Welbeck Signs New Manchester United Deal : Radwanska Injury Scare In New Haven, Errani Through : Tsonga Marches On In Winston-Salem : aforadio.com
Posted in Sports on 23. Aug, 2012
Welbeck Signs New Manchester United Deal
The 21-year-old has committed to the club, where he graduated through the youth ranks, until 2016.
The new deal puts an end to any speculation surrounding the England international’s future at Old Trafford following the summer arrival of Robin Van Persie, last season’s top scorer and the reigning double-Player of the Year.
United manager Alex Ferguson told the club’s official website: “Danny has been with the club since he was eight years old and has made fantastic progress in the last couple of years – first out on loan and last year as a regular in the first team.
“He has become an important player at international level as well, as the maturity of his performances at the European Championships showed. This year is another important one for him. He has a bright future ahead of him.”
Welbeck added: “Playing for United is all I’ve ever wanted to do – it’s the club I’ve supported all my life.
“I can’t wait for the challenge of the new season to play my part in helping the team compete for trophies. I’m learning all the time from the best manager in the game and I’m keen for that to continue alongside the world class players in the squad.”
Welbeck has scored 17 goals in 64 appearances for United since making his debut in 2008. Last season was his most successful to date, as he scored 12 times for his club and also netted his first two international goals, one of which was the winner in a 3-2 victory over Sweden at Euro 2012.
Radwanska Injury Scare In New Haven, Errani Through
Radwanska had mentioned the injury after losing in straight sets to Li Na in Cincinnati the previous week, but told reporters afterwards it was down to having been active on the tour in 2012.
“It’s just inflammation,” she said. “I really put on the shoulder a lot of tennis the last couple of weeks and my shoulder is saying ‘no’ sometimes when I go on the court.”
“The Grand Slam is the most important tournament, obviously. I was just scared to play more.”
Maria Kirilenko will take on Olga Govortsova in the quarter-finals, after the seventh seed also benefited from a walkover with Mona Barthel unable to compete.
The German could not play their second-round match due to a stomach illness.
Fourth seed Sara Errani of Italy was the model of efficiency as she secured her progression through to the quarter-finals of WTA New Haven with a 6-4 6-3 win over Carla Suarez Navarro of Spain.
Errani, the world number 10, was forced to work hard to clinch the crucial break of serve in the opening set as she took it 6-4, with Suarez Navarro battling from the back of the court.
The Italian found things more comfortable in the second set and she took it 6-3 to secure her place in the last eight at Yale.
Errani will now take on fifth seed Marion Bartoli after the French player recovered from a dire second set showing to overcome Sloane Stephens of the US 6-1 0-6 6-3.
Earlier in the day, Zheng Jie of China beat Bulgaria’s Tsvetana Pironkova 7-5 6-2 to complete the first round play.
Tsonga Marches On In Winston-Salem
The flamboyant Frenchman saw off his Brazilian opponent 6-3 7-6(3) to set up a clash with Ukrainian Sergiy Stakhovsky, who sent 15th seed Pablo Andujar of Spain packing 6-2 6-3.
Tsonga progressed on a good day for the top seeds, with numbers two, three and four also going through.
Second seed Tomas Berdych downed Alex Bogomolov Jr 6-3 7-5, third seed John Isner delighted his home crowd with a come-from-behind 4-6 6-3 7-5 win over Martin Klizan and fourth seedAlexandr Dolgopolov beat Yen-Hsun Lu of Chinese Taipei 6-1 6-3.
Berdych next meets Jarkko Nieminen, who beat Benjamin Becker 6-3 6-3, while Isner will play Juergen Melzer, a 6-2 2-6 7-6(10) winner over qualifier Michael McClune.
Next up for Dolgopolov will be David Nalbandian, after the Argentine secured his place in the third round with a 6-2 6-4 victory over Robin Haase.
Ninth seed Feliciano Lopez saved eight of nine break points as he battled through a tough encounter with Donald Young of the USA.
The Spaniard won 6-2 6-3 in 72 minutes, and will now play another American, Sam Querrey, who eased past Santiago Giraldo of Colombia 6-3 6-2.
Steve Darcis booked a date with Andy Roddick in the third round the Belgian’s 6-4 7-6(2) win over 11th seed Denis Istomin, while another seed – number eight - Julien Benneteau crashed out 2-6 7-5 6-3 to Lukasz Kubot.
Completing the third round line-up are Marcel Granollers and Ernests Gulbis, with the pair set to meet after respective victories over Ryan Harrison and 12th seed Kevin Anderson.