“The biggest difference was just confidence,” said three-time Roland Garros champion Williams when asked to explain the stark difference between the first and second sets.”I just need to play with more confidence, like I’m Serena. So that was it. I just started playing like that.”Victory also took Williams’ first round record at the Slams to 75 wins in 76 appearances. Her only loss at the first hurdle was to Virginie Razzano in Paris in 2012.”I love the clay and I started playing like it, opening the court and moving and sliding,” added Williams. Serena Williams believes the key to leveling the all-time Grand Slam record of 24 titles is to play like Serena Williams.The 39-year-old American made a slow but successful start to her latest pursuit of Margaret Court’s record with a 7-6 (7/2), 6-0 win over Kristie Ahn in the French Open first round on Monday.World number 102 Ahn served for the opening set at 5-4 but Williams forced a tie-break she dominated before charging through the second set to book a clash with Tsvetana Pironkova for a spot in the last 32. “I do think her level dropped a little bit in the beginning of the first set and I took advantage of that. “I think her level was so high in the first set that I just needed to lift my level more than what I did.” Topics :
The Edmonton Oilers have reportedly found their starting goaltender.According to TSN’s Frank Seravalli, Mike Smith has chosen to sign with the Oilers once free agency begins. NHL free agency 2019: Complete list of all 31 teams’ RFAs and UFAsThe 37-year-old will likely replace Mikko Koskinen as the Oilers’ starter while Koskinen will take over for backup Anthony Stolarz, who was acquired from Philadelphia in exchange for former starter Cam Talbot and is set to hit the market. In December, Edmonton signed Koskinen to a three-year, $13 million extension, but he hasn’t proven his ability as a starter. In 51 starts, he went 25-25-6, managing a 2.93 GAA and .906 save percentage. While Smith is assumed to be the go-to-guy in net, Koskinen can still try and prove his worth and compete for more playing time.Barring any outside circumstances, Smith will play his ninth straight season in the Pacific Division. He is somewhat switching places with Talbot, who will not be returning to Philadelphia but is instead set to sign with Calgary, as per Andy Strickland. Barring Smith not signing with the Oilers, this will be his ninth straight season playing in the Pacific Division. Veteran goalie Mike Smith has chosen the #Oilers. He’s more or less trading places with Cam Talbot, who as we hinted on Monday, is heading to the #Flames.More on what that means for Lehner, Mrazek, and the rest of the goalie market on @SportsCentre at 6pm ET.— Frank Seravalli (@frank_seravalli) June 30, 2019After being acquired by Calgary in February 2017, Smith signed a two-year, $11 million extension and has been the Flames’ starter over the last two seasons, registering a .909 save percentage and 2.68 GAA. His numbers declined this past season as he went 40-23-16 with a 2.72 GAA and .898 save percentage. Still, he led the Flames to a first-place finish in the Western Conference, but they suffered an early first-round exit in the playoffs at the hands of the Colorado Avalanche.
There will be no visitation. Frank Funeral Home has been entrusted with the arrangements. Linda HigginsLinda May Higgins, age 66, of Dalton, Kans. died Thursday evening, October 1, 2015 at Sumner Regional Medical Center in Wellington.Linda May (Joseph) Higgins was born on December 11, 1948 in Indianapolis, Ind. to William Ora Joseph and Marjorie Delores (Nolan) Joseph.Linda married Hugh D. Higgins on October 19, 1990 in Wichita, KS.She was preceded in death by her parents; and sisters, Judy Ann Joseph and Margie Higgins.Survivors include her husband, Hugh D. Higgins of Dalton; children, Randall L. Ballard of Indiana; William J. Ballard of Erwin, IA; David A. Ballard of Warsaw, IN; Trina S. Higgins of Wichita; Julia C. Kundert of Wichita; Donavan J. Higgins of Wichita; Matthew W. Higgins of Wellington; and Connor E. Higgins of Wellington; one brother, William R. Joseph; sisters, Barbara Dillman, Janet Harris, Dixie Saner, Beverly Duhon, and Vickie Williams; 11 grandchildren; and seven great grandchildren.Graveside Services will be held at Prairie Lawn Cemetery on Monday, October 5, 2015 at 2 p.m. Â Pastor Earl Brown will officiate. To leave condolences or sign our guest book, please visit our website at www.frankfuneralhome.net