BRISBANE: Japanese star Kei Nishikori was in superb form as he demolished Jeremy Chardy 6-2, 6-2 in the semi-finals of the Brisbane International today.
The 29-year-old gave his French opponent no chance as he put on a commanding all court display to advance to the final for the second time in three years. After his impressive straight sets quarter-final win over Grigor Dimitrov, Nishikori said he had set his sights on returning to the world’s top five after falling to 39 last April due to a wrist injury at the end of 2017 that required time away from the tour.
And he showed all the qualities of a top five player in his 66-minute demolition at the Pat Rafter Arena. He only served two aces compared with the 11 sent down by Chardy, but Nishikori returned superbly and pressured the Frenchman’s serve throughout, breaking him twice in each set. Nishikori also moved around the court well, his speed not noticeably affected by the injuries that hampered him last year.
“Everything was working well today,” Nishikori said. “I felt like I was too fast on the court today – I felt very good. “Physically and tennis-wise I think it was perfect. I served well, I returned well – I think that was the key today – and I was moving well, that was fantastic.” Nishikori was runner-up to Dimitrov in 2017 and will go into Sunday’s final against either fourth seeded Russian Daniil Medvedev or Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga as firm favourite.
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.