ARAB TIMES, FRIDAY, JUNE 10, 2011 SPORTS 48 ‘It’s time for me to listen to my doctors’ Tiger banks on long-term gain by missing US Open LOS ANGELES, June 9, (RTRS): Three However, Woods accepts that short- Woods hurt his left knee and Achilles ten- over-use injuries from the repeated four surgeries on his troublesome left Congressional in Bethesda, Maryland years ago, Tiger Woods defied doctor’s term disappointment must be the sacrifice don during the Masters in April when he tied stresses that the body sustains. knee and his latest injury setback raises will mark his 12th consecutive major orders to compete in the US Open at for possible long-term gain and, with his for fourth. He has since played only nine “Achilles tendinopathy, or inflamma- doubts about how soon he will be able to without a victory. Torrey Pines where he stunningly tri- mind and heart still firmly set on acquir- more holes in competition before having to tion of the Achilles’ tendon, could rear its return to regular practice and competi- Comfortably the best player of his gen- umphed in a playoff after enduring ing more major titles, this was the only withdraw from the Players Championship in ugly head for Tiger on a repeated basis tion. eration and arguably of all time, Woods intense knee pain throughout the tourna- realistic option available to him. May because of injury. The 14-times major depending on how hard he pushes it. He has targeted the PGA Tour’s AT&T has slipped to 15th in the world rankings ment. champion, whose 200-kph swing is among “But the main thing I would be con- National from June 30-July 3 for a possi- with six Americans above him and has Since that unforgettable day on the the fastest on the PGA Tour, has long been cerned about is his knee because of the ble comeback with his sights firmly set not won a tournament since the 2009 Californian coastline, Woods has suffered GOLF aware of the vulnerability of his left knee. multiple surgeries he has had in the past,” on playing the last two majors of the year Australian Masters. further injury problems and, with the When striving for extra distance in the past, added Frederick, who is a doctor at the — the British Open and the PGA Nicklaus, more than anyone else, 2011 US Open set for next week, he has “It’s time for me to listen to my doctors he often tended to snap his left leg straight Rothman Institute at Thomas Jefferson Championship. knows all about the need to stay fit in the decided to follow medical advice and will and focus on the future,” the American just before impact, a move he has since University Hospital in Philadelphia. The majors have always been the over- pursuit of winning majors and he feels not compete in the year’s second major. former world number one said on his worked hard to alleviate by remodelling his “If the arthritis (in the knee) is too riding goal for Woods who has targeted Woods is not helped by the extra ‘violent’ It will be the first US Open he has website on Tuesday when he ruled him- swing and sacrificing yards off the tee. severe, activity modifications, including the record 18 won by fellow American modern-day swing. missed since 1994, when he had just self out of the US Open. “Golf puts tremendous stresses on your diminishing time on the golf course, may Jack Nicklaus. “Tiger’s swing, and a lot of the swings graduated from high school, and the mere “I was hopeful that I could play, but if knee, your upper extremities and espe- be things that have to be included.” However, he has been unable to add of today, are far more violent at the ball thought of skipping one of golf’s elite I did, I risk further damage to my left leg. cially your back,” sports medicine sur- Injury setbacks any more to his own trophy cabinet since than some of the old swings,” Nicklaus events would have left a very bitter taste My knee and Achilles tendon are not geon Dr. Robert Frederick told Reuters. the 2008 US Open and his absence from said before last week’s Memorial tourna- in his mouth. fully healed.” “And golfers are particularly prone to Aged only 35, Woods has already had next week’s championship at ment which he hosts. Panasonic apologises for his action Teen Ishikawa drives without valid licence TOKYO, June 9, (AFP): Japanese will discuss what it should do,” teenage golf star Ryo Ishikawa’s main Japan Golf Tour Organisation sponsor, Panasonic, apologised (JGTO) senior director Hiroshi Thursday after he was found to have Yamanaka told AFP. driven without a valid licence. The case appeared to be a misunder- “Although this matter is all due to standing of rules and that “we will take his own carelessness, we extremely various things into consideration,” he regret it as his contracted company,” said, adding there was no precedent Panasonic said on its official support among Japan tour members. site for the 19-year-old golfer. Ishikawa, due to take part in the US “We deeply apologise for the disor- Open next week, has yet to make any der this has created in society,” read the comment on the case. statement in Japanese, using a standard His father, Katsumi, has told local expression of public apology in the media: “I thought I confirmed that the country. licence would be effective in Japan Japanese media when we were in the United States, but reported overnight it was not enough. It’s good to find it that Ishikawa before he causes an accident.” acquired both a US Ishikawa has been a hot marketing driver’s licence and an international per- GOLF mit while staying in the United States to enable him to play property since May 2007 when he in PGA events became the the youngest men’s winner between February on a major tour by lifting the domestic and April. Ishikawa Munsingwear Open KSB Cup aged 15 Ishikawa needed years and eight months. to be abroad for at least three full He also became the top money earn- months to make his international er on the Japan Tour in 2009 and licence valid at home but he was appar- stunned the world in May last year by ently unaware of the rule until late May shooting a record 12-under-par 58 to when he was seen driving a silver Audi win a domestic event. to a domestic tournament. Panasonic signed a five-year spon- Police have so far taken no action. If sorship contract with Ryo Ishikawa in charged, the golfer could be jailed for January 2008, immediately after he up to a year or fined 300,000 yen turned professional. ($3,750). With contracts with several other big “We will see what kind of adminis- companies including Toyota and All trative, police action will be taken Nippon Airways, his sponsorship deals and then our disciplinary committee are estimated at nearly $10 million. Andy Roddick of the US plays a return shot to Kevin Anderson of South Africa during their men’s singles tennis match at the Queen’s Grass Court Championship in London, June 9. (AP) Best of the Rest Murray moves into quarters Lazio confirm Klose signing: Germany striker Miroslav Klose has signed a two-year deal with Italian side Lazio after failing to agree on a contract extension with Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich. ‘Serena’s return a huge boost’ Lucic rolls back the yrs once more “I am looking forward to this new experience. I want to help Lazio get LONDON, June 9, (RTRS): Serena Williams will take back up (the table),” said Klose, after Wimbledon by storm LONDON, June 9, (Agencies): back for 4-4. after struggling with a back injury. her family sought sanctuary in the U.S. to Lazio finished fifth last season in Serie whether she retains her title A tie-break was needed to settle the set In Boirmingham, England, Mirjana escape her abusive father/coach, and A. or not, Andy Roddick pre- World number four Andy and Murray found the winning formula as Lucic has begun to make winning seem financial trouble snowballed as she Klose, who turned 33 on Thursday, dicted on Thursday as he Murray ignored the pain of his a couple of sublime ground-strokes fin- normal again by reaching the last eight in played less. By 2002 she was an also-ran finally signed the deal late on welcomed his fellow ished off Tipsarevic. the Aegon Classic for her second quarter- on tour, and didn’t begin a serious come- Wednesday night and joins on a free American back from a year ankle injury to reach the quar- transfer with his Bayern contract to of injury and illness. Elsewhere in the third round of the finals on tour in more than a decade. back until last year. At 94th, she’s at her ter-finals at Queen’s with a 6-4, Wimbledon warm-up, Andy Roddick Lucic, who lit up the tour as a teen in highest ranking since July 2000. expire at the end of the month after Former world number four years in Munich. one Williams, the power- 7-6 (7/3) win over Serbian 14th remained in the hunt for a record fifth the late 1990s until she was overwhelmed She revealed her maturity on Thursday He endured a disappointing season house of women’s tennis for seed Janko Tipsarevic on Queen’s crown with a 6-4, 6-4 win over by family and financial problems, beat during an uncertain phase at 6-5 down for Bayern making most of his 20 the past decade with 13 South Africa’s Kevin Anderson. Andrea Hlavackova of the Czech when a loudspeaker announcement called league appearances from the bench Thursday. Since his last Queen’s triumph back in Republic 6-2, 7-6 (4) in the third round. for ground staff to attend the courts, sug- and scoring just one goal while grand slam singles titles, After edging past Xavier Malisse has taken a wildcard for 2007, Roddick has been trying to break Things are looking up for Lucic, who gesting another of many showers was Germany team-mate Mario Gomez next week’s Eastbourne in the second round, Murray spent the record for most singles’ titles at the reached her first quarterfinals since 1999 about to fall just as she was about to serve netted 28 goals in 32 Bundesliga championships. much of his post-match press confer- Wimbledon warm-up event which he cur- last month in Strasbourg. to save the set. games for Bayern. A foot injury and health ence delivering a prolonged assess- Ivanovic, the 19-year-old who knows a Bayern confirmed on Monday that rently shares with six other players How likely the U.S.-based Croatian talks over a new deal had broken problems had previously ment of the risks of playing with the including John McEnroe, Boris Becker returns not merely to the mainstream but little about slumping after success at a down and Klose, the top-scorer at the sidelined her since she won ankle problem that has plagued him and Lleyton Hewitt. into the limelight may be hinted by her young age, advanced to her first quarters 2006 World Cup, has wasted no time last year’s Wimbledon title. since the French Open. The American third seed, a three-time next match, against Ana Ivanovic, the on grass since she made the Wimbledon in finding a new club. Roddick said the 29-year- Wimbledon finalist, thrives on the lush former world No. 1 and title favorite. semifinals four years ago. She beat Klose completed the medical on old’s return was not only He conceded that the recovery time for good for American tennis the ligament and tendon damage he sus- lawns of west London and he did just For now, Lucic was enjoying a slow Rebecca Marino of Canada 6-3, 6-2 with- Thursday before flying back to enough to see off 15th seed Anderson and emergence from infamy thanks to out facing a break point. Germany to start his summer holiday but vital for the women’s tained in Paris means he should really be game. resting this week, but a desire to get plen- set up a last eight clash against Fernando immense tenacity and desire. The same half of the draw will see with his family. (AFP) “Well, it’s great that she’s ty of time on grass before Wimbledon has Verdasco, who defeated David At 15, Lucic became the first player Daniela Hantuchova, the former world ❑ ❑ ❑ back,” Roddick told forced him to ignore his discomfort. Nalbandian 7-5, 6-1. to win her first WTA singles event No. 5 from Slovakia, play Alison Riske, Robson rules out quick return: reporters after beating The 24-year-old, once again wearing a French fifth seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (1997) then the youngest Australian the American whose career climbed a Former Manchester United and Kevin Anderson 6-4 6-4 in brace on his troublesome right ankle and enjoyed an easier than expected path to Open champion by winning the notch with a great run here last year, and England captain Bryan Robson has the third round of the moving cautiously at times, did a reason- the last eight as his compatriot Michael women’s doubles with Martina Hingis who upset the seedings again. ruled out a swift return to management Queen’s Club tournament able job of disguising the pain as he Llodra was forced to quit at 4-3 down in (1998). At 17, she was a Wimbledon Last year, Yanina Wickmayer, the top after quitting as Thailand coach for on Thursday. secured a last eight match against Marin the first set due to an upper leg problem. semifinalist. Her success helped con- 20 Belgian, was one of Riske’s six wins. health and family reasons, he said on “I mean, I think, no disre- Cilic or Thomaz Bellucci. Gilles Simon, the French sixth seed, vince the WTA to loosen the age eligi- On Thursday, Riske won 7-5, 6-7 (6), 6-2 Thrusday. spect to any of the women In the circumstances, it was hardly sur- also had to pull out when trailing 3-0 in bility rules to allow young women to against Aravane Rezai, the eighth-seeded The 54-year-old, who had surgery that are playing right now, prising Murray looked a little sluggish as the final set of his rain-delayed second play more events. French player, despite missing a second- for throat cancer in March, added he but I think women’s tennis he allowed Tipsarevic to break in the round match against Adrian Mannarino But her life unravelled when she and set match point in a two-and-a-half-hour had not left the Thailand job to join a needs that dominating fig- tussle. new club before next season after ure. opening game of the first set. resigning from his post on Wednesday. But, although Tipsarevic has more than The biggest threat in the other half may “She hasn’t played for a “I’ve got no plans,” he told year but I think she still is enough ability to hold his own against the come from third-seeded Peng Shuai of reporters when asked if he would take China, who was in the top 20 for the first that personality and, you best — he beat Murray here in 2006 — another management position. know, she’s certainly going his temperament is rather less durable. time. “The only thing I have planned is to to probably be the top story- Murray benefitted from that erractic She beat Heather Watson of Britain 7- go back and I’m speaking to Man line going into Wimbledon.” 6 (1), 6-1 to line up a match with Marina United about going full-time as an Serena has four TENNIS Erakovic, a New Zealander outside the ambassador.” “It’s not like I’m leaving Wimbledon singles titles to top 100, and could go on to a semifinal to go into another management job. I her name, one less than with Magdalena Rybarikova, the have my reasons to leave and it’s not sister Venus who is also nature as a careless double-fault brought Slovakian who won the title here two to manage another team.” he said. returning at the Eastbourne up three break points, with the Scot tak- years ago. Robson departed by mutual consent warm-up event after being ing the second thanks to a fortunate In Halle, Germany, France’s Gael after 21 months in the post, ending a ruled out since the Monfils admitted he was delighted by his disappointing international coaching Australian Open with an deflection off the net to level at 3-3. debut that saw Thailand slide 15 With Murray 5-4 up, a heavy shower form on the grasscourts of Halle’s ATP abdominal injury. places in FIFA’s rankings to 120 and delayed play for an hour. The interval did tournament after booking his quarter- fail to reach the Asian Cup finals for little to improve Tipsarevic’s focus as a final berth with a straight sets win. the first time in 23 years. (RTRS) wild forehand on break point presented The 24-year-old third seed saw off had not been removed. ❑ ❑ ❑ the first set to Murray. Croatia’s Ivan Dodig with a 6-2, 6-3 sec- The 53-year-old Oscar told the Murray let his own concentration slip ond round win and in Friday’s quarter- Oscar undergoes surgery: Estado de Sao Paulo newspaper on at the start of the second set and finals he will now play sixth-seeded Brazilian basketball great Oscar Schmidt Thursday that he probably had the Tipsarevic broke immediately with a German Florian Mayer. says he is recovering well from brain sur- tumor for a long time despite not piercing return of serve. The local favourite enjoyed a 7-6 (7/4), gery to remove a benign tumor. Oscar says he “was lucky” doctors showing any symptoms. Even so, there was no sign of Murray 3-6, 6-4 win over Taiwan’s Lu Yen-Hsun Doctors ordered exams after he letting the injury wear him down and he and was impressive in the second round found the 7-centimeter (near 3-inch) tumor that could have caused long- passed out in a bath tub during a trip kept the pressure on, forcing Tipsarevic Andy Murray of Britain plays a return to Janko Tipsarevic of Serbia during their clash, with Mayer firing down 13 aces on term consequences to his health if it to the United States. (AP) into another extravagant mistake as he singles tennis match at the Queen’s Grass Court Championship in London, the firm Halle turf which is favouring the missed a forehand that gifted a break June 9. (AP) big hitters.