Dina Hegab clinches Syracuse win for 2nd day in a row

first_imgFor the second day in a row, Dina Hegab was in the spotlight late in the afternoon in Oxford, Mississippi. Hegab cruised through the first set at fifth singles, 6-1, but dropped the second 4-6 to Purdue’s Alex Sabe. As the other courts came to a close, the Orange were deadlocked with the Boilermakers, 3-3, and the Egyptian senior had bounced back in the third, gaining a 5-2 cushion. Sabe mounted a comeback attempt, winning two games in a row, but Hegab closed out the match, 6-4. After upsetting No. 9 Michigan on Saturday, No. 24 Syracuse (4-0) edged out Purdue (3-1), 4-3, on Sunday in the ITA Kick-Off Weekend championship match. The Orange started slow, dropping two of the three doubles matches, but showed off their added depth in singles to book a spot in next month’s ITA National Team Indoor Championship. “We always talk about how numbers don’t really matter,” Hegab said last week. “We just need to get our job done in whatever spot we play.” Purdue took the doubles point with ease and handed top-pair Gabriela Knutson and Miranda Ramirez their first loss of the semester. But Sofya Golubovskaya soon tied the score. The No. 92 singles player breezed by Ena Babic in straight sets 6-2, 6-1. AdvertisementThis is placeholder textPurdue grabbed the lead back at sixth singles. Golubovskaya’s doubles partner, freshman Sofya Treshcheva, lost in two sets 6-3, 6-2, to Caitlin Calkins. Trescheva had a disappointing weekend after starting the season with two wins. Her match Saturday against No. 9 Michigan went unfinished, with her trailing 5-4 in the third set when it was called. Guzal Yusupova and Knutson both won their first sets, but SU waited a while for its second point. Yusupova was rolled in the second set, 6-1, and trailed 5-0 at one point. Knutson, facing the No. 19 singles player in the nation, lost a close tiebreak, 7-5. The Orange found their second point in a comeback victory by Miranda Ramirez in third singles. She traded 6-4 sets with Seira Shimizu. Ramirez then locked down in the third set, never giving Shimizu a look and closing out the match 4-6, 6-4, 6-0. Yusupova followed soon after to give Syracuse its first lead of the afternoon. The Washington State transfer bounced back from her disappointing second set, controlling the third and earning a point for SU 6-4, 1-6, 6-3. Knutson had a chance to clinch the SU win, but she allowed Purdue’s Silvia Ambrosio to complete her rally, losing 4-6, 7-6 (7-5), 6-4. The loss didn’t matter, though, as Hegab once again came up clutch. Hegab is now 4-0 in singles this season, anchoring down the Orange at fifth singles. “Dina’s grown tremendously since she’s been here,” associate head coach Shelley George said last week. “… She leads by example and her teammates look up to her and count on her.” Comments Published on January 27, 2019 at 7:36 pm Contact Arabdho: [email protected] | @aromajumder center_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Pebble Beach Pro-Am: Phil Mickelson needs ‘one more match with Tiger’ to reach $100M prize money

first_imgPhil Mickelson surpassed $90 million in prize money by winning the Pebble Beach Pro-Am on Monday and he had a novel idea of how he could get to nine figures.After retaining his three-shot lead over Paul Casey on the last two holes in a weather-delayed finale, Mickelson secured a $1.37 million pay-out and a fifth victory at the California course. “I believe that if I play my best, if Tiger plays his best, it’s good enough to win on any week,” Mickelson said.”The challenge is there are so many great young players in the game that it takes our best to win.”I think both myself and Tiger are going to have a really, really good year this year.” It was just the 48-year-old’s second title since 2013, so it was unsurprising to hear during his news conference he had not thought of reaching $100 million.However, having earned $9 million by defeating Tiger Woods in The Match last November — as well as an additional $600,000 in side bets — he realized how amassing the total could quickly become reality.”I just need one more match with Tiger and I should get there,” Mickelson joked.Worth the wait. @PhilMickelson wins the @ATTProAm for a record-tying fifth time. #LiveUnderPar pic.twitter.com/9BDYirlvgn— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) February 11, 2019Woods is the only player to have broken through the $100 million barrier on the PGA Tour, the 14-time major winner totaling $115,584,657 across his illustrious career.Mickelson’s win means he and Woods have now triumphed at an event more recently than Jordan Spieth and Rory McIlroy and he predicted a strong season for the veteran duo.last_img read more

TRANSFER ALERT! Chelsea eyeing £25m deal for Benfica star

first_img1 Chelsea are ready to activate the £25m release-clause of Benfica defender Victor Lindelof.New Blues boss Antonio Conte is on the hunt for a centre-back this summer but he has so far failed to land any of his targets.Chelsea have been priced out of a move for Juventus stalwart Leonardo Bonucci, while Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly is proving equally expensive.As a result, according to Portuguese newspaper Record, Conte is now ready to go all out for Lindelof.The 22-year-old enjoyed an impressive season for Benfica last year and he is tipped for a bright future.The Swede has a release-clause of £25m and Chelsea are now ready to activate it in an attempt to push through a deal as quickly as possible. Victor Lindelof in action for Sweden last_img