Martina Hingis at the Liverpool International Tennis Tournament

16 06 2010

Former women’s World No.1 Martina Hingis completed her comeback to Liverpool this afternoon, with a 6-1, 6-3 victory over Ulrikke Eikeri of Norway.
The 1997 Wimbledon Champion last played here in 2008 and is competing again this year in preparation for an appearance with Anna Kournikova in the invitational doubles at SW19.
Hingis, 29, started the match well and her class shone through against the inexperienced Eikeri, who is appearing at the tournament for the first time.
Playing to an admiring crowd on Centre Court, Hingis broke the Norwegian in the fourth game to take an early 3-1 lead. Eikeri struggled with her serve and a double fault gave Hingis a second break as she went on to win the first set 6-1.
The 17-year-old fought back in the second set though, trading breaks with the Swiss and showing the signs of promise that saw her qualify for Junior Wimbledon last year.
However the former five-time Grand Slam Champion proved too much for the Norwegian as the set wore on, in a display that is sure to encourage the ‘Swiss Miss’ ahead of her trip to the All England Club this summer.
Hingis sealed the match with three games in a row to win 6-1, 6-3 to the delight of the sun-drenched crowd.
“I still love to play tennis so every time I get a chance to get on the court I’m always up for it.” said Hingis.
Hingis is competing in a trio of events, organised by sports management company Northern Vision: “I got here this morning and I was looking forward to seeing everyone again! I had a lot of fun last week in Nottingham, the atmosphere on this tour is very relaxed and it’s really great to play with the kids.”
Meanwhile, Anders Borg, Tournament Director at Northern Vision, praised Hingis for appearing in Liverpool once again, he said: “We’re delighted by Martina’s presence at the tournament as she adds a certain quality and flair to the proceedings. Her vast experience and success in the game is certain to entertain the crowds and her continued support proves what a prestigious and welcoming tournament we have built here in Liverpool.”

Martina Hingis in action at Liverpool

Ulrikke Eikeri of Norway in action against Martina Hingis

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Rugby League International England v France 13.6.10

16 06 2010

I was looking forward to covering this match at the Leigh Sports Complex.It was the first chance to try out the Nikon 400 2.8 lens. I finally gave in and bought the lens last week. Hopefully it will prove to be a good investment especially for floodlit matches.It was good to use a the full frame body and have the reach of a 400 lens.

Back to the match itself,Sam Tomkins scored four first-half tries as England ran out comfortable winners against France in coach Steve McNamara’s first game in charge.It was a second international hat-trick for Tomkins, and equalled the England try-scoring record for a single match.England ran out winners 60-6.Some images fro the game below:

Ryan Hall of England

Gareth Ellis of England

Sam Tomkins scores his fourth try

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Alan Edwards





British Gymnastics Awards in Gaydon Warwick 13.6.10

14 06 2010

Been really busy these last few weeks and will post some news and photos soon from recent events.

I attended the British Gymnastics awards yesterday .They were held at the British Motor Museum in Gaydon. Lot of cars and trucks on display for guests to see once the awards were over. A couple of photos below from the event.

Members of the British Women’s Senior Team pictured after receiving awards for their medal success at the Europeans in Birmingham.

Nicole Hibbert receives her award from the President of British Gymnastics Paul Garber

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