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Roger Federer of Switzerland plays a backhand in his quarterfinal match against Mischa Zverev of Germany at the Australian Open on Tuesday in Melbourne. Photo: CFP

Roger Federer beat giant-killer Mischa Zverev to become the Australian Open's oldest men's semifinalist in nearly 40 years on Tuesday Raymond Felton Jersey , as fellow veteran Venus Williams also rolled back the years.

 

The stylish Swiss made light of the challenge posed by German serve-volleyer Zverev, who stunned top seed Andy Murray in the fourth round, to reach a record-extending 41st Grand Slam semifinal.

 

Federer won 6-1, 7-5, 6-2 to set up a last-four clash with his compatriot Stan Wawrinka, who won a bad-tempered quarterfinal with Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 7-6 (72), 6-4, 6-3.

 

The 35-year-old Federer becomes the tournament's oldest semifinalist since Arthur Ashe in 1978 Kevin Durant Jersey , and the oldest at any Grand Slam since Jimmy Connors reached the 1991 US Open last four aged 39.

 

The draw has opened up invitingly for Federer, a four-time winner in Melbourne, and 2014 champion Wawrinka, as well as fellow thirty-something Rafael Nadal after the exits of Murray and titleholder Novak Djokovic.

 

"I'm happy for [Wawrinka] that he got this far, but he doesn't need to go one step further," Federer joked. "That's enough."

 

Earlier Wawrinka and France's Tsonga, who have been at odds in the past, argued heatedly at the first-set changeover before the Swiss charged into his third Melbourne semifinal.

 

"In the semis I play Roger. It's going to be tough to have some fans but I hope some people will cheer for me Gary Payton Jersey ," said Wawrinka, 31.

 

In the women's draw, Williams' age-defying campaign reached new heights as she beat Russia's Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova to become the oldest female Grand Slam semi-finalist in 23 years.

 

Williams, 36, won 6-4, 7-6 (73) to reach the last four without dropping a set and move toward a possible ninth Grand Slam final against her sister Serena, 16 years after their first.

 

"Why shouldn't I?" said the seven-time major winner, who is thriving again after a battle with an autoimmune disorder Detlef Schrempf Jersey , when asked if she could win her first major title since 2008.

 

Next up for Williams is her hard-hitting, aggressive fellow American Coco Vandeweghe, who stunned French Open champion Garbine Muguruza to reach her first Grand Slam semifinal.

 

The tall, powerful Vandeweghe smashed 31 winners past the Spaniard and raced through the second set in just 28 minutes to complete a lopsided 6-4, 6-0 upset win.

 

"It's amazing to be in a semifinal. But, you know, not satisfying. I want to keep going, keep playing Ray Allen Jersey ," said the 35th-ranked Vandeweghe, 25.

 

Muguruza admitted she had been taken by surprise by Vandeweghe, despite her earlier wins over defending champion Angelique Kerber and Eugenie Bouchard.

 

"I was surprised. I think she played unbelievable," Muguruza said.

A customer selects imported biscuits, cookies and crackers at a supermarket in Yichang, Hubei province. As Chinese consumers now look for more choices in terms of health and convenience, food imports to China have grown rapidly in recent years.[Provided to China Daily]

Nation's growing middle class shells out more for foreign agricultural products

 

China has long taken a cautious approach to controlling its staple grain import quota each year to ensure food security, but when it comes to other foodstuffs Andre Roberson Jersey , overseas agricultural products are being warmly welcomed by the nation's fast growing middle class.

 

Thanks to the country's fatter wallets and increasingly diverse diet, China imported 320,000 metric tons of fresh milk and 283,000 tons of mutton in 2014, up 73.5 and 9.3 percent year-on-year, according to the General Administration of Customs.

 

The world's most populous nation also purchased 71.4 million tons of soybeans and 383 million liters of wine from overseas markets, up 12.7 and 1.6 percent, respectively Steven Adams Jersey , from a year earlier.

 

The value of its fruit imports reached $9.19 billion last year, rising 6.3 percent on a year-on-year basis.

 

Ding Lixin, a researcher at the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences in Beijing, says even though the prices of mining resource-based commodities such as coal and iron ore are quite low at the moment in the global market, international wine producers, meat suppliers and dairy product providers have become the biggest beneficiaries of China's market boom for agricultural products.

 

"The stable growth of China's agricultural output and rising national incomes have provided diversified access to food with a higher protein content and better taste," says Ding.

 

"As a result, China has adequately raised the quantity of its grain imports Shawn Kemp Jersey , especially corn, soybeans, rapeseed meal and sorghum, over the past decade to support the growth of its livestock and aquatic feed industries."

 

Food consumption is normally a clear indicator of a nation's economic health and the size of its population. In China, meat consumption is rising, and people are eating a greater variety.

 

Staple foodstuffs such as meat, fish, eggs and milk have become more sophisticated Dennis Schroder Thunder Jersey , and consumers now look for more choices in terms of health and convenience.

 

As many people in China, in particular in urban areas, are increasingly aware that pork contains more fat and less protein than lamb, the country's pork consumption and import volume dropped 2 and 3.3 percent on a year-on-year basis in 2014.

 

Yu Bin, director of the department of macroeconomic research at the State Council Development Research Center, says although changes in food consumption reflect greater economic vitality, the country's ongoing urbanization and upwardly mobile population are other key factors that have shifted Chinese diets from being mostly grain-based to ones that include more meat and dairy products.

 

Chinese citizens consumed an average of 17.2 kilograms of mutton . Cheap NFL Jerseys   Cheap NBA Jerseys China   Cheap Authentic NBA Jerseys   Cheap Authentic MLB Jerseys   Cheap Replica College Jerseys   Cheap NCAA Jerseys   Cheap Replica MLB Jerseys   Cheap New Soccer Jerseys   Wholesale Soccer Jerseys   Wholesale Hockey Jerseys

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