner s streak of
110 consecutive service holds
at Flushing Meadows over the
last two years.
"The break clearly was nice,
but I kind of felt it was com-
ing," said Federer, who went 0
for 9 on break points until con-
verted his 10th. "He was
maybe not having as much
Federer saved all five break
points he faced, while finishing
with an impressive ratio of 55
winners to only 16 unforced
The second-seeded Federer,
who has won five of his 17
Grand Slam titles in New York,
has not dropped a set on the
way to a quarterfinal against
No 12 Richard Gasquet of
Gasquet got past No 6
Tomas Berdych 2-6, 6-3, 6-
4, 6-1. With losses by Isner
and Donald Young on Monday,
this is the 16th consecutive
Grand Slam tournament with-
out an American man in the
quarterfinals. Isner and Andy
Roddick made it that far at the
2011 US Open.
Isner did have his chances
against Federer. Six times, Isner
was two points away from
grabbing the second set.
But Federer was at his best
down the stretch in that
tiebreaker, too, after trailing 5-
3. Federer won one point by
returning a 140 mph serve
before smacking a forehand
passing winner. On another,
he produced a forehand return
winner off a 128 mph serve to
earn a set point. And he capped
the set by flicking a down-the-
line backhand winner.
"I really would have liked
my chances against some other
players out there. But he was
too good," Isner said. "That s
what I was up against. There s
nothing you can do about that."
Many happy returns for Federer in victory over Isner
Vinci into first major semi at 32
Roberta Vinci, of Italy, chases down a shot from Kristina Mladenovic, of France,
during a quarterfinal match at the US Open tennis tournament, yesterday in New
York. Vinci won 6-3, 5-7, 6-4. AP PHOTO
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