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Shuttler Srikanth out; Saina in final of Denmark Open

Srikanth struggled from the start and failed to find his rhythm which cost him the match.

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Odense (Denmark), Oct 20 : Star Indian shuttler Kidambi Srikanth lost his men’s singles semi-final match to Kento Momota of Japan while Saina Nehwal entered the women’s singles final of the Denmark Open here on Saturday.

Second seed Momota took 42 minutes to outplay the seventh seed Indian shuttler 21-16, 21-12 in straight games to advance while Saina got the better of Gregoria Mariska Tunjunng of Indonesia 21-11 21-12 in a lop-sided affair which lasted 49 minutes.

It was a cake walk for Saina as she hardly broke sweat to beat her opponent.

Srikanth struggled from the start and failed to find his rhythm which cost him the match.

Earlier, late on Friday night, Saina Nehwal and Srikanth entered the semi-finals of the Denmark Open but were made to sweat en route by Nozomi Okuhara and Sameer Verma respectively.

Saina came back from a game down to beat familiar foe and world number seven Okuhura of Japan 17-21, 21-16, 21-12 in the quarter-final lasting 58 minutes on Friday night.

On the other hand, Srikanth too had to grind it out against countryman Verma with little separating the two in the men’s singles last-eight clash.

In the end, Srikanth prevailed over the 23rd ranked Indian in an epic battle lasting an hour and 18 minutes with the final scoreline reading 22-20, 19-21, 23-21.

Verma had the upper hand for major parts of the third and deciding game where he even had a 17-13 lead before Srikanth roared back to eke out the triumph.

In the women’s doubles, Ashwini Ponnappa and N Sikki Reddy lost to top seeds Yuki Fukushima and Sayaka Hirota in the quarter-finals.

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Virat Kohli named captain of ICC’s Test, ODI Teams of the Year

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New Delhi, Jan 22: The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Tuesday announced the men’s Test and ODI teams of the year.

Indian skipper and batting mainstay Virat Kohli on Tuesday named as the captain of both the teams.

“…Virat Kohli named captain of both sides following a remarkable 2018 as batsman and skipper,” the ICC said in a statement.

The cricketers were selected on the basis of their performances in the year 2018.

The ODI team is dominated by India and England with the two teams contributing four players each, while the Test list have three Indian and as many New Zealand players.

Below we have enlisted names of the winners

ICC Men’s Test Team of the Year (in batting order):

  1. Tom Latham (New Zealand)
  2. Dimuth Karunaratne (Sri Lanka)
  3. Kane Williamson (New Zealand)
  4. Virat Kohli (India) (capt)
  5. Henry Nicholls (New Zealand)
  6. Rishabh Pant (India) (wk)
  7. Jason Holder (Windies)
  8. Kagiso Rabada (South Africa)
  9. Nathan Lyon (Australia)
  10. Jasprit Bumrah (India)
  11. Mohammad Abbas (Pakistan)

ICC Men’s ODI team of the year (in batting order):

  1. Rohit Sharma (India)
  2. Jonny Bairstow (England)
  3. Virat Kohli (India) (capt)
  4. Joe Root (England)
  5. Ross Taylor (New Zealand)
  6. Jos Buttler (England) (wk)
  7. Ben Stokes (England)
  8. Mustafizur Rahman (Bangladesh)
  9. Rashid Khan (Afghanistan)
  10. Kuldeep Yadav (India)
  11. Jasprit Bumrah (India)

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Serena Williams outlasts Simona Halep in epic battle in Australian Open

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Melbourne, Jan 21: Serena Williams of the US advanced to the quarterfinals of the Australian Open on Monday after a hard-fought 6-1, 4-6, 6-4 victory over Romanian world No 1 Simona Halep.

The 37-year-old shone at the Rod Laver Arena to again demonstrate her remarkable longevity and ability to compete at the game’s highest level, reports Efe news.

“It was an intense match and there were some incredible points,” Williams said on court after the match. “I really needed to elevate my game. She’s the number one player in the world.”

The number 16 seed started strongly, storming into a comfortable lead before taking the first set 6-1 as the number one seed Halep struggled to get a foothold in the match.

After bossing the opening exchanges, Williams let her opponent back into the contest as Halep took the second set 6-4.

The American broke Halep’s serve in the seventh game of the third set to go 4-3 up; she was soon serving for the match at 5-4, sealing the win on the first of two match points.

Williams advances to the last eight of the tournament as she continues her bid to add an eighth Australian Open title to her 23 career Grand Slam wins.

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Tendulkar eagerly waiting for Anil’s Netflix web series ‘Selection: Day Part 2’

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Batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar engaged in a Twitter conversation with actor Anil Kapoor to announce the second season of “Selection Day”. The official Twitter handle of Netflix then announced that “Selection Day: Part 2” will start streaming from April 22 this year.

The series is a coming-of-age drama about two brothers Radha and Manju who are raised by their strict, obsessive father to be star cricket players in India.

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