Maria Sharapova through to the semi-final:
Russian ace Maria Sharapova has booked her place into the semi-final of the Stuttgart Open, defeating her Estonian counterpart Anett Kontaveit 6-4 6-3.
“I served quite well, which gave me confidence. I’m happy,” said Sharapova.
“I kept myself in good shape, because once you lose it, it’s hard to get it back.”
Coming on to the court after serving her 15-month ban, Sharapova defeated her national compatriot Ekaterina Makarova in the previous round and soon came in the midst of heavy criticism, mainly due to her early participation in the tournament. With that being said and done, the 30-year-old Russian will now face Kristina Mladenovic – who defeated Spain’s Carla Suarez Navarro 6-3 6-2 today- on Saturday.
PV Sindhu crashes out of the Asian Championship:
The world’s number 3 PV Sindhu has bowed out of the Asian Badminton Championship, losing to a lower ranked He Bingjiao of China 21-15, 14-21, 22-24. The 21-year-old Hyderabad-born Sindhu, who was the only Indian left in the tournament, was given an equal tilt by her Chinese counterpart, and the fact that the match lasted over an hour and 20 minutes at the Wuhan Sports Center Gymnasium, solely supports the cause.
Sindhu was spot on the grab the first game by 21-15, however, she failed to match the brilliance of He Bingjia for the remaining due of the match. Making a brilliant comeback, the Chinese outclassed Sindhu all ends up in the second game, and the ultimate game was one to keep an eye on. Pulling her socks up, He Bingjiao wrapped up the final game by 22-24, hence booked her place into the semi-final.
Tottenham to play home games at Wembley:
Reports from BBC have confirmed that Tottenham Hotspur will play all of their homes games of the 2017-18 season at the Wembley.
The Lilly-Whites’ new £750m 61,000 seater stadium is in progress, and the club’s officials have confirmed that it will create near to 3,500 jobs in the area when it is finished. Wembley, however, has proved to be a boon for the Lilly-Whites so far as they have only managed one victory out of the four European games – including Champions League and Europa League – they played at the venue this season.
“This is an incredibly exciting time in the history of the club,” said club chairman Daniel Levy in a statement.
“Wembley will be our home for a season and then we will return to what will be one of the best stadiums of its kind and the most unique in the world playing host to NFL (American football) games too – a stadium that will be key to our future growth and success.”
Kolkata Knight Riders defeated Delhi Daredevils:
In the 32nd fixture of the Indian Premier League, home side Kolkata Knight Riders defeated Delhi Daredevils by a whopping seven wickets. Gautam Gambhir had won the toss and decided to go for the chase and it proved out to be the perfect roll of dice. The Daredevils got off to a brilliant start, but the eventual bowling brilliance of Kolkata proved out to be too hot to handle. The Zaheer Khan led side then only managed a mere total of 160 runs on the board.
Coming on to the field, Kolkata lost Sunil Narine quite early, but a partnership between Gambhir and Uthappa clinched out the game. Both the batsmen grabbed their half century and in the midst of it, created numerous records.
Sunrisers Hyderabad defeated Kings XI Punjab:
The following game was played between the defending champions Sunrisers Hyderabad and a struggling Kings XI Punjab. Winning the toss first, Glenn Maxwell decided to bowl first. Sunrisers’ opener in Shikhar Dhawan and David Warner actually ripped off everything the home team threw at them. Forming a formidable partnership yet again, both completed 100 runs on the board in no time. Eventually, they set a whopping total of 208 runs to chase.
Kings XI, as always, bowed down quite early and even though Shaun Marsh tried to steady up the home cruise, they failed to reach the total and bowled out at 181.