The Latest: 2019 runner-up Medvedev into US Open semifinals Pironkova is a 32-year-old from Bulgaria who is playing in her first tournament since she took a break of more than three years while having a son.The other women’s quarterfinal on Wednesday’s schedule is No. 16 seed Elise Mertens against unseeded Victoria Azarenka, who has a nine-match winning streak.The men’s quarterfinals Wednesday are No. 2 seed Dominic Thiem against No. 21 Alex de Minaur and No. 3 Daniil Medvedev against No. 10 Andrey Rublev in an all-Russian matchup.Medvedev was the runner-up in New York last year.___ Two more victories for Williams, and she will claim a record-tying 24th Grand Slam singles title. How big an upset would this have been if Pironkova had held on? Not only is she not seeded at Flushing Meadows, she isn’t even ranked. This was her first tournament of any sort in more than three years, because she left the tour to become a mother.Williams last lost before the semifinals in New York all the way back in 2007, when Justine Henin eliminated her in the quarterfinals.The American, who turns 39 in less than three weeks, has won a total of six championships at the U.S. Open and was the runner-up four times, including in 2018 and 2019.___ 1:45 p.m. The third-seeded Medvedev beat long-time pal Andrey Rublev 7-6 (6), 6-3, 7-6 (5) in an all-Russian quarterfinal Wednesday.Medvedev has not dropped a set in the tournament so far and never faced a break point against No. 10 seed Rublev. Medvedev also produced more than twice as many winners, 51-23.He took a medical timeout in the third set to have a trainer massage his shoulder but held on.A year after losing to Rafael Nadal in a nearly five-hour U.S. Open final, Medvedev will face No. 2 Dominic Thiem or No. 21 Alex de Minaur in Friday’s semifinals. They beat the American duo of Asia Muhammad and Taylor Townsend 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (7) in the semifinals Wednesday.Neither Melichar nor Xu has won a Grand Slam title in women’s doubles. Melichar did team with Alexander Peya to win the mixed doubles trophy at Wimbledon in 2018, while Xu and Gabriela Dabrowski were the runners-up in women’s doubles at the All England Club last year.In Friday’s final at Flushing Meadows, the third-seeded pair of Melichar and Xu will face the unseeded team of Laura Siegemund of Germany and Vera Zvonareva of Russia.Siegemund and Zvonareva advanced Tuesday with a three-set victory over Anna Blinkova and Veronika Kudermetova.Zvonareva has won two Grand Slam women’s doubles titles, including at the 2006 U.S. Open with Nathalie Dechy. More AP tennis: https://apnews.com/apf-Tennis and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Update on the latest sports Associated Press But Pironkova served it out in the next game. She won 20 of the 25 points she served in that set.___12:15 p.m.Serena Williams is about to start her U.S. Open quarterfinal against unseeded Tsvetana Pironkova.Williams is seeking her seventh championship at Flushing Meadows and record-tying 24th Grand Slam singles title overall. The other men’s semifinal will be No. 5 Alexander Zverev vs. No. 20 Pablo Carreño Busta.None of the remaining men has won a Grand Slam title.___4 p.m.Nicole Melichar of the United States and Xu Yifan of China have reached the women’s doubles final at the U.S. Open. Serena Williams has pushed her U.S. Open quarterfinal against Tsvetana Pironkova to a third set.Pironkova took the opening set 6-4, then went up a quick break at 1-0 in the second. But Williams broke back right away, then again to lead 5-3 by taking a 24-stroke exchange, and served out that set at 6-3.Williams is seeded No. 3 and seeking her record-tying 24th Grand Slam singles title. Pironkova not only isn’t seeded, she isn’t even ranked at all, because this is her first tournament at any level in more than three years. She took time away from the tour to become a mother. September 9, 2020 In the U.S. Open men’s doubles final Thursday, the eighth-seeded pairing of Wesley Koolhof of the Netherlands and Nikola Mektic of Croatia will face Mate Pavic of Croatia and Bruno Soares of Brazil.___2:35 p.m.Serena Williams has pulled out another three-setter to reach the semifinals in an 11th consecutive U.S. Open appearance.Williams trailed by a set and a break against Tsvetana Pironkova before coming back to win 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 Wednesday in Arthur Ashe Stadium. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditWhatsappNEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on the U.S. Open tennis tournament (all times local):5:35 p.m.Daniil Medvedev, the 2019 U.S. Open runner-up, is back in the semifinals at Flushing Meadows for the second year in a row. ___1:05 p.m.Serena Williams has dropped the first set of her U.S. Open quarterfinal against unseeded Tsvetana Pironkova by a 6-4 score.Pironkova is playing in her first tournament in more than three years after taking time off to become a mother.She broke Williams to lead 3-2, then failed to convert two set points while Williams served at 5-3.
England and Russia are the big beasts of Group B and, though each would love a winning start when they meet on Saturday, the fear of losing could well become all-pervading and lead to a cagey encounter. (Euro 2016 – Full Coverage) With games against Wales and Slovakia to come, and the potential for three teams to qualify with two guaranteed, a point at the Velodrome might look a very useful result in a couple of weeks. (Also read: England must ignore Euro expectations, says Adam Lallana)ENGLAND START FAVOURITES England, on the back of winning all 10 qualifiers, not to mention a rare victory in Germany in a friendly, start favourites and will expect to make the running in front of a 60,000 crowd that will be predominantly behind them. (Also read: Inexperience may cost Jamie Vardy Euro 2016 starting spot, says Arsene Wenger)However, despite that great run of form, England are anything but a settled side as Roy Hodgson struggles with the question of how to shoe-horn his form players into an established system.VARDY, KANE DEMAND SELECTION Strikers Jamie Vardy, fresh from leading Leicester City to the most unlikely Premier League title, and Harry Kane, the Premier League’s top scorer, seemingly demand selection. (Also read: England’s youth is a strength at Euro, says Daniel Sturridge)But Hodgson is adamant Wayne Rooney, the captain and most experienced squad member, should get a starting berth, leaving the coach experimenting with his attacking options right up to the last minute.At least he is picking from strength in that regard as his, and England’s more pressing concern is in central defence where any combination of Gary Cahill, Chris Smalling and John Stones has looked vulnerable and remains England’s Achilles heel.advertisementIMPRESSIVE STATISTICSEngland have not lost in 90 or 120 minutes in 22 Euro matches in finals and qualifiers, going back to a 3-2 defeat by Croatia in November 2007.The impressive statistics are skewed, however, as they lost on penalties to Italy in the 2012 quarter-finals and failed to qualify in 2008.Russia reached the semi-finals that year with a side full of passion and pace but they were disappointing in 2012 and in the 2014 World Cup and the current crop are not a group to have fans on the edge of their seats.TECHNICALLY ADEPT They are, however, a well-organised and technically adept squad and coach Leonid Slutsky has quickly developed a strong team spirit since taking over from Fabio Capello last August.He has, however, been forced to change his plans somewhat after injuries ruled midfielders Alan Dzagoev and, after last week’s 1-1 draw with Serbia, Igor Denisov out of the tournament.With that to deal with and winnable games on the horizon, Russia are unlikely to take too many risks on Saturday, leaving it up to England to decide whether to open up in all-out pursuit of victory or indulge in 90 minutes of cautious chess.
I think we’re in the same boat here as both writer and reader. Neither of us expected to be writing about or reading a story about a cologne based on Resident Evil‘s t-Virus, but here we are. For reasons unknown, Capcom has decided to release a fragrance based on a virus that turns people into zombies.Inside Games (with translation from Kotaku) is reporting that Capcom will release a limited edition cologne at its Capcom Cafe in Saitama, Japan starting on March 26 of this year. The cologne will cost 4,200 yen, or $37.63. As you can see from the featured image above, the cologne will come inside of a dark box that has the Umbrella Corporation logo on it. The cologne bottle has a label with a DNA strand in front of a green background with the words “T-Virus” written over it. A small “First-Aid” spray also comes with the package.This isn’t the first time Capcom has had a fragrance based on one of its franchises. Back in 2012, a fragrance company from Connecticut called Epic-Scents set out to create a cologne inspired by Mega Man. The aim wasn’t to create a fragrance that smelled like a blue robot, but to create a scent that made you feel nostalgia for the video game character.What does this Resident Evil cologne smell like? The report doesn’t say, though we have to assume it isn’t rotting human flesh. I’m sure the aim with this cologne is to attract others with an alluring scent, not drive them away or secretly disperse an aggressive virus into the world’s population. The Resident Evil franchise has enough problems these days without adding a repugnant or a real-life zombie takeover cologne into the mix.