Wozniacki irate over opponent’s ‘unfair’ grunting in Qatar win

first_imgThe spat overshadowed a relatively routine victory for the 27-year-old.She now plays a former Australian Open champion, Angelique Kerber, in the last eight on Friday.The German came from a set down to beat Johanna Konta 1-6, 6-1, 6-3.The woman Wozniacki beat in Melbourne, Simona Halep, is also through beating Anastasija Sevastova 6-4, 6-3, keeping alive the possibility of a replay of the Australian Open final. Halep shrugged off injury concerns coming into the match about an ankle injury which had kept her out of action since Melbourne.She seemed relatively untroubled breaking her opponent’s serve late in each set to advance to the last eight.“I’m really glad that I could finish it in two sets and play like I played,” said Halep.The world number two will play 18-year-old American qualifier Catherine Bellis in the last eight, who beat defending champion and world number five Karolina Pliskova 7-6 (7/4), 6-3. It is the first time the teenager has beaten anyone ranked in the top five.“I think it’s definitely a milestone. It’s great,” she said. Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark returns the ball to Monica Niculescu of Romania (unseen) while competing in the round of 16 during the Qatar Open tennis competition in Doha on February 15, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / KARIM JAAFARAn irritated world number one Caroline Wozniacki progressed to the Qatar Open quarter-finals on Thursday in a feisty match where she complained and apparently mocked her opponent Monica Niculescu’s grunting.The recently crowned Australian Open champion won 7-5, 6-1 against the Romanian — who had knocked out Maria Sharapova in a previous round — but was visibly agitated in the ninth game of the first set, complaining her opponent was making noises as the Dane was about to hit the ball.ADVERTISEMENT John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding MOST READ Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:25Cayetano’s beef with ABS CBN? Unfair air time during 2016 campaign00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Don Carter, owner who helped bring NBA to Dallas, dies at 84 Garbine Muguruza, world number four, breezed through beating Sorana Cirstea 6-0, 6-4 and will play France’s Caroline Garcia in the next round.And a resurgent Petra Kvitova beat world number three Elina Svitolina 6-4, 7-5 to set up a quarter-final clash with another top-ten player, Germany’s Julia Goerges. Read Nextcenter_img View comments Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. AFP official booed out of forum Afterwards she complained that her opponent was “a player that tries to get into your head”.She also told Danish TV that her opponent had used “unfair methods”.“(I) just tried to let him know to pay attention to her grunting because she’ll hit the ball and two seconds later when the ball is on my side and I’m right about to hit, she’ll start grunting and make a noise,” the Dane told reporters.“And she will change the grunt according to what she feels like.”Asked if she thought her opponent was grunting deliberately, Wozniacki responded: “I think that she didn’t do it in the second set, so…”ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Wozniacki was so upset about the sounds coming from the other side of the net that she complained to French umpire Emmanuel Joseph.“It isn’t in the rule book that you are not allowed to grunt when the opposing player hits?” courtside microphones caught her asking Joseph.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe umpire said he thought everything was “regular”, but Wozniacki added: “It’s the only way she can win.” She then mimicked the grunts. NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencerslast_img read more

Gold drought about to end: Russians 1-2 after short program

first_imgSo, another world record, 82.92.And again the Russian fans rocked back and forth, this time chanting Zagitova’s name.“Well done to her,” Medvedeva said. “She did everything she could.”Not exactly, Zagitova said.“A few imperfections,” she explained.Oh really?“I’m happy I was able to cope with my nerves and skate well, set a world record,” she added, “but I’ve still got something to work towards and I can’t afford to relax.”Medvedeva had set the previous record for a short program in the team event last week, when her team won silver. Zagitova handled the free skate.Russia had never won Olympic gold for women until Adelina Sotnikova took home the medal in Sochi. The nation could have two straight after the free skate.Canada’s Kaetlyn Osmond and Gabrielle Daleman, second and third respectively at last year’s worlds, had varying success. 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting In this combination of photos, Russian athletes Alina Zagitova, left, and Evgenia Medvedeva react as their scores are posted following their performance in the women’s short program figure skating in the Gangneung Ice Arena at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Gangneung, South Korea, Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018. They will compete for the gold in the free skate Friday, Feb. 23. (AP Photos/Bernat Armangue)GANGNEUNG, South Korea — Friends, rivals, and soon, medalists.The only question is: Which Russian teen figure skating star will end the nation’s gold medal drought?ADVERTISEMENT Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH UAAP volleyball: Ateneo still on a roll, survives Adamson in 5 sets Read Next Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Medvedeva had not lost a competition in two years until she was beaten by Zagitova at the European Championships in Moscow. That set the stage for a showdown with a glaring spotlight — as the Russian fans are hoping for a high-profile success at this Olympics where the nation is officially banned because of a doping scandal.The youngsters responded with world records. Yet neither thought they had done their best.“I’m satisfied with my performance today. It was not my best, but it was OK,” said Medvedeva, who held the record for a few minutes with a score of 81.61. “All the battle is still ahead.”A group of Russian fans swayed together in the stands and chanted her name when that number was posted.Three skaters later came her training comrade, who put down a more difficult program, including a triple lutz-triple loop combination that outdid Medvedeva’s flip-toe loop combo.ADVERTISEMENT NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. AFP official booed out of forum Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH MOST READ Russian envoy invites PH firms to explore for oil, gas in Russia PLAY LIST 02:03Russian envoy invites PH firms to explore for oil, gas in Russia01:37Russian envoy: Putin accepts Duterte’s invitation to visit PH03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Alina Zagitova or Evgenia Medvedeva will almost certainly take gold in one of the Winter Games marquee events after they went 1-2 in the women’s short program Wednesday with the highest scores ever. The 15-year-old Zagitova and the 18-year-old Medvedva train with the same coach, hang out together and set world records just minutes apart.With a dominating lead over the field, their friendly competition is the main drama left when the women compete in the free skate Friday. With all of Russia waiting for the first gold medal of the Pyeongchang Olympics, you’d think their relationship could become frayed, but only on the ice.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“We can talk about anything to each other,” the 18-year-old Medvedeva said, “and when we take the ice it’s sport and we must fight. Every competition I feel like (is) a little war.”Added Zagitova, 15: “We are friends first and rivals second, because you have to have competitiveness in sport.” Osmond, in her best performance of the season, nailed everything with speed and precision to wind up third with 78.87 points. Daleman looked confused and made a gesture with her hands as if to say “What happened?” after going down on the second half of a combination jump. She was seventh Wednesday.“I left nothing out on the table and I’m really glad I could do that,” said Osmond, the 2017 world silver medalist.Italy’s Carolina Kostner, the bronze medalist at Sochi and, at 31 the veteran in this field, struggled and wound up just ahead of Daleman.It was not a strong showing for the Americans, each of whom had a major mistake.Nine days after becoming the first U.S. woman and third overall to land a triple axel in the Olympics, Mirai Nagasu came down on two feet on the jump, then fell to the ice. While the rest of her program was clean, Nagasu’s chances for an individual medal to go with her team bronze were damaged. Nagasu, 24 and the fourth-place finisher at the Vancouver Games, earned 66.93 points, a season’s best, but was ninth.“Sometimes it isn’t the right day, and today was one of those days,” Nagasu said. “This isn’t a sport where mistakes are forgiven. You only get one shot.”U.S. champion Bradie Tennell went first among the 30 skaters, hardly an advantageous position. She led for 2 hours, 40 minutes until the upper echelon began skating and Japan’s Kaori Sakamoto passed Tennell. A fall on the back end of a combination jump — Tennell had been virtually perfect with her jumps in her breakthrough season — was costly.“It was definitely unexpected. I don’t remember the last time I made a mistake in my short program, especially on the jumps,” Tennell said. “But things happen. We’re all human. We all make mistakes. You just have to get up a keep going. I’m definitely a fighter. I do not give up.”Tennell ended up 11th, one spot behind Karen Chen, the 2017 American champ. Chen put a hand down on her triple lutz and couldn’t finish a combination jump.“I’ve been nailing that every day in practice and I expected myself to, and to not be able to do that was a huge disappointment,” she said. “For sure, I was a little flustered after that. But I sold my program the best I could, got the most points I could and I’m proud of that.” Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises The United States’ worst top placement in a women’s Olympic event since the games resumed in 1948 after World War II is sixth. Getting that high will be a huge challenge. John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

Unprepared and outclassed, North Korea wraps up Olympics

first_imgSpurs preparing to play without Leonard this season Not counting the mostly South Korean hockey squad, the North’s best performance came from figure skaters Ryom Tae Ok and Kim Ju Sik, who finished 13th in pairs.They were the only North Koreans to have actually qualified for the Olympics in pre-games competition, though the North missed a registration deadline and the two had lost their slot until politics intervened on their behalf.Here’s how the remaining North Koreans fared:—Short track skater Jong Kwang Bom, who is just 16, stumbled and fell at the start and was last in his 500-meter heat. The North’s other short track competitor, Choe Un Song in the 1,500, took a hard fall in practice and was also last in his heat.—Alpine skier Kim Ryon Hyang was 54th out of 54 finishers in the women’s slalom and 67th out of 67 finishers in the giant slalom. Choe Myong Gwang and Kang Song Il went 74th and 75th, out of 75 finishers, in the men’s giant slalom. In Thursday’s slalom, Choe was again the final finisher, while Kang failed to complete the course.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus With few athletes prepared and ready, the North sent more than 140 musicians, a demonstration taekwondo team, a 229-woman strong cheering squad and 21 journalists, though the sporting aspect of the Olympics has gotten virtually zero coverage in the North.Their athletes’ lack of experience and preparation showed.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe sentimental highlight of the North’s participation in the games was the joint Korea ice hockey team, which featured players from North and South for the first time. Although it was ranked below the Olympic qualifying level, South Korea won an ice hockey berth in the games because it is the host nation. South Korean President Moon Jae-in championed the effort to allow 12 North Korean players to join the team.The concept won emotional support from many South Koreans, but it was also controversial because it took slots away from more talented South Koreans who had trained hard for the Olympics. The team ended up losing every game they played — giving up 28 goals and scoring only twice in their five matches. They lost their final match on Tuesday to Sweden, 6-1. US says it will resume talks with North Korea soon PLAY LIST 01:13US says it will resume talks with North Korea soon00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City MOST READ Un Song Choe of North Korea in action during the men’s 1500 meters in the Gangneung Ice Arena at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Gangneung, South Korea, Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)PYEONGCHANG, South Korea — Unprepared and outclassed, North Korea’s 22 athletes wrapped up their competition at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics on Thursday without a finish higher than 13th. And even that was in a field of 16.North Korea wasn’t expected to come to Pyeongchang until a last-minute announcement by Kim Jong Un on New Year’s Day that he wanted to send a team, which set off a flurry of North-South diplomatic machinations allowing their delegation to cross the border.ADVERTISEMENT Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa —In cross country, Ri Yong Gum finished 89th out of 90 in women’s 10-kilometer free race, while Han Chun Gyong was 101st and teammate Pak Il Chol 107th in the 15 kilometer free. There were 116 men in that race.North Korea has participated in nine Winter Olympics, starting at Innsbruck in 1964. It has won two medals: a silver and a bronze, in speedskating and short-track speedskating. John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Read Next LATEST STORIES LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico AFP official booed out of forum Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Top-ranked Dustin Johnson misses cut at Memorial

first_imgLATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. If there’s a bright side for Johnson — who followed a birdie-free 6-over 78 with a 74 on Friday — it is that he’ll have more time to prepare to defend his U.S. Open title in two weeks. First, though, he’ll go home to Florida for the birth of his second child.Johnson was tied for 97th at 8 over.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“It felt like if something could go bad, it went bad,” Johnson said. “It was one thing after the other.”Phil Mickelson, who played with Johnson, said no one should doubt that Johnson will be back competing on the weekend as a string of majors begins with the Open on June 15. That was out of character. The 32-year-old Johnson has won three times — Genesis Open, WGC-Mexico Championship and WGC-Dell Match Play — and has four other top-10 finishes this season, including a runner-up finish in Abu Dhabi on the European Tour. He missed the cut in January at Torrey Pines.His previous worst score this year was a second-round 75 at the Wells Fargo Championship last month, his first tournament after missing the Masters because of a back injury suffered when he fell on stairs. In his last two outings, he tied for 12th and 13th.Next he’ll get ready to head to Wisconsin to see if he can be the first player since Curtis Strange in 1989 to win back-to-back U.S. Opens.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blastcenter_img AP Source: Bosh, Miami Heat reach agreement to part ways Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games View comments Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV “He had one or two bad holes. He had a bunch of things just not go his way,” said Mickelson, who was 4 under. “When you watch him play, it’s noticeable how much better he’s gotten over the years and how good he is.”Things definitely didn’t go Johnson’s way at Muirfield Village.His forgettable first round included a triple bogey on the par-3 16th after he hit his first shot in the water, and a double bogey on the sixth hole when he three-putted from 4 feet.It was the first time in four years he failed to make a birdie in a round.Johnson started with a bogey Friday and had two birdies before making the turn. On the seventh hole, he hit his second shot 227 yards to 6 feet but lipped out the eagle putt and settled for a birdie. He had three bogeys on the back nine.ADVERTISEMENT BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds MOST READ Dustin Johnson tees off on the fifth hole during the second round of the Memorial golf tournament, Friday, June 2, 2017, in Dublin, Ohio. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)DUBLIN, Ohio — The No. 1 player in the world will have a rare weekend off.Dustin Johnson was unable to overcome a bad opening round at the Memorial and missed a cut for the second time this year.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Scam rocks Karunanidhi’s land quota scheme

first_imgA land allotment scam benefiting influential people has been unearthed in Tamil Nadu, exposing the misuse of Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi’s discretionary quota.Documents with Headlines Today show how rules were flouted to allot land to family members of politicians, top state bureaucrats and even former and sitting judges.In many cases, this was done by showing the allottees as social workers – one of the various eligibilities under the scheme. And to show a social work background, all that the allottees needed to get was a letter stating that they had donated blood in the past.As per Tamil Nadu Housing Board guidelines, land under the discretionary quota can be allotted to single women, widows or those deserted.Social workers, the physically challenged as well as eminent personalities from the field of arts, science, literature, public administration and sports too are eligible. Government officers can get land provided they have an unblemished record.Between 2001 and 2008, a total of 293 plots were allotted under the quota – 166 up to 2007 and another 127 the next year. Of these, 260 were handed out under the social worker category.”Judges, public prosecutors, IPS, IAS officers and even ex-bureaucrats are involved. MLAs and MPs have got plots claiming to be social workers. Social work certificates were issued by even municipal councillors. In some cases, the Salem tehsildar issued the social work certificate, which he was not authorised to do,” said Gopala Krishnan, an RTI activist.According to social activist Sudha Ramalingam, “The purpose of the housing board is to ensure that landless people get land at reasonable cost. This is a case of gross abuse of power.”advertisementOne of the plots was allotted to IGP (Intelligence) Jaffar Sait. He is now out to reap huge profits from the property.Sait has commissioned a builder to construct a multi-storey building with 12 flats, each costing Rs 1 crore even though the housing board rules do not permit commercial use of the land allotted.Reacting to the Headlines Today report, Tamil Nadu Revenue Minister I. Periyasamy said the land was allotted as per rules of Tamil Nadu Housing Board.last_img read more

Uproar at Maharashtra BJP meet over Gopinath Munde crisis

first_imgSenior BJP leader Gopinath Munde.A crucial meeting of BJP MPs, MLAs, MLCs and office-bearers, convened by Maharashtra unit chief Sudhir Mungantiwar in the backdrop of sulking leader Gopinath Munde’s “rebellion,” was held in Mumbai on Tuesday.The meeting follows speculation that after failing to get his demands fulfilled by party leadership, Munde is on his way to join the Congress.According to sources, the meeting was adjourned within a few minutes following an uproar by supporters of Munde.The MLAs then began meeting Mungantiwar, Opposition leader Eknath Khadse and Pandurang Phundkar separately, giving their opinion on the issue.Munde is reportedly disgruntled after BJP chief Nitin Gadkari, once his junior in state unit, spurned the former’s demands to make him the Opposition leader in the State Assembly and to make supporter Phundkar the state BJP president in place of Mungantiwar.Munde himself has so far not made an appearance at the meeting.There were reports that during his three-day stay in Delhi, Munde, a prominent OBC leader of the state, established contact with Congress in-charge of Maharashtra Mohan Prakash.However, Prakash has denied meeting Munde.A leading Marathi TV channel on Monday night aired what it claimed was an exclusive report saying Munde will be offered a Central ministerial berth by Congress if he joins it.Munde and other BJP members refused to comment on the report.- With PTI inputsFor more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.advertisementlast_img read more

Mayookha books Olympic berth

first_imgMayookha Johny took her second medal with a new national record in triple jump while shot putter Om Prakash Karhana finished third as India won two bronze on the penultimate day of the Asian Athletics Championships in Kobe, Japan, on Saturday.Mayookha, who won gold in the long jump on the opening day of the event, came up with another good performance in the triple jump. The Kerala girl created a new national record, clearing 14.11 metres in her fourth leap.Mayookha also booked a berth for the London Olympics bettering the ‘B’ standard (14.10) of qualifying mark for the mega event. Mayookha’s compatriot MA Prajusha finished seventh with a jump of 13.63 metres.China’s Xie Limei won the gold with a season’s best 14.54m while Valeriya Kanatov of Uzbekistan (14.14m) won the silver.Om Prakash Karhana with his shot-put bronze medal at the Asian Athletics Championships in Kobe, Japan, on Saturday. APIn men’s shot-put, defending champion Om Prakash won bronze with a throw of 19.47m. Ming-Huang Chang of Chinese Taipei won the gold with a championship record of 20.14m. China’s Jun Zhang won the silver (19.77m). Another Indian, Saurabh Vij, (18.72) finished fourth.India have now eight medals – one gold, one silver and six bronze with a day to go. Decathelete Bharat Inder Singh, discus thrower Harwant Kaur and OP Jaisha in women’s 1,500 metres won bronze on Friday, adding to Mayookha’s gold and Vikas Gowda’s silver and Preeja Sreedharan in the women’s 10,000m on the opening day.In the 400m hurdles on Saturday, Satinder Singh came sixth with a timing of 51.93sec. In women’s 5,000m, Kavita Raut (16: 23.06) came a distant eigth and Suriya Loganathan (17: 19.44) ninth.advertisementIn the men’s competition, Suresh Kumar came sixth (14: 05.64) as DR Mootumaa of Bahrain won the event with a new championship record of 13: 39.71. In the process, he bettered the timing of India’s Bahadur Prasad, who clocked 13: 41.70 in 1993 and has since held the record.It was also the first gold medal for Bahrain at 5,000m in the Asian Championships. After two good days, Sushmita Singha Roy had a disappointing third day in heptathlon. She finished fourth with 5,179 points. In the three events on Saturday, she came ninth in the 800 m and fifth in the long jump and javelin throw.Ghamanda Ram (1: 51.76) and S Joseph (1: 52.97) qualified for the men’s 800m finals at seventh and eighth places.- With inputs from agencieslast_img read more

London Olympics: In-form Kashyap causes major upset to book pre-quarters spot

first_imgIndia’s Parupalli Kashyap progressed to the men’s singles pre-quarterfinals while mixed doubles pair of Jwala Gutta and V. Diju lost their third consecutive group match to be ousted from Olympic badminton competitions on Tuesday.Kashyap displayed sublime skills to defeat his higher-ranked opponent and tenth seeded Tien Minh Nguyen of Vietnam 21-9, 21-14 in 39 minutes at the Wembley Arena to top Group D in style. With the win, Kashyap equalled his head-to-head record against Nguyen 3-3. Prior to the match, he had not beaten the Vietnamese since June 2010.Meanwhile, the pairing of Jwala-Diju lost their third and final group match 15-21, 15-21 in 27 minutes against World No.9 pair of Ha Jung Eun and Lee Yong Dae of South Korea to end fourth and last in Group D. The win came as a consolation for the South Koreans who are also out of the tournament.For Kashyap, the first game started with a neck-to-neck fight as neither player could hold serve as the score read 6-5 in favour of the Indian.The 25-year-old found his legs and started extending his lead with the help of some exquisite drop shots and in no time went ahead 16-7. Aided by some good smashes, the Indian gained an 11-point advantage at 20-9 before sealing the game.In the second game, Nguyen put up a better show early on as the scoreboard read 7-7.Like in the first game, Kashyap with his fast court movement and effective smashes started dominating the World No.11 and took a lead of 18-12 from where there was no looking back and won the game in 19 minutes.Throughout the match, the World No.21 was impressive at the net and steady from the back, hitting a mix of shots which befuddled his Vietnamese opponent.The Indian will next face Group C topper Sri Lankan Niluka Karunaratne, whom Kashyap had beaten in Stockholm earlier this year in their only encounter.In mixed doubles, Jwala and Diju were no match for the South Korean opponents. The east Asians took an early lead of 5-12 in five minutes at the start of the first game.Ha-Lee raced to 9-20 but were halted by the Indian pair who then took six consecutive points to bring back some hope. But an error from Jwala saw them lose the first game in eleven minutes.The World No.13 pair improved their performance in the second game and led a neck-to-neck fight till 12-12. However, Ha-Lee upped their game and raced away to game point 15-20 and clinched the game in 13 minutes.This was Jwala-Diju’s second loss out of three encounters against their opponents.Jwala was quite tired after her women’s doubles match which she played late Monday evening. She has her last group match later Tuesday with Ashwini Ponnappa which they need to win to qualify for the quarterfinals.advertisementlast_img read more