Federer shines bright in twilight zone

first_imgDuterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer Malacañang open to creating Taal Commission Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer IT happens: Facebook sorry for Xi Jinping’s name mistranslation NBA eliminates timeouts to keep the ends of games moving MOST READ Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite It would also take him to 19 career majors and make him the oldest champion at Wimbledon in the Open era.“The plan was always to hopefully be strong later on in my career,” said Federer who will face Tomas Berdych in Friday’s semi-finals.“I don’t see myself playing better than a few years ago. I always hope to improve every year.“I’m just very happy that I’m still doing so well. Am I surprised? Maybe a little bit.”The contrast between Federer and Murray and Djokovic on Wednesday was impossible to ignore.ADVERTISEMENT Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet Defending champion and world number one Murray lost in five sets to Sam Querrey of the United States, hobbled by a long-standing right hip injury.Djokovic, the three-time winner, quit after two games of the second set of his quarter-final against Berdych with a right elbow injury.Like Murray’s hip, the elbow problem plaguing Djokovic has been a constant menace for many seasons.It has got so bad that Djokovic admitted he is contemplating either surgery or even an extended break from the sport.Federer has already trimmed back his schedule, skipping the 2016 and 2017 French Opens which were won by Djokovic and Nadal.After losing to Raonic in the Wimbledon semi-finals last year, Federer shut down his season to rest a knee injury which had already required surgery earlier in 2016.He came back in January this year, won the Australian Open for his 18th Slam, added the Indian Wells-Miami Masters double before hibernating again through the claycourt season.“Once you hit 30, you’ve got to look back and think of how much tennis have I played, how much rest did I give my body over the years, how much training have I done, did I do enough, did I overdo it or not enough,” he explained.“It’s always calibrating the whole thing. For me it worked out. Sometimes the body and the mind do need a rest.” CBB It was his 100th match at the All England Club and the 50th Grand Slam quarter-final of his career.At 35, Federer is the second oldest man to reach the semi-finals after Ken Rosewall who finished runner-up in 1974 at the age of 39.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’READ: Djokovic ponders long break ‘for body and mind’With ‘Big Four’ rivals Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic suffering injury-hit exits on Wednesday and Rafael Nadal having lost in the fourth round, Federer is favourite to reclaim the Wimbledon title on Sunday and break the tie for seven he has shared with Pete Sampras since 2012.center_img Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ View comments LATEST STORIES Switzerland’s Roger Federer, left, celebrates as he leaves the court after beating Canada’s Milos Raonic, right, at the end of their Men’s Singles Quarterfinal Match on day nine at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London Wednesday, July 12, 2017. APLONDON, United Kingdom — Roger Federer insists he is only slightly surprised to find himself tantalizingly within touching distance of a record eighth Wimbledon title despite his 36th birthday fast approaching.The Swiss star reached the Wimbledon semi-finals for the 12th time on Wednesday with a 6-4, 6-2, 7-6 (7/4) win over Milos Raonic.ADVERTISEMENT End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano LIVE: Sinulog 2020 Grand Parade Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

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83-year old Arcadia woman flies plane solo for first tme

first_imgBefore dating Roan, Williams had never ridden in a small plane, much less had any experience flying one. “When I first came here, I didn’t know what they were talking about,” Williams said. “It was like a foreign language.” The couple met through a mutual friend at an Arcadia Senior Center dance about a year ago. Williams approached Roan and asked him to take her on a flight. Williams began taking flying lessons one to three times a week, and the couple take trips on Saturdays. “I go flying and he goes ballroom dancing with me,” Williams said. EL MONTE – Mary Williams got a new perspective on the world a couple months after her 83rd birthday. The Arcadia resident and pilot flew solo for the first time in her life on Wednesday, soaring about 3,000 feet above ground in a Cessna 152 two-seater plane for about 30 minutes for three takeoffs and landings. “The view was so nice,” Williams said in an interview the next day. “I never, ever thought I would be flying a plane.” Williams began taking lessons in August at El Monte Airport, encouraged by her boyfriend, Temple City resident Lee Roan, 77, a longtime recreational pilot. He wanted to make sure she could land the plane if he ever “conked out,” he explained. “Once a week,” Lee was quick to add. The first question on Saturday mornings is about where to go for breakfast. With their aviation buddies, the couple have flown to Chino, Riverside, Lancaster and Apple Valley. It’s about 30 minutes by air to Catalina Island and about 40 minutes to Big Bear. While flying in a two-seater plane may be stomach churning to some, Williams said she feels at ease when she flies. “I feel more safe in a plane than in a car,” Williams said. “If you understand the plane, there’s no fear.” Flying solo for the first time is a milestone achievement for any student, said Darlene Kellogg, Williams’ instructor at Universal Air Academy in El Monte. “You never forget your first solo,” Kellogg said. Williams logged about 70 hours of instruction before she took off on her own. “I just talked myself through it,” Williams said. Operating a plane involves procedures that come easily enough with practice, Williams said. On the dashboard is an assortment of switches and throttles, as well as a bevy of instruments monitoring air speed, attitude, bank and pitch and vertical speed, among other things. “She’s more full of life than people half her age,” said Kellogg. “She’s such a pleasure to fly with. She’s very sharp, she’s very smart, and she really loves to fly.” Plane rental costs about $70 an hour, and instruction about $30 an hour. Williams has a student’s license, which means she has passed a medical exam – her eyesight is perfect – and needs an instructor’s endorsement to fly. She also must undergo flight review every two years. Williams studied physical education at USC and was the first in her family to attend college. She raised three children and was a high school teacher and counselor for 39 years with the Los Angeles Unified School District. After retiring at age 60, Williams stayed busy with hobbies including line-dancing, sailing and golf. “I’ve always been active,” she said. “I think if you are active, you stay young at heart.” patricia.ho@sgvn.com (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4586 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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