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Djokovic, Nadal launch French Open bids as Swiatek places streak on line



PARIS: Defending champion Novak Djokovic and 13-time French Open winner Rafael Nadal begin their Roland Garros campaigns on a star-studded Monday, whereas girls’s favorite Iga Swiatek begins her quest for a second title in three makes an attempt.

Unseeded Naomi Osaka faces a troublesome first-round check as she returns to Paris a 12 months on from her dramatic withdrawal after she was fined and threatened with a Grand Slam ban for refusing to honour media commitments.

Djokovic performs Yoshihito Nishioka of Japan within the first of 10 evening periods — launched at Roland Garros final 12 months when a pandemic curfew noticed most late matches performed in entrance of empty stands.

It’s the world primary’s first Grand Slam match since his high-profile deportation from Australia. He gained his first title of the 12 months on the Italian Open earlier this month.

“I really feel I’m at all times in that rivalry to combat for any Grand Slam trophy,” stated Djokovic, who’s seeded to satisfy Nadal within the quarter-finals and Spanish teenage sensation Carlos Alcaraz within the final 4.

Djokovic’s final match at a serious was his loss to Daniil Medvedev in final 12 months’s US Open last, a defeat which denied the Serb a calendar Grand Slam.

Nadal has but to win a title on his beloved clay this season, however performed down issues over the power foot subject that resurfaced in Rome.

“There may be nothing to get well,” stated Nadal who faces Austalia’s Jordan Thompson. “What occurred in Rome is one thing that occurred fairly often in my practices.”

“I used to be struggling after that for a few days, however I really feel higher. That’s why I’m right here.”

Nadal started the 12 months with a 20-match profitable run, capturing a second Australian Open title to assert a report twenty first Grand Slam and transfer forward of Djokovic and Roger Federer.

The 35-year-old’s report on the French Open stands at a staggering 105 wins and simply three losses since his 2005 title-winning debut.

Djokovic has been accountable for two of these defeats. One got here within the bruising semi-final 12 months in the past, the newest conflict of the pair’s epic 58-match rivalry.

All eyes on Swiatek, Osaka

Swiatek, the 2020 French Open champion, takes on Ukraine’s Lesia Tsurenko in spherical one.

The 20-year-old from Poland has swept apart all-comers and remodeled herself into the participant to beat in girls’s tennis because the shock retirement of world primary Ashleigh Barty.

Swiatek has gained her previous 5 tournaments and is unbeaten in 28 matches courting again to Dubai in February. Her profitable streak is the longest on the WTA tour since Serena Williams gained 34 matches in a row in 2013.

“I’m conscious that this streak is one thing which may be coming to an finish quickly, so I don’t wish to be like heartbroken when it’s going to occur,” stated Swiatek.

Japanese celebrity Osaka admitted she was “fearful” over her return to the French Open, fearing she had “offended” folks when she controversially give up the 2021 match.

Osaka, a former world primary and four-time main winner, then took a break from the game, revealing she had been struggling bouts of despair.

“I’m not going to lie. Like after I first got here right here, I used to be very fearful,” the 24-year-old stated final week.

“I used to be simply type of fearful that there have been folks that I offended a way and I’d simply type of stumble upon them.”

She opens in opposition to American twenty seventh seed Amanda Anisimova, a semi-finalist in 2019.

Anisimova knocked Osaka out of the Australian Open within the third spherical this 12 months.

Reigning girls’s champion Barbora Krejcikova will play France’s Diane Parry in spherical. The Czech world quantity two has been sidelined by arm damage since late February and is but to play on clay this 12 months.

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LPL 2022: 9 Pakistani cricketers picked, Imad amongst costliest picks



The gamers’ draft for the 2022 version of the Lanka Premier League (LPL) was held on Tuesday. Varied franchises picked 9 cricketers from Pakistan.

Galle Gladiators bagged all-rounder Imad Wasim for $60,000. He’s among the many costliest gamers.

In the meantime, Asif Ali was bagged by Colombo Stars for $50,000, Faheem Ashraf ($50,000) by Galle Gladiators, and veteran batter Shoaib Malik for $40,000 by Jaffna Kings.

Jaffna additionally obtained the providers of Shahnawaz Dahani for $25000 whereas Galle Gladiators bagged Azam Khan for a similar worth.

Rising batter Haider Ali went to Dambulla Giants for $25000. In the meantime, pacer Usman Shinwari and Sarfaraz Ahmed had been picked for $15000 respectively by Kandy Falcons and Galle Gladiators.

The 2022 Draft included a complete of 353 gamers, together with 173 Sri Lankan first-class gamers, Worldwide and ex-Worldwide gamers, and 180 overseas gamers.

The five-team competitors will finish on August 21, 2022, and can happen in Colombo and Hambantota.

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Shikhar Dhawan to guide India in West Indies ODIs as Kohli, Rohit, Bumrah rested



India have named a younger 16-member squad for the upcoming three-match ODI collection in West Indies.

Shikhar Dhawan is ready to guide the aspect, with Ravindra Jadeja named vice-captain. India will play three ODIs in Trinidad, beginning 22 July.

A number of key members of the ODI squad, together with common captain Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli and Jasprit Bumrah amongst others, have been rested for the collection.

Deepak Hooda has been rewarded for his spectacular exhibiting within the current T20Is and finds a spot within the squad. Shubman Gill returns to the ODI setup for the primary time for the reason that tour of Australia in 2020.

With Rishabh Pant rested, Ishan Kishan and Sanju Samson would be the designated wicket-keepers. The spin trio of Jadeja, Yuzvendra Chahal and Axar Patel shall be tasked with main the bowling assault within the absence of senior quick bowlers.

India have opted to area a younger, inexperienced tempo assault for the collection. Shardul Thakur, Avesh Khan, Prasidh Krishna, Mohammed Siraj and Arshdeep Singh full India’s fast-bowling unit. Of the 5, probably the most capped is Shardul Thakur with 19 ODIs whereas Avesh Khan and Arshdeep Singh are but to make their ODI debut.

India squad: Shikhar Dhawan (c), Ruturaj Gaikwad, Shubman Gill, Deepak Hooda, Suryakumar Yadav, Shreyas Iyer, Ishan Kishan (wk), Sanju Samson (wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Shardul Thakur, Yuzvendra Chahal, Axar Patel, Avesh Khan, Prasidh Krishna, Mohammed Siraj, Arshdeep Singh

After the completion of the ODI collection, India are set to play West Indies in 5 T20Is in what shall be thought-about to be essential preparation for the T20 World Cup later this 12 months.

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Lacking mountaineers Shehroze Kashif, Fazal Ali traced



SAKARDU: Pakistani mountaineer Shehroze Kashif’s father Salman Kashif on Wednesday mentioned that his son and Fazal Ali, who had gone lacking whereas descending the summit of Nanga Parbat, have been traced.

The mountaineer duo had individually summited the Nanga Parbat, the ninth highest peak on the planet, on Tuesday. Shehroze claimed the title of the world’s youngest mountaineer to scale the Nanga Parbat.

The mountain is taken into account essentially the most deadly and hardest.

Salman mentioned that Shehroze had been seen shifting in the direction of the third camp from the fourth camp.

“Each Shehroze and Fazal are shifting in the direction of camp three,” Salman mentioned.

He, nonetheless, complained that “nobody” helped his son and Fazal and each of the mountaineers are returning on their very own.

Earlier, Salman had mentioned that contact had been misplaced along with his son on his return from Nanga Parbat.

In an emotional video message, Shehroze’s father appealed to the federal government to launch a search operation to hint the mountaineer.

“He [Shehroze] is simply 20-years-old. He has made huge achievements and introduced a very good title to Pakistan,” Shehroze’s father mentioned in a shaky voice.

“Is that this the payback on this nation?” he requested.

In the meantime, Gilgit-Baltistan Dwelling Secretary Iqbal Hussain had earlier confirmed misplaced of contact with the 2 mountaineers.

The official had mentioned that the mountaineer duo went lacking between camps 3 and 4, positioned on an altitude of seven,000-8,000 metres whereas descending the summit. He mentioned that the GB authorities launched a rescue operation shortly after, whereas different floor rescue groups have been additionally alerted.

He had mentioned that helicopters can be deployed if the climate permitted.

Sharif Sadpara goes lacking from Broad Peak

In the meantime, one other Pakistani mountaineer, Sharif Sadpara, went lacking after falling off a “very excessive altitude”, different climbers accompanying him on the summit of Broad Peak mentioned.

Dilawar Sadpara, who was with Sharif on the hunt, mentioned that the lacking mountaineer misplaced steadiness resulting from a powerful gust of wind after they summited the Broad Peak.

He mentioned that Sharif fell on the facet in China’s territory. The mountaineer mentioned that discovering Sharif by means of floor is unattainable, subsequently a search operation needs to be launched by means of a helicopter.

Sources mentioned that Sharif, Dilawar and Imtiaz Sadpara have been on a mission to summit Broad Peak and K2.

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