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first_imgNEW YORK (AP):For Serena Williams’ first 26 matches at major tournaments in 2015, no deficit was too daunting, no opponent too troublesome, no victory too far from reach.She was unbeaten and, seemingly, unbeatable, nearing the first Grand Slam in more than a quarter-century. All Williams needed was two more wins to pull off that rare feat. And yet, against an unseeded and unheralded opponent in the US Open semi-finals, she faltered. Her pursuit of history ended, oh so close.In one of the most significant upsets in the history of tennis, Williams finally found a hole too big to climb out of, losing 2-6, 6-4, 6-4 yesterday at Flushing Meadows to 43rd-ranked Roberta Vinci of Italy.”I don’t want to talk about how disappointing it is for me,” Williams said at the start of a briefer-than-usual news conference. “If you have any other questions, I’m open for that.”Vinci had never before played in a Grand Slam semi-final. She had never so much as taken a set off Williams in four previous match-ups.VICTORIOUS DAY”Today is my day,” Vinci told the crowd in an on-court interview. “Sorry, guys!”She said she told herself not to think about having Williams across the net. And Vinci’s unusual style, full of slices and net rushes, kept Williams off-balance enough to cause problems and prevent the 33-year-old American from becoming the first player since Steffi Graf in 1988 to win all four Grand Slam tournaments in a single season. Williams had been pushed to the limit before – this was her 12th three-setter in a major this season – but had managed to win titles at the Australian Open on hard courts in January, the French Open on clay courts in June, and Wimbledon on grass courts in July.This time, for once, the No. 1-ranked Williams could not pull it out, undone by 40 unforced errors, twice as many as Vinci. That negated the impact of Williams’ 16 aces, including one at 126 mph.”I thought she played the best tennis in her career,” Williams said about Vinci. “She played, literally, out of her mind.”Today, Vinci will face another Italian making her Grand Slam final debut: 26th-seeded Flavia Pennetta, who eliminated No. 2 Simona Halep 6-1, 6-3 earlier yesterday.Pennetta, 33, and Vinci, 32, have known each other since they were kids, having grown up in towns about 40 miles apart on opposite coasts of Puglia, a region in the south-eastern heel of Italy’s boot-shaped peninsula.Now they will face each other in a stadium in New York – with a Grand Slam trophy on the line. An intriguing story line, to be sure, but nothing compared to what Williams was chasing: a perfect Grand Slam season.After all, not only was she 26-0 at those tournaments this year, but her winning streak at majors was 33 matches entering yesterday, because she won last year’s US Open.If she had managed to win a fifth consecutive major title, Williams would have raised her total to 22, equalling Graf for the most in the Open era, which began in 1968, and second-most in history behind Margaret Court’s 24.last_img read more

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first_imgEclipse Cinemas Lifford Strabane have decided to give away a FREE popcorn with any ticket booked online on Thursday 26th or Friday 27th January 2017.Click on this link to book online and avail of the Free Popcorn offer. Book your tickets for Sing, 50 Shades Darker and Lego Batman Movie today!Also this week at Eclipse Cinemas Lifford/Strabane:There will be an Autism friendly showing of Sing on Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th January at 3pm. Kids Club Sat & Sun Tickets €1.80 Loyalty CardsGet yours todayFifty Shades Darker Fifty Shades Darker comes to the big screen on February 10th 2017.Tickets On Sale – Book yours here Visit www.eclipsecinemas.com for all showtimes, events and special offers.FREE Popcorn at Eclipse Cinemas Lifford Strabane was last modified: January 26th, 2017 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Eclipse CinemasEntertainmentLiffordmoviesstrabanelast_img read more

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