Like mother, like daughter: Kaitlin wins SEA Games gold, repeats mom’s feat

first_imgSEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program READ: Young gymnast captures PH’s fifth gold medal“She can do straight cartwheels. One time she made a pull-up in a bar and hold, and I never taught anything her yet at that point. I was like, ‘you want to take up gymnastics?’” recalled Cintamoni.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutNow her daughter, at 17, is a newly minted SEA Games uneven bar champion right on her first try. It was the same event Cintamoni scored gold back in 1995 and bronze in 1997.Cintamoni dela Cruz-De Guzman and gold medalist daughter Kaitlin. Photo from Marc ReyesThe De Guzmans relocated to Rockwall, Texas, when Kaitlin was eight and there, she continued her training and eventually competed with Metroplex Gymnastics. LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Perlas rebounds, routs Myanmar by 90 points Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension LATEST STORIES Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ Read Next SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief “She knows that she’s good at it and it’s a means to an end,” said Cintamoni who bared that Kaitlin is committed to University of Oklahoma for her athletic scholarship.READ: Gymnast captures Philippines’ 4th gold in SEA GamesCintamoni, who is now project director for Infinite Bounds Gymnastics, said her elder son took up swimming and it was Kaitlin who dabbled in gymnastics.“She also took up dancing and swimming,” said Cintamoni. “It was only last April when we learned that she can compete for the Philippines.”Kaitlin is entered in beam and floor events. Of the three events Kaitlin is competing in, Cintamoni said her daughters favorite is the beam.ADVERTISEMENT Kaitlin de Guzman of the Philippines competes in uneven bars category of women’s artistic gymnastics competition of the 29th Southeast Asian Games Tuesday at the Malaysia Trade and Exhibition Center in Kuala Lumpur. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/SEA GAMES POOLKUALA LUMPUR—Cintamoni dela Cruz-De Guzman knew her daughter Kaitlin had what it takes to become a champion when the latter was just four.A former preschool teacher who often towed Kaitlin to her class, the ex-Southeast Asian Games gold medalist said she marveled at the ease with which Kaitlin performed gymnastics stunts.ADVERTISEMENT LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games “That’s where she won gold medals in the States,” said the proud mother. PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games View commentslast_img read more

Ceres left with mountain to climb after away leg

first_imgThe Busmen absorbed a 0-4 drubbing at the hands of Tajikistan champion Istiklol in the first leg of their inter-zone semifinal tie on Tuesday, leaving them with a mountain to climb at Panaad Stadium in three weeks time.On a chilly night in the outskirts of the capital Dushanbe, Ceres, the Asean zonal champion, struggled to cope against a relentless Istiklol side that made the most of its physical advantage by hassling and harrying the visitors at Hisor Stadium.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I thought we could have done better, but we will give them a good fight at home,” said Ceres midfielder Stephan Schrock. “We’re not giving up just yet.”Panaad has been a fortress for visiting teams with Ceres coming away with big wins in the group stage including a 6-2 win over Hanoi and a 5-0 demolition of Tampines. WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games MOST READ Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chiefcenter_img Read Next Istiklol got a goal each from Akhtam Nazarov and Romish Dhzalilov in the first half, before a second half brace from Manuchehr Dhzalilov ensured the Tajiks go into the second leg on Sept. 12 at Panaad Stadium in Bacolod City with a comfortable advantage.A 5-0 win at home will allow the Busmen to advance, but a 4-0 scoreline will send the tie to extra time. But with the way the Tajik champions dominated the first leg, it seems the Busmen would need a miracle for that to happen.It was a tough reality check for the Busmen as they paid dearly for another sub-par away performance.Nazarov opened the scoring by converting a penalty in the 25th minute after Kota Kawase brought down Dimitri Barkov inside the area. Romish Dhzalilov doubled the lead at the stroke of halftime with a clinical strike that left Roland Muller with no chance.The Busmen hardly threatened in the first half as Istiklol controlled proceedings, pressing high and winning the ball early.ADVERTISEMENT HISOR—Sensational at home in the AFC Cup, it looks like Ceres Negros will need to top all of those performances to survive this latest challenge.ADVERTISEMENT LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Stags battle Bombers minus star SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

Ex-Blue Eagles Tolentino, Cani star for FEU in Final Four

first_imgLATEST STORIES Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ Archers, Eagles favorites to win UAAP Season 80 PLAY LIST 02:36Archers, Eagles favorites to win UAAP Season 8003:16UAAP Season 80 Preview: Ateneo Blue Eagles01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games “Of course it feels great to win,” said Cani. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netArvin Tolentino had his fair share of the spotlight during his time for Ateneo while Hubert Cani had been a prized recruit of the Blue Eagles for Season 78.Both, however, are now under Far Eastern University and the two produced enough moments that caused heartbreak for Ateneo in the Final Four of the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball tournament. ADVERTISEMENT Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Read Next MOST READcenter_img QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa For Cani, competing against Ateneo wasn’t all about sentiments.Cani looked at the basketball aspect of the game and not the emotion of playing against his former school.“That’s the school where I came from,” said Cani in Filipino. “I know how hard it is to beat a team that is so disciplined.”Cani was the one that capped off FEU’s 20-6 run in the third quarter with a layup that put the Tamaraws up 58-44.He then, beat the shot clock buzzer with long triple with 2:45 left in the game that saw FEU take a 75-58 cushion.ADVERTISEMENT Tamaraws force deciding game, stun Blue Eagles Tolentino had 13 points while Cani had 11 points in the Tamaraws’ 80-67 victory Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.READ: Tamaraws force deciding game, stun Blue EaglesFEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutFor Tolentino, who was the Rookie of the Year in 2014, his time as a Blue Eagle was far behind him and that he’s now a full-fledged Tamaraw.“The spirit of FEU, the mentality of FEU, I’ve already adopted it ever since the start of the season,” said Tolentino in Filipino who’s in his first year for the Tamaraws. “I’m not even thinking that ‘maybe I should’ve been with Ateneo’ because I’ve already accepted FEU.” Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. View commentslast_img read more

Mila’s Lechon in hot water as PBA digs deeper into miserable showing

first_imgJohn Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Even Jawbreakers coach Topex Robinson related that the opposing players were egging his wards to continue shooting and run the score up, making it no surprise that Mila’s Lechon committed 30 turnovers and gave up 38 turnover points.READ: Zark’s-Lyceum crushes Mila’s Lechon by 47 for 5th straight winMarcial has already met with the team officials led by coach Jesse Ricardo and Mila’s Lechon team owners on Friday at the PBA Office in Libis, but wanted to get more insights from the players.The league will be releasing the final report early next week.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting San Beda beats Perpetual, goes to NCAA volleyball Finals for first time NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers AFP official booed out of forum Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. PBA IMAGESPBA commissioner Willie Marcial is set to meet with the players of Mila’s Lechon on Monday to shed more light on the team’s listless performance in the 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup.The Mighty Roasters were put in the hot seat following their humiliating 55-102 defeat to Zark’s Burger-Lyceum on Thursday where they showed little to no effort to play the game in the second half.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon Citycenter_img “We saw in Mila’s game that they didn’t look like they wanted to play,” Marcial said Thursday in his guesting in SportsIQ, INQUIRER’s omni-platform radio show.READ: PBA summons Mila’s Lechon for dismal display in 47-point roastingFEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe pathetic display of basketball was in stark contrast to how the team performed in the first half, where Mila’s Lechon started the game at 11-3 and was in striking distance of Zark’s-Lyceum for the first two quarters.After the halftime break, the Mighty Roasters looked disinterested to even put the ball in the hoop, committing unforced turnovers, giving up open layups, and  missing gimmes which led to a measly 16 second half points. MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises View comments Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

Djokovic hopes to imitate take-a-break Federer

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Commissioner Silver says Seattle a strong candidate for ‘inevitable’ NBA expansion Same day of the year, similar injury-connected storyline — but identical outcome?Djokovic, struggling on and off for 18 months with a right elbow injury, and without adding to his 12 majors since completing the career Grand Slam at the 2016 French Open, announced Wednesday that he won’t play again in 2017.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsIt will rule him out of the US Open where he has twice been champion and made six of the last seven finals as well as Serbia’s Davis Cup semi-final against France.His absence from New York will be the first time he has missed a Slam since 2004, ending a run of 51 successive majors. When Federer skipped the 2016 French Open, it ended his majors streak at 65. Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Djokovic, 30, will eventually see his world ranking slip to around the 15 mark — his first trip outside the top 10 since March 2007.Federer, five years his senior, was 17 in the world when he won the Australian Open this year and is now back at three.So there is plenty of encouragement there for Djokovic who will be a dangerous last-16 opponent for one of his top rivals at the 2018 Australian Open where he has won six titles.“My body has its limits, and I have to respect that and be grateful for all that I have achieved so far,” said Djokovic, admitting that his on-court troubles are a brutal legacy of over-playing.When Federer called time on his 2016 campaign, he had played just 28 matches.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ MOST READ National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’center_img But he doesn’t advocate lengthy breaks for all players.“Some players just need to play. They need to play every other day, otherwise they feel like they completely lose touch with the racquet and the ball, the body goes all funny on them,” said Federer.When Djokovic retired from his Wimbledon quarter-final against Tomas Berdych with the right elbow injury which has now ended his season, it completed a miserable year at the majors for the Serb.He was a second-round loser at the Australian Open and a quarter-finalist at Roland Garros.Former coach Boris Becker told Djokovic at Wimbledon that he needed to step back from the sport.“Federer is playing the best tennis ever at the age of 35 because he has got everything right in the rest of his life too,” said Becker.“Maybe that is a lesson for Andy and Novak to really take care of their bodies — take their time and get healthy, and don’t play when they can’t.”Djokovic has now heeded the German’s advice although he will still have his hands full with wife Jelena soon to give birth to the couple’s second child.“It is important for me to recover, to be able to play injury free for as long as possible, to compete in the sport that has given me so much, the sport I love,” said Djokovic. Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet While he rested up, Andy Murray and Djokovic battled over three continents for the world number one spot.British star Murray ended the year having fought through 87 matches while Djokovic played 74 times.In 2017, Federer has featured in just seven tournaments, winning the Australian Open, Indian Wells and Miami Masters, the Halle grass-court title and his record eighth Wimbledon.Lesson for DjokovicHis win loss-record for the year is currently 31-2.Federer also skipped the 10-week clay-court season which culminated in Rafael Nadal strolling to a 10th Roland Garros title.Murray, whose Wimbledon title defence ended in a quarter-final loss to Sam Querrey, has taken part in 11 events this year with a win-loss ratio of 25-10.The world number one is also carrying a hip injury which could yet see him also sit out the US Open.Djokovic has slugged through 12 tournaments, including two trips to the Davis Cup. He has 32 wins on the season and eight losses.Federer, who may play just one warm-up event before the US Open which he has won five times, believes his 2016 sabbatical has helped extend his career despite his 36th birthday fast approaching on August 8. Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant LATEST STORIES Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes Serbian tennis player Novak Djokovic delivers a press conference in Belgrade on July 26, 2017.Twelve-time Grand Slam champion Novak Djokovic will miss the rest of the season with an elbow injury, he announced on July 26. AFPJuly 26, 2016: Roger Federer announces he is shutting down his season to rest a knee injury and will return in January 2017.July 26, 2017: Novak Djokovic announces he is shutting down his season to rest an elbow injury and will return in January 2018.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

Batang Pier, Painters rise

first_imgPagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR “I’m not saying this as an alibi, but a three-week layoff was hard on our part,” coach Franz Pumaren said after his Batang Pier needed a big second half to turn back the Picanto. “We were so sluggish, it’s like the team was just excited to be playing again.”Import Murphy Holloway scored 29 points and had 18 rebounds and three others tossed in twin digits for the Batang Pier, who climbed to an even 2-2 record and picked up some confidence for their next game, which will be against powerhouse San Miguel Beer this Friday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening“It’s a weak team,” Pumaren said in jest when asked who they play next.Markeith Cummings scored 37 points in almost singlehandedly carrying the fight for the Picanto, who slumped to a seventh straight loss and are likely to become the first casualties of the season-closing conference.In the second game, Rain or Shine import J’Nathan Bullock scored 20 points and pulled down 14 rebounds as he led the Elasto Painters to a 105-73 blowout of TNT KaTropa. The local Painters also hit their mark with 16 three-pointers as coach Caloy Garcia wards rose to 3-2, a full game ahead of their victims.TNT’s new import Glen Rice Jr. produced 19 points and eight rebounds in his PBA debut.Pumaren likewise talked with some excitement because Terrence Romeo, the leading scorer for Gilas Pilipinas in the Fiba Asia Cup in Lebanon, could be returning for the game against the Grand Slam-seeking Beermen.Romeo anchored a torrid finish by the Filipinos on Sunday night that keyed a 75-70 win over Jordan for seventh place at Nouhad Nawfal Stadium in Beirut, Lebanon.Romeo, who scored 26 points in a 97-86 win over China, hit a triple, had an assist to Japeth Aguilar and forced the biggest Jordan turnover as the Filipinos prevailed in front of a huge crowd of overseas Filipino workers.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Lebanon blows PH 5 to pieces Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo View comments LATEST STORIES GlobalPort import Murphy Halloway loses possession on his way to the basket as two Kia Picanto defenders gang up on him. —AUGUST DELA CRUZGlobalPort dusted off the sluggishness and did away with the over-eagerness just in the nick of time to clip KIA Picanto, 102-90, on Sunday in the PBA Governors’ Cup at Smart Araneta Coliseum.The Batang Pier got the workout it needed as they await the return of its main gun for a big game happening in less than a week.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games MOST READ Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’last_img read more

Griffin grabs bronze for PH in wakeboarding

first_imgThailand’s Padiwat Jaemjan and Tatsanai Kuankoonrat won the gold and silver medals, respectively.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next PH scores silver in lawn bowls men’s pairs View comments MOST READ Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Mark Griffin on Saturday scored the Philippines’ first podium finish in wakeboarding in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.Griffin nabbed the bronze medal in the aquatic event.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony Biggest Pogo service provider padlocked for tax evasion Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’last_img read more

Nadal says it’s noisy under US Open roof, despite changes

first_imgCelebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Rafael Nadal, of Spain, returns a shot from Dusan Lajovic, of Serbia, during the first round of the U.S. Open tennis tournament, Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)NEW YORK — It’s too loud under the U.S. Open roof for Rafael Nadal.Even though the U.S. Tennis Association tried to lessen the noise in Arthur Ashe Stadium after the retractable cover’s debut during last year’s tournament, there was still quite a bit of ambient sound when the top was shut because of rain Tuesday.ADVERTISEMENT —a cellphone tower above the stadium’s broadcast booths was moved;—old air conditioning equipment in the same spot was replaced with modern units that he said are much quieter;—sound-dampening material was placed above other AC units located outside of Ashe.Widmaier acknowledged that last year’s “background noise level … needed to be, at a minimum, reduced, if not eliminated.”Told of Nadal’s complaint Tuesday, Widmaier agreed “it was loud in there today, especially with the roof closed.” He said the USTA plans “to continue to work with sound experts” to see what else can be done.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Rose talks fame, fatherhood, Cavs and redemption Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games LATEST STORIES NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Another player who spent some time under the roof in Ashe on Tuesday was French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko, whose first-round victory was completed there after being shifted from Court 17 because of the rain.“For me, was fine, but I was there only, like, three games,” she said. “Probably not enough time to really hear that noise or realize something like that.”Nadal said the noise under the roof at Flushing Meadows is worse than when the covers atop arenas at Wimbledon and the Australian Open are closed.“I understand it’s a show, at the end of the day, and I enjoy that. I feel part of this, of course. But under the roof, we need to be a little bit more strict about the noise, in my opinion, no?” he said. “Because all the noise stays inside, and this is difficult, no?”Widmaier said the USTA expects things to be less problematic as the two-week tournament continues.“What we noticed last year is that during the first week of the competition, there was noticeable crowd noise, both with the roof open and closed. Of course, that’s exacerbated when the roof is closed. However, we also noticed that as the tournament progressed, and the matches became more compelling, the crowd noise reduced,” he said. “It is early in the tournament, and we expect that as the tournament goes on, there will be more of a hush in the seating.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’center_img View comments Biggest Pogo service provider padlocked for tax evasion Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo “Too much noise, no?” the No. 1-seeded Nadal said after beating Dusan Lajovic 7-6 (6), 6-2, 6-2 in the first round. “I was not able to hear the ball when you are hitting, no?”Nadal, who counts two U.S. Open championships among his 15 Grand Slam titles, missed the tournament because of an injury in 2016, when the $150 million sliding cover made its debut atop the event’s main arena.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingSome players and spectators described the sounds last year as being similar to a rushing waterfall, a result of a combination of equipment in the stadium and 20,000-plus fans speaking.The USTA pledged a year ago to try to improve the situation and spokesman Chris Widmaier said Tuesday that steps had been taken: MOST READlast_img read more