Del Potro to face Ferrer

Del Potro to face Ferrer

Auckland : Juan Martin del Potro kept his Australian Open preparations on track with a 7-6(4) 6-3 win over Russia’s Karen Khachanov in the Auckland Classic yesterday, setting up a semi-final meeting with David Ferrer.

Former US Open champion Del Potro fired down 11 aces and did not face a break point during the one hour, 33 minutes match.

The 29-year-old second seed, who won the tournament the last time he played in it in 2009, will now return to the top 10 in the ATP rankings on Monday for the first time since August 2014 after struggling with injuries over the past few years.

Waiting for Del Potro in the last four will be Spaniard Ferrer, who brushed aside ATP NextGen Finals champion Chung Hyeon of South Korea 6-3 6-2.

Ferrer is yet to drop a set in Auckland and has shown glimpses of his old form that saw him win the tournament in 2007, 2011, 2012 and 2013.

“I tried to play consistent and aggressive because with Chung, he plays with power, and it’s never easy,” Ferrer said in a court-side interview. “He has a really great future.”

Ferrer’s countryman Roberto Bautista Agut will play Dutchman Robin Haase in the other semi-final.

2016 champion Bautista Agut defeated Czech Jiri Vesely 7-6(1) 6-2 in the last eight while Hasse beat Peter Gojowczyk of Germany 6-4 6-4. 




Performance lab open for football players

Performance lab open for football players

The Bahrain Olympic Committee’s (BOC) Athletic Performance Lab started providing a set of medical services for all Bahrain national team athletes.BOC Projects director Lounes Madene said that the performance laboratory is managed by sports specialist Dr. Vladimir Su

Thomas De Gendt wins Romandie stage two

Thomas De Gendt wins Romandie stage two

Zurich : Thomas De Gendt (Lotto Soudal) added to his portfolio of breakaway wins on stage 2 of the Tour de Romandie, going clear in the opening kilometres with four others before dropping them all in turn to celebrate a solo victory

Ibrahimovic rules out World Cup comeback

Ibrahimovic rules out World Cup comeback

Stockholm : Ending weeks of speculation, the Swedish football federation announced yesterday that star striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who quit the national squad in 2016, will not make a comeback for the World Cup in Russia.


First man to open Venice Film Festival

First man to open Venice Film Festival

Los Angeles : Oscar-winning director Damien Chazelles space race drama “First Man” will open the 75th annual Venice International Film Festival on August 29. This will mark the second opening-night Venice bow for Chazelle. His previous film, “La La Land,” kicked

AirAsia announces $30bn deal for 100 Airbus planes

AirAsia announces $30bn deal for 100 Airbus planes

Sepang : Malaysian budget airline AirAsia announced a $30 billion order for 100 Airbus A330neo long-haul planes on Thursday as it sets its sights on European routes.  The first delivery of the passenger jets will arrive towards the end of 2019 and will allo

Women fly against cockpit prejudices

Women fly against cockpit prejudices

Farnborough : When a stricken Southwest Airlines jet was expertly landed after an emergency descent in April, saving 148 lives, it was a surprise to some that a woman was at the controls. Role models remain f

Alphabet to deploy balloon Internet in Kenya

Alphabet to deploy balloon Internet in Kenya

Nairobi : Alphabet Inc’s Loon said yesterday it would deploy its system of balloons to beam high-speed Internet access with Telkom Kenya from next year to cover rural and suburban populations, marking its first commercial deal in Africa. Known as Project Loon,

Trump slams record EU fine against Google

Trump slams record EU fine against Google

Washington : President Donald Trump lashed out yesterday after Brussels hit US tech giant Google with a record fine, and warned he would no longer allow Europe to take “advantage” of the United States. “I told you so! The European Union just slapped

Promoting Islamic way of life, Al Zayani style

Promoting Islamic way of life, Al Zayani style

Yousif Al Zayani, a social activist and the custodian of Yousif Sami AlZayani Mosque in Hamala, has embarked on a mission to encourage Muslim foreign workers to adopt Islamic way of life, offering attractive rewards. Al Zayani told Tribune yesterday that he organises numerous programmes t

Mangroves tours to Tubli Bay launched

Mangroves tours to Tubli Bay launched

Public can now visit and enjoy a view of the mangrove forest and marine biotope at Tubli Bay as Bahrain Tourism and Exhibitions Authority (BTEA) has launched tours to the eco-tourism spot. BTEA in collaboration with the Supreme Council for Environment, announced the launch of mangrove tours to Tu

Paycheck impact on govt expenses dropped slightly

Paycheck impact on govt expenses dropped slightly

While salaries continue to dominate the actual expenditures of government entities in the Kingdom, a Civil Service Bureau report has said it has recorded a 3.5 per cent decline in this regard from 2016. The report, based on inputs from 47 government entities during the last two years, sai

Factory selling expired chocolates shut-down

Factory selling expired chocolates shut-down

A private chocolate factory has been shut down for using expired ingredients in its product line, said the Public Prosecution in a statement. The move followed a complaint received by the police following which the Public Prosecution notified the Public Health Department to inspect and se

Man Jailed for forging medical certificate

Man Jailed for forging medical certificate

Frustration over a 13-day waiting period to obtain a medical certificate has landed a Bahraini man in jail for three years, as he instead resorted to creating a fake certificate. The 30-year-old man, according to court files, decided to go for fake certificates as he grew impatient over t

Jailed for attacking Jau prison guards

Jailed for attacking Jau prison guards

The High Criminal Court handed down a man a jail term of one-year for attacking two prison guards in the Jau Prison. The suspect, during a hearing, told the court that he got provoked when the guards denied him entry into his cell as wanted to pray. The incident, accordi