Kyle Edmund’s superb run at the Australian Open is over after his loss to Marin Cilic in straight sets in the semi-finals on Thursday.The 23-year-old won five matches to become only the sixth British man in the Open era to reach the last four in singles at a grand slam.Here, Press Association Sport looks at Edmund’s path to the last four.First round – beat Kevin Anderson 6-7 (4/7) 6-3 3-6 6-3 6-4Even if Edmund had only won one match, it would still have been a notable achievement after he was drawn against 11th seed and US Open finalist Anderson. But he put last season’s struggles to close out tight matches behind him by coming from two sets to one down.Second round – beat Denis Istomin 6-2 6-2 6-4Edmund followed up his victory over Anderson with a thoroughly comprehensive win against Uzbek Istomin, not facing a single break point. Istomin defeated Novak Djokovic in the second round last year but was no match for the British number two.Third round – beat Nikoloz Basilashvili 7-6 (7/0) 3-6 4-6 6-0 7-5When Edmund has time to sit back and reflect on this run, this may be the match he is most proud of. With temperatures peaking above 40C, it was a mental and physical trial against a big-hitting opponent. A 20-minute game on the Basilashvili serve early in the fourth set was crucial.Fourth round – beat Andreas Seppi 6-7 (4/7) 7-5 6-2 6-3Edmund began nervously against veteran Italian Seppi, who does not have a big weapon but is a classy player and a good athlete. But from a set and a break down, Edmund turned on the power and seized control.Quarter-finals – beat Grigor Dimitrov 6-4 3-6 6-3 6-4Edmund was the clear underdog for his debut on Rod Laver Arena but did not look at all overawed against the world number three. He began by breaking the Dimitrov serve in the opening game and, although the Bulgarian hit back to level, Edmund always looked capable of stepping up and did so brilliantly.Semi-finals – lost to Marin Cilic 6-2 7-6 (7/4) 6-2Edmund had two chances to break the sixth seed’s serve in the opening game and, had he done so, perhaps the outcome could have been different. But Edmund struggled with a hip problem and was ultimately well beaten, although he never stopped fighting.
Another week, another new Audi. Two new Audis, in fact. The German car maker has announced a couple more additions to its Q line up of SUVs. The Q4 is a coupe-SUV hybrid that will go up against the BMW X4 and Mercedes GLC Coupe. As its name suggests, it’ll be positioned between the compact Q3 and bigger Q5. At the other end of the scale is the Q8, which will go head to head against the Range Rover. It’s lower and sleeker than the Q7 Audi is also producing. In concept form, it sat only four people, although it seems likely the production version will be a five seater. There’s a 630 litre boot as well. Eagle eyed Audi followers will notice the only SUV slots left to fill are the Q1 and Q6. Watch this space...
You might think Andy Murray would put his feet up and relax after his straight-sets first-round win in the French Open yesterday. But, no. The world number three couldn’t keep away from the courts at the Roland Garros title and was whooping it up and cheering on fellow Brit Kyle Edmund, winning the love of the Internet in the bargain. Andy watched the end of Edmund’s five-set win over Stphane Robert and made no effort to contain his enthusiasm at the youngster’s victory. Twitter user Charline Laborde posted: “That’s awesome!!! You don’t see that often, do you? Your fellow coming to support you after his match.” Georgia McLeman wrote: “Well done Andy too for cheering on Kyle Edmond.” Helen added: “And that’s why I love Andy Murray!!” Paul Yoon added: “No other top tour player does this but Andy....he genuinely wants Kyle and the gang to succeed!” And Lorraine Wells perhaps summed it up best when she wrote: “Excellent wins for Andy & Kyle! Love the support from Andy, such an ambassador for British Tennis!”
Audi’s Q2 was one of the first premium compact SUVs on the market. It sits below the Q3, Q5 and the gigantic, seven seat Q7 in Audi’s ever growing range. Although it’s about the same size as the Nissan Juke or Volkswagen T-Roc, its price is comparable with the much larger Nissan X-Trail or Volkswagen Tiguan. Even a basic Q2 will set you back more than £21,000 and top whack is £38,000. Then there’s the options list which is extensive to say the least. My 2.0 automatic diesel Quattro S Line model had a base price of £30,745 but tipped the scales at just over £40,000 once a plethora of additions were totted up. Size isn’t everything, however. In recent years there’s been a trend of buyers wanting a car that’s of premium quality but compact enough to zip around town. It may be a step down in size but the Q2 doesn’t feel any less classy than the rest of Audi’s SUV range. The interior looks great and is user friendly in a way that more mainstream manufacturers have never been able to match. The simple rotary dial and shortcut buttons easily trounce touchscreen systems, making it a cinch to skim through the screen’s menus. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4eQ5p5Z7-Ek&list=PLUEXizskBf1nbeiD_LqfXXsKooLOsItB0 There’s a surprising amount of internal space too. I took three large adults from Dundee to Stirling and no one complained about feeling cramped. As long as you don’t have a tall passenger behind a tall driver you can easily fit four adults. At 405 litres the boot’s big too – that’s 50 litres more than a Nissan Juke can muster. Buyers can pick from 1.0 and 1.4 litre petrol engines or 1.6 and 2.0 litre TDIs. Most Q2s are front wheel drive but Audi’s Quattro system is standard on the 2.0 diesel, as is a seven-speed S Tronic gear box. On the road there’s a clear difference between this and SUVs by manufacturers like Nissan, Seat and Ford. Ride quality, while firm, is tremendously smooth. Refinement is excellent too, with road and tyre noise kept out of the cabin. It sits lower than the Q3 or Q5 and this improves handling, lending the Q2 an almost go-kart feel. On a trip out to Auchterhouse, with plenty of snow still on the ground, I was appreciative of the four-wheel drive as well. The Q2 is expensive – though there are some good finance deals out there – but you get what you pay for. Few cars this small feel as good as the Q2 does. Price: £30,745 0-62mph: 8.1 seconds Top speed: 131mph Economy: 58.9mpg CO2 emissions: 125g/km
Nicola Sturgeon took a swipe at Donald Trump as she criticised the “air of misogyny” in his presidential fight with Hillary Clinton. The First Minister, whose five-day visit to the US ends on Friday, joked that she had to be careful offering her opinion on the White House race because she wants to be “allowed back in” to the country. But in an interview at the Women in the World Summit in New York, Ms Sturgeon said: “Observing the race from afar, in many respects I found it quite dispiriting. “Not just because of things that the now President was saying in the campaign, but just the whole tone and tenor of the campaign seemed to me to be quite dispiriting. “And you know the way in which Hilary was talked about, the treatment that Hilary suffered at times, just seemed to me to have an air of misogyny about it - that I wanted to believe we had moved on from.” The First Minister, who has been critical of Mr Trump’s approach to issues such as immigration, is not expected to meet him or any of his officials during the visit, which is aimed at bolstering trade links. Asked about how she developed her “tremendous self-confidence”, the SNP leader admitted she could be “absolutely terrified” at times. On independence, Ms Sturgeon suggested Mrs May’s refusal to enter into referendum talks is because she is scared of losing.
Standing out from the crowd on Tinder can be tough, but with the help of Microsoft PowerPoint a British student has managed just that – and gone viral in the process.Sam Dixey, a 21-year-old studying at Leeds University, made a six-part slideshow entitled “Why you should swipe right” – using pictures and bullet points to shrewdly persuade potential dates to match with him on the dating app. The slideshow includes discussion of his social life and likes, such as “petting doggos” and “laser tag”, and “other notable qualities and skills” – such as being “not the worst at sex” and “generous when drunk”.It even has reviews mocked up from sources such as “Donald Trump”, “Leonardo Di Capri Sun” and “The Times Guide to Pancakes 2011”.Sam told the Press Association the six-slide presentation only took about 20 minutes to make and “started off as a joke”.However, since being posted to Twitter by fellow Tinder user Gracie Barrow, Sam’s slideshow has been shared tens of thousands of times across social media.So, it’s got the seal of approval form Gracie, but how has the slideshow fared on Tinder? “I’d have to say it has been pretty successful,” Sam said. “Definitely a clear correlation of matches and dates beforehand to afterwards.“Most of the responses tend to revolve around people saying ‘I couldn’t help swipe right 10/10’ but I’ve had some people go the extra mile and message me on Facebook.“Plus some people have recognised me outside, in the library and on dates.”A resounding success.
Aidan McHugh became the first British boy to reach the semi-finals of a grand slam for nearly five years with victory over Rinky Hijikata at the Australian Open.There have been lean times for Britain since Kyle Edmund made the last four at Wimbledon in 2013, so it is fitting that in the tournament where Edmund has made his senior slam breakthrough, another young talent has emerged.McHugh, who was signed by Andy Murray’s management agency in November and can count the former world number one as a mentor, had his most comfortable win of the tournament in the quarter-finals, beating Australian wild card Hijikata 6-4 6-2.He said: “It was good. I didn’t play that amazing, like my best match, but circumstances and things, sometimes it’s hard to play an amazing match. And he plays a lot different to the other guys, the giants that I’ve been playing. I stayed pretty level the whole time so I was pretty happy with just how I was going about it.“We’ve had quite a few good girls in the juniors. We’ve had good boys in the juniors but maybe not done as well at the slams. It’s nice to do well and I’ll try and keep going.”McHugh, who is part of an encouraging trio of British boys along with George Loffhagen and Jack Draper, has a good all-court game – including a single-handed backhand – and is a fine athlete.He is only 5ft 9in but hopes he has another couple of inches to grow at least.“I’ve not really had a big growth spurt yet,” he said. “I’ve just been growing little bits at a time.“My dad is 5ft 11in, my brother is actually a little bit taller. He’s 20 now. Maybe I will get a bit like my brother. He’s really strong as well. It doesn’t matter to be honest if I’m not as tall as the others. I just need to be really quick and maybe use a bit more energy than the other guys.”In the last four, McHugh will take on sixth seed Tseng Chun Hsin, and he has every reason to be confident having beaten him in last week’s warm-up tournament.
Police investigating the disappearance of an RAF serviceman from Fife have seized a bin lorry for examination following analysis of mobile phone data. Corrie McKeague, 23, who has been missing for more than a week, was last seen in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, in the early hours of September 24. Analysis of mobile phone data shows his phone moved between Bury St Edmunds and Barton Mills, more than 12 miles (19km) away, on the morning of his disappearance, Suffolk Police said. Officers do not believe Mr McKeague was in the lorry, but have said his phone may have been lost or discarded and police are carrying out searches along the vehicle's route. Data analysis shows the phone was in Bury St Edmunds early on Saturday September 24 and then moved to the Barton Mills area. It did not move after that and has not been used since, police said, and it has not yet been found. The timings of the phone's movement coincide with that of the bin lorry which is known to have travelled between the locations at the time and so the truck has been seized for examination, police said. Police said the load weighed less than 33lb (15kg), so it is not thought Mr McKeague was with the phone. However searches are being carried out between Bury and Barton Mills. Bury St Edmunds is about 30 miles from RAF Marham, where two men of Middle Eastern appearance tried to kidnap an RAF serviceman who was out running near the base in July. Mr McKeague's mother Nicola Urquhart, from Dunfermline said she was worried her son may have been abducted. She said the possibility of kidnap "has been mentioned by the police and it's not something they would rule out". Mrs Urquhart added: "It's looking more and more suspicious as time goes on that they're not actually finding him. It (kidnapping) is something that they're thinking of. "Obviously it is something they're looking at, but it's certainly not something they're shouting about to me." Mr McKeague was last seen at about 3.20am on September 24 and Suffolk Police believe he may have been in the area of Mildenhall, a small market town where there is another RAF base about 15 miles north west of Bury St Edmunds, between 4.30am and 8am the same day. Searches by Suffolk Police, RAF personnel, Suffolk Lowland Search and Rescue, and the National Police Air Service helicopter have continued over the weekend, including around the RAF Honington base, and checks were carried out in Bury St Edmunds a week on from his disappearance, but these have not revealed any new information as to his whereabouts. Police are trying to trace anyone who may have seen or spoken to a man matching his description in the area at the time and have released photographs of the clothing he was believed to have been wearing when he disappeared — a pink Ralph Lauren polo shirt and brown suede Timberland boots. Mr McKeague is described as white, 5ft 10ins, of medium build, with short light brown hair. Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101.
Great Britain’s Kyle Edmund will bid to reach his first grand slam final when he takes on Marin Cilic in the last four of the Australian Open on Thursday.Here, Press Association Sport takes a look at the statistics from his remarkable run to the semi-finals.127Forehand winners – more than anyone else in the tournament so far.22Break points saved out of a possible 33.78Aces fired down in his opening five matches.5This is the first time the Yorkshireman has won five consecutive matches at tour level.6Becomes the sixth British man to reach the semi-finals in singles at a grand slam in the Open era after Roger Taylor, John Lloyd, Tim Henman, Greg Rusedski and Andy Murray.49World ranking before his first-round match. He will break into the top 30 for the first time no matter what happens against Cilic.2Edmund is the British number two but would overtake Murray as number one with victory over Cilic. It would be the first time someone other than Murray has held the British number one ranking since February 2006, when Murray took over from Henman.
Police searching for missing Fife serviceman Corrie McKeague have been unable to locate the 23-year-old's mobile phone, it has been reported. Despite successfully tracing it to a small Suffolk village from Bury St Edmonds where Corrie went missing, they have not recovered the device. Corrie, based at RAF Honington, has not been seen since September 24 following a night out. Officers had thought they had traced Dunfermline-born Corrie's mobile phone to a bin lorry which had travelled between Bury St Edmunds and the Suffolk town of Barton Mills, but the link has now been ruled out following an unsuccessful search of the vehicle in question, ITV reported. Corrie's Nokia Lumia 435 phone is thought to have been kept in a black PVC leather case, which was slightly worn at the edges. Suffolk police chief Kim Warner announced a number of leads are currently being followed and renewed a call for members of the public to come forward with information. The temporary chief superintendent also confirmed local businesses and stall holders are being quizzed for any possible information. He said: "We would like to thank all those who have spoken to us and assisted with the enquiry to date, however we still need anyone who can help to come forward as soon as possible. "If you were out in the Bury, Honington or Barton Mills area between Friday night and Saturday and saw Corrie we need to speak to you. "He was wearing distinctive light clothing – a pink polo shirt and white jeans or trousers – and was friendly and engaging with a number of people during the course of the evening. "While we’re particularly keen to hear from anyone who may have seen him after 3.20am on Saturday 24 we also need to talk to you if you saw him during the evening. “Our key appeal is for anyone with information that may help to come forward as soon as possible.” The bad news about the phone comes after Corrie's mum, Nicola Urquhart, issued an emotional plea for information to help trace her son. Corrie was last seen walking through Bury St Edmunds in the early hours of Saturday September 24 after a night out with friends. The 23-year-old is based at RAF Hornington, 10 miles north of the historic market town where he was last seen. Anyone with information can call the incident room on 01473 782019.