WTA Finals: Elina Svitolina beats Simona Halep to qualify for semi-finals

first_imgDefending champion Elina Svitolina qualified for the semifinals of the season-ending WTA Finals by beating Simona Halep 7-5, 6-3 on Wednesday.Svitolina, the only competitor in the eight-player field not to win a title this season, last won a tournament at last year’s WTA Finals.The Ukrainian is 2-0 in the Purple Group, winning both of her matches in straight sets. Halep is 1-1 after saving a match point in her three-set victory over Bianca Andreescu.”I try to work every single point and start from the beginning just trying to take one point at a time,” Svitolina said. “I don’t really think so much about if it’s good if it’s bad.”I try to step on the court and to always have a positive mindset.”In the late match, Andreescu retired with a left knee injury after losing the first set to Karolina Pliskova 6-3.Pliskova, who is 1-1, will face Wimbledon champion Halep in their final group match for another spot in the semifinals.”I think that’s going to be a great matchup for just going out of the group to the semifinals,” Pliskova said. “The tennis with her, I feel it’s always good to watch.”Svitolina broke Halep in the final game of the first set to take the lead. She then broke the Romanian’s serve in the eighth game of the second set and held to win.”I felt that I cannot finish the points,” Halep said. “This court is not great for me, for my game. It’s very soft in a way. Even if you go and hit strong, I think that I hit well today, but not enough directions on the court.advertisement”But she played well. She didn’t miss. I think she loves to play here. It’s her style.”The victory was Svitolina’s fifth in nine matches against Halep. On the four previous occasions in which she won, Svitolina went on to win the tournament.Andreescu was injured while leading 2-0 in the first set, with Pliskova serving at 30-15 in the third game.”I stepped weirdly on a return,” Andreescu said. “I heard my knee crack and it kind of went inwards and putting pressure on it afterwards really bothered me I could barely bend my knee.”During a medical timeout, Andreescu had her knee taped and she played through the first set, even challenging Pliskova’s serve with three break-point opportunities in the fifth game.”I fought with the pain as much as I could but at some point, an athlete has to stop and just listen to their body,” Andreescu said. “It’s disappointing because this is the last tournament of the year and you want to go all out.”Also Read | WTA Finals: Kiki Bertens stuns world number one Ashleigh BartyAlso Read | Roger Federer withdraws from inaugural ATP Cup in 2020 to be with familylast_img read more

Crystal River Cruises Christens Crystal Bach in Germany

first_imgGenting Hong Kong Chairman and CEO Tan Sri Lim Kok Thay; Crystal Bach Godmother Anna-Maria Kaufmann; Crystal CEO and President Edie Rodriguez; and Genting Hong Kong Group President Colin Au at the Christening of Crystal Bach  Rüdesheim, Germany, August 20, 2017 –Crystal River Cruises, the World’s Most Luxurious River Cruise Line™, christened Crystal Bach, the first of its four new build “Rhine Class” river ships, on Sunday, August 20 in Rüdesheim, Germany. Crystal’s CEO and president, Edie Rodriguez, presided over the ceremony, along with emcee and longtime popular Crystal entertainer, Mark Farris. The ship’s godmother, beloved German opera star Anna-Maria Kaufmann, christened the ship with the traditional blessing and champagne breaking, and also lent her famed talents to the celebration with a special performance of Johann Sebastian Bach’s “Air.” Also in attendance were the ship’s cruise guests, local travel partners and executives from Crystal’s parent company, Genting Hong Kong. “The enthusiasm surrounding this groundbreaking ship has been tremendous already, and we could not be prouder to welcome her to the award-winning Crystal River fleet,” says Rodriguez. Addressing the crowd in attendance, she elaborated on the innovative approach to creating Crystal Bach and her upcoming sister ships. “The fact that she is Crystal’s first-ever new build river ship means that we had the opportunity to go beyond the best and create a luxury river cruise experience that is truly unprecedented. She is the first – and, until her sisters join her – the ONLY all-balcony, all-suite river ship.” In another industry first, Crystal Bach and the “Rhine Class” ships feature all categories of accommodations positioned above the water line, boasting king-sized beds and Crystal’s acclaimed personal butler service. The design of the vessels firmly reiterates Crystal’s commitment to not only surpassing the very best the luxury travel industry currently has to offer, but leading the charge in pioneering new standards of luxury – a philosophy also driven home with the christening and debut of Crystal Skye, Crystal’s fully custom B-777, last week in Las Vegas. “Crystal remains committed to being the standard bearer for what is possible in luxury travel, just as they have since they first embarked more than 27 years ago,” says Genting Hong Kong Chairman and CEO Tan Sri Lim Kok Thay. “We are proud to be part of and support this vision, and look forward to continuing on this journey together.” The festivities of Crystal Bach’s christening reached far beyond those in attendance in Germany, as Crystal broadcast the live stream of the ceremony via its Crystal Cruises Facebook page, effectively inviting the world to join in the celebration. Crystal Bach joins Crystal Mozart as part of the Crystal River Cruises fleet recently named “World’s Best River Cruise Line” by Travel + Leisure on Crystal Mozart’s one-year anniversary on July 11. Sailing 10- and 14-day voyages predominantly along the Rhine River, she will call in medieval towns and modern hubs in Belgium, Netherlands, Switzerland and Germany. All four “Rhine Class” river ships will offer plush amenities and spaces rare seen in the river cruising industry, including Panoramic Balcony-Windows™, walk-in closets and dual vanity in the bathrooms in most categories, ETRO robes and slippers, wall-mounted flat-screen HD TVs, and Nespresso machines. Additional enticing features include a luxurious spa and separate fitness center and Crystal’s farm-to-table, Michelin-inspired cuisine in multiple, open-seating eateries: the elegant Waterside Restaurant, namesake Bistro cafés and the exclusive Vintage Room; and the Palm Court. By sea, river, land and air, Crystal has redefined the way the world views luxury travel. Celebrating 27 years of excellence, Crystal Cruises is the World’s Most Awarded Luxury Cruise Line, having earned “World’s Best Cruise Ship” in Condé Nast Traveler’s Reader Choice Awards for 23 years; been voted “World’s Best Large Ship Cruise Line” by Travel + Leisure readers for 20 years; and the “Best Luxury Cruise Line” by travel professional organization Virtuoso for three consecutive years (2014, 2015 & 2016).  The readers of Travel + Leisure also voted Crystal River Cruises the “World’s Best River Cruise Line” and Crystal Yacht Expedition Cruises the “World’s Best Small-Ship Cruise Line” in 2017. The newest and upcoming extensions of the celebrated Crystal brand include Crystal Yacht Expedition Cruises, Crystal Luxury Air, Crystal River Cruises – The World’s Most Luxurious River Cruise Line – Crystal AirCruises and Crystal Exclusive Class with Crystal Residences. Crystal is proud to be a platinum partner of the professionals of ASTA. For more information and Crystal reservations, contact a travel agent, call 888.799.2437, or visitwww.crystalcruises.com. Join the hundreds of thousands who follow the Crystal Cruises’ Facebook page and @crystalcruises on Twitter and Instagram, and engage in the conversation with #crystalcruises.last_img read more

Court refuses to remove Harin

The Court of Appeal today refused to grant interim relief to remove Harin Fernando from his post as Chief Minister of the Uva Province.A petition had been filed in Court against Fernando being appointed the Chief Minister.

Cheltenham Festival punter nearly blinded in attack because he wore pink suit

A spokesman for Gloucestershire Constabulary said: “Police are appealing for information following an unprovoked assault on the final day of The Festival which left a 22-year-old man needing facial surgery.”On March 16 the victim was on his phone in the open area of the Best Mate enclosure at Cheltenham Racecourse when he was approached by an unknown man and punched in the face.”The incident happened at approximately 5.15pm and the victim, who is from Bristol, suffered a fractured cheekbone which required surgery.”At the time of the incident the victim was wearing a distinctive light pink suit and was in a crowded area.”Police have exhausted all other lines of enquiry and are now appealing for the public’s help to identify the offender.” George had bought the dusty pink suit especially for that day. He added:  “It could have been worse – they said I was lucky not to be blind in my left eye.”George  has been told the enclosure had no CCTV, despite thousands of punters milling around. Mr Flower in his suit Mr Flower in his suit He described the suspect as short, stocky, aged about 35 to 40 with short black hair and a chubby face.The fibre optic engineer said: “The only thing people have said to me is that maybe it was the pink suit I was wearing.”Some of my family members said maybe they thought I was gay because I was wearing a pink suit.” A Cheltenham Festival punter says he was nearly blinded in an attack during horse racing’s flagship event simply because he was wearing a pink suit.George Flower, 22, suffered a fractured eye socket and needed a metal plate inserted in his cheekbone after he was the victim of a random attack at the Best Mate enclosure.He believes it may have been a homophobic attack, provoked by his three piece pink suit, which cost £250 from ASOS.Medics told him he was lucky not to lose the sight in his left eye, and he spent a month off work recovering.George had been at the races with about 30 friends on March 16 when he lost the people he was with and tried to reach them on the phone.  When he looked up, a stocky middle aged man with dark hair punched him in the face. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more