That might be hard for Zakopalova to believe

#1 by Cl11234566 , Mon Nov 18, 2019 3:32 am

( - Its been more than two weeks since the Portland Trail Blazers were on display as the visiting team. The Trail Blazers had the fortunate luxury of playing at home the last seven games and will depart Rip City for Sundays showdown against the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center. Portland went 6-1 on the homestand and has won three in a row and 12 of its last 14 games, including Saturdays 103-92 victory over the Orlando Magic. LaMarcus Aldridge scored 25 points, Wesley Matthews followed with 18 and Damian Lillard recorded 16 points, five assists and five rebounds. It was a win we needed to get. I like the way we came out in the first half, Blazers coach Terry Stotts said. The Blazers had a 26-13 lead after the first quarter, but the Magic battled back and eventually made it 85-85. Portland responded with a 14-4 run and finished the game 47.4 percent shooting from the field. The Blazers turned the ball over 20 times for 23 Orlando points. Portland is 11-5 on the road and has won four of the last five as the guest. The Blazers will host the Clippers next on Wednesday. Los Angeles will continue its four-game homestand and kicked it off with Fridays 101-84 victory over the Magic, as Jeremy Lin scored 18 points and rookie Tarik Black posted 10 of his career-high 14 points in the fourth quarter. Lin became the eighth reserve in the last 11 games to lead the Lakers in scoring. We played with a sense of urgency tonight, said Lakers forward Carlos Boozer, who added a double-double of 12 points and 14 boards. We made them take tough shots. When they missed, we didnt give them a second opportunity. The 17-point difference was the largest margin of victory for Los Angeles, which had a season-high 60-36 advantage in rebounds. Ryan Kelly had 13 points and Ed Davis chipped in 10 to go along with 10 rebounds for the Lakers, who made 40 percent from the field and played without Kobe Bryant (rest) for the second time in three games. The Lakers are 6-12 at home and will welcome Miami and Cleveland to town as well. They are 6-21 against the West (2-12 at home). Lakers guard Wesley Johnson (hip) is questionable Sunday. Portland won the first of four meetings with the Lakers on Jan. 5 and recorded a 98-94 triumph behind Lillards 39 points, including 16 in the fourth quarter. Bryant did not play in that one for the Lakers, who will face the Blazers again on Feb. 11 and April 3. The Lakers have won six of the last nine games in this series, but are winless in back-to-back meetings as the host. Fake NMD R1 For Sale . Pospisil, the seventh seed, saved match points in each of the last two sets before falling to the unseeded Dutchman. "I wasnt very happy with the way I was playing,"said Pospisil. Adidas NMD Human Race China — Charlotte Hornets (@hornets) September 24, 2014 Sorry for the delay, we just got back from lunch at Papa Vons #NBAFastFood pic. The 24-year-old Raley was 0-2 with a 9.00 ERA for Chicago in his first two career starts after being called up from Iowa on Aug. 7. He was optioned to Iowa on Monday after losing 3-0 to Cincinnati in Chicago on Sunday. Adidas NMD R1 Womens Raw Pink .L. - Defending womens champion Alberta improved to 3-0 at the Canadian junior curling championships with a 10-3 win over Ontario in Sundays afternoon draw. Adidas NMD R1 Triple Black . Inter Milan ended its five-match winless streak in all competitions by beating 10-man Bologna 3-1 on new manager Claudio Ranieris debut, while injury-plagued AC Milan edged Cesena 1-0 with an early goal from Clarence Seedorf. NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- Simona Halep says her dream is to someday become a top-10 tennis player, and she is doing her part this summer to help make that happen. Halep beat Caroline Wozniacki 6-2, 7-5 on Friday night to reach the New Haven Open final. The 21-year-old Romanian will be seeking her fourth title after winning three times on the WTA Tour since June. "I have big confidence in me now," she said. She will face defending champion Petra Kvitova. The Czech star beat countrywoman Klara Zakopalova 6-0, 6-1 for her eighth consecutive match victory in New Haven. Halep, currently ranked 23rd, is now 28-5 in her last 33 matches (30-5 counting qualifying matches). It is a string that began in Rome in May when she was ranked 64th in the world and made the semifinals. She expects her rank to rise to 21 on Monday. "Ill try to do my best to get in top 20, because its first step," she said. "Its very hard, I know, but I have to keep going my hard work and to try to be in top 20 as soon as possible. "Its my dream." Halep got the first of her six services breaks in the first game of the match, and appeared to be in complete control when she broke the Danish star again to open the second set. But Wozniacki kept fighting. She broke back, and did it again after dropping her serve to Halep in the sets fifth game. Halep kept the pressure on and broke again to take a 6-5 lead, using a bit of luck. The 21-year-old mishit a return that floated high and into the middle of the court. But Wozniacki hit what appeared to be an easy overhead smash well wide. "I dont know how I missed that by like a mile," she said. "It was a pretty crucial point as well, so pretty disappointing there." Wozniacki saved two match points to get to deuce on Haleps final serve, but the Romanian put a backhand cross court for a wwinner to take the match.dddddddddddd The loss was just the second for Wozniacki in 25 career matches in New Haven, where she is a four-time champion. Her only other defeat came a year ago when she was forced to retire from the semifinals because of a knee injury. "Its a very like empty feeling in a way, because Ive been so used to winning here and I love winning," she said. Halep won her three titles in Europe, two on clay and another on grass. Her best previous showing in the U.S. Open series was in Cincinnati, where she was eliminated in the quarterfinals last week. "But now Im playing really good on hard (courts), too," she said. "So I dont know which one is my favourite. I like all the surfaces now." Kvitova, who had fought through three, three-set matches en route to her semifinal, dominated Zakopalova in a meeting that lasted only 50 minutes. "I played my game, finally today," she said. "I played aggressively. I can improve my serve. I had some double faults again, so I can still improve." That might be hard for Zakopalova to believe. Kvitova won 53 of the 76 points in the match. Zakopalova earned only three points in the second set before holding serve and closing to 5-1 with her only game win. She finished with 10 points in the set. Kvitova ended things on her serve, striking an ace on the final point. "She just played fantastic tennis today without any mistakes," Zakopalova said. "I think everything was working for her, so I have to just congratulate her, wish her good luck because she was the better player today, for sure." Kvitova, the 2011 Wimbledon champion, has never won the same tournament in consecutive years. She would like to add that feat to an already impressive resume. "I have one more new motivation then," she said. ' ' '

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