India had to wait six days to open their 2019 World Cup campaign but after losing toss India beat exhausted South Africa by six wickets in Southampton on Wednesday (June 5).
South Africa won the toss and decided to bat first, but the overhead conditions helped Bumrah (2 for 35) and Bhuvneshwar (2 for 44) generate ample movement. Bumrah was fantastic in his first spell didn’t given any opportunity to South African batsmen to settle. later on when South African batsmen tried to build partnership Chahal destroyed their plan with brilliant spin bowling perfect use of drift & height variation Chahal took 4 middle order wickets in just 51 runs with this effort India were able to restrict South Africa to 227 for 9. Bumarah & Chahal will turn best weapon of Team India in this world cup.
In the absence of Dale Steyn, Rabada took the responsibility of the South African bowling Rabada bowled with pace and control and even broke Shikhar Dhawan. Rohit Sharma was also struggling first few over’s with many edges pitch was looking for perfect bowling condition. After the Kohli’s wicket Rohit change the game plan turn off his natural game decided to stay longer on this pitch, build the good partnership with Rahul and Dhoni. Rohit Sharma completed his hundred in the 41st over and stayed till the very end. Dhoni managed a cool 34 but was caught while playing a big shot . Hardik Pandya then walked in with couple of boundaries without any pressure and stamps the India’s win. Hardik Pandya in his short appearance with bat also has shown other team what he can do in this world cup 19.
South Africa, after losing 3 matches in row need to win every game from now to remain in the tournament.
When you take catches off edges off Bumrah’s bowling you know how quick he really is – Virat Kohli in post match.#ICCCWC2019
Three-time French Open champion, 37 year old Serena Williams outclassed the qualifier Kurumi Nara 6-3, 6-2, will next faces fellow American Sofia Kenin. Williams faced no break points, served 10 aces and made 36 winners.
World No.1 Naomi Osaka had another major escape drama when she outlasted former Australian Open champ Victoria Azarenka 4-6 7-5 6-3 for a place in the third round. Naomi came back from a set and 2-4 down to defeat former world number one Victoria Azarenka 4-6, 7-5, 6-3. Osaka won in similar fashion as in the first round against Anna Karolina Schmiedlova 0-6 7-6(7-4) 6-1.
“I was lucky to have played Victoria twice before. I knew she had been playing well coming into the tournament,” said Osaka.
“It was an unfortunate second round draw for me so I am happy to win.”
Osaka finished the two-hour 50-minute encounter on Court Suzanne Lenglen with 52 winners and 43 unforced errors.
BIG DADDY DJOKOVIC cruised to a 6-1, 6-4, 6-3 win over Swiss lucky loser Henri Laaksonen. Watching from the player’s box on Court Suzanne Lenglen was Djokovic’s son Stefan.
“It’s a very special day for me as it’s the first time in my life that I have played in front of my son,” said the 32-year-old Serb after a 23rd straight win at the Slams.
Djokovic, bidding to become just the second man to hold all four Slams at the same time twice
England has started world cup 2019 campaign with victory over South Africa in opening match. Host England team is most favorite’s team for this world cup. With the first match win England broken 27 years old record of South African team as this is first time in last 27 years South African team lost their first match in cricket world cup.
South African captain invited England to bat first , England team know for their strong batting line up with playing home advantage was claiming 500+ score target. But captain Faf du Plessis decided that Imran Tahir will deliver the opening over of the 2019 World Cup, 40 years old IPL purple cap winner surprise the England in very first over of the match with the wicket of Jonny Bairstow . This was the first shock for England which restricted them from high score of 500.
After the first over disaster Joe Root & Jason Roy played good foundation partnership for England & lon Ben Stokes contributed 89 off 79 balls England kept the 312 target for South Africa.
300 plus was looking achievable target for South Africa considering the batting line up of South Africa but England bowlers bundled them out for a total of just 207. Jofra Archer impresses everyone and proved his selection was right. Jofra Archer destroyed South Africa’s middle order as he removed Aiden Markram, Rassie Van der Dussen and the skipper Faf du Plessis.
In the first match England team proved them with bat, bowl & field with one amazing catch by Stokes and that’s why they are favorite’s for this world cup and may make history .
Karolina Pliskova no 2 seed easily entered in to the 3rd round of the French open 2019. No.2 seed Karolina Pliskova impressively defeated qualifier Kristina Kucova 6-2, 6-2 in just 56 minutes.
Karolina Pliskova a former Roland Garros semi-finalist, paying with full confidence after lifting the title in Rome less than two week ago. Queen of ace, increasing her tour-leading ace tally to 266 this year, the No.2 seed’s 6-2, 6-2 victory on Court.
The former World No.1 was dominant for the remainder of the first set, striking her forehand with a lethal confidence and capturing the Kucova serve twice in the sixth and eighth games, both times sealing the break by unleashing on a return.
Karolina Pliskova, Roland Garros 2019,
“When I’m winning, everything’s just going easy, I’m playing without thinking, which is the best,” Pliskova said. “I feel confident after I made the title in Rome, so there is no reason why I should not be feeling great.”
Karolina Pliskova eyeing on the French open title this year with full confidence where other top seed are struggling Karolina hope for title are increased. She was the sixth player to reach the No. 1 position without having won a Grand Slam tournament.
World number 1 Naomi Osaka rallied after losing the first set by 0-6 to defeat Anna Karolina Schmiedlova . Osaka lost first set in just 20 min and her dream of third straight Grand Slam title become cloudly. But it was clear what she wanted to do, after winning the second set in tie breaker Osaka didn’t given any opportunity to Schmiedlova to come back in third set. Osaka overcame her nerves and negative emotions to defeat Schmiedlova, 0-6, 7-6 (4), 6-1
“This is the most nervous I have ever been my entire life during a match,” said Osaka. “Logical reasons… First time playing a Grand Slam as No.1. Won the last two, so I kind of want to win this one really bad. I have never played on Chatrier before.
“I feel like I’m thinking too much about the number next to my name right now, instead of feeling free and having fun like I normally do in Grand Slams. Everything that I’m experiencing right now is very new.”
First set frustrations out of the way, Osaka fights back to take second set 7-6(4).
Simona Halep, the No. 3 seed and defending champion, also struggled to win in straight set, defeating Ajla Tomljanovic of Australia, 6-2, 3-6, 6-1.
After the exit of Caroline Wozniacki and Angelique Kerber now eyes on the Serena Williams , Naomi Osaka & Simona Halep all this player struggled to reach next round . are we going to see new women champion in French open 2019?
Clay specialist Nadal starts his campaign for title number 12 with a straightforward win . 11-time Roland-Garros champion won 6-2, 6-1, 6-3, leaving Hanfmann “a little bit disappointed that I lost”.
Rafa after match said “All I want is to fight and compete. And in Roland-Garros, it’s the same. You can’t hope to have always the same results. Now I’m fighting for this title, which is very important. I have my own analysis of what happened, and this tournament is very important for me. It’s probably the most special and important in my tennis career.”
Hanfmann say “I tried to play some lefties in practice. I told them: ‘Maybe you can try to be Rafa a little bit.’ But nobody can be him. In the match, I tried to do what all the good players do against him and neutralise his second serve. But it’s quite hard.”
Novak Djokovic, Roland Garros 2019,
World number one Djokovic, who could hold all four Grand Slam titles for the second time in his career, beat Poland’s Hubert Hurkacz 6-4 6-2 6-2.
“I know it’s two weeks, potentially, long and I just need to be in my lockdown mentally, and just do things that have worked for me in the past.”
The 15-time Grand Slam champion will face Swiss lucky loser Henri Laaksonen, ranked 104th in the world, in the second round.
The 2009 Champion Roger Federer may have not played a match in French open in four years but he easily completed this first round match against Italian Lorenzo Sonego with 6-2, 6-4, 6-4 victory.
Roger set up a second round against German lucky loser Oscar Otte.
“I feel that the public missed me and I missed them,” Federer said later, although his Parisian comeback was not without trepidation. “There needs to be extra preparation for the clay-court season for me – especially this year because I’m not getting any younger and I haven’t played many years on the clay now.”
“I knew I can play very well on clay and I am very happy I did it in straight sets today,” Federer said.
Lorenzo Sonego, Roger Federer, Roland Garros 2019,
In the 101 minutes match the no. 3 seed Roger landed 74 percent of first serve accuracy , firing five aces showing his master class return in the French open .
Federer made the quarter-finals in Madrid and Rome to prepare for his first match at Roland Garros since 2015 and there were positive signs that his game and fitness are in decent shape. “I enjoyed Madrid, I enjoyed Rome,” he said. “I’m happy to be here. The reception I got today was crazy, was really nice to see a full stadium for a first round.”
China are once again champions of the World Mixed Team Championships. They reclaim their 11th Sudirman Cup 2019 title – from their 13th straight final with a 3-0 victory over Japan.
Shi Yuqi winning moment Sudirman Cup 2019
Shi Yuqi astonished world champion Kento Momota . Japan have never won the badminton world mixed-team championship. China’s dominant victory over the top seeds . Japan had the edge in the head-to-head record in the first three matchups, and China in the remaining two. The world number one Kento Momota had defeated second-ranked Shi four times in five previous meetings, including last year’s world championship final.
China, the long-time most excellent power in badminton, reclaim the Sudirman Cup trophy that they lost to South Korea two years ago.