Advani, Mehta on collision course
TALENTED Indian duo of Pankaj Advani and Aditya Mehta came through a little bit different routes to reach the semi-finals of the Asian Snooker Championship on Friday.
|Al-Anabi hopes to register maiden win at O'Reilly NHRA Nationals |
|BAYTOWN (TEXAS) THE Qatar Al-Anabi Racing Top Fuel team, two-time reigning NHRA Top Fuel World Champions, owned by His Excellency Sheikh Khalid bin Hamad al Thani, has entered the O'Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Nationals at the suburban Houston race track.
This has sparked the team for a return to the NHRA winner's circle.
This weekend's event began with qualifying sessions on Friday and Saturday followed by eliminations on Sunday.
One year ago at the O'Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Nationals, Del Worsham won an all Al-Anabi Racing Top Fuel final round. It was the third of Worsham's eight wins last season. Al-Anabi gold driver Khalid alBalooshi advanced to the final round of eliminations in Pro Mod last year while Al-Anabi silver driver Shawn Langdon was very successful at Royal Purple Raceway during his Sportsman career.
He won Super Gas in 2005, was the Super Comp runner up in 2007 and the Super Comp winner in 2008.
"I went to the Pro Mod finals at Houston last year and had some good luck," alBalooshi said. "I hope we will have a good week again like we did last year in Pro Mod. ...
|Raonic humiliates Murray in Barcelona Open quarters |
|CANADIAN Milos Raonic handed second seed Andy Murray a clay-court humiliation on Friday as the big-hitting youngster hammered the Scot 6-4, 7-6 (7/3) to reach the semi-finals of the Barcelona Open.
Raonic, ranked 25th, will be playing in his second career clay semi on Saturday against one of two Spanish seeds in number three David Ferrer or number seven Feliciano Lopez.
Murray was to have been Raonic's opponent in Miami last month, but the Canadian had to withdraw injured before that showdown on hardcourt.
With the scene shifted to clay, the momentum went with the Canadian as he took the biggest scalp of his fastrising career in just under one and three-quarter hours at the Real Club de Tenis.
"It was important to play a few games on clay, I had some good tennis from time to time," said Murray. "It's most important to get ready for the upcoming Masters 1000s (Madrid from May 7 and Rome to follow).
Murray, a Monte Carlo quarter-finalist who admitted that he's had a difficult time trying to make the change from hardcourt to clay, praised Raonic's big game.
|Jimenez, Poulter and Casey ready for Korea charge |
|SOMEof The European Tour's most famous names were poised to mount an assault on the Ballantine's Championship over the weekend after an intriguing second round Friday.
Conditions at the Blackstone Golf Club layout could not have been more contrasting to the gales of Thursday as an almost flat calm and bright blue skies made conditions perfect for scoring at the picturesque hillside course.
Austria's world number 170 Bernd Wiesberger took full advantage to shoot a bogey-free seven-under 65, the best round of the week, and take a one-shot lead into the weekend ahead of former winner Marcus Fraser of Australia.
But looming just three behind Wiesberger on fourunder par was seasoned campaigner and multiple European Tour winner Miguel Angel Jimenez.
"Well I feel nice, I feel calm and I feel peace and they (the leaders) don't feel very good because they can feel my breath on their necks," laughed Jimenez after a fourunder par 68.
The Spaniard was runner-up here last year by one shot to Lee Westwood and feels the course suits his game.
"It looks like we are in the right mood, the golf course and myself. I like it very much and I hope we can make a good deal during the weekend," he added.