Dhaka, July 9 (UNB)– The title deciding matches and the prize distribution ceremony of the Cute Women’s Handball League will be held on Wednesday at the Shaheed (Capt) M Mansur Ali National Handball Stadium here.
League leader Dhaka Mariner Young Club will take on their neighbor Arambagh KS at 3:30 pm while another title-contender Madaripur Handball Training Centre will play lowly Quantum Foundation at 1 pm on the day to confirm their position in the league.
Dhaka Mariner Youngs Club, which bagged full 21 points from seven matches, needed just an outright victory to assure the league crown.
But, Madaripur Handball Training Centre, having 18 points from seven matches, will play their last league match in a must-win situation to stay in the title race. Moreover, they had to wait for Mariners defeat against Arambagh.
In Tuesday’s matches, Madaripur Handball Training Centre beat RN Sports Home by 69-25 goals after leading the first half 39-12 while Dilkusha Sporting Club beat Viqarunnisa Noon Sports Club by 28-26 goals after dominating the first half by 15-12 goals at the same venue.
Wimbledon, Jul 9(AP/UNB) — The Big Three sure do not appear to be slowing down. If anything, they are as dominant as ever.
Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic head into Wednesday's quarterfinals at Wimbledon owning 14 of the last 16 championships at the All England Club. They have won the past 10 Grand Slam titles overall and 53 of 64.
And the way they made it through the fourth round, dropping a combined total of 19 games across their three victories, served as simply the latest reminder of the gulf between them and everyone else.
"The best guys now are fully engaged, they know exactly what to expect from the court and the conditions. That helps us to play better. I think with experience, that's good. We haven't dropped much energy in any way. It's not like we're coming in with an empty tank into the second week," said Federer, an eight-time champion at Wimbledon. "All these little things help us to then really thrive in these conditions."
Sam Querrey, the American ranked 65th whose task is to take on Nadal for a semifinal berth, was asked what message the trio has sent with its supremacy over the last 15 years.
"Just: 'We're better than you guys,'" Querrey replied.
For the 24th time, Federer, Nadal and Djokovic reached the quarterfinals at a Grand Slam tournament together. On 20 of those previous occasions, one eventually walked away with the trophy. Would be rather surprising if this doesn't become the 21st.
In addition to No. 3 seed Nadal vs. Querrey, the other matchups Wednesday are No. 1 Djokovic vs. No. 21 David Goffin, No. 2 Federer vs. No. 8 Kei Nishikori, and No. 23 Roberto Bautista Agut vs. No. 26 Guido Pella.
The most excited member of the group was Pella, a 29-year-old from Argentina who eliminated 2016 runner-up Milos Raonic and 2018 runner-up Kevin Anderson on his first trip past the third round at a major tournament.
"It's the first time in my career I feel important," Pella said.
If Federer and Nadal both win, they would meet in the semifinals, just like they did at the French Open last month, when Nadal was on his way to a 12th championship in Paris. They haven't played each other in any round at Wimbledon since the marvelous 2008 final, when Nadal edged Federer 9-7 in the fifth set in dwindling daylight.
First things first, though.
Querrey's serve could be the key to his matchup against Nadal, who has won two of his 18 Grand Slam trophies on the All England Club's grass. Querrey — whose best showing at a major was reaching Wimbledon's semifinals two years ago — leads the tournament with 100 aces and by winning 71 of 72 service games.
But Nadal, who is 33, is no slouch as a returner. He has converted 49% of his break chances so far, 19 of 39, which is second-best to Federer among the quarterfinalists.
"He doesn't take a point off. Just being lefty is kind of a challenge in itself. You know, he's intense. He's a shotmaker. He's energetic," Querrey said. "You know when you go out there, he's going to make you beat him."
The same could be said of Federer, who seeks his 21st Grand Slam title as his 38th birthday approaches on Aug. 8, or Djokovic, who is aiming for his 16th at age 32.
While Nishikori has only been to one Grand Slam final, at the 2014 U.S. Open, and Goffin has yet to reach the semifinals, getting to this portion of a major tournament is old hat for their opponents.
That, of course, makes a difference.
"The experience we have helps confidence. Everything that we have achieved in our careers, obviously, we carry onto the court, then most of the players feel that, feel pressure," Djokovic said. "For us, it's another match on the center stage that we've experienced so many times."
Wimbledon, Jul 9 (AP/UNB) — Garbiñe Muguruza, the 2017 Wimbledon champion, has split with her coach of about four years, Sam Sumyk.
The champion at the All England Club in 2017 and French Open in 2016 wrote on Twitter that it was "the end of an Extraordinary ride. ... Beyond grateful for this last 4 years. Merci Sam."
Besides winning two major titles, Muguruza also rose to the No. 1 ranking in 2017. She is currently ranked 27th and lost in the first round at this year's Wimbledon tournament.
Wimbledon, Jul 9 (AP/UNB) — Out of escapes, out of surprises, Coco Gauff knew her captivating Wimbledon ride at age 15 was nearing its conclusion.
The thousands of spectators at Court No. 1 on Monday realized it, too, so they made sure to show their appreciation for the youngest qualifier at the All England Club in the professional era and youngest Week 2 participant since 1991.
Fans, most of whom probably hadn't heard of Gauff until last week, rose and roared as she fended off the initial two match points she faced against 2018 French Open champion Simona Halep. It was reminiscent of the way the Gauff began a comeback victory in her previous match. This time, though, Gauff could not come through, beaten by the older, more experienced Halep 6-3, 6-3.
"It was really surprising, because you don't really expect this kind of support when you're in another country, not your home country. I really did feel like I was probably playing in New York. I'm just really happy that people believe in me," said Gauff, who beat Venus Williams in the first round for quite a Grand Slam tournament debut.
"I wasn't feeling my best, I wasn't playing my best," Gauff said as she wiped away tears at her news conference, where she noted she wasn't sure why she needed a visit from a doctor in the second set, "but they were still supporting me, no matter what."
While Gauff couldn't get past former No. 1 Halep, another American, 55th-ranked Alison Riske, stopped the 15-match winning streak of the current No. 1, Ash Barty, eliminating her 3-6, 6-2, 6-3.
"Right now, Ash is playing well," Riske said. "I believe that I am, as well."
That's certainly true.
She improved to 14-1 on grass courts this season and reached the first major quarterfinal of her career in 30 appearances.
It'll come against yet another player who has topped the WTA rankings, Serena Williams, who will be participating in her 14th quarterfinal at Wimbledon alone.
Barty began perfectly, winning the first game of the match this way: 112 mph ace, 102 mph ace, 110 mph ace, 108 mph ace. She hit another pair of aces in her next service game and finished with 12. But Riske simply played so cleanly, delivering twice as many winners as unforced errors, 30-15, and won her fourth consecutive three-setter in the tournament.
"There aren't many holes in her game, full-stop," said Barty, who followed up her first Grand Slam championship at Roland Garros last month by grabbing a title at a grass-court tuneup tournament.
"Today wasn't my day. I didn't win a tennis match; it's not the end of the world," she said. "It's disappointing right now. Give me an hour or so, we'll be all good. The sun's still going to come up tomorrow."
Tuesday's other quarterfinal on the top half of the women's draw will be No. 19 Johanna Konta of Britain against Barbora Strycova of the Czech Republic. On the bottom half, it'll be No. 8 Elina Svitolina of Ukraine against Karolina Muchova of the Czech Republic, and Halep against Zhang Shuai of China.
The men's quarterfinals Wednesday are No. 1 Novak Djokovic vs. No. 21 David Goffin, No. 2 Roger Federer vs. No. 8 Kei Nishikori, No. 3 Rafael Nadal against 65th-ranked Sam Querrey, and No. 23 Roberto Bautista Agut against No. 26 Guido Pella.
Djokovic, Federer and Nadal all won in straight sets and are all in the quarters of a major tournament for the 24th time; one member of the Big Three won the title at 20 of those.
Querrey hit 25 aces and saved all four break points he faced to get past Tennys Sandgren 6-4, 6-7 (7), 7-6 (3), 7-6 (5) in the first all-American men's Week 2 matchup at Wimbledon in 19 years. Pella erased a two-set deficit to edge 2016 runner-up Milos Raonic 3-6, 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 (3), 8-6.
Halep is the highest-seeded woman remaining, after Barty was joined on the way out Monday by No. 3 Karolina Pliskova, who twice served for the victory in a 4-6, 7-5, 13-11 loss to Muchova, and No. 6 Petra Kvitova, a two-time champion eliminated by Konta 4-6, 6-2, 6-4.
For Gauff, this was her seventh match in short order — three in qualifying, four in the main draw — and while she insisted she wasn't fatigued, she looked it.
Still, with serves reaching 119 mph, a dynamic backhand that landed near lines and aggressive volleying, Gauff made an impression on anyone who watched her.
Not to mention anyone who played her.
"It's a great performance. I think if she keeps going, she will be (in the) top 10 soon," Halep said. "She will be a very tough opponent for everybody. If she keeps doing what she did here, she's going to get a lot of confidence and she can win big tournaments soon."
Now the trick will be to manage those sorts of expectations.
Gauff is, after all, too young to drive a car. She is taking high school courses. Instead of hanging out at a mall or going to see a movie with friends or working as a camp counselor Monday, there she was at Wimbledon at 1 p.m., standing in the tunnel that leads to the court with her father, Corey.
He draped his arm around her shoulders, then parted ways by giving his daughter a peck on the cheek.
Wimbledon, Jul 9 (AP/UNB) — A quick look at Wimbledon:
LOOKAHEAD TO TUESDAY
Serena Williams tries to move a step closer to an eighth Wimbledon title when she takes on fellow American Alison Riske in the quarterfinals. Riske upset top-ranked Ash Barty in the fourth round but will be playing in her first Grand Slam quarterfinal — in her 30th appearance — while Williams is looking for her 24th major title. With three of the top-10 seeds losing on Monday, No. 7 Simona Halep is now the highest seeded woman left in the draw. After beating teenage sensation Coco Gauff in straight sets, Halep faces Zhang Shuai of China as she tries to return to the Wimbledon semifinals for the first time since 2014. The home crowd will once again be rooting for Johanna Konta, the last British player in the tournament, who faces Barbora Strycova. Also, No. 8 Elina Svitolina faces Karolina Muchova.
Cloudy. High of 71 degrees Fahrenheit (22 degrees Celsius).
Mostly cloudy. High of 71 degrees Fahrenheit (22 degrees Celsius).
MONDAY'S KEY RESULTS
Men's fourth round: No. 1 Novak Djokovic beat Ugo Humbert 6-3, 6-2, 6-3; No. 2 Roger Federer beat Matteo Berrettini 6-1, 6-2, 6-2; No. 3 Rafael Nadal beat Joao Sousa 6-2, 6-2, 6-2; No. 26 Guido Pella beat No. 15 Milos Raonic 3-6, 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 (3), 8-6.
Women's fourth round: Alison Riske beat No. 1 Ash Barty 3-6, 6-2, 6-3; Karolina Muchova beat No. 3 Karolina Pliskova 4-6, 7-5, 13-11; No. 7 Simona Halep beat Coco Gauff 6-3, 6-3; No. 11 Serena Williams beat Carla Suarez-Navarro 6-2, 6-2.
STAT OF THE DAY
19 - The combined number of games lost by the Big Three of Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal in their straight-set victories.
QUOTE OF THE DAY
"I'm still fairly new to high school, so I haven't figured all that out yet." - Coco Gauff, 15, on whether she still plans to go to college after her breakthrough performances at Wimbledon.