THE FREE PRESS JOURNAL
Saturday, January 29, 2011
MURRAY TO FACE DJOKOVIC IN FINAL MELBOURNE
NDY Murray recovered from a set down against David Ferrer today to set up an Australian Open final against Novak Djokovic, where he will aim to break Britain’s 75-year men’s Grand Slam drought. After a slow start, Murray won 4-6, 7-6 (7-2), 6-1, 7-6 (7-2) to advance to his second straight Australian final, as he aims to go one better than last year’s straight-sets loss to Roger Federer. Sunday’s title match will be the British fifth seed’s third Grand Slam final overall as he seeks to breakthrough for his first major trophy against the Serbian world number three. “In the first Slam final I played against Federer (2008 US Open), I didn’t know what was going on, it went so quick. And last year was better than before, and I hope this one going to be better than last year,” Murray said. “Experience-wise Novak and I are similar, he won here three years ago, we’re good
friends, we practise a lot together so there won’t be any secrets with our games, but it’s going to be a brutal match I think.” Murray is bidding to become the first British man to win a Grand Slam since Fred Perry in 1936. Perry was also the last British player to win the Australian
Open, in 1934. Last year Murray was the first British man since John Lloyd in 1977 to play in an Australian Open final. “He’s an unbelievable athlete, he’s an unbelievable competitor, he works so hard, he’s in great shape and I was expecting an unbelievably tough match and I got it,” Murray
said of Ferrer. “It was great that I managed to come through but he’s such a tough player to play against.” “He was dictating all the points at the start and in the second set I started to go for my shots a bit more and it paid off.” Murray extended his current winning streak to nine matches and dropped only his
second set of the tournament against the tenacious Ferrer. Ferrer was playing in his second Grand Slam semi-final after taking advantage of an injured Rafael Nadal to win their quarter-final in straight sets. Ferrer made Murray work for every point and kept him on court for 3hr 46min, leaving the Scot heading straight for an ice bath to recover for the final. The Spaniard’s extraordinary fitness levels gave him the edge in a physical first set full of long, lung-busting rallies. Ferrer was broken in the seventh game but broke straight back and broke the Scot again to take the opening set in 46 draining minutes. Murray had a set point in the 10th game of the second set but Ferrer doggedly held him off and both exchanged breaks before the set went into a tie-breaker. Ferrer played a dreadful tiebreak with three volley errors for Murray to level the match on the third of his six —AFP set points.
Dulko, Pennetta win Australian Open doubles title MELBOURNE
Top-seeded Gisela Dulko and Flavia Pennetta rallied from a set and 4-1 down to beat Victoria Azarenka and Maria Kirilenko 2-6, 7-5, 6-1 in the Australian Open women’s doubles today, winning their first major as a team. “We were like in shock ... a set and 4-1 down,” Dulko said. “In the changeover, we were like looking each other and saying, ‘C’mon, we play less than an hour. We cannot finish the match playing less than an hour in the final.’ “We just tried to go for it, didn’t try to wait for them, tried to play more aggressive. Because I think until this moment we couldn’t find a good way to play, to win the match. So we just keep fighting and trying.” That was evident in the third set when
Dulko and Pennetta, who hold the No. 1 and No. 2 rankings among doubles players, were already up a break at 3-1 when they broke again when Kirilenko netted a backhand.They held in their next service game, then broke Azaranka and Kirilenko again to close out the match. This was a first Grand Slam title for the Dulko-Pennetta combination, who made it to the quarterfinals at all the Grand Slams last year and the Wimbledon semifinals. Dulko and Pennetta won seven doubles titles last year, including a 17match winning streak. “Last year was a great year, this year we are starting really good,” Pennetta said. Azarenka and Kirilenko were playing their first Grand Slam tournament together. Azarenka, of Belarus, formerly was a two-time Grand Slam finalist, including last year at Melbourne Park with Shahar Peer. Sachin Tendulkar holds a trophy after winning the 'Castrol Indian Cricketer of the Year' award during a function in Mumbai on Friday. Pic: Sandeep Takke
Argentina's Gisela Dulko (R) and Italy's Flavia Pennetta (L) hold the trophy after beating Victoria Azarenka of Belarus and Russia's Maria Kirilenko in their women's doubles final at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Friday.
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Life Time Achievement Award for Jain Irrigation founder chief
Deora attends R-Day function of Corporate Affairs’ Mumbai office
Bhawarlal Jain, founder chairman of Jain Irrigation Systems, was recently presented the Life Time Achievement Award by the World Trade Centre, Mumbai, for his contribution in agriculture and industrial field by Union Water Resources Minister Salman Khurshid. Present on the occasion were Subodhkant Sahay, Union Tourism Minister, Chhagan Bhujbal, Masharashtra Public Works Minister, Kofi Boting, Chief of WTC, New York, C.A. Ranganathan, Chairman, Bank of India, Kamal Morarka, Chairman, WTC, Mumbai, and Vijay Kalantari, Vice Chairman, WTC, Mumbai.
Union Minister for Corporate Affairs Murli Deora addressing a meeting after unfurling the National Flag at Everest Building, Marine Drive,Mumbai, which houses the offices of the Regional Director, Ministry of Corporate Affairs, Western Region and the Registrar of Companies, Mumbai. The minister recalled the sacrifice of the freedom fighters and said it was duty of every Indian to contribute to national growth. Later, Deora interacted with SM Ameerul Millath, Regional Director, Ministry of Corporate Affairs, Western Region.
Shishir wears green up his sleeves Founder of Fusion ClothingAN ORGANIC VENTURE n an age where decreasing your carbon footprint is rapidly being extolled with strategies devised around the green model, this Young Turk has started a business that literally wears green. Shishir Goenka transformed his passion for environmental into a business idea, by marrying idealism to business practicality with his brand of environmentally friendly clothing Fusion Clothing. A clothing brand that can be touted as one of the country's premier eco friendly clothing range, made of 100 per cent organic cotton and bamboo clothing. All ideas have their seed sown somewhere sometime, and in Goenka it was no exception. Fresh out of business school, Goenka plunged into his family's textile business where he worked for four years. It was here that the idea of organic clothing took shape. "The absence of organic clothing, coupled with my passion for nature and the enviroment led me to this venture." The venture set sail in 1992 where the company exported T-shirts to New Zealand and Australia. "Subsequently we expanded to Europe," says Goenka.
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Convenience is the key and Goenka made sure that his clothing remained accessible, at the click of a mouse with the launch of an online web store for the brand. And even here, Fusion Clothing does its bit for the environment. 10 per cent of online sales are given to the Bombay Natural History Society (BNHS) for environment conservation. "Very few Indian companies can claim to have an ISO, GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard), OE 100 certified factory or a dedicated will to offset its carbon footprint by sponsoring BNHS - Forestation Program & Solar power project of TERI," says Goenka, with a sense of pride. The road to success is seldom without hurdles and Goenka is no different. "I regret not making detailed financial planning before starting," rues Goenka. Regrets aside, the green entrepreneur future goals are clear. "I want to contribute to the improvement of natural environment, with support from our citizens," says Goenka. It is not easy living you entrepreneurial aspirations, by there are lesson learned, "Live your dream" says Goenka, " but with careful planning."
WR GM opens new budget cafeteria Western Railway GM, RN Verma inaugurates the 'Jan Ahaar' cafeteria at Mumbai Central main line station on R-Day. Also present at the event was President, WRWSSC, Anila Verma. The outlet promises "controlled pricing and good quality" and will come as a boon to every day travellers.
Bank of Baroda announces Q3 results
Western Railway GM observes R-Day
Bank of Baroda CMD MD Mallya (left) and BoB’s ED NS Srinath announcing the bank's Q3 financial results for 2010-2011.Bank of Baroda reported a 28.39 per cent growth at Rs 1,068.88 crore in stand-alone profit. Bank’s total income grew to Rs 6,342.30 in the period under review from Rs 4,836.62 crore in the year-ago period.
Western Railway General Manager R N Verma salutes the National Flag at the R-Day function held at the lawns of the Western Railways Headquarters at Churchgate in Mumbai.
Central Bank of India felicitates cartoonist R K Laxman
Abhyudaya Cooperative Bank’s 95th brach at opened Dombivli
Central Bank of India CMD S Sridhar felicitating cartoonist R K Laxman at the latter’s residence for the special sketch he created, marking Central Bank of India's centenary year celebration, featuring the common man.
Noted writer and author S N Navre inaugurating the Abhyudaya Cooperative Bank’s 95th branch at Dombivli in the presence of Bank Chairman Sitaram Ghandat, Deputy Chairman Nityanand Prabhu, Managing Director Vijay Morye and other dignitaries.