QPlay: Murray Out of US Open & Stephen Fleming Visits The Quint
All the latest sports news in The Quint’s morning wrap.
Ojha ‘Fine’ After Suffering Freak Head Injury in Duleep Tie
Left-arm spinner Pragyan Ojha was taken to the hospital for precautionary tests but escaped a serious injury after being hit on the head during the Duleep Trophy match between India Blue and India Green.
The incident happened in the 63rd over of India Blue’s second innings as Ojha, while fielding for India Green at mid-on, was dealt a blow on the left side of his head after the ball bounced viciously in front of him, forcing him to take evasive action. The impact brought him down immediately and he was stretchered off the ground.
Nishikori Upsets Murray to Reach U.S. Open Semi-finals
Japan’s Kei Nishikori overcame second seed Andy Murray for a grueling 1-6 6-4 4-6 6-1 7-5 victory on Wednesday to reach the U.S. Open semi-finals.
Nishikori, who became the first Asian man to reach a grand slam final when he finished runner-up at the 2014 U.S. Open, broke the Scotsman in the 11th game of the fifth set with a brilliant reflex volley and served out to complete the comeback triumph.
The upset ended a stellar run by Murray that had taken him to seven successive finals, including victories at Wimbledon, the Rio Olympics, Queen’s Club and Rome.
US Open Women’s Match in Betting Alert
The US Open first round match between Russia’s Vitalia Diatchenko and Timea Bacsinszky of Switzerland is under investigation for suspicious betting patterns, it was confirmed on Wednesday.
The Tennis Integrity Unit (TIU) said that a match alert for the August 30 encounter had been received from betting organisations.
“The TIU will assess, make a judgement and take appropriate action on the alert information received and obtained for the first round singles match between Vitalia Diatchenko and Timea Bacsinszky played at the US Open on 30th August,” a spokesman said in a statement released to AFP.
Stephen Fleming Drops in at The Quint’s Office
Former New Zealand cricket captain and current Rising Pune Supergiants’ coach Stephen Fleming dropped in at The Quint’s office on Wednesday for an hour long Facebook Q&A session.
Watch the highlights here as the legend talks about the upcoming Indian tour of New Zealand, picks a favourite between Dhoni and Kohli and names his favourite Bollywood actress!
Kashyap Wins on Return; Prannoy, Jayaram Also in Round 2
A fit-again P Kashyap whose Rio Olympics dream was derailed by a series of injuries, spanked Nathaniel Ernestan Sulistyo of Indonesia 21-6 21-8 to sail into the second round of the Indonesian Grand Prix Gold, while seventh seeded Prannoy rallied to win 16-21 21-19 21-14 over Ha Young Woong of Korea and third seed Jayaram beat local lad Yehezkiel Fritz Mainaky 21-8 21-9.
B Sai Praneeth overcame Riyanto Subagja of Indonesia 21-18 13-21 21-13, but P C Thulasi suffered defeat in women’s singles to Xiaoyu Liang of Singapore 21-12 21-15 at the Dome Stadium.
Paralympics: Troubled Rio Opens Games to Samba Beat
Rio de Janeiro opened the Paralympic Games with samba, parading wheelchairs, giant balloons -- and political protests -- at the famed Maracana stadium.
The joyous rhythms of samba singers set the atmosphere in front of a packed stadium, followed by a giant projection of Brazil’s Paralympic swimmer Daniel Dias, and a carnivalesque reproduction of a Rio beach scene. But Brazil’s tensions also flared with thousands in the crowd chanting “Out with Temer!” as newly sworn in President Michel Temer appeared at the ceremony just days after taking over from bitter rival Dilma Rousseff, who was impeached.
Blind, missing limbs or partially paralyzed, the world’s toughest and most competitive disabled were parading ahead of 11 days of contests.
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