Maria Sharapova, of Russia, returns a shot to Patty Schnyder, of Switzerland, during the first round of the U.S. Open tennis tournament, Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)Maria Sharapova shattered the fairytale return of 39-year-old Patty Schnyder at the US Open on Tuesday, winning a roller-coaster first round clash 6-2, 7-6 (8/6).Schnyder, the oldest ever player to make the main draw of a Grand Slam via qualifying, was outgunned by the five-time major champion in the first set and for the majority of the second.ADVERTISEMENT Peza offers relief to ecozone firms However, she bravely battled back from 1-5 down to 6-6, showing the sort of ability and court-craft which won her 11 titles and once took her to seven in the world rankings.She even saved three match points in the tiebreaker before Sharapova’s 23rd winner of the night sealed victory shortly before midnight.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’“My average match against her is like two hours and 20 minutes so I knew I was in for a battle no matter what my story is or hers,” said Sharapova who is now 21-0 in US Open night sessions.“I knew we’d go out and relive the battles against each other. DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal “It doesn’t really feel that special,” said Schnyder. “It doesn’t feel like I have been gone for a while as tennis is a passion of my life.”“Times passes really quickly and it doesn’t seem it’s eight years since I last played Maria.”Schnyder was watched on Tuesday by three-year-old daughter Kim.“She enjoyed it. She saw herself up on the big screen,” added Schnyder who does not know if her return to the tour will be permanent.Her focus, she said, will be on her daughter.“It’s more fun for me to get to know her world rather than her having to get to know my world of tennis.”Understandably there were a few nerves on both sides on Tuesday.Sharapova, the 2006 US Open champion, served up three double faults in the first game with the opening four games of the contest all breaks of serve.The Russian 22nd seed steadied the ship with two more breaks, pocketing the first set with Schnyder losing all four of her service games and failing to hit a single winner.Schnyder finally held serve for 1-1 in the second set before retrieving the breaks to get to 5-5. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio 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 respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award “I know what a competitor she is and to come back on the tour is very admirable.”Left-hander Schnyder made her US Open bow in 1997 — the year of the deaths of Princess Diana in Paris and Mother Teresa in Kolkata.It was the year that Mike Tyson infamously nibbled on Evander Holyfield’s ear while Twitter was still nine years away.Schnyder made the quarter-finals in New York in 1998 and 2008 before retiring in 2011.Tuesday’s match was her first main draw appearance at the US Open since 2010 and her first against Sharapova in a decade.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew “She still has incredible hands and moves incredibly well for being out of he game for so long,” added Sharapova.“It took me like 15 years to drop shot Patty Schnyder and win a point.”Sharapova will face Romania’s Sorana Cirstea for a place in the last 32.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ PSL swimmers create huge waves in Singapore championships Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? MOST READ LATEST STORIES ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins View comments
ExxonMobil – the international conglomerate currently engaged in the exploration of oil in Guyana, is looking to ensure that local content accounts for as much as 95 per cent of its operation. This was the assurance given on Tuesday when Country Manager Jeff Simons met with members of the media at the Cara Lodge to provide an update on the ExxonMobil operations.According to Simons, there are currently 300 Guyanese in the employ of ExxonMobil and depending on how its operations proceed, this number could be increased.Simons was also quick to caution that the operation of the rig is not labour intensive. He did seek to point out that wherever ExxonMobil has its operations, it seeks to ensure that local content is protected and maintained at a level between 75 per cent and 95 per cent. Simons told members of the media that while many of the technical people employed by ExxonMobil are foreigners, the company is looking to train more Guyanese.There are currently no Guyanese employed on the drilling rig, according to Simon. The majority of the Guyanese employed by Exxon have been subcontracted.According to Simons, ExxonMobil currently has 148 contracts with Guyanese providing a range of services, including security and transportation –accounting for the bulk of the 300 locals employed.The use of local content in the ExxonMobil operations its “pretty high,” according to Simons, who went on to say that the company is still in the beginning phase of its operations and actual oil production at 100,000 barrels per day is not expected until 2020.He announced too that the company is gearing to sink another exploration well in a matter of weeks and that the company is encouraged by the data it would have accumulated thus far from its previous wells.The Liza-3 well, according to Simons, will be sunk further North from its other two wells in deeper waters at some 400 feet.He reported too that the oil that has been recovered thus far is of a high quality and while nothing has been finalised as yet, the oil will be likely sold to Petrotrin in Trinidad and Tobago.The company will be employing the services of a super tanker to transport the oil.Simons said based on the data recovered thus far, ExxonMobil is confident that there is an extremely large reservoir of oil in addition to natural gas.He suggested however that unlike the case in Trinidad and Tobago, the quantities of gas mixed in the oil does not warrant commercialising the operations. The gas, according to Simons, will at this stage be used to run the operations of the rig and that which it does not need will be returned to the reservoir.This practice, he said would, ensure maximum production of oil from the well.Tuesday’s engagement represented another of its outreaches with stakeholders and it was pointed out too that all of the data obtained by ExxonMobil is being shared with the Guyana Government and other bodies including the Environmental Protection Agency, the Guyana Geology and Mines Commission and Conservation International.He also used the opportunity to report on a Production Sharing Agreement inked with Government which guarantees the recouping of its investments and to also secure a revenue stream for the Guyana Government on day one of production.According to Simmons, from day one of commercial operations, Guyana will be receiving close to half of the revenues from profit.