Federer hails Chung as future top 10 player

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. The 21-year-old sent 12-time Grand Slam winner Novak Djokovic packing in the fourth round, although the Serb was carrying an injury and not at his best.But he also accounted for fourth seed Alexander Zverev in his best Grand Slam showing so far.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkIn 20 years at the top, Federer has seen plenty of players come and go and only had praise for the youngster.“I think he is already a great player, but we are talking next level excellence and I think he will achieve that,” said Federer, who is into his 30th Grand Slam final as he chases a 20th major title. “We will see much more of him. Top 10 for sure.”He added that he did not want to put too much pressure and expectation on Chung as “I don’t think it’s fair”.But he said: “I think he’s going to have a lot of success. At what stage, how much, we will see.”Chung’s unexpected run to be the first South Korean in a Grand Slam semi-final has drawn new fans to the sport in his homeland where tennis lags far behind golf and baseball in the popularity stakes.It also sparked top television ratings and a spike in sales of tennis gear, with Chung set to return home far more famous, and richer, than when he left.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES One of his key takeaways was the confidence it had given him.“A lot of confidence. I played a lot of good players in the last two weeks. I can play, like, more comfortable on the court with the great players like Roger.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson MOST READ Switzerland’s Roger Federer makes a forehand return to South Korea’s Hyeon Chung during their semifinal at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Friday, Jan. 26, 2018. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)MELBOURNE, Australia — Roger Federer hailed Chung Hyeon as a future top 10 player Friday after the South Korean’s Australian Open came to a painful end at the hands of the Swiss maestro.The defending champion was leading 6-1, 5-2 and in full control when Chung retired with foot blisters, bringing the curtain down on a breakout tournament in which he announced himself as a future star in the making.ADVERTISEMENT View commentscenter_img Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track Red rawMany Koreans were glued to their televisions watching him on Friday, with fan Park Meing-Cheon brought to tears in Seoul.“Unfortunately, with the blister wounds on his toes, I couldn’t help crying earlier on,” she said.Yoon Ji-Su, from Anyang City, forecast great things from him moving forward.“Although the injury is a pity, I hope he recovers well, and I believe there will be great results in the next French Open, Wimbledon, and US Open,” he said.Nicknamed “The Professor” due to his trademark thick white-rimmed glasses, Chung said he retired because his blisters were “red raw”.Despite the anti-climax, he said it was great experience and he was “really honoured” to be on the same court as Federer.“I enjoyed the two weeks, on court and off court. I’m just really happy,” he said.“For sure, I played really good in the last two weeks. I made first round of 16, quarters and play Sascha (Zverev), Novak, Roger. I had a really good experience.“I think I can play better and better in the future.” Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Halep and Wozniacki aim for Australian Open firstlast_img read more

Santos scores 27 in win over Saints

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson South Hills improved to 11-3 overall and is looking for a repeat championship in the San Antonio League. San Dimas fell to 10-7, and the Saints head into the Valle Vista League as one of many contenders in a wide-open race. The Saints appear to be markedly improved from last season’s disappointment, but coach Bruce Robbins wasn’t happy about his team’s final tune-up. ‘We’ve had a very good nonleague season,’ Robbins said. ‘We’ve played more good basketball than bad basketball. We just have to realize those things that allow us to play well.’ San Dimas trailed 31-23 at halftime. The Saints rallied to take a 37-35 lead with 3:15 remaining in the third quarter. Then, the Saints went cold. WEST COVINA – The South Hills High School boys basketball team had one final test on Friday night before beginning San Antonio League play next week. Jerry Santos made sure the Huskies passed with flying colors. Santos scored 27 points to lead South Hills to a 59-45 win over San Dimas in a nonleague game at South Hills. ‘He’s incredible,’ Huskies coach Paul Reed said. ‘Some of the really great players I’ve watched in the San Gabriel Valley, their teams run them off two or three screens. We do some of that for Jerry, but the thing that’s great about him is that he can create his own shot.’ The game served as the final prep for both teams before they begin their respective league schedules next week. center_img San Dimas scored just eight points for the remainder of the game. Meanwhile, Santos and crew were busy spreading the ball around and building another lead. ‘They (San Dimas) did seem to get a little tired,’ Reed said. ‘We went a little bit deeper than they did.’ Just four players scored for San Dimas in the game. Eric O’Mahony led the Saints with 19 points, but production was sparse after that. O’Mahony hit two 3-pointers in the Saints’ third quarter run. San Dimas continued to fire away from behind the arc, but went cold. That wasn’t the direction Robbins wanted his team to go, however. ‘Bad offense,’ Robbins said. ‘We talked about it at halftime and said we wanted to go inside with the ball. We were able to do that during our run, but from that point on, I think we took four 3-pointers without the ball ever touching the post.’ As good as Santos was for South Hills, he also got help from Damien Riley and Michael Kelly. Riley scored 15 points and Kelly had 11. Both players were able to produce an inside game that San Dimas wasn’t able to match. Santos scored 13 points in the second half. His 3-pointer late in the third quarter completed a 9-0 run by the Huskies to take the lead back for good. Jon Joe was only other Saint to reach double digits. Joe had 14 points as San Dimas’ lone threat inside. ‘We hadn’t played in a week, so I was a little concerned about that,’ Reed said. ‘I thought the effort was good. I thought we weren’t quite as sharp as we could be, but that’s probably because they’re (San Dimas) very good.’ The Huskies visit Rowland on Wednesday in a game that pits the last two San Antonio League champions against each other. Given what he saw on Friday, Reed deemed his team ready for a strong league season. ‘Coming into the season, we knew our team should be good,’ Reed said. ‘We’ve seen Rowland and Nogales, and they’re good. I don’t think West Covina is too far behind and Walnut has some weapons. It’s aram.tolegian@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2233 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Tree falls on trailer and kills sleeping man; brother survives

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! EL MONTE – A man was crushed to death Tuesday when a tree fell on his trailer while he was sleeping, family members said. Raul Ayala, 48, a former U.S. Marine, was killed when a 35-foot-tall Siberian elm fell on his trailer at 11949 Magnolia St., according to Miguel Aguila, his brother-in-law, and city officials. Ayala’s brother, Ernesto, was also sleeping in the unit at the Magnolia Trailer Park, but escaped with scratches, Aguila said. Trailer park resident Clarinda Sanchez said she heard a loud bang at 5:56 a.m. and saw a nearby trailer smashed by a tree. Firefighters arrived moments later and asked everyone to exit the park as quickly as possible, she said. Los Angeles County Fire Department Inspector Ron Haralson said Ayala was dead when paramedics arrived. “They tried to search for survivors,” he said. “But, as far as when they got there, he was DOA.” It was the second time a tree had destroyed a trailer at the park within the past few years, Sanchez said. A falling tree smashed a trailer about a year ago but did not injure anyone, she said. Gary Powers, a 65-year El Monte resident whose brother lives at the park, said the trees had recently been trimmed, but the tree that fell Tuesday seemed to have a very small root structure. He said the park was generally well-cared for, but, in his opinion, a few other trees also looked dead and should be removed. Dorothy Stauch, who said she was the owner of the park, declined to comment. Matt Weintraub, a spokesman for the city, said the tree that fell was not dead but seemed to have a smaller root structure than normal. He said it was up to Stauch to decide whether to cut down the other Siberian elms on the property, but that city officials would look into the matter. Weintraub said the park was established in April 1946, but that he did not know the age of the tree that fell. “There was no warning this was coming,” he said. As Aguila piled Ayala’s belongings into a pickup truck Tuesday, he described his brother-in-law as “a regular guy.” He said Ayala worked at a warehouse that distributed computer components. “A normal man, one with no enemies,” Aguila said of Ayala. ben.baeder@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2703last_img read more