Anastasija Sevastova defeats Naomi Osaka in China Open semifinals

first_imgBEIJING – Naomi Osaka’s bid for a third tour title ended in a straight-sets semifinal defeat to Anastasija Sevastova at the China Open on Saturday.The Latvian, ranked 20th in the world, knocked off the U.S. Open champ 6-4, 6-4 in 1 hour, 31 minutes. According to the WTA website, the victory over the sixth-ranked Osaka was Sevastova’s fourth over a top-10 opponent this season. “You have to stay aggressive, you have to stay concentrated,” Sevastova said afterward in an on-court interview. “Naomi, she’s a great player, one of the best this year.”“She’s so confident. So you have to stay there. You have to return every ball, and play good on your service game.”The 20-year-old Osaka hit 24 winners but also made 42 unforced errors and managed to convert just one of her four break opportunities. Naomi Osaka, China Open, Anastasija Sevastova IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5 RELATED PHOTOScenter_img Naomi Osaka hits a return to Anastasija Sevastova in a a women’s singles semifinal match at the China Open on Saturday in Beijing. | AP GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES KEYWORDSlast_img read more

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Capitals recall Martin Fehervary from the Hershey Bears

first_imgFehervary is only 20 years old, and has tremendous potential. He played 13:34 in the game against the blues, and registered two penalty minutes. He is also the 10th player in Caps history to make his debut as a teenager. The Washington Capitals have recalled defenseman Martin Fehervary from the Hershey Bears. Fehervary was the 46th overall pick in the 2018 draft. He made his season debut for the Capitals playing against the St. Louis Blues, but was sent back to Hershey, to work on his skill. He played in 45 games with Hershey, and has posted 4 goals, and 10 assists. Please follow and like us:center_img There is a lot of speculation that this move is to either solidify the defense. The defense has been a weakness of the Caps recently, or to see if a trade needs to be made to get a defenseman. One thing is sure, any move to help the defense out, will be a welcome one. last_img read more

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Simon Harmer: Proteas have ‘lost’ the best off-spinner in the world … myself

first_imgSimon Harmer left South African cricket for English county Essex in 2017 disillusioned.He’d been dropped by the Proteas after just five Tests, despite taking 20 wickets at a very respectable average of 29, and was staring the ignominy of not getting contracted by the Warriors in the face.Since his departure, the 30-year-old off-spinner has been magnificent in the UK and, currently, boasts an incredible haul of 194 first-class wickets in just three campaigns (the third isn’t even finished yet).That’s an average of 65 wickets per season.Yet Harmer isn’t hopeful or even planning on making a comeback and in a frank interview with ESPNCricinfo, he explains why.Here are the four striking themes to emerge from the discussion.His decision to go the Kolpak route wasn’t about money“I signed a six-month, £30,000 deal with Essex to come over and it was basically a shop window, whereas other players signed long-term deals for a lot more money. For me, I wasn’t offered a contract back in South Africa – if things didn’t go according to plan at Essex, I’d have gone back to South Africa unemployed, and was probably looking at life after cricket.”“It wasn’t about the money, it was about opportunity. There’s zero security in South Africa – that’s the reason players sign Kolpak deals, because of the security and the opportunity. Yes, the money is part and parcel of it because the rand is weak against sterling, but I can guarantee you now, for 95 percent of the guys that have signed Kolpak deals, it’s about opportunity and security.”Cricket South Africa’s quota regulations are ‘hurting players of colour’Simon Harmer on his Test debut in 2015. (Photo by Carl Fourie/Gallo Images)“It’s affecting players of colour because they’re forced into a role and they’re not allowed to develop their skill. They get thrust in and then thrust out, and then they find the next person to come in.“If I were to lose my place for a player of colour then I don’t have an issue with that. But as a sportsman, I need to maximise my earning potential, and to commit in South Africa where the transformation targets are constantly evolving … your opportunities do get less and less.“It’s the nature of South African sport. It’s always going to be there, it’s never going to go away. It’s such a sore topic and taboo to speak about, but it is what it is.”He believes his the best off-spinner in the world (maybe)“You always wonder, only playing five Tests, then looking back and thinking ‘well, what if?’ and wondering if you were good enough, then coming over here, performing, and winning trophies with Essex.“In myself, I know that I’m the best off-spinner in the world, but how can I say that when I haven’t bowled at international level? Seven out of 14 games I’m bowling at Chelmsford, where the wicket turns, I don’t go to Australia or New Zealand or India where wickets might not turn, or turn more, so it’s difficult to judge.”Harmer wouldn’t say ‘no’ to playing for England Simon Harmer loses his sunglasses during the Mzansi Super League match between Durban Heat and Jozi Stars at Sahara Stadium Kingsmead on December 07, 2018 in Durban, South Africa. (Photo by Anesh Debiky/Gallo Images)“I know that I’m good enough to play for England, but I think that there would be a lot of difficult decisions to make if my name was to be in the hat. But I do want to play international cricket. I understand that it’s a long shot, and it’s maybe a little bit unrealistic, but I feel like you’ve got to have goals and dreams.“I’m going to keep pushing myself. If it happens and things work out – happy days.”For more news your way, download The Citizen’s app for iOS and Android.last_img read more

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Utah freshman Rylan Jones earns Pac-12 honor after two superb games

first_imgSALT LAKE CITY — After a superb week in which he led Utah to victories over Washington and Washington State, Utah freshman guard Rylan Jones has been named Pac-12 Freshman of the Week.Jones came up big in the clutch in both games as he scored all 13 of his points in the final 5:25 against the Huskies to help lift the Utes to a 67-66 victory. Then two nights later, he scored 15 of his game-high 24 points in the final 8:30 as the Utes took a 76-64 victory.This is the first such honor for Jones and Utah since the award was added this season.Just past the halfway point of his freshman season, the former Olympus High standout has already moved into a tie for fifth in the freshman record books with 35 made 3-pointers on the year, tying him with Jordan Loveridge and Keith Van Horn. Jones is averaging 11.1 points per game, is fourth in the Pac-12 in assists at 4.9 per game, second in free-throw percentage at 87.9% and sixth in 3-point shooting at 41.7%.Jones and the 12-7 Utes will try to keep things going this week with games at USC Thursday night and at UCLA Sunday afternoon.last_img read more

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Abbey habit seen again at Greenwood

first_imgIPGC Pattaya Golf Society at the Elephant BarAnother day, another venue for the Pattaya Golf Society as they visited Greenwood on Monday, December 8 to play a stableford competition on the A and C courses.  After a traumatic experience at the hands of Plutaluang management on the King’s birthday, how refreshing it was to be warmly received by a course that prides itself on splendid customer satisfaction.  The current excellent value for money experience being offered by Greenwood points the way to future success in an age when perceived profit is too often the rule in many of the province’s other golf courses.Treasure Hill bares its teeth. Of course, golfers respond positively to a positive attitude and Greenwood was no exception with the two flights, divided at eighteen and under, thoroughly enjoying a layout in excellent order with very consistent greens.In the top flight, Peter Ditz and Anders Haglund shared third place with 32 points, a mere point behind runner up Dave Edwards on 33.  The flight winner was Mark Lang and his best gross of the day, 78, gave him 36 points for a very fine win.In the second flight, scores were remarkably similar with Murray Edwards and Toshi Aoki sharing third place with 32 points and Masashi Iizumi taking second with 33 points.  The best round of the day was that of Aussie Leigh Abbey, so much in form at present, whose 40 points was more than could be expected on a tough course in breezy conditions.  Well done Leigh!There were no birdie ‘2’s and the non-winners’ beer draw was won by Barry Wilson, whilst the Booby Bevy went to a returning Dave Plaiter who had to purchase a pair of golf socks at the course in order to play his round in comfort.The presentation for the golfers back in Soi Buakhao coincided with the birthday celebrations for bar manager Khun Kob and the “moo haan” was delicious, whilst the bell was rung to herald the success of the day.  It would not have happened without the generosity hospitality of the management at the Elephant Bar in Soi Buakhao and of course Greenwood’s welcome supportive attitude.Pattavia’s greens – therein lies the challenge“Finally, the greens; herein lies the key to scoring well on this course.  Putting surfaces are very grain-dependant.  When this is combined with slope, the challenge becomes marked, especially when above or side-on to the hole……”This was written three weeks ago – on the occasion of our last visit here.  Back then, balls would, if hit softly enough, eventually stop.  Not today they didn’t.  When missing the hole from a position above or side-on, the ball would often continue with the slope – especially when it ran with the grain – finally coming to rest when hitting the collar of the apron, or rough.  In short, so close were the putting surfaces shaved, that in many instances the only thing stopping the ball was the hole.  Putting became a lottery.  This was not good.The Pattaya Golf Society’s five groups accepted that today, Dec. 10, being Constitution Day, was a public holiday.  Most of us, therefore, were prepared for the long day that followed.  The weather was perfect, with a cooling breeze making the hot and dry conditions excellent for golf.  The course, apart from the excessively fast greens, was in excellent shape.Despite the greens being as tricky as they were, three ‘2’s were recorded, by David Thomas on the 4th, and Andrew Purdie and Dorsey Richardson achieving theirs on the 7th.The short par-three 4th was also the designated hole for a bottle of whisky, donated by Michael McGuigan for closest to the pin.  This was won by Richard Dobson, who was unable to capitalise on his excellent tee shot.Scoring was tight with all four podium placegetters recording the same score; a modest four-over par 32 points.  Put this down to those greens.  Fast greens are one thing, but greens that combine slope with grain need to have sufficient grass such that balls can actually come to rest around the hole.  Today that proved impossible on too many occasions.  These greens need water “maak maak”.Back at the Elephant Bar, a welcome back was extended to Ken Lambert from the UK.  We also bid farewell to Anders Haglund returning to Sweden.  Alan Walker won the lucky beer draw and Michael McGuigan, suffering from golf’s version of tennis elbow, was awarded the booby bevvy.T1st David Thomas (6) 32ptsT1st Andrew Purdie (10) 32ptsT1st David Edwards (13) 32ptsT1st Masashi Iizumi (21) 32ptsTreasure Hill – meaner than a junkyard dogFriday, December 12 dawned beautifully warm and the Pattaya Golf Society relished the challenge that the day’s golf at Treasure Hill would inevitably throw up.  The course was well presented but there was evidence of recent sanding on the greens which were not quick.The two flights were divided at sixteen and under and got away on time.  The only question lay with the strong wind, which was in evidence all round and which changed direction many times on the same hole.  However, golf is golf, with all its trials.Traditionally the toughest track the PGS plays regularly, this day was to see Treasure Hill at its meanest with points having to be snatched from the claws of the beast.  Scores were ridiculously low off the white tees even though the field contained quality golfers.  Yet the range of points in both flights almost matched, showing that the handicaps were not only accurately set but also very equitable.In the second flight, runner-up place was shared by Canadian golfer Henry Mah and Mr Len with 26 points!  The winner was John Mason, truly claiming his place as a multiple winner at the course (yes, he did win once before there!) with 29 points.In the top flight, second place was shared by John Chelo and Anthony Molan with 27 points each whilst Alan Thomas took the flight honours with 30 points.The ‘2’s pot was shared by Jon Batty (6), Larry Gibb (6) and Peter Wilson (13) and the non-winner’s beer went to Mike King, a most appropriate choice.The Booby Bevy was presented to John Mason for leaving the bar with another golfer’s bag, which ironically contained a new set of irons, John’s being sixteen years old!  However the mistake was soon rectified but the group will have to wait a month to get its revenge on Treasure Hill.last_img read more

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Hail hammer

first_imgBy Melissa MeehanSTANDING on their Toomuc Valley balcony, Marie and Chas Harding survey the devastation caused by Saturday’s storms. They…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

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Crash can’t stop Croc’s party

first_imgBy NICOLE WILLIAMS NOTHING will stop the party at Pakenham’s Croc’s Play Centre. Despite a car driving through the centre…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

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Leinster Senior Hurling Final Match Tracker

first_imgThe referee blows the full time whistle….IT’S ALL OVER…….GALWAY ARE THE LEINSTER SENIOR HURLING CHAMPIONS FOR 2017!!!!!!Yellow Card for Greg LallyLee Chin with a free for Wexford…Galway 0-29 Wexford 1-17……Final thirty seconds……Yellow Cards for Owen Moore and Niall BurkeTom Monaghan has all the time in the world and he scores for Galway…..Galway 0-29 Wexford 1-16Shane Maloney scores Galway’s twenty eighth point! They lead Wexford 0-28 to 1-16Cathal Dunbar with a point for Wexford….Galway 0-27 Wexford 1-16Free Galway…Colm Callinan takes it but the ball is cleared by the Wexford backs…Greg Lally comes into the Galway team for Joseph CooneyShane Maloney comes in for Galway…..Joe Canning comes offJoseph Cooney with a great point…..Galway 0-27 Wexford 1-15Conor McDonald with a free and it is now Galway 0-26 Wexford 1-15Yellow Card Joe Canning (We think)Aidan Nolan has a goal chance for Wexford but it goes wideSix minutes left in Croke Park……Wexford Sub – Shane Tomkins comes onJoe Canning gets treatment but is ok to continueTen minutes left in the Leinster Hurling Final….And Niall Burke scores an incredible point…..Galway 0-26 Wexford 1-14 (17)Half Time in the Connacht Senior Ladies Football Final…..Galway 3-7 Mayo 0-4Conor Whelan to Conor Cooney…Another Galway Point…..Galway 0-25 Wexford 1-14Joe Canning with a sideline cut and he send it over the bar! Galway 0-24 Wexford 1-14Conor Whelan is fouled and Galway have a free…..Conor Cooney takes the free and he puts it over the bar….Galway 0-23 Wexford 1-14Conor Cooney with an important point given the recent pressure Galway 0-22 Wexford 1-14Free for Wexford….Conor McDonald scores and now it’s Galway 0-21 Wexford 1-14Into the final twenty minutes….Wexford are buzzing again…Cathal Dunbar comes into the Wexford TeamJack Guiney…..He has a chance…GOAL WEXFORD! They are back in the match….Galway 0-21 Wexford 1-13Lee Chin goes for a score…..Referee goes for Hawk Eye and the point is given….Galway 0-21 Wexford 0-13Galway are going through the gears…Joseph Cooney with an absolutely incredible score…Galway now lead by 0-21 to 0-12.The Galway Supporters are finding their voice…Joe Canning….What a point! Galway 0-20 Wexford 0-12.Padraig Mannion Makes another outstanding Catch and is fouled….Free GalwayOwen Moore comes in for Wexford…Joseph Cooney with another Galway Point….Galway 0-19 Wexford 0-12….Niall Burke with another Galway point…Galway now 0-18 to 0-12 up with Forty Five Minutes Gone in the Leinster Hurling Final….Mairead Seoige has scored ANOTHER Goal for Galway…They now lead 3-6 to 0-4Joe Canning scores another free…Galway 0-17 Wexford 0-12Conor Cooney and this time he scores an excellent point…Galway 0-16 Wexford 0-12Joe Canning takes the 65′ and it sails over the bar…Galway 0-15 Wexford 0-12….At the other end…..Conor Whelan….CLOSE……65′ Galway…..Lee Chin takes the 65’…….It goes over the bar….Galway 0-14 Wexford 0-12The Penalty from Conor McDonald…..SAVED BY CALLINANThe television pictures are showing that it was NOT a penaltyAidan Nolan has a chance…Brilliant save by Colm Callinan….Ball breaks….PENALTY WEXFORDConor Cooney tries for a point but it goes wide……It’s wide…..Galway lead 0-14 to 0-11Conor McDonald has a chance…The umpire calls Hawk Eye….Second Half is underway….David Redmond comes for Wexford for the second half…The Galway team are back out on the pitch for the Leinster Senior Hurling Final….The Attendance today at Croke Park….Galway getting a dream start in the Ladies Connacht Senior Football Final…They lead 2-5 to 0-1Bloody Hell…..Latest Score from the Ladies Connacht Senior Final…. Five Minutes Gone in the First Half….Galway 2-2 Mayo 0-0…Mairead Seoige and Niamh Duggan with the goals….Half Time Score…Galway 0-14 Wexford 0-11The clock reads 40 minutes…..Joe Canning with the free and he does not miss…Galway lead by 0-14 to 0-11 as referee Colm Lyons blows the whistle for Half TimeYellow Card for Jack Guiney of WexfordAidan Harte is hit late and a free for GalwayNiall Burke looked to have scored but the umpire waves it wideFoul on Lee Chin and they have a chance to close the gap to one….Conor McDonald takes it but he misses….Four Minutes of injury time to be played.Joseph Cooney with a great point and Galway now go two points in front…Galway 0-13 Wexford 0-11Lee Chin takes the free but it goes wideYellow Card for Tom Monaghan….Tough call on Monaghan who was only holding his ground…Galway putting the pressure on slightly and John Hanbury wins the free….Joe Canning scores point number five….Galway now in front…Galway 0-12 Wexford 0-11Galway sub – Thomas Monaghan comes in for Jason FlynnNow Conor Cooney scores for Galway….0-11 each with five minutes left in the first half….Wexford’s Willy Devereux now gets on the score sheet and they now lead 0-11 to 0-10.Joe Canning scores the free and the teams are level again…..Galway 0-10 Wexford 0-10Yellow Card James Breen for Wexford…Twenty Five Minutes gone in the game so far….Canning puts it between the post from between his own 65′ and 45’…Teams are level but Aidan Nolan gives Wexford the lead again. Wexford 0-10 Galway 0-9.Free for Galway….Chance for a leveler…Joe Canning will take it…Johnny Coen with the response for Galway….0-9 to 0-8Conor McDonald finds Paul Morris and Morris scores…Wexford 0-9 Galway 0-7Joseph Cooney hots back with a point for Galway and just one point separate the sides…Wexford 0-8 Galway 0-7 after twenty one minutes…Wexford tails are up at the minute…Jack O’Connor scores another point and Wexford now lead by two points….Lee Chin is going to take the free and it goes over the bar…Wexford 0-7 Galway 0-6This is a tight game of inches at this stage…Lee Chin is fouled and Wexford can take the lead…Conor McDonald takes possession and scores from outside the 45’….Teams are level again….0-6 each….Seventeen minutes gone…Padraig Mannion tries one as well but is hooked…..ball goes out for a line ball…Jason Flynn tries one from Half Way but it goes wide…Free Galway…..Joe Canning makes no mistake….Galway lead 0-6 to 0-5…..Anything Galway can do, Wexford respond….Matthew O’Hanlon this time for Wexford….0-5 each after fourteen minutes.Conor Cooney again for Galway with point number four…Galway lead 0-5 to 0-4.Galway back in front with a point from Conor Cooney….Diarmuid O’Keeffe hits back for Wexford…Teams are level again…Galway 0-4 Wexford 0-4McDonald scores and the teams are level…..Galway 0-3 Wexford 0-3…Eleven Minutes gone…..Ref Colm Lyons not popular with Galway supporters at the moment….Free Wexford….Conor McDonald will take it….Small worry for Galway…..Niall Burke gets treatment for a knock but he gets up after a couple of minutes….Conor Cooney picks up a yellow card.Conor McDonald responds with a good point for Wexford…Galway 0-3 Wexford 0-2….Seven minutes gone…Padraic Mannion tries one from half way and it flies over the bar…Galway 0-3 Wexford 0-1Four minutes gone and Paul Morris scores Wexford’s first point….Galway 0-2 Wexford 0-1Galway free after Conor Whelan is fouled…..Joe Canning points and Galway now lead 0-2 to 0-0.Aidan Nolan attempts a shot for Wexford but it goes wide…..Back in Croke Park…..The game is underway and Conor Cooney points for Galway after 30 seconds….Galway 0-1 Wexford 0-0The stage is setIn McHale Park…The All-Ireland winning Galway Under 14 Ladies have arrived….The Parade is underway…Almost time for throw in….The players are out on the pitch and are currently meeting the President of Ireland Michael D Higgins…Wexford Team News……No Changes from the match programme….Kerry have won the Munster Senior Football Final hammering Cork by 1-23 to 0-15It has been confirmed….Cathal Mannion to miss the game…Jason Flynn replaces himKilkenny have won the Leinster Minor Final beating Dublin by 3-15 to 1-17.The Galway team are due out on the pitch at 3.30……Team News….Cathal Mannion may not start the game due to injury and it looks like he will be replaced by Jason FlynnHalf Time in the Munster Senior Football Final – Kerry 0-11 Cork 0-7The Teams as listed in the programme…..Nice view from the Hogan Stand….The Teams were announced on Friday Evening….Galway  made one change from the team that defeated Offaly in Leinster Senior Hurling Championship Semi Final with Joseph Cooney replacing Jason Flynn and Cathal Mannion despite being a major doubt due to ankle injury is fit enough to make the Galway team. Wexford have stuck with the same team that defeated Kilkenny and sharp shooter Conor McDonald has been deemed fit enough to start.Galway (Leinster SHC final v Wexford): Colm Callanan; Adrian Touhy, Daithi Burke, John Hanbury; Padraic Mannion, Gearoid McInerney, Aidan Harte; Johnny Coen, David Burke; Niall Burke, Joe Canning, Joseph Cooney; Conor Whelan, Conor Cooney, Cathal Mannion.Wexford (Leinster SHC v Galway): Mark Fanning; Willie Devereux, Liam Ryan, James Breen; Simon Donohoe, Matthew O’Hanlon, Diarmuid O’Keeffe; Shaun Murphy, Aidan Nolan; Jack O’Connor, Lee Chin, Conor McDonald; Paul Morris, Jack Gibney, Harry Kehoe.All Teams news with be up shortly and why not get involved by going to our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/GBFMSports/ or text us on 53995 and leave a comment!It’s Galway and Wexford with Galway looking to win their first Leinster Senior Hurling Crown since 2012!Hello and Welcome To Galway Bay FM’s Match Tracker for the Leinster Senior Hurling Final.print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email Thanks for reading…Roll on next weekend and the Connacht Senior Football Final between Galway and Roscommon! What a day for Galway Hurling…Leinster Senior Hurling Champions for 2017….Next up is the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Semi-Final….last_img read more

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Roses seal Malawi clean sweep

first_imgThe Roses had won their first two meetings with Malawi but, with captain Ama Agbeze collecting the Player of the Series award, they completed a third consecutive victory.For the first time in the three-match Series, the Queens started strongly and threatened a first win over their illustrious hosts but the Roses retained their composure to win a match which, at one stage, had seen them fall nine goals behind.Having started on the back foot in the previous two games, the Queens came flying out of the blocks and caught England cold. At the end of the opening 15 minutes, the Queens were 18-10 ahead.A spree of turnovers eventually saw Natalie Haythornthwaite score from range and that sparked England into life. With the gap at five, a fantastic spell saw Cardwell keep her nerve to put the Roses within touching distance, trailing 30-31 at the half-time interval.A composed double finish from player of the match Haythornthwaite finally saw the Roses take a lead but lost possession in the mid-court saw the momentum swing one final time in the quarter as the Queens netted twice to take a 46-45 lead.The Roses pressure eventually told and the teams were once more tied at 59-59 with just two minutes left on the clock.The experience of Jade Clarke in the mid-court took over and patient movement through the court set-up Rachel Dunn to score and finally seal a dramatic victory.Roses starting 7: GS – Cardwell, GA – Corbin, WA – Haythornthwaite, C – Clarke, WD – Cobden, GD – Gibson, GK – AgbezeQueens starting 7: GS – Kumwenda, GA – Chimaliro, WA – Galleta, C – Lwazi, WD – Sambo, GD – Kachilika, GK – Ngwiralast_img read more

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Rested Hamilton hoping to be fighting fit for Hungary

first_imgFormula One world champion Lewis Hamilton hopes to be fully fit for Sunday’s Hungarian Grand Prix after being laid low by a bug in Germany last weekend and then taking to his sickbed.The Mercedes driver won from pole position last year at the Hungaroring, a track he has triumphed on a record six times in total.The five-times world champion finished only 11th at Hockenheim, however, before being promoted to ninth after the Alfa Romeo drivers were demoted for clutch-related irregularities.“I’ve slept literally the last three days. So I feel a lot better,” he told reporters at a hot and sunny Hungaroring on Thursday.“I’m hoping to be 100% by the weekend. I still feel I need a bit more rest. I’ve just been fighting off some sort of bug,” the Briton added.“I definitely feel I am in a much, much better fighting shape for the weekend, so I can’t tell you how good that feels. I’m looking forward to getting back in the car, which is completely different to how I was feeling.“Last Friday, getting in the car was not such a good feeling.”The rain-hit German Grand Prix weekend was a comedy of errors for Hamilton and Mercedes, even if neither found anything remotely amusing about it.Hamilton started on pole, hit the barriers, made a chaotic pitstop and also spun.At one point he suggested over the radio that the team should retire him — something he ascribed on Thursday to purely wanting to save laps on the engine, with only three allowed all season, rather than giving up.Asked to sum up the weekend in three words, Hamilton — looking and sounding relaxed — replied with a grin: “I’d rather not.”“I’m focused on this weekend now. I don’t have any negative feelings or carrying weight from that weekend,” he added. “I’ll just try and focus 100% on this weekend. I don’t plan on looking back.“It was just a bad day. It’s something I’m conscious of. It was just a difficult weekend and these things happen.”Thanks to the post-race stewards’ decisions, Hamilton arrived in Hungary with a 41-point lead over Finnish team mate Valtteri Bottas.Another win will see him go into the August break with at least a 48-point advantage — double the lead he enjoyed over Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel at the same point last year.“I think the weather’s similar to the last time here so I’m definitely hopeful the car will be better this weekend,” said Hamilton.last_img read more

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