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    EASTBOURNE, England -- American qualifier Jamie Hampton reached the first final of her career when she defeated 2009 champion Caroline Wozniacki 6-7 (8), 7-5, 6-3 at Eastbourne on Friday. Air Max 97 Vapormax Hybrid . She will attempt to become the first American to take the title since Chanda Rubin beat Conchita Martinez in 2003 when she faces Russian Elena Vesnina in Saturdays final. Vesnina beat Yanina Wickmayer of Belgium 6-2, 6-0 in just 51 minutes and will be bidding for her second title of the year after winning Hobart in January. In the semifinals of the mens event, Spains Feliciano Lopez defeated Igor Dodig of Croatia 7-6 (3), 6-1 and second-seeded Frenchman Gilles Simon beat seventh-seeded Andrea Seppi of Italy 6-4 6-3. The pair will meet not only in the Eastbourne final but also in the first round at Wimbledon. If he could win only one of the matches, Lopez would prefer to win at this tournament. "Its funny, funny to play the same guy in three days," Lopez said. "But this is tennis, and sometimes these things can happen, no? Final is a final. To win the tournament is not easy, so for the moment I take this one, obviously." Hampton took 2 hours, 44 minutes to secure her victory in a fluctuating match that included 35 break points and 14 breaks of serve. The American had several opportunities to win the opening set, holding three set points at 5-4, serving for the set at 5-4 and 6-5 and then holding two further set points in the tiebreaker. In the second set, Wozniacki struck a dazzling crosscourt backhand winner to break for 5-4 before rain caused a brief delay. Upon the restart, Wozniacki failed to serve out the match and Hampton first held off two break points to hold for 6-5 and then broke for 7-5 on her third set point. After an early exchange of breaks in the final set, Wozniacki netted a backhand to give Hampton a decisive break for 5-3. "I stuck with it," Hampton said. "I think that I stayed positive even though I had a few set points in the first and kind of choked them away a little bit and got down a break in the second and think I was down love-40 on my serve (at 2-4). "Just to get the hold there and stick with it and stay positive was definitely a plus. Im definitely proud of myself." Hampton is disappointed that she has drawn fellow American Sloane Stephens in the first round at Wimbledon. "Its a bit of a bummer that two Americans have to play first round, but Im going to treat it just like every other match," Hampton said. "But were not there. I have a match tomorrow to worry about yet." Wozniacki considered that the match had been of a high standard in conditions made difficult by the wind. "I had my chances, I didnt take them and she played very well, I have to say," Wozniacki said. After a difficult time during the clay-court season when she won just one of her last six matches, Wozniacki is satisfied with her game now as she heads into Wimbledon. "Overall Im feeling good, I feel happy to be on grass," she added. I feel like my game is where I want it to be." Air Max Plus 97 Blue .com) - Yankee Stadium is the home of the Bronx Bombers, but on Sunday afternoon it will open its gates to host the latest addition of the Hudson River Rivalry. Air Max 97 Metallic Red Bronze . -- In a span of seven Washington Redskins offensive plays, Justin Tuck sacked Robert Griffin III four times. http://www.cheapairmax97uk.org/air-max-97-2017.html . William Carrier opened the scoring for Cape Breton (6-4-2), but Andrew Ryan tied the game and Brent Andrews put the Mooseheads (8-6-0) in front for good with a short-handed goal at 13:49 of the second period. COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Dawn Staley doesnt hesitate when asked about No. 4 South Carolinas strength -- its all that offense.With high-scoring transfers Kaela Davis and Allisha Gray joining a lineup that returns double-digit scorers Aja Wilson and Alaina Coates, the Gamecocks look poised to break records and maybe a few scoreboards this season.From an offensive standpoint, we just have layers and layers and talent, said the ninth-year coach of the three-time defending Southeastern Conference champions. Its just making sure the ball finds the right people in the right moments.Wilson is the reigning SEC player of the year who averaged 16.1 points a game last season while senior returnee Coates averaged 12 points last fall as a third option most times behind Wilson and Tiffany Mitchell, a two-time SEC player of the year and the ninth overall pick in the 2016 WNBA draft.Davis, a lighting quick, smooth-shooting 6-foot-2 guard was third in the Atlantic Coast Conference at 19.1 points a game when she last played for Georgia Tech in 2014-15. That was also Grays previous season when she averaged 15.8 points a game.Davis smiles when looking at the offensive potential. She likens the Gamecocks to a college version of the Golden State Warriors and their four-headed offensive monster of Steph Curry, Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green.Yeah, this is fun, Davis said. I have such high caliber people around, it makes everyones job a lot easier.Except, maybe, South Carolinas opponent.Staley has wanted to push the pace since arriving at South Carolina before the 2008-09 season, but has rarely had the consistent scoring from all spots on the floor to make the offense as fluid as she liked. The Gamecocks have relied on sticky defense, Mitchells clutch scoring and dominant inside play from the 6-5 Wilson and 6-4 Coates to win the past three SEC regular-season titles and last two SEC tournaments.The formula, though, has not been enough to get the Gamecocks what Sttaley ultimately wants, a national title. Air Max 97 Summit White Womens. South Carolina reached its first Final Four two years ago, falling by a point to Notre Dame. The Gamecocks have also lost high-profile showdowns with four-time national champion Connecticut the past two seasons, unable to keep up with UConns torrid scoring pace.Staley believes she now has those options.Its a team full of talent and we can do a lot more, she said.The Gamecocks head back to No. 3 UConn for another marquee matchup on Feb. 13.Coates likes the blend she has seen from the team since Davis and Gray joined practice -- both sat out last season but worked out with the Gamecocks -- and feels the team has the potential to take the next step. She said Davis and Gray both bring Mitchells scoring punch to the lineup.Instead of having that one person to do so much, we have it coming from all these different people, she said.The seemingly always upbeat Gray spent her time away from games working on her pull-up jumper. The 6-foot junior is also adept at three-point shooting, rebounding and defense. When all four are on the floor and clicking, Gray said the team is close to unstoppable.We are capable of big things, she said.Staley, like most coaches, is tapping the breaks this time of year until she sees how they blend in games. She has been pleased so far at how unselfish and pass-oriented the players have been in practices. That attitude comes from the two-year college partnership of Wilson and Coates, who can both dominate the middle but often give up open looks for a better shot by the other.Were not all selfish players, Gray said. Were not forcers and `Im going to get mine. We go with the flow of the game.For now, Staley likes what shes seen.Theres good team chemistry, she said. But weve got a ways to go.---More AP College Basketball: www.collegebasketball.ap.org Jerseys From China Cheap Authentic Jerseys Cheap Jerseys 2020 Cheap Nike NFL Jerseys Cheap Jerseys 2019 Wholesale Jerseys From China Wholesale Authentic Jerseys ' ' '
      April 24, 2018 1:29 AM MDT
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