Chinese tennis ace Li Na wins the women’s Australian Open final against Slovakia’s Dominika Cibulkova in her third attempt for the title, becoming Asia’s 1st & the oldest ever woman to win the tournament. “Age is nothing. You guys didn’t know how hard I was working,” she said. Li also thanked her husband for being a “hitting partner, baggage handler and general helper”. Li has already made the same record in the French Open in 2011 becoming Asia’s first to win either the men’s or women’s singles title. Li will now rise to world’s no 3.
Author: Dr. Abdul Ruff
Edited by Divas
Li Na from China beat Slovak player Dominika Cibulkova 7-6 (3), 6-0 on January 25 becoming the oldest woman to clinch the title in the Open era.
Li lost Australian Open finals to Kim Clijsters in 2011 and to Victoria Azarenka last year. In between, she won the 2011 French Open to become the first Asian woman to win a major.
In both her previous finals at Melbourne Park, Li won the first set but went down in three.
Li stumbled and twisted her ankle while playing against Belarusian professional Azarenka last year, and needed a medical timeout in the third set after hitting her head on the court.
However, Li had no such trouble while playing against No. 20-seeded Cibulkova this time after winning the first set in a tiebreaker.
Li broke Cibulkova, held, and then had a breakpoint in the third game. Cibulkova held, and then broke Li in the sixth game thanks to consecutive double-faults.
Li again broke in the 11th game and had a set point in the 12th, but lost three straight points to ensure it went to the tiebreaker.
After rolling through the second set in 27 minutes, Li held up both thumbs to the crowd, and held back tears. Then she went to the side of the court to shake hands with her coach Carlos Rodriguez in the stands.
Li thanked her husband for being a “hitting partner, baggage handler and general helper”.
Cibulkova, one of the shortest players ever to reach a Grand Slam final at 1.61-meters (5-foot-3), had four wins over Top 20 players in the tournament, including a fourth-round upset of third-seeded Maria Sharapova and a straight-sets semifinal trouncing of No. 5 Agnieszka Radwanska.
In the semifinals, Cibulkova held off 19-year-old Canadian Eugenie Bouchard, and never had to face a player ranked in the top 20 en route to the final.
Forget Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova, Li Na is regarded as the hottest property in women’s tennis, not just because of her ability, but because she has opened the door to the sport’s future.
Li also made the record of Asia’s first grand slam champion at the 2011 French Open.
Li was the cover girl for last year’s Time magazine issue rating the world’s 100 most influential people, and she is listed by Forbes as the globe’s second highest-earning female athlete behind Sharapova.
After a fallow period following the 2011 French Open victory, when the distractions of sponsors and media drove her off the game, she has been reborn since teaming with coach Carlos Rodriguez in 2012.
And despite toying with the idea of retiring last year, because of poor results and press criticism in her homeland, Li has found the form of her life as she heads towards her 32nd birthday next month.
Li will now leapfrog Sharapova to become No.3 in the world, the highest ever by an Asian player, and after becoming the first Asian winner of the tournament tagged as “the Grand Slam of Asia-Pacific”.
Editor’s Note: Canada has banned a caffeinated soft drink Irn–Bru touted as an “energy” drink, owing to its illegal & harmful ingredients. Health experts warn that although energy drinks are not necessarily bad if taken occasionally, their claims of improved performance can be misleading. Contrary to the fashion among the youths, energy drinks should not be used while exercising as the combination of fluid loss from sweating and the diuretic quality of the caffeine can make you severely dehydrated. Nor it should be combined with alcoholic drinks which may even prove fatal. Costly and harmful soft & “energy” drinks are becoming fashion statements even in the developing countries. Looks like profit obsessed multinationals and arms merchants control the regimes & human behavior all over the world.
Author: Dr. Abdul Ruff
Edited by Divas
The British food shop in Canada has been ordered to stop selling Marmite, Ovaltine and Irn-Bru because they contain illegal additives.
Irn-Bru contains the food colouring Ponceau 4R. It is not permitted in foods for sale in Canada,according to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA).
The agency said the shop had come to the inspectors’ attention when a shipment was rejected at customs in Montreal because it contained meat.
The coloring has been linked to hyperactivity. In addition, the “drinks and a yeast-based spread” found in the Brit Foods shipment and subsequently on the shelves in the shops were not approved for sale in Canada.
But the agency did not list specific brand names. It said the spread was banned because it contained added vitamins “not permitted to be added to spreads” under Canadian food regulations.
Tony Badger, who owns a chain called Brit Foods, told local media that food safety officials blocked a large import shipment of the popular products. “We’ve been bringing Irn-Bru in since the very beginning,” said Tony Badger.
Food safety officials confirmed some items were barred for sale but said only meat was removed from the store.
The bright orange caffeinated drink is particularly popular in Scotland, but sold in countries around the world. “We were importing legally. We’ve been declaring it through a customs broker and we never had an issue until now,” said Badger.
Canada does not allow import of beef products from the UK. The CFIA said that during a follow-up visit to Brit Foods the meat was “placed under detention because of improper documentation.
But the agency also confirmed that the drinks and spread found at Brit Foods shops, while in violation of Canada’s food safety laws, were not a health risk and were not removed from the store shelves.
“These are technical violations of the regulations,” “There is no food safety risk associated with these products.” the agency said in a statement.
Badger said he first ran into trouble in October when his Christmas stock was seized as it was imported from Britain. He is worried he will no longer be able to import the popular items.
But the agency was now conducting a health assessment on the foods to determine whether they were fit for sale, aacording to Badger. “I haven’t heard of anyone dying from consuming Irn-Bru in Scotland or Britain,” he claimed.
One customer, Briton Nigel Westwick claimed that for a country that allows one to buy firearms, guns, bullets and literally everything, stopping a soft drink suitable for all ages seemed a little ludicrous.
The CFIA says that it has initiated an investigation and would take appropriate action.
People have been suggesting me to go abroad since the time I finished my school… my teachers in the colleges used to say that Divas will not stay in Nepal…many of my friends went abroad, some of them have become really successful… and they are still calling me, and call me a fool…but i never felt like going abroad to make money or for any other purpose…it’s not that I’m a great nationalist of sort..i’m not even saying that it’s wrong to go abroad…in fact, I don’t believe in any sort of jingoistic nationalism…and I’ve seen that many people who’re abroad have served this country better than those who’re staying here.. it’s just that i feel like staying in Nepal no matter what…
Then people say why are you staying in Nepal? To be a ‘Thulo Manchhe’ or ‘Great Man’? No, I’ve no desire to be a Great Man, coz I think I’m already great..& I don’t need anyone’s certificate for that… i always felt like I’d feel homesick if I went abroad… I’d read somewhere that those who’re attached to their mothers during childhood, are reluctant to leave their place..I think there’s a sense in that… a few times, i’ve even filled up the Divesity Visa(DV) lottery of US …but I filled up the DV just for the sake of fun…and I used to say to everyone that even if they award me the DV, I’ll reject it…
And people say this to me…if you can’t be like us, and if you won’t go abroad, then go to Himalayas..go to the Jungle…yes, that’s what I find tempting…I’ve a long time desire to go to the Himalayas or the Jungle and stay there…but again, you know what…there’s a survival problem in the Himalayas and the Jungles..coz unlike the Buddha’s time, there’re no fruits in the jungle nowadays, human animals have encroached upon everything…
And what a greater concrete jungle than modern day cities and towns with ferocious animals called homo sapiens? In fact, no matter what, i enjoy human company…i don’t talk to them often…but still enjoy to see them talking and doing things…it’s all just a play…from birth to death, you’re just playing.. your playthings change, but you keep on playing…
So, I’ve two wishes left: I need to survive in this my cruel yet funny world… and I also need to express myself… as long as there’re enterprising people, i will survive…many times, I’ve gone so broke that i often thought of selling vegetables in the street…but then, the enterprising private sector always welcomes me…they make use of me and they give me what I need.. and as long as there’re blogs, I would express myself… thanks to the wordpress, I’m my own publisher with worldwide circulation…
But people say that one day I will get tired of Nepali system and go abroad…they say that I’ll run away…but they’re wrong there too… I’d certainly love to make a world tour, but only if I’m able to make money in this country…and only if I can make money by working…but I won’t mind even if I couldn’t make money or make a world tour… I certainly have my weak moments…but then again I take it as a challenge against which I’ve to prove myself…
Over the years, although I’ve not grown tired, but often feel wakka or what the spiritualists say bairagya… but, in any case, Divas will not run away…if necessary, Divas will work hard till his ass falls…and the day he felt like the world or society or life is overpowering him, he will sail on the wild seas, go into the Himalayas, or put a bullet in his head just like Hemingway did…but, mind you, i’m not lamenting anything…very few people have been able to enjoy their life the way i’ve enjoyed my life..
Our Rana sir also put a bullet in his head…Like many other teachers, Rana Sir was also fond of me…he used to call me Director Saab…coz I used to say that after finishing studies, I’ll become a truck driver and then a film director…& he really laughed out loud when i said that to him.. but one day, he put a bullet in his head… whatever, like his teachers, Divas will never compromise with anyone on anything… As Hemingway says, “A man is not made for defeat…a man can be destroyed but not defeated.”