US Open: Denis Shapovalov upsets Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in second round

first_imgCanadian Denis Shapovalov appeared older than his 18 years at the US Open on Wednesday, staying poised to beat eighth seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-4, 6-4, 7-6(3) and advancing to the third round.Shapovalov, who had to qualify for the main draw, rose his hands in triumph after the television review showed that Tsonga’s final shot had sailed past the baseline.”It’s a dream come true for me,” he said during an on court interview. “I’ve always dreamed of playing a night match on Arthur Ashe.”Reuters PhotoShapovalov had got off to a good start breaking the 32-year-old Tsonga to love in the opening game and the only sign of nerves came in the third set when he was broken while serving for the match before he rebounded in the tie-break.”Serving for the third set I got a little bit tight, stopped moving my feet on a couple shots, sailed some forehands,” he said. “I just stayed calm and just waited for my next chance and took it.”Shapovalov surprised the tennis world earlier this month with a run to the semi-finals in Montreal, which included a win over current world number one Rafa Nadal.The left-hander faces Britain’s Kyle Edmund, who defeated American Steve Johnson, in the next round.last_img read more

3 more teams cleared club licensing hurdle

first_imgSuper League Four teams confirm eligibility for 2018 Super League season Ooi Kin Fai Last updated 2 years ago 12:02 8/31/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Darren Lok, Johor Darul Ta'zim, Malaysia Cup, 18/07/2017 Johor Southern Tigers Super League Johor Darul Ta’zim Pahang PKNS Selangor JDT now have Pahang, Selangor and PKNS for company as the only four teams with approved club licensing that allow their to be in the 2018 MSL The 2018 M-League season will less than five months time but at this point in time, only four teams have met the conditions required to participate in next season’s Super League campaign.Rules dictate that from the 2018 season onwards, any teams or clubs that are competing in the Super League requires an approved club licensing certification. Editors’ Picks Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina The four teams are Johor Darul Ta’zim (JDT) who had their license renewed while Selangor, Pahang and PKNS FC have all successfully met the requirements for the certification.The club licensing rule requires adherence of many factors including infrastructure, administrative, legal and financial criteria.The certification goes on a yearly basis which means that even those approved clubs will have to ensure that they maintain those criteria throughout the years.Of course there’s still time for the others to make the grade and join these four teams in the Super League next season but the clock is definitely ticking on them.last_img read more