Australian Open: Maria Sharapova Upsets Defending Champion Caroline Wozniacki


“I thought the level was quite high. I knew it would be a tough match,” said the 2008 champion, who has been in sizzling form at the tournament as she chases her first Slam title since Roland Garros in 2014.

“These types of matches are what I train for and it was really rewarding to win that last point,” added the 30th seed.

Swiss great Federer was also on fire in taming big-serving American Taylor Fritz 6-2, 7-5, 6-2 to stay on track for a third successive title at Melbourne Park and a 21st Grand Slam crown.

On a rain-affected day that delayed play on outside courts, the 37-year-old showed no mercy to the 21-year-old in his 100th match on the centre court in Melbourne.

“I had a really good feeling out here today against someone who can be dangerous,” said Federer after reaching the Melbourne fourth round for the 17th time — more than anyone else ever.

“Taylor played really well. He is going to have many more years on tour playing at this level. It is pretty cool to watch him play.”

The double defending champion is gunning for a record seventh Australian title. If he goes on to win the tournament, he will become the first man ever to claim seven or more crowns at two Slams, having already won eight Wimbledons.

Next up for him is fiery Greek 14th seed Stefanos Tsitsipas, who beat Georgia’s 19th seed Nikoloz Basilashvili 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (9/7), 6-4.

Rafael Nadal plays a night match against a player he calls “one of the best in the world”, referring to Australian teenager Alex de Minaur who won the Sydney International last week and is on seven-match win streak.

“He’s young, very young. He is winning a lot of matches. So let’s see. Going to be a tough one,” said Nadal, the 2009 champion who is searching for an 18th Grand Slam title.

My brand of tennis 

The winner will face Tomas Berdych, who rallied to beat Argentine 18th seed Diego Schwartzman 5-7, 6-3, 7-5, 6-4.

The Czech veteran reached the semi-finals in 2014 and 2015 but is unseeded this year as he returns from a back injury that almost forced his retirement last year.

Nadal is followed on court by Germany’s second seed Angelique Kerber, the 2016 title holder who takes on Australian youngster Kimberley Birrell.

Barty beat Greece’s Sakkari 7-5, 6-1, with the 15th seed yet to drop a set in her best performance at Melbourne Park.

She has won seven of eight matches this month to back up a title victory in Zhuhai late last year to shape up as a dangerous opponent for Sharapova.

“It’s getting to the point now where I’m feeling more and more comfortable on the court and can play my brand of tennis, which when I execute I know it works against the best in the world,” said a confident Barty.

No Australian woman has won the season-opening Grand Slam at Melbourne Park since Christine O’Neill in 1978.

Meanwhile, unseeded American Amanda Anisimova continued her dream run, ousting 11th seed Aryna Sabalenka in straight sets.

The 17-year-old, who models herself on Sharapova, will play either eighth seed Petra Kvitova or Swiss Belinda Bencic for a place in the quarter-finals.

Russia’s Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova also advanced, crushing Aliaksandra Sasnovich 6-0, 6-3 for a last 16 showdown with fifth seed Sloane Stephens, who beat Petra Martic in straight sets.



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MS Dhoni’s Dubious Dismissal During First ODI Upsets Fans


By then, India had lost both their reviews and Dhoni had to depart without any resistance. But fans on the social media are busy resisting. Most of them were quick to express pity over the unfortunate occurrence. 

In a video of Dhoni’s controversial dismissal tweeted by cricket.com.au, some fans blamed “poor” umpiring while others slammed Shikhar Dhawan and Ambati Rayudu, who wasted both the reviews early in the match.

“A howler that even the commentators couldn’t predict in normal time,” a user replied on the tweet.

“Blame Dhawan for reviewing his plumb LBW,” another one joined in.

A fan termed it “just awful umpiring”, while another said: “Looks like that cost #TeamIndia the match, real shame as #RohitSharma innings deserved to be on the winning side of the fixture.”

Reacting on Dhoni’s unfortunate dismissal, vice-captain Rohit Sharma, at the post-match press conference, said: “Taking DRS can be tricky. We don’t even have 15 seconds to talk to the batter, only 5-7 seconds by the time they walk over. Rayudu said he thought the ball was drifting down leg side and I thought the same. We don’t think about these decisions once they have happened, and you cannot always be right.”

“It is important to use DRS well. Maybe once we reach Adelaide, we will talk about it. It is a learning for us, but what’s done is done,” he added.

Dhoni established a 137-run partnership with Rohit Sharma, who impressed with a 133 off 129 balls. The wicketkeeper-batsman scored three boundaries and a six, Rohit smashed 10 boundaries and six sixes to sweep the Sydney crowd off their feet.

Jhye Richardson led Australia’s bowling attack as he claimed four big wickets. Jason Behrendorff and Marcus Stoinis took two wickets each while Peter Siddle dismissed Kuldeep Yadav (3) to join the party.

Earlier, Australia rode on half-centuries by Usman Khawaja, Shaun Marsh and Peter Handscomb to post 288 for five after opting to bat.

For India, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Kuldeep Yadav claimed two wickets each, while Ravindra Jadeja chipped in with a big scalp of Usman Khawaja. 

The second ODI will be played in Adelaide on Tuesday.





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MS Dhoni’s Dubious Dismissal During First ODI Upsets Fans


After having missed the T20 International series Down Under, MS Dhoni made a strong statement in the One-day Internationals with a fighting half-century in the first ODI at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Saturday. While India lost six of their batsmen for single-digit scores, MS Dhoni put up a strong fight for the visitors with opener Rohit Sharma. However, India lost the match by 34 runs to go 0-1 down in the three-match ODI series. Chasing a competitive target of 289 runs, Dhoni scored 51 off 95 balls before being given LBW in Jason Behrendorff’s 33rd over.

By then, India had lost both their reviews and Dhoni had to depart without any resistance. But fans on the social media are busy resisting. Most of them were quick to express pity over the unfortunate occurrence. 

In a video of Dhoni’s controversial dismissal tweeted by cricket.com.au, some fans blamed “poor” umpiring while others slammed Shikhar Dhawan and Ambati Rayudu, who wasted both the reviews early in the match.

“A howler that even the commentators couldn’t predict in normal time,” a user replied on the tweet.

“Blame Dhawan for reviewing his plumb LBW,” another one joined in.

A fan termed it “just awful umpiring”, while another said: “Looks like that cost #TeamIndia the match, real shame as #RohitSharma innings deserved to be on the winning side of the fixture.”

Dhoni established a 137-run partnership with Rohit Sharma, who impressed with a 133 off 129 balls. The wicketkeeper-batsman scored three boundaries and a six, India vice-captain Rohit smashed 10 boundaries and six sixes to sweep the Sydney crowd off their feet.

Jhye Richardson led Australia’s bowling attack as he claimed four big wickets. Jason Behrendorff and Marcus Stoinis took two wickets each while Peter Siddle dismissed Kuldeep Yadav (3) to join the party.

Earlier, Australia rode on half-centuries by Usman Khawaja, Shaun Marsh and Peter Handscomb to post 288 for five after opting to bat.

For India, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Kuldeep Yadav claimed two wickets each, while Ravindra Jadeja chipped in with a big scalp of Usman Khawaja. 

The second ODI will be played in Adelaide on Tuesday.





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Khelo India Youth Games: Dhanush Srikant Upsets World Cup Medallist Arjun Babuta To Claim Air Rifle Gold


Dhanush Srikant, from Telangana, caused a major upset in men’s under-21 10m air rifle final as he defeated two-time Junior World Cup bronze medallist Arjun Babuta on Friday in the Khelo India Youth Games 2019. Dhanush shot 248.9 in the final to register his best score. With a consistent performance throughout the day, Dhanush topped the qualification round with 629.7. The 16-year-old, who has been shooting for just over two years, showed nerves of steel in the final being ahead of his competitors after each shot. Yash Yogesh (247.6) from Goa earned a silver medal while Babuta, who failed to hit top form, finished third with 225.6 points.

“I was not affected by who else was in the final. I wanted to score at least 10.7 with shot,” Dhanush, who has a hearing disability, said, through his interpreter and mind-trainer Kritika Pandey. 

“I am glad that my coach (Neha Chauhan) taught me the value of having a proper follow through and I was able to secure my best score in the final to follow up my best in qualification,” he added. 

Arjun Babuta, who won Junior World Cup bronze medals in the Gabala in 2016 and in Sydney last year, was third in qualification and remained in that spot in the final.

The under-17 final saw a nail-biting contest as Madhya Pradesh’s Avinash Yadav edged past Divyansh Singh from Rajasthan with a slender 0.2 point margin. Yashvardhan finished in third spot with 228.1 points.

Results (finals):

Men’s under-21 10m air rifle: 1. Dhanush Srikant (Telangana) 248.9; 2. Yash Yogesh (Goa) 247.6; 3. Arjun Babuta (Punjab) 225.6.

Men’s under-17 10m air rifle: 1. Avinash Yadav (Madhya Pradesh) 250.9, 2. Divyansh Singh P (Rajasthan) 250.7, Yashvardhan (Rajasthan) 228.1.



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Manisha Maun Upsets World Champion Dina Zholaman To Enter Quarterfinals


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Indian boxer Manisha Maun defeated World Champion Dina Zholaman from Kazakhstan. © Twitter


Indian boxer Manisha Maun defeated World Champion Dina Zholaman from Kazakhstan by an unanimous 5-0 decision to enter the quarter-finals of the Women’s Bantam 54 kg category at the AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships on Sunday. She had earlier qualified for the pre-quarterfinals after defeating Christina Cruz of the United States also by an unanimous decision at the KD Jhadav Hall in New Delhi.

The 21-year-old debutant, who began her 54 kg bout well, punched way above her weight and was in complete control throughout against the 36-year-old, who is a two-time World bronze medallist.

The experienced American did come back in the second round momentarily but the Haryana pugilist soon dented whatever advantage the American was trying to gain in the first few seconds.

Manisha did not allow any liberty to her opponent in the third round and went about landing straight ones and a couple of combination punches. She thus won the match (29-28, 30-27, 30-26, 30-26, 29-28) margin.

 






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Top UP Official’s Ignorance Of His Department’s Affairs Upsets High Court


Principal Secretary (Basic Education) failed to answer court’s query on assistant teachers’ recruitment.

Lucknow: 

The Allahabad High Court on Thursday rebuked a principal secretary of the Uttar Pradesh government and its counsel for their failure to explain the reason behind lowering the minimum qualifying marks in the ongoing recruitment of assistant teachers in the state.

Exasperated with the officials’ failure in satisfying its queries, a Lucknow bench of the high court ordered that the ongoing recruitment of 68,500 assistant teachers as per the original, higher qualifying marks set for the selection would be subject to the outcome of the appeals before it.

The bench of justices Shabihul Hasnain and Rajan Roy was hearing a bunch of appeals against a single-judge bench order which had on July 24 this year quashed the government’s decision to lower the minimum qualifying marks for the appointment of teachers.

After originally fixing higher qualifying marks for the recruitment, the state government had lowered them on May 21, while the single-judge bench had stayed this decision.

It was during the hearing of appeals against this order by another group of petitioners, including one Avinash Kumar that the division bench gave vent to its ire for the official’s failure to explain the reasons behind lowering the qualifying marks.

The bench expressed surprise that both the officer and the counsel were unable to explain the state’s action.

While hearing the appeals, the bench had demanded the explanation from  the state counsel, but on his failure to do so, it had summoned Principal Secretary (Basic Education) Prabhat Kumar on Tuesday to satisfy the court’s query.

But Mr Kumar replied that he did not know why the marks were lowered.

“It is a strange answer from a principal secretary of the department,” said an exasperated bench.

On being asked further if he had brought the records or seen them, the officer again replied in negative, saying the counsel never told him to so.

Apparently at its wits’ end, the bench observed, “It was clearly mentioned in the August 27 order that the principal secretary was being summoned because the state counsel had no clear instructions.

“It was also clearly mentioned that the principal secretary would bring the records too so that the court could see the reason for lowering the minimum qualifying marks,” the judge pointed out.

“However, it is very strange that neither the state counsel has seen the record nor the principal secretary is aware about the same,” the bench noted in its order.





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Compulsory Attendance At Swami’s Lecture Upsets Haryana’s Opposition


Ram Singh, had asked all compulsorily attend a lecture delivered by Swami Gyananand.

Bhiwani, Haryana: 

Haryana’s main opposition party has demanded action against a Bhiwani district officer for asking all sarpanches to attend a lecture by a religious leader, calling the move a “gross misuse of official machinery”.

The District Development and Panchayat Officer (DDPO) of Bhiwani, Ram Singh, had asked all sarpanches and secretaries of panchayats in the district to compulsorily attend a lecture delivered by Swami Gyananand, the head of Kurukshetra-based Global Inspiration and Enlightenment Organisation of Bhagavad Gita.

The DDPO sent an official communication on July 25 to the block development and panchayat officers (BDPOs), asking them to ensure the presence of all the sarpanches or village heads, and the gram sachivs at the event organised here yesterday by the Haryana Sanskrit Academy.

In the communication, the DDPO mentioned that the Haryana Sanskrit Academy, Panchkula, was organising the event for making the villages “ideal, cultured and stress-free”, for which a lecture would be delivered by Swami Gyananand ji Maharaj.

While the DDPO could not be contacted, Deputy Commissioner Anshaj Singh said he was not aware about any such communication.

“I am not aware about any such official communication. I will find out (about it). The event was not organised by the district administration,” he said over phone today.

The order has evoked sharp reaction from the INLD which has demanded an immediate action against the DDPO.

“In an event where religious leader is to deliver a lecture, calling an official meeting or issuing instructions officially cannot be given. This is a gross misuse of official machinery,” INLD leader R S Chaudhary said.





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Lust Stories – Karan Johar Upsets The Mangeshkars After Lata’s Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham… Song Plays In Masturbation Scene: Reports


New Delhi: 
“Why? Why did Karan Johar use Lata didi‘s immortal song in such an embarrassing situation?” Bollywood Hungama quoted a representative of Lata Mangeshkar’s family as saying recently. The Mangeshkar’s are reportedly upset with Karan Johar for zeroing in the title track of Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham… for a masturbation scene featuring Kiara Advani in Lust Stories. Speaking to Bollywood Hungama, the source close to the Mangeshkars said: “I still remember how ecstatic Karan was when Didi had recorded the song for Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham…. He said it was a dream come true. Why turn the dream song into a nightmare now?”

2001’s Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham… was Karan Johar’s second movie as a director and had an ensemble cast comprising Amitabh and Jaya Bachchan, Shah Rukh Khan, Hrithik Roshan, Kareena Kapoor, Kajol and Rani Mukerji. Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham… is often cited as an example of one of Bollywood’s favourite family dramas.

Meanwhile, Lata Mangeshkar is unaware of the implementation of her song in Lust Stories. “At her age we don’t want to expose her to this kind of ugly desecration of her song. But we (Mangeshkars) wonder why he needed to use a Bhajan-like song sung in the most revered voice of Asia to show his heroine in an orgasmic state. He could have used any other song,” the source added in his statement to Bollywood Hungama.

Meanwhile, earlier this month, Swara Bhasker was subjected to brutal trolling for her masturbation scene in Veere Di Wedding, an issue which was addressed by Karan Johar rather boldly. Speaking to NDTV in an interview, he said: “The much talked about masturbation scene in VDW has opened up a forum of conversation. There are all kinds, of course, like trolls, bad, ridiculous views, and some completely regressive perspectives but the fact is that suddenly we are talking about masturbation and let’s say that that’s a great thing. So for people out there who feel the concept only is blasphemous now are suddenly talking about it through a mainstream film.”

About a similar scene featuring in Lust Stories, this is what Karan had to say: “More power to those girls who accepted these roles and more power to the filmmaker who made this film. We are talking about this in an open forum suddenly.”

Lust Stories is an anthology film comprising four short stories directed by Anurag Kashyap, Dibakar Banerjee, Karan Johar and Zoya Akhtar. In his review for NDTV, Raja Sen writes: “Lust Stories – a Netflix film directed by Zoya Akhtar, Dibakar Banerjee, Karan Johar and Anurag Kashyap – features ladies who stubbornly and strikingly hold the reins.”

Lust Stories released exclusively on Netflix on June 15.
 





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