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ED grills Farooq Abdullah for six hours in JKCA graft case, People''s Alliance says it''s vendetta        NCW seeks explanation from Kamal Nath for his remarks against MP minister        Imran Khan incapable and clueless; betrayed people of Pakistan: Opposition leaders        Nawaz Sharif''s son-in-law arrested in Pakistan        Kerala''s Covid tally touches 3.33 lakh with 5,022 fresh cases        HC restrains Customs from arresting Sivasankar till Oct 23, suspended officer discharged from hospital        Buttler, bowlers guide RR to seven-wicket win over CSK        Punjab beat MI in second Super Over        Saina, Sindhu's biggest Graffiti in India unveiled        Trump leans into fear tactics in bid to win Midwest states        US polls: New Congress could have more Indian Americans to the House Advertisement        Active COVID-19 cases below 8 lakh for 2nd day in row; recovery rate 88.03 pc        Flood situation grim in parts of Telangana, Karnataka        Dalit woman gang-raped at gunpoint in UP        Army pressed into service in 4 flood-hit Karnataka dists; CM to undertake aerial survey        Pakistan pacer Umar Gul announces retirement from all forms of cricket        HDFC Bank Q2 net profit rises 16% to Rs 7,703 cr        Biden warns Trump wants to scrap health law        BJP govt has surrendered in front of criminals: Akhilesh        Rahul Gandhi, Capt Amarinder vow to force centre to revoke black farm laws        
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Sports News
Azarenka ousts Serena, books Osaka US Open final clash
 
New York City: Former world number one Victoria Azarenka of Belarus rallied to beat 23-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams of the United States in the US Open to reach her first Grand Slam final since 2013, where she will play 2018 champion Naomi Osaka. "Seven is my favorite number, so I guess it''s meant to be," Azarenka said on Thursday, joking about the gap between major final appearances. "I''m very grateful for this opportunity, to be able to play such a champion in a semifinal. The road to the final requires you to beat the best players, and today was definitely that day."

Two-time Grand Slam winner Azarenka seemed headed for an agonizing loss after being hammered 6-1 by Williams in the first set, but the 31-year-old turned the tide, raising up her level and reducing the unforced errors before securing the 1-6, 6-3, 6-3 victory. "She dug me in a big hole in the first set. I had to climb my way out of there one by one, and I was happy to turn it around, because it wasn''t easy. I think it''s the daily work I''ve been doing to find that calm mind and match it with an excited body, because I had to keep moving and bringing the energy. There''s no crowd to get energy from, so I had to give it to myself," Azarenka said. Azarenka will play Japanese star Osaka in the women''s final.

In the other semifinal, Osaka overpowered American 28th seed Jennifer Brady 7-6 (7-1), 3-6, 6-3 to reach her second US Open final in three years. The Japanese superstar fired 35 winners to 17 unforced errors to take down the American. "Sometimes I think I have no choice but to play as hard as I can, because my opponent isn''t giving me any looks," Osaka said of the hard-fought match. "For me, normally if I focus that much, then the match potentially could be over in two. But I felt like it just kept going on." In a showdown between two clinical power-hitters, Osaka and Brady split the opening two sets, with Osaka claiming the tiebreak in the first and Brady taking the sole breaking chance in the second.

In the decider, the 22-year-old Osaka finally created her first break chances, and converted en route to a 4-1 lead. After that, Osaka never looked back. "I consider New York my second home, I really love the atmosphere, even though sadly there are no people here, I really feel this court really suits me well," Osaka said. In the men''s doubles final, Brazilian Bruno Soares and Mate Pavic of Croatia defeated eighth seeds Nikola Mektic from Croatia and Dutch player Wesley Koolhof 7-5, 6-3 to take the title. It''s the first Grand Slam title for Pavic and Soares as a team as both men had previously won majors with different partners. "It means a lot. That''s what we practice for.

That''s what we were trying to do in these five months off, working for this moment," Soares said. "Extremely happy. Tough year for everyone. Really glad the work that everyone put into this event to give us the opportunity to get back on the court," he added.


Buttler, bowlers guide RR to seven-wicket win over CSK
Punjab beat MI in second Super Over
Saina, Sindhu's biggest Graffiti in India unveiled
Pakistan pacer Umar Gul announces retirement from all forms of cricket
Karthik stepping down from KKR captaincy incredibly selfless: new skipper Morgan
Pakistan invites England for three-match T20 series in Jan 2021
Srikanth sails into Denmark Open quarters
It was a close to perfect game for us: Dhoni
Lakshya enters second round of Denmark Open
Chennai Super Kings pull off much-needed win, beat SRH by 20 runs
Cristiano Ronaldo tests positive for COVID-19
Injured Rishabh Pant is out for at least one week: Iyer
Mumbai City FC name Sergio Lobero as new head coach
MI bowled really well as a unit, says Krunal
Nadal ties Federer at 20 Slams by beating Djokovic in Paris
De Kock, Suryakumar lead Mumbai Indians to top of table with win over Delhi Capitals
KXIP do harakiri as Narine wins a thriller for KKR
No. 1 Djokovic escapes in 5, will face No. 2 Nadal in final
All players will be treated equally regardless of their stature: Fowler
Stoinis'' all-round show powers DC to emphatic win over RR
KERALA NEWS
Kerala''s Covid tally touches 3.33 lakh with 5,022 fresh cases
 Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala on Monday recorded 7,469 recoveries and 5,022 new COVID-19 cases, pushing  
Jnanpith awardee Akkitham Achuthan Namboothiri dead
Kerala''s COVID-19 count crosses three lakh mark with 8,764 fresh cases
NCP welcomes Mani to LDF but not at cost of Pala seat
INTERNATIONAL NEWS
Imran Khan incapable and clueless; betrayed people of Pakistan: Opposition leaders
 Karachi: Prime Minister Imran Khan is "incapable and clueless", and his government is worse than a d
Nawaz Sharif''s son-in-law arrested in Pakistan
Trump leans into fear tactics in bid to win Midwest states
US polls: New Congress could have more Indian Americans to the House Advertisement
NATIONAL NEWS
ED grills Farooq Abdullah for six hours in JKCA graft case, People''s Alliance says it''s vendetta
 Srinagar: The Enforcement Directorate on Monday questioned National Conference president Farooq Abdu
NCW seeks explanation from Kamal Nath for his remarks against MP minister
Active COVID-19 cases below 8 lakh for 2nd day in row; recovery rate 88.03 pc
Flood situation grim in parts of Telangana, Karnataka
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