Defending champion Serena Williams reached the second round of Wimbledon with a 6-2 6-4 win over Switzerland’s Amra Sadikovic.Top-seeded American Williams served five double faults and only four aces in 73 minutes against the world number 148.The six-time champion, 34, has now won 80 and lost 10 matches at Wimbledon.“It wasn’t tougher than I thought, but it was definitely tough,” she told BBC Sport.“I never underestimate anyone. I started fast, and that’s about it.“This is me – I’m always shouting at myself, always pushing myself. It’s absolutely nothing different.“It’s great to be back at Wimbledon. Mom was in the Royal Box and that was really nice.”The world number one, regarded as one of the finest servers in history, achieved just a 60% success rate on her first serves.But there was never any suggestion she would not go on to beat the Grand Slam debutant, securing victory with a successful challenge to set up a tie against compatriot Christina McHale. McHale, who beat Daniela Hantuchova 7-5 6-2, has already lost twice to the 21-time Grand Slam champion in 2016.Rain disrupted play on the second day, but under a closed roof on Centre Court former world number one Caroline Wozniacki lost 7-5 6-4 to world number 14 Svetlana Kuznetsova in one hour and 28 minutes.“It was way too good a match for the first round,” the Russian told BBC Sport. “I think I did great, I’m happy with my performance.”Kuznetsova will now play Britain’s wildcard Tara Moore, who secured her first Grand Slam win with a 6-3 6-2 victory over Alison Van Uytvanck, becoming the fourth Briton to reach the second round.Former finalist Eugenie Bouchard was leading Magdalena Rybarikova 6-3 2-1 while British number one Johanna Konta was 6-1 2-1 up against Monica Puig when rain stopped play.Earlier yesterday,Andy Murray made short work of his first ever British opponent at Wimbledon as he swept past wildcard Liam Broady in the opening round.Murray, seeded second, saw off the 22-year-old world number 235 from Stockport 6-2 6-3 6-4 on Centre Court.It was the first all-British meeting at the All England Club since Tim Henman beat Martin Lee in 2001.Murray, 29, goes on to face Yen-Hsun Lu of Chinese Taipei in the second round on Thursday.The Scot needed just one hour and 43 minutes to end Broady’s Centre Court debut, the 2013 champion and world number two not surprisingly outclassing a player with just one tour-level win to his name.Murray might have been playing a familiar face but he was in aggressive mood, dropping just six points on his first serve and winning 18 of 19 at the net.Having gone 10 years without playing a fellow Briton, he has now beaten three this month following wins over Aljaz Bedene and Kyle Edmund at Queen’s Club.“When we start the match we are both trying to win, but it does not make it any easier,” Murray told BBC Sport.“Liam played better as the match went on and fought through to the end and played some good stuff.“The crowd is always very fair here, getting behind both players and knowing what a good shot is. Liam got a good ovation when he left court and I’m sure he will have enjoyed that.”Broady found himself having to improvise as he chased down Murray from the baselineMurray, watched by recently returned coach Ivan Lendl at a Grand Slam for the first time in three years, began his 11th Wimbledon campaign with a comfortable win.Broady, 22, had experienced the Murray game first-hand during practice sessions earlier this year but could not bridge the gulf in class once their first competitive meeting got under way.Within five minutes he was a break of serve down, and moments later he was literally playing a shot off his knees as Murray ran him ragged.There was a sense of relief from the Centre Court crowd when Broady got on the scoreboard at 3-1 down but he could make no impression on the Murray serve.A wayward Broady forehand into the tram lines gave up the first set and a double fault handed Murray a 3-1 lead in the second.There was little reason for Murray to get fired up but a trademark cross-court backhand brought a shout of “come on” en route to a two-set lead, and it was now a case of closing it out as clinically as possible.Murray suffered physically in the recent French Open final after getting dragged into two five-set matches earlier in the tournament, and he was determined to avoid a repeat at Wimbledon.Broady – and the crowd – enjoyed one running forehand pass early in the third set, and the wildcard earned his first break points in game six, but Murray fired down a serve and steered away a volley to snuff out the danger.A delicate drop shot clinched victory on match point and the value of a quick win was immediately apparent when the rain began to fall as the players walked off court.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
Ghana have been given a massive fitness boost as midfielder Emmanuel Frimpong has boarded a plane in Amsterdam to arrive in Accra tonight for Sunday’s World Cup qualifier.The ex-England youth international’s debut for Ghana on Sunday was in serious doubt after picking up a groin injury late last week.His absence in Fulham’s famous 1-0 victory at White Hart Lane over the weekend cast doubts over availability for the Black Stars.But the midfielder was seen boarding a KLM flight bound for Accra tonight which means Frimpong is arriving in Ghana for the match against the Nile Crocodiles.His arrival in Ghana for the match was also confirmed by his girlfriend Renée Lee Harriott who drove him to the City Airport in London for him the catch the KLM flight to Accra via Amsterdam.She wrote on Twitter: “Morning! 5am en route to the Airport to see my baby off but super excited for him.” Another Ghana fan Danny Boy Lacey: also met Frimpong at the City Airport and tweeted: “Met Frimpong this morning at city airport. Top gent! Where you flying to???”–GHANA.”Frimpong has been named in Kwesi Appiah’s 24-man squad for the must-win clash against the Desert Hawks at the Baba Yara Stadium on 24 March.His availability is a boost for for Ghana after youngster Christian Atsu was ruled out of the game because of injury.
Thousands of immigrants qualify to become legal residents because their daughters or sons live in the United States, but the sheer number seeking residency from places like Mexico, China or the Philippines means wait times can run into decades. Unskilled workers also have a tougher go at it, with only about 5,000 work visas for menial labor positions handed out each year amid tens of thousands of applications. Even after waiting decades, applicants must also have a financial sponsor – in the form of an employer or a rich uncle, pass a medical exam and satisfy a number of other tough requirements. For millions of immigrants and would-be-immigrants, the path to citizenship is a maze of confusing laws, daunting wait times and endless bureaucracy. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event “People don’t understand that it’s a lengthy process and there is not always an option for legal immigration, that’s why – there being no legal alternative – people seek the illegal alternative,” said Raul Godinez, past chair of the Southern California Chapter for American Immigration Lawyers Association. As the full Senate prepares to take up immigration reform, pro-immigrant groups are pushing for a law that will loosen up the mounting backlog and speed up the glacial pace at which the immigration system moves for tens of thousands. Opponents say making immigration easier is madness, putting undue strain on the already overtaxed health, welfare and school systems. Whatever reforms are adopted, immigrant attorneys and service organizations expect they will only see more questions from clients baffled by the continuous changes in the system. And even if the number of immigrant employment and family visas, now at 366,000, are tripled, the backlog could extend for years. “The reason we set limits in the first place is because it has an impact on everyone else. Changing it will change the illegality, but it doesn’t change the impact. Immigration affects labor markets and social institutions,” said Ira Mehlman, a spokesman for the Federation for American Immigration Reform. At Hermandad Mexicana, a nonprofit immigrant service organization in Panorama City, director Gloria Saucedo weekly sees hundreds of clients asking for immigration advice. They begin lining up outside the door by 9 a.m., some want simple translations of English-language documents notifying immigrants to appear in court, others want advice on how to apply for citizenship. Paula Lopez, a 29-year old stocker at Wal-Mart in Panorama City, keeps her eyes closely on Saucedo as she shuffles through her file of documents. Lopez has been waiting since September 1994 for her family sponsorship application to be heard. Although she has a work permit, she cannot leave the country. Her father became a citizen under a massive 1986 amnesty program, but she was not here at the time to apply. Her appointment with immigration is Monday. Lopez says the first thing she will do, if she obtains residency, is visit her sickly grandmother who she last saw when Lopez was just 8. “We talk on the phone all the time,” she said weeping. “The last time I saw her, she was strong, now she is frail… I want my children to see her.” Immigration activists have long contended that piecemeal immigration laws result in families ripped apart. One rule, for instance, bars for 10 years anybody who entered the country illegally and lived here more than a year, from applying for residency. Instead of returning home to see family, immigrants call family to come here, creating even more illegal migration. “At first glance, the objectives of the law might seem good, but when you look at the practical effects, they are destroying families, it’s not,” Godinez said. His client, Leopoldo Olivas, a 52-year old janitor is appealing a deportation order. A judge found that Perez, whose 30-year-old and 14-year old sons are U.S. citizens did not qualify for residency because he had been in the country illegally. The judge determined there was no extreme hardship, even though Olivas was caring for his eldest son’s wife, who is being treated for breast cancer. “I am so worried, there is not anyone else for her to rely on,” Olivas said. “I don’t know what I am going to do. I have been here for 20 years, working with my family.” Rachel Uranga, (818) 713-3741 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!