Serena Knocks Out Halep in Epic Clash

first_imgAUSTRALIA OPENSerena Williams outlined why she is the favourite to win the Australian Open with a 6-1 4-6 6-4 win over top seed Simona Halep in a high-quality last-16 match.The 37-year-old American dismantled Halep’s game to race through the opening set in 20 minutes. Romania’s Halep, 27, recovered in the second, breaking in what proved to be the final game.Williams, seeded 16th, saved three break points for 3-3 in the decider, crucially winning the next game to seize control.The 23-time Grand Slam champion comfortably held her next service game to edge closer, then served out for victory over last year’s runner-up in one hour and 47 minutes.Triumphantly punching the air with both arms as she gave a steely stare towards her box, Williams showed how much relief she felt at beating the world number one.“It was an intense match and there were some incredible points, but I love being here,” she said.Williams, searching for her first Grand Slam title since coming back from pregnancy last year, has now won nine of her 10 meetings with Halep.The seven-time champion will meet Czech seventh seed Karolina Pliskova, who beat Spain’s two-time Grand Slam winner Garbine Muguruza earlier on Monday, in the last eight.If Williams goes on to extend her record number of victories in Melbourne, she will equal Australian Margaret Court’s all-time tally of 24 Grand Slam titles.From the moment these two players were drawn in the same section of the Australian Open – and projected to meet in the last 16 – there had been a sense of anticipation among tennis fans: Williams, the long-time former world number one, taking on the current holder, Halep.And a match containing fight, drama and high-quality tennis from both players did not disappoint.Halep admitted before the match that Williams was still the “best player in the world”, and Williams may have proved it with her first win over a number-one ranked player since beating Victoria Azarenka in 2013.“I really needed to elevate my game,” Williams said.“She’s the number one player in the world and there’s a reason why. She’s a great player.”Williams left the Melbourne crowd stunned with the ease with which she dismantled Halep’s game, particularly the Romanian’s second serve, in a one-sided opening set.Halep, who won her maiden Grand Slam at last year’s French Open, broke Williams’ serve to love in the first game – which included a double fault on game point – before the American settled down.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Lacrosse finds win streak midway through season

first_imgSophomore midfielder Sophia Donovan shoots against Jacksonville Feb. 24. (Michelle Mankoff/Daily Trojan) Donovan recorded her third hat trick of the season against Colorado and picked up an assist to go with two ground balls and a caused turnover, earning her Pac-12 Player of the Week honors. USC’s 6-goal winning margin matches the largest in the series’ history with the Buffaloes, who entered the match on a two-game winning streak with a pair of Pac-12 road victories over Stanford and Cal. The Trojans last faced the Buffaloes in 2017 at McAlister Field, a match they won 11-5. “I think the biggest thing we’ve done throughout the season is keeping a good morale,” Concialdi said. “We’ve developed such a good team culture and it makes the long hours worth it.” The Trojans faced Virginia Tech over spring break and came out on top, 13-11. The teams traded goals for much of the first half, but USC established a lead and picked up momentum going into halftime by scoring 3 goals in the final four minutes of the half. This outburst came after a nearly eight minute-long scoring drought. USC’s five-game winning streak is the longest of the season and the longest since it had 12 consecutive wins in the 2017 season. Although the team seems to be hitting a stride, its players always see room for improvement. The Women of Troy opened the game strong, with a 4-0 run on goals by senior attacker Emily Concialdi, who returned after a two-game absence. Concialdi dished out three assists to go with 1 goal, two ground balls and a caused turnover, making her the key player in the Trojans’ win. After halftime, the Trojans didn’t look back. Sophomore attacker Sophia Donovan scored the first 2 goals of the second half to put USC up 9-5. USC didn’t slow down, and Virginia Tech could not close the scoring gap. The two victories over top-ranked teams helped the Trojans jump the ranks from No. 22 to No. 13 this week. USC holds a four-game win streak, improving to 8-1 for a Pac-12 best. Donovan led the team with 4 goals and one assist against the Hokies. She is currently the leading scorer for the Trojans, already matching her season-high record of 20 goals from last season — a feat she attributes to the entire team. Sophomore goalie Riley Hertfod racked up two saves against Oregon to lead the Trojan defense.center_img Concialdi added 2 goals for the Trojans before the match was minutes away from giving USC its fifth win. But USC took its foot off the gas and held the Ducks to 3 goals before the final horn for a 14-5 final score. No. 13 USC lacrosse capped off a dominant week of competition with a win over Pac-12 rival Oregon, marking the third victory of the week for the Trojans, who also beat No. 23 Virginia Tech and No. 24 Colorado. Donovan is shooting markedly better than USC’s team average of .422 at .556, demonstrating her individual value to the team. The Trojans finished their Pac-12 road trip with a win against the Ducks that not only extended USC’s season-long five-game winning streak with a 14-5 victory over Oregon, but also avenged an 18-11 loss to the Ducks suffered in Eugene last spring. “Making plays and scoring goals is never a one-person process, and I consider myself lucky to be a part of this offense,” Donovan said. “We have focused since August on building an offense that plays to our strengths,” Donovan said. “One of our main focuses has been making simple plays and working to make each other look good on the field.” With the Trojans strong, the team scored 5 unanswered goals throughout the first eight minutes of the game. But the Ducks answered by putting a stop to the run with a goal from sophomore attacker Lillian Stump. Following their matchup against the Hokies, USC won their fourth consecutive contest in a decisive 11-5 victory over No. 23 Colorado Buffaloes at Kittredge Field March 16. Despite a minor setback due to possible inclement weather conditions in the area, the Trojans improved to 6-2 all-time against Colorado. “Each and every day at practice is a chance to improve, and I think collectively, we have bought into that mindset,” Donovan said. “As long as we keep playing simple together there’s no limit to what we could accomplish this season.”last_img read more

India vs Australia T20 match broadcast channels list: Where to Watch Ind vs Aus live Broadcast

first_imgWhat time does the 2nd T20I between India vs Australia start?2nd T20I starts at 1:20 PM IST on November 23, Friday at the Melbourne Cricket Ground in Melbourne.India vs Australia T20 match broadcast channels list for 3rd T20IWhat TV channel and live stream is the 2nd T20I between India and Australia Live Streaming on?Sony SIX and Sony SIX HD in English commentary and Sony Ten 3 and Sony Ten 3 HD in Hindi Commentary. Sony Liv will live stream India vs Australia match.Where will the 2nd T20I between India and Australia be played?The 2nd T20I between India and Australia will be played at the Melbourne Cricket Ground in Melbourne from 1:20 PM IST.Where can I watch the India vs Australia 2nd T20I live?The match will be shown on Sony sports network and can also be streamed on SonyLIV.com.Where can I check the online live updates of the India vs Australia 2nd T20I?You can follow our ball-by-ball-updates of the match between India vs Australia from our live blog on indiatoday.in.WHY IS INDIA vs AUSTRALIA 2ND T20I IMPORTANT?All eyes will be on Virat Kohli’s leadership when India walk out at the Melbourne Cricket Ground for the second T20 International against Australia on Friday. Some glaring tactical blunders cost India dearly as they went down to the hosts by four runs (DLS) in a rain-truncated match.India vs Australia 2nd T20 Live Streaming: How to Watch IND vs AUS Match on Sony LivadvertisementHowever, there will be no margin for errors against an Australian team that is starting to believe it can compete. It was only one match but the Aussies showed they can take the fight to their more fancied opponents. They were without Steve Smith and David Warner (as they will be for the rest of the Australian summer) against an Indian team which had won 10 of the previous 16 T20Is between the two teams. Australia had won only five.The Australian line-up is packed with hard-hitting batsmen and it could be worthwhile to try Chahal out. If Kohli does want to go in with a specialist all-rounder, chances are Washington Sundar might get a game.Besides, the batsmen really need to sharpen their game. Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli had a rare off day but Shikhar Dhawan needed more support. Rishabh Pant and Dinesh Karthik revived India’s hopes but the former’s untimely dismissal made it more complicated for India.India vs Australia 2nd T20 Live Streaming: When, Where to Watch IND vs AUS Match on Sony LivIndia flew out to Australia with their eyes firmly on the Test series but a strong show in the T20Is could work wonders for their confidence before the real battle starts. With the series now on the line, it is now important India no commit the glaring errors from Wednesday.What are the squads for the 2nd T20I between India and Australia?India: Virat Kohli (C), Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Manish Pandey, Shreyas Iyer, Dinesh Karthik (WK), Rishabh Pant (WK), Krunal Pandya, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Umesh Yadav, Khaleel Ahmed, Washington Sundar.Australia: Aaron Finch (C), Ashton Agar, Jason Behrendorff, Alex Carey, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Chris Lynn, Ben McDermott, Glenn Maxwell, D’Arcy Short, Billy Stanlake, Marcus Stoinis, Andrew Tye, Adam Zampa.last_img read more