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Gabriela Knutson eliminated from NCAA women’s tennis singles tournament in two set loss

first_img Published on May 25, 2018 at 12:39 pm Contact Anthony: amdabbun@syr.edu Facebook Twitter Google+ No. 5 Gabriela Knutson’s singles season came to an end Friday morning after No. 22 Mayar Sherif Ahmed of Pepperdine defeated Syracuse’s first singles in a tight two-set affair, 6-4, 7-5. The pair went back and forth most of the afternoon, but Sherif won big points at the end of sets to book her spot in the NCAA women’s tennis quarterfinals.Knutson was the aggressor from the opening point, but Sherif used a slice backhand early on to throw Knutson off her rhythm and force errors. Sherif grabbed the break of serve and consolidated it on her own service, winning both games at deuce to take a 2-0 lead.The SU junior pulled herself level in the match, breaking serve with a big forehand that forced Sherif into an error. Once Knutson held serve comfortably to take her first lead in the match at 4-3, she appeared to have taken control.Sherif, however, won another deuce down 4-3 to hold serve, then took advantage of Knutson’s mistakes to recapture the lead. Sherif served out the opening set, 6-4.Knutson took control of the second set early, grabbing a break of serve in the fourth game. With a 3-1 lead, Knutson needed to hold serve to consolidate her break. Knutson missed a forehand into the net down break point, then slammed an extra tennis ball into the side fence and walked to her chair.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSherif and Knutson traded serves for the ensuing five games, until Knutson, again, faltered at the end of the set. On serve at 5-all, Knutson was broken at love. As her forehand hit the net, Sherif fist pumped and jogged to her chair, as Knutson stood at mid-court in disbelief.Knutson fought her way to break point on deuce, needing a break to keep her tournament hopes alive. But Sherif hit a crosscourt backhand winner to finish the match, 7-5, ending Knutson’s singles season and causing her to fall short of the quarterfinals goal she set before the tournament.Her season continues as she partners with Miranda Ramirez in doubles at 1:30 p.m., playing for a spot in the quarterfinals. Commentslast_img read more

Italian GP: Raikkonen Breaks Record to Take Pole

first_imgFerrari’s Kimi Raikkonen set the fastest lap in Formula 1 history as he stole pole position from the title contenders at the Italian Grand Prix. The 38-year-old Finn triumphed in a thrilling fight at Monza with team-mate Sebastian Vettel and Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton, taking pole with the last lap of the session.Hamilton was fastest after the first runs and improved on his second lap, but Vettel beat him before Raikkonen pipped both.Raikkonen’s lap of one minute 19.119 seconds meant he averaged 163.793mph. The previous record – 1:19.525 (162.950mph) – was set by Juan Pablo Montoya in a Williams in 2004. Vettel was not happy, saying “we speak after” as his engineer told him the result. The German declined to elaborate when asked to say what he meant.In one of the most exciting qualifying sessions for some time, Hamilton fought to overcome what appears to be a slight Ferrari pace advantage and appeared at one stage to have done it.On the first runs in final qualifying, Hamilton set a 1:19.390, beating Raikkonen by just 0.069secs, with Vettel third just 0.038secs behind the Finn.Hamilton improved to a 1:19.294 on his final run, but the Ferraris had positioned themselves behind him, Vettel in front of Raikkonen, and the slipstream the second Ferrari driver got may have proved decisive.Raikkonen, whose pole was his first since Monaco last year, was pleased to set the quickest time on Ferrari’s home track.He said: “I couldn’t think of being on pole in a better race. I am hoping tomorrow I can end up in the same position.”That remains to be seen, as Vettel is 17 points adrift in his close title fight with Hamilton.Vettel said: “Not entirely happy with my last run but Kimi was a bit too fast in the end. It is always like this in Monza, for him it was in the sweet spot. My lap was not very good but for now we have both cars on the front row.”Hamilton said: “Ferrari did a solid job. We gave it everything we could, it is very close between us but they have had the upper hand this weekend. We will give it everything we can tomorrow. “It was so intense and that’s how F1 should be.”Hamilton’s team-mate Valtteri Bottas, who has been off the pace all weekend, ended up fourth, 0.362secs behind the Briton. Red Bull’s Max Verstappen, Haas’ Romain Grosjean, Renault’s Carlos Sainz, Force India’s Esteban Ocon, Toro Rosso’s Pierre Gasly and Williams’ Lance Stroll completed the top 10.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Kimi Raikkonenlast_img read more