The quest for 24 continues.Serena Williams made quick work of Barbora Strycova, defeating the Czech in straight sets (6-1, 6-2) to advance to the Wimbledon Final where she will meet Simona Halep on Saturday morning. The match lasted just 59 minutes. 10:10 a.m.: Strycova bounces back to tie the set at 1-1. Williams just missed wide and long to hand Strycova the hold.9:58 a.m.: Serena elects to serve and wins the first game.Who will join Simona Halep in the #Wimbledon final?It’s @serenawilliams vs @BaraStrycova…Live scores 👉 https://t.co/1I4MjWFaWP pic.twitter.com/H9YpCLUHBP— Wimbledon (@Wimbledon) July 11, 2019The match is scheduled for around 10 a.m. ET. Live updates will begin at that time. With Williams serving to take the first set, Strycova managed two break points before the seven-time Wimbledon champion blasted an ace pact Strycova to take Set 1 in just 27 minutes.MORE: Wimbledon 2019: Scores, schedule and TV channels for every matchSet 2 was more of the same as Strycova was visibly in pain and even let a pair of screams out on Centre Court. Williams broke the Czech in the fifth game before closing out the match.Saturday’s final will be Williams’ 11th appearance in Wimbledon singles championship, the second-most all-time behind only Martina Navratilova’s 12. Williams will be the oldest women’s finalist in the Open Era.A win on Saturday would tie Williams with Margaret Court for the most career Grand Slam singles titles of 24. Since returning in 2018 from giving birth to her first child, Williams had advanced to three of the six Grand Slam finals that she has appeared in. Halep has never played in a Wimbledon final.Sporting News tracked live scoring updates and highlights from the 2019 Wimbledon women’s singles semifinals. Follow along below.Serena Williams vs. Barbora Strycova score, resultsBelow are live scores and results from the 2019 Wimbledon semifinals.WimbledonSemi-finalThursday 11 JulyEndElina Svitolina (8)13-Simona Halep (7)66-EndSerena Williams (11)66-Barbora Strycova12-All start times are estimatesClick here or refresh the page if you don’t see a live scoreboard.Match updates, highlights from 2019 Wimbledon women’s semifinalsFinal: Williams def. Strycova 6-1, 6-2Set 2: Williams 6, Strycova 211:01 a.m.: Well that was easy. Williams wins the set 6-2 and advances to her 11th Wimbledon singles finalSerena is Finals bound at #WimbledonShe has reached at least one major final in 12 consecutive years, the second-longest streak of its kind by a woman in the Open Era. pic.twitter.com/MKbuPqOM8S— ESPN (@espn) July 11, 201910:56 a.m.: Strycova lets out a piercing scream as Williams wins the game to go ahead 5-2. Williams now serces for a spot in the final opposite Halep.10:52 a.m.: Quickest game yet for Williams. Williams wins 45-0, and Strycova appears to be in some pain.10:47 a.m.: There’s the break Williams needed. After Williams won the fourth game of the set, Strycova was in position to take the fifth game, before a double fault at 30-30 and an easy unforced error at the net for game point gave Serena the lead. Williams leads 3-2.10:40 a.m.: Strycova holds serve and leads 2-1 in Set 2.. Williams has dominated Strycova’s second serve, but nonetheless Strycova wins the game and shouts, “Come on!” 10:38 a.m.: Williams jumped out to an early 40-0 lead before Strycova earned a point down the line. Williams blasted her fourth ace by Strycova to win the game.10:33 a.m.: After losing five consecutive games, Strycova bounces back to take an early 1-0 lead in Set 2.Set 1: Williams 6, Strycova 110:28 a.m.: Wow. Williams was down 40 to love before rattling off five straight points to take the first set.An 11th #Wimbledon singles final is on the horizon…@serenawilliams wins the first set 6-1 vs Strycova pic.twitter.com/OR0S8E60H8— Wimbledon (@Wimbledon) July 11, 201910:22 a.m.: Williams starts the game with an ace and cruises to an easy point. 4-1 Williams.10:18 a.m.: Williams breaks Strycova! The pair was level at 15-15 and then 30-30 before Williams put a final shot by Strycova.
Gerald, the younger brother of former world No 8 Jurgen, played his part by handing the world No 1 a serious workout in two hours and 23 minutes.A passive Murray dropped serve twice in the opening set and world No 68 Melzer saved eight set points with some brave hitting before the Briton took the opener during an intense tie-break.He then got the break in the seventh game of the second set but failed to claim victory when serving at 5-4 as the 26-year-old left-hander Melzer forced a break of his own.When the 29-year-old Murray served for the match for the second time he made no mistake to extend his winning streak to 26 matches and stay on track for a third title in Doha.”He played great, great tennis,” Murray said of Melzer. “He was dominating large parts of the match and dictating a lot of the points and made it extremely difficult.”If he plays like that this year, he’ll climb higher up the rankings and I was lucky to get through in two sets today.”We’ve never practised or played against each other before and I told him if he keeps playing like that he’s going to get up there in the rankings. He’s playing much better than 69 in the world. He’s fairly young so he’s going to get better and better.”Murray felt his latest test was testament to the competitiveness of the men’s game, which he feels is getting harder and harder every year.”Today is a perfect example of the depth in the men’s game just now,” he said. “It was an extremely difficult match and I felt I played pretty good just now. I served well and was returning well, but he was hitting the ball huge from both sides. The depth is great now so you have to be prepared for every match.”The Wimbledon and Olympic champion will next take on Spain’s Nicolas Almagro after he upset seventh seed Philipp Kohlschreiber from Germany 7-6 (7-5) 7-6 (8-6).Second-seeded Novak Djokovic will face wily old Czech Radek Stepanek for a place in the last four after he beat Horacio Zeballos of Argentina 6-3 6-4.After the Serb won his match, his opponent asked him to pose for a selfie, and the 12-time Grand Slam champion cheerfully obliged.”I just have to mention that making a selfie after the match was over, that was the first time that I ever had this kind of experience in my career,” Djokovic said on court. “So, Horacio, well done. Very original.”Stepanek, 38, is the oldest ATP Tour quarter-finalist since 42-year-old Jimmy Connors reached the final eight at the 1995 Halle tournament after defeating wild-card entry Arthur De Greef of Belgium 6-3 6-2.Also, Fernando Verdasco needed six match points, three in the second set tie-breaker, to beat fourth-seeded David Goffin of Belgium 6-1 7-6 (8-6).Number three seed Tomas Berdych beat Czech compatriot Jiri Vesely 7-6 (7-5) 1-6 6-1, to set up an intriguing clash with France’s Jo-Wilfried Tsonga who blasted past Germany’s Dustin Brown 6-1 6-3 in less than an hour.
Share Senators Pen Letter to FHFA Chief Over FHLB Requirements Federal Home Loan Banks FHFA Mel Watt Politics 2014-12-19 Seth Welborn Twenty-seven senators have signed a letter addressed to Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) Director Mel Watt asking him to reconsider the stricter membership requirements for the Federal Home Loan Banks the Agency proposed in September.The changes to membership requirements outlined by Watt in a speech at the FHLBank Director’s Conference on September 2 require members to hold 1 percent of their assets in home mortgage loans (HML) on an ongoing basis, whereas the previous rule requires members to demonstrate this only at the time of their application and not at any time afterward. Another proposed change requires members to adhere to the 10 percent residential mortgage loan (RML) requirement on an ongoing basis as opposed to just at the time of application.The letter, co-authored by Senators Joe Manchin (D-West Virginia) and Mark Kirk (R-Illinois), states that “(t)he proposed rule affects long-standing membership rules for the Federal Home Loan Bank system and will negatively affect new and current members in the system.” Twenty-five other senators signed the letter.”Under the current regulations, if a member does not have assets that meet the system’s statutory and regulatory requirements for eligible collateral, it cannot borrow,” Manchin and Kirk wrote in the letter. “Under the proposed regulation, however, even if a member has assets that meet this test, a member could be expelled from membership if the member cannot meet the new—and unprecedented—mortgage asset tests for continued membership. The consequences are harsh and the terms of the proposed rule are inconsistent with the explicit terms of the FHLBank Act.”The letter states that in the 80 years since it was created, the FHLBank system has been a key partner in the success of smaller institutions, and the authors pointed out that Watt has stated the importance of these institutions in housing finance. The authors of the letter also pointed out the value of the cooperative FHLBank model was demonstrated by the stability the FHLBanks provided during the 2008 financial crisis.”Given their success and importance, we are concerned the proposed rule could jeopardize the ability of FHLBanks to provide liquidity to community financial institutions when they need it most,” the letter said.Manchin and Kirk also asked Watt in the letter to “consult further with other agencies before finalizing any rule that affects these much needed financial institutions,” since the FHLBank system is currently operating “safely and successfully.””In light of these concerns, we urge you to reconsider this proposal and consult with Congress, which is where these important policy decisions should be made,” the letter said.The senators who signed the letter were (alphabetically): Ayotte (R-New Hampshire), Baldwin (D-Wisconsin), Blunt (R-Missouri), Cardin (D-Maryland), Chambliss (R-Georgia), Coburn (R-Oklahoma), Cochran (R-Mississippi), Coats (R-Indiana), Donnelly (D-Indiana), Fischer (R-Nebraska), Hirono (D-Hawaii), Hoeven (R-North Dakota), Inhofe (R-Oklahoma), Isakson (R-Georgia), Ron Johnson (R-Wisconsin), Johanns (R-Nebraska), King (I-Maine), Kirk (R-Illinois), Manchin (D-West Virginia), Moran (R-Kansas), Portman (R-Ohio), Roberts (R-Kanas), Rubio (R-Florida), Scott (R-South Carolina), Tester (D-Montana), Thune (R-South Dakota), and Wicker (R-Mississippi).Last month, a bipartisan group of 68 house members signed a letter to Watt, authored by Spencer Bachus (R-Alabama) and David Scott (D-Georgia), expressing the same sentiments regarding the proposed FHLBank membership rule. The National Association of Federal Credit Unions (NAFCU) voiced similar concerns in November. December 19, 2014 454 Views in Daily Dose, Government, Headlines, News