Tennis News Serena Williams beats No.1 Naomi Osaka, Simona Halep retires hurt

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Tennis News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. highlights Naomi Osaka will be the new world number one in tennis.Serena Williams lost to Osaka in the US Open.Ashleigh Barty lost to Karolina Pliskova.center_img Toronto: Serena Williams won the rematch, dominating Naomi Osaka 6-3, 6-4 to ensure the Japanese star won’t leave Toronto with a title to go with her number one world ranking. Williams fired 12 aces and didn’t face a break point as she beat Osaka for the first time in three meetings — avenging her shock loss in last year’s controversial US Open final in which the American star was docked a point and a game after losing her temper when warned about coaching. There was no such drama in Toronto, where Williams broke Osaka for a 5-3 lead in the first and closed out the opening set with a service winner.She broke again for a 2-1 lead in the second and never looked like surrendering the advantage. Even a run-in with the net cord — as she raced forward trying to run down a drop shot — didn’t faze her. “It hurt, but it wasn’t the end of the world,” Williams said. The American’s lone wobble came in the final game. After a pair of aces gave her a triple match point, Williams offered up a double fault and two backhands into the net before she closed it out with an ace on her fourth match point. “We haven’t played since New York, which was a really good match for her,” said Williams, adding that she feels her own game is coming on as she’d hoped in the buildup to this year’s US Open at Flushing Meadows.”I’m getting there,” said Williams, who hasn’t dropped a set this week as she pursues a fourth Toronto title to go with those she won in 2001, 2011 and 2013. “It’s definitely not where I want to be, but I’m getting there.” Bouzkova books Serena ‘dream’Osaka said she played too defensively — something she said was hard to avoid when Williams was hitting 31 winners.”But I think there were chances where she hit shorter balls, but I wasn’t expecting her to hit the shorter balls, so I didn’t move up on time,” she said. In the semi-finals Williams will face Czech qualifier Marie Bouzkova, who advanced when Wimbledon champion Simona Halep retired with Achilles tendon trouble after dropping their first set 6-4. “I’ve always wanted to play Serena,” said Bouzkova, a 21-year-old ranked 91st in the world.”It’s always my dream to play against her.” Bouzkova notched her third straight win over a Grand Slam champion, having beaten former US Open winner Sloane Stephens and former French Open champ Jelena Ostapenko. But Halep marked her first win over a top-five player. The Romanian, who roared back from 0-4 down to level the set at 4-4 only to lose the last two games, said she had been bothered by her Achilles tendon from the start of the tournament.”And today I felt it more, so that’s why I decided to retire,” said Halep, no doubt exercising extra caution with the final Grand Slam of the year due to start on August 26. Despite the defeat, Osaka is assured of a return to world number one next week after the second-round exit of top-ranked Australian Ashleigh Barty and a quarter-final defeat for third-ranked Czech Karolina Pliskova.Canadian teen Bianca Andreescu ousted Pliskova 6-0, 2-6, 6-4 after one hour and 49 minutes to doom the Czech’s bid to regain the top spot for the first time since 2017. Andreescu advanced to a semi-final clash with American Sofia Kenin, who defeated Ukraine sixth seed Elina Svitolina 7-6 (7/2), 6-4. last_img read more

Badgers head to Michigan for important Big Ten matchup

first_imgRiding a four-game winning streak at home, the Wisconsin men’s soccer team will travel to Ann Arbor to square off against conference foe Michigan Sunday for its first road game in October.The Badgers (9-2-1, 1-1-0 Big Ten) have been on a hot streak lately, defeating the 2012 national champions Indiana last Friday and tallying another win against Western Illinois Tuesday night. With a squad of 13 seniors, head coach John Trask believes it is the maturity as well as the health of the team that has been the keys to recent victories.“I just think we’re mature,” Trask said. “We’ve had a couple of injuries early in the season and it seems like — knock on wood — we’re pretty healthy at this point. And it just gives us a lot of options. The guys have really settled into positions and we haven’t had, other than a couple of injuries, a lot of movement of players in and out. And it seems to be going pretty smoothly.”Wisconsin leads the Big Ten in overall goals scored and is currently third in the conference standings. But, despite the good play of late, the motivated Badgers are still looking to improve.“I think that we can continue to get better on our set pieces, both offensively and defensively,” Trask said. “And we’re always striving to be better in possession even though I thought we were excellent [Tuesday] night. It’s still an area that the guys know could be improved. “Redshirt senior midfielder Tomislav Zadro sees himself and the team needing to finish more of their chances if they want to continue being successful down the road.Tuesday night the Badgers dominated possession with nine corner kicks and 27 shots, but only one goal to show for it. Zadro provided the game’s only score, finishing a rebound of a penalty kick save by Western Illinois.“You can say that we didn’t finish a lot of our chances, the good thing is that we were creating them,” Trask said. “Some days it’s just hard to score goals. And that’s why you need to defend well and we did that last night and eventually we just found a way to squeak one over the line.”Much of the recent success can be attributed to the scoring of senior midfielder Nick Janus, who has netted six goals this season, and the return of Zadro to the lineup. Following minor meniscus surgery on his right knee, Zadro returned to the field like he had never left with an assist in the Indiana game and the lone goal Tuesday. His return has made Wisconsin’s already-explosive offense even better. Senior defenseman AJ Cochran has also been an offensive contributor while leading UW’s back line. Cochran scored two crucial goals against Indiana including the game-winning header goal in the 84th minute.However, Michigan (4-4-3, 1-2-0 Big Ten) is fresh off a win at home against No. 12 Creighton and has won three of their last four games. The Wolverines knocked Wisconsin out of last year’s Big Ten Tournament, but the Badgers are eager to get back on the field, seeing the game for just what it is: another tough conference away game.“This is like any other game,” Zadro said. “No matter who we play we treat each game with the same importance.”But with only six conference games, all games against Big Ten opponents take on undeniably more meaning. Wisconsin is 1-1 in conference play with the majority of its Big Ten schedule left on the docket.“With the Big Ten experiencing roundabouts each weekend and with there being only seven teams, each one of those six games takes on that much greater significance,” Trask said. “We’re all fighting to hopefully catch Penn State at some point. They’re in the drivers seat with nine points, we’re sitting on three so there’s another three points available on Sunday.”The team started watching film on Michigan Wednesday as they prepare for the Wolverines. While the team has not been on the road for several weeks, Trask and his squad are excited to travel to Michigan and try to play spoiler for the home team.“It’s a beautiful stadium, beautiful environment for a college soccer game. I’m sure there’ll be plenty of fans there, and we’re just expecting a tough Big Ten contest on the road,” Trask said. “For us as a team it’s a huge game, and I know our guys enjoy playing at Michigan, so I’m looking forward to it and the team is as well.”last_img read more

NHL playoffs 2019: Sharks’ Martin Jones, pulled in Game 4, named starter for Game 5

first_imgIt’s fair to say the 2019 NHL Stanley Cup playoffs have been anything but calm and easy. In another shocking turn of events San Jose Sharks coach Pete DeBoer has named Martin Jones his starter in Game 5.In case you don’t remember, Jones was pulled in Game 4 after allowing two goals on seven shots: not great numbers. Jones struggled during the regular season, going 36-19-5 with a career-worst 2.94 goals-against average and .896 save percentage. His stats have not fared better during the postseason, as he has a 1-2 record with a shocking 5.34 GAA and .838 save percentage.On Tuesday, Jones was pulled after allowing two goals on seven shots. Were the goals primarily his fault? Not really, when Shea Theodore splits the defense and scores a pretty goal.yoShea Theodore’s goal in slow-mo is magical pic.twitter.com/F2WVxw3kgO— x-Vegas Golden Knights (@GoldenKnights) April 17, 2019It;s fair to say DeBoer might not have much faith in Aaron Dell if he’s going back to Jones in Game 5. Hopefully, the netminder can refind his game, and the Sharks can refind their defense. If not, they’ll be packing their bags for summer vacation after Thursday. MORE: Lightning’s collapse continues curse of Presidents’ Trophylast_img read more

Punjab govt to hire more psychiatrists to deal with drug menace

first_imgChandigarh, Jul 16 (PTI) In a bid to strengthen the anti-drug campaign, Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh today directed officials to hire retired government psychiatrists to handle the increased inflow of patients at de-addiction centres. Singh directed the officials to formulate strategies for ensuring security of drug addicts and their families coming to the de-addiction and rehabilitation centres, and for a holistic media campaign to effectively spread awareness on drugs,according to an official statement issued here. At a weekly review meeting of the Cabinet Sub-Committee set up to monitor the anti-drug measures taken by various agencies, the chief minister asked the district authorities to crackdown on centres selling ‘Buprenophine – Naloxone’ in large quantities in violation of prescribed protocols. He directed the chief secretary to approach the Union Ministry of Social Empowerment and Justice for financial grant for setting up additional private de-addiction centres in Punjab to complement the state government’s efforts to contain drug abuse. To reach out more aggressively to the people with information on various anti-drug government programmes, Singh asked the health department to involve SDMs, BDPOs and village panchayats in dissemination programmes. The list of the nearest Outpatient Opioid Assisted Treatment (OOAT) centres should be displayed on billboards and hoardings at strategic places, including bus stands, government hospitals and civil dispensaries in all cities, towns and villages across the state, he said. The chief minister also directed the ministers in-charge of the districts concerned to hold regular meetings, along with theMLAs, to keep strict vigil over the treatment and medical carefacilities being extended to the drug addicts at the government drug de-addiction and rehabilitation centres.advertisement Singh asked the Sports & Youth Welfare Department to evolve an action plan for the revival of youth clubs in villages and encourage these clubs to regularly organise kabbadi, volleyball and hockey tournaments in order to constructively channelise the energy of youth. PTI CHS SNESNElast_img read more

Death bowling a little difficult in any situation: Bumrah backs Umesh after 1st T20I loss

first_imgJasprit Bumrah backed Umesh Yadav after the latter failed to defend 14 runs in the final over of the first T20I against Australia that led to India losing the match by 3 wickets at the at the Dr. Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium in Visakhapatnam on Sunday. Australia won a last-ball thriller scoring two runs off the last ball to take an unbeatable 1-0 lead in the two-T20I series.”It always goes both ways. When you bowl a last over in a close game, it is sometimes 50-50. You try your best, you’re always clear in your execution, some days it works, some days it doesn’t. Nothing to be worried about.Yes, we wanted to close the game in our favour but it’s okay, this happens as death bowling a little difficult in any situation,” Bumrah said at the post-match press conference.Bumrah had bowled an exceptional penultimate over, where he gave away just two runs and picked two wickets on the last two deliveries to put India in a solid position ahead of the final over.Bumrah spoke about what went through his mind before he bowled that genius over that left everybody in awe of his skills.”Not a lot, just focussing on what my strengths are and what the wicket is because the wicket was a little difficult to bat on, it was not a wicket you could score heavily on, to play big shots on this sluggish wicket was a little difficult. So I was just figuring out what my options were and was looking to execute them,” Bumrah said.advertisementBumrah conceded that around 140-145 would have been a good target to give to Australia in Vizag considering that the wicket was sluggish. He said MS Dhoni tried to take the team to a fighting total and India almost pulled off a victory.”We almost pulled out this game as well but on this wicket, around 140-145 would have been a very good score because as I said, over here there was low bounce and it was difficult to hit big shots so it’s always difficult on these kinds of wickets to chase total.”We were trying our best. We were just trying to figure out. He [Dhoni] was just trying to take the game deep and trying to get us to a safe total. I think we tried, we were short by 15-20 runs but still gave us a fighting total. We had something we could fight on so I think that was the plan he was trying to execute.”We always knew going into the game that what is our batting line-up. We wanted that everybody would have taken a bit more responsibility but these things happen in a game of cricket. We tried our best, we lost 2-3 wickets more than we wanted but ya, we back our team and we wanted to execute with whatever we had.”Bumrah was happy for KL Rahul as the opener hit a half century upon his return to Team India after the Koffee with Karan controversy.”It’s always good when you’ve got good competition in the team. He looked the best batsman today I feel because he was playing with a lot of composure, he started off playing good shots and he was playing conventional shots. It’s always good when a player like him is back in form.”Also Read | MS Dhoni picks up Mayank Markande wrong-un while batsman could notAlso Read | During 2-minute silence in honour of Pulwama martyrs, Virat Kohli gestures crowd to actually stay silentAlso Read | Bumrah, Krunal extremely hard to get away: Maxwell after match-winning knock in 1st T20IAlso Read | We were not up to scratch: Virat Kohli after 3-wicket loss vs Australia in 1st T20Ilast_img read more