The trend of young champions winning Grand Slam (Part 1)

The trend of young champions winning Grand Slam (Part 1)

Success at the young level is not necessarily the basis for winning the Grand Slam, but that seems to be becoming a trend in women’s tennis.

Gifted to help athletes have a good starting point. In fact, competing with competitors of the same age in the youth tournament is completely different when entering the path of professional competition.

In the past, there were many young players holding the number one position in the young world or winning the Grand Slam youth championship, but not succeeding in professional tournaments.

But recently, that has changed, especially in women’s tennis, with some Grand Slam champions coming up from success in the youth tournaments. Sofia Kenin is the latest evidence. Russian-American girl acquainted with the racket from a very young age.

At the age of six, she had the opportunity to meet and talk with idol Kim Clijsters in 2005. As a teenager, Kenin has achieved many successes, especially in the United States.

Winning the Australian Open and entering the top 10 of the world is Kenin’s initial success on the professional path after emerging from the young tournaments.

Kenin used to be the number two young player in the world and won the U18 USA. In addition, she reached the final of the 2015 US Open, winning a special ticket to the main round at Flushing Meadows that year. However, Kenin lost to the Hungarian Dalma Galfi in that final. But for now, while Kenin is first in the top 10 in the world, Galfi is ranked 269th on the WTA rankings. The 2015 US Open youth champion also lost to Tereza Mrdeza in the ITF semi-final which took place in Florida two weeks ago.

Kenin’s victory in Melbourne Park extends the list of young players who have successfully conquered the Grand Slam. Bianca Andreescu, the current US Open champion, is also one of them.

The 19-year-old Canadian has ranked third in the world in the world youth rankings, played two Grand Slam semi-finals and won two Grand Slam titles in the youth doubles competition. Ashleigh Barty, champion of Roland Garros 2019, was also crowned at the Wimbledon Youth Championship at the age of 15 and was once the number two young player in the world.

Top golf tournaments and events starting in 2020 (Part 2)

Top golf tournaments and events starting in 2020 (Part 2)

After the European Tour, the Ladies European Tour kicked off with the Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies Open. This is a 54 hole tournament with a $ 300,000 prize pool held at Saadiyat Beach Golf Club in the UAE city of Abu Dhabi.

The defending champion is Charley Hull. Last year, she won with a score of -8 in a race against 55 other players. The prize money for Hull in this tournament is 38,000 USD.

With LPGA Tour, Diamond Resorts Tournament of Champions in Florida will be the opening event of the new year as well as the new season. Participants are the previous year’s LPGA Tour champions. This award was released a year ago.

In the first period, Ji Eun-Hee crowned with a score of -8 $ 180,000 while Mirim Lee came second with a two-stroke difference. In the second round of this year, she will defend the championship in an attempt to overthrow the world’s stars including number one Ko Jin Young and number three Nelly Korda.

Ko Jin Young is the candidate at the LPGA Tour’s new year opening event – Diamond Resorts Tournament of Champions.

Opening at the same time with the LPGA Tour 2020 is the Mitsubishi Electric Championship – the tournament for professional senior PGA Tour Champions at Hualalai Golf Club in Hawaii. This year’s tournament has a total prize fund of 1.8 million USD held on the ground designed by Jack Nicklaus.

Tom Lehman is the defending champion with a score of 65 non-bogey sticks in both final rounds of the 54-hole tournament a year ago. The final score of -17 brought him a 12th trophy at the PGA Tour Champions for $ 305,000.

Besides, there are new adjustments in the regulation of competition speed of PGA Tour that officially take effect at RBC Heritage starting April 16. In it, players can be fined up to 50 thousand dollars and penalty sticks if the recurrence of slow play continues.

Real Madrid’s best defense in 31 years

Real Madrid’s best defense in 31 years

Since 1988, this is the second time Real Madrid have conceded 12 goals after the first 18 rounds in La Liga.

After 18 rounds in La Liga season 2019-2020, only Atletico conceded less than Real Madrid (11 compared to 12). However, this is the best defensive record of the Bernabeu owner after 31 years.

The last time, Real Madrid conceded no more than 12 times after the first 18 rounds was the 1987-1988 season. That year, “White Vulture” won the championship at the end of the season and was also the team with the best defense in the tournament with 26 goals.

Since the beginning of the season, Thibaut Courtois and Alphonse Areola took turns taking main roles for Real Madrid. In particular, the Belgian goalkeeper has seven matches to keep a clean sheet, while the French junior contributes an additional match.

Throughout La Liga history, only two times Real Madrid have conceded fewer goals after the first 18 rounds. In the seasons 1961-1962 and 1971-1972, the team in white shirt 11 times conceded. On both occasions, they were crowned champions at the end of the season.

Defensive, but the record of Real Madrid cause fans worry. They scored 14 times less than Barca first team after 18 rounds, and achieved 1.83 goals a game. Real Madrid’s top scorer – Karim Benzema – is currently second in the list of top scorers, with 12 goals, one goal behind Lionel Messi.

Real Madrid scored the least goals in 10 years

At the end of 2019, Real Madrid scored 100 goals, 42 lower than last year and 78 goals compared to the 2014 record.

In 2019, the home team played 54 matches, averaging 1.85 goals a game. The last three games of the year, Zinedine Zidane’s teachers and students only scored one goal, in a 1-1 draw at Valencia in La Liga.

In the 2019-2020 season, they scored 14 goals less than their rival Barca in La Liga, although the Catalonia team did not have superstar Lionel Messi in the first month of the season.

Real Madrid goals are 42 goals less than in 2018. It was the time they had Cristiano Ronaldo in the first half of the year. The Portuguese superstar maintained a frightening goal, helping Real Madrid for the third time in a row to win the Champions League.

Top golf tournaments and events starting in 2020 (Part 2)

Top golf tournaments and events starting in 2020 (Part 2)

After the European Tour, the Ladies European Tour kicked off with the Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies Open. This is a 54 hole tournament with a $ 300,000 prize pool held at Saadiyat Beach Golf Club in the UAE city of Abu Dhabi.

The defending champion is Charley Hull. Last year, she won with a score of -8 in a race against 55 other players. The prize money for Hull in this tournament is 38,000 USD.

With LPGA Tour, Diamond Resorts Tournament of Champions in Florida will be the opening event of the new year as well as the new season. Participants are the previous year’s LPGA Tour champions. This award was released a year ago.

In the first period, Ji Eun-Hee crowned with a score of -8 $ 180,000 while Mirim Lee came second with a two-stroke difference. In the second round of this year, she will defend the championship in an attempt to overthrow the world’s stars including number one Ko Jin Young and number three Nelly Korda.

Ko Jin Young is the candidate at the LPGA Tour’s new year opening event – Diamond Resorts Tournament of Champions.

Opening at the same time with the LPGA Tour 2020 is the Mitsubishi Electric Championship – the tournament for professional senior PGA Tour Champions at Hualalai Golf Club in Hawaii. This year’s tournament has a total prize fund of 1.8 million USD held on the ground designed by Jack Nicklaus.

Tom Lehman is the defending champion with a score of 65 non-bogey sticks in both final rounds of the 54-hole tournament a year ago. The final score of -17 brought him a 12th trophy at the PGA Tour Champions for $ 305,000.

Above are the top golf tournaments and events starting in 2020. Let’s wait to see an exciting new year of golf coming ahead!

MU lost Man City 1-3 in the League Cup semi-final

MU lost Man City 1-3 in the League Cup semi-final

Playing at home, but MU must receive a 1-3 defeat against Man City in the semi-final first leg of the League Cup, which took place early in the morning on January 8.

In the first leg of the League Cup semi-final, both coaches had to make changes in personnel to cope with the tight schedule. Solskjaer put Maguire on the bench to give Phil Jones a chance to start the game, while Pep Guardiola entered the squad without a striker, Sterling is the highest player in the 3-4-2-1 diagram.

Solskjaer’s calculations soon broke when Man City opened the scoring in the 17th minute. Bernardo Silva proved the star quality with a superb shot from outside the penalty area. The ball dived into the top corner to not allow De Gea a chance to make a clearance.

After the goal, MU pushed up the offensive team but did not create coordinated phases with the line, except for harmless crosses from the wings. Man City was just waiting for the opponent to rise to launch a counterattack.

After 33 minutes, Bernardo Silva made the opening of the MU defense, creating conditions for Riyad Mahrez to come down, pass the ball over De Gea, and score the score to 2-0.

Only 6 minutes later, the score was increased to 3-0 for Man City. Phil Jones was easily overtaken by De Bruyne after just a cross. The Belgian’s shot failed to beat De Gea but the ball bounced Andreas Andreasira into the net.

In the last minutes, the pressure is constantly on MU crafts. If Sterling took the better opportunity, the away team had an advantage greater than 3 goals when entering the break.

Man City overwhelmed MU right at Old Trafford

The big advantage helps Man City can play comfortably in the second half. Pep Guardiola’s army controls the midfield and creates many coordination to break through the MU defense. However, the finishes of Mahrez and Sterling were not accurate enough to defeat De Gea.

Man Utd tried hard but could only shorten the score to 1-3 in the 70th minute. Rashford escaped after a slot from Greenwood’s slot and then unleashed a shot to defeat goalkeeper Bravo.

After conceding, Man City actively reduced the tempo of the match and preserved the score 3-1. The Premier League champion entered the semi-final second leg at the Etihad Stadium with the advantage of three away goals.

Top golf tournaments and events starting in 2020 (Part 1)

Top golf tournaments and events starting in 2020 (Part 1)

After a few weeks of break, the PGA Tour, European Tour or LPGA Tour will be exciting again with the club events starting in the new year 2020.

The PGA Tour will kick off with the Sentry Tournament of Champions at Kapalua Plantation in Hawaii from January 2. This is the event with a total prize fund of 6.7 million USD for PGA Tour champions in 2019.

Last year, Xander Schauffele scored 62 strokes – the club’s record line – in the final round. He finished in the final score -23 and won the Cup with $ 1.3 million in prize money with a gap of runner-up Gary Woodland.

Gary Woodland has the opportunity to conquer the Sentry Tournament of Champions – where he only came second in early 2019.

The list of commitments to the tournament has 34 players, with some big names like Gary Woodland, Rickie Fowler, Dustin Johnson, Patrick Reed, Justin Thomas. Tickets are available, but Tiger Woods and Brooks Koepka are not available.

Woods had just spent two exhausting weeks hosting the Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas in early December and leading the United States to make a comeback to win an eighth consecutive victory at the Presidents Cup a week later. Meanwhile, the world’s number one Koepka has not fully recovered from a left knee injury after a fall in CJ Cup in October.

The European Tour “opens” in 2020 after the PGA Tour a week, with the South African Open event at Randpark Golf Club in Johannesburg, South Africa from January 9 to January 12. Louis Oosthuizen is the defending champion.

Last year, he won at -18 and received a reward of nearly 200,000 USD. His difference from runner-up Romain Langasque is six strokes. This is the second year that the Johanesburg city government has hosted the South African Open. Three years earlier, the BMW South African Open was organized by the city of Ekurhulen.

Real Madrid can be top of La Liga thanks to Barcelona’s draw with Real Sociedad

Real Madrid can be top of La Liga thanks to Barcelona’s draw with Real Sociedad

After Sociedad took the lead from the penalty spot, Barcelona bounced back through Antoine Griezmann and Luis Suarez but an error from goalkeeper Marc-André ter Stegen allowed Alexander Isak to concede.

This has always been an interesting clash, with La Real standing in fourth place after impressing in all seasons, on the Champions League Barcelona is still a stronger favourite for the win but the draw with Sociedad impact the la Liga table

Early warning signs came in Barcelona on Saturday, when Isied boldly stepped forward Isak cut across his defense and set up Mikel Oyarzabal, who chose to cross when he should probably shoot better.

However, it will not be long before La Real has the goal to dominate early.

Eagle eye referee Antonio Rojas discovered Sergio Busquets’ pull on Diego Llorente’s shirt and, after a short pause to confirm from VAR, pointed to the spot.

With three fronts of Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez, and Antoine Griezmann, Barcelona was never eliminated from the game.

In the blink of an eye, Suarez won the ball in the middle of the field and slid Griezmann over the goal to allow the Frenchman to deftly pass the ball over the rising Alex Remiro and into the far corner.

It was difficult for Sociedad but Barcelona was in no mood to feel sorry for his opponent and less than four minutes after the second half, Suarez was faced with the misery of the home team.

Messi rushes past Busquet’s exact score on top and squares the ball for his Uruguayan teammate to score the easiest.

But it’s no wonder these Sociedad players have elevated the club to fourth place in La Liga this season and they believe they can match any team in the tournament.

Annoyed by the constant noise of the home fans, Sociedad set up an equalizer and was rewarded shortly after the time was over when an unusual error by Ter Stegen allowed Isak to touch the ball into an empty net.

There was some controversy in the closing stages when Pique went down inside the box and he was fouled by Llorente when he tried to go home to the winner.

After consulting with VAR, his appeals were dispelled and the visitors had to settle just one point from an enchanting game.

The result means that Real Madrid can outrun their opponents at the beginning of the tournament by defeating Valencia Sunday.

Tottenham unsuccessfully appealed Son’s red card

Tottenham unsuccessfully appealed Son’s red card

Tottenham will lose Son Heung-min in three matches, due to an appeal by the Football Association (FA) on December 24 against the Korean striker’s red card.

Son will be sidelined for the next three matches in the Premier League, meeting Brighton (December 26), Norwich (December 29) and Southampton (January 1, 2020). The 27-year-old striker could only return to play against Liverpool on 12 January.

On December 22, Son Heung-min received a straight red card after retaliation for Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger. The Korean player raised his leg after falling down, impacting on Rudiger’s abdomen caused the German center-back to fall in pain. Coach Jose Mourinho said that Rudiger scolded and affected the decision of the referee and VAR. Tottenham appealed the red card the next day, but failed.

This season, Tottenham twice appealed to Son’s red card. In early November, they succeeded in impacting the FA to reduce Son’s penalty from three games to one game, after a foul that led to a serious injury of Andre Gomes (Everton).

Son scored 10 goals in 23 matches in all competitions this season. Calculated in 2019, Korean players receive three red cards. Over the past 10 years, only Lee Cattermole (2010) received the same number of red cards in a year. In the match against Chelsea, Son’s red card made Tottenham unable to turn the tables and accepted to lose 0-2.

After 18 rounds of English Premier League, teachers and teachers Jose Mourinho has 26 points, ranked seventh.

Mourinho: ‘Rudiger certainly has broken ribs’

Jose Mourinho sarcasm Antonio Rudiger after Chelsea midfielder Son Heung-min was fired in the Tottenham match lost to Chelsea 0-2 on December 22.

62 minutes, when Tottenham was leading 0-2, Rudiger fouled Son Heung-min. Son, after falling down, tried to swing his leg high in retaliation. Son’s impact on Rudiger wasn’t strong, but the Chelsea defender fell and hugged his stomach in pain.

The referee, after referencing VAR, pulled the red card to dismiss Son directly. Son was also the first player to receive three red cards in a year in the Premier League, since Lee Cattermole in 2010.

The match on December 22 saw Jose Mourinho reunite with Frank Lampard for the first time since his former Chelsea student entered the coaching career. Lampard respected Mourinho, but could not sit still in front of the Portuguese teacher’s statements about Son’s red card.

Apostolos Tsitsipas – from a father to a tennis coach (Part 2)

Apostolos Tsitsipas – from a father to a tennis coach (Part 2)

In the early 90s, Apostolos studied training to be a tennis coach for three years in Vienna and Berlin. It was the golden age of German tennis with two major monuments Boris Becker and Steffi Graf.

But his small family demanded a more stable life, and so Apostolos took up a training job at a professional club in Athens. With 10 years of racket experience and seven years of leadership, he has tried to convey them to the students.

A few years later, when Stefanos told his father that he was ready to pursue a really serious tennis career, it was then that Apostolos had to confront himself about this view.

Both father and son have traveled together for nine years and Apostolos has helped his son jump 76 places during that period, from 91 to 15 on the ATP scoreboard. In just one year, Stefanos made a miraculous transformation from Milan, with the title of Next Gen ATP Finals 2018, arrived in London with the ATP Finals 2019 championship in the first time attending.

At the age of 21 and 3 months, Stefanos Tsitsipas has become the youngest champion in ATP Finals history, ever since former world number one Lleyton Hewitt in Sydney in 2001 at the age of 20.

He finished the 2019 season with a record of 54 wins and 25 defeats. ATP Finals is Tsitsipas’s third ATP title of the year, after Marseille in February and Estoril in May.

Although he took his son to set a historic milestone for Greek tennis, Apostolos did not think he was the protagonist. The father who led his son every step of his career just said that he himself was lucky because his son chose him.

According to ATP, this can be considered a rare view among coaches of any sport, especially in the top competition. But in the specific case of Apostolos Tsitsipas it seems to be on the right track.

2019 is the fourth consecutive season, ATP Finals has a new champion. Before Stefanos Tsitsipas, respectively Andy Murray (2016), Grigor Dimitrov (2017) and Alexander Zverev (2018) were crowned.

The British thirsts for a good football coach

The British thirsts for a good football coach

Not all good players can become a good strategist, but having a bad coaching career like the former English players is strange.

Recently, Paul Scholes had to resign as the manager of Oldham Club playing in England’s Third Division after a series of disappointments – winning only 1 victory in 7 matches.

The time at Oldham midfielder M.U also only lasted exactly 1 month. So, 6 years after retirement, Scholes’ coach career is still just a round zero.

Before Scholes, the 1992 golden generation of M.U also repeatedly disappointed on the coach bench

Ryan Giggs was unable to stay at his former club after briefly leading the team as interim manager.

Gary Neville – quite successful with his career as a commentator and especially famous for disparaging other coaches – became a farce because of his bad time in Valencia. He was fired by Valencia after 4 months in the army and only brought 3 wins for the team.

Nicky Butt is no better than the M.U.’s academy coach job. And Phil Neville, after working as an assistant in Valencia for his brother Gary, has now moved to lead the English women’s football team.

In fact, it would be unfair to laugh at every generation of M.U’s famous players, because the English stars of Arsenal, Liverpool or Chelsea are nothing better.

The generation of former British players born in 1960-1970 is at the peak of their coaching career

Meanwhile, this generation of Italians including Antonio Conte, Gennaro Gattuso are currently world famous coaches; the French also have Didier Deschamps, Zinedine Zidane; Spain has Pep Guardiola, Luis Enrique; The Netherlands has Ronald Koeman and Frank Rijkaard; Germany has Jurgen Klinsmann, Thomas Doll, etc.

Meanwhile, during the past 10 years the English have trained only one coach with a little name is Gareth Southgate – who is leading the recruitment of three monks.

But Southgate’s talent still needs more time to evaluate, because before taking over England, he had never achieved any significant achievements.

The inability of English coaches is reflected in the Premier League itself. Out of the current 20 Premier League clubs, only 5 are using native coaches including Bournemouth, Burnley, Cardiff, Crystal Palace and Fulham.

It can not be said that because the Premier League is better than the other leagues, it is more demanding, because English football does not “export” any talented coaches abroad.

Without the ability to coach, most English players choose to be a commentator, like Michael Owen, Rio Ferdinand or Jamie Carragher.