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Daily Archives: November 21, 2008

Federer beats Blake, Borg avenges McEnroe defeat

Roger Federer breezed past James Blake in an exhibition match yesterday, exacting further revenge on his Olympic conqueror before taking a break ahead of the new season's start.
Federer, who also beat Blake in a one-set clash in Kuala Lumpur earlier this week, was too strong for the American, showcasing his full range of shots in a 6-4, 6-4 win.
The Swiss broke Blake in the third game of the opening set to establish an early advantage over the 10th ranked American, who ended Federer's bid for singles gold at the Beijing Olympics, and went on to take the set 6-4.
World number two Federer, who was hampered by a back strain and stomach bug at last week's season-ending Masters Cup, broke Blake in the fifth game of the second set and clinched the match, despite wasting a clutch of match points.
Federer, who has huge support in Macau and elsewhere in China, said: "I think people remember that I lost here last year (to Pete Sampras) so they figured they needed to support me to come through against James."
Federer is looking forward to a break before he heads into the 2009 season which he gets underway in the Middle East ahead of the Australian Open in Melbourne in January.
On the same bill yesterday, Bjorn Borg gained revenge over former arch-rival John McEnroe, winning their one-set clash 7-6 after the American beat the Swede earlier in the week in Kuala Lumpur.
The pace of the game was several notches slower than the Federer-Blake clash as the two, both sporting grey hair, again took a trip down memory lane, revisiting their bitter rivalry typified by the 1980 Wimbledon final won by Borg in five gruelling sets.
It did not take McEnroe long to indulge in his familiar antics, expressing mock anger at a line call after just two points and later smashing his racket into the net.
Borg, 52, played some impressive passing shots against the 49-year-old McEnroe, who showed a willingness to get close to the net.
"Every time I play John it's a special moment. We had such a great rivalry over the years," Borg said on court after his win.
Federer then teamed up with Borg to play against McEnroe and Blake in an event that featured players who have won 31 Grand Slam titles between them.



Survey shows increase in Macau students at US institutions

The number of students from Macau studying in the United States in 2007/2008 rose to 421, an increase of 8.5 percent, according to figures by Open Doors 2008, the annual report on international academic mobility published by the Institute of International Education (IIE) with support from the U.S. State Department's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.
Meanwhile, the number of Hong Kong students enrolled in US institutions of higher education increased from 7,722 to 8,286, a 7.8 percent increase over the 2006/07 academic year.  The 7.3 percent increase in 2007/2008 brings the number of students from Hong Kong in the US to its highest point since 1998/1999.  Hong Kong now ranks as the 15th- leading place of origin for students coming to the United States, following the United Kingdom at #14 with 8,367 students in the US.
According to Ann White, Director, China-Hong Kong for the Institute of International Education, “The U.S. remains the preferred destination for students from Hong Kong who want to study abroad because of the quality and prestige associated with an American degree. Hong Kong students are drawn to the value and lifelong rewards of study in the United States.  Another contributing factor is greater access to comprehensive and accurate information about study in the U.S. through the Hong Kong advising office of Education USA, which is supported by the US Department of State, and an increased level of activity by United States colleges and universities to attract students from Hong Kong.  
Looking at students from Macau in the US, 75.8 percent were undergraduates, while Hong Kong's undergraduates came to 69.7 percent.
Open Doors 2008 also finds that American students are more frequently choosing non-traditional study abroad destinations.  The number of US students studying in China, Argentina, South Africa, Ecuador and India each increased by more than 20 percent over the previous year.
It reported that 1,059 American students studied in Hong Kong in the 2006/07 academic year, an increase of 15.7 percent.