BB&T Atlanta Open 2015: Friday Tennis Scores, Results and Updated Draw Schedule

The BB&T Atlanta Open semifinals are set for both the singles and doubles tournament after six matches on Friday.  

Andy Roddick and Mardy Fish, the biggest pairing of the Atlanta Open, competed for their chance among the last four as their match was the cherry on top of the day in the Peach State. 

Here is a look at Friday’s results and a look ahead at Saturday’s schedule.

Roddick and Fish were eliminated from the Atlanta Open on the final match of Friday night, losing to Eric Butorac and Artem Sitak 7-5, 6-2. 

The loss ends the unexpected pair’s tournament run. Roddick came out of retirement to join Fish, who will be retiring after the U.S. Open, which begins on August 31. 

Butorac and Sitak did well against both the Fish and Roddick serves, winning 20 of 53 return points to help them dominate all facets of the match, including a 79 percent success rate on their first-service opportunities.

The man who beat Fish in the first round of the singles competition at the Atlanta Open, Dudi Sela, is out after Denis Kudla handed him a straight-sets quarterfinal defeat, 7-5, 6-0. 

With Kudla performing well on his first serve, winning 75 percent of those opportunities, his return game was up to snuff, too. Kudla won 16 of 33 first-return points and 13 of 23 second-return points. 

Kudla will face the tournament’s top seed John Isner, who defeated Ricardas Berankis in straight sets 7-6, 6-4. The New York Times’ Ben Rothenberg pointed out that the tournament is ensured a heavy American influence in the semifinals:

The Isner-Berankis match was dominated by the serve, as the two combined for 29 aces—Isner with 19 and Berankis with 10. Both players won over 84 percent of their first-service points, as the match boiled down to who could fare better on the return. 

And that man was Isner, not by much, though, as he won 22 percent of his return points, compared to Berankis’ 20. As noted earlier, Isner will take on Kudla in Saturday’s second match of the afternoon, with play beginning at 2 p.m. With four matches on the day’s slate, the Atlanta Open will find out its finalists by Saturday’s end.

 

Stats courtesy of BBTAtlantaOpen.com

On Army Day, China warns of growing border security risks

Soldiers of China's PLA patrol in temperatures below minus 10 degrees Celsius at China's border with Russia in HeiheChina says it is a threat to nobody, but needs to update outdated equipment and has to be able to defend what is now the world's second largest economy. "The maritime security environment is more complicated, and the undercurrents in the East and South China Seas have been gushing up," the paper wrote. China has become increasingly assertive in its dispute with Japan over a group of uninhabited islets in the East China Sea, while in the South China Sea it has been reclaiming land in waters where Vietnam, the Philippines, Taiwan, Malaysia and Brunei all have competing claims.


Andrew Wilkie calls for fraud inquiry into Bishop’s $6,000 plane trip

Independent MP suggests police investigation into claim the Speaker hired a corporate aircraft to travel 160km from Sydney to Nowra for a Liberal fundraiser

Independent MP Andrew Wilkie has suggested that Bronwyn Bishop be investigated for fraud, saying fresh revelations the Speaker claimed a $6,000 luxury aircraft ride are the final straw.
Wilkie, who plans to move a no-confidence motion against the Speaker when parliament resumes, says Bishop should be investigated by federal police.

Bishop is reported to have spent more than $6,000 to hire a luxury corporate aircraft to transport her 160km from Sydney to Nowra late last year.

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North West Is A Budding Soccer Star! See The Precious Pic HERE!

Talk about #goals… literally!

North West has officially begun the childhood rite of passage that is participating in youth soccer, which means Kim Kardashian West can now join the ranks of the multitude of women in the world who identify as soccer moms!

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The expecting mother snapped a sweet shot to Instagram (above) on Friday of her 2-year-old daughter looking like a pint-sized pro on the field!

The tiny tot was donning a black t-shirt, shorts, and socks — which were pulled up over her itty bitty shin guards — as she kicked and carried a soccer ball that looks like it’s bigger than her head!

Did you see her cute cleats?! We can’t even! The proud momma captioned the precious pic:

“Officially a soccer mom!#MyLittleGoalie ⚽️⚽️⚽️”

Awwwww! What an adorable athlete North is shaping up to be!

[Image via Kim Kardashian/Instagram, Ivan Nikolov/WENN.]

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Johnny Cueto vs. Blue Jays: Stats, Highlights, Reaction from Debut with Royals

Johnny Cueto wasn’t electrifying in his Kansas City Royals debut Friday night against the Toronto Blue Jays, but he laid the groundwork for what should be a strong second half of the season. 

Cueto‘s night ended after six innings. He allowed three earned runs on seven hits, while striking out seven batters and walking two. Blue Jays hitters did a great job of working the count, forcing the ace to throw 111 pitches.

By the time Cueto exited, the Royals were ahead, however, 6-3. Kansas City fan Brent Richard was heartened by what he saw from the right-hander:

The Cincinnati Reds traded Cueto to the Royals last week. Starting pitching has been an issue for Kansas City all year, so the team went out and added one of the best pitchers on the market.

“(Royals general manager) Dayton Moore targeted Johnny Cueto really early on in the process,” said Royals manager Ned Yost, per C. Trent Rosecrans of the Cincinnati Enquirer. “That was someone Dayton kept focusing on, somebody he would like to get when we got closer to the trade deadline.”

Cueto couldn’t have envisaged a better start to the game. He needed six pitches to get Troy Tulowitzki, Josh Donaldson and Jose Bautista to ground out in order in the bottom of the first. He set the Blue Jays down in order in the bottom of the second, also striking out Justin Smoak and Russell Martin.

One thing Cueto did very well, which the Kansas City Star‘s Andy McCullough highlighted, was slightly adjusting his windup to throw off Toronto’s hitters:

MLB.com’s Jeffrey Flanagan believed the 29-year-old was emulating a former great:

Cueto and the Royals ran into trouble in the bottom of the third after Kevin Pillar and Ryan Goins picked up back-to-back singles to start the inning. They came home on a double by Donaldson caromed off the left-field wall and eluded Royals left fielder Ben Zobrist.

Toronto added a third run in the the bottom of the fourth after Pillar singled home Edwin Encarnacion.

Cueto settled down at that point. After a stress-free fifth inning, he danced out of trouble in the sixth after an Encarnacion double and a walk to Russell Martin. Ezequiel Carrera grounded into a double play, which killed the Blue Jays’ rally. Pillar popped out to end the inning.

Despite leaving with the lead, Cueto earned a no-decision after Ryan Madson allowed three runs in the bottom of the seventh.

Still, Cueto did his job. As Fox Sports’ Rob Neyer noted, giving Kansas City six strong innings has been enough to essentially guarantee a win this year with the Royals’ loaded bullpen:

While he was a bit off his best, a little transition period will be natural for Cueto. He’ll need some time to build a strong rapport with battery mate Salvador Perez. When that happens, Kansas City should have the anchor of the staff it so sorely craves.

The success or failure of the Cueto trade won’t hinge on Friday night’s performance. To a certain extent, it won’t even hinge so much on his regular-season performance as a whole. Even if Cueto struggles between now and early October, the Royals should be good enough to win the American League Central.

Cueto will be judged on how he pitches in the postseason and whether the Royals can match or even surpass last year’s success.

Considering how his last postseason appearance turned out, Cueto will have playoff demons of his own to exorcise as well.

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