- Stephanie Myles at Eh Game3 hrs ago
WIMBLEDON – When he’s done, Canadian Vasek Pospisil will look back on his career and appreciate the fact that so many of his “firsts” have come on the hallowed grounds of Wimbledon. There really is no better place.
But for now, he has work to do.
The 25-year-old from Vancouver, who won his first Grand Slam title here a year ago in doubles with American Jack Sock, has reached the second week of a major in singles after he defeated British wild card James Ward – and the partisan crowd on Court 1 – 6-4, 3-6, 2-6, 6-3, 8-6 Saturday.
After the traditional off-day on Sunday, Pospisil will have another golden opportunity to go even further as he meets No. 22 seed Viktor Troicki in the round of 16 Monday.
“My first one. I’m excited, and not done yet. So I’m still really focused and have a pretty good opportunity now again,” Pospisil said. “It’s going to be a tough match again, but a good opportunity for both of us.”
In a section of the draw that originally contained No. 8 seed David Ferrer and two-time champion Rafael Nadal, you can’t ask for much more.
- Neate Sager at Eh Game9 hrs ago
One reason the 100 metres is the alpha event of the summer Olympics roster is that there's still a part of it that cannot be coached, inculcated from an early age and high performance centred until the athlete is a machine with a heartbeat.
- Stephanie Myles at Eh Game16 hrs ago
WIMBLEDON – The title defence of the team they call Pospisock was certainly in peril after Jack Sock fractured his finger during a first-round singles loss to Aussie Sam Groth.
But Vasek Pospisil and Sock have carried on, moving into the third round of the men's doubles after a surprisingly routine 6-3, 6-3, 7-6 (4) victory over Colin Fleming and Eric Butorac.
Sock didn't grimace a whole lot, nor did his opponents seem to target his backhand at an excessive rate. So that was the good news.
They will find out the identity of their next opponents Saturday, but obviously won't play until at least Monday because of the quiet middle Sunday.
Meanwhile, doubles specialists Adil Shamasdin and Gabriela Dabrowski teamed up for the first time in mixed doubles Friday, losing 6-4, 6-3 to the all-French team of Alizé Cornet and Edouard Roger-Vasselin.
It was the first time since 2009 that two Canadians teamed up at a Grand Slam, since Daniel Nestor and Aleksandra Wozniak played the Australian Open together.
- Stephanie Myles at Eh Game1 day ago
WIMBLEDON – Eugenie Bouchard was a Wimbledon finalist last year, and Milos Raonic was a semi-finalist on the men’s side.
With those credentials, even in the face of Bouchard’s struggles and Raonic’s uncertain health, you probably didn’t expect the last Canadian standing in singles to be … Vasek Pospisil.
But the 25-year-old from Vancouver is left to carry the flag alone. He will play arguably the biggest match of his career outside Davis Cup on Saturday, on the No. 1 Court at the All-England Club, against a Brit.
Luckily for Pospisil, that Brit is not named Andy Murray. Instead, he will face wild card James Ward, a rather more approachable endeavour.
It’s a huge opportunity for both, not only to move on at Wimbledon but also in terms of prize money and, most urgently, ranking points.
Ward has already jumped into the top 100 for the first time in his career on the basis of his results this week He’s inside the top 90 and if he beats Pospisil, would gain another 10 spots.
- Special to Yahoo! Canada Sports at Eh Game1 day ago
By Chris Lomon
It has all the makings of a Canadian thoroughbred racing fairytale: a handsome-looking horse seeking the same Queen’s Plate glory his late father achieved some 12 years ago.
When trainer Mike Keogh walks by Sweet Grass Creek’s stall in his barn every day on the Woodbine backstretch, he can’t help but notice, at least aesthetically speaking, the similarity between the three-year-old colt and his sire, Wando, the country’s last Triple Crown champion.
“He’s not as big as his father, but there are moments when you look at him, and you can see ways in which they really do look quite alike,” said Keogh of Sweet Grass Creek. “But, Wando had a very laid-back demeanor, while he’s more aggressive.”
It was 2003 when Wando, owned by longtime horseman Gus Schickedanz, was front-page news, literally, reaching sporting star status in his run to an eventual sweep of the Plate, Prince of Wales, and Breeders’ Stakes.
The multiple stakes winner died of a heart attack January 22,2014, at Schomberg Farm near Nobleton, Ontario. The son of Langfuhr was 14.
- Israel Fehr at Eh Game1 day ago
Canada Basketball announced its tryout roster for the upcoming Pan Am Games and it looks like the stars won't be shining in red and white just yet.
Head coach Jay Triano had hoped to use the Pan Ams as a tune-up for the Olympic qualifying tournament that tips off in Mexico City two months from now. However, Andrew Wiggins and Tristan Thompson were notably absent from the 16-player list released Friday, as are Cory Joseph, Nik Stauskas, and Kelly Olynyk.
Wiggins and Olynyk are in line to play at the FIBA Americas and will rest until then after a long NBA season. Thompson and Joseph were left off because they are either finalizing or negotiating their next NBA contracts but are also expected to join Canada later on. Point guard Tyler Ennis is out for the entire summer after undergoing shoulder surgery in May.
- Stephanie Myles at Eh Game1 day ago
WIMBLEDON – The right sleeve wasn’t the right sleeve at Wimbledon on Friday, as Canadian Milos Raonic was dispatched in the third round by a player sporting a Raonic-like sleeve on his left arm whose game has similarities to his, but whose personality and demeanour are on the opposite end of the spectrum.
Raonic defeated Aussie Nick Kyrgios a year ago here in the quarter-finals. In this Wimbledon third-round rematch, the 24-year-old Canadian essentially was betrayed by his own body in a 5-7, 7-5, 7-6 (3), 6-3 defeat.
“I didn't want to lose again, I lost to him twice at Grand Slams. I thought it was a good day. I played some really, really good tennis,” said Kyrgios, who had a few unnecessarily dramatic moments on court – including a racquet that bounced off the grass surface and into the third row of the stands – and some petulant moments during his press conference.
Raonic had a list of physical challenges – all of them, he said, instigated by the procedure he had done six weeks ago on his right foot to remove a Morton’s Neuroma.
Which body part bothered him the most?
- Neate Sager at Eh Game1 day ago
For the sheer prospect prurience of it all, the Toronto Blue Jays signing Domincian slugging prospect Vladimir Guerrero Jr. is nearly unprecedented.
It's not simply that the Jays, ever accountable to the Rogers accountants, handed out a $3.9-million signing bonus to a 16-year-old who has "such hitting ability and power" rarely seen in a player that age. Or that he comes with the cachet of being the spitting-image son of former Montreal Expos star and American League MVP Vladimir Guerrero, at a time when big-time sports are starting to see second-generation stars who have inherited the genetic makeup that is 99 per cent of the battle and have had access to specialized coaching (see Stephen Curry or Andrew Wiggins). It's just that Guerrero Jr., brings all that, and that swing captured in scouting videos is baseball incarnate. Just look at the swingSun, 5 Jul1:08 PM EDTToronto at DetroitPreview Game
- Stephanie Myles at Eh Game2 days ago
WIMBLEDON – Every tennis fans and expert wanted to be the first to predict that exact moment Rafael Nadal’s career would start sliding down the other side of the impossible high hill he has climbed.
The thing is, most figured it would be his body that would let him down, that the wear and tear of his signature grinding style on those balky knees would eventually be his downfall, probably before his time and certainly long before his heart and desire ever wavered.
So the shocking and somewhat unexpected thing is, at age 29 and healthy, it is Nadal’s mind, his will, his confidence, that are betraying him instead.
And the shocking thing about the Spaniard’s 7-5 3-6 6-4 6-4 loss to flashy serve-and-slasher Dustin Brown of Germany in the second round at Wimbledon Thursday was that it wasn’t even THAT much of a shock. It almost seemed that if Nadal did turn it around and come back to win, it would be because Brown faltered at the finish line and not because Nadal himself would flip the switch.
- Stephanie Myles at Eh Game2 days ago
WIMBLEDON – In looking ahead to his second-round match against Fabio Fognini, Canadian Vasek Pospisil said the mercurial Italian was a good player. But if he served well and just took it to him, he could definitely beat him.
That’s exactly what the 25-year-old from Vancouver did Thursday, upsetting the No. 30 seed 6-3, 6-3, 1-6, 6-3 to advance to the third round at Wimbledon for the first time in his career.
“I played well, served well, brought the intensity today right from the first point, and that made the difference,” Pospisil said. “I think my serve is getting better and better, so it was just a good serving day for sure. And that was obviously crucial part of the win today.”
As he looks ahead to his next match, and can even have fleeting thoughts of making the second week of a Grand Slam for the first time, Pospisil can thank Spain for a hefty assist.