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Swiatek to take on Tunisian Jabeur in US Open final

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World No.1 and two-time Roland Garros champion Iga Swiatek of Poland recovered from a 2-4 third-set deficit to overcome Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus and secure a place in the US Open final for the first time. in his carrer. on Friday (IST).

Swiatek will face No.5 seed Ons Jabeur in Saturday’s women’s singles final after the Tunisian defeated No.17 seed Caroline Garcia of France 6-1, 6-3 to become the first player to advance to the final at Wimbledon and the US Open. in the same season since Serena Williams in 2019.

Swiatek made several comebacks en route to reaching the US Open final, rallying from a one-set deficit as well as breaking the third set twice, before outpointing powerful No.6 seed Sabalenka 3- 6, 6-1, 6-4 in 2 hours, 11 minutes inside Arthur Ashe Stadium.

“I felt a big difference between the first set and the last two,” Swiatek was quoted as saying by the WTA after the match. “I’m quite happy that I raised my energy level a bit.

“Aryna made it tough today for sure. I felt like I was serving pretty solid. It was tough coming back in the third, but I’m really happy I did it.”

Swiatek, who had never made a quarterfinal appearance at Flushing Meadows before this season, is through to his third career Grand Slam final, second of the year and first after the French Open. The Pole is 2-0 in Grand Slam finals in her career. She won in Paris in 2020 and earlier this year.

Swiatek and Jabeur have shared the honors in all four of their matches against each other, and are 1-1 on hard courts. In their only meeting this season, Swiatek easily defeated the Tunisian in the Rome final on clay.

“(Jabeur) has a different style of play than most players,” Swiatek said. “She has great touch. All of these things mixed together, yeah, she’s just a tough opponent.”

“I feel like Aryna served pretty well today, better than our other matches,” Swiatek said. “(Losing the first two games of the third set) helped me get back on the ground and realize that I still have high expectations even though the second set was quite dominant.

“I went in with everything, you know. This time he actually gave me a lot, and the balls that I played went in. I’m very happy because I feel like we both took chances sometimes, because the pace was really, really high,” Swiatek added.

This was Sabalenka’s third narrow loss in a Grand Slam semifinal. The Belarusian fell at the quarterfinal stage at Wimbledon 2021 and the US Open 2021.

Jabeur outscored Garcia in just 66 minutes, producing eight aces and 21 winners.

“So important,” Jabeur said. “She (Garcia) comes on the court and puts a lot of pressure on my second serves. I’m really glad she didn’t break my serve at the end, it would have been very difficult to get to 5-4.”

Jabeur has reached the quarter-finals in his last two Grand Slam appearances after never reaching this stage in his first 20 majors.

“After Wimbledon, I was under a lot of pressure,” said Jabeur. “I am very, very relieved that I stood by my result. I am very happy that I made it to the final here.”


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Belgian girl weds Indian man as RK Narayan’s ‘Guide’ recreated in real life

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The legendary storyteller, Padma Vibhushan RK Narayan, would have been very proud if he had been alive today, because one of his great books ‘Guide’ has apparently come to life in real life.

It turns out that a 30-year-old tour guide, Ananth Raju, has married his 27-year-old Belgian girlfriend, Camille, in Hampi, Karnataka. And his love story was straight out of Narayan’s award-winning novel. The two were married on Friday according to Hindu rituals at the city’s Virupaksha temple.

The two reportedly met in Hampi just before the covid pandemic hit India in 2020. When Camille visited Hampi with her family, Raju not only took her around the city and gave her history-related information, but also he also arranged for her to stay at a good hotel.

Although Camille returned to Belgium with her family after her tour ended, the two kept in touch via social media. Gradually the friendship grew and both expressed their desire for marriage to their families, which both families accepted.

Camille was unable to come to India due to Covid restrictions but once the restrictions were lifted Camille came to Hampi. And both of them got married according to Hindu rituals.

Narayan’s ‘Guide’, which was published in 1958, has a similar plot in which a tour guide falls in love with a married woman who happened to be the wife of an archaeologist. The story took numerous twists and turns until the ‘guide’ ended up as a religious preacher in a temple.

A movie was made based on the novel which was released in 1965. The hit movie had Dev Anand and Wahida Rahman in the lead roles.


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Anand Mahindra awe-stricken by this 6-seater cycle, netizens hail desi jugaad

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Auto baron Anand Mahindra shared a video on Twitter praising a rural youth using an EV. He showered her with praise for her inventiveness, originality, and innovation.

The young man in the video drives his friends down the highway in unison in his custom-built six-seater electric two-wheeler.

According to Mahindra, necessity is the mother of invention and this concept could find global use as a tourist “bus” in busy European tourist destinations.

According to the man in the video, it runs on electricity and can travel up to 150 km on a single charge. This car costs between Rs. 10,000 and Rs. 12,000. Furthermore, the young man claimed that the car can be charged at just Rs 10.

Sharing the video, Mahindra wrote: “With only small design inputs (cylindrical sections for the @BosePratap chassis?), this device could find global application. As a tourist ‘bus’ in the busy European tourist centers? I am always impressed by innovations in rural transport, where necessity is the mother of invention”.

His video has received a good response with more than 826.6k views, more than 43k likes and more than 5k retweets.

Industrialist Anand Mahindra frequently tweets interesting videos on Twitter that draw the attention of netizens. He rarely misses an opportunity to praise remarkable creations, and his most recent post is no exception.


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Former captain Sardar Singh’s mantra for Indian team

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With less than 50 days to go until the FIH Men’s Hockey World Cup Odisha Bhubaneswar-Rourkela 2023, the anticipation of witnessing the world’s best hockey players in one of the world’s favorite hockey destinations – Odisha – only grows with each passing day. .

As the Indian team carry out their preparations to end the medal drought at the prestigious event, it is time for hockey fans to relive the memories of India’s storied World Cup campaigns.

Winner of the gold medal at the 2014 Asian Games and a silver medal at the 2014 Champions Trophy, former Indian team captain, the legendary Sardar Singh, who was a part of the 2010 and 2010 World Cup campaigns. 2014, he recalled his memories of the years. past.

Regarded as one of the biggest driving forces for the Indian team during his playing days, Sardar played his first senior men’s World Cup on home soil in 2010, in New Delhi.

Turning back the clock, Singh said: “For almost every player, playing in the World Cup is a matter of emotion, and I was very lucky that my first World Cup was in India. Playing good hockey in front of our own fans was a great feeling. We played Pakistan in our first match, and I remember the Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium was completely packed. And as soon as we lined up, the crowd went wild and immediately cheered us on, giving us a confidence boost.”

“That feeling of being supported and encouraged by the home fans when you play well in front of them is unparalleled,” Sardar said.

Sardar, a former captain who led by example, led the Indian team at the 2014 World Cup in The Hague, Netherlands. According to the former captain, the team at the time was a close-knit unit, winning medals at both the Asian Games and the Commonwealth Games.

Speaking about developing that winning habit, Singh said: “The team has to practice hard and for long periods. Look at all the great teams in the world, they’ve been playing together for a while. To win a medal, attention to detail must be paid, and the team must work together and help each other at all times.”

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“When all these factors come into play correctly, and the team does well, wins a medal and then hears the national anthem while you’re on the podium, that’s a priceless feeling,” he said.

When asked about leading the team in a major tournament, Singh said: “I never thought of it that way. Yes, as a senior player, there are certain things that I had to do and also take care of the team, especially the younger players. But for me, all the players on the team count as captains. The idea was always that everyone should communicate clearly across the lines.”

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The former captain has played alongside quite a few of the current Indian team and believes the team is very talented.

“The current Indian team has done well in recent years, and they are very talented, with a good structure as well. They should never be satisfied and always hunger for more,” Sardar said.

Ahead of the all-important Hockey World Cup Odisha 2023 in January, the former captain had some advice for the team.

“Once the players take the field at the next World Cup, what the player has done previously doesn’t matter. They have to work hard from the first whistle to the final whistle, and consistently on every play. The extra effort and focus will be key to performance as well as executing plans correctly. If they can do that, then the results will follow us automatically,” Sardar signed.


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