Federer, Williams rule in Cincinnati

first_img third win MASON, Ohio (AP): Roger Federer jutted his right index finger toward the summer-blue sky to celebrate his latest Cincinnati title. He would have needed both hands to count all of them. Might as well just rename it the Federer Open. Or maybe subtitle it the Djokovic Heartbreak. Federer remained perfect in Cincinnati finals, winning an unprecedented seventh championship yesterday, while denying Novak Djokovic the one title that always eludes him. Federer never faced a break point during a 7-6 (1), 6-3 victory at the Western and Southern Open. Serena Williams got her name on the Rookwood trophy for the second time, beating third-seeded Simona Halep 6-3, 7-6 (5) for back-to-back Cincinnati titles. She heads off to the US Open trying to become the first player since Steffi Graf in 1988 to pull off a calendar Grand Slam sweep. “I’m ready,” Williams said. “I don’t care if I win or lose or break-even. I’m ready to start it, get it over with and be done, and go on to the next event, but I’m so ready for New York. Let’s go, right?” It took Williams six tries before she got her first Cincinnati title. Federer has never failed. The Swiss star is 7-0 in the finals, which always brings out the best in him. He loves the fast-playing courts and the small-town atmosphere in suburban Cincinnati heading into the big-city pressure of the US Open. “I don’t know how many years I can come back, but I’ll try my best to be here many more years to come,” Federer said. No surprise there. Federer is the undisputed king of this court. “He’s very good on this centre court,” Djokovic said. “He’s more confident each year.” By contrast, the world’s top-ranked player is 0-5 in Cincinnati championship matches, never winning so much as one set. Djokovic covets the title – the only one he needs to become the first to win all nine of the current ATP Masters events. “The fifth time I’ve been in the title (match) and never won this title, so I guess I have to wait for Roger to retire,” Djokovic said. “I’ve been coming back each year wanting it more.”last_img read more


first_imgDonegal’s Local Enterprise Office is encouraging local businesses and aspiring entrepreneurs to take time out of their busy schedules to participate in Donegal Business Week.Running from Monday, 7th to Friday, 11th March, Donegal Business Week has something for everyone doing business in Donegal, from those thinking of starting a business in the county, to start-ups, growing SMEs and established businesses.This week-long series of talks, seminars and workshops showcases the wide range of supports available to Donegal’s small business community. A number of key speakers will visit the county to participate in the event, including Padraig O’Ceidigh, the Connemara man synonymous with Aer Arann, Alastair Dobson from A Taste of Arran in Scotland and multi-award winning marketing speaker, Geoff Ramm. On Tuesday, 8th March, the ‘Looking After Your Money’ workshop takes place in the LEO office, Ballyraine, Letterkenny. Pictured are Mary Farrell, Tax Advice Services, Joe Coyle, Joe Coyle Financial Consultants and Joseph Doherty, Simply Inish, who will host the workshop. Also pictured are Cllr Ciaran Brogan, Cathaoirleach Donegal County Council, Michael Tunney, Head of Enterprise, Donegal LEO, Seamus Neely, Chief Executive of Donegal County Council and Liam Ward, Director of Services, Donegal County Council.Raising finance for business is one of the main focuses of Donegal Business Week. On Tuesday, 8th March, a series of presentations from organisations and agencies that help raise finance for businesses will take place in An Grianan Hotel, Burt. Guest speakers include Michael Johnson, CEO of Micro Finance Ireland. Under his leadership, MFI has grown from lending €2 million a year in 2013 to almost €6 million in 2015. This lending, primarily delivered in partnership with Local Enterprise Offices, is now supporting 1,900 jobs.Other speakers include Ian Brannigan of The Western Development Commission and Aidan Gough of IntertradeIreland. This event also gives attendees the opportunity to have a one-to-one appointment with a key advisor. Registration is at 8.30am and the event runs until 12.30pmDonegal Business Week will focus on ‘Wellness at Work, with advice for businesses on ways to foster a healthier and happier workplace. Check out the full range of events and register now at www.localenterprise.ie/donegalThursday 10th March focuses on ‘Wellness at Work’ and takes place in Kees Hotel, Stranorlar. Guest speakers include nutritionist Paula Mee, fitness expert Pat Divilly, Declan Thomas, IBEC, Leeanne Mimnagh, Pramerica and David O’Neill, co-founder of Uppiddee, a software solution for improving wellbeing in businesses, colleges and professional sports’ teams. Registration is at 9.00am and the event runs until 12.45pmEncouraging businesses to get involved, Ursula Donnelly of Donegal’s LEO said: “Donegal Business Week is a great opportunity for Donegal businesses, or those considering setting up a business, to learn from, listen to and network with leaders in their field. This year’s event covers a wide range of topics, from mentoring and training to advice on encouraging wellness in the workplace and raising finance for your business. We’ve already had a great response from the local business community and I would encourage anyone considering attending to check out the range of events on offer and book in advance, as places are filling up fast.’Image Three and Caption ‘Making Donegal Famous For Food’ takes place on Wednesday, 9th March, in The Donegal Brewing Co., Dicey Reilly’s, Ballyshannon, from 10.30am – 1.30pm Pictured are Eve–Anne McCarron, The Food Coast, (Donegal’s Good Food Initiative),Richard Finney, The Counter, Martin Hernandez, Sage Restaurant, Liam Ward, Director of Services, Donegal County Council and Linda McClean, Mallow Mia.Taking place on Thursday, 10th March, Connecting Your Creative Talent is an interactive workshop designed to help participants share experiences and learn from other creative businesses, as well as offering advice on the latest supports available under the EU project – My Creative Edge. The workshop will be followed by the launch of the Creative Coast Network and the new Creative Business Development and Investment Programme. Guest speakers include Jonathan Ball, Glass and Metal Artist, Javier Burón Garcia, Director of Limerick Fab Lab, Gary Reddin, Illustrator and Designer and Pauline White, Policy Analyst Western Development Commission. The event takes place at the Centre Building, Justice Walsh Road, Letterkenny, (beside the Scally Practice and HSE Outpatients). Registration is at 2.00pm and the event runs until 5.00pm.Donegal Business Week culminates with the 20th Donegal Business Awards, which take place on Friday, 11th March at 12.30pm in the Villa Rose Hotel, Ballybofey. This event is open to the public and guest speaker is serial entrepreneur, Padraig O’Ceidigh.Places at the week’s events are strictly limited, so check out the range of events and register now at www.localenterprise.ie/donegal  or contact LEO on 074 91 60735.DISCOVER WHAT’S POSSIBLE FOR YOUR BUSINESS DURING DONEGAL BUSINESS WEEK was last modified: March 2nd, 2016 by StephenShare 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:Donegal Business Weeklast_img read more