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MELBOURNE: US Open winner Naomi Osaka admitted on Saturday that she was naturally shy and said one of her key goals in the off-season had been to work on her confidence and become more mature.

The likable 21-year-old Japanese was catapulted into the global spotlight when she won the US Open last year, beating Serena Williams, whose tantrum at the umpire in the final almost overshadowed her achievement.

The breakthrough made her a new standard bearer for tennis in her homeland, Asia and the next generation of women, and she is working hard on living up to the hype.

While focusing on her game during the off-season, she has also been concentrating on better dealing with the off-court responsibilities that come with being a major winner.

“For me one of my biggest goals is to be more mature, like to mature as a person,” she said ahead of her opening round clash at the Australian Open against Poland’s Magda Linette next week.

“And I feel like in a way I am, but in other parts I’m very, like, three years old mentality, you know? I feel like just levelling that out is one of my biggest goals I had during the off-season.”

Winning in Flushing Meadows has meant Osaka now has to do far more media, and her confidence in that department is growing.

But she admits to still struggling in one-on-one situations.

“I mean, in press I feel comfortable because I’m being asked questions,” she said, when it was noted that she seems more relaxed in media conferences.

“But you know when you have to do small talk, like, ‘hello, how are you?’, after that, I don’t know what to do.”

Asked what she does in those situations, she replied: “I go, ‘uhm, okay’, then I walk away.

“But, yeah, I mean, I feel like I’m more comfortable talking to people,” she added. “I’ve sort of been put in the position that I have to. It’s not something I can avoid any more.”

 

 

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Loss against India: Resolution seeking resignation of PCB chairman, others submitted

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LAHORE: A resolution was tabled in the Punjab Assembly today seeking removal of Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chairman Ehsan Mani, Chief Selector Inzamam-ul-Haq, Captain Sarfaraz Ahmed and other responsible for the defeat against India in ICC World Cup 2019 yesterday.

Pakistan lost against arch-rivals India by 89 runs in the mega clash in Old Trafford, Manchester.

The resolution, submitted by PML-N leader Aziza Fatima, stated that people of the country were angry over Pakistan’s defeat against India.

It further stated that neither the PCB planned for the world cup nor it could induct extraordinary player in the team due to which disappointment prevails among the masses.

The resolution further demanded all the responsible including the PCB chairman and chief selector be removed immediately.

 

 

 

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2022 Hangzhou Asian Games submission of mascot proposals to continue till July 15

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BEIJING: The organizing committee for the 2022 Hangzhou Asian Games and Asian Para Games will continue to accept submission of proposals for the design of official mascot till July 15.

The organizing committee for the games launched a campaign to solicit ideas for official mascots starting from April 16, running for three months until July 15. The result will be announced by the end of 2019, Secretary of Hangzhou Municipal Committee Zhou Jiangyoung said on Monday.

The applicants from all over the world are welcomed to participate in the design of the mascot, as to contribute their wisdom and strength to the Hangzhou 2022 Asian Games and to create a brand-new and classic mascot image, he said in a statement issued here.

The 19th Asian Games will be held in Hangzhou, China, from September 10 to 25, 2022. The mascot, as an important part of the brand image and landscape of large-scale sports events, is the liveliest visual image symbol, which has been welcomed and loved by the public.

The design for the mascots shall comply with the pursuits of the Olympic movement and also reflect the history, culture and innovative vitality of the host city of Hangzhou.

He added that the mascots should embody the spirit of dreams, innovation, joy and perseverance and that they should be lively, adorable, and friendly, in such a way that will allow them to make an impact on people of different culture backgrounds, genders and ages.

The final winning plan will receive a RMB 120,000 bonus.

According to the official website of the Hangzhou Asian Games Committee, the Hangzhou Asian Games is the third Asian Games held by China after Beijing and Guangzhou.

At present, 37 major competitions have been confirmed, including 28 Olympic projects and 9 non-Olympic projects, and 55 competition venues and facilities.

 

 

 

 

 

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Sarfaraz stands by decision to field first against India, acknowledges team’s shortcomings

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MANCHESTER: Pakistan cricket team captain Sarfaraz Ahmed has said that his decision to choose field first after winning the toss was ‘good’ for the team as the weather conditions had brought moisturizer to the pitch.

In a post-match press conference following the team’s defeat to India yesterday, Sarfaraz said that Pakistan faced defeat because the team did not perform well in all three departments.

India thrashed Green Shirts with a 89-run victory via the Duckworth-Lewis method in the tournament’s most anticipated group match.

Pakistan loses against India in ICC CWC 2019 by 89 runs

 

 

 

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