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French Open: Djokovic, Nadal to meet in semi-finals; Coco Gauff determined to be future star

Sports, TENNIS
The Serb feels he can beat the Spaniard. The 17-year-old lost a hard-fought match to Barbora Krejcikova in the quarters Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal will face each other for the 58th time in the upcoming French Open semi-final on Friday. On his way to the last four, Nadal kept Diego Schwartzman at bay and Djokovic pulled off a dramatic victory against world no. 9 Matteo Berrettini, winning 6-3 6-2 6-7 (5) 7-5. Djokovic was under pressure throughout the game which saw some crowd trouble and a minor injury on his palm. “This match had it all: falls, crowd, break. It was a lot of intensity. I just felt under tension the entire time. The reaction at the end was just me liberating that tension that was building up for the entire match,” said Djokovic. Nadal clearly rules the...
French open: Tunisia’s Jabeur knocked out and US’ Gauff shines

French open: Tunisia’s Jabeur knocked out and US’ Gauff shines

GAMES, Sports, TENNIS
Ons Jabeur The Roland Garros dream is over for Tunisian Ons Jabeur, who was the last African left in the French Open. She was knocked out on Monday in two sets by the American Coco Gauff with 6-3, 6-1- all that in just 53 minutes. Jabeur tried to put up a fight but the American dominated from the start. Guaff is just 17 years old and her win against Jabeur now means she is through to her first-ever Grand Slam quarterfinal and is one of the youngest tennis players to do so. Coco Gauff She is also the youngest American to reach the quarterfinals of any Grand Slam since Venus Williams. "It means a lot to me," Gauff told the media in her post-match press conference. "I have lost in the fourth round a couple of times so it feels good to get over that hurdle. Today I played...
Golf: Teenage amateur Megha Ganne holds share of US Women’s Open lead

Golf: Teenage amateur Megha Ganne holds share of US Women’s Open lead

GAMES, Sports, TENNIS, USA
High school junior Megha Ganne carded a four-under 67 on Thursday (June 4) to share the first-round lead with England's Mel Reid at the US Women's Open at The Olympic Club in San Francisco. The 17-year-old amateur recorded six birdies against two bogeys on the biggest stage in women's golf. She held the lead until a bogey at the 18th knocked her back into a tie. The 33-year-old Reid notched five birdies and one bogey in her first trip around the Lake Course. Megan Khang, Angel Yin and Canada's Brooke Henderson were tied for third, one shot back. Ganne, who attends Holmdel High in New Jersey, is playing in her second US Women's Open. She said she is much more comfortable this time around. "I think the first time is nerve-wracking for anybody and meeting your idols and be...
Joanne O’Riordan: Osaka asks tough questions of those who ask the tough questions

Joanne O’Riordan: Osaka asks tough questions of those who ask the tough questions

DIPLOMACY, GAMES, Media, Sports, TENNIS
Naomi Osaka during the press conference after the first match of the 2020 Fed Cup Qualifier between Sara Sorribes of Spain and Naomi Osaka of Japan at Centro de Tenis La Manga Club on February 07, 2020 in Cartagena, Spain. (Photo by Jose Breton/Pics Action/NurPhoto) Japanese star has raised important issue of the limits of an athlete’s responsibilities Naomi Osaka has a platform, and she knows how to use it. She’s not like the athletes of yesterday, where media consumption was a necessity to boost their profile. Social media has given athletes, admittedly through PR/marketing teams, a direct link to fans. Online publications such as the Players Tribune promise an athlete’s story, in their words only, for the fans, thus providing unique access to stuff you’d never usually hear. Fr...
Novak Djokovic shares his views on Naomi Osaka’s withdrawal from French Open and Grand Slams’ initial response

Novak Djokovic shares his views on Naomi Osaka’s withdrawal from French Open and Grand Slams’ initial response

EUROPE, France, GAMES, Sports, TENNIS
Novak Djokovic has hailed Naomi Osaka as “brave” and “bold” after she withdrew from the French Open while he also shared his views on the way the four Grand Slams initially dealt with the Japanese star’s media boycott. Ahead of this year’s French Open, world No 2 Osaka’s announcement that she would not partake in press conferences at Roland Garros and after the four-time Grand Slam winner failed to turn up for her media duties after her first-round win, it resulted in a fine, which was expected. However, the four Grand Slams went a step further as they threatened to not only expel her from the event, but also warned that repeat violations would attract tougher sanctions including future Grand Slam suspensions. Osaka then announced her withdrawal from the clay-court major and ...
A murder the world witnessed: How sport joined the fight for change

A murder the world witnessed: How sport joined the fight for change

ADVOCACY, Boxing, FIFA, Football, Formula 1, GAMES, HUMAN INTEREST STORIES, Moto GP, Motorsport, Sports, TENNIS
Produced and written by Miriam Walker-Khan | BBC SPORTS n 25 May 2020, George Floyd was murdered in Minneapolis by a man whose job was to protect the public.  The whole world witnessed as video footage of white police officer Derek Chauvin kneeling on George Floyd’s neck went viral. Millions around the globe saw a 46-year-old black man brutally restrained for more than nine minutes.  They heard him say more than 20 times that he could not breathe.  They heard him plead for his mother.  They watched as Chauvin kept a knee pressed down on his neck. George Floyd was motionless by the time the ambulance arrived, and an hour later he was pronounced dead.  It wasn’t the first example of police brutality caught on film, but what made this di...
French Open 2021: Naomi Osaka faces default from Grand Slam for refusing to speak to media

French Open 2021: Naomi Osaka faces default from Grand Slam for refusing to speak to media

GAMES, JAPAN, Media, Sports, TENNIS
World number two Naomi Osaka faces expulsion from the French Open and future Grand Slams if she continues to refuse to speak to the media, organisers said. Japan's Osaka said last week she will not give any news conferences during Roland Garros because she wants to protect her mental health. She was fined $15,000 (£10,570) for not doing media after Sunday's first-round win over Romania's Patricia Maria Tig. The second seed won 6-4 7-6 (7-4). A joint statement from the four Grand Slam organisers said Osaka also faces "more substantial fines and future Grand Slam suspensions". Later on Sunday, Osaka tweeted "change makes people uncomfortable". The Grand Slams added that following Osaka's announcement on Wednesday, Roland Garros teams asked the 23-year-old to reconsider...