Chasing Champs | Shaquena Foote Aiming for more success in 2019

first_img Q: What qualities do you possess that best enable you to be successful? A: I’m always disciplined. I listen to my coach and everything that he says. Petersfield High is an institution that has been gradually gaining traction for producing standout track and field athletes, with one such person being the sensational Shaquena Foote. The 2018 edition of the ISSA GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Athletics Championships was undoubtedly one that Foote will never forget, what with her winning both the 800 and the 1500 metres for Class Two girls. She is now in Class One, and the success is expected to continue. Why did you start doing track and field? I do track and field because it’s a lot of fun and I like doing it. Why did you specialise in the 800 and 1,500m? I found it very easy to do both events when I started attending Petersfield High School. Q: What do you consider your greatest achievement to date? A: Winning both the 800m and 1500m at Champs 2018. Q: How did you feel after achieving this feat? A: Well, I was very excited and happy for my performance. Q: What do you consider your greatest challenge? A: I sometimes feel very down if I am feeling pain at training or I am not getting things done to my satisfaction. Q: How do you overcome this challenge? A: Well, my coach talks to me and lets me know that everything is going to be okay. My coaches also motivate me to overcome my injuries. Q: What are the personal goals that you have set for this season? A: I would love to win any event that I participate in at Champs this year. I’m not really aiming for a specific time. Any time that comes, I’d be grateful for it. Q: Which athlete do you consider your greatest inspiration? A: Former St Elizabeth Technical middle-distance runner Junelle Bromfield. After watching her when I was younger, I always said I wanted to be like her because she’s very strong. Q: Who has supported you during this time and what is their impact on you? A:Well, my parents, my coach and some of my friends support me a lot. They have a very positive impact on me and push me to my limit. Q: What type of music do you have in your playlist? A: I like gospel music – Kevin Downswell – because he always leaves a very good impact on people. I like all of his songs. Q: Which is your favourite subject at school and why? A: Human and social biology because it teaches us about the body. I like studying about the body. Q: How do you balance your athletic life and your academic studies? A: It’s a bit hard because I go to a shift school, so I try to balance it as best as I can. I’m on the afternoon shift, so I go to training in the morning and then I go to school at noon, and after school, I will study if I don’t have training after school. Q: Do you have any other interests or hobbies? A: No, not really. I like to train and study. That’s just it. Q: What advice do you have for other students who want to achieve your level of success? A: I would advise them to just stay disciplined and listen to their coach – whatever their coach has to say. Just don’t be hype and just always keep focused and remember God all the time. My favourite scripture passage is “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me”.last_img read more

Hebou PNG Barramundis thump Hong Kong ‘A’ in West Pacific Cup Opener

first_imgThe HEBOU PNG Barramundis started their Tour of Hong Kong on a positive note by easily defeating Hong Kong ‘A’ in their opening match of the West Pacific Cup yesterday by 139 runs at Mission Road. After winning the toss and electing to bat first, the Hebou PNG Barramundis posted an imposing 3/214 off their allotted 20 overs. Barramundis’ openers, Tony Ura (32) and Asad Vala (39) got the innings off to a perfect start by putting on 55 runs for the opening wicket. Charles Amini Jnr then made a quick 28 runs off 22 balls before and unbeaten 112 run partnership between Lega Siaka (37*) and Sese Bau (69*) took the total beyond 200. Bau’s innings off 69 runs came off just 27 balls and included four (4) boundaries and six (6) massive sixes. Nusrullah Rana was the pick of the Hong Kong ‘A’ bowlers, taking 2/41 off his four (4) overs. In reply, Hong Kong ‘A’ were unable to get on top of the Hebou PNG Barramundis’ bowlers, losing wickets on a regular basis and eventually being bowled out for only 75 in 16.3 overs. Spin-twins Jason Kila (3/11) and Amini (3/13) impressed with the ball taking three (3) wickets apiece while Chad Soper (2/18) picked up a couple of wickets for the Hebou PNG Barramundis. In the morning match, Hong Kong defeated Hong Kong ‘A’ by 87 runs. The West Pacific Cup continues today with the Hebou PNG Barramundis taking on Hong Kong ‘A’ in the morning match and then backing up to play Hong Kong in the afternoon match. The West Pacific Cup is a T20 Competition featuring the Hebou PNG Barramundis, Hong Kong and Hong Kong ‘A’ and will be played from 23-27th October,2018. Match Summaries Tuesday 23rd October, 2018 Match 1: Hong Kong 7/203 (20) defeated Hong Kong ‘A’ 9/116 (20) by 87 runs. Match 2: Hebou PNG Barramundis 3/214 (20) Sese Bau 69* (27), Asad Vala 39 (28), Lega Siaka 37* (25), Tony Ura 32 (18), Charles Amini Jnr 28 (22), Nusrullah Rana 2/41 (4), Waqs Barkat 1/32 (3) defeated Hong Kong ‘A’ 10/75 (16.3) Raag Kapur 21 (26), Jason Kila 3/11 (4), Charles Amini Jnr 3/13 (4), Chad Soper 2/18 (2.3) by 139 runs. HEBOU PNG Barramundis Squad Players Assad Vala Tony Ura Charles Amini Jnr Sese Bau Lega Siaka Kipling Doriga Dogodo Bau Jason Kila Norman Vanua Nosaina Pokana John Boge Reva Chad Soper Damien Ravu Anthony Vare Hebou PNG Barramundis Fixtures West Pacific Cup (T20) Tuesday 23rd October,2018: 1:30pm   Hebou PNG Barramundis defeated Hong Kong ‘A’ by 139 runs Wednesday 24th October, 2018: 9:30am   Hebou PNG Barramundis vs Hong Kong ‘A’ 1:30pm   Hebou PNG Barramundis vs Hong Kong Thursday 25th October, 2018 1:30pm    Hebou PNG Barramundis vs Hong Kong Friday 27th October, 2018 1:30pm    Final South China Cup (50 Over) Saturday 28th October, 2018:  Hebou PNG Barramundis vs Hong Kong Monday 30th October, 2018:    Hebou PNG Barramundis vs Hong Kong Thursday 1st November, 2018:    Hebou PNG Barramundis vs Hong Konglast_img read more

England’s FA in negotiations to sell Wembley Stadium to U.S. billionaire

first_imgLONDON, England (Reuters) – England’s Football Association is in negotiations to sell Wembley Stadium, the home of the national soccer team, to U.S. billionaire Shahid Khan, owner of the Jacksonville Jaguars.A spokesman for the FA confirmed yesterday it had received an offer to buy the stadium and British media said the deal could be worth up to one billion pounds.Under the plan, the FA would keep Wembley as the main venue for major matches, including England internationals and the FA Cup Final, but the national soccer team could play elsewhere in October and November, due to clashes with the U.S. National Football League (NFL) season.In a statement Khan said his bid was not a precursor to moving the Jaguars, who have played one home NFL game per season at Wembley since 2013, to London permanently.“For the Jaguars, it would deliver another – and very significant – asset and local revenue source that would further strengthen our investment in London,” Khan who is also the owner of English second tier soccer team Fulham, said.“Today’s news changes none of what we envision for the long-term promise for the Jaguars here in Jax, and it changes nothing as to the goals we have for your downtown.”British media reported that Khan, who is worth $7.2 billion (£5.15 billion) according to Forbes, is ready to pay more than £500 million.He would also allow the FA to keep the Club Wembley debenture and hospitality business that is valued at a further £300 million.The 90,000-seater stadium was rebuilt at a cost of £757 million on the site of the original ground where England won the World Cup in 1966.The new stadium opened in 2007 and the FA said last January it would repay its debt, which was reported by the Evening Standard to be £142 million, by 2024.The money from the sale of Wembley would allow the governing body to reinvest in the English game’s grassroots, particularly pitches, and stage more England games way from the capital, a plan to which it is already committed.Alfie Crow, Jaguars fan and editor of Big Cat Country, a blog covering the Jaguars, downplayed suggestions that the deal could herald a permanent move to London for the NFL team.“I think the signals of the Jaguars relocating to London are premature and very assumptive at this point,” he told Reuters.“Khan has invested a lot in the areas around the NFL stadium in Jacksonville with plans to develop even more around it, so it would be millions of dollars down the drain if the ultimate plan was simply to rip the team away as all of that comes to fruition. For now, I view it as just a value investment with a lot of potential return for Khan.”last_img read more

Hazard ‘not happy’ about rough treatment from opposing defenders

first_imgEden Hazard has been nursing a back problem. [Picture: Victoria Jones/PA Wire]Chelsea star Eden Hazard is unhappy at the rough treatment doled out by his opponents and admits to feeling the effects.AdChoices广告Hazard missed three games with a back injury and is expected to make his first Premier League start since the October 20 draw with Manchester United when Everton visit Stamford Bridge on Sunday.“I am not happy to be fair, but it’s part of football,” Hazard said.“The referee tries to do his job and I try to do mine. I guess when I am on the floor I can win free-kicks so every free-kick with Chelsea is a chance to score more goals.“I’m 27 now and starting to get older, so I have to take more care of my body.“I am feeling the wear and tear. I have been playing football as a professional for more than 10 years now. It is part of the game, I guess.“I will just start with more treatment and training. I have been doing yoga since I have been at Chelsea.”Hazard’s Chelsea bosses have previously called for more protection for the Belgium ace from referees.The forward agrees, but admits officials may be reluctant to penalise challenges made early in matches.“(For) the referee it’s hard to show a yellow card in the first minute,” Hazard added.Hazard has been in sparkling form for Chelsea this season, after a summer switch to Real Madrid failed to materialise.He has scored eight goals this term, with Chelsea head coach Maurizio Sarri challenging him to reach 40 and show he is one of the world’s best players.A back injury followed the United draw, seeing Hazard miss three games and returning as a substitute in last Sunday’s win over Crystal Palace.Hazard returned to the starting line-up in Thursday night’s Europa League win at BATE Borisov, featuring for 62 minutes, but he may not play a full 90 minutes until after the forthcoming international break.With David Luiz, Antonio Rudiger, Marcos Alonso and Alvaro Morata rested and left in London, it was a surprise to some that Hazard travelled. He had missed the first group game, at PAOK in Greece.He added: “It was the plan to miss the Salonika game. We have a lot of players who can play in this position so we can rotate a lot. I think the next away game (at Vidi in Hungary in December) some players will rest.” Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook See also:Sick Sarri admits Chelsea were poorBarkley expects hostility from fans but is ‘not nervous’ ahead of Everton gameSarri: Barkley can become one of Europe’s finestEverton boss Silva confident they can end Chelsea’s unbeaten runSarri unsure whether Hazard is ready for full 90 minutesImpressive Chelsea youngsters easily beat NewcastleSarri explains decision to leave out Barkley against Evertonlast_img read more

ITTF looks to modernize the sport

first_imgThe International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) is looking to modernize the sport and has launched the World Table Tennis (WTT) as the vehicle responsible for moving the sport forward. According to an ITTF release, WTT should be up and running in 2021 when new marquee events and an exclusive women’s tour should be up and runningAdditionally, the WTT promises to more than double the existing prize money.“WTT is the ITTF’s new commercial vehicle to drive table tennis forward in the modern era, with innovations to all facets of the global table tennis product, “ the ITTF release stated. According to the ITTF, in 2016 it hired professional consultants Deloitte and Withers to assist the ITTF in remodeling its business approach.The result was the birth of WTT, which will run off of the ITTF’s commercial and business events from next year.“Through World Table Tennis, we are endeavouring to build a platform that really benefits our athletes and fans, enabling better structured events and higher prize money. Lots of time and resources have gone into this, as it’s a huge project that will revolutionise our sport for good. The professionalisation of our core top products is something that had been missing in our sport. This is a great moment for table tennis, and we cannot wait to enter our new era upon overcoming the unforeseen challenges of 2020.” – Steve Dainton, ITTF CEO We are committed to following our new strategy. We must be transparent, uphold good governance and make sure that all of our stakeholders can follow our steps forward. We want that players are more satisfied by prize money and events themselves, while we also want to support our members by making more money to reinvest into the development of our key stakeholders.” – Thomas Weikert, ITTF President At the pinnacle of the new event structure are the Grand Smashes. Up to four times per year for 10 days per event, the top 64 men and 64 women on the planet will compete for up to USD $ 3 million. Providing the perfect mix of the highest-level table tennis, community activation and entertainment, the Grand Smashes are the marquee events that all players want to win, all cities want to host, and all fans simply cannot miss! Providing the constant, adrenaline-filled action throughout the year will be the WTT Series, giving all athletes adequate events to play in and enabling fans from all corners of the world to watch their idols in the flesh. USD $ 8 million in prize money is up for grabs across the WTT Champions Series and showpiece WTT Cup Finals, while the Star Contender and Contender Series offer opportunities for up and coming athletes to climb the ladder of professional table tennis.  The benefits of the new event structure are widespread: greater competition among athletes to attain more attractive prize monies; separate women’s events to brighten the spotlight on the next generation of female stars; iconic venues and locations for an “I was there” experience and world-class TV production and digital storytelling to entertain a growing global fanbase. After all, WTT events are not designed just for sports fan, but all people who love to be entertained. With events spread around the world, WTT wants people to experience live table tennis who have never had the opportunity before.last_img read more

Celtics’ Brown, Pacers’ Brogdon join Atlanta protest

first_imgBoston Celtics forward Jaylen Brown drove 15 hours from Boston to help lead a peaceful protest in Atlanta on Saturday night, he said on a live stream of his Instagram account. “I drove 15 hours to get to Georgia, my community,” said Brown, who is from Marietta, Ga., and is also a vice president of the National Basketball Players Association. “This is a peaceful protest. Being a celebrity, being an NBA player don’t exclude me from no conversations at all. First and foremost, I’m a black man and I’m a member of this community. … We’re raising awareness for some of the injustices that we’ve been seeing. It’s not OK.“As a young person, you’ve got to listen to our perspective. Our voices need to be heard. I’m 23 years old. I don’t know all of the answers. But I feel how everybody else is feeling, for sure. No question.”Brown, 23, posted a photo of himself holding a sign reading “I Can’t Breathe,” a reference to the death of George Floyd earlier this week. He was joined by Indiana Pacers guard Malcolm Brogdon, who is also an NBPA vice president, and guard Justin Anderson of the Brooklyn Nets’ G League affiliate. Brogdon and Anderson played together in college at Virginia. Floyd, who is black, died while in police custody in Minneapolis on Monday, leading to murder and manslaughter charges against officer Derek Chauvin, who is white. Fervent protests have emerged in dozens of cities across the nation this week, with some remaining peaceful and some turning violent.Brown posted on Twitter late Saturday that three people who were part of his protest were arrested, and he asked for help in finding the names of those arrested.Brogdon, a 27-year-old born in Atlanta, emphasized his pride in his city and his sense of purpose being part of the peaceful protest. “This is a moment. We have leverage right now,” he said in Brown’s video. “We have a moment in time. People are going to look back, our kids are going to look back at this and say, ‘You were part of that.’ I’ve got a grandfather that marched next to [Martin Luther King Jr.] in the ‘60s, and he was amazing. He would be proud to see us all here. We got to keep pushing forward.“Jaylen has led this charge, man, and I’m proud of him. We need more leaders.”—Field Level Medialast_img read more

Orioles going with extra arm in bullpen at least through weekend

first_imgBALTIMORE — With Saturday’s starter yet to be determined, the Orioles have elected to go with an extra man in the bullpen with reliever Matt Lindstrom being activated from the 15-day disabled list on Wednesday.Utility player Steve Tolleson was optioned to Triple-A Norfolk, giving the Orioles eight men in the bullpen for the time being. The extra arm is viewed as an insurance policy with the uncertainty of who will pitch in the third of a four-game set against the Cleveland Indians. Tommy Hunter and long reliever Dana Eveland remain as candidates to make the start, but manager Buck Showalter has not ruled out reaching to the minor leagues for a starter.Tides right-hander Miguel Gonzalez would be working on normal rest on Saturday. He started on Monday for the Tides, pitching six innings and allowing one earned run while striking out eight.“I think with some of the things we’re going to have to do in our rotation, we want to make sure we have some length and we’re covered in our pitching,” Showalter said. “We could get back to [four] position players some time after the weekend — where we were — but we just want to make sure we’re covered for the next few days.”Showalter said the Orioles will go with 13 pitchers through the weekend before re-evaluating as they go on the West Coast for the final trip before the All-Star break.Lindstrom posted a 1.29 earned run average in 14 innings with 14 strikeouts and four walks in 13 games before being placed on the disabled list on May 11 with a partially-torn ligament in his right middle finger. He made four rehab appearances combined with the Gulf Coast team and Double-A Bowie before returning to Baltimore on Tuesday.The right-hander held a late-inning role in the bullpen prior to the injury, so it will be interesting to see how Showalter works him back into the mix. Ideally, the Orioles manager would like to use Lindstrom in some low-pressure situations at first, but how the club fares against opponents will determine whether that becomes a reality.Showalter would prefer to keep Lindstrom as a one-inning guy even though he had a two-inning stint for Double-A Bowie last Friday.“A lot of that’s dictated by your starting pitcher,” Showalter said. “I feel comfortable using him a second inning, but I’d like to stay away from him — like a lot of our guys.”As was the case when he was optioned when Brian Roberts returned two weeks ago, Tolleson was a victim of the numbers game. The club also looked ahead at the projected pitching matchups over the next week and saw mostly right-handers opposing them. Tolleson has played primarily against left-handed starters such as the Angels’ C.J. Wilson on Tuesday night.He was hitting .220 (11-for-50) with two home runs and six runs batted in over 17 games for the Orioles.“It’s kind of like last time,” Showalter said. “I wanted to give him some at-bats. He’s done a good job for us against left-handed pitching.”Showalter said Tolleson will report to Norfolk on Saturday, so he can take care of the logistics of moving his family.Visit the Audio Vault to hear more from Buck Showalter HERE.last_img read more

Arsenal Secure Sokratis Transfer From Borussia Dortmund

first_imgArsenal have signed Greek defender Sokratis Papasthathopoulos from German Bundesliga outfit Borussia Dortmund.The 30-year-old joins the North London giants after penning a long-term deal at the club for an undisclosed fee.Sokratis became a Borussia Dortmund player in 2013 after joining from fellow German side Werder Bremen.He went on to make 186 appearances for the 1997 Champions League winners.In his first interview as an Arsenal player, the former Genoa and AC Milan centre back told the club’s website that: “It is a beautiful moment and I am very happy that for the next years I will be here. Arsenal are one of the three biggest teams in the Premier League.“I’m a normal defender. I like to defend. I like that my team doesn’t take goals. I like a zero in the defence and I will do everything to help to achieve this goal.” He added.On linking up with former Dortmund team-mates Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Sokratis said: “They called me not every day but a lot of times telling me to come here.”The 79-cap Greek international will wear the number 5 jersey at Arsenal.He’s the club’s third summer signing after Swiss defender Stephan Lichtsteiner and Germany goalkeeper Bernd Leno.RelatedArsenal Secure Guendouzi Transfer From LorientJuly 11, 2018In “England”German Bundesliga Review (Tuesday): Dortmund End Wretched Winless Run With Mainz WinDecember 13, 2017In “Europe”Former Arsenal Star Rosicky Bids Farewell To FootballDecember 20, 2017In “England”last_img read more

Dancing with the Stars season 28 “Top 10” recap: Lamar Odom sent home; four tie for first place

first_imgCopyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved (ABC/Eric McCandless)(New York) — It was a fight to the finish as the “Top 10” Dancing with the Stars contestants battled for first place, which ended with the season’s first four-way tie in the top spot.  Unfortunately, Lamar Odom’s run came to a close.Odom, who couldn’t shake finishing every night in last place, was sent home by judges Carrie Ann Inaba and Bruno Tonioli — choosing to spare Queer Eye‘s Karamo. For the fourth-time in a row, the worst dance of the night came from Odom.  The judges praised the NBA star’s “simple” Viennese Waltz with partner Peta Murgatroyd, but the pair couldn’t keep up with the other dancers and finished their run with a final score of 20/40 — falling into the bottom two for the second week in a row.As part of ABC’s “Cast from the Past” week, there was a new addition to the judge’s table on Monday night.  Past competitor and season 17 fan favorite Leah Remini returned to the show as a guest judge — and grated Len Goodman’s nerves.  Remini created the night’s two awkward moments by kissing Goodman on the cheek when he critiqued the competitors– subsequently causing him to freeze and lose his train of thought. The second time Remini gave him a quick peck, Goodman angrily snapped, “Go suck on other people.”The testy exchange caused Bruno to step in and chastise the King of Queens star for downplaying Goodman’s constructive criticism.With 40 points up for grabs on Monday, the night featured a variety of well-known songs including Dolly Parton’s “Jolene,” Tina Turner’s “Proud Mary” and Shawn Mendes’ “If I Can’t Have You.” Ally Brooke, Hannah Brown, Lauren Alaina, and Kel Mitchell tied for first and earned straight eights across the judges’ table — scoring 32/40.  However, because last week’s totals also counted, Brooke technically earned top spot with a combined 56/70.Brooke also wowed the judges with her intense jive, which she credits to her dance partner Sasha Farber because he made the former Fifth Harmony artist attend his specialized stamina boot camp in order to whip her into shape.  The two performed an bold and complicated jive to “Proud Mary.”  All four judges marveled at the dance’s difficult choreography, which left Brooke gasping and grinning at the end of her routine.Brown, who failed to impress the judges last week, embraced the fierce “Hannah Beast” for her aggressive Paso Doble with partner Alan Bersten.  The perpetually cheerful Bachelorette star was challenged not to smile once during her performance to Icona Pop’s “I Don’t Care” and succeeded, which earned her praise from the judge’s table for controlling her emotions.Mitchell was, by far, the most improved dancer of the night.  He was in danger of being sent home last week after being voted into the bottom two with Odom, but was saved because contestant Ray Lewis had to withdraw due to an injury.  The experience served as a wake up call for Mitchell, who obviously worked hard to not have history repeat itself — as evidenced by his energetic and precise cha-cha-cha with partner Whitney Carson. Alaina, who not only earned her first eights of the season, performed the most emotional dance of the night.  The American Idol finalist revealed at the end of her elegant foxtrot that her cousin, Holly, suffered a brain bleed last week and slipped into a coma — which forced her to put a pause on dance rehearsals with partner Gleb Savchenko.  Alaina dedicated her performance to her cousin, who remains hospitalized.Another emotional announcement came from James Van Der Beek, who tied in third with Karamo with a score of 28/40.  Van Der Beek happily announced he and his wife are expecting their fifth child, but also revealed that the married couple previously suffered five miscarriages.  However, the family focused on the positive and celebrated the happy news with hugs and tears.The Dawson’s Creek star channeled his excitement over the new baby into a delightful and spring-themed quickstep to Katrina and the Waves’ “Walking on Sunshine.”  While all four judges praised Van Der Beek’s dancing skills, Judge Len urged him to focus on the little details instead of big and flashy moves — causing him to slip from last week’s second-place finish to third.Dancing with the Stars returns next Monday, October 14 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.  The top nine will celebrate all things Disney next week, starting off with an opening number at Disneyland for the theme “Disney Night Magic.”  The live episode will also feature a glimpse of Disney’s upcoming Frozen II with a special performance of the song “Into the Unknown.”Here are the current standings:Tied for first:Ally Brooke, former Fifth Harmony singer, with Sasha Farber — 32/40 with a combined score of 56/70Hannah Brown, The Bachelorette star, with Alan Bersten —  32/40 with a combined score of 53/70Kel Mitchell, actor and stand-up comedian, with Whitney Carson  —  32/40 with a combined score of 52/70Lauren Alaina, country singer, with Gleb Savchenko —  32/40 with a combined score of 52/70Sailor Brinkley-Cook, model, with Val Chmerkovskiy —  31/40 with a combined score of 54/70James Van Der Beek, Dawson’s Creek actor, with Emma Slater —  28/40 with a combined score of 51/70Karamo, Queer Eye reality TV personality, with Jenna Johnson —  28/40 with a combined score of 44/70Kate Flannery, actress from The Office, with Pasha Pashkov —  26/40 with a combined score of 50/70Sean Spicer, former White House press secretary, with Lindsay Arnold  — 21/40 with a combined score of 46/70Lowest score:**ELIMINATED** Lamar Odom with Peta Murgatroyd —  20/40 with a combined score of 32/70last_img read more

Top-seeded Kerber loses in first round of French Open

first_imgScott Clarke/ESPN Images(PARIS) — History was made on the very first day of play at the Clay courts of Roland Garros in the French Open, but top-seeded Angelique Kerber would rather not be a part of it.Kerber lost in straight sets to Ekatarina Makarova in straight sets (6-2, 6-2) in the very first round. Kerber gave credit to Makarova, while also admitting clay courts are not her strongest to play on.When asked if her sturggles were more physical or mental, Kerber said both were reason for the loss. Kerber became the first top-seeded woman to lose her opening round match at the French Open in the professional era. Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.Powered by WPeMatico Relatedlast_img read more