Date bows out in tears after ‘double bagel’

TOKYO: Japan’s Kimiko Date, the grande dame of women’s tennis, bowed out of the sport after being thrashed 6-0, 6-0 by Aleksandra Krunic at the Japan Women’s Open on Tuesday. The former world number four, who turns 47 later this month, was simply no match for a Serbian opponent who at 24 is young enough to be Date’s daughter. Krunic took just 49 minutes to inflict the dreaded “double bagel” on Date in a lopsided first round encounter in Tokyo.Date tried gamely to mix up her shots in the second set but to no avail as Krunic, ranked 67th in the world, blasted winners past her at will. Krunic continued… Read More

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Aussies will have advantage in India, says Clarke

NEW DELHI: Former skipper Michael Clarke said on Tuesday the Australians would likely upstage hosts India in the upcoming One-day International (ODI) series thanks to their stints with the Indian Premier League. The Steve Smith-led side, which lost the Test series 2-1 to India earlier this year, will play five ODIs, with the first in Chennai on Sunday.Smith captained the Pune franchise in the last edition of the cash-rich IPL, arguably the world’s most popular Twenty20 tournament. Players like David Warner, Aaron Finch, Glenn Maxwell and Pat Cummins have had successful IPL stints and Clarke said the team should have no excuses in the shorter format.“It’s not just the wicket… Read More

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