(Current Affairs) Sports | November + December - 2015


Novak Djokovic win  U.S open title

  • Thrilled to win a point in the US Open final, and bent on proving a point, Novak Djokovic leaped and roared and threw an uppercut, then glared at some of the thousands of spectators pulling for Roger Federer.
  • After winning another point in that game, Djokovic nodded as he smiled toward the stands. And moments later, Djokovic shook his right arm, bloodied by an early fall, and screamed, “Yes! Yes!” to celebrate a missed forehand by Federer.
  • Djokovic appeared to be all alone out there in Arthur Ashe Stadium, trying to solve Federer while also dealing with a crowd loudly supporting the 17-time major champion proclaimed “arguably the greatest player in the history of the sport” by the stadium announcer during prematch introductions.
  • In the end, Djokovic handled everything in a thrill-a-minute final on a frenetic night. Frustrating Federer with his relentless defense and unparalleled returning, Djokovic took control late and held on for a 6-4, 5-7, 6-4, 6-4 victory Sunday to earn his second US Open title, third major championship of the year and 10th Grand Slam trophy in all..

Sania and Martina duo win U.S.open

  • Sania Mirza and Martina Hingis came together in March this year and have been on a roll ever since - notching doubles titles for fun. At US Open, the top seeded pair did not lose a single set in a marauding performance from start to finish to earn their second consecutive Grand Slam title.

  • The Indo-Swiss duo have been in red-hot form and on Sunday, stream-rolled past the fourth seeded pair of Casey Dellacqua and Yaroslava Shvedova. It took the top seeds only 70 minutes to wrap up the final 6-3 6-3 against the fourth seed Kazakh-Australian combination at Flushing Meadows.

  • Mirza and Hingis were in understandably upbeat mood speaking after the match.

Narsingh Pancham Yadav secured an Olympic quota

  • Narsingh Pancham Yadav secured an Olympic quota place for India after bagging a bronze medal in the Men’s 74kg Freestyle category, giving the country a reason to cheer at the World Wrestling Championship here.
  • With his third-place finish, Narsingh became the lone Indian to win a medal at the prestigious tournament as well as book a berth for the 2016 Rio Games. Top six in each category qualifies for the Olympics. This is the first time that an Indian wrestler has earned an Olympic berth with a medal at the World Championship.
  • Double Olympic medallist Sushil Kumar’s absence from the mat for over an year now has made Narsingh a regular in the 74kg division.
  • It will now be interesting to see who between the veteran Sushil or 26-year-old Narsingh ultimately board the flight to Rio next year to represent India in this category. As per rules, an Olympic berth is for the country concerned and not the wrestler who might have clinched it.
  • Other than Narsingh, India had a dismal show overall in the championship, which concluded today, as no one else could make it to the podium.

Shastri retained as team director till 2016

  • Ravi Shastri was on Sunday retained as the team director of the Indian cricket team till the 2016 T20 World Cup at home, based on the recommendations of the BCCI advisory committee.
  • Shastri, who was appointed team director in August 2014, has been given another seven-month extension till the completion of the World T20 in April. The sixth edition of the tournament is scheduled to be held in India from March 11 to April 3.
  • The former Indian all-rounder took over the job after the England Test loss last year. The cricketer-turned-commentator then saw the team win the ODI series in England.
  • His two biggest achievements as team director are India’s semi-final finish in the 50-over World Cup in Australia and New Zealand along with Virat Kohli’s Test side winning an away Test series against Sri Lanka after 22 years.
  • Acknowledging the performance of the Indian cricket team and the efforts of the coaching staff in recent times, the advisory committee comprising Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman endorsed the extension of their tenure.
  • Along with Shastri, the committee also approved the extension of the assistant coaches till the T20 showpiece event next year. Sanjay Bangar stays on as the assistant coach (batting), Bharat Arun remains as bowling consultant and R Sridhar as the fielding coach.

Flavia Pennetta wonUS Open 2015,women single title

  • With her final shot in the 49th grand slam of her career, a beautifully struck off-forehand that scooted past the flailing racquet of a lifelong friend who had reached so far to bring down a giant of tennis just a day earlier, Flavia Pennetta made history..
  • In front of a capacity crowd who had expected to see history of another kind — that derailed when Vinci halted Serena Will¬iams’ tilt at the calendar Grand Slam in an astonishing semi-final — Pennetta promptly announced her retirement.
  • “One month ago I take the big decision in my life. This is the way I would like to say goodbye to tennis,” she told a capacity crowd.
  • It floored those who had paid big dollars to attend a final that, for the first time ever, sold out quicker than the men’s decider, undoubtedly due to the Serena slam factor.
  • Billie Jean King, who was standing in the crowd, was seen to bellow “No way” when the announcement was made.
  • Fellow professionals took to ¬social media to express their delight and dismay at the same time, for Pennetta is clearly a popular figure on tour.
  • What the Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi made of it is unclear, but he was clearly delighted to witness the historic moment from Arthur Ashe Stadium.
  • Pennetta’s boyfriend, Fabio Fognini, who had earlier knocked Rafael Nadal out of the tournament, was another forced to make a quick dash back to New York after moving on to his next event.
  • Retirement at the top is not completely unprecedented. Pete Sampras never played again after winning the 2002 US Open, although he did not announce his intentions for another year. Frenchwoman Marion Bartoli retired a month after winning Wimbledon in 2013.
  • Pennetta said she made the decision a month ago and had no great expectations heading into the Open, despite boasting a solid record in New York.
  • The 26th seed toppled some quality rivals along the way. Sam Stosur was her fourth-round opponent, two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova a quarter-final rival and the world No 2 Simona Halep among the women she thrashed to reach the final.

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