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Federer reaches Indian Wells last 16 in 58 minutes

With his triumph on Monday, Federer, winner of the 2018 Australian Open (20th Grand Slam title) and the Rotterdam tournament, extends his winning streak this year to 14-0.

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Indian Wells (US), March 13 : World number one Roger Federer of Switzerland reached the round of 16 at the Indian Wells’ Masters 1000 tournament, easily winning against Serbia’s Filip Krajinovic, the 25th seed, in straight sets in 58 minutes.

Federer, five times winner of this tournament and defender of the title, invested less than an hour to win 6-2 and 6-1 against the number 28 in the world, reports Efe.

Federer will meet France’s Jeremy Chardy in the round of 16, who earlier eliminated his compatriot Adrian Mannarino 7-5, 4-6 and 6-1.

With his triumph on Monday, Federer, winner of the 2018 Australian Open (20th Grand Slam title) and the Rotterdam tournament, extends his winning streak this year to 14-0.

In Indian Wells, the Swiss has won five times (2004, 2005, 2006, 2012 and 2017) and was a finalist in 2014 and 2015, both times defeated by Serbian Novak Djokovic.

The only time he was not in the last game of the Californian tournament was in 2013, when he fell in the quarter-finals against Spanish Rafa Nadal. The Swiss has accumulated 97 titles in his career so far.

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Sindhu becomes first Indian to win BWF World Tour Finals title

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Guangzhou (China), Dec 16 :  Indian shuttler P.V. Sindhu created history by emerging as the first Indian to win the season-ending BWF World Tour Finals.

Sindhu clinched her maiden BWF World Tour Finals Title ,beats Nozomi Okuhara of Japan 21-19, 21-17 in the final match.This is Sindhu’s 14th career title and first season-ending title and several people congratulated her through twitter.

The Indian shuttler made a fast start but Okuhara managed to stay within touching distance.
Sindhu defeated former world champion Ratchanok Intanon of Thailand in straight games in their women’s singles semi-final on Saturday.

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2nd Test: India 172/3 at stumps, trail by 154 runs vs Australia

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Perth, Dec 15: India were 172/3 at stumps on the second day of the second Test against Australia at the Perth stadium here on Saturday.

India skipper Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane were batting on 82 and 51 runs respectively when the day ended.

The visiting side still trail by 154 runs against Australia’s first innings total of 326. Resuming the second day at 277/6, the Aussies were all out for 326 shortly before lunch.

Brief Scores: India (First Innings): 172/3 (Virat Kohli 82 batting, Ajinkya Rahane 51 batting) vs Australia (First Innings): 326 (Marcus Harris 70; Ishant Sharma 4/41).

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India’s Sindhu defeats Thailand’s Intanon, storms into final

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Guangzhou (China), Dec 15: Indian shuttler P.V. Sindhu defeated former world champion Ratchanok Intanon of Thailand in straight games in their women’s singles semi-final at the 2018 BWF World Tour Finals here on Saturday.

The 23-year-old Olympic silver medallist, who has not lost to World No.8 Intanon in the last two years, breezed into the final after quashing her Thai opponent 21-16, 25-23 in 54 minutes, reports Efe.

The world number six from Hyderabad – who entered the semi-finals after defeating Beiwen Zhang of the US 21-9, 21-15 on Friday – dominated the first game, winning it in 20 minutes after grabbing an initial 6-4 lead.

Intanon bounced back in the second game but Sindhu did not lose nerve and won it in a nail-biting finish to wrap up the match.

Sindhu will now play against Japan’s Nozomi Okuhara in the final on Sunday.

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