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first_imgRoger Federer, of Switzerland, returns a shot from Mikhail Youzhny, of Russia, during the second round of the U.S. Open tennis tournament, Thursday, Aug. 31, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)NEW YORK — A bad back prevented Roger Federer from getting ready for the U.S. Open the way he prefers to prepare for a Grand Slam tournament. And it’s showed so far.Federer blamed a lack of proper practice after making an uncharacteristic 68 unforced errors and being forced to go five sets again before coming back to edge a cramping Mikhail Youzhny 1-6, 7-6 (3), 6-4, 4-6, 6-2 on Thursday in Arthur Ashe Stadium.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Police seize P68-M worth of ‘shabu’ in Pasay View comments It is the first time in his long career that the 36-year-old Federer has played five-setters in both the first and second rounds at a major tournament.“I knew I was going to maybe struggle early on. Maybe I struggled more than I would have liked to. But I’m still in the draw, which gives me a chance. I still believe I’m going to pick up my game and become just more consistent because I’m not playing all that bad,” Federer said. “It’s just that I’m going a bit up and down in waves throughout the match.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’Given that Federer entered the day with a 16-0 career record against Youzhny and a 16-0 mark in the U.S. Open’s second round, one might have thought that their match would be a mismatch.Think again. Resurrection Bishop Baylon encourages faithful in Albay to help Taal evacuees Afterward, Youzhny chuckled at the mention of having lost all 17 matches against Federer, even leaning back in his chair and joking about how he would have completed the upset if Grand Slam rules were different: “I beat him in three sets now — but we played five sets. But come on, if we played three sets, I already beat him!”Federer, naturally, preferred to look at matters from a different perspective.“I find my way,” he said. “I don’t panic.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Search on for 5 Indonesians snatched anew in Lahad Datu Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:02Fans fill up Philippine Arena for SEA Games opening00:412 buses bound for SEA Games opening collide in Bulacan01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respitecenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The No. 3-seeded Federer won five consecutive U.S. Open championships from 2004-08 and also was the runner-up twice, including two years ago. But he missed last year’s tournament while taking off the second half of the season to let his back and surgically repaired left knee fully heal.That back, an off-and-on issue for years, flared up again while Federer was losing in the final of the Montreal Masters in August. He didn’t get to fully work on returns or serves, in particular, as the U.S. Open approached. That lack of training and the resulting lack of timing — rather than pain from his back — is what Federer said caused him problems Tuesday night in the first round against 19-year-old American Frances Tiafoe and again against Youzhny, a former top-10 player who reached the 2006 and 2010 U.S. Open semifinals but is now ranked 101st.“I’m pretty confident that I’m only going to get better from here. That’s a good thing,” Federer said. “Because I’ve played a lot, I definitely found some rhythm now.”He did falter repeatedly Thursday, though.Federer let a lead slip away in the second set and got broken while serving for it at 5-4.“He helped me to come back,” Youzhny said.Federer stumbled again while serving for the fourth set at 5-3, but responded to a break there by breaking right back.Still, Federer’s unforced errors continued to mount in the fifth set — 11 in the first four games alone, including a badly shanked forehand on his first break point at 2-1, a netted backhand on his second, and a long forehand to let Youzhny hold there. Eventually, Federer nosed ahead, aided by the considerable dip in the 35-year-old Youzhny’s level of play.While Federer played his first-round match Tuesday under the roof in Ashe, Youzhny’s opener was postponed until Wednesday because of rain, and he blamed that for his fatigue. His legs started cramping late in the third set Thursday and then reached other parts of his body, even his fingers, by the end. That made it hard to move forward or to jump normally while serving.At 1-all in the deciding set, Youzhny collapsed to the court, grabbing at his right leg after whiffing on an attempted swat at Federer’s lob. Youzhny stayed down for a few moments, then grimaced and limped around for the rest of that game. “He’s also a real man who plays tennis,” Youzhny noted. “He’s not a god.”Well, OK, that’s true. But remember: Federer did not drop a single set en route to his record eighth Wimbledon championship in July. And that he is 37-3 with five titles, including two at majors to raise his record total to 19.Second on that list, with 15, is No. 1-seeded Rafael Nadal, who was scheduled to face Taro Daniel of Japan in Ashe on Thursday night. That followed 20th-seeded American CoCo Vandeweghe’s match against Ons Jabeur of Tunisia under the lights.Two seeded women lost to Americans in the afternoon: Shelby Rogers edged No. 25 Daria Gavrilova 7-6 (6), 4-6, 7-6 (5) in a tournament-record 3 hours, 33 minutes, and Jennifer Brady eliminated No. 23 Barbora Strycova 6-1, 6-1.A couple of seeded men departed, too: No. 7 Grigor Dimitrov and No. 15 Tomas Berdych, the 2010 Wimbledon runner-up.ADVERTISEMENT National Historical team rescues Amorsolos, artifacts from Taal Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles Hotdog’s Dennis Garcia dies OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ MOST READlast_img read more

first_imgIt seems like yesterday; but 27 unbroken years have passed and, again, history, as it is always the case, has repeated itself. Cllr. Rosemarie Banks-James has stepped in the same shoes her mother — Mother Mary Jane Brisbane-Banks — stepped in those many years ago. And guess where? In the same church: Eliza Turner Memorial AME Church on Camp Johnson Road.Cllr. James, the sister of Associate Supreme Court Justice Phillip A. Z. Banks, III, was crowned Eliza Turner’s Mother of the Year on May 11, 2014, in observance of that Church’s annual Mothers’ Day program, held under the auspices of the Women Missionary Society (WMS).The Daily Observer’s Women Desk had an exclusive interview with Cllr. James, a well-seasoned and an astute lawyer:Daily Observer (DO): Mother Rosemarie Banks-James, congratulations and thanks for allowing the Daily Observer to interview you.Mother/Cllr. James: You are welcome and thanks for the compliments.DO: You were recently crowned Mother of the Year; tell us your feeling.Mother James: I was so happy. It was like history repeating itself. I said to the church on that day, I am very, very happy because my mother was made Mother of the Year in this same church.DO: How many years ago?Cllr. James: About 27, 28 years ago and now I am being made Mother of the Year. At that time, we were all happy because we were all around.DO: These days, churches just make people Mother of the Year, Father of the Year, Brother of the Year and so forth, because of what the person has, was that the same in your case?Mother James: No. I have worked in that church from baby. We grew up in that church. We attended Sunday School, we climbed the ladder gradually in the church and held different positions in different organizations in the church. So I have worked hard. Yeah, they love me because I know how to help the church make money and I do give cheerfully.DO: Mother James, growing up as a young woman in the church and looking at today’s young women in Liberia, what piece of advice can you give them?Cllr. James: I tell them like I tell my children. As soon as they tell me that they have a problem, I always tell them go to church… (laughs)DO: You think the solution is in the church?Mother James: It gives peace of mind and sometimes when you hear the sermon, you forget about your problems. It helps you to find solution to your problems. You are sitting there and worrying about your problems when you can take them to the Lord in prayer. That’s what we were taught. From small, we were taught to pray and about the church. A lot of the young women are not going to church, but I thank God that we can encourage few of them to go to church. They say, ‘I can’t find a good husband…’ I tell them you are not going to find a good husband on the streets. Go to church and you are going to find whatever you are looking for—peace of mind.DO: This question might be biased among your girls, which one of them you wish that that person continues the history by becoming the next Mother of the Year?Mother James: (Laughs) Let me tell you among my five children, my oldest girl, Fatuma, she’s a lover of church…DO: So you want her to continue the history?Mother James: Yes, she loves church; she sings in the choir in the church in the States. She has three boys and a girl, who along with she and her husband, go to church every Sunday. She doesn’t miss a Sunday. She is more than me.DO: Mother James, as a seasoned lawyer in the court, you should take a tough face there, do you take you motherly instinct there, too?Mother James: All the time…(laughs)DO: And does it play on your judgment?Mother James: A lot, because when I try to explain to people, I relate it to everyday life out there—as a woman, as a mother, sometimes when I see the young people misbehaving, I tell them the things I didn’t take from my children, I am not going to take them from you. You have to act this way. I go to the court and I say to the lawyers, and as a teacher in my profession, I tell some of the lawyers, hey I didn’t train you this way, they get back to themselves because they feel that they have missed the law in front of their professor.DO: By making you Mother of the Year, what does the church expect from you?Mother James: Let me tell you what I did this year for my church. I made them take two projects: They needed a projector, I donated that to the church. But we have been trying to finish the front part of the church. That part is the Pastor’s office. We have been dragging this work for a very long time. So, I told the Missionary that we have to do something about it. So if we raise some money, we can start by saying we will do the window or door and this will help the church. To get this done, I invited a lot of friends and relatives to come and help me raise some money for this project. The Missionaries are so happy from that day, they are still thanking me.DO: There have been many Mothers of the Year in the Church, your tenure is now, what legacy you wish to leave when you turn the crown over to another mother?Mother James: You know the song one of my adopted daughters—Grace Martins Yonway—who sang before I spoke says: If I can help somebody as I pass this way or as I go along, then my living won’t be vain. You don’t need to praise me now. I have told people when I left from here during the war and found myself along with my family in the States, I got a teaching job. I was in America with my children and didn’t need to help anybody but I took so many young people there and put them in the college. Most of them have graduated and are back, some of them are still there in the States. So, I feel good about it. If I can help somebody as I pass this way, my living won’t be vain, that is my legacy.DO: Looking at Liberia, what can you tell young people today in Liberia?Mother James: Be focused, learn, get an education. Never think work is too hard because we work until we get old. Young people these days don’t want to work. They always say government should create jobs for them but the jobs that government creates they are not interested in them. So, they need the education to get the jobs that they want. This is what the young people need to do. Don’t jump from the bottom to the top because when you fall, there would be nothing to hold you. So, let the young people get an education first before asking for jobs.About Mother Rosemarie Banks-JamesShe is the seventh child of Philip A. Z. Banks, I, and Mary Jane Brisbane. She is a strong advocate for the rights of women and children. She has held several positions not only in Eliza Turner but at the Liberia Annual Conference level of the 14th Episcopal District. Mother James served as a Steward, YPD Director of the WMS, Chairman, Finance Committee, Trustee of the Liberian Annual Conference and Legal Counsel for the 14th Episcopal District AME Church among others. She holds a BA degree in Political Science and History, LL.B and LL.M degrees in Law from the Louis Arthur Grimes School of Law, UL and McGill University respectively. She is a former Professor of Law at the Louis Arthur Grimes School of Law, former Professor of Law/Legal Studies and Criminal Justice, Morris Brown College and American Intercontinental University, USA. Mother James has for over 30 years advocated for the rights of women and children and is a founding member of the Association of Female Lawyers of Liberia (AFELL), Women Initiative and Women Development Association of Liberia and is presently the founder/President of Women Care International, an organization she established while in the US. She is on the Editorial Board of Liberia Law Experts and has contributed to the compilation, editing and publishing of Volumes 1-4 of 1LCLR and Volumes 1-41 of LLR. Mother James is married to Cllr. Emmanuel B. James and they have five children and eight grandchildren. She also has several adopted children.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more