SEA Games: Gilas cadets dump host Malaysia

first_imgTrending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters 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 CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/POOLKUALA LUMPUR — Philippines blew host Malaysia apart, 98-66, to score its third straight win Wednesday night in the Southeast Asian Games men’s basketball.The win assured the Philippines of a place in the semifinals after victories over Thailand and Myanmar.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief MOST READ SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program LATEST STORIES As a result, Cruz and Amer were ejected with 5:41 left in the third quarter with Gilas protecting a 57-41 lead.READ: Ravena lauds Standhardinger’s efforts in Gilas cadets’ opener winUnfortunately, organizers only meted punishment on the Gilas guards and none on the Malaysians.But that hardly mattered as the Filipinos simply widened their lead by more than 30 points in the final quarter.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Gamescenter_img Read Next Fil-German Christian Standhardinger scored 18 points and 18 rebounds for Gilas.READ: SEA Games: Gilas cadets survive ThailandFEATURED 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 shutoutGame was interrupted by a scuffle involving frustrated Malaysia defender on Kevin Ferrer. Baser Amer, Bryan Cruz and Troy Rosario engaged Malaysian players in pushing contest.Kuek Tian Yuan first fouled Ferrer and refused to let go, prompting Gilas teammates to come to his side but instead of cooling it off, it escalated the situation. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Short on projection, PH gymnasts still log ‘marked progress’ LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspensionlast_img read more

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Matt Nieto reaping rewards of hardwork over off season

first_imgFire hits houses in Mandaluyong City MOST READ For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Season 78 eventually saw Matt develop into his own as he grew into one of Ateneo’s main offensive threats.READ: Ateneo stays unbeaten in five games, keeps UST winlessFEATURED 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 shutoutIn Season 80, Matt has more than doubled his career scoring average to 10.8 points to become Ateneo’s leading scorer behind Thirdy Ravena, who averages 17.4 a game.“I’m just doing my job, I’m just finding open lanes, looking for my teammates, and it’s just a bonus that I can make my shots,” said Nieto Wednesday after the Blue Eagles’ 94-84 win over University of Santo Tomas. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC He exploded for a career-high 22 points against the winless Tigers in an impressive shooting display as he went 7-of-12 from the field.Matt said this increase in production is the product of an intenstive personal preseason workout.“Maybe I just improved since last season, I just really practiced hard during the summer break,” said Matt. “I’m thankful for my coaches and my teammates for giving the confidence.”ADVERTISEMENT View comments Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games PLAY LIST 01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:37Protesters 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 Ginebra thwarts San Miguel’s grand slam bid, enters semis Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Read Next Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMatt Nieto just went from twin brother to just about anything for Ateneo.Joining the team in 2015 together his twin brother Mike, Matt struggled to find his form in the first two seasons with the Blue Eagles as he averaged just 4.4 points as an on-and-off rotation player.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

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Bonleon, Subido announce return to UST after Sablan exit

first_imgKammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Subido sat out Season 80 citing dissatisfaction with his performance after spending three years with UST.The former La Salle Zobel standout spent 2017 playing for AMA and Marinerong Pilipino in the PBA D-League.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 shutoutSubido isn’t the only former Tiger who will return to the lineup as forward Embons Bonleon also decided to join the team once more following the exit of Boy Sablan as head coach.Bonleon left the Growling Tigers in controversial fashion after calling out Sablan for receiving money in return for playing time. Cousins says he was ejected for using big-man fundamentals Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion “Thank you Lord, I’ll be able to come back to the basketball court inside Quadricentennial pavilion,” tweeted Bonleon. UST’s Mario Bonleon. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPoint guard Renzo Subido will return to University of Santo Tomas next year after skipping the 80th Season of the UAAP.“Can’t wait to play for my alma mater! Let’s do this! #OneforUST!” posted Subido on Twitter.ADVERTISEMENT Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Read Next CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST PLAY LIST 01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:47Panelo 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 Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. MOST READ Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 View commentslast_img read more

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Camson willing to apologize to Almazan, says elbow wasn’t intentional

first_imgNEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Almazan declined to give interviews to the media after the game.PBA Office-In-Charge Willie Marcial said he will summon both players on Tuesday.Camson plans to use the meeting to apologize to Marcial and Almazan for his actions.“I will respect the league’s decision and I am willing to ask for forgiveness and apologize to sir Willie and Raymond.” Read Next Kia came into the game having lost 16 straight games dating back to last season and Camson said all the losing was a reason for how he handled the situation.“I didn’t like what happened. I guess I just wanted to win so bad because we’re really tired of losing. We don’t want them (Rain or Shine) to make a run because we know that once they do, we’ll lose our morale,” said Camson, who had 10 points, five rebounds and four assists in a 98-94 victory.READ: PBA: Kia halts 16-game skid, upsets Rain or ShineThe two got into a heated verbal exchange along the Cuneta Astrodome hallway on their way to their respective dugouts but after the game, Camson said he has no problems apologizing to Almazan first.“Being the younger player, I’ll be the one to approach him. I don’t see any problems with that because we’re all playing in the same league and we all have the same job,” he said. “I never wanted any of that to happen. I’m a man and I got hit.”ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police 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 Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City MOST READ Eric Camson vs Raymond Almazan. PBA IMAGESKia big man Eric Camson said he was merely getting in position for a rebound it wasn’t his intention to hit Rain or Shine center Raymond Almazan with an elbow that triggered an ugly fight on Saturday.While fighting for positioning in the shaded area, Camson landed an elbow to the face of Almazan, who quickly retaliated with his own.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting The situation escalated after Camson caught Almazan with a punch in the face before players and referees stepped in to restore order.READ: PBA: Almazan, Camson ejected after trading punches FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“It wasn’t intended. The replay will show that I wasn’t going for his face and I was just boxing out,” Camson told reporters in Filipino after the game. “I hit him and it was something unavoidable. Then he got back at me and it was just my pride at that point.”Both got ejected after being slapped with a flagrant foul penalty 2. LATEST STORIES John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Sharapova inspired by Serena to get back to top Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC View commentslast_img read more

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Griffin’s departure leaves Clippers in free-agent hunt

first_imgLATEST STORIES Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC UAAP 80 Volleyball Preview: Lady Falcons eager to sustain winning culture for Adamson Griffin’s stunning departure on Monday — seven months after he signed a $171 million, five-year contract — has paved the way for the Clippers to have plenty of salary-cap room next season, putting them in position to snag a big-name free agent.“With the future flexibility comes great opportunity,” said Lawrence Frank, executive vice president of basketball operations. “It’s going to be an exciting time, not just presently but also going forward.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe once-beleaguered franchise has never lured a major free agent, just as it has never gotten past the second round of the playoffs.“We feel we’ll always be an attractive place for players to come,” Frank said. “With the goal being that we want to be in a position to compete for an NBA championship, that flexibility is paramount in order to add the talent we want to add to the team.” In exchange for their five-time All-Star forward, the Clippers got forward Tobias Harris, guard Avery Bradley and center Boban Marjanovic, along with draft picks.“As long as I look around this place, I don’t see any (championship) banners,” the elder Rivers said. “And until we do that, we’ve got to keep mixing it up.”When Paul headed for Houston, the Clippers got Patrick Beverley in return and acquired Danilo Gallinari in a sign-and-trade deal.That hasn’t worked out so well.Beverley has missed most of the season after having knee surgery in November. Gallinari returned Tuesday night from yet another injury, having missed 35 games this season with a variety of issues.At 25-25, the Clippers are unlikely to win 50 games for a sixth straight season. Griffin played a major role the first five times that happened in franchise history.But he was often injured during his nine years in Los Angeles, starting with a broken left kneecap that delayed his rookie season.“You’re looking at the other teams out there and comparing yourself. If you’re not good enough or if you don’t think you can beat them or if you think you need more help, then you have to do something about it,” Rivers said. “To do something, sometimes you have to take chances. You have to mix it up and change it and see where you can go in the future.” Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding MOST READ 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Exactly, Frank said, why the Clippers had to deal their resident superstar.“As much as we valued Blake and all his contributions, we knew there may be a ceiling on the group as presently constructed and we were going to have to make some hard decisions,” he said. “We couldn’t be afraid to be bold.”Still, the move appeared to catch Griffin and his teammates by surprise.“I know he was shocked,” forward Sam Dekker said. “This is his team. This is all he knows. I’m sure he’s nervous and it kind of made him probably sit down for a second and re-evaluate everything.”Austin Rivers, son of coach Doc Rivers, said, “No one saw it coming. I didn’t even believe it when I heard it.”ADVERTISEMENT Los Angeles Clippers guard Lou Williams, right, shoots as Portland Trail Blazers center Jusuf Nurkic defends during the second half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018, in Los Angeles. The Trail Blazers won 104-96. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)LOS ANGELES — Suddenly, the Big Three is down to one. With star guard Chris Paul in Houston and face-of-the-franchise Blake Griffin traded to the Detroit Pistons, only DeAndre Jordan is left from the power trio that propelled the Los Angeles Clippers to relevance.Jordan becomes a free agent this summer and could be gone, too, if he isn’t traded by the Feb. 8 deadline. Lou Williams, leading the NBA in scoring off the bench with 22.2 points per game in his 13th season, might be trade bait, too.ADVERTISEMENT NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers PLAY LIST 01:48NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:29Police 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 Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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After shrugging off jitters, Kai Sotto unleashes strength

first_imgFor the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Sotto finished with a ridiculous triple-double of 22 points, 16 rebounds, and 11 blocks and he credited his fearlessness for his stellar play.READ: UAAP jrs: Sotto gets triple double as Ateneo overpowers NU in Game 1FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“My mindset really was to shake off my fear, my nervousness, and even before the game I had to brush off the jitters,” said Sotto in Filipino after Ateneo punished NU 86-70 Friday at Filoil Flying V Centre.“I’m in practice every day, so why would I be nervous?” Kai Sotto and the Ateneo Blue Eaglets. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netKai Sotto picked the most opportune time to shake off his doubts.With Ateneo, which had zero players with finals experience, facing an experience National U in the first game of the Finals of the UAAP Season 80 juniors’ basketball tournament, the 7-foot-2 Sotto worked his magic.ADVERTISEMENT READ: ’23 for 23:’ No rush for young Kai SottoThat proved to be the spark of Blue Eaglets’ game-changing 33-5 run that put Ateneo ahead, 50-35, and for good.Sotto revealed just unleashed all that pent up emotion on the floor against the Bullpups.“I was really excited, and I just released all of it because if I kept it all in I might make some mistakes,” said Sotto. “Dad and the coaches told me that we were lucky enough to have a two-week break so I had time to practice and lift weights.” Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa LATEST STORIES Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Read Next View comments Eaglets coach Joe Silva had been waiting for a game like this from his giant, and he Sotto did not disappoint.READ: Kai Sotto raring to learn from Gilas seniors “Actually, he was playing sub-par. Maybe because Kai is not of shape. I don’t know,” said Ateneo coach Joe Silva. “But we always have a personal relationship and He texted me: ‘Watch out for it coach, this it it. I got you coach.’”“You saw the real Kai Sotto, He is a man of his words,” he added.Sotto solidified his shot-blocking presence late in the second quarter, rejecting two straight attempts with the latter one bouncing off the face of Paolo Javillonar.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img MOST READ AFP official booed out of forum Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:29Police 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 Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. San Miguel survives Kia in thriller, nears twice-to-beatlast_img read more

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NLEX stays hot, fends off Rain or Shine in 2OT

first_imgChurch, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant “We have to learn how to win games like this if we want to go up to the next level. The challenge is to beat contenders and to beat them in a hard game like this,” said NLEX head coach Yeng Guiao.“It’s still a learning process for us. To beat Rain or Shine is a testament to the progress that we made,” added Guiao, who guided the Elasto Painters to two championships in his five seasons with the franchise.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsThe Road Warriors are now off to their best start in franchise history at 3-0 after going 2-9 in the previous two conferences.Aaron Fuller posted 33 points and 20 rebounds while Alas, who was named Player of the Week, had another sterling performance with 24 points, 12 coming in the fourth quarter and two overtime periods, 10 rebounds and five assists. PVL: Bali Pure strengthens semis bid, downs Adamson MOST READ National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo 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 LATEST STORIES PBA IMAGESNLEX continued its impressive run after outlasting Rain or Shine, 122-114, in double overtime in the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup Wednesday night at Smart Araneta Coliseum.The Road Warriors ended the game on an 11-2 run inside the last three minutes with a 3-pointer by Larry Fonacier off an assist by Kevin Alas putting the game away with 58.9 seconds left.ADVERTISEMENT FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Alas forced the second OT, 110-all, after scoring on a layup over ROS big man Beau Belga with 2.6 seconds left.Maverick Ahanmisi flirted with a triple-double with 13 points, eight rebounds and seven assists. He also sank the game-tying basket, 101-all, with 23.5 ticks remaining in regulation. Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’last_img read more

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Sallu poaching SRK buddies

first_imgSalman KhanSalman Khan seems to have taken it upon himself to ensure Shah Rukh Khan’s list of foes increase.Farah Khan opted for Salman instead of SRK in her next film after picking Akshay Kumar for Tees Maar Khan. Now Salman is making her feel special. We learnt that to mark Farah’s 44th birthday, he has planned a special bash.The actor is holding a get-together for all her family members and friends at his farmhouse in Panvel, Navi Mumbai.Salman has been good friends with Farah’s hubby Shirish Kunder too. We wonder if Sallu is doing this only to ensure that Farah doesn’t get back on the old backslapping terms with SRK.last_img read more

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Aus Open: Nadal hits top gear in Slam quest

first_imgThe “Rafa Slam” is still alive after Rafael Nadal beat Marin Cilic 6-2, 6-4, 6-3 at the Australian Open on Monday to maintain his chance of owning all four Grand Slam trophies at once.Rafael Nadal celebrates his win over Marin Cilic post their fourth round match at the Australian Open in Melbourne on Monday. APThat’s a feat which hasn’t been achieved since Rod Laver won four majors in 1969.Nadal advanced to a quarterfinal against Spain’s David Ferrer as he attempts to add to the Grand Slam titles he won last year at the French Open, Wimbledon and the US Open.A favourite for the women’s title here, US Open champion Kim Clijsters, also advanced to the quarter-finals on Monday with a 7-6 (3), 6-2 win over Ekaterina Makarova of Russia.Nadal hasn’t dropped a set through four rounds at Melbourne Park, despite carrying the effects of a virus he picked up two weeks ago in Qatar.”I know how aggressive he can play. I think I played my best match this year here at the Australian Open,” Nadal said. The fourth game went to deuce four times, but Nadal finally prevailed on his service with a forehand smash at the net.In the next game, he set up one of four break points with an amazing get of a Cilic drop shot at the net, sending it across the court to the side line for a winner. He converted for 4-1 and, after serving a double fault on his first set point, Nadal took the opening set when Cilic netted a backhand.advertisementNadal went ahead 4-3 on a service break in the second set, then clinched it when Cilic hit a forehand long. He advanced when Cilic double-faulted on match point.Fifth-seeded Andy Murray also advanced to the quarter-finals, setting up a possible semi-final with Nadal.Kim Clijsters celebrates her win over Ekaterina Makarova. APBut before that, he’ll face an unexpected quarter-final rival after 22-year-old Ukrainian Alexandr Dolgopolov had an upset 1-6, 6-3, 6-1, 4-6, 6-2 win over fourth-seeded Robin Soderling.No. 7 David Ferrer set up a quarter-final against fellow Spaniard Nadal with his 4-6, 6-2, 6-3, 6-4 win over 20-year-old Canadian qualifier Milos Raonic, who’d upset No. 10 Mikhail Youzhny.Soderling dominated the opening set but couldn’t keep it up against Dolgopolov, who is making his fourth appearance in a major and was coming off a five-set win over former Australian Open finalist Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.Clijsters held two set points in the 12th game of the opening set on Makarova’s service which the Russian player fended off. When it went to a tie-breaker, Clijsters’ experience came through and the Belgian dominated, winning the set when Makarova hit a forehand wide.No. 2-ranked Vera Zvonareva continued her roll toward a third consecutive Grand Slam final with a 6-4, 6-1 win over Iveta Benesova. She will face No. 25 Petra Kvitova, who rallied to beat No. 22 Flavia Pennetta 3-6, 6-3, 6-3. No. 12 Agnieszka Radwanska beat China’s Peng Shuai 7-5, 3-6, 7-5 and will meet Clijsters in the quarters.last_img read more

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