All England Championships: Saina Nehwal through, Sameer Verma goes down fighting

first_img Ritayan Basu BirminghamMarch 7, 2019UPDATED: March 7, 2019 14:24 IST All England Championships: Saina Nehwal easily beat Kirsty Gilmour in straight games (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSSaina Nehwal easily beat Kirsty Gilmour 21-17, 21-18Sameer Verma lost to Viktor Axelsen 21-16, 18-21, 14-21Kidambi Srikanth won his match as PV Sindhu crashed outSaina Nehwal beat Kirsty Gilmour in straight games but Sameer Verma’s challenge came to end at the All England Championships, after losing to Viktor Axelsen in Birmingham on Wednesday.Nehwal, who is World Number 9, easily defeated her opponent form Scotland with a 21-17, 21-18 victory in the first round of the women’s singles to qualify for the next round.”I really enjoy a lot, it is something every player looks up to. The challenge is even more tough than regular Super Series events as everyone wants to have the trophy. You have to play your natural game to be the best and can’t really put the pressure on yourself, ‘that you have to have it’. If it is in your destiny then you will get it. The challenge is to give your and beat the best players,” Saina said after the match.Nehwal will meet Denmark’s Line Kjaersfeldt in the second round on Thursday.Always great to see @NSaina at the All EnglandCatch her reaction after a hard-fought contest with Scotland’s @KirstyGilmourr in a match where both players gave their all #YAE19 #allengland19 https://t.co/Qo9sZYd3XD pic.twitter.com/jiazNbVDWyYonex All England (@YonexAllEngland) March 6, 2019Sameer, on the other hand, gave a tough fight to Axelsen but went down 21-16, 18-21, 14-21.In mixed doubles, Sikki and Pranaav Jerry Chopra, who is coming back from an injury, lost 21-23 17-21 to Hong King’s Chang Tak Ching and NG Wing Yung. While, B. Sumeeth Reddy and Manu Attri lost to the Chinese pair of Ou Xuanyi and Ren Xiangyu 21-19, 21-16, 21-14 in their men’s doubles first round matchadvertisementEarlier, India other star shuttler PV Sindhu crashed out following a hard fought defeat to Sung Ji-Hyun of South Korea in the first round of the women’s singlesSindhu went down 16-21, 22-20, 18-21 in an hour and 20 minutes.”There were too many points for me to cover and it was a good game overall. Maybe I should have controlled much more. It was just my bad luck and it was just not my day because my mid-court smashes were just going to the net. Overall, she played well,” Sindhu said after the match.B Sai Praneeth advanced beat compatriot H.S. Prannoy 21-19, 21-19 to progress to the second round of the men’s singles. Kidambi Srikanth also navigated the first round hurdle with a 21-13, 21-11 against France’s Brice Leverdez.In women’s doubles, the pair of Meghana Jakkampudi and Poorvisha Ram qualoified for the second round with a 18-21, 21-12, 21-12 win over the Russian pair of Ekaterina Bolotova and Alina Davletova. While, the more experienced Indian women’s doubles combination of Ashwini Ponappa and N. Sikki Reddy went down 21-16, 26-28, 16-21 to the world No.7 Japanese pair of Shiho Tanaka and Koharu Yonemoto in an hour and 17 minutes.Also Read | Srikanth eases into Round 2, Ashwini-Sikki go down fightingAlso Read | Sindhu crashes out in Round 1, Sai Praneeth knocks out PrannoyAlso Read | For me All England Badminton Championships is just another tournament: PV SindhuFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow All England ChampionshipsFollow Saina NehwalFollow Sammer Verma Next All England Championships: Saina Nehwal through, Sameer Verma goes down fightingSaina Nehwal safely navigated her way through to the second round with a straight game victory over Kirsty Gilmour, while Sameer Verma went down fight to Viktor Axelsen at the All England Championships.advertisementlast_img read more

Mens Volleyball No 3 Ohio State sweeps Saint Francis 30

Junior outside hitter Nicolas Szerszen bumps the ball during the NCAA national championship game on Saturday. Credit: Sheridan Hendrix | Oller ReporterThe No. 3 Ohio State men’s volleyball team (3-2) only needed three sets to sweep Saint Francis  (4-4) at St. John Arena Thursday night.Though the Buckeyes struggled with serves throughout the match, with nine service errors per set, their advantage in kills and blocks gave them enough of an edge for a quick night. Ohio State head coach Pete Hanson said knowing what the team needs strategically during service is a learning process.“Do we stay aggressive? Do we make sure to just get one in and then play defense? We want to be an aggressive team and we’re going to try to have them practice that way,” Hanson said. “Sometimes we’re just going to get a lot of errors.”The Buckeyes began the match with strong, consistent hitting from redshirt freshman opposite Jake Hanes, redshirt junior middle blocker Blake Leeson and senior outside hitter Maxime Hervoir, winning the set 25-23. Despite having a strong net presence and half as many service errors as Ohio State, Saint Francis struggled to fight off the Buckeyes. Ohio State had nine service errors in the first set, but made up for the serving issues with 13 digs and 15 kills.“We serve our hardest and it goes up and down,” Hanes said. “But when it’s in, we get teams out of system; it helps our defense out.”Fresh off their first-set win, the Buckeyes came out swinging in the second set, winning 25-21 with a hitting percentage of .609. Saint Francis was not far behind, hitting .500, however the defensive effort was not there like it was in the first half. The Red Flash could only muster six digs, rather than its first-set 15, as Leeson carried the Buckeyes with three powerful hits from the middle.The third set started slowly for the Buckeyes compared to the previous two. Saint Francis kept the lead until the teams were tied at 15, before Ohio State pulled ahead by two. But Saint Francis quickly caught up and the two teams went back-and-forth until the Buckeyes had a four-point run at the end of the set to win the match. Senior outside hitter Nicolas Szerszen contributed six kills to the Buckeyes’ 25 points.Hanes played an exceptional game, leading both teams with 19 kills. Ohio State junior setter Sanil Thomas led the match with 39 assists. read more

Latest CSO stats show improvement in Government deficit

first_imgTHE COUNTRY’s General Government Deficit stood at 6 per cent of of quarterly GDP in the second three months of the year, according to the latest figures from the CSO.The figures show an improvement on the position for the second three months of 2012, when the corresponding figure was 8.3 per cent of GDPThe deficit figures show the difference between what the Government spends and what it takes in.Meanwhile, the country’s gross debt (GGDebt) stood at €204.5 billion, or 125.7 per cent of annualised GDP at the end of the second three months of the year.That compares to a level of €180.2 billion or 110.2 per cent of GDP at end of June 2012.The debt level for the second quarter of this year represents an increase of €0.4 billion on the previous quarter.Read: Government deficit grows by €360m in a year >last_img read more