Tseng to give lessons
Yani Tseng will give golf lessons at a local golf camp in December, with the aim of nurturing young talent and giving back to society, the organizers said yesterday. The 24-year-old Tseng, along with Gary Gilchrist, coach of world No. 2 Suzann Pettersen, is scheduled to teach youngsters from Dec. 12 to Dec. 14, according to Nihao and Tseng Yani International, her management companies in Asia. Tseng will also attend a press conference in Taipei on Friday to give more details about the three-day camp. The former women’s world No. 1 has struggled since losing her top ranking in late March — finishing in the top 10 only once since then. Tseng, who held the No. 1 spot for 109 consecutive weeks, has not won an LPGA Tour event since March last year and is now ranked 19th in the Rolex Women’s World Golf Rankings.
Jackson statue gets chop
A statue of the late pop star Michael Jackson will be removed from outside Fulham’s Craven Cottage ground after fans complained it made the Premier League club look like a laughing stock. The statue was erected by former owner Mohamed Al Fayed in 2011, two years after the singer’s death. “Craven Cottage means the world to generations of Fulham supporters, and I have heard from many of them over the past two months,” said chairman Shahid Khan, who took over the club in July, in a statement yesterday. “Our supporters’ views on the statue have been made clear. I respect Mr Al Fayed and know he had good intentions in paying an individual tribute. However, the removal of the statue is the right thing for Fulham Football Club.” Jackson was a friend of Al Fayed’s, who invited him to attend a game at Craven Cottage in 1999. Some fans complained that the Jackson statue had nothing to do with soccer and made the club look ridiculous, but Egyptian businessman Al Fayed dismissed their objections at the time in typically blunt fashion. “If some stupid fans don’t understand and appreciate such a gift this guy gave to the world they can go to hell,” he was quoted as saying. “I don’t want them to be fans.”
Mahut sends Seppi packing
Nicolas Mahut of France upset third-seeded Andreas Seppi of Italy 6-4, 6-4 to reach the Moselle Open quarter-finals in Metz, France, on Thursday. Frenchman Gilles Simon, Carlos Berlocq of Argentina and German duo Florian Mayer and Benjamin Becker also advanced to the last eight. The second-seeded Simon cruised past compatriot Kenny De Schepper 6-2, 6-3, while Berlocq was leading 6-7 (7/9), 7-6 (7/5), 2-1 when fourth-seeded Philipp Kohlschreiber of Germany retired. Becker outlasted French wild-card Albano Olivetti 6-7 (8/10), 6-3, 6-1, and eighth-seeded Mayer routed Lukas Lacko of Slovakia 6-3, 6-2. Mahut broke last year’s runner-up twice in each set.
Top seed retires in Russia
Top-seeded Fabio Fognini retired with a right foot injury while trailing Michal Przysiezny of Poland 6-3, 5-3 on Thursday in the second round of the St Petersburg Open. The 17th-ranked Italian, who was looking for his third title, struggled with his right foot throughout the match. Also, fourth-seeded Dmitry Tursunov advanced to the quarter-finals by beating Russian qualifier Konstantin Kravchuk 6-3, 6-0. Tursunov will next face Joao Sousa of Portugal, who rallied to beat Sergiy Stakhovsky of Ukraine 3-6, 6-4, 6-0. Seventh-seeded Lukas Rosol defeated Russian wild-card Karen Khachanov 6-4, 6-4.