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Sikki-Kapoor pair ousted in Vietnam Open semis

Indian mixed doubles pair of N Sikki Reddy and Rohan Kapoor suffered a straight game loss in the semifinals of the Vietnam Open Super 100 badminton tournament here on Saturday. Also Read: Top 15 on shuttler Rajawat's mind The unseeded Indian pair lost 16-21, 14-21 to top-seeded Indonesian combination of Rehan Naufal Kusharjanto and Lisa Ayu Kusumawati in a 37-minute contest. The defeat brought the curtains down on India’s campaign at the tournament. 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 data of the text. Mid-day management/mid-day.com reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoever

02 October,2022 08:12 PM IST | Ho Chi Minh | PTI
The jersey worn by late Diego Maradona in the 1986 World Cup

Maradona’s Hand of God shirt to be displayed in Qatar World Cup

The shirt that Diego Maradona wore when he scored his infamous Hand of God goal against England in 1986 will go on display in Qatar during the World Cup just five months after it set a record price at auction, a top official said on Saturday.  The shirt, which sold for $9.3 million to a secret buyer, has been loaned to Qatar’s 3-2-1 sports museum and will go on display from Sunday until April 1.  Qatar has not named the shirt’s new owner, who paid a then record price for any sports memorabilia object, but negotiations are understood to have started just weeks after the May 4 auction. Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, head of Qatar Museums and a member of the Gulf state’s ruling family, said she was “excited” to have secured the shirt for a special World Cup exhibition. Also Read: Wrong jersey is up for auction, claims Diego Maradona’s daughter Dalma In 1986, Maradona scored both goals in the World Cup quarter-final 2-1 victory over England in Mexico City. 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 data of the text. Mid-day management/mid-day.com reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoever

02 October,2022 06:42 PM IST | Doha | AFP
Charles Leclerc

Ferrari’s Leclerc on pole for Singapore GP

Charles Leclerc took pole position on Saturday for the Singapore Grand Prix, but Formula One world championship leader Max Verstappen was only eighth fastest in damp conditions.  Leclerc clocked 1min 49.412sec in his Ferrari to top the timesheets 0.022sec ahead of Red Bull’s Sergio Perez with the Mercedes of Lewis Hamilton third. 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 data of the text. Mid-day management/mid-day.com reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoever

02 October,2022 06:36 PM IST | Singapore | AFP
Manika Batra

Manika Batra loses both matches; men’s blank Uzbek

Sreeja Akula and Diya Chitale registered impressive wins but star paddler Manika Batra lost both her fixtures as Indian women lost 2-3 to Germany in their ITTF World Team Championships opener here on Saturday.  Also Read: Harmeet Desai, Sutirtha Mukherjee win TT titles; Sindhu opts out The men’s team, on the other hand, blanked Uzbekistan 3-0 in its Group 2 opening clash.  Commonwealth Games medallist Batra, ranked 44 in the world, was no match to the World No.8 Ying Han, who breezed past the Indian 3-0 to giver her side a 1-0 lead. World No.77 Sreeja then upstaged the higher-ranked Nina Mittelham 3-0 to put India back in the contest. The 122-ranked Diya then gave India the lead with a hard-fought 3-1 win over Sabine Winter. Asian Games medallist Batra  couldn’t take advantage of the winning momentum as she was handed a 1-3 defeat by World No.14 Mittelham as the fixture was tied at 2-2. However, Sreeja, 24,  too was no match to the mighty Ying, the 2016 Rio Olympics team silver medallist, as she also surrendered meekly to the German 0-3 (3-11 5-11 4-11) in the decider. 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 data of the text. Mid-day management/mid-day.com reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoever

02 October,2022 09:54 AM IST | Chengdu (China) | PTI
HS Prannoy

HS Prannoy: My focus is World Tour Finals

Star India shuttler HS Prannoy has set his sight on the season-ending World Tour Finals (December 14 to 18 in Guangzhou), but said he will have to hone his skills to ensure that he doesn’t falter at the semi-finals stage in the remaining tournaments. One of the most consistent players this season, Prannoy has consistently reached the quarters and semi-finals this season but a title has still eluded him.Prannoy, 30, recently replaced Tokyo Olympic champion Viktor Axelsen at the top of the latest men’s singles HSBC Race To Guangzhou rankings. “My focus would be the World Tour Finals. There are quite a few tournaments before that. I hope to produce winning results in those,” he said after guiding Kerala to a 3-1 win over Assam in the mixed team quarter-finals of the National Games here. Also Read: HS Prannoy enters Indonesia Open quarter finals Sreeshankar loses Meanwhile, Jeswin Aldrin of Tamil Nadu beat CWG silver medallist Murali Sreeshankar of Kerala for the gold in a high-quality long jump competition in the National Games to qualify for the 2023 World Athletics Championships. 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 data of the text. Mid-day management/mid-day.com reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoever

02 October,2022 09:52 AM IST | Surat | PTI
Max Verstappen of Red Bull Racing and The Netherlands during qualifying ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Singapore at Marina Bay Street Circuit on Saturday. Pic/Getty Images

Low-fuelled Verstappen suffers blow as Leclerc takes pole position in Singapore

Charles Leclerc will start today's Singapore Grand Prix for pole position after Red Bull rival Max Verstappen was forced to abort his fastest attempt. The Monegasque set a time of one minute 49.412 seconds around the 5-km long Marina Bay track. Verstappen was on course to beat Leclerc's effort but was called into the pits as he was running low on fuel. "It has been a very, very tricky qualifying," said Leclerc, who will have Verstappen's team mate Sergio Perez alongside him on the front row, after a session that started in damp conditions but ended on a dry track.  "I did a mistake on my last lap so I didn't think I'd get pole." Like Leclerc and Verstappen, Hamilton was also in contention for pole.  The Mercedes driver looked like the driver to beat, especially during the final phase of qualifying, but at the end a first pole of the season slipped away by just 0.054 seconds. Also Read: Mumbai-like heat, B’lore prep helps Jemimah Rodrigues thrive "I was pushing so hard, it was so, so close," said Hamilton, starting amid the top three for the first time this year.   "These guys are so quick, but I thought with a perfect lap we could fight for first place, but I just didn't have the grip in the last lap." Saturday's pole was Leclerc's ninth this season and the 18th of his career.  He was on pole the last time Formula One was in Singapore in 2019 and finished second behind Sebastian Vettel in a Ferrari one-two. Verstappen, who turned 25 on Friday, has his first shot at clinching a second title this weekend. But he needs to win and score at least 22 points more than Leclerc and 13 more than Perez to get the job done on Sunday.

02 October,2022 09:44 AM IST | Singapore | Abhishek Takle
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Sikki-Kapoor pair loses in Vietnam Open semifinals, Indian campaign ends

Indian mixed doubles pair of N Sikki Reddy and Rohan Kapoor suffered a straight game loss in the semifinals of the Vietnam Open Super 100 badminton tournament here on Saturday. The unseeded Indian pair lost 16-21 14-21 to top seeded Indonesian combination of Rehan Naufal Kusharjanto and Lisa Ayu Kusumawati in a 37-minute contest. The defeat brought the curtains down on India's campaign at the tournament. Sikki and Kapoor had clinched the Chhattisgarh International Challenge title, last week. Also read: Top 15 on shuttler Rajawat's mind The Indonesian pair opened up a 8-4 lead early on and even though the Indian duo brought the equation down to as close as 15-16, Rehan and Lisa quelled the challenge and knocked off four straight points to pocket the opening game. The second game also went on similar lines with Rehan and Lisa leading 12-9. Sikki and Kapoor then reduced the deficit to 14-15 but the Indonesian pair sealed the contest with six points on the trot. 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 data of the text. Mid-day management/mid-day.com reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoever.

01 October,2022 06:09 PM IST | Ho Chi Minh | PTI
India shuttler Priyanshu Rajawat. Pic/Badminton Association of India

Top 15 on shuttler Rajawat's mind

After a stellar show at the India Chhattisgarh International Challenge in Raipur last week, India shuttler Priyanshu Rajawat, 20, currently ranked No.66, aims to break into the Top 15 of the BWF World rankings.  In Sunday's final at Raipur, fifth seed Rajawat, who was part of India's Thomas Cup-winning team, defeated fourth seed Subhankar Dey 21-13, 21-11 to win the men's singles title.  Talking about his goals, Rajawat, who hails from Dhar, Madhya Pradesh, told www.mid-day.com: "For now, I am working really hard towards improving my ranking; want to get it under 15. My long-term goal is to win lots and lots of gold medals for my country and hopefully bring home an Olympic gold one day." While he didn't struggle much against Dey, the champion considers his 21-16, 21-17 win over Japanese shuttler Yu Igarashi in the semi-finals more challenging. "I found my match [semis] with the Japanese player [Yu Igarashi] tough," said Rajawat, who joined the Gopichand Academy at Hyderabad in 2011 as a nine-year-old. Also read: Shuttlers N Sikki Reddy-Rohan Kapoor enter Vietnam Open semis Meanwhile, the youngster emphasised that being part of the gold-medal winning Thomas Cup team was fun and at the same time, a learning experience for him. "It was a wonderful experience to have all my Indian seniors in the team. The time I spent with them was fun and amazing. I have learnt a lot from them, but the one thing that I really took back was how to stay calm like them during important matches. It also taught me the importance of team bonding," said Rajawat, who admires Lin Dan, a two-time Olympic champion, five-time World champion and a six-time All England champion, for his game and his attitude on court. On his journey into the sport, Rajawat said he accidentally started playing badminton. "Badminton just happened for me. My elder brother [Kunal] started playing it because of health issues and I used to go to the stadium with my father [Bhupendra] to pick him up. One day, as a kid, I pointed out a mistake while he was playing. My father said, 'okay aisa hai tuh tum batao kaise karna hai [so you tell me how to do it].' I took the racquet in my hand that day and never looked back," he signed off.

01 October,2022 04:13 PM IST | Mumbai | Sundari Iyer
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Shuttlers N Sikki Reddy-Rohan Kapoor enter Vietnam Open semis

Indian mixed doubles pair of Rohan Kapoor and N Sikki Reddy progressed to the semifinals of the Vitenam Open Super 100 tournament here on Friday. The unseeded Indian duo of Sikki and Kapoor, who had clinched the Chhattisgarh International Challenge title last week, stunned third seeds Chan Peng Soon and Cheah Yee See of Malaysia 21-19, 21-17 in a 39-minute clash. Also Read: Not thinking of World Championship yet, says table-topper Max Verstappen 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 data of the text. Mid-day management/mid-day.com reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoever

01 October,2022 09:31 AM IST | Mumbai | PTI
PV Sindhu, Anju Bobby George and Trupti Murgunde

Anju Bobby George , Trupti Murgunde, PV Sindhu enjoy Garba night

Two-time Olympic medallist badminton player PV Sindhu (extreme right), India’s first athletics World Championships medal winner Anju Bobby George (extreme left) and former India shuttler Trupti Murgunde (second from left) grooved to garba beats in Ahmedabad on Thursday night. They were in the Gujarat capital for the opening ceremony of the National Games. The official Instagram handle of the event Instagrammed the above picture and wrote: “Sports and Festivities grip Gujarat! Also Read: We must find ways to combat new ball: SA’s Maharaj After the grand #openingceremony of the #36thNationalGames, Indian star athletes PV Sindhu, Anju Bobby George and Trupti Murgunde visited the Karnavati Club, Ahmedabad and enjoyed the Garba night!”

01 October,2022 09:28 AM IST | Mumbai | A Correspondent
Perrie Edwards and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

Burglary leaves Brit singer Perrie Edwards, footballer Alex ‘heartbroken’

Burglars broke into Brit  singer Perrie Edwards and footballer fiance Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s  GBP3.5m (approx Rs 31.45cr) Cheshire mansion in the UK when they were downstairs with son Axel. Expensive items including jewellery and designer handbags, were stolen. Also Read: FIFA honour for skipper Sunil Chhetri According to The Sun, the raid left the couple heartbroken. “The brazenness of doing it while they were in the house is terrifying, and obviously they’re heartbroken that a lot of valuable items which meant a great deal to them—not just financially—have been taken,” said a source. Cheshire Police confirmed officers were called to report burglary.

01 October,2022 09:24 AM IST | Mumbai | A Correspondent
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