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October 2019

Barty, Bencic move to WTA Finals semis (Lead)

Shenzhen, Oct 31: Ashleigh Barty of Australia and Belinda Bencic of Switzerland qualified for the semi-finals of the WTA Finals tournament on Thursday.No. 1 seed Barty beat No. 7 seed Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic 6-4, 6-2 in a round-robin match that played out in an hour and 29 minutes. The Australian, who had won her past three matches against Kvitova, took advantage of the Czech's mistakes to finish top of the Red Group, reports Efe news. Bencic meanwhile secured her second win at Shenzhen by beating Kiki…

Jeet in men’s singles UTT National Ranking TT C’ships semis

Thane, Oct 31: Of the four Haryana paddlers in the fray, only Jeet Chandra made it to the men singles semi-final of the UTT National Ranking (West Zone) Table Tennis Championships at the Sulochana Devi Singhania School here on Thursday.All others -- Soumyajit Ghosh, Jubin Kumar and Sourav Saha -- failed to produce their pre-quarterfinal form and bowed out of the championships. But Sreeja Akula stole the limelight when she accounted for top-seeded Sutirtha Mukherjee 4-3 in women singles, the decider coming to an end when…

Anand, Sania among dignitaries to be present for D-N Test

Kolkata, Oct 31: Chess legend Viswanathan Anand and tennis star Sania Mirza will be among the dignitaries present at the first ever day-night Test at Eden Gardens between India and Bangladesh in November.The Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) has gala plans to make the occasion special and among them are invitations to the Prime Ministers of the two countries. While Bangladesh PM Sheikh Hasina has confirmed her attendance, BCCI president Sourav Ganguly said Narendra Modi is yet to confirm. Sources close to the…

Everything will be fine: Ganguly on SG pink balls for D-N Test

Kolkata, Oct 31: BCCI president Sourav Ganguly on Thursday assured that "everything will be fine" as far as the SG pink ball is concerned as it is set to debut when India and Bangladesh play their maiden Day-Night Test at Eden Gardens next month."Everything will be fine. There is no problem," Ganguly told reporters here. "I played in pink Dukes for MCC long time back, but it will be ok," he smiled. After the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) agreed to play the second Test under lights on…

‘Ujda Chaman’: Humour hits a bald patch (IANS Review; Rating: * *)

All that glitters is not gold, not certainly a shiny balding pate in the marriage market. Thus realises the film's 30-year-old virgin hero, early on in the film.He is an unassuming Hindi lecturer at Hansraj College, and the friendly neighbourhood misfit among the loud, spirited Punjabi populace of Delhi's Rajouri Garden. Students shout "takla", girls snub his arranged marriage bids, the family astrologer warns he just might die a celibate, and his father is egging him to join Tinder. "Ujda Chaman" starts…
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