first_imgJaipur responded strongly as Venezuelan wrestler Jaipur responded strongly as Venezuelan wrestler Betzabeth Arguello handed a 8-1 defeat to UPs Pinki, who has replaced Babita Kumari for the remainder of the league. Although Pinki went into the second round leading 1-0 against Arguello, the Jaipur grappler stunned her with a clean takedown from a standing position to score a four-pointer and followed it with another takedown coupled with a rollover to emerge victorious in the 53 kg Womens category. Jaipur captain Elizbar Odikadze clinched the tie in his teams favour as he defeated UPs Mausam Khatri 5-2 in the 97 kg heavyweight Mens category and continued his unbeaten run in the tournament so far. The Georgian wrestler displayed his prowess on the mat in the very first round, managing to push out Khatri from the protected zone before recovering well to defend his opponents attack, turning it into a takedown and rolling over Khatri to establish a comfortable lead. Khatri attempted to score points towards the end of the bout, but Odikadze held firm, leading Jaipur to an unassailable 4-1 lead in the tie. The most exciting and action-packed bout of the evening was played out between UP Captain Elitsa Yankova and Jaipurs Ritu Phogat. Yankova, who won bronze at the 2016 Olympics, was defensive to begin with but came on her own after the first round, taking down Ritu to open her scoring. Ritu provided stiff resistance in turn and effected a couple of takedowns to make things difficult for Yankova. This brought out the best in the Bulgarian wrestler, as she exhibited tremendous technique to take down Ritu and effect two successive rollovers, gaining a clear lead. Even as Ritu tried hard to deny the inevitable, Yankova prevailed 12-8 in the 48 kg Womens category. She was adjudged the Player of the Tie. UP Dangal salvaged some pride by scoring their third win of the evening as Amit Dhankar overcame a strong challenge from Jaipurs Vinod Kumar Omprakash to win 4-2 in the 70 kg Mens category. As both the Indian grapplers looked to prove their mettle on the mat, it was Dhankars takedowns and rollovers that made him emerge as the victor, even as Jaipur won the tie 4-3. Jaipurs coach Mahavir Singh said: “I am very content with the performance of the team. Ritu lost by just a mistake otherwise her match was quite close. We are through to semifinals and our strategy will depend on who our opponents would be. Wishing for our team to win this season.” Jenny Fransson from Jaipur, who was ruled out from todays tie, said: “I couldnt play today but am happy and celebrating teams win without any muscle pain” Jaipurs Pooja Dhanda remarked: “This is my first time in PWL and my second win. Very happy for myself and my team. I hope I perform the same way throughout and help my team gets a podium finish.” PTI PDS PDSadvertisementlast_img read more

Venus Williams beats Angelique Kerber to set up Miami Open semi-final vs Johanna Konta

first_imgVenus Williams beat top seed Angelique Kerber on Wednesday to advance to a Miami Open semi-final against Britain’s Johanna Konta.American 11th seed Williams, who is seeking her fourth Miami title, survived a long first set before she completed a 7-5 6-3 victory over Germany’s Kerber on a calm evening in south Florida.Konta, the 10th seed, had earlier recovered from the brink of defeat to edge third seed Simona Halep in a three-set encounter that lasted two hours, 30 minutes.Halep was only two points from victory in the second set, but could not put away her opponent, who pounced on the Romanian’s evident emotional fragility to prevail 3-6 7-6(7) 6-2.Williams, 36, whose previous Miami titles came in 1998, 1999 and 2001, will meet Konta in the semi-final, while Czech second seek Karolina Pliskova faces Danish 12th seed Carolina Wozniacki.Williams, playing in front of a crowd that included her popcorn-munching father Richard, took nearly an hour to take the first set from Kerber, but made quicker work of the second.Halep, meanwhile, got down on herself after losing the second set tiebreak to Konta.”It was a really tough match, very high level,” Halep told the WTA. “I was so close to winning, I was two points away in the tiebreak, but she played very strong and deserved to win.”Despite the result, Halep took comfort from a solid tournament as she works her way back from a knee injury.”I’m happy to be here after the break that I had. I’m just disappointed I lost a match I had in my hands. But my confidence is there, the game is there, I just need to play matches.”advertisementHer post-match comments were more positive than her negative remarks to coach Darren Cahill after the second set.”This is my character,” Halep grumbled to her coach. “Two double faults at the end of the tiebreak and I miss all the balls.”Cahill told a sullen Halep she was a better athlete than Konta, imploring her to make her opponent run in the third set.”You can write yourself off but I’m not writing you off,” Cahill said. “It’s up to you. It comes from within … be brave in the big moments.”But Halep was completely outplayed in the final set, and she said afterwards her exchange with Cahill was nothing out of the ordinary.”It’s just my personality to be hard on myself. I want to change that in the future. I can say that I’m better than before, and I’m working on it.”last_img read more