Japan’s Kei Nishikori overcame Daniil Medvedev in the Brisbane International final on Sunday for his first ATP title in nearly three years and the 12th of his career.Last year’s finalist Nishikori, who prevailed 6-4 3-6 6-2, won 70 per cent of points on his first serve and converted five out of 15 break point opportunities to snap a nine-match losing streak in finals.World number nine Nishikori started slowly, trailing 3-0 in the opening set but responded in typically determined fashion to win six of the next seven games for an early advantage.Medvedev saved four break points to take a 3-2 lead in the second set before dragging the match into a decider but his opponent, who lost their previous meeting in last year’s Tokyo final, was not to be denied again.The smile says it all @keinishikori lifts the @BrisbaneTennis beating @DaniilMedwed pic.twitter.com/Li9OGsRNsPATP Tour (@ATP_Tour) January 6, 2019Kei Nishikori is all smiles after winning his first #BrisbaneTennis in eight tries.”Finally I won this title.” pic.twitter.com/Hn8nEPLBhU#BrisbaneTennis (@BrisbaneTennis) January 6, 2019Breaking Medvedev for a 3-1 lead in the third set, Nishikori held firm to seal the match in a little more than two hours for his first trophy since winning in Memphis in February 2016.Courtside POV @keinishikori’s winning moment #BrisbaneTennis pic.twitter.com/mVo577V6a9#BrisbaneTennis (@BrisbaneTennis) January 6, 2019Who’ll be lifting the #BrisbaneTennis trophy?Watch Nishikori v Medvedev LIVE https://t.co/hOHmv2wMlX pic.twitter.com/Hza8t0lGnMadvertisementTennis TV (@TennisTV) January 6, 2019This week was one of the best for me, says Nishikori. I’ve never had a week like this to start the season, so it gives me a lot of confidence. #BrisbaneTennis pic.twitter.com/evL9ZeOw4U#BrisbaneTennis (@BrisbaneTennis) January 6, 2019Behind the scenes with @keinishikori and alllllll theLook here please Kei! #BrisbaneTennis pic.twitter.com/ahAEqdzbeK#BrisbaneTennis (@BrisbaneTennis) January 6, 2019Earlier, former world number one Karolina Pliskova battled back from a set and a break down to beat Lesia Tsurenko 4-6 7-5 6-2 and win the women’s title for the second time.Tsurenko served for the match at 5-3 in the second set but the tall Czech drew on all her experience to overcome her dogged opponent and regain the title she won at the Queensland Tennis Centre two years ago.The Ukrainian took an injury time out after rolling her ankle while being broken in the first game of the third set and was powerless to prevent the world number eight from storming to her 12th career title.”I think everything was against me today… I felt there is no chance I can win. I felt so far away from playing good tennis tonight,” Pliskova, who needed a pep talk from coach Rennae Stubbs to regain composure, said.”Rennae said ‘I am absolutely sure you can win this match,’ which gave me some confidence and belief that I can do it.”I just tried to change the things around a little bit and believed I was going to get a chance… I felt I was getting better with the time.”Victory meant Pliskova joined Victoria Azarenka (2009, 2016) and Serena Williams (2013-14) as the third woman to win the Premier event twice.
Advertisement Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Advertisement Cardi B (Photo by Maggie Stephenson) Twitter Over two days, three stages and over 30 performances, there wasn’t a moment where all five senses weren’t stimulated at Veld. The incessant scent of weed wafted through the park while strobes, flames and fireworks continuously ripped through the air and a seemingly endless lineup of performers sang, rapped and spun to a crowd clad in full neon fits and pasties. For every bass drop and well-timed pyrotechnic, there were hundreds of exposed butt cheeks and even more body glitter.It was clear that organizers were aiming for something epic, despite having less competition in a sparse Toronto festival season. The electronic headliners – Tiësto, Skrillex and Kygo – are among the biggest draws in the genre right now, while rapper Cardi B was an eye-popping name at the top of the poster. According to Veld’s Instagram, with over 30,000 people, this year was the festival’s biggest to date.
(Wilbur Dedam. Government of New Brunswick photo)By Jorge Barrera APTN National NewsThe former chief of Esgenoopetitj was arrested by New Brunswick RCMP officers Wednesday on allegations of committing sex crimes dating back to 1977, APTN National News has learned.Wilbur Dedam, 56, was driving back from a trip to the Miramichi, NB, when he was pulled over by an RCMP cruiser before he reached the boundary of his reserve. An eye-witness said he was handcuffed and put into the back of the RCMP cruiser.Dedam is scheduled to appear in Miramichi provincial court Thursday.The RCMP said in a press statement that officers arrested a 56 year-old man from the community on sex crime allegations. The statement said the crimes dated from 1977 to 1996 and that three alleged victims had stepped forward. The RCMP would not confirm the identity of the individual.The investigation began in March.Dedam was running for a councillor spot on the band council at the time of his arrest.He was at the end of a two year ban preventing him from running for council imposed by former Aboriginal affairs minister John Duncan in 2011.The ban was triggered by an investigation into allegations of corrupt practices by Dedam and other councillors around firstname.lastname@example.org@JorgeBarrera