Dhaka, Nov 18 (UNB) – Mohammad Dulal Hossain of Kurmitola Golf Club dominated the 3rd Gemcon Professional Golf Tournament with six-under par after the first round of the four-day meet at the Kurmitola Golf Course in Dhaka Cantonment on Sunday.
Shakhawat Hossain Sohel, also a golfer of Kurmitola Club, followed the leader with three-under par while Mohammad Robin of Savar Golf Club was in the 3rd slot with two-under-par.
A total of 77 leading golfers of the country alongside 10 amateur ones are taking part in the 10-lakh prize-money tournament, organised by Bangladesh Professional Golf Association and sponsored by Gemcon Group.
Meanwhile, country’s premier golfer Siddikur Rahman will compete in the US$ 20,000,000 Homna Hong Kong Open 2018 billed for November 22-25 at the Hong Kong Club.
Three other Bangladeshi golfers -- Mohammad Sayem, Badal Hossain and Mohammad Ismail -- will participate in the Indian Oil Servo Masters to be held in Assam from November 21-24 next.
London, Nov 18 (AP/UNB) — After pulling off one of the biggest wins of his career, Alexander Zverev was left apologizing for an unforced error he didn't make.
Zverev denied Roger Federer a shot at a 100th career title by beating the Swiss great 7-5, 7-6 (5) at the ATP Finals on Saturday to advance to the championship match against Novak Djokovic.
Federer was leading the second-set tiebreaker 4-3 and in the ascendancy of a rally on a Zverev service point when a ball boy at the back of the court dropped a ball. Zverev immediately signaled for the point to be stopped and the umpire ordered the point to be replayed.
Zverev served an ace before going on to close out the match moments later.
"I want to apologize for the situation in the tiebreak," said Zverev, who was booed by some of the crowd during his on-court interview. "The ball boy dropped the ball so it's in the rules that we have to replay the point.
"I'm a little bit upset about the whole situation because this is not how I wanted it to end."
Zverev is the youngest player at 21 to reach the final since 2009 and the first from Germany since 1996. He will face five-time champion Djokovic, who defeated Kevin Anderson 6-2, 6-2 to extend his semifinal win-loss record at the tournament to 7-1.
Federer, 37, was seeking a record-extending seventh title, but was unable to cope with the pressure created by Zverev's power and precision at the O2 Arena.
"He (Zverev) apologized to me at the net," Federer said. "I was like, 'Buddy, shut up. You don't need to apologize to me here. Congratulations on a great match and a great tournament so far. All the best for the finals.' And you move on."
An inspired series of shots earned Zverev the first break points of the match in the 12th game and Federer sent a forehand wide to fall behind.
Federer willed himself to a break for 2-1 in the second set, but Zverev quickly composed himself to hit straight back in the following game.
Zverev overcame the freak interruption to establish a 5-4 lead in the tiebreaker, and Federer netted the simplest of forehand volleys to bring up match point.
He saved the first, but Zverev confidently put away a backhand drive volley to set up a shot at the biggest title of his career and leave Federer waiting until next season for his 100th title.
"Overall, I'm happy how the season went," said Federer, who picked up his 20th Grand Slam title at the Australian Open. "There's many positives. So I'm excited for next season."
Despite having reached only one Grand Slam quarterfinal this year, Zverev is the only active player outside the Big Four of Djokovic, Federer, Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray to have won three Masters titles. But victory at the tour's flagship event would exceed those achievements.
"Novak right now is the best player in the world," said Zverev, who lost to Djokovic in the round robin. "You have to play your best game to even have a chance. I hope I'll be able to do that tomorrow."
The Serb maintained his record of having not lost a set — or service game — at the tournament as he thrashed debutant Anderson to give himself the chance to join Federer on six titles.
"I played very well in the group stage against Sascha (Zverev)," Djokovic said. "But I don't think he was close to his best."
Djokovic won 20 out of 27 points on Anderson's second serve as he broke the South African twice in each set.
"It was the best match I've played so far this week," Djokovic said.
Having ended a two-year Grand Slam title drought by defeating Anderson in the Wimbledon final, Djokovic went on to win his 14th major trophy at the U.S. Open and has already sealed the year-end No. 1 ranking.
The victory extended Djokovic's record to 35-2 since the start of Wimbledon, a tournament he began ranked 21st after a right elbow injury interrupted his first half of the season.
"It's remarkable what he's done since Wimbledon," Anderson said. "It seems like he's definitely right back playing some of the best tennis of his career."
Dhaka, Nov 17 (UNB) – The 3rd Gemcon Professional Golf Tournament 2018, organized by Bangladesh Professional Golf Association, will kick off at Kurmitola Golf Course in the city on Sunday.
A total of 77 leading golfers of the country alongside 10 amatuer golfers will compete in the 10-lac prize-money tournament, sponsored by Gemcon Group.
The closing and prize distribution ceremony of the tournament will be held on Thursday (Nov 22) at Kurmitola Golf Club in Dhaka Cantonment.
Dhaka, Nov 17 (UNB) – Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) team clinched the Exim Bank 28th National Men’s Handball crown beating Bangladesh Police by 25-17 goals in the final at Shaheed Capt (retd) M Mansur Ali National Handball Stadium here on Saturday.
This was the border frontiers’ eight consecutive national titles after clinching national crown for 19 times as Bangladesh Rifles. Bangladesh Air Force lifted the only other title in 1988.
The winners led the first half by 11-5 goals in the day’s final.
Mehidy Hasan scored seven goals, Sagar and Emdad netted four goals each for the winners while Chinu Mong scored five and Russell Chakma netted four for the losers.
Mohammad Robiul of Ansars & VDP was adjudged the best player of the tournament while Tarequl Rahman of BGB named as the best player of the final.
President of Bangladesh Insurance Association Sheikh Kabir Hossain was the chief guest in the day’s final and later distributed the prizes among the winners.
Director of the meet’s sponsor Exim Bank Col (retd) Sirajul Islam was also present as a special guest.
Meanwhile, Bangladesh Ansar Handball team finished 3rd in the meet beating Bandarban District by 40-27 goals after leading the first half by 11-5 goals at the same venue Saturday afternoon.
London, Nov 17 (AP/UNB) — After reaching the last four at the ATP Finals for the first time, Alexander Zverev isn't satisfied.
He set up a semifinal with six-time champion Roger Federer by defeating John Isner 7-6 (5), 6-3 on Friday.
Zverev is the youngest player at 21 to reach the semifinals since 2009 and the first from Germany since 2003.
"The tournament isn't over," Zverev said. "I don't want to really be thinking 'I'm in the semifinals now, I'm satisfied.' That's not how I work."
Isner and Marin Cilic, who later lost 7-6 (7), 6-2 in a dead rubber against group winner Novak Djokovic, were eliminated by the result.
Five-time champion Djokovic will face debutant Kevin Anderson in the other semifinal on Saturday.
Isner needed to win in straight sets to have any chance of advancing and almost took the lead when he held a set point in the 12th game of the opener. Zverev saved it with an ace and played a faultless tiebreaker to eliminate the American.
"You make this tournament, you want to do a little bit better," said Isner, who lost all three of his matches. "But at the same time this is no normal event. You're up against the absolute best in the world."
In the second set, Zverev converted his only break point of the match to lead 5-3, before calmly closing out the contest at the O2 Arena.
Reaching the last four in London is the latest achievement in a career-best season for Zverev, whose victory over Isner took him beyond the 55 wins he posted last year.
Both players utilized powerful serves to hold comfortably but Isner came up with a crushing forehand return winner to bring up the first break point at 5-6.
Having forced a tiebreaker, Zverev produced perhaps the most important shot of the match to dig out a deep Isner return and force a volley error to ensure it was he and not the American who earned set point. "A remarkable shot," Isner said.
Isner netted a forehand and, with his chance of qualification gone, wilted in the second set as quality Zverev returns secured the only break of the match.
The 37-year-old Federer holds a 3-2 career record over Zverev, with the most recent meeting between the oldest and youngest player in the tournament having been a three-set victory for the Swiss at last year's ATP Finals.
"It's going to be a very difficult match," Zverev said. "I mean, him on this surface, indoor court, he's an unbelievable player."
The top-ranked Djokovic ensured he will be the only unbeaten semifinalist. Despite having already secured an eighth semifinal appearance with his previous victory, the Serb showed no signs of complacency as he lost just five points on his serve against Cilic.
Djokovic won 31 straight service points from the third game of the first set through to the fourth game of the second, but he did have to save a Cilic set point on his way to winning a closely fought tiebreaker.
"It wasn't easy to approach this match with 100 percent willingness to win it," Djokovic said.
Cilic, who has failed to advance from the round robin stage in four appearances, was unable to maintain his level of performance in the second set and allowed Djokovic to break twice.
Djokovic ended a two-year Grand Slam title drought by defeating Anderson in the Wimbledon final, before going on to claim his 14th major title at the U.S. Open.
"He's playing well, serving well, very aggressive," Djokovic said of Anderson. "So I know what to expect."