QPlay: Dhawan to Lead India A; Hingis, Mirza Win Semis and More
All the latest sports news in The Quint’s morning wrap.
1. Dhawan to Lead India A
Shikhar Dhawan has been named captain of the India A side for the one three-day game against Bangladesh A. Suresh Raina has been included in the India A team.
India A will also play three ODIs. The limited-overs India A side will be led by Unmukt Chand. Dhawan, who missed out on the second and third Tests with Sri Lanka due to a hand injury, can test his fitness ahead of the long South Africa series, which begins on October 2.
The Bangladesh A series will be begin on September 16.
2. Bopanna, Mergea Bow Out of the US Open
India’s Rohan Bopanna and Romania’s Florin Mergea bowed out of the US Open after losing to the unseeded pair of Great Britain’s Dominic Inglot and Sweden’s Robert Lindstedt, 6-7, 3-6 in the quarter-final of the US Open on Wednesday.
Rohan Bopanna is still alive in the mixed doubles competition wherein, he and Yung-Jan Chan will take on Leander Paes and Martina Hingis in the semifinals.
3. The Team is as Hardworking as Me; to Re-establish India as a Strong Team: Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli, who won his first Test series as captain against Sri Lanka said on Wednesday, while attending a press conference in Gurgaon that he has become more responsible and his team is working as hard as he seeks to re-establish India as a strong side.
I have become more responsible and I always believe in hard work and persistence. The guys are also very hungry for success. They work really hard on their game. People don’t get to see the efforts put in by the management, the coaching staff and the whole team; they see (only) the match. Everyone is as involved and as hardworking, and we want to re-establish India as a very strong team. I am really proud to lead this team.
— Virat Kohli
4. Nadal Returns to Davis Cup Team
Rafael Nadal returned to the Spanish team for the Europe-Africa zone playoffs Davis Cup tie against Denmark which will begin on September 18. Nadal has not played in the Davis Cup since playing against Ukraine in 2013.
David Ferrer has also been included in the Spanish side. Ferrer has not played for Spain since the nation’s loss against Czech Republic in Prague in 2012.
5. Mirza, Hingis in US Open Final
Top seeds Sania Mirza and Martina Hingis stormed into the US Open final after beating the Italian pair Sara Errani and Flavia Pennetta 6-4, 6-1 in the semi-final on Wednesday.
Mirza and Hingis smashed 30 winners and committed 21 unforced errors enroute their semi-final victory.
The Wimbledon champions will either face Casey Dellacqua and Yaroslava Shvedova or Anna-Lena Grönefeld and Coco Vandeweghe in the final.
6. Federer Sails to the US Open Semi-final
Second seed Roger Federer sailed to the US Open final after beating Richard Gasquet 6-3, 6-3, 6-1 in the quarter-final on Wednesday. Federer will face his Davis Cup team-mate Stanislas Wawrinka in the semi-final on Friday.
Federer stormed 50 winners and committed 21 unforced errors in the match. The Swiss hasn’t dropped a set yet in the tournament and is looking in supreme form.
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