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Wimbledon 2019: Simona Halep stuns Serena Williams to earn first crown

first_imgSimona Halep was simply unstoppable as she defeated Serena Williams 6-2, 6-2 to claim her first Wimbledon title in sensational fashion on Saturday.Seven-time champion Williams was hoping to equal Margaret Court’s record of 24 grand slam singles crowns, but she was blown away by Halep’s blistering display on Centre Court in just 56 minutes. Halep’s French Open triumph last year had helped to lay to rest the demons of three previous major final defeats and the seventh seed looked completely at home in her first decider at the All England Club.Williams was undoubtedly below her best, but the reality was, even at the peak of her powers, she would have struggled to live with Halep’s relentless accuracy and energy, the world number seven committing only three unforced errors. Related News Wimbledon 2019: Roger Federer beats Rafael Nadal to reach final against Novak Djokovic Her rival, meanwhile, tallied 26 as she fell to defeat in a third straight major final for the first time in her career, while Halep celebrated the most resounding of triumphs by sinking to her knees and then covering her mouth with her hand, seemingly in disbelief at her own display.Hail Halep The Romanian becomes our new champion after defeating Serena Williams 6-2, 6-2 with a magical performance #Wimbledon | #JoinTheStory pic.twitter.com/wkKcGAl1Ny— Wimbledon (@Wimbledon) July 13, 2019Williams’ start belied the experience of a woman playing in her 11th singles final at Wimbledon as she looked edgy, a netted backhand and a wide forehand handing Halep an immediate break.The Romanian built on that with a hold to love and, remarkably, it was 4-0 in a little over 10 minutes, Halep securing a double break with a backhand return winner.Williams did get on the board, but she could only applaud in game six when a stunning backhand pass whizzed by her as she approached the net. She then carved out her first break chance, but Halep swiftly snuffed that out and some incredible defense combined with a whipped forehand saw her hold for 5-1.A forehand return winner saw Williams rescue one set point, but she soon erred on the same side as Halep forged ahead in the match, having made just two unforced errors to her opponent’s 10.Williams produced a couple of guttural roars en route to holding at the start of the second, but she soon found herself under pressure in game five.Halep was ruthless in dispatching a forehand with Williams out of position at the net – a winner that created two break-point chances – and the American was the architect of her own downfall as she dumped a simple backhand long with the court wide open.Halep made no mistake in aiming for the same corner as she secured a crucial second break in game seven, and victory was assured with a minimum of fuss – a love service game rounded off when a tired-looking Williams crashed a forehand into the net. STATISTICAL BREAKDOWNSimona Halep [7] def. Serena Williams [11] 6-2, 6-2WINNERS/UNFORCED ERRORSHalep – 13/3Williams – 17/26ACES/DOUBLE FAULTSHalep – 1/0Williams – 2/1BREAK POINTS WONHalep – 4/5Williams – 0/1 FIRST SERVE PERCENTAGEHalep – 76Williams – 68PERCENTAGE OF POINTS WON ON FIRST/SECOND SERVEHalep – 83/45Williams – 59/47TOTAL POINTSHalep – 55Williams – 38last_img read more

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Pirates hit 4 homers in 10-4 victory over Cubs

first_imgPittsburgh Pirates right fielder Gregory Polanco comes up short of a catch on a single hit by Chicago Cubs’ Mike Olt during the seventh inning of a baseball game on Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Andrew A. Nelles)CHICAGO (AP) — The Pittsburgh Pirates had one successful weekend at Wrigley Field. It was so good that even Gerrit Cole had a big swing at the plate.Cole pitched six-plus innings and hit his first career homer, and the Pirates beat the Chicago Cubs 10-4 on Sunday to move into the second wild-card slot in the National League.“Yeah, it’s pretty sweet,” Cole said. “Everybody wants to hit a home run in the show, and it happened at Wrigley, which is really cool.”The Pirates swept the three-game series against the last-place Cubs to improve to 12-4 against Chicago this season, including 7-2 at Wrigley Field. Coupled with Milwaukee’s 9-1 loss to St. Louis, they moved a half-game ahead of the Brewers for the last wild card.Cole hit a two-run shot in the seventh for the last of Pittsburgh’s four homers. Neil Walker hit a two-run shot in the first and Jordy Mercer and Andrew McCutchen connected in consecutive at-bats in the second.“Offensively, we showed up early,” manager Clint Hurdle said. “We got some pitches out over the plate and we elevated some and got good swings on them. We played defense, we pitched and we hit a little bit. It was a good weekend for us.”Cole (8-5) allowed four runs, three earned, and nine hits. He struck out eight and walked none in his first victory since July 4 against Philadelphia.Chicago had won three in a row before the visit from Pittsburgh. Travis Wood (8-12) was tagged for seven runs and nine hits in 1 2-3 innings, making the left-hander just 1-7 with a 5.86 ERA in his last 15 starts.“Wasn’t Woody’s day today, obviously,” Cubs manager Rick Renteria said. “They came out swinging.”The Pirates scored five times in the second to open a 7-0 lead. They strung together six straight hits with two outs, highlighted by the homers for Mercer and McCutchen.“He was throwing his heater and leaving a lot of stuff over the middle of the plate,” McCutchen said of Wood. “You can’t really do that in this game. We were able to key on that.”Pittsburgh finished with 19 hits. Walker, McCutchen and Gaby Sanchez had three apiece.Sanchez hit an RBI single off Eric Jokisch to make it 8-0 in the fourth.The Cubs had a 19-inning scoring drought before Mike Olt’s RBI single in the fifth. Welington Castillo added an RBI double in the sixth.Olt went 3 for 3 with a walk, and Matt Szczur had a two-run single in the seventh. Chris Coghlan had two hits and scored a run.“The offense exploded early and allowed me to try some things out there,” Cole said. “When you’re pitching with a lead like that, you can take some risks here and there. I made some pitches early.”TRAINER’S ROOMPirates: INF Josh Harrison was out of the lineup for a second straight game after aggravating a left ankle injury in the completion of a suspended game on Saturday. … The Pirates are concerned that INF Pedro Alvarez’s left foot injury is not improving as much they would have hoped. Alvarez is expected to travel with the team to Philadelphia, but the Pirates are considering sending him back to Pittsburgh for further tests.Cubs: OF Jorge Soler got the day off after playing 14 innings on Saturday. The Cuban rookie missed a major part of the season in the minors with recurring hamstring injuries and the plan is to give him regular rest in hopes that it will help him stay healthy.UP NEXTCubs: RHP Jacob Turner (5-8, 5.54 ERA) goes for his second straight win when he faces RHP Marcus Stroman (9-5, 3.83 ERA) in the first of three games at Toronto on Monday night.Pirates: LHP Jeff Locke (6-4, 3.75 ERA), who is 4-1 in his past six starts, starts on Monday in Philadelphia. Locke is 3-0 with a 1.37 ERA in three career starts against the Phillies.last_img read more

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Get Your DIY Groove on at Olympia Zine Fest 2017

first_imgFacebook77Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Olympia Zine FestOlympia Zine Fest invites community members to a three-day celebration of zines and DIY culture. The 3rd annual festival will take place October 13-15 in downtown Olympia.Zine creators Chelsea Baker and Max Carl Key attended the 2015 event. Photo credit: Emily McHugh.Zines are self-published works, often photocopied, and can be about any topic. Olympia Zine Fest welcomes newcomers and seasoned zine-makers alike.The event kicks off with a Zine-athon at the Olympia Timberland Library, where participants can use the library’s supplies to create a zine, swap with other zine-makers, and partake in an open mic-style zine reading. Olympia Zine Fest events are open to people of all ages.The second day of the festival begins with an expo at the Olympia Center, where attendees can purchase zines and participate in workshops. The expo will be followed by zine readings and live music at Obsidian.Olympia Zine Fest concludes with a day of workshops at the Mixx 96 Conference Room.Workshop topics include creating a collaborative giant comic, combating fatphobia, making shrinky dinks, project problem-solving, self-publishing, suicide awareness & prevention, and keeping the art of letter writing alive with Olympia’s Correspondence Club.Olympia Zine Fest ScheduleFriday, October 13Kick-off Zine-athon!6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.Olympia Timberland Library – 313 8th Ave. SEFreeSaturday, October 14Expo and workshops11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.Olympia Center – 222 Columbia St. NWFreeZine readings hosted by Guest of Honor Nia KingReaders include Auro Rose, Eileen Chavez, M. Sabine Rear, Nia King, Niamh Timmons, and Nicole Witch Hazel7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.Obsidian – 414 4th Ave. EFreeSunday, October 15Workshops11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.Mixx 96 Conference Room119 Washington St. NEFreelast_img read more