first_img “I was in a good position and did not quite have it all yesterday and that really cost me. “You have to be right on your game for 72 holes here, I played a five-hole stretch in five over and that was really it. I played nicely again today, if I just limit the mistakes from yesterday I am right there. “It’s frustrating. Sometimes you hit a good shot and all of a sudden it’s off the green; it is what it is and you have to embrace it. It’s Augusta and you’re going to get some good bounces, you’re going to get some bad. It will all even out in the end. “My misses have been wide and that’s the thing that I need to sort out. A perfect example is the 11th yesterday. Instead of just missing it in the right rough you miss it 20 yards in the trees and you don’t have any shot. “And then all of a sudden you chip it out and then you put your third in the water and it’s tough.” As for his preparation, McIlroy added: “This is the first year I have not come here beforehand and I quite like that because you can over think it. “If you’re here for three or four days in advance it almost gets too much. It was nice to play the week before (in Texas) and not come and have a round, because apart a slight change on the 14th green, it hasn’t really changed. And the course is so different from Wednesday night to Thursday morning anyway that it almost isn’t worth it.” The 23-year-old Northern Irishman carded a closing 69 at Augusta, 10 shots better than his third round, to finish the week two over par, meaning he has yet to finish better than 15th in five attempts. “I know I’ve played good enough golf here to win, it’s just a matter of stringing it all together,” McIlroy said. Frustration was the overriding emotion for Rory McIlroy as his bid for a first Masters title ended just as the leaders teed off in their final round.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

first_imgSpain’s Carla Suarez Navarro wipes sweat from her face during her fourth round match against Anett Kontaveit of Estonia at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Sunday, Jan. 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)Spain’s Carla Suarez Navarro blitzed into the Australian Open quarterfinals with a stunning 4-6, 6-4, 8-6 win over Anett Kontaveit Sunday.The Estonian 32nd seed blew a set and 4-1 lead with two breaks to allow the 39th-ranked Spaniard back into the match.ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases – Lifeline –When she double-faulted on break point, Suarez Navarro had a lifeline at 4-2.The Spaniard easily held for 4-3 and levelled the set as Kontaveit went wide with another misdirected forehand.The momentum shift was completed when Suarez Navarro held again and Kontaveit had to serve to save the set at 4-5, having been 4-1 up.Anxiety took over the young Estonian. A double fault and another forehand error helped Suarez Navarro create two set points.Kontaviet regathered to save those but, when a second double fault brought up a third, Suarez Navarro’s stunning comeback sent the match went to a decider.A ripping winner crosscourt brought up a break for Kontaveit to lead 5-4 but as in the second stanza nerves prevented her getting over the finish line and Suarez Navarro broke back.At 6-7 Kontaveit’s capitulation was complete when she conceded match point on her serve, the Spaniard taking her chance when the Estonian went long.The reward for the former world number six is a clash against either second seed Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark or Slovakia’s 19th seed Magdalena Rybarikova. Djokovic meditates to ‘lose fear and stress’ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson LATEST STORIES Suarez Navarro was ranked in the top 10 less than two years ago but has been on a downward slide and had no answer to the pace of Kontaveit’s early ground strokes.The 22-year-old made the decisive break in the fifth game and secured a 5-3 lead with the standout shot of the first set, a superb running forehand pass that flew around the net post to bring the Rod Laver Arena crowd to their feet.Kontaviet served out after 42 minutes and in the second, a bullet-like backhand gave her a second break of serve to 4-1 up with one foot in the quarter-final.But 29-year-old Suarez Navarro, whose first Grand Slam quarter-final at Melbourne Park was nine years ago, drew on her experience and began to play a patient game, extending the rallies.Nerves set in for Kontaveit as she neared her first Slam quarter-final and a forehand which had powered 15 winners in the first set alone faltered.ADVERTISEMENT Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparccenter_img Read Next MOST READ Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year She also stumbled when serving for the match at 5-4 in the third, as the experienced Suarez Navarro reached her third Australian Open last eight after 2hr 15min.“Was tough today. She started really well,” said the Spaniard who has also reached the quarter-finals twice at Roland Garros and also at the US Open, but never progressed further.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk“I always have to fight to the end,” she added. “I just tried to play my game and stay really focused. I just run and run. That’s it.”Oozing confidence after despatching French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko in the third round, Kontaveit was on the front foot from the off. Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina View comments Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewlast_img read more

first_imgA US$10 increase in the fee for American citizens applying for their American passport will soon be implemented.The fee will now be US$35 and will go into effect all over the world next month.The new fee is applicable to all first-time passport applicants and certain other applicants who must apply in person, such as minors under the age of 16.However, American citizens who apply for a passport renewal by mail will not see an increase.No other charges for consular services were instituted.To make an appointment to renew their passport in Georgetown, American citizens should contact the Consular Section via the Embassy’s website.last_img