Víctoria Jiménez, 14-year-old Andorra, wins the junior tournament: “Nadal is my favorite of all”

first_imgVictoria Jiménez Kasintseva made historical past this Saturday for Andorra’s tennis by profitable the junior title of the Australian Open, first achieved by a tennis participant, male or feminine, from the Principality in a Grand Slam. The shock of his triumph is that Vicky, as he is known as at dwelling, did so with solely 14 years. In the last, which was performed at the Rod Laver Enviornment, he received by 5-7, 6-2 and 6-2 in two hours and 4 minutes to Polish Weronika Baszak, of 17. He had beforehand eradicated the British Mutavdzic (15), the Czech Lavickova (18), the Italian Delai (17), the American Montgomery (15), second favorite, and the Australian Gadecki (17). Jiménez, seeded quantity 9, got here out “nervous” in the last, on an enormous stage (“He had by no means performed on such an enormous monitor,” he mentioned), however when he stopped “pondering an excessive amount of,” he recovered his tennis and climbed. “It was spectacular, I didn’t assume I might get this far right here. I’m very proud of this, that it wouldn’t have been doable with out my father.” The lady emphasizes the function of his father, and likewise coach, Joan Jiménez Guerra, former Andorran participant who trains him in Sitges, at the Terramar Golf Membership. He is additionally suggested by Jordi Arrese, former Spanish captain of Davis. With a powerful presence for its age (it measures 1.79), it surprises its information earlier than the cameras and microphones, and its very excessive degree of languages. He speaks completely Spanish, Catalan, French, English (he lived for a time in Kentucky) and Russian, the language of his mom, Yulia Kasintseva. “I feel in Spanish and plenty of instances in English,” he says. “It is one of the greatest I carry.” “I’ve quite a bit of persona, in the good and in the unhealthy,” Victoria thinks, that when he feels anger he seems at his father as a result of he “helps quite a bit.” “The household for an athlete is fundamental, it is the most vital factor. I don’t know what I might do with out my dad and mom, as a result of they may at all times love me for what I’m.” Vicky will play his first WTA match this 12 months and he doesn’t put in quite a bit of stress. He has represented Spain circumstantially (in a Roland Garros U-12 match, for instance), however he feels “very proud” of having achieved the title by enjoying for Andorra. The lady is clear about her references: “Rafa Nadal is my favorite of all, amongst women and men, and I like Petra Kvitova very a lot, as a result of she is left-handed (like her)”.Gauff and NadalThough some evaluate him to Coco Gauff (15 years outdated), she doesn’t prefer it: “I don’t know what’s going to occur, perhaps I received’t get wherever. I simply need to play, be accompanied by good folks and be blissful, which is the most vital factor. “A mirrored image which will sound to them, as a result of it is usually performed by Nadal. In Melbourne she has loved “every thing”, however what she appreciated most is “the struggle” she has had in all the matches and having made a superb buddy, like the Spanish Ane Mintegi. “It has crushed me in coaching and parcheesi too,” he says with a smile. No pictures have been taken with anybody, though he has seen “Nadal, Djokovic, Muguruza, Anisimova … everybody and they’re superior”. “However I didn’t need to ask for pictures, as a result of I put myself of their place and I wouldn’t prefer to be bothered, though in the event that they requested me one thing like that, I might do it,” says Vicky, who is now in a cloud and doesn’t need to depart Australia “With out seeing a kangaroo.”last_img read more

AMEU Graduates Challenged to Benefit Liberia

first_imgBishop David R. Daniels, Presiding Prelate of the 15th Episcopal District and Commencement Speaker for the 16th Commencement Convocation of the African Methodist Episcopal University (AMEU), on Wednesday challenged the 184 graduates to do something positive to contribute to nation building.Of the 184 graduates, the gender-balance was even at 50 percent apiece. Six of the graduates received internships at the Coca-Cola Company in Liberia. Bishop Daniels urged the graduates to utilize the knowledge they have acquired at AMEU for the benefit of the country. He spoke on the theme, “Success is a Journey and not a Destination.” He told graduates that there is no limit to success, therefore, as they exit the walls of the university, they should not limit their expectations, but should rather continue on the journey of success.“Each of you has done absolutely well, and you deserve all the praises from us. It was an uphill battle, some tremendous sacrifices, but you made it. The fact that you made it tells me that you are ready for this journey called success.”The Prelate added: “I know it was not easy for many of you and I know what many of you have been going through. You have to study under candlelight, when there was no public electricity. I know that many of you had to make some unnecessary trips to offices, homes and work places of those who promised to assist you with your fees, but made you run around in vain.”Rt. Rev. Daniels also told the graduates that their achievement is an indication that they are going for greatness, adding that they should not allow anyone or institution to define who they are, or what they can or cannot do.AME University also conferred the Doctor of Humane Letters (LHD) degree on Mrs. Alexia Butler Fugh and Mrs. Irene Moifoi Daniels in recognition of the two female educators’ distinguished work at AMEU.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more