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Shanghai Masters: Andy Murray beats Juan Ignacio Londero

Andy Murray

Britain’s Andy Murray continued his singles comeback with a first-round win over Argentina’s Juan Ignacio Londero at the Shanghai Open.

Murray, competing after accepting a wildcard, lost the opening set before recovering to win 2-6 6-2 6-3.

“I got better as the match went on – I had to start going for my shots a bit more,” the 32-year-old said.

He reached his first singles quarter-final in more than a year at the China Open earlier in October.

Murray, who has won the title in Shanghai on three previous occasions – in 2010, 2011 and 2016 – improved after a difficult opening set in which he was broken twice by the world number 56.

The three-time Grand Slam winner took the second set though after breaking in the Argentine’s first and last service games of the set.

Murray, who improved throughout the contest, broke his opponent’s serve twice in the final set to ensure his victory.

The Scotsman, who is now ranked 289th in the world, will face a second-round match against Italy’s world number 12 Fabio Fognini, who won his first-round match against American Sam Querrey.

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‘It was great fun’ – Federer gets better of Williams at Hopman Cup

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Roger Federer’s Switzerland beat Serena Williams’ USA as the two tennis greats met on court for the first time at the Hopman Cup in Perth, Australia.

Federer and Belinda Bencic beat Williams and Frances Tiafoe 4-2 4-3 (5-3) in a mixed-doubles contest to secure a 2-1 win in the round-robin tie.

Federer and Williams, both 37, earlier won their respective singles matches.

“It was great fun. I really enjoyed playing against Serena. What an honour,” said Federer.

“I was nervous returning because people talk about her serve so much. I know why they say it now, she has a wonderful serve.

“She’s a great champion, you see how focused she is and I love that about her.”

Federer and Williams have won a combined 43 Grand Slam singles titles, and have spent a combined 621 weeks at world number one.

The match had been described as the most anticipated contest involving a male and female player since the ‘Battle of the Sexes’ in 1973, when 39-time Grand Slam champion Billie Jean King beat former men’s world number one Bobby Riggs in straight sets.

“It was a great experience. I’m sad its over, I was just warming up,” said Williams.

“It was so fun to do this at the pinnacle of our careers.

“The guy is great. He’s the greatest of all time. There’s a reason why he is so great. He has a killer serve. I’ve watched him all the time but I never realised how good it was. Maybe I could get some tips from him later on.”

Before the mixed-doubles contest, Federer beat Tiafoe 6-4 6-1 before Williams levelled the tie with a 4-6 6-4 6-3 victory over Bencic.

The Hopman Cup comprises two singles and a mixed doubles match between nations in a round-robin format with two groups of four. The winners of each group will contest Saturday’s final.

Defending champions Switzerland play Greece in their final round-robin match on Thursday while the USA face Great Britain’s Cameron Norrie and Katie Boulter.

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Race to Dubai: Francesco Molinari wins as Tommy Fleetwood misses out

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Italy’s Francesco Molinari won the Race to Dubai after defending champion Tommy Fleetwood failed to win the season-ending DP World Tour Championship.

Englishman Fleetwood needed to win the event to overhaul Molinari, but a closing 68 left him on 10 under par.

Molinari, who this year claimed his first major with victory at The Open, was confirmed as European number one during the final round.

With nine holes to play in Dubai, Danny Willett leads on 17 under par.

More to follow.

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Energy for Swim Cancelled According To Statement From Adam Peaty

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The 2018 Energy for Swim scheduled for December in Turin has been cancelled, according to a statement Swimming World received from a representative for world record holder Adam Peaty. The Energy for Swim has been a subject of controversy over the past months, as more swimmers continued to commit to competing despite FINA’s threats of possible suspension.

In the statement, Peaty said he was “incredibly disappointed” to see the Energy for Swim cancelled due to “politics.” The Olympic gold medalist went on to say that cancelling the meet was the “wrong decision” and that this will only “galvanize the swimmers, not break them.”

Peaty was one of the first swimmer’s to commit to the Energy for Swim, which is taking place immediately following the FINA Short Course Championships in December. Since then, a long list of swimmers from around the globe committed to the Energy for Swim, despite FINA’s threats to suspend any participants for up to two years if they competed in Turin.

FINA’s threats came from a line in their General Rules, which prohibits “any kind of relationship with a non-affiliated or suspended body.”

You can see the full quote from Peaty below:

“I’m incredibly disappointed next month’s swim meet in Turin has been cancelled because of politics. As swimmers who represent our country and are passionate about our sport, we need to ask why. I firmly believe that the athletes should be at the heart of any decision made by our governing body and this is just what our sport and the athletes need. I think this is the wrong decision and it will galvanize the swimmers, not break them.”

Swimvortex’s Craig Lord has also confirmed the cancellation of the meet. Swimming World will continue to update this story as it develops.

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Daniel Worth Shines as St. Louis U. High Wins Missouri Class 2 State Championships

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The Missouri High School Boys Class 2 State Championships took place on Nov. 9 at the St. Peters Rec-Plex. Seven Class 2 records fell as St. Louis Univ. High swam away with the team title, edging out Liberty by 15 points.

Lee’s Summit North sophomore Daniel Worth was part of two record-setting relays and set a pair of individual Class 2 marks of his own.

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Top 5 Team Scores:

1. St. Louis Univ. High – 250
2. Liberty – 235
3. Christian Brothers – 224
4. Lee’s Summit North – 201
5. Rockhurst – 165

Lee’s Summit North’s Grant Godard,Worth, JP Hynes and Andrew Bennett began the meet with a 4×50 medley relay win and Class 2 record in 1:33.24 to hold off a charging Christian Brothers who took second in a close 1:33.42. Liberty was third in 1:35.80.

Holt’s Noah Scheuermann cruised to first in the 200 free as the only swimmer in the field under the 1:40 marking, stopping the clock in 1:39.29. St. Louis Univ.’s Joseph Feder was second in 1:41.70 while Liberty’s Cameron Murphy took third in 1:42.05.

Not too long after helping his relay team to victory, Worth was back in the water to take the top spot in the 200 IM with a winning time of 1:50.18 en route to setting a new Class 2 mark. Lindbergh’s Tyler Lewis wasn’t far behind in 1:50.58 for second and St. Louis Univ.’s Cooper Scharff touched in 1:55.64 for third.

Christian Brothers’ Brooks Cosman sprinted to a win and Class 2 record in the 50 free, splashing and dashing his way to the gold medal in a quick 20.86. He edged out silver medalist Hynes’ 20.92 while the bronze went to Hickman’s Joseph Ragsdell.

Christian Brothers’ August Brandt flew to first – and a Class 2 mark of his own – in the 100 fly, posting another close win in 48.62 to hold off Scheuermann’s second-place finish of 48.75. Liberty’s Noah Witzki finished third in 48.96.

Cosman found himself on top of the podium for the second time of the day, this time winning the 100 free with a swift 45.35. He again held off a fast Hynes who placed second in 45.82. Feder touched the wall in third with a time of 46.45.

Rockhurst’s Dylan Nill dominated the 500 free, posting a time of 4:33.60 to best the field by four seconds. Second went to Murphy in 4:37.12 while Liberty’s Tony Lonsdale dropped five seconds from his prelims swim to finish third in 4:38.56.

It was deja-vu for Lee’s Summit North’s Worth, Godard, Bennett and Hynes who combined to form another victorious and Class 2 record-setting relay squad, this time winning the 4×50 free relay in 1:25.53. Second went to St. Louis Univ. High (1:27.00) and third belonged to Rockhurst (1:29.38)

After taking third in the 100 fly, Witzki earned the State title in the 100 back as the only swimmer to dip under the 50-second barrier with a time of 49.76. He edged out Scharff (51.05) and Brandt (51.10) for the win.

Worth was another double-event winner and double-record setter at this meet, adding the 100 breast title in addition to his winning 200 IM. He got his hands to the wall in 55.12 to successfully defend his title, faster than Christian Brothers’ Dominic Cyr (58.16) and Joplin’s Avery Oehlschlager (58.18).

Francis Howell North’s Logan Schelfaut dove to first on the 1-meter board, posting a final score o 503.55. Blue Springs South’s Alex Burt dove to second with a score of 488.30 and Francis Howell’s Josh Smith posted a final score of 472.80 for third.

St. Louis Univ.’s Feder, Daniel FinkWilliam Slatin and Scharff concluded the meet with a victory and new Class 2 record in the 4×100 free relay in a time of 3:07.92. Christian Brothers took second in 3:08.03 and Liberty took third in 3:11.17.

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Ant Middleton On How He Almost Died Climbing Mount Everest

Here’s something I didn’t know before I spoke to Ant Middleton about his attempt to climb Everest: there’s a queue to get off the summit of the highest mountain in the world. Yes, even at 8,848m, well over 200m higher than anywhere else on the planet, you have to deal with queues – but at that height having to wait around can be deadly.

Until he reached Everest’s peak Middleton’s expedition, which is the topic of new Channel 4 documentary Extreme Everest, had been going well. He had summitted the mountain in good conditions, but the weather quickly turned on Middleton and the other climbers there.

“It was strange. I remember at the Hillary Step [a vertical rock face near the summit of Everest] the weather was good,” says Middleton, “then getting to the summit, looking around and there was no view whatsoever. The cloud starting coming in.

“The weather was really changing and I thought I could be in a bit of trouble. Everyone was starting to leave the summit. I got sidetracked and thought, ‘If everyone leaves I’m going to stay and actually be the highest man in the world. It’s only a couple of minutes, let them go.’

“Then leaving the summit the winds were really bad and it was a whiteout. No matter how much you try to cover yourself up, the winds are whipping from every direction and the snow that’s being whipped up is so fine it finds its way down the back of your neck, into your summit suit. You can’t keep it out. I walked into the back of someone, hit this traffic jam on the summit ridge. Ten to 15 people isn’t a big queue compared with what they have on Everest normally, but I was at the back. I realised the magnitude of what happened. When the storm came people were sitting there not doing anything. Their confidence had gone. I went from ‘I’m going to be the last person standing on the mountain’ to ‘am I going to get off the mountain?’ It was a fight for survival, every man for himself.”

While Middleton was waiting to descend, disaster struck. A climber ahead of him fell and was left hanging from his rope, blocking the route to those behind him and forcing the climbers to make a grim decision.

“The guy who fell off the mountain was in front of me and delayed us by another hour while they tried to rescue him,” says Middleton. “They were that close to cutting him off the mountain so myself and another sherpa could get through. He’s there on the rope and a couple of us die, or we cut him off and we can get down.

“He was falling in and out of consciousness. I thought there’s no way in a million years he’s going to get up. It got worse and worse, we were getting colder and colder. How he managed to position himself so the sherpa could pull him back up, I’ll never know.”

The situation continued to deteriorate as Middleton made his way back down.

“The sequence of events that happened, you couldn’t write,” says Middleton. “This guy they were going to cut off the mountain, then he managed to get back on his feet. Then we walked off the ridge down to the south summit and on the way there was a sherpa stuck there with no oxygen. We tried to drag him off but he wasn’t moving, too far gone. I then ran out of oxygen. My sherpa team had got split up with the cameraman, they were halfway down the mountain – it was just an utter disaster.

“Everything that could have gone wrong, went wrong. I had that split second thinking I was done, I couldn’t possibly get off the mountain. But then I thought ‘You’re alive, Ant, and you need to find a solution’.

“The number one rule is keep moving, or you’re going to die. I kept passing that message on as well.”

I asked Middleton whether it was a difficult change in mindset from his time in the armed forces to go into full-on self-preservation mode on the mountain. It’s fair to say the former Special Forces man was left unimpressed by some of the climbers he saw on Everest.

“In the armed forces everyone’s capable,” says Middleton. “You wouldn’t put anyone else at risk – you’re capable and confident and know what you’re doing. When you’ve got people who pay tens of thousands to get dragged up the mountain, you take away that self-responsibility when the shit does hit the fan.

“The sherpas are not mountain rescue guys. They’re there to help with the kit and they acclimatise quicker, but they have got their own lives. That’s why climbers do get left on the mountain – they don’t realise above a certain point you are accountable for your own life. The helicopter isn’t coming up there, the sherpas need to get down.

“You look at the altitude and the weather that comes in, and you add in incompetent climbers – you have a recipe for disaster. You’re doing a climb which is quite technical, where there is only one way on and off, and you’ve got to hold yourself accountable. That’s the nightmare commercial side of Everest. There’s an ice wall and people get dragged up it by their sherpas. And it’s like, ‘What are you doing on the mountain mate?!’

“You can’t just trek up, you have to climb Mount Everest to the summit. If you want a trek, go from Lukla to Base Camp, because otherwise you will come unstuck, and when you do you’ll not only kill yourself but also kill other people.”

Middleton’s summitting of Everest took a heavy physical toll, with his feet bearing the brunt of the damage. He recalls first noticing that he couldn’t feel his toes long before he even made it to the peak.

“I can remember getting to The Balcony [a small platform at 8,440m where climbers can rest] after a couple of hours of climbing and I literally couldn’t feel my feet. You try and kick the snow but your feet either warm up or they don’t. I asked myself, ‘am I willing to lose a couple of toes?’ And the answer was yes.

“I thought I can’t turn back around and not summit, then have people ask ‘Why did you turn around?’ Cold feet?! There’s no way in a million years I was going to do that! I just had to take the gamble.”

Middleton had set out for Everest with the aim of testing himself, and he certainly came away under no doubt about the power of nature.

“I wanted the full force of Everest,” says Middleton. “I didn’t want to go on the mountain and have a jolly old time up there. I wasn’t there for the views. I was there for the mountain to test me and push me. Be careful what you wish for!

“It’s fuelled my desire for adventure even more, but also it’s made me realise how vulnerable we are and that we can’t control everything. Being in the situation where I feared for my life and there was nothing I could do about it… it made me feel half a human, almost.”

Extreme Everest with Ant Middleton, in association with Berocca, airs on Sunday 11th November at 9.30pm on Channel 4

Poseidon’s Adam Kerr Announces Verbal to North Carolina

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NEW COMMIT: The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has recently gained a new verbal commitment for the fall of 2019 from Chesterfield, Va. native Adam Kerr.

Kerr swims year-round with Poseidon Swimming and owns three Winter Junior cuts with a Nationals standard in the 400m IM. He capped off his summer season with a pair of best times and a 16th-place showing in the 200m breast at NCSAs and was a five-time VA LCM Seniors finalist. He achieved 100% lifetime bests at the Tom Dolan Invite last winter and had three second swims at NCSAs in March. Kerr also represented Cosby High School at the Virginia 6A State Championships as a junior where he finished third in the 200 IM and 12th in the 100 breast after winning the former at the VHSL 6B Region meet a week prior.

He told Swimming World:

“I’m incredibly excited to announce my verbal commitment to swim at the University of North Carolina! A huge thank you to all who have supported me along the way! #goheels”

His best times include:

  • 200 IM – 1:53.07
  • 400 IM – 3:55.85
  • 100 back – 51.72
  • 200 back – 1:49.89
  • 100 breast – 57.95
  • 200 breast – 2:04.18

When he suits up for the Tar Heels as a member of the class of 2023, Kerr will add valuable depth to a young but talented IM training group led by Tyler Hill and Jacob Rauch. Although he sits just outside of scoring range at the ACC Championships, he has continuously made improvements each season with just under a year of club swimming still to go.

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Vermont Catamounts Gain Verbals From Skyler Ayers, Jenny O’Neil 

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NEW COMMITS: The University of Vermont has received a pair of verbal commitments from Skyler Ayers and Jenny O’Neil, both of whom will join the Catamounts in the fall of 2019.

Ayers will make her way to Burlington, Vt. from Charleston, S.C. where she does her club swimming for City of Charleston Southern Marlins. She placed tenth in the 50 free at the SC SCY Championships in February and recorded six personal bests at ISCA Seniors this summer. Ayers also won the 100 free at the SCHSL 3A State Championships earlier this fall.

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Ayers will add valuable depth to a Vermont sprint training group that includes Sierra Sexton and Kira Parker. Although she sits just outside of scoring range at the America East Championships, Ayers has continuously made improvements each season with just under a year of club swimming still to go.

She told Swimming World:

“I chose UVM because the second I stepped on campus and met with the team it felt like where I was meant to be. Every body was kind, motivated, and passionate, and for me everything just clicked.”

Her best times include:

  • 50 free – 24.91
  • 100 free – 54.20
  • 200 free – 2:00.93

Hailing from Abington, Mass., O’Neil swims year-round with South Shore Mill Pond YMCA and concluded her long course season with three swims at YMCA Nationals. She raced the 100 fly and 200 IM at YMCA Nationals in April after achieving 100% lifetime bests at New England Seniors last winter with her highest finish being a 16th-place showing in the 100 fly.

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When she suits up for the Catamounts at the start of the 2019-20 season, O’Neil will join a fly group led by Vivian Nguyen and a backstroke training squad that includes Morgan Montgomery and Amelia Baxley. She would’ve scored in the A-final of the 100 fly at America Easts last season.

She told Swimming World:

“UVM was the perfect fit for me academically and athletically. Right when I stepped on campus, I truly felt at home. Go Cats!!!!”

Her best times include:

  • 100 fly – 57.09
  • 200 IM – 2:10.20
  • 100 back – 59.79

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Turkish Open: Li Haotong takes three-shot lead over Rose and Levy

China's Li Haotong, right, with playing partner Tommy Fleetwood

Turkish Open third-round leaderboard
-17 L Haotong (Chn); -14 J Rose (Eng), A Levy (Fra); -13 T Olesen (Den); -12 D Willett (Eng); S Horsfield (Eng); -11 T Fleetwood (Eng), T Aiken (SA)
Selected others: -10 T Lewis (Eng); -9 P Dunne (Ire); -8 R Knox (Sco), C Paisley (Eng, S Lowry (Ire); -7 P Harrington (Ire), A Sullivan (Eng)
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China’s Li Haotong hit five birdies on the front nine to take a three-shot lead over Justin Rose and France’s Alexander Levy on day three at the Turkish Airlines Open.

Rose, who can go back to the top of the world rankings with victory on Sunday, had a two-shot overnight lead.

However, the Englishman only managed a two-under-par 69 in his third round.

Li, 23, also eagled the 10th hole and birdied the 12th to finish with an eight-under 63.

“It’s going to be an exciting day tomorrow and I’m looking forward to going against Rosey,” said Li, who won the Dubai Desert Classic earlier this season.

“I definitely got a lot of confidence from Dubai and since then I’ve been playing a lot of big events.”

Levy made the most of the low-scoring conditions at Regnum Carya Golf and Spa Resort to card a 66 and share second spot with reigning champion Rose, one shot clear of the 2016 champion Thorbjorn Olesen of Denmark.

England’s Danny Willet and Sam Horsfield are five shots back on 12 under with Tommy Fleetwood, Li’s playing partner on day three, on 11 under.

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