St. Petersburg Open: Maria Sharapova earns first WTA match win in Russia in 13 years

first_imgSt. Petersburg Open: Maria Sharapova earns first WTA match win in Russia in 13 yearsIn a win which sets up a second-round match against Russian No. 1 Daria Kasatkina, Maria Sharapova brushed aside her Australian opponent Gavrilova in the first set.advertisement Next Associated Press St. PetersburgJanuary 29, 2019UPDATED: January 29, 2019 16:25 IST Maria Sharapova has rarely played the Russian tour events during her career (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSSharapova defeated Daria Gavrilova 6-0, 6-4 in the first round of the St. Petersburg OpenSharapova set up a second-round match against Russian No. 1 Daria KasatkinaSharapova has never gone past the quarterfinals on Russian tour eventsMaria Sharapova earned her first WTA win in her native Russia for 13 years after beating Daria Gavrilova 6-0, 6-4 in the first round of the St. Petersburg Ladies Trophy on Monday.In a win which sets up a second-round match against Russian No. 1 Daria Kasatkina, Sharapova brushed aside her Australian opponent Gavrilova in the first set. Gavrilova raced to 4-2 in the second but Sharapova won four straight games and closed out the match.Sharapova has rarely played the Russian tour events during her career, and when she has she’s never got past the quarterfinals.Sharapova won her only previous meeting with Kasatkina in straight sets in Montreal in August.Russian veteran Vera Zvonareva advanced to the second round in St. Petersburg by beating Ekaterina Makarova 6-3, 6-4.The 34-year-old Zvonareva returned to the top 100 in the rankings this month after a six-year absence.Zvonareva will next play either Julia Goerges of Germany or Maria Sakkari of Greece in the second round.Also, Alison van Uytvanck defeated Kirsten Flipkens 6-2, 6-4, setting up a second-round match against fourth-seeded Aryna Sabalenka.Also Watch:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow St. Petersburg OpenFollow Maria SharapovaFollow Daria Kasatkinalast_img read more

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Vendome Copper & Brass Works Makes Stills that Make Some of Your Favorite Spirits

first_img How to Make a Rum Old Fashioned A clock rings everyday at Vendome Copper & Brass Works in Louisville, Kentucky.At 3:30, the bell signals a hard day’s work is finished and the denim and leather clad workers line up to punch their time cards before heading off for the night.Aside from a digital clock on the wall in the workshop, there’s no indication these craftsman are working in 2017 as the products they work on have been a crucial piece to the distilling industry in Kentucky for more than a century. Today, Vendome’s stills can be found in distilleries across the globe, including major bourbon distillers like Buffalo Trace, Jim Beam and Wild Turkey.Vendome is housed in a mishmash of buildings on Franklin Street in Louisville, with the offices in an old 1830s row house, hinting at its age. Although the Vendome origin story stretches back into the 19th century, the company made its incorporation formal on April 1, 1912.The company was founded by Elmore Sherman Sr. and the company is still in the family, run today by its fourth generation, Tom and Mike Sherman. Elmore Sherman Sr.’s experience with copper spanned back to 1901 when he worked for the Louisville branch of Cincinnati-based Hoffman, Ahlers & Co., and before long he was head of the branch, before starting his own operation.Early customers included some in Kentucky, like J.T.S. Brown & Sons and E.H. Taylor Jr. & Sons, but also in Mexico, Panama and Burma. Stills weren’t made simply for spirit distillation either, nor are they today, as the fabricator began supply companies making products like creosote and turpentine.The company also services brewing, dairy and food and confectionary industries. Vendome saw its distillery business halt as Prohibition was enacted in 1918, by founder Elmore Sherman Sr. kept the operation alive.Eventually, with consolidation of distilleries, Vendome became one of the main suppliers for the distilling industry.“There were many distilleries before and after Prohibition and most of them were small,” said Tom Sherman, Vendome’s President. “Through consolidation starting after WWII they became the large distilleries and some companies like Vendome continued as their main equipment providers while others either ventured into other endeavors or went out of business.”The company boomed in the 1930s with the repeal of Prohibition and adapted with the demand of industrial alcohol during World War II. The company has made countless shifts throughout its history, including during the mid-20th century as other spirits came into popularity and bourbon declined.Once doing business mainly in Kentucky, by the 1970s, Vendome was shipping 90 percent of its products out of state. Vendome’s stills have gone all over the Americas, New Zealand, Australia, Europe and Asia.The shift continues today with the rise of small distilleries across the globe and Vendome continues to grow its offerings to producers in Kentucky and elsewhere. Sherman said the craft distillery market is incredibly important to the fabricator as new business floods in.As the company continues to grow and send its stills across the globe, it’s important the still manufacturer stays true to its roots. As stills vary in size, so too does the price and the time it takes to complete them. But each still is artfully built by Vendome’s many employees.“We are who we are,” Sherman said. “We stand behind everything that goes out of here. It’s hard to argue with over 100 years of success.” Editors’ Recommendations Mezcal Unión Takes a People-First Approach to Making Spirits Raleigh Denim Workshop Makes Jeans with Artistry and Ingenuity in the U.S.A. What Wrangler Is Doing to Make Denim More Sustainable Hillrock Estate Distillery Is Making Some of the Best Whiskey in Americalast_img read more

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