PVL: FEU tramples San Sebastian in straight sets

first_imgKammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Read Next LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief LATEST STORIES With the All-Star Game over, CJ Perez quickly shifts focus on 2nd round San Sebastian, which went to two straight NCAA finals, will now make do without the lethal Grethcel Soltones, who carried the Lady Stags for the past couple of seasons.“So far so good, and I told them to we have to start this tournament on a good note so we can end this on the same level,” said new FEU head coach George Pascua, who replaced Shaq Delos Santos. “They have to release their maximum potential in the games.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“Of course our goal is the championship because it’s still a different when you win a championship, that’s the objective of the team.”Nikka Dalisay led the Lady Stags with 10 points. View comments Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding FILE PHOTO – FEU’s Bernadeth Pons (2) celebrates with her teammates. Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netFar Eastern University gored through rebuilding San Sebastian in three sets, 25-17, 25-21, 25-14, in its first match in the Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference Sunday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.Team captain Bernadeth Pons led the Lady Tamaraws with 13 points while Toni Rose Basas added 11.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd PLAY LIST 02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd00:50Trending Articles01:08Two elephants trample crowd at Sri Lankan pageant, injuring 1701:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspensionlast_img read more

Brady, Belichick donate to J.J. Watt’s hurricane relief fund

first_imgE.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  Read Next Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Lucky 13: Lyceum clinches Final Four seat, remains unbeaten LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Citibank donates $1M for ‘Yolanda’ rehabilitation PLAY LIST 01:42Citibank donates $1M for ‘Yolanda’ rehabilitation02:48Duterte to Roxas: Where are the billions of Yolanda funds?02:16Relief efforts intensify in ‘Yolanda’ affected areas01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots reacts before a preseason game with the New York Giants at Gillette Stadium on August 31, 2017 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. Jim Rogash/Getty Images/AFPFOXBOROUGH, Massachusetts (AP) — Patriots quarterback Tom Brady has donated $100,000 to the Hurricane Harvey relief fund started by Texans pass-rusher J.J. Watt, and New England coach Bill Belichick has pitched in $50,000.Watt called the donations “incredibly kind gestures (that) … show what type of people they are.”ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Harvey slammed South Texas with torrential rain that flooded parts of Houston and nearby cities, forcing thousands to evacuate their homes. Watt initially hoped to raise $100,000 but blew through that goal on his way to $37 million.Brady says he has a lot of friends in Houston. “I think everybody was pretty touched by what happened,” he said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe Patriots play the Texans on Sunday in New England. View commentslast_img read more

Heruela plays key role in SMB’s Game 3 win

first_imgWorld’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide TNT’s Pogoy scoreless since career performance in Game 1 Heruela finished with five points, two assists, a rebound, and a steal with no turnovers in his 14 minutes on the floor, but more importantly, he also hounded Jayson Castro on defense which added to the struggles of the KaTropa’s main gunner.June Mar Fajardo said he’s no longer surprised with the way Heruela is playing in the finals.After all, he’s the same guy who proved to be the perfect backcourt partner for the now three-time PBA MVP back in their days in University of Cebu.“We know what Brian can do. since his days in Blackwater, he was the starting point guard and we know he can contribute to the team. I’m just happy for him that he came in and was able to help us out,” Fajardo said in Filipino.Heruela shunned the praises and credited the huge second half spurt to San Miguel’s execution as a cohesive unit.ADVERTISEMENT Brian Heruela. PBA IMAGESBrian Heruela may be San Miguel’s third-string point guard, but for the second straight game, he has proven that he’s just as good as any starting playmaker in the league today.Starting in place of Chris Ross in the second half, the stocky guard filled the role admirably in Game 3 of the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals as he orchestrated a pivotal 16-5 run which tilted the momentum to the Beermen’s side en route to a 109-97 victory over TNT on Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken “I think it’s a collective effort from the whole team,” he said. “Me personally, I just want to play hard and do the best way I can to help my team in every way. Good thing that we had a good run, we executed well, and we’re able to have good defense which is why things went our way.”Though he’s not expecting anything in the coming games, Heruela shared that as always, he’s ready anytime coach Leo Austria calls his number.“I always prepare myself mentally and physically. Whenever coach puts me in, I’m always ready,” he said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next What ‘missteps’? WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire MOST READcenter_img Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Heruela was making all the right plays that Ross almost didn’t want to go back in the game in fears of ruining San Miguel’s flow.“I was telling the coaches in the third quarter, ‘Don’t worry about me. Let them play, let those guys play and get their confidence because we have a really talented team from all the way down to the last man on the bench.’ Everyone’s capable of contributing and coach has a way and its won us a lot of titles, but when those guys get their numbers called, they’re ready and they produced for us,” he said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutRoss also gave Heruela his stamp of approval.“He was amazing, man. When I got the flagrant one, he came in and we didn’t miss a beat.” Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

McKines wishes players well, hopes SMB wins Grand Slam

first_imgEthel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The 29-year-old forward averaged 26.2 points, 14.2 rebounds, 4.4 assists, 1.4 blocks, and 1.2 steals in five games this conference but San Miguel went just 3-2 during that stretch. Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo The Beermen replaced McKines with Terik Bridgeman, who underwhelmed in his debut on Saturday, netting only two points on 1-of-4 shooting with six turnovers in the Beermen’s 90-79 defeat to Alaska.The loss sent San Miguel to only its second back-to-back losses this season.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next US Open glance: Muguruza vs. Kvitova highlights 4th round Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netWendell McKines aired his grievances on his Twitter account after San Miguel decided to go the other way and replace him as its import in the ongoing 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup.McKines also expressed his regret not being able to play more games alongside June Mar Fajardo and not finishing his job with the team.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim View comments Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side ‘Excited’ Terrence Romeo out to cherish first PBA finals appearance PLAY LIST 01:30’Excited’ Terrence Romeo out to cherish first PBA finals appearance00:50Trending Articles01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games I wish I would have played more than 1 full game with Junemar. I wish the players the best and hope they go get that grand slam.— Wendell Mckines (@Mr_WensdayFC) September 2, 2017FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening LATEST STORIES MOST READlast_img read more

54th National Shooting Championships: Rajkumari rules as Tejaswini misfires

first_imgWorld champion Tejaswini Sawant came up with a lacklustre effort, getting beaten to the gold by Madhya Pradesh’s Rajkumari Rathore in the women’s 50m rifle prone at the 54th National Shooting Championships in Delhi on Friday.Rajkumari, who was on a break from shooting in the last year-and-a-half for having a baby, shot 592 out of 600 to clinch top spot in this non-Olympic event, in which no final is held. Meena Kumari of Himachal Pradesh finished second with 591 while Tejaswini, representing Maharashtra, was third with 589.However, the efforts of Tejaswini, Deepali Deshpande and Tejaswini Mulay gave Maharashtra the senior team gold with a total score of 1750, with army taking the silver and Railways the bronze. Karnataka’s Rekha C. took the juniors’ gold with a score of 586, while the junior team gold went to Madhya Pradesh.Rajkumari, 28, told Mail Today after her match that the key to her success had been a will to compete with herself. “Basically I didn’t go into the match thinking about the fact that I was shooting against the world champion or anything. It was just a case of trying to better my own score and that happened, so I’m very happy,” she said.When asked about how she manages her shooting and family, Rajkumari said: “My husband’s mental support is something I really appreciate, because I don’t have a coach. Also, nowadays, leaving my one-and-a-half year old daughter, Sanskriti, is difficult for me but in the last two World Cups that I competed in last year and also here, I have left her behind because my mother-in-law takes great care of her.”advertisementMeanwhile, the men’s 10m air rifle also got underway on Friday with India’s first individual Olympic gold medallist, Abhinav Bindra, leading the way. Bindra shot with a rifle bearing a logo that said – ‘Ready for London’. However, his score of just 592 out of 600 did not indicate he really was ready. Hardeep Singh (591) of the army lies second, with Karnataka’s Rakesh Manpat (590) and navy’s PT Raghunath (589) close behind. World record holder Gagan Narang will compete on Saturday, after which the final will be contested.In another event on the day, Jaspal Rana made a storming start to the rapid-fire pistol, finishing up with a score of 285 out of 300 in the first stage of the two-stage competition. Rana, representing Delhi, is currently placed second, along with army’s Pemba Tamang and navy’s Rahul Panwar, with another armyman, Commonwealth Games gold medallist Vijay Kumar, in the lead at 289. The second stage and the final – which will be played in a new format devised by the International Shooting Sports Federation – will be held on Saturday.Mansher leads in trialSingh took the lead on Day 1 of the first trial with a score of 73 out of 75. Mansher, who has been a constant feature in the national team since the early 1980s, overcame a major disappointment in the national final last week – where he finished fourth – to reel off scores of 24, 25 and 24 in the three rounds.National champion Manavjit Singh Sandhu and junior champion Kynan Chenai trail Mansher by two points.In the skeet trial being conducted simultaneously, army shooter Allan Daniel Peoples shot a brilliant score of 75 out of 75 to lead the way, ahead of Arozepal Sandhu (73) and national champ Mairaj Ahmad Khan (72).The final two rounds in both these events will take place on Saturday, with a second trial to be held on Monday and Tuesday.last_img read more

Netherlands aim to recreate ‘total cricket’

first_imgAs the Netherlands gear up for their World Cup opener against England, the mostly amateur team is drawing inspiration from the day it played “total cricket” at the tradition-steeped headquarters of the sport.The February 22 match in Nagpur gives the Dutch a chance to repeat one of the most celebrated moments in the country’s relatively short cricket history – beating England by four wickets at Lord’s in a thrilling start to the 2009 Twenty20 World Cup.”We know what the feeling is like winning a massive game,” said left arm spinner Pieter Seelaar, who took the crucial wicket of England captain Paul Collingwood in the Twenty20 World Cup opener. “No one will underestimate us this time around … hopefully we can do something to make the world go crazy.”Writing in London’s Daily Telegraph newspaper, former England allrounder Derek Pringle described the Dutch performance as “total cricket,” a flattering reference to the dominating “total football” played by the Netherlands’ football teams of the 1970s.The match was a rare highlight for the Netherlands, which has managed just two wins – against Namibia and Scotland – in three ODI World Cups but wants to improve its record this time around by pulling off a shock win against one of cricket’s established powers.The likes of Seelaar know that a repeat of the stunning Twenty20 victory over England is unlikely in the longer form of the game – especially as a few England players will likely be out for revenge.”I think there are still some guys who’ve got some feelings there,” Seelaar said. “Stuart Broad obviously.”advertisementIt was Broad who bowled the last over and missed a run out on the final ball of the match, allowing Ryan Ten Doeschate and Edgar Schiferli to scamper through for an overthrow to seal the unlikely Dutch victory.”They’ll be fired up to show how good they really are,” said Seelaar, whose spin helped restrict England to 162-5 after a century opening stand by Ravi Bopara and Luke Wright appeared to have put the hosts on track for a huge total.The Netherlands captain Peter BorrenThe Netherlands’ New Zealand-born captain, Peter Borren, acknowledged that beating England again would be a very tall order for a team with only a handful of full-time professional players.”I guess it’s a completely different ball game, being 50-over cricket, but it gives you confidence,” he said. “We’ve competed with them before, albeit at a different format. Each ball’s a new event and we can compete with them again.”Ten Doeschate, the Essex all-rounder who played for Tasmania in Australia’s Twenty20 competition this season, is likely to again be the Netherlands’ biggest star at the World Cup.The 30-year-old from Port Elizabeth, South Africa, played a pivotal role with bat and ball in the victory over England.Bowling his right arm medium pace, he snared the wickets of both England openers and then smashed an unbeaten 22 off 17 balls to secure victory.While Ten Doeschate makes a living playing cricket, the Netherlands has not been able to cash in on the brief global exposure generated by the England win.The team has struggled to find sponsors even for the World Cup in cricket-crazy Indian, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka and most of the players still have to combine training with work or study.”There are not enough sponsors here,” Seelaar said. “I would like to play as a professional, but unfortunately it’s not there.”Seelaar, who is studying sports marketing, said some English county sides “showed an interest” in him after the 2009 Twenty20 World Cup, but not enough to sign him.Now he’s hoping he can make his mark at the 50-over World Cup.”Hopefully I can show what I can do and there’ll be someone who believes in me and says ‘yes we’ll give him a shot,'” he said.last_img read more

Asian Cup: World champion Mary Kom wins gold

first_imgFive-time world champion M C Mary Kom (48kg) clinched her first gold medal of the year by finishing on top in the Asian Cup Women’s Boxing tournament in Haikou, China.The mother-of-two from Manipur claimed the gold after beating Asian champion Kim Myong Sim of North Korea 4-3 in the final.Playing her first tournament since her bronze medal at the 2010 Guangzhou Asian Games, Mary Kom had made a place in the last two of her weight division after drubbing Kate Appari of Philippines.In the title clash she had to work hard as her North Korean opponent put up a stiff challenge.In the end though, it was the skill and agility of the world champion that came through as she went on to clinch the yellow metal, the Indian Boxing Federation said in a statement.However, he other Indian in fray, Pavitra (57kg) had to face defeat in the finals as she lost 6-11 to Tossamalee Thonalan of Thailand.Earlier in the tournament Neetu (60kg), Kavita Goyat (75kg), Laxmi Padiya (81kg) and Kavita Chahal (+81kg) earned bronze medals for their performance.PTIlast_img read more

PCB unhappy with ICC Task Force recommendations

first_imgThe Pakistan Cricket Board is unhappy with some of the recommendations made by the ICC’s Task Team to reform the sport in the troubled country.PCB chairman Ijaz ButtWell-placed sources told PTI that while the PCB was happy that the ICC task force recognised the need and compulsion for Pakistan and India to resume bilateral ties, it had reservations over some other recommendations in their final report presented to the ICC executive council in Hong Kong.”Making recommendations or suggestions about the quality of cricket balls we use in our domestic cricket or on our selection process are issues that should not concern the task force and purely internal matters of the PCB,” one source said. The PTT has recommended reforms on how the board should be run and on even issues like selection, managerial appointments and use of standard ball in domestic cricket.Among the 63 recommendations listed by the PTT is also one about reducing powers of the Chairman and having a chief executive with more authority. Presently board Chairman Ijaz Butt also holds the post of chief executive as per the PCB constitution.”The PTT was formed in 2009 with focus on security situation on Pakistan after the attack on the Sri Lankan team but their role got more wide ranging and while we respect their recommendations some of them the areas broached upon should be sole responsibility of the PCB,” one source noted.The PTT report has also called for a resumption of cricket ties with India, recognising it to be a key component of the fabric of Pakistan’s cricket.  A PCB official said after Butt returned on July 21 from vacations, the recommendations of the PTT would be reviewed in detail and the PCB would than get back to the ICC with its observations.advertisementBut some of the recommendations are too strong to digest for PCB officials like the one that states: “Perhaps the strongest of the recommendations relate to the governance structures of Pakistan cricket,” the executive summary of the report states.”It is highly unusual that the President of the country is entitled to appoint both the Chairman of the PCB and over half of the Governing Board. It is also inconsistent with the demands of modern sports administration that the Chairman also holds the powers of the CEO.”The PTT believes there should be a wholesale (internal) review of the PCB’s governance structures, including its constitution. While recognising that changes may not happen overnight, the PTT believes that preserving the status quo will constrain the development of Pakistan cricket in the long-term and is not in keeping with international best practice in sports administration.”The report also calls for constitutional changes aimed at reducing the chairman’s powers and making the role a non-executive one. It has also suggested the PCB should only award central contracts to 20 players.With inputs from PTI.last_img read more

Courting glory

first_imgThe Centre Court audience rises to its feet to congratulate Tsonga and cheer Federer at the 2011 Wimbledon ChampionshipsOn a clear, perfect, eye-blue day, 15,000 breathless souls gaze in wonder as the magic unfolds on grass. Two adversaries, dressed head-totoe in matching white, face off in one of the world’s,The Centre Court audience rises to its feet to congratulate Tsonga and cheer Federer at the 2011 Wimbledon ChampionshipsOn a clear, perfect, eye-blue day, 15,000 breathless souls gaze in wonder as the magic unfolds on grass. Two adversaries, dressed head-totoe in matching white, face off in one of the world’s oldest and most prestigious sporting tournaments. As the green ball, at the players’ beck and call, flies from one end of the grass court to the other, anticipation builds. Then a much-awaited scream bellows, “OUT!” and the crowd roars to its feet. The Rolex clock on the scoreboard stops ticking. The match is over. The underdog has eliminated the champion. The crowd cheers not only the victor but the spirit and vitality of a contest steeped in 125 years of tradition.Wimbledon is an anchor of the human psyche. A competition that sees the very best pitted against another, battling on a surface unlike any other for the right to be crowned grass court king. Where technological advancements change perceptions quicker than lightning, there are few living monuments that haven’t been re-christened or re-booted in an effort to reflect the fickle tastes of successive generations. Wimbledon’s remarkable adherence to its core values make it a cultural landmark of continuity.Perhaps this is why Rolex and Wimbledon have forged such a successful partnership over 33 years. Since 1978, Rolex has been the official timekeeper of the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club’s Wimbledon Championships and, by all indications, the partnership looks set in stone. Even Rolex’s official green blends invisibly into Wimbledon’s viridian legacy.Much of the success of Wimbledon and Rolex’s unique relationship can be attributed to their shared values: excellence, discipline, sportsmanship and focus. While most organisations would be satisfied to use these as marketing buzzwords, often forgetting the responsibility the ideas carry, Rolex has staked its reputation time and again on reflecting these principles in its products and presentation. The Rolex suite nestles in the Centre Court building offering the best in hospitality and a grand place to lounge between matchesEven the individuals selected as brand ambassadors by Rolex are respected for more than just success in their respective fields. In a long list that includes Indian luminaries Anoushka Shankar and Vijay Amritraj, one name encompasses the gamut of Rolex values and, arguably, stands alone as the greatest ever in his field. That man is Roger Federer, winner of more grand slams and acclaim than anyone in history.My journey started with an invitation from Rolex to attend the quarterfinals of the 125th Wimbledon Championships. For a person who grew up reserving the same level of worship for names like Becker, Graf, Navratilova, Ivanisevic, and Sampras that ancient Greeks would for Zeus, Hera, Poseidon, or Hermes, this wasn’t just an assignment but a dream come true.One of the most visible ways in which Rolex abides by its value system is by its presence at the world’s most prestigious sporting events, especially tennis, golf, and yachting. In this regard, Rolex has been developing its hospitality plan since 2005, building luxury experiences for its customers at these amazing gaming events.Strawberries and cream are a beloved staple of the Wimbledon experience, most arriving from Kent for the tournamentThe day begins with a sumptuous lunch at the Rolex suite, located inside Wimbledon’s Centre Court building. The balcony affords a view of the main entrance and scoreboard, allowing the visitor to enjoy the hospitality Rolex has to offer while being able to follow the on-court action. After calming giddy nerves with Lansom Black Label Brut champagne, and downing several glasses of a 2009 Chassagne Montrachet to go with a roast rack of Welsh lamb, the Rolex invitees are ushered to their seats at Centre Court. Not too far right of the Royal box, the view from the Rolex stand is just right: not so close that one needs to keep turning one’s head to follow the ball, and not so far as to make the play unintelligible. The seats look to the court at a 45 degree angle (and also give a dead-on view of the Rolex scoreboard), which makes it the perfect vantage point to watch every nuance of a lofted ball getting slammed at 120 km/hr.The quarterfinal clash sees living legend Roger Federer take on celebrated upstart Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. Coincidentally, both Federer and Tsonga are Rolex brand ambassadors. Dramatically different in playing styles, Tsonga is known as a passionate and powerful player, capable of elevating his game under pressure, whereas Federer is a master of every form of the game.While Tsonga has a few fans in attendance, the crowd is here for Federer and Federer does not disappoint, taking the first two sets almost effortlessly. As the crowds file out after a shock defeat for Federer at the hands of Tsonga, Kipling’s words engraved at the entrance of Centre Court sum it all up, “If you can meet with triumph and disaster and treat those two impostors just the same.”Rolex brand ambassadors, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Roger Federer, face off in Centre Court at WimbledonAfter the match, the guests return to the Rolex suite to complete the experience with the final (and most famous) component of the Wimbledon experience: strawberries and cream. During the 14-day tournament, more than 28,000 kg of strawberries dunked in 7,000 litres of cream are consumed.As we enjoy dessert, the giant scoreboard indicates that India’s mixed doubles team of Rohan Bapanna and Sania Mirza have moved onto the quarterfinal and the Indian contingent share a few warm smiles. Looking around, we can see that while the essence of Wimbledon remains steadfast, small technological changes are creeping in. The courts use the hawk-eye system to challenge umpire decisions, the finals will be broadcast in 3D and Centre Court has a retractable roof. The changes are not glaring, but rather sewn neatly into the existing fabric of Wimbledon history. The same philosophy applies when Rolex brings subtle changes to its pieces, always building on what previously existed. A long term vision, immune to fashion and trends, is at the heart of Rolex’s “evolution in continuity” approach and that’s what makes it a befitting partner for Wimbledon. DatejustRoger Federer describes his favourite watch as a classic model that incorporates a modern touch. Here are a few features of the Rolex Datejust II.Cyclops: The unique magnifying Cyclops eye allows easy view of the date through an aperture on the dial, a Rolex design standard.Oyster case: Hermetically sealed to the case with a massive torque of five newton metres, the back of any Oyster creates an environment that protects the movement from shocks, pressure, dust, water and any other intrusive element.Superlative: Chronometer The movement of this watch has endured 15 days and nights of testing by the Contr´le Officiel Suisse des Chronomtres. To receive the famed COSC certification, a watch must demonstrate extreme precision in a variety of positions and temperatures.advertisementadvertisementlast_img read more