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					                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              ARAB TIMES, FRIDAY, JUNE 10, 2011
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                                                                                                   ‘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.