Oct 252014

Surprise, surprise!!! Simona Halep and Serena Williams are gonna clash for the second time in a week at the same tournament, but this time in its final act (scroll for video).

The two tennis stars met first in the Red Group stage of the WTA Finals on Wednesday when Halep destroyed Willliams with a harsh 6-0, 6-2 giving world no. 1 the worst defeat in her 16 year career, but now they are set to fight again in the grand finale of the Singapore WTA Tour Championships.

In the second semifinal on Saturday, Simona Halep beat Poland’s Agnieszka Radwanska in straight sets (6-2 6-2) to reach the Singapore final and second opportunity to battle Williams.

Halep saves Williams despite defeat to Ivanovic
In fact, Serena Williams’ qualification to the knock out stage was out of her hand. Practically she made it to the semifinals of the tournament (which she won after dramatic 2-6, 6-3, 7-6 (8-6) against Dane Caroline Wozniacki) and claimed the year-end No. 1 ranking without hitting a ball. And that happened because of help from Simona Halep. Ana Ivanovic was supposed to defeat Halep in straight sets in last match of the group stage in order to send Williams home. But Ivanovic lost the second set on her way to a tight 7-6 (7), 3-6, 6-3 victory.

Match fixing suspicions – unfounded!
Before the match against Ivanovic, Simona Halep was accused and suspected, that she will let the Serbian win in two straight sets to eliminate Serena Williams from the competition, however that did not happen.

“I knew that if I lose 6-3, 6-3 or something like that, Serena would be eliminated, but I was not interested in this subject and I disputed my chances. I’m not afraid to play again with Serena Williams. Every day is a new day I’ll try every time to give the best of me on the day,” said Halep.

Singapore is part of a historic moment as this year The Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) finals are being held in Asia for the first time and the most famous names in the game are competing for a record $6.5m in prize money.

Video: Simona Halep V Agnieszka Radwanska: 2014 WTA Finals Singapore, SemiFinal, 1st Set

Oct 252014

Simona Halep and Agnieszka Radwanska are set to clash on court in the second semifinal of the WTA Tour Championships in Singapore on Saturday at 12:00 CET.

Simona Halep Agnieszka Radwanska

Halep and Radwanska to dispute semifinal of WTA Championships in Singapore

The first semifinal which sees Caroline Wozniacki confronting Serena Williams is scheduled earlier in the day at 8:00 CET.

Of Polish tennis star Agnieszka Radwanska, Halep said that she knows her very well as they already disputed two matches this year.

“It will be a very difficult match. I know her well, we played twice against each other in 2014. so far, the aggregate is 1-1, but we will see tomorrow what happens in the semifinals,” said Simona Halep.

The Romanian rising star who demolished World’s nr. 1 Serena Williams in two straight sets 6-0, 6-2 on Wednesday, has prepared also a tactical plan against Radwanska.

“She runs all over the court, so as I have to do as well. I have to be aggressive, very aggressive , because she is a smart player. She knows how to find the angles, but I will try everything to dominate the game. I believe in my chances, it was my dream to play here, so I will do everything to qualify to the final,” said Simona Halep before the match with Agnieszka Radwanska.

Update: Simona Halep beats Agnieszka Radwanska 6-2 6-2 in Singapore to fight again Serena Williams at WTA Finals 2014

Below you can watch recording of the Singapore Open semifinal between Halep and Radwanska as well as highlights from one of their previous matches.

Video: Simona Halep – Agnieszka Radwanska 6-2 6-2, Singapore Semifinals 2014

Video: Simona Halep V Agnieszka Radwanska, Rome 2013

Oct 252014

Microsoft will abandon the brand name Nokia for its new smartphone models, less than a year since it acquired the manufacturing and service operations of mobile phones from Finnish communications and information technology corporation Nokia Oyj for 5.4 billion euros (7.5 billion dollars).

Nokia Lumia 625

Microsoft to drop Nokia name for smartphones (pic: By Sait71 via Wikimedia)

The new smartphones Nokia Lumia will be known as Microsoft Lumia, announced U.S. IT giant. Nokia’s remaining operations that are not owned by the US company, will keep retaining the original name.

A post on the Facebook page of Nokia France confirms the intention to waive the original brand name of the company headquartered in Helsinki.

The change of the name will be announced worldwide at the right time, said Microsoft, world’s largest software developer.

The announcement comes despite the ten-year agreement with the Finnish company that Microsoft is committed to use the name Nokia for its mobile devices.

Oct 252014

Queen Elizabeth II has posted her first message on Twitter on Friday using the account @BritishMonarchy.

Queen Elizabeth II

Queen Elizabeth II posted her first tweet on Friday (public domain)

The tweet which popped up 38 years after her first e-mail message, emerged on occasion of the inauguration of a new exhibition at the Science Museum in London.

The 88-year-old British Sovereign sent her first e-mail in 1976 from the Royal Signals and Radar Establishment (RSRE) military base from Malvern, as part of a demonstration of the (then) new technology of communication.

“It is a pleasure to open the Information Age exhibition today at the @ScienceMuseum and I hope people will enjoy visiting. Elizabeth R.October 24, 2014.” That was the Twitter message the queen wrote on her tablet in the opening ceremony.

According to British media, the tweet had been written before and the queen had only to push the send button. :)

The Twitter account @BritishMonarchy that released Queens inaugural message is followed roughly by 727,000 people and regularly publishes information about the royal family.

Shortly after getting online, the royal message was shared over 3,000 times and many users of the micro-blogging website welcomed the Queen on the social network.

Oct 252014

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Oct 242014
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Oct 232014

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Oct 232014
Video: Illinois voter Mike Jones to Barack Obama: Don't touch my girlfriend

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