Super Sunday in EPL

first_imgMANCHESTER, England (AP):Amid the buzz about surprise leader Leicester and the stuttering challenges of Arsenal and Manchester City, another title contender in the English Premier League (EPL) has been working pretty much in the shadows.Not anymore.For the first time in a generation, Tottenham are real factors in the title race, and are showing the kind of form that could see the club rid itself of the underachievers tag that has followed it around for years.The team from north London has climbed into second place, ahead of neighbours Arsenal on goal difference, and five points behind Leicester, with 13 matches left. Not since 1985 have Spurs been this high in the standings this late in the season, as they look to capture a first League title since 1961.This weekend could be pivotal, with the top four facing off. Leicester are away to Arsenal, and Spurs are at fourth-place to City.City have won the last five home meetings with Tottenham, racking up 10 goals in the past two fixtures. There’s a feeling it could be different this time.There are positives all over the field for Mauricio Pochettino. His defence has conceded fewer goals than any other team this season; Eric Dier has been converted from a defender into a powerful holding midfielder; previously inconsistent attacking midfielders Erik Lamela, Christian Eriksen, and Mousa Dembele are delivering consistently effective performances; Dele Alli, in the No. 10 role, is arguably the hottest young prospect in English football; and striker Harry Kane is the third best scorer in the league.With just three losses, Tottenham could have too much energy for an aging, injury-hit City side that was blown away last weekend by Leicester – another team filled with hard-running players. City lost to Spurs 4-1 at White Hart Lane in September.A problem for Spurs could be fixture congestion, with the team set to resume its Europa League campaign next week – over two legs against Fiorentina in the last 32 – and was still in the FA Cup. Progress deep in those competitions, and Pochettino’s players could be burnt out before the end of the season.Leicester, meanwhile, just has the Premier League to focus on.MAN CITY’S INJURIESCity’s star-studded midfield is beset with injuries at just the wrong time.Star playmaker David Silva hurt his ankle against Leicester and joins an injury list that already includes attacking midfielders Kevin De Bruyne, Jes?s Navas, and Samir Nasri.Silva have had ongoing problems with his ankle, which must be a worry for City given the congested fixture schedule that includes a League Cup final against Liverpool and the Champion League last 16.PRESSURE ON LEICESTERNow the world has finally recognised Leicester as legitimate title contenders, the team has to deal with the pressure of expectation.Star striker Jamie Vardy doesn’t see it as a problem.”We’re just enjoying the ride,” Vardy said. “If you start thinking about it too much it’s going to affect you, it’s as simple as that. We’ll just continue to do exactly the same thing we’ve done all season.”One of the few things Leicester would change was its result against Arsenal in its first meeting this season. Arsenal won 5-2 at King Power Stadium, one of just two defeats for Leicester in this campaign.last_img

ASTON VILLA VS TOTTENHAM

first_imgVILLA (5-3-2)GUZAN,HUTTON, RICHARDS, LESCOTT, CLARK,DISSOKHO,VERETOUT, WESTWOOD, GANA,AGBONLAHOR, AYEWKANE,LAMELA, ALLI ERIKSEN,DIER, DEMBELE,ROSE, WIMMER, ALDERWEIRELD, WALKER,LLORISSPURS (4-2-3-1)Aston Villa have just 16 points from 29 games. Only two teams in Barclays Premier League history have had fewer than 16 points after 29 games (Sunderland in 2005-06 and Derby in 2007-08 – both 10).Villa have lost six of their last seven league games, including the last four. In that quartet of defeats, they have conceded 15 goals. Indeed, at Villa Park, they have won two and eight, both worse records in the division. Their goals for, 11, is the lowest, while their goals conceded, 23, is the highest. By contrast, Spurs have won seven away games, the joint second highest, and lost just twice.After winning six games in a row in the Premier League, Tottenham Hotspur have taken one point from their last two games, the defeat at West Ham and last Saturday’s dramatic 2-2 draw at home to neighbours and arch-enemies Arsenal.They remain in second place, five points behind leaders Leicester City, and can reduce that gap to two points as their rivals do not play until Monday night.Spurs would be top now had they not drawn so many games; no fewer than 10 of their 29 games have ended in stalemates.They beat Villa 3-1 in November at White Hart Lane but in this game last season Villa won 1-0 despite finishing with 10 men.Villa test Jack Grealish but are still without Libor Kozak, Jordan Amavi, Carlos Sanchez and Adama Traore. Spurs, meanwhile, test Danny Rose but Jan Vertonghen is out.last_img

Horse Racing Results

first_imgWEather: Fine; Track: GoodRace 1 1300 M (Purse $500,000) NB4-Y-O & UP MAIDEN SPECIAL WEIGHT*1. LEGAL ARENA SEllis 55.02. BRAVE HEART HPottinger3 51.0 10L3. MR. GRAND NATIONAL JAnderson 55.0 Neck4. CONNOR JPatterson3 52.0 1LWIN: $77.00PLACE: $72.00, $134.00, $142.00Final Time : 1:22.4 Splits : 24.3, 49.1, 1:15.1,Winner : 4yo b colt – LEGAL PROCESS out of LADY BANGALORE by JOESLEWTrainer : TODD,STEVEN M Owner : WINSTON A RUSSELLBred by JAGHAI O.D., J.P., HENRY WILLIAMQuinella : (7,9) $362.00 Exacta : (9-7) $411.00Superfecta : (9-7-3-8) $3,087.00Race 2 1500 M (Purse $560,000) 3-Y-O & UP CLM($350,0-$300,0)/NB5YO(NW3)1. STAR NEW VISTA AndrePowell42. FLYING MIRACLE DaneNelson 57.0 31/4L*3. UNBREAKABLE LSteadman2 55.0 21/4L4. JESSIE JAMES BebHarvey3 53.0 31/2LDNF #7 MISS BOSS LADY JAnderson 53.0WIN: $315.00PLACE: $70.00, $68.00, $57.00Final Time : 1:35.0 Splits : 23.1, 46.3, 1:12.4,Winner : 5yo colt – FLOWER ALLEY out of CAN’T CATCH MY CAT byTrainer : ANDERSON,CARL D Owner : CARL D ANDERSONBred by LIBERATION FARM & BRANDYWINE FARMQuinella : (3,8) $741.00 Exacta : (3-8) $2,077.00D/E : (9-3) $870.00Superfecta : (3-8-2-4) $5,885.00Race 3 1000 M (S) (Purse $780,000) 3-Y-O & UP OVERNIGHT ALLOWANCE -(NW OF AN OVERNIGHT LIFETIME)*1. DWAYNE STAR DaneNelson 56.02. ACTION MAN AChatrie 55.0 31/2L3. DREAMCOMETRUE OEdwards3 50.0 Sh.Head4. MERITONE JInnis3 48.0 2LWIN: $82.00PLACE: $58.00, $67.00, $86.00Final Time : 0:58.2 Splits : 22.3, 45.0, ,Winner : 4yo b colt – STORM CRAFT out of AKIODA by LIVER STANDTrainer : LYNCH,PATRICK T Owner : RISING STARBred by DION JACKSONQuinella : (2,7) $125.00 Exacta : (2-7) $211.00D/E : (3-2) $1,150.00Superfecta : (2-7-8-6) $1,986.00Rolling Triple : (9-3-2) $1,157.00Race 4 1400 M (Purse $768,000) NB3-Y-O MAIDEN CONDITION RACE -FILLIES*1. WARTIME JInnis3 49.02. AUNTIE RHONDA WHenry 51.0 3/4L3. FRANCIA’S PRIDE JPatterson3 53.5 1L4. RUBY ROSE DDawkins3 49.0 Sh.Head5. RACKAM’S MISTRESS LSteadman2 54.5 3/4LWIN: $129.00PLACE: $70.00, $72.00, $97.00Final Time : 1:29.1 Splits : 24.0, 47.0, 1:13.3,Winner : 3yo ch filly – WAR MARSHALL out of TIME CRISIS by MARQUETRYTrainer : PARCHMENT,WAYNE D Owner : V.M.W.Bred by DR. PAUL R. WRIGHTQuinella : (5,13) $363.00 Exacta : (13-5) $699.00Race 5 1200 M (Purse $500,000) NB4-Y-O & UP MAIDEN CONDITION RACE -FILLIES & MARES*1. PRINCESS STATISTIC LSteadman2 54.02. ROSY PARKS AChatrie 52.5 13/4L3. SONADOR EXPRESS AndrePowell4 51.0 1/2L4. LEILANI JInnis3 50.0 Sh.HeadLate scratch : #9 IMAGE EMPRESSWIN: $143.00PLACE: $75.00, $151.00, $100.00Final Time : 1:16.4 Splits : 23.2, 48.1, ,Winner : 4yo b filly – REGION OF MERIT out of PRINCESS LUE by PAT N JACTrainer : PRINCE,TYRONE A Owner : BARRINGTON G. CAMPBELL & ELVIN J. DUNCANBred by ELVIN DUNCAN & EDGAR LLEWELLYNQuinella : (2,4) $951.00 Exacta : (4-2) $1,489.00D/E : (13-4) $486.00 (13-9) $177.00Superfecta : (4-2-10-8) $4,047.00Rolling Triple : (2-13-4) $652.00D/E : (2-13) $282.00Trifecta : (13-5-1) $714.00Hi-5 : (13-5-1-3-11) $566,674.00Rolling Triple : (3-2-13) $1,233.00Race 6 1500 M (Purse $768,000) NB3-Y-O MAIDEN CONDITION RACE1. DYSFUNCTIONAL OWalker 55.02. BAY COMMANDER RHalledeen 53.0 5 1/2L3. DUSSELDORF SEllis 56.0 4 1/2L4. NEHEMIAH OEdwards3 50.5 2 1/4L5. SEEKING THE DAWN DDawkins3 52.0 3LWIN: $85.00PLACE: $65.00, $105.00, $77.00Final Time : 1:33.3 Splits : 24.1, 47.1, 1:12.2,Winner : 3yo b colt – HE’STHEREALTHING out of LUSCIOUS by STORM CRAFTTrainer : DACOSTA,WAYNE A Owner : BITTER SWEETBred by JEFFREY MORDECAIQuinella : (3,9) $292.00 Exacta : (3-9) $345.00D/E : (4-3) $213.00Trifecta : (3-9-12) $700.00Hi-5 : (3-9-12-11-8) $1,529.50Rolling Triple : (13-4-3) $762.00Race 7 1000 M (S) (Purse $530,000) NB5-Y-O & UP RESTRICTED ALLOWANCE V(NW2)*1. MEDICAL INSTINCT JPatterson3 51.02. GENUINE ARTICLE WHenry 52.0 2L3. GRAND TRAIN DaneNelson 55.0 8 1/2L4. DR. DEAREST DDawkins3 49.0 Neck5. COOL U BOOTS RMcNaughton 53.0 1 1/4L6. TO THE WORLD JInnis3 51.0 1 1/4LWIN: $122.00PLACE: $66.00, $59.00, $59.00Final Time : 1:00.1 Splits : 23.1, 46.3, ,Winner : 5yo ch filly – HOMING INSTINCT out of MEDICAL SOCA by THE MEDICTrainer : HYLTON,PAUL A Owner : OOH-LA-LAABred by DAVID DIXONQuinella : (9,14) $252.00 Exacta : (14-9) $544.00D/E : (3-14) $380.00Trifecta : (14-9-7) $251.00Hit-6 : (14-9-7-12-10-3) $11,126.50Rolling Triple : (4-3-14-14) $988.00Super-6 : (3-2-12-4,9-3-14) $11,758.60Race 8 1000 M (R) (Purse $768,000) NB3YO(NW2)/IMP3YO&UP(MDN)-REST.ALL.II1. NOLAN HILL DaneNelson 53.02. AFRICA DDawkins3 48.5 4L3. ANOTHER FURY OWhite 50.0 1 1/4L4. MESMERIZE SEllis 53.0 1L5. BUCK CALL JPatterson3 51.5 1 1/2LDNF #4 MISS MYRTLE NBerger4 46.0 5/1DNF #11 DANCING QUEEN OMullings 50.0 16/1Late scratch : #3 POISON GAS, #12 GARY GLITTERWIN: $705.00PLACE: $216.00, $314.00, $134.00Final Time : 1:00.2 Splits : 23.3, 47.2, ,Winner : 3yo b colt – DEPUTY GLITTERS out of NO MONEY NO HONEY by PAT N JACTrainer : SUBRATIE,GARY A Owner read more

Danielle Williams eyes faster times, more success

first_img hungry for more Twenty-three-year-old Danielle Williams is hoping her 100-metres hurdles title at the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF)/World Champion-ships in Beijing, China, will lay the foundations for a successful and rewarding international career. With her superb 12.57 clocking, the Jamaican finished ahead of Germany’s Cindy Roleder, 12.58, and joined Brigitte Foster-Hylton as the only Jamaicans to win the event at the world level. Now, Williams, who also won the World University Games title this year, says it is back to the drawing board and more hard work as she looks to get her personal best time below 12.50 in the coming season. “I had set a target this year of running 12.49. I haven’t met that target as yet, but I think I will make that my goal for next season,” she told The Gleaner. She’s on top the world in her event, but Williams says she remains humble and still has the hunger for even more success. “My life hasn’t changed one bit; nobody recognises me. I’ve been told I look quite different in person than on the television,” she said. “I am an adidas brand ambassador. It is a big achievement. Five years ago, if somebody had told me that this is the way my life would have gone, I would have probably said ‘that’s not possible’, but I am happy, and I think I am extremely blessed and just embracing it,” she acknowledged. “I have been working hard. I wouldn’t say that I’ve been working harder than anybody else, but it’s my time,” she continued. Williams added that she went into the World Championships just hoping for the best. “I was just hoping to make the final. I thought I could make the final, but I wasn’t confident of medalling until I made the semi-final run. Then I saw that it might be possible at that point in time,” she explained. “I always relish being an underdog, I don’t like going into any competition and being the one to watch. I don’t think it puts pressure on me, but I like being the underdog,” she stressed, adding that coach Lennox Graham had advised her to run a few races before the national trials and a few races afterwards so that she would be sharp for the Beijing World Championships.last_img

Roberts lifts W’House to win over Humble Lion

first_img He added that. “It’s the first since I have been coaching that I have lost three games consecutively… so I had a serious talk with them and they dig deep and worked hard for this one.” Both teams were evenly matched for the most part but after the break Waterhouse created the better opportunities and deservedly went ahead when Sean Coleman’s shot hit the bar and fell to Kenroy Howell, whose shot was also blocked. However, there was nothing that anyone could do to stop Roberts’ low shot that hit the bar and went in. Oshane Roberts’ 54th minute goal gave Waterhouse a 2-1 Red Stripe Premier League win over high-riding Humble Lion at Drewsland Stadium yesterday, giving the home team their first win in four games, while ending Humble Lion’s three game winning streak. Wolry Wolfe spectacularly fired the visitors in front after nine minutes but Evan Taylor put the host back on even terms from the penalty spot, after Gary McIntosh was brought down inside the area. Roberts then sealed the win with a low strike inside the far-post nine minutes after the break. “It’s a great win, we needed the three points and we came out and did it. We dug deep and fought hard to get the three points,” Roberts told The Gleaner after the game.  However, the player who says scoring goals is normal for him is looking to add to his tally in the next game. “My performance (this season) is not a hundred percent but it’s fair to me but it is always an overwhelming feeling to score a winner and it feels great to get off the mark,” he said. The game was just nine minutes old when Wolfe’s acrobatic half-volley gave Richard McCallum no chance in goal. However, when McIntosh was fouled in the box, Taylor made no mistake from the spot. In other games, Mobay stopped Rivoli 3-0 to stay top of the league with 24 points. Portmore (21) stayed second after a 1-0 win over Arnett Gardens. UWI stunned Tivoli Gardens 5-2 on Girvon Brown’s hattrick to jump from second-to-last to nine with 12 points. Tivoli (14) slipped one place to sixth. Boys Town (15) turned back Reno 2-0 on Andre Dawson’s brace to climb three spots to fifth. Reno (14) dropped two places to seventh. “He’s a very good player but at times he has to be more calm and collective, sometimes he let his youthful exuberance get the better of him but he has been doing this all season and the last few games they (shots) were hitting off defenders, so it’s about time one went in,” Waterhouse coach Anthony Patrick said of Roberts. Sunday’s results Waterhouse 2  –  Humble Lion 1 Portmore 1  –  Arnett Gardens 0 UWI  5   –  Tivoli Gardens 2 Mobay 3  –  Rivoli 0 The win lifted Waterhouse (10 points) off the foot of the table temporarily, as they are one point above Cavalier, who play Harbour View tonight.last_img

Minister lauds SportsFeva for tourism impact

first_imgNatalie Neita-Headley, minister with responsibility for sport, lauded the American International School of Kingston’s contribution to Brand Jamaica through sports tourism ahead of their sixth annual SportsFeva tournament. The competition will see four international schools and an international party of 90 – 64 students and more than 20 coaches – travel to the island for the February 26 – March 6 showpiece. SportsFeva 2016 will feature local and international students from Jamaica, Aruba, The Bahamas, Cayman, and Curacao. They will compete in the under-10 to under-17 age groups. Overall, 20 schools and 300 students will compete this year. Tennis, clay shooting, football, and a new game component feature – GameFeva – will feature the FIFA 2016 tournament and other games. “Your involvement in tennis, in clay (shooting), and football will make this year’s staging even more exciting. We look forward to this going on for many years to come. On behalf of the prime minister of Jamaica, the Most Honourable Portia Simpson-Miller, the Government, and the people of Jamaica, we welcome you, and we wish you every success in this year’s staging,” Neita-Headley said via video recording at yesterday’s launch at the school’s College Green Avenue- based campus. Shirley Davis, AISK’s head of school, said: “It’s one thing to have an annual event of this kind, but it’s another thing when it consistently grows. When AISK started SportsFeva, we had no idea that it would grow this fast or this quickly.” The tournament will see SoccerFeva feature 125 athletes on Friday and Saturday (February 26-27), while TennisFeva will host the biggest contingent of 168 students in the under-10, under-12 and under-17 age groups. ClayFeva will then climax the tournament on Sunday, March 6, with 73 athletes from junior A, B, and C; subjunior A and B; and girls A and B categories at the Skeet Shooting Club in Portmore, St Catherine. Bradley Ransom, AISK’s director of athletics, said SportsFeva “is pretty impressive for a small, non-commercial sporting event”. Flow, with a $1.5 million contribution, is the title sponsor, while patron sponsors are Stewarts Automotive Group, Ocean Splash, Gatorade, and Sagicor Bank. Product sponsors include Pizza Hut, Reggae Jammin, Watts New, Cafe Blue, National Outdoor Advertising, Manpower and Maintenance Limited, and Ranger Security.last_img

Defending champs Milex Eagles post first round win

first_imgKINGSTON:Defending champions, the Milex Eagles, got off to a winning start in 2016 KPMG Squash League which kicked off on Tuesday at the Liguanea Club in New Kingston.The tournament will see 16 teams vying for top honours. However, the competition’s handicap format adds an element of unpredictability to the proceedings as it creates a level playing field among players, regardless of experience and skill levels.Milex Eagles look like a good bet for two in a row as they beat Lemons Aide 3-0 in the first round of play. The team now includes two decorated junior champions; All Jamaica Under-17 Boys Champion, Tahjia Lumley who beat Don Nemhard 20/21, 21/18, 21/17, 21/18; and Caribbean Under-19 Girls Champion, Akelia Wiltshire from Guyana, who defeated Raymond Donaldson 21/17, 17/21, 21/19, 21/19. Alex Jordan sealed the deal for the Eagles when she beat Stewart Maxwell 21/12, 21/18, 23/20.In contrast, the Transformers, another highly touted team, had a rocky start losing 0-2 to Lemons Black & Tan. Former All Jamaica Ladies Champion, Alyssa Mullings, was beaten 21/19, 18/21, 20/22, 21/12, 15/21 by veteran Bobby Vaughan and rising star Mia Lake went down 19/21, 21/19, 9/21, 20/23 to Anthony Ayoub.New entrants, Levy Tax headlined by 13-time All Jamaica Men’s Champion, Wayne Burrowes, beat UTech Saints 2-1. Burrowes beat Mario O’Connor 11/21, 21/19, 21/18, 21/19 to give his team the lead; then Luke Roberts followed on by defeating Mike Fennel 21/17, 21/13, 21/11. Sebastian Levy lost to Sean Flynn 21/10, 21/11, 21/6; but Levy Tax had already secured the overall win.Similarly, debutantes, the Dream Team beat the Screaming Eagles 2-1. Nicholas Benjamin beat Stewart Murray 21/11, 17/21, 19/21, 21/9, 21/19 to put the Dream Team ahead but then Shane Murray beat Richard Ardito 21/16, 23/21, 21/14. However, Adam Ardito defeated Rajeev Venugopal 21/20,23/20, 21/14 and the Dream Team emerged victorious.The tournament, which will also enjoys support from associate sponsors, JN General Insurance, is scheduled to run for eight weeks. The first stage will feature round robin matches in groups of four, and the top two teams from each group will advance to the quarter-finals.last_img

Fraser-Pryce to host Christmas treat

first_imgWorld and double Olympic 100m champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce will host her ninth annual children’s Christmas treat in her hometown of Waterhouse tomorrow, starting at 12 noon. The treat will actually be held at 23 Ashoka Road, where she grew up. One additional feature this year will be a special outreach to also treat some 70 kids from the Majestic Gardens community. “Christmas is a time for giving to the less fortunate, and my hard work has helped me to achieve, so I will always want to share anything I have or gained with them. I did experience this situation they now face, and I want to make them feel that someone cares, as it fills my heart with joy when I see the smiles and reactions of these kids,” said Fraser-Pryce. “There are so many less fortunate people in our society who needs a helping hand, and I will always reach out to them through my foundation,” added Fraser-Pryce. She will receive support from Digicel and GraceKennedy, for whom she is their brand Ambassador, and international sportswear manufacturer Nike.last_img

Trainer Chen lands Eight Thirty double

first_imgThe debutants, EARTH ANGEL and MARLENE MY LOVE, both trained by Dwight Chen, kicked off the 3-y-o campaign leading up to the classics with contrasting victories in the divided Mercury Sprint for native-bred maiden fillies over the straight at Caymanas Park yesterday.In Division I, EARTH ANGEL, running at odds of 5-1, with Arthur Budhu aboard, disposed of tearaway leader DELPHINIUM (2-1) approaching the distance to win by 51/2L lengths from the even-money favourite BLUE TRADITION in a field of 11.The chestnut filly by Blue Pepsi Lodge out of Flint Ridge covered the distance in the fairly good time of 59.4 behind splits of 22.3 and 46.4 for the half mile. She is owned and bred by Trevor Dunkley Sr.Just over an hour later, stable-companion MARLENE MY LOVE, running as the howling 1-9 favourite, with three-time champion jockey Dane Nelson aboard, had to work overtime to catch and beat long-time leader ADORING LADY (6-1) by half a length, clocking 59.3.The Collin Blair-trained ADORNG LADY, with apprentice Andre Powell aboard, raced into a clear lead from her unfavourable draw on the far side, only to be caught close home by the fast-finishing MARLENE MY LOVE, closing rapidly on the stands’ side in a field of eight. A bay filly by Adore the Gold out of Miss Chestnut, which makes her a half sister to two-time ‘Horse of the Year’ MARK MY WORD, MARLENE MY LOVE is owned by Howard Hamilton and bred by HAM Stables Limited.DRIVING FINISHMeanwhile, leading all-time trainer and current champion Wayne DaCosta won the overnight allowance supporting feature for the Allan ‘Billy’ Williams Memorial trophy over 1400 metres with 9-5 favourite ROYAL VIBES.Coming from off the pace with Jevanne Erwin riding for owner Carlton Watson, ROYAL VIBES won in a driving finish from 6-1 chance TIMEFORARMS in a field of 11.In recognition of his historic 2,000th career win on the previous Saturday, DaCosta was presented with a commemorative trophy after the eighth race by CTL director Alvin Beckford.last_img

Young tennis star in Canada on scholarship

first_img DISCOVERED BY COACH Micheala Stephens, Jamaica’s top female tennis player, and who at 14 years of age is one of Jamaica’s brightest tennis prospects, left on Wednesday for the Ace Tennis Academy in Burlington, Canada, on a three-month scholarship designed to hone her skills and prepare her for international competition later this year. Douglas Burke, the former technical director at Tennis Jamaica, and now the president of the academy, made the offer to Stephens on a visit to Jamaica last year. Burke said then that he was so impressed with Stephens, who is both the female junior and senior champion in Jamaica, after seeing her play last year, that he not only gave her some tennis lessons, but decided to invite her to the academy in Canada for specialised training. “I was impressed with how Micheala had improved since I last saw her, and I am sure that with the proper training, she can go very far in this sport ” he said then. Stephens, has been playing tennis since she was eight years of age and was discovered by Jamaican coach Thomas Plummer. Stephens told The Gleaner before her departure that while a student at St Thomas Moore Preparatory School in Clarendon, she was invited to play the game by coach Plummer. “I was only interested in netball and football at that time, but one afternoon Mr Plummer told me that he would like me to try tennis and I agreed. I liked it immediately, and I have been in love with the game since then.” Stephens was thrilled when coach Burke told her that he wanted her to come to Canada to train with him. “I want to be a professional tennis player and be the first female from Jamaica to play at Wimbledon, so this will help me to get there. I will do whatever he tells me to do, as I want to get better,” she added. Stephens is a student at Liberty Academy in St Andrew and arrangements have been made for her to continue her schoolwork online, and her tutors have kindly agreed to facilitate this. “It will be difficult to keep up with both, but I will be doing my best to be successful,” she ended.last_img