I Thought I’ll Be Next Serena Williams – Actress, Bassey Effah Tells Her Story

Belinda Effah, the Nollywood actress, who is now officially addressed as Grace-Charis Bassey, talks about how Kobe Byrant influenced her love for basketball in this interview with JOHNNY EDWARD While growing up, did you engage in any sporting activity? Yes, I did. I played basketball up to my university and played tennis as well. There was also a time while growing up that I thought I would be the next Serena Williams but fate has a way of doing it’s thing you know. When did you start playing basketball? I started playing basketball while I was in secondary school. It was a good experience for me as I went on to represent my University of Calabar at the NUGA Games. I used to go to the UJ Esuene stadium in Calabar to train on a daily basis back then. It was fun because my knowledge of basketball helped a lot in some of the roles I played in movies I featured in. Why did you stop the game? A lot of factors made me stop and pursue another dream, acting. But …

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See the moment Ashleigh Barty wins first Wimbledon title

Ashleigh Barty won her first Wimbledon title on the 50th anniversary of fellow indigenous Australian Evonne Goolagong Cawley’s maiden crown, beating Karolina Pliskova 6-3, 6-7 (4/7), 6-3 on Saturday. The 25-year-old Australian — who wore a specially-designed dress in tribute to Cawley’s iconic scallop one she sported in 1971 — adds the Wimbledon crown to her 2019 French Open title. “I hope I made Evonne proud,” said Barty. It was the first women’s Wimbledon final to go to three sets since 2012 when Serena Williams beat Poland’s Agnieszka Radwanska. Barty had looked like cruising to victory after soaring into a 4-0 lead over her opponent — the Australian’s start so blistering that she won the first 14 points. Three things to know about Wimbledon finalist Karolina PliskovaHowever, 29-year-old Pliskova steadied herself and also due to Barty faltering on several occasions especially serving for the match in the second set the Czech took it into a decider. However, Barty got the break early and with one or two wobbles she got herself over the line sinking to her knees, her hands …

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Serena Dismantles Svitolina To Reach U.S. Open Final

New York, – A rampaging Serena Williams moved to the brink of a record equaling 24th career Grand Slam title on Thursday storming past Elina Svitolina 6-3 6-1 to book her spot in the U.S. Open final. Since returning to action after the birth of her first child Williams has come agonizingly close to matching Margaret Court’s mark three times and will have a chance on Saturday to do so in front of an adoring home crowd for a second successive year. In 2018 Williams was left in tears following a chaotic and controversial loss to Naomi Osaka on Arthur Ashe Stadium. She has also lost two Wimbledon finals since her return. Now all that stands between the 37-year-old and her Holy Grail is Canadian Bianca Andreescu or Swiss Belinda Bencic, who will meet in the other semi-final later on Thursday. The semi-final offered a classic matchup of styles with Williams and her prodigious power up against Svitolina, one of the best counter punches in the women’s game. Williams did not have her ‘A’ game in warm conditions but the …

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Serena On Extent Of Ankle Injury: ‘We’ll See Tomorrow’

New York, – Serena Williams charged into the U.S. Open quarter-finals on Sunday but it may have come at a price as the six-times champion suffered a right ankle injury. Williams, who twisted her left ankle during a quarter-final loss at the Australian Open, said she did not think the latest injury serious but added it was too soon to tell. “I usually know if it’s horrible early on. I mean, I had a really bad ankle sprain in January. I was like, instantly, ‘No, this can’t happen. I’m finally healthy,’” Williams said after her 6-3 6-4 win over Petra Martic. “But I’ll see tomorrow. So far I’m good. I have been managing it. We’ll see tomorrow.” Williams rolled her ankle in the fifth game of the second set, having raced to the net and landed hard on her right foot after a backhand volley that sailed long. Seeded eighth, Williams took about 15 seconds to get to her feet but won the next two points to earn a crucial break for a 3-2 lead and then took a medical …

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Serena survives scare to reach U.S. Open 3rd round

NEW YORK – Serena Williams survived a second-round scare at the U.S. Open on Wednesday with a 5-7 6-3 6-1 win over American wildcard Catherine McNally to keep alive her hopes of securing a record-tying 24th Grand Slam title. World number eight Williams, who captured the first of her six U.S. Open titles two years before her 17-year-old opponent was born, spent the first half of the match trying to find her rhythm but when she did she was off to the races. “She really came out and played really well, she showed no fear,” said Williams. “She had absolutely nothing to lose and she played like it.” McNally, competing in only her sixth tour-level event of her career and against the highest-ranked player she has ever faced, used an old-school serve-and-volley approach along with a lethal slice backhand to unsettle Williams. So effective was McNally, who has tried to model parts of her game after Swiss great Roger Federer, that at one point in the match Williams screamed at her racquet “why are you missing?”. But Williams, whose earliest …

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