belinda bencickiki bertensNaomi Osakaserena williams First Published: October 19, 2019, 10:17 PM IST Moscow: World number 10 Belinda Bencic booked her place at the season-ending WTA Finals in Shenzhen with a 6-3, 6-4 win over Kristina Mladenovic in the Kremlin Cup semi-finals on Saturday.The 22-year-old Swiss needed to reach the final and outperform Kiki Bertens, who lost to Mladenovic in the quarter-finals, to secure her berth in the singles at Shenzhen. She duly sealed the eighth and final place at the tournament boasting record $14 million prize money with a confident performance to see off the French player.”It’s a dream to be competing at the WTA Finals and to be one of the top eight,” Bencic said.”It makes it even more special that I booked my ticket at the last possible minute.”This match had so much pressure and I was so nervous. Now I’m over the moon to win today and achieve this dream.”“It’s a dream to be competing at the WTA Finals and to be one of the top eight.”@BelindaBencic’s personal @Porsche #RacetoShenzhen and the @SHISEIDO_corp @WTAFinals 👀 pic.twitter.com/G1DTIIVvI2— WTA (@WTA) October 19, 2019 It is the first time that Bencic has reached the WTA Finals where she will line up against Ashleigh Barty, Karolina Pliskova, Simona Halep, Bianca Andreescu, Naomi Osaka, Petra Kvitova and Elina Svitolina.”All the eight players deserve to be there because it shows we had the most consistent seasons,” said Bencic who reached the semis of the US Open to climb back into the top 10 for the first time since 2015.She also won the WTA event in Dubai and reached the final at the Mallorca Open.Bencic will face either Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova or Karolina Muchova in Sunday’s final in Moscow. Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time.
Operation Smile will honor Kate Hudson, Andrew Dolce, and Mediterranean Shipping Company at this year’s 14th Annual Smile Event in New York City.The evening will take place at 6 p.m. on Thursday, May 12th at Cipriani 42nd Street and will help to raise funds and awareness for children around the world suffering from cleft lip, cleft palate, and other facial deformities. Longtime Smile ambassador, Brooke Burke-Charvet, will be the master of ceremonies.Kate Hudson will receive the Universal Smile Award for her dedication to improving the lives of others and setting an example of exceptional leadership. Operation Smile Co-Founders Dr. Bill and Kathy Magee will present Andrew Dolce with the John Connor Humanitarian Award and Mediterranean Shipping Company will receive the children’s medical charity’s Corporate Humanitarian Award.Guests will celebrate over 240,000 life-changing surgical interventions, and learn about how we are expanding our reach to include permanent cleft care centers, while training and educating local professionals to help us find the patients who are the hardest to reach in the most remote regions.“We are so excited to celebrate the hard-work of Operation Smile and our supporters. We believe every child deserves exceptional surgical care and that they deserve to be treated as if they were our own,” says Dr. Bill Magee, CEO and Co-Founder of Operation Smile. The evening will include a cocktail reception, premier dinner, live auction, and entertainment followed by an after party with music from DJ Eric Hutchinson.Fellow supporters and committee members, Nancy H. Arias, Chris Ashley, Jared S. Baumeister, Stacey Bendet-Eisner, Joe & Ann Berkery, Cyndi Berzow, Jason Binn, Alison Brettschneider, Jess Levin Conroy, Dori Cooperman, James and Cory Cotto, Claudine DeNiro, Dr. Forouzan Ghaffari & Associates , Johnson & Johnson, Rich & Jana Kleiman, Mat and Lisa Lori, James and Barbara Majeski, Corey Reese, Charlotte Ronson, Amy Sacco, Jennifer Salke, Dani Stahl, Mark & Candy Udell and Randi Udell- Alper will also be in attendance to lend their support to this year’s event.For more info, click here.
Five directors are in the running for this year’s $100,000 Siminovitch Prize in Theatre.Edmonton’s Jonathan Christenson, Toronto’s Ravi Jain and Ross Manson, Christian Lapointe of Quebec City and Nadia Ross of Wakefied, Que., are on the short list, which was increased from four to five this year due to the “high quality of nominations.”“The jury found the work of these five shortlisted directors breathtaking,” jury chairman Bob White said Monday in a release. “These are bold visionaries who are shaping the future of theatre now in creating experiences that are challenging, transformative and magical.” Twitter The prize, Canada’s largest in theatre, will be awarded Oct. 28 at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa.Created in 2001 in honour of scientist Lou Siminovitch and his late wife Elinore, the prize recognizes a body of work in design, direction and playwriting in three-year cycles.Recipients of the prize choose a protege to whom they award $25,000 of the total prize money.The 2016 jury includes White, Micheline Chevrier, Linda Gaboriau, Mieko Ouchi and Sarah Garton Stanley. Advertisement Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Facebook
Andrew Kushnir Facebook Advertisement Advertisement Login/Register With: Andrew Kushnir’s latest work, TOWARDS YOUTH: A PLAY ON RADICAL HOPE, made its debut on February 28 at Streetcar Crowsnest’s intimate Guloien Theatre. While the final product is a 2-hour examination of drama classrooms from around the world, Kushnir had to facilitate a detailed writing and editing process to bring months of research to the stage. Based on his and co-collaborator Dr. Kathleen Gallagher’s travels to schools in China, England, India, Greece, and at home in Toronto, Kushnir also incorporated contextual information from an international network of collaborators to develop an in-depth look into what’s happening in drama classes globally.With previous experience in documentary playwriting and an ongoing interest in how today’s youth fit into society, Kushnir’s focus was in bringing the real people behind the characters to life in a respectful, honest, and serious manner. “I think something that has been an ongoing practice in my work as an artist is recognizing how the voices of young people deserve more stages and deserve to be magnified in any way possible. I think we often think of them as being taught, but if we find new and better ways of listening young people can be teachers.”Kushnir’s working relationship with Gallagher, now nearly a decade long, leverages the similarities between both professionals’ studies and work. “Kathleen is paying attention to the way young people talk and the particulars of that – that’s the point of convergence where my form of theatre and her form of research share a lot of values and qualities.” The pair met while Kushnir’s play THE MIDDLE PLACE was on a 21-school tour, including it’s showing at a location where Gallagher was conducting research. When it came time for her to begin her Radical Hope research, she brought him onboard immediately. “She knew that I would have to go to India, to Taiwan, to Greece, to England, and to her site in Toronto to get a first-hand account of what she was seeing in the drama classroom.” Advertisement Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment