Federer to lose No. 1 ranking after shock loss to Kokkinakis

first_imgThanasi Kokkinakis of Australia celebrates match point against Roger Federer (inset) of Switzerland in their second round match during the Miami Open Presented by Itau at Crandon Park Tennis Center on March 24, 2018, in Key Biscayne, Florida. AFPMIAMI, United States — Roger Federer’s latest reign atop the world rankings will end after the Swiss great’s shock loss to Australian qualifier Thanasi Kokkinakis in the second round of the Miami Masters on Saturday.Kokkinakis, ranked 175th in the world, needed a wild card just to get into qualifying. But he showed nerves of steel in a 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 (7/4) triumph over 20-time Grand Slam champion Federer.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery Rising Tide Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback But Kokkinakis seized upon a lackluster service game from Federer to break for a 3-1 lead in the second, holding firm on his own serve to force the decider.Federer was again impenetrable on his serve in the third, but he was unable to capitalize on his only two break points, both in a marathon sixth game, as they went on serve to the tiebreaker.Two errors from Federer gave Kokkinakis a 4-3 lead. A stinging forehand winner put the young Aussie up 6-4, and he closed it out when Federer netted a backhand service return. /cbbADVERTISEMENT Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Federer, who won his 20th Grand Slam crown at the Australian Open, regained the number one spot in February after winning the ATP title in Rotterdam, needed to reach the quarter-finals to remain at the summit.Instead he’ll be replaced by Spain’s Rafael Nadal when the rankings are released at the end of the tournament.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownThe 21-year-old Kokkinakis, who has battled injury in his young career, became the lowest-ranked player to beat a world number one since Spain’s Francisco Clavet was 178th when he upset top-ranked Lleyton Hewitt in the second round at Miami in 2003.Federer appeared firmly in control when he breezed through the first set without facing a break point, dropping just six points on his own serve. His lone break for a 3-1 lead was all he needed to pocket the set. Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism 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 Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

TRC, LNRCS Identify with 100 EVD Orphans

first_imgWith support from the Turkish Red Crescent (TRC), the Liberia National Red Cross Society (LNRCS) has identified with several children orphaned by the Ebola virus disease (EVD) that ravaged the country two years ago. LNRCS provided livelihood and psychosocial assistance to 100 children who lost one or both parents during the EVD outbreak. The beneficiaries are from Gardnerville, Bushrod Island, Paynesville and Central Monrovia. LNRCS donated food and other items including rice, vegetable oil, vita, toiletries, used clothes, footballs, school bags to 20-orphanages hosting the affected children. Friday’s donation on the campus of the Great Commission Academy in Chicken Soup Factory, Gardnersville, was done in collaboration with the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection. According to Jackson Wankah, Red Cross head of office for Montserrado County, who supervised the distribution of donations, there is a need to continuously cater to the needs of innocent children deprived of parental care.“They lost their parents so we need to fill in these voids left behind. For that, I’m so grateful to these orphanages that are making the sacrifice to cater to the children,” Mr. Wankah said. He also lauded the TRC for assisting the orphans.“The children have had too much to bear and as we are around them trying to provide for their needs, they will not reflect on their horrible situations,” Wankan added.He also said that as the foremost humanitarian responder, the Red Cross remains committed to increase and expand support to the recovery and reintegration of orphans and vulnerable children with dignity and renewed hope as they return to their respective communities.One of the orphans, Abraham Beah, who spoke on behalf of his friends, thanked the Red Cross for the donations, especially the school materials, which he said will help their guardians with the cost of getting their school supplies.Beah, who is from the Greater Commission Orphanage Home, said their caregivers are always making the sacrifices to keep them happy. “We are very grateful to our caregivers for the sacrifices they are making to keep us going. I also want to say a big thanks to LNRCS and her partners,” he added. In another development, the Liberian Red Cross with support from the International Federation of the Red Cross/Red Crescent recently continued the distribution of relief supplies to flood victims in Lower Margibi County.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more