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‘Terrific Athletes’ – Billie Jean King Greets Leylah Fernandez and Sloane Stephens at an Award Ceremony

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The US Open 2021 finalist, Leylah Fernadez recently met tennis legend Billie Jean King and pro athlete Sloane Stephens. The trio had the opportunity to interact at the Sports Illustrated Awards in Florida. The award ceremony felicitates athletes around the globe for their contribution to the sport.

King also posted a few photographs with the tennis players. Fernandez was away from the WTA tour since Indian Wells but has resumed her training for the upcoming 2022 season.

.@leylahfernandez and @SloaneStephens: two of many women tennis players who are living our dream. #SIAwards pic.twitter.com/PTRW58NOOX

— Billie Jean King (@BillieJeanKing) December 8, 2021

Billie Jean King meets Leylah Fernandez and Sloane Stephens
Recently, the Sports Illustrated Awards took place in Florida to recognize the talents of various athletes. The 39 time Grand Slam champion Billie Jean King was also one of the guests at the award ceremony. Surprisingly, she rubbed shoulders with two of the rising stars on the WTA Tour.

The US Open 2021 finalist, Leylah Fernandez, and US Open 2017 winner, Sloane Stephens shared the platform with King. The former World No. 1, King shared a few pictures from the event with special captions. ” Happy to be in the company of so many terrific athletes tonight, including @leylahfernandez,” she wrote on a picture with the Canadian.

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Happy to be in the company of so many terrific athletes tonight, including @leylahfernandez. 🇨🇦 pic.twitter.com/vO7UtcVZ54

— Billie Jean King (@BillieJeanKing) December 8, 2021

It feels like all three tennis players have enjoyed their time at the ceremony. We wish Leylah Fernandez and Sloane Stephens the best of luck for the 2022 season.

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Fernandez has resumed her training
Just two weeks ago, Fernandez took to Instagram to inform her friends that she has started to train for the upcoming season. She even posted a thrilling video of herself working out on a beach in Canada.

The Canadian prodigy was last seen performing at the Indian Wells, but she was knocked out in the round of 16. However, this year has been truly remarkable for the US Open finalist. At the Flushing Meadows, she edged past a

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Hamilton disappointment still “very deep” – Wolff

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Toto Wolff has revealed the disappointment at losing last year’s F1 drivers’ title still runs “very deep” inside Lewis Hamilton.

 

 

According to Wolff, the disillusionment felt at the time at the way the end of the grand prix in Abu Dhabi was handled by FIA race director Michael Masi remains.

With an FIA inquiry ongoing and no details due until early February as to what plans are likely to be in place for this season, and whether Masi will continue in his role, it is likely doubts around Hamilton will continue for at least another couple of weeks.

Asked in an interview with Auto Motor und Sport as to how deep the disappointment runs after losing out on the drivers’ title, Wolff said: “It’s very deep. Lewis, I and the whole team are disillusioned.

“We love this sport because it’s honest. The stopwatch never lies. But if we break the fundamental principle of fairness and the stopwatch is no longer relevant, then you doubt this sport, that all your work, blood, sweat and tears can be taken away from you.

“It’s going to take a long time to digest. I don’t think we’ll ever get over that, especially Lewis as a driver. At least we can try together with the FIA ​​to do better in the future.”

Wolff is now expecting the FIA to come up with a positive plan of action, the results of which will not be fully ratified until a World Motor Sport Council meeting on March 18, two days before the first grand prix of a record-breaking 23-race season in Bahrain.

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“I expect actions and not just words,” insisted Wolff. “In a sport that’s supposed to be a sport, we can’t freestyle like that with the set of rules.

“Before the start of the new season, there must be clarity about the rules so that every driver, team and fan knows what is allowed and what is not.

“In the end, we provide entertainment, but no decision should break the rules for the sake of the show.”

If Hamilton does return, Wolff is fully expecting him to display the qualities of a seven-time champion and take the fight to whichever driver will prove to be his main rival.

“The capacity of Lewis is often wrongly questioned,” remarked Wolff.

“Even after the events in Abu Dhabi, he immediately congratulated Max. Lewis only wants one thing – fair competition on the track. We will deliver that.”

If Hamilton does return, Wolff is fully expecting him to display the qualities of a seven-time champion and take the fight to whichever driver will prove to be his main rival.

“The capacity of Lewis is often wrongly questioned,” remarked Wolff.

“Even after the events in Abu Dhabi, he immediately congratulated Max. Lewis only wants one thing – fair competition on the track. We will deliver that.”

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Taro Daniel SWEARS in hilarious on-court interview after beating Andy Murray at Aus Open

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Taro Daniel had the Australian Open crowd inside the John Cain Arena in stitches during his on-court interview after beating Andy Murray for his honest assessment of the shock win. Murray rolled back the years on Monday when he defeated Nikoloz Basilashvili in a five-set thriller.

In 2019, Murray looked as though he was bowing out of the sport in a tearful press conference.

But three years later, he bounced back with a strong win against the No 21 seed.

An easier test was expected against Japan’s Daniel, who had never gone past the second round of a major in his career.

The 28-year-old had built up some momentum after coming through the qualifiers without dropping a set and defeated Chile’s Marcelo Tomas Barrios Vera in the first round.

Murray was expected to provide a tougher test for Daniel, but the three-time major champion was far from his best.

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While Murray was guilty of making a host of unforced errors, Daniel’s workrate and movement across the baseline was causing his opponent all sorts of problems.

Murray’s head dropped after going 2-0 down as he failed to take advantage of a few great opportunities.

And the former world No 1 even uncharacteristically smashed his racket to the floor before Daniel served for the match.

The Japanese tennis star was elated after winning the match with a serve-and-volley with the crowd jumping out their seats.

“It’s amazing,” Daniel said.

“Winning a match like this hear with a lot of people, especially after Covid playing without crowds and suddenly I’m able to play this big match. It’s unbelievable.

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Emma Raducanu urged to ‘turn off’ voices like Piers Morgan after torrent of criticism

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EMMA RADUCANU must “turn off” outside voices of criticism from the likes of Piers Morgan, Express.co.uk was told.

Raducanu has defeated her first opponent, the American Sloane Stephens, for a spot in the Australian Open second round. In what was her senior debut in Melbourne, the US Open champion won 6-0, 2-6 and 6-1 against Stephens, a former winner in New York. The Briton played sharply as she wrapped up the first set in 17 minutes before minor errors crept into her game.

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Stephens took advantage of this to level but Raudcanu soon reasserted control to win.

The 19-year-old will now face Montenegro’s Danka Kovinic in the second round today.

Raducanu has had something of a meteoric rise, having spent the beginning of 2021 studying hard for her A-level exams.

Now, however, she is British No 1, and looks set for a stellar career should she replicate her historic win in the US last year.

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