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Davis Cup: AITA retains Leander Paes in playing squad for Croatia tie

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The AITA selection committee on Tuesday decided to keep veteran Leander Paes in the five-member playing squad for the upcoming Davis Cup tie against Croatia, making Divij Sharan the reserve member. The All India Tennis Association (AITA) had to send its final squad to the International Tennis Federation (ITF) by Tuesday. The national federation had initially announced a six-member squad for the Qualifiers tie, scheduled to be held in Zagreb on the hard courts on March 6-7. Croatia is the top-seeded team in the 24-team Qualifiers. The 12 winners will qualify for the year-end Davis Cup Finals while the losing sides will be placed in the World Group I. "We have sent our final team to the ITF today. Captain Rohit Rajpal had a chat with all the players before deciding on who is going to be the reserve player. He spoke to Divij as well, conveying that he will be the sixth member of the travelling side," said an AITA source. Sumit Nagal, Prajnesh Gunneswaran and Ramkumar Ramanathan are the si..
                 

Roger Federer out for weeks after knee surgery, to miss French Open

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Paris: Roger Federer has undergone surgery to resolve a longstanding knee problem and said Thursday he would be out of action until after the French Open while his rivals backed the 38-year-old to return as strong as ever. The 20-times Grand Slam winner revealed on his Facebook account that he underwent surgery in Switzerland on Wednesday and would miss a string of tournaments including the May 24-June 7 French Open. "As a result, I will miss Dubai, Indian Wells, Bogota, Miami and the French Open," he said. Federer, who has amassed 103 career titles, explained that he had intended to avoid surgery if possible but the problem in his right knee refused to go away. He will now target a return for the grass court season and an assault on a ninth Wimbledon title after reaching the final in 2019 where he had two championship points before losing an epic final to Novak Djokovic. "My right knee has been bothering me for a little while," added the world number three who reached the Roland Garro..
                 

Serena Williams has a strategy to help working mothers

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Tennis legend Serena Williams has often spoken of her struggle to spend quality time with her daughter, Olympia, two, as she needs to be constantly away, for her professional tennis commitments. Many working mothers go through the same struggle. In a bid to help these working mums, Serena has joined a Chicago-based start-up, The Mom Project, as strategic advisor. The 23-time Grand Slam champion, will help professional companies hire working mums through an online project. "I'm calling on CEOs, Heads of People and Business Leaders big and small. If you're hiring, are you considering hiring moms? Together, we can influence how work gets done and build a better workplace," said the former World No. 1. Since it began in 2016, the company has helped over 100,000 working mums get employed in some of the world's leading corporate firms like Facebook, Nike, Uber, Apple and Twitter among others. Catch up on all the latest sports news and updates here. Also download the new mid-day Android ..
                 

Kim Clijsters 'feels good' despite losing first match in tennis comeback

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Dubai: Kim Clijsters says she is going to plough ahead with her tennis comeback despite losing her return match 6-2, 7-6 (8/6) to Garbine Muguruza in the opening round of the WTA event in Dubai. Four-time Grand Slam champion Clijsters, 36, had been out of the game for seven years before the clash with Muguruza, who reached the final of the Australian Open last month, and is keen to push ahead after an encouraging display against the world number 16 Spaniard. "I had a good feeling out there, I felt a pace I can handle. I felt like I was able to go toe-to-toe with her from the baseline," said Clijsters. "I wouldn't have done this if I didn't have that belief somehow. It might take 10 matches to get the way I played in the second set, might take me 10 matches to get that from start to finish. "I have patience. I'm going to work my way into it and fight. We'll see what happens." Clijsters did not say where she will continue her comeback, not mentioning any future tournament entries after t..
                 

New York Open: Thompson stuns top seed John Isner

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New York: Australian Jordan Thompson upset US top seed John Isner 7-6 (7/2), 6-7 (3/7), 6-3 on Thursday to reach the ATP New York Open quarter-finals. Thompson, who will face Italy's Andreas Seppi on Friday for a berth in the semi-finals, avenged a loss to Isner in last year's New York quarter-finals. The world number 63 took his first victory in four meetings with the big-serving American. "Pretty stoked with that," Thompson said. "It was a tough match. Didn't get much of a look at his serve. I got one break and managed to hold on somehow." The 25-year-old from Sydney surged ahead 5-0 in the first tie-breaker, then fell behind 4-1 in dropping the second only to take the lone break of the match in the final set. "I just told myself to keep going and I would get a look," Thompson said. "And luckily I pulled it off." Defending champion Reilly Opelka beat Japan's Yoshihito Nishioka 6-4, 6-4, sending the US third seed into a quarter-final against Taiwan's Jason Jung, who upset British seve..
                 

Rohan Bopanna- Denis Shapovalov enter quarter-finals

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Rotterdam: India's Rohan Bopanna teamed up with Canada's Denis Shapovalov to enter the quarter-finals of the Rotterdam Open with a hard-fought victory over Australia's John Peers and Michael Venus here. The Indo-Canadian pair defeated Peers-Venus 7-6 6-7 10-8 in a thrilling match at the ATP 500 event. After winning the first set tie-break, the duo of Bopanna and Shapovalov lost the second in another close tie-break, as fortunes fluctuated. However, the 39-year-old Bopanna brought all his experience into play and was helped by Shapovalov's resolve to fight till the end. Bopanna and Shapovalov will next face the fourth-seeded pair of Jean-Julien Rojer and Horia Tecau on Thursday. Catch up on all the latest sports news and updates here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and d..
                 

Dubai Championships: Novak Djokovic enters Round Two

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Novak Djokovic continued his hot early season form on Monday, cruising past Tunisian wild card Malek Jaziri 6-1, 6-2 into the second round of the Dubai Championships. The top seed and four-time champion made short work of Jaziri, who is ranked 260 in the world. Djokovic owns a perfect 14-0 record this season after winning a title for Serbia at the ATP Cup followed by a record-extending eighth Australian Open crown. The world number one crashed seven aces past Jaziri in a match that lasted little more than an hour. "A one-hour match.. .I did everything as well as I imagined it to be for the first match. Of course, there's things that always can be improved, things that can be better. "But I have to be satisfied with the performance." He reeled off the opening set in less than half an hour, broke twice in the second set and served out the win on his first match point. He will face Philipp Kohlschreiber in the next round after the German veteran advanced past Egyptian Mohamed Safwat 4-6, ..
                 

Andy Roddick's model wife Brooklyn Decker is scared! Here's why

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Former American tennis star Andy Roddick's model wife Brooklyn Decker has revealed that the world's climate crisis scares the couple. The former Sports Illustrated swimsuit model recently attended the Los Angeles Fire Drill event in protest of climate change and action from lawmakers in Washington, DC. Commenting on climate crisis being a concern, Brooklyn, who has a son Hank, four, and daughter Stevie, two, with the tennis star, told US Weekly: "My kids are two and four and we already talk about it [climate change]. We talk about how scarce and precious water is, about taking our own cups to restaurants so that we're not using single-use plastic. We talk about adjusting ourselves to the planet versus adjusting the planet to ourselves." Catch up on all the latest sports news and updates here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates..
                 

Sania Mirza and her partner Garcia sail into Dubai Open doubles pre-quarterfinals

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Dubai: Indian tennis ace Sania Mirza and her partner Caroline Garcia registered a hard-fought win over Russia's Alla Kudryavtseva and Slovenia's Katarina Srebotnik to advance to the women's doubles pre-quarterfinals at the Dubai Open here on Tuesday. The Indo-French pair beat their Russian opponents 6-4, 4-6, 10-8 in the first round match. The Sania-Garcia combine will now meet the fifth seeded duo of Saisai Zheng of China and Barbora Krejcikova of Czech Republic in the round of 16. The 33-year-old Sania was returning to action at the Dubai Open after recovering from a calf injury which had cut short her campaign at the Australian Open in January. Sania's first Grand Slam outing after a two-year maternity leave had ended with an early exit when the Indian ace retired mid-way during her doubles first-round match because of a right calf injury. Catch up on all the latest sports news and updates here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates This story has ..
                 

Leander Paes felicitated on last day of Bengaluru Open

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Bengaluru: Indian tennis legend Leander Paes, who played his last ATP event on home soil at the Bengaluru Open, was felicitated by former Olympians and sports persons at the KSLTA Stadium here on Sunday. Paes, who is playing his final year of professional tennis, and his Australian partner Ebden had lost to Indian pair of Purav Raja and Ramkumar Ramanathan in the men's doubles final on Saturday. On Sunday, just before the singles finals, the 46-year-old Indian was given a rousing farewell with stars from various sports including former hockey players Jude Felix, V R Raghunath, Arjun Halappa, former track and field athlete Ashwini Nachappa and Davis Cupper Prahlad Srinath joining thousands of people who had gathered here. All the athletes regaled the audience with their experiences with Paes, who was overcome with emotion. "All of you taught me how the passion for sport, dedication and hard work helps us to achieve success," said Paes while requesting the audience to give a standing ova..
                 

Rohan Bopanna-Denis Shapovalov enter Rotterdam semis

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Rotterdam: India's Rohan Bopanna and his Canadian partner Denis Shapovalov have entered the semifinals of the Rotterdam Open with a thrilling victory over fourth seeds and 2015 champion team of Jean-Julien Rojer and Horia Tecau. The Indo-Canadian pair registered a 6-2, 3-6, 10-7 victory in 74 minutes on Thursday night to enter the last four of the ATP 500 event. Bopanna and Shapovalov, who reached their first ATP Tour final in June last year at the MercedesCup in Stuttgart, will meet the winners of match between Henri Kontinen and Jan-Lennard Struff versus Jamie Murray and Ken Skupski. Bopanna and Shapovalov had entered the quarterfinals by beating the Australian pair of John Peers and Michael Venus 7-6, 6-7, 10-8 in a gripping encounter. Catch up on all the latest sports news and updates here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability ..
                 

Divij Sharan-ArtemSitak enter quarters in NY

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New York: India's second ranked doubles player Divij Sharan and Kiwi partner Artem Sitak defeated the top-seeded American-Croat duo of Austin Krajicek and Franko Skugor in the first round to advance to the quarter finals of the New York Open. One of the longest running tennis tournaments in the United States, the New York Open 2020 is being played at the NYCB Live on Long Island. The pair won impressively against the top seeded Austin and Franko in straight sets, churning out a hard-fought and evenly contested first set of 7-6 before sailing to a 6-3 victory in the second set in a game that lasted 1 hour and 19 minutes. Sharing his thoughts after the victory, Sharan said, "It feels great to be back in the winning column. Sitak and I have been building on our cohesion and I think the results are starting to follow. We have a tough test ahead in the quarter-finals but we are ready and confident." Sharan and Sitak will now face either the French-American pair of Ugo Humbert and Jackson Wi..
                 

Simona Halep feels 'pretty dead' after Dubai title win

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Simona Halep defeated Elena Rybakina 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 (7/5) on Saturday to secure her 20th career title with victory at the Dubai Championships and claimed she felt "pretty dead". The world number two from Romania, who also won the title in Dubai in 2015, clinched her first trophy since Wimbledon last summer. "I love playing here, I gave everything I had," said Halep who had been 1-3 down in the final set and took victory after coming back from a set down for the third successive match in Dubai. "Now, actually, I'm pretty dead." Rybakina, 20, who will rise to 17 from 19 in the new rankings next week, was playing her fourth final from five tournaments in 2020 having won the Hobart trophy last month on the eve of the Australian Open. "She's a talented player," Halep said of her opponent who has a WTA-leading 19 match wins for the season. "She's young and has many more years ahead of her." Rybakina, who was just inside the top 200 this time last year, took the tight final set into a deciding..
                 

Australian Open winner Sofia Kenin loses to Elena Rybakina in Dubai

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Sofia Kenin lost her first WTA match since winning the Australian Open earlier this month as she went down 6-7 (2/7), 6-3, 6-3 to Elena Rybakina on Tuesday at the Dubai Championships. World number seven Kenin's loss completed a hat-trick of seeded upsets on the fourth day of action in the United Arab Emirates. Title holder Belinda Bencic was overhauled 1-6, 6-1, 6-1 by Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova while third seed and two-time tournament winner Elina Svitolina was hammered 6-2, 6-1 by qualifier Jennifer Brady. American Kenin played a pair of non-Tour Fed Cup matches immediately after her Melbourne win over Garbine Muguruza, who cut short Kim Clijsters' comeback on Monday.  The 21-year-old went down in just over two hours to her 19th-ranked opponent who stood 192nd in the world a year ago. "There's a bit more pressure coming from my side (after first Grand Slam win). But I've just got to try to manage it for the next tournaments," said Kenin. "I just didn't feel my game really well. I ..
                 

Maria Sharapova recalls lonely days as a migrant in USA

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Russian tennis beauty Maria Sharapova has revealed her childhood in USA was "lonely". Sharapova, 32, who migrated to America in 1994, said it is because of unpleasant situations, both in classes and during her tennis training in Florida, that made her stronger as a person. Talking about her childhood in the United States as a migrant, she told Tennis World USA: "I was very lonely. Also, I missed my mom a lot. To be able to see me, my father always had to work hard so he could get back home early before I fell asleep. I was always insulted and treated badly compared to others. Though I did it to pursue my dreams. Because of that, I learned how to take care of myself. I never thought about quitting because I knew what I wanted." Catch up on all the latest sports news and updates here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates..
                 

Kim Clijsters is back all because of her husband

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Dubai: Four-time Grand Slam champion Kim Clijsters revealed on Sunday that a persistent inner feeling and advice from her husband served as the key to her WTA return at the Dubai Championships. "It was a feeling that I had inside, a feeling that I had inside for a little while," Clijsters, 36, mother-of-three said. "Once in a while that feeling would go away when I was home with the [three] kids. A couple of times it would come back. It got stronger and stronger." The Belgian has been handed a tough first round assignment against last month's Australian Open finalist Garbine Muguruza for her first match since the 2012 US Open on Monday. Clijsters retired initially in 2007 to marry Brian Lynch and have her first child, returned in 2009 winning three of her four titles at the Majors. "I talked to my husband. He was like, 'stop worrying about why and ask yourself why not.' "He made a very good point. I was like, 'There is no 'why not'. Why wouldn't I do it?" Clijsters, playing as a wild c..
                 

Novak Djokovic's wife Jelena rues lack of privacy

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Serbian tennis ace Novak Djokovic's wife Jelena has spoken about the challenges of being married to a famous athlete and said the constant spotlight is affecting her. Jelena, 33, did not travel to Melbourne to see her husband win his eighth Australian Open title recently. Speaking to Serbian website, Vesti Online, Jelena, who is married to the 17-time Grand Slam champion since 2014, said: "When you are young, the spotlight and attention certainly feel comfortable. At first, the experience does not alarm you because it can bring you some difficulties. We look at public figures and think that kind of publicity is okay." She added, "But as time goes on, you lack anonymity, you lack the privacy to be able to do whatever you like at any time, in any situation." Catch up on all the latest sports news and updates here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates..