Wimbledon 2015: Results, Highlights, Tuesday Scores Recap from All England Club

Serena Williams pulled off another escaping act to reach the semifinals of the 2015 Wimbledon Championships Tuesday. After dropping the first set to Victoria Azarenka, she stormed back to win the next two, a common occurrence for the top seed in recent months.  

Maria Sharapova, Agnieszka Radwanska and Garbine Muguruza will join the American in the tournament’s final four after their wins on Day 8. Top-ranked men’s player Novak Djokovic also advanced in a match carried over from Monday.

Let’s check out how all of the action played out from the All England Club. The scores are followed by a recap of a drama-filled day in London.

 

Men’s Results

 

Women’s Results

 

Day 8 Recap

Williams is just two victories from holding all four major titles at once and nine wins away from the calendar Grand Slam. Even though those extraordinary accomplishments are within reach, her journey to this point has been a long and winding road.

She was pushed to three sets in five of her seven French Open triumphs, including the final against Lucie Safarova that she almost let slip away. She’s also gone the distance in two of her past three Wimbledon matches, beating Heather Watson and now Azarenka.

In the end, however, she continues to find ways to win. Wimbledon showcased her reaction following the latest close call:

Azarenka likely beats any other player on the WTA Tour Tuesday. Her play, especially for the first set and a half, was nothing short of tremendous. But when it mattered most, the best player in the world stepped up, as Howard Bryant of ESPN.com noted:

Williams moves on to the semifinals to face longtime rival Sharapova. The fourth-seeded Russian was seemingly on cruise control against CoCo Vandeweghe before a hiccup late in the second set allowed the American rising star back into the match.

Luckily for the 2004 Wimbledon champ, she was able to right the ship in the third set to advance. It sets up the 20th meeting between two of the sport’s biggest stars. Williams holds a 17-2 edge and has won the last 16 encounters.

Although she’s clearly failed to develop a successful game plan for these clashes, Sharapova is still looking forward to her latest chance to break the streak, according to Matt Cronin of Tennis Reporters:

The other half of the draw featured more upsets, so there were no top-10 seeds left standing heading into the quarterfinals.

That said, Muguruza is playing superb tennis right now. She’s swept through matchups with No. 5 seed Caroline Wozniacki and French Open semifinalist Timea Bacsinszky without dropping a set, giving her plenty of momentum heading into the final four.

Her power, combined with the quick grass surface, makes her a legitimate title threat. Pro coach Martyn Etheridge assessed the approach that’s made her successful:

Radwanska reached the quarterfinals in six of eight majors for a stretch ending with the 2014 Australian Open. She had gone quiet on the sport’s biggest stages since then, but now, she’s back after edging American Madison Keys in three sets. It showed she could beat a power player on grass.

Her return to form came at an ideal time and even caught her a bit off guard, as highlighted by Courtney Nguyen of SI Tennis:

On the men’s side, Djokovic and Kevin Anderson were forced to return after being deadlocked at two sets apiece as darkness fell on London Monday. It took another close, tense set, but the No. 1 seed was able to complete the five-set comeback to reach the quarters, where he’ll face Marin Cilic.

He explained just how difficult of a challenge it was, per Wimbledon:

Looking ahead, Day 9 will feature the men’s quarterfinals. Along with Djokovic working on short rest against Cilic, the other matchup on the top half of the draw features the perpetually overlooked Stan Wawrinka battling Richard Gasquet.

Roger Federer and Andy Murray have been on a collision course since the tournament started in the other half of the draw. Now, they are just one win each from making it reality. They are clear favorites against Gilles Simon and Vasek Pospisil, respectively.

Those eight players are just three wins from a Wimbledon title. In terms of motivation, it doesn’t get much bigger than that.

 

NAACP Sues Job Site For Discriminating Against Ex-Convicts

The civil rights group is launching civil action against several employment sites for discrimination against people who have served prison time

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The NAACP is taking action against companies who use digital recruiting services. In a new lawsuit, the social activist organization claims several companies violated New York City laws by deliberately not hiring ex-convicts. This practice affects Black people more often than any other ethnic group.

Filed in Manhattan court, the NAACP said companies like Dutch electronics maker Koninklijke Philips NV and pest control company Advance Tech, among others, break city and state laws that prohibit businesses from refusing to review applications from candidates who’ve been convicted of crimes. It’s also alleged the practice of the policy works to keep Blacks unemployed since New York’s prison population is more than half black. More defendants will be added to the suit in the coming days.

Reuters reports the whole lawsuit is based on an alleged job posting from Philips in tweetmyjobs.com, which specifically asked for a network engineer with “zero felony convictions.”

Job sites like Indeed, Monster, and ZipRecruiter were named as well.

ZipRecruiter and Monster have yet to comment on the suit, but a spokesperson for Recall Holdings said the company was reviewing the lawsuit and was “committed to fair and equitable recruitment and employment practices.”

-Jonathan Bailey(@JaySpeakEasy_)

Banks in the U.K. Gearing Up for Apple Pay Launch as Santander Allows Customers to Register Cards

Apple Pay in the United Kingdom has yet to officially launch, but some banks are preparing for the upcoming release of the payments service and have begun allowing customers to register their cards for use with Apple Pay.

Several Santander customers on the MacRumors forums have been able to successfully add their cards to Passbook for use with Apple Pay, making the cards available on both their iPhones and their Apple Watches.

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Customers registering their cards are also receiving confirmation emails from Santander, informing them that they’re now able to use Apple Pay. As of the time of writing, customers have not yet tested the Apple Pay service at a location that accepts Apple Pay. One customer was told the bank’s system is not live and that customers who were able to mistakenly register early would be de-registered, so it is not clear if the registered cards will be able to be used to make purchases.

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Activating a Santander card with Apple Pay at this time requires U.K. users to set their region to U.S., add a card, and change their region back to U.K., at which point the card remains available in Passbook. It’s clearly a workaround, but a sign that banks are preparing to accept Apple Pay in the near future.

Other banks, like MBNA and Nationwide, are giving error messages like “Contact Card Issuer” and “Your Issuer Does Not Yet Offer Support.”

It is not clear exactly when Apple Pay will become officially available in the United Kingdom, but during its Worldwide Developers Conference, Apple said the payments service would launch in July. Recently released employee training documents have suggested the launch could come next week, on Tuesday, July 14. 250,000 merchants are expected to support Apple Pay in the U.K. when it is released.


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Kendrick Lamar x Reebok Ventilator “Paperwhite”

Back in April, Reebok announced their partnership with West Coast rapper Kendrick Lamar through their “Be Ventilated” campaign, which focused on the newly rereleased Reebok Ventilator silhouette. After the success of the campaign, Reebok and Kendrick will now try to capitalize on a collaborative Ventilator that fuses the story of Kendrick with Reebok’s aesthetics.

Featured in an off-white suede upper, the sneaker will be inspired by the gang culture in the city of Compton. With contrasting red and blue themes on each side of the sneakers, T.D.E. branding will be placed on the interior sole and tongue of the shoe. Looking to make a statement with the shoe, the backside of the tongue will read “NEUTRAL,” which stands for unity and peace among gang members.

Set to hit European retailers on July 18, the sneaker is already available for purchase oversees at Sneaker Bass. Look for Reebok to announce a release date in the coming weeks.

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2016 Toyota Prius: Our best look yet

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Oil analysts and experts on Iran nuclear deal

By Christopher Johnson LONDON (Reuters) – Iran, the United States and five other major powers are trying to reach an agreement to restrain the Iranian nuclear program in exchange for relief from economic sanctions. The following are answers to frequently asked questions about any nuclear deal and what follows, from analysts, economists and academics in Reuters Global Oil Forum: Q: When will financial sanctions be lifted? Richard Nephew, Program Director at the Center for Global Energy Policy at Columbia University, in New York, said he thought international financial transactions with Iran involving U.S. entities would be possible sometime early in 2016: “I would anticipate some would start in early 2016, but others will be more reluctant.

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