BRISBANE: Reigning US Open champion Naomi Osaka said her poor attitude cost her during her 6-2, 6-4 loss to Lesia Tsurenko in Saturday’s Brisbane International semi-finals.
Osaka went into the match as a firm favorite but looked flat from the outset as Tsurenko raced through the match in just 65 minutes. The Japanese star, who burst to prominence with her eventful US Open final win over Serena Williams, made 26 unforced errors and was broken three times in a disappointing display. She said after the match that she didn’t know how to cope once things started to go against her. “If I’m being really frank, I just feel like I had the worst attitude today,” she said. “I feel like I didn’t really know how to cope with not playing well.”I was sulking a little bit, and like there are moments that I tried not to do that, but then the ball wouldn’t go in, and then I would go back to being, like, childish and stuff.
“I feel like last year I did a lot of that,” she added. “I’m trying to change it more, and I think I have.” But Osaka said Saturday’s loss was probably a better learning experience than if she had made the final. “I think today I learned… what I can do to improve the situation,” she said. The 29-year-old Tsurenko, who will now rise to a career-high world ranking of 24, said she had adopted a new game plan during the off-season. “I feel better with my serve and that I am moving well,” she said. “I feel more strongly now, so I can kind of handle every kind of pressure on the court, even when someone like Naomi is playing really strong. “I can really stay there and I can be aggressive also.” Tsurenko will play either fifth-seeded Czech Karolina Pliskova or Croatia’s Donna Vekic in Sunday’s final.
Cricket 2nd ODI: Australia beats Pakistan by 8 wickets
SHARJAH: Pakistan, that had opted to bat after winning the toss in the 2nd one-day international match against Australia failed to give maximum performance.
Pakistan: Shoaib Malik (captain), Shan Masood, Umar Akmal, Faheem Ashraf, Haris Sohail, Imad Wasim, Imam-ul-Haq, Mohammad Hasnain, Yasir Shah, Mohammad Abbas
Australia: Aaron Finch (captain), Usman Khawaja, Shaun Marsh, Peter Handscomb, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Alex Carey, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Jhye Richardson, Nathan Lyon, Adam Zampa Umpires: Michael Gough (ENG) and Ahsan Raza (PAK) Tv umpire: Kumar Dharmasena (SRI) Match referee: Jeff Crowe (NZL)
International cyclist wins Pakistan Day Cycle Race
PESHAWAR: International Cyclist Mohsin of Sui Southern Gas grabbed the title of the Pakistan Day Cycle Race after paddling past his rival cyclists in the 14 kilometer dash in 18.04.33 sec of the Individual Team Trial here at Northern Bypass on Saturday.
There were great enthusiasm witnessed and the spectators were standing on both side of the road wherein the cyclists took part in the Individual Time Trial, Scratched Race and Team Time Trials.
President KP Chamber of Commerce and Industries Fayyaz Muhammad was the chief guest on this occasion who gave away the trophies and cash prizes to the position holders.
Secretary General Pakistan Cycling Federation Syed Azhar Ali Shah, President KP Cycling Association Nisar Ahmad and former international record holder cyclist Murad Ali, players and spectators were also present.
The KP Traffic Police has taken all appropriate measures by overtiring the traffic on one-side of the main Northern ByePass so that to provide much open space for the cyclists.
Mohsin has better idea of road and that is why he dashed toward the finish.
He clocked 18.04-33sec, followed by Farman Muhammad of SSGC with 19.95.14sec and Ali Ahmad of Swat got third position with20.21.22sec.
Farhan Khan of Sui Gas won the Scratch Race title with his clocking showing 22.22.54sec, followed by Mohsin of SSGC with 21.02.24sec and Habib Ullah of Islamabad with 21.03.29sec.
Islamabad won the Team title and time of three top cyclists comprising Abdullah, Usman and Habib Ullah was taken for the position. Islamabad clocked 19.22.21sec, followed by Peshawar White team including Zeb, Akhtar and Ahsan Ullah and Peshawar Green comprising Sajid, Sadiq and Irshad.
Out of six participating teams Islamabad won the Team Time Trials title.
The Pakistan Day Cycle Race is an annual feature of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Cycling Association wherein teams from Peshawar White, Peshawar Green, Sui Gas Corporation, Mardan, Islamabad and Swat took part as each team have six cyclists and time of three top cyclists counted for the overall position.
People of the district came out in sizeable number to enjoy the race on a sunny day. In an interview, General Secretary Pakistan Cycling Federation Syed Azhar Shah informed that event was comprised on three races including Team Race, Scratch Race and Individual Race and started from Northern Bypass to Charssadda Road and back which covered approximately 14 kilometers.
Gautam Gambhir joins BJP, likely to contest this year’s polls in India
NEW DELHI: Former Indian opener Gautam Gambhir has joined Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and is likely to contest election from the country’s capital.
Former Indian cricketer will contest elections from one of the seven seats in Delhi. The elections in India will be held in seven phases from April 11 to May 19.
Gambhir played a key role in India’s victory in the finals of 2011 and 2007 World Cups.