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Djokovic, Nadal into last eight

kriralok desk: World No. 1 Novak Djokovic and defending champion Rafael Nadal welcomed the decision to allow a limited number of fans to watch the Italian Open as the top men’s seeds advanced to the quarter-finals on Friday. Italy’s government said that 1,000 spectators can be present at the Foro Italico from Sunday’s semi-finals, with matches so far being played ...

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Juventus confirm Higuain exit

kriralok desk: Juventus confirmed the termination of Gonzalo Higuain’s contract in a move that will cost the Serie A champions €18.3million. Higuain, 32, arrived at Juve from Napoli in 2016 and won three Serie A titles and two Coppa Italia trophies with the club. The forward, who spent 2018-19 on loan at Milan and Chelsea, scored 66 goals in 148 ...

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It’s harder to stay at the top

kriralok desk: Robert Lewandowski is convinced that Bayern Munich’s players face the most challenging year of their careers going into the 2020-21 season, where they seek to defend last season’s treble of Bundesliga, German Cup and Champions League. “Everyone will be desperate to beat Europe’s top team,” the 32-year-old said ahead of the Bavarians’ 2020-21 Bundesliga curtain-raiser against Schalke on ...

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Benfica dumped out of Champions League

kriralok desk: The Portuguese giants, who won the old European Cup twice in the 1960s, were knocked out by goals from Dimitrios Giannoulis and Andrija Zivkovic. Benfica finished second in the Portuguese top division but had a tough draw at PAOK, who finished second in the Greek Super League. They will not have a chance to overcome the defeat because ...

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Hove Albion 1-3 Chelsea

kriralok desk: Timo Werner won a penalty on his Chelsea debut as second-half goals from Reece James and Kurt Zouma ensured they began the Premier League season with a 3-1 win at Brighton and Hove Albion. Werner and Kai Havertz, the marquee signings of a free-spending transfer window for Chelsea, were each named in a front three for the visit ...

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Thiem beats Alexander Zverev to win US Open

kriralok desk: Dominic Thiem became the first player in the Open Era, which began in 1968, to rally from two sets down and win a US Open final when he beat his friend, Alexander Zverev, 2-6 4-6 6-4 6-3 7-6 (6) in New York on Sunday. It hadn’t been done altogether since 1949. And there were more firsts. The popular ...

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Naomi Osaka wins U.S. Open Title

kriralok desk: Osaka, the fourth seed, overcame her unseeded opponent 1-6, 6-3, 6-3 in 1hr 53min inside a near-empty Arthur Ashe Stadium at Flushing Meadows.It brought 22-year-old Osaka’s haul of tennis major trophies to three after her victories at the 2018 US Open and 2019 Australian Open.Azarenka, 31, sprinted to the first set in just 26 minutes, dominating Osaka with ...

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Laurie Evans orchestrates high-scoring victory for Surrey

kriralok desk: Essex’s winless season continued as Laurie Evans’s unbeaten 88 helped Surrey overhaul a 195-run total set up by the hosts. Needing two to win off the last ball, Gus Atkinson hit Samuel Cook for a boundary to help the visitors to their third win of the season – finding themselves equal on points with table-toppers Kent. Electing to ...

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Azarenka reaches final

kriralok desk: Serena Williams’ wait for a record-equalling 24th grand slam titles continues after former world number one Victoria Azarenka sensationally rallied to advance to the US Open final. Stuck on 23 slam trophies since winning the 2017 Australian Open, losing four major finals since that last success at Melbourne Park, Williams looked on track to earn a 2018 US ...

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Serena Williams reaches US Open semifinals

kriralok desk: A resolute Serena Williams recovered from a set and a break down to beat Tsvetana Pironkova on Wednesday and return to the US Open semi-finals. Williams’ pursuit of a long-awaited record-equalling 24th major title appeared in serious trouble as she struggled to effectively combat the resurgent Pironkova’s combination of forehand slice and backhand power. The Bulgarian – a ...

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