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Sania-Martina march into Madrid Open final

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Madrid, May 6 : Top women’s doubles pair of Sania Mirza and Martina Hingis entered the final of Madrid Open tennis beating unseeded Vania King and Alla Kudryavtseva 6-2, 6-0 on Friday.

The top seeded pair needed just 51 minutes to get the better of the American-Russian in the clay court tournament.

The Indo-Swiss pair will vie for their fifth title of the year at Madrid against Caroline Garcia and Kristina Mladenovic.

Sania and Martina have already won titles in Sydney, Brisbane, Australian Open and St. Petersburg this season.

Garcia and Mladenovic beat Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina 6-2,6-3 in the semi-finals.

Makarova and Vesnina extended their unbeaten streak to 12 matches with the win.

It is Sania-Martina’s second consecutive final appearance after losing in the summit clash at the Stuttgart Open.

The top seeds were very aggressive from the start and didn’t allow their opponents to settle down into any rhythm.

Sania-Martina then quickly moved to a 4-0 lead in the second set after breaking Vania and Alla in the second and fourth games, respectively.

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Waqar Younis asks Afridi & Gambhir to ”calm down..behave smartly

Waqar Younis is the second cricketing legend who spoke to fans on the official twitter platform @GloFansOfficial after David Gower.

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New Delhi, June 1 : Pakistan bowling coach Waqar Younis, in a freewheeling chat with GloFans, spoke about the ongoing social media battle between former India opener Gautam Gambhir and Pakistan skipper Shahid Afridi and asked them to calm down.

When asked by cricket fans in a unique Q&A based chat show ”Q20” on GloFans” twitter handle, Waqa said he has been observing the sharp reactions on social media, which have been deplorable and distasteful.

“The banter between Gautam Gambhir and Shahid Afridi has been going on for a while now. I think they both got to be smart, sensible and calm down. It has been going on for way too long. My advice to them is to maybe catch up somewhere around the world and talk it out if you cannot really calm it down,” Waqar said.

“In social media, if you carry on (like) that, people are going to love it and people are enjoying it and that I feel that they both should be sensible and smart.”

The last time both the countries played a bilateral cricket series was back in 2012-13. Responding to another GloFans” question on bilateral ties, Waqar said: “If you go and ask people of both the countries on whether Pakistan and India should play each other, everyone, around 95% of them will agree, that cricket between these two should be played.

“Be it “Imran-Kapil Series” or “Independence Series” or whatever name we give to it, I think that it would be the biggest hit of the world. I think Pakistan and India should play, and should play on a regular basis to avoid depriving cricket lovers of India and Pakistan,” he said.

“I do see Pakistan and India playing bilateral series. I am not sure where though, but I hope it will be either in Pakistan or in India. You don”t want to see them playing in some other country because that”s where you want to see them. You want to see them playing in their own countries. But I definitely say that in the next few years, I would say, Pakistan India will be playing.”

Waqar Younis is the second cricketing legend who spoke to fans on the official twitter platform @GloFansOfficial after David Gower.

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Two HI employees diagnosed with COVID-19, office to remain shut

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New Delhi, May 30 (IANS) Hockey India’s office will remain shut for two weeks after two of its staff tested positive for the coronavirus. 29 out of 31 employees were tested and apart from the two that tested positive, two more tested inconclusive and will be tested again.

“The two inconclusive are being retested again on Sunday (May) 31st at 11am,” International Hockey Federation (FIH) and Indian Olympic Association (IOA) President Narinder Batra said in a statement.

While one of the employees is from the accounts department, the other is a junior field officer, Batra further informed. Amongst the two inconclusive tests, one is a joint director and the other is a dispatch clerk.

“All 25 found negative have gone into home quarantine for 14 days to work from home,” said Batra. “The two found positive are also in strict home quarantine under medical monitoring. The two inconclusive are also in home quarantine under medical monitoring.”

Batra said that Hockey India President Mushtaq Ahmad informed him of the offices remaining shut for 14 days.

Batra further urged all National Sports Federations and State Olympic Associations to get their employees tested for the deadly virus “without any further delay.”

“This will help in giving confidence to us and all our stakeholders including our athletes,” he said.

More than 1.7 lakh confirmed COVID-19 cases have been reported so far in India while close to 5000 people have lost their lives.

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Virat Kohli only Indian in Forbes top 100 highest-paid athletes

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New Delhi, May 30 (IANS) Virat Kohli, captain of the Indian cricket team, remained the only Indian and sole cricketer to feature in the top 100 of highest-paid athletes of 2020 put forward by Forbes magazine.

With an estimated total earning of $26 million ($24m from endorsements and $2m from salary/winnings), Kohli has made a jump of more than 30 places from 2019 and is at the 66th spot in the list. In 2019 too, the ace batsman was the only Indian to feature in top 100 (at 100th place) with estimated earnings of $25 million.

Meanwhile, Swiss tennis legend Roger Federer became the first from the sport to top Forbes’ list of highest paid athletes. With an estimated $106.3 million earned over the past 12 months, the Swiss maestro edged out Portuguese football superstar Cristiano Ronaldo from the top spot.

The three athletes immediately below Federer are all football players with Ronaldo on second with estimated earnings of $105 million. Ronaldo’s arch rival Lionel Messi is third with an estimated $104 million while Brazil’s Neymar comes fourth with $95.5 million.

NBA stars came next in the list with Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James earning $88.2 million, Golden State Warriors all-star Stephen Curry with $74.4 million, Brooklyn Nets superstar Kevin Durant with an estimated $63.9 million.

Japanese tennis star Naomi Osaka is the highest paid female athlete with $37.4 million. She however comes only 29th in the overall rankings. US tennis great Serena Williams comes 33rd with $36 million.

The factors that went into Forbes’ calculation were athletes’ revenue, including prize money, salaries, contract bonuses, endorsements, royalties, and appearance fees from June 1, 2019, until June 1, 2020.

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