Dhaka, Aug 17 (UNB)- The Bangladesh Women’s Hockey team is set to play their first match against a foreign opponent, the Sports Authority of India’s (SAI)-National Women’s Hockey Academy team on Tuesday at Maulana Bhasani Hockey Stadium here.
The match will kick-off at 4 pm (BST).
Bangladesh Women’s Hockey team will play six preparatory matches against the Indian side ahead of their maiden Women’s Junior (U-21) AHF Cup Asia Cup Hockey Qualifiers scheduled to be held in Singapore from September 9–15 this year.
The Sports Authority of India (SAI) hockey team, under the banner of National Women’s Hockey Academy team will arrive Dhaka on Monday to play six friendly matches against Bangladesh Women’s Hockey team.
The 2nd match is scheduled for August 22 at 4 pm, 3rd match on August 23 at 7 pm, 4th match on August 25 at 4 pm, 5th match on August 26 at 7 pm and the 6th and last match on August 28 at 4 pm, all at the Maulana Bhasani National Stadium here.
The part-time Indian new advisory coach of Bangladesh Women’s Hockey Team Ajay Kumar Bansal already in the capital to prepare Bangladesh girls for their maiden appearance in the Asia Cup Hockey Qualifiers.
“SAI-National Women’s Academy Hockey team is a good team, they [Bangladesh] will play against a good opponent, definitely, they will learn many things – techniques, tactics, skills and other behaviors on the pitch,” Bansal said.
“Bangladeshi girls don’t know anything about the condition of international matches or tournaments. I am scared when they will go to the Asia Cup, how they will feel. The environment will be different there. So, I think when they will play against Indian team, they will come through into little bit realization of the tournament or the matches,” he further added.
While asking about his observation, the Indian coach replied, “The girls [Bangladesh] are very talented. But, they need some exposure. They have not gone through any tournament or anything. They are just practicing only. I am very hopeful for this team. If they get proper training and exposure, they will be the best team in future.”
In the Women’s Junior (U-21) AHF Cup Asia Cup Hockey Qualifiers in Singapore from September 9-15, Bangladesh put in Pool B with Hong Kong China, Nepal and Sri Lanka while Pool A team comprises Chinese Taipei, Singapore and Uzbekistan.
The top two teams of the qualifying round will earned rights to play in the next year’s final round of the Women’s Junior Asia Cup, also a qualifying meet for the Women’s Hockey Junior World Cup 2021.
Dhaka, Aug 17 (UNB) - Bangladesh Women’s Handball team will fly for India on Monday (August 19) to participate in the 8th Asian Women's Youth Handball Championship’2019 beginning in the Indian city of Jaipur on August 21.
Bangladesh have been placed in the tough Group A along with defending champions South Korea, runners-up Japan, Uzbekistan and Chinese Taipei while Group B comprises hosts India, PR China, Kazakhstan, Nepal and Mongolia.
Bangladesh will play defending champions South Korea in the opening match on August 21.
In their next matches, Bangladesh women’s team will play Japan on August 23, Chinese Taipei on August 25 and Uzbekistan on August 26.
Bangladesh Handball Federation (BHF) announced a 19-member Bangladesh squad, including 14 players and five officials, for their maiden Asian Women's Youth Handball Championship at a press conference at the federation office on Saturday.
BHF general secretary Asaduzzaman Kohinoor disclosed the details of the meet at the function where Youth and Sports secretary Dr M Zafar Uddin was present.
Manager of Bangladesh team Nurul Haque Biswas, coach Md Towhidur Rahman and captain Alpona Akter also spoke on the occasion.
Coach of Bangladesh team Md Touhidur Rahman said the girls are motivated and can do well in the competition.
“We’re going to participate for the first time in this competition. But, our girls are motivated. Some of our players have played international matches. I believe they’ll do well in the competition,” he said.
Bangladesh captain Alpona Akter said that they will give their best performance in the competition. “We worked hard. Now our main task is to give our best performance in the competition,” she said.
Bangladesh Squad (Players): Sumaya Banu, Ashia Akter, Panna Akter Barsha, Baby Akter, Sahrmin Akter Rupa, Khadiza Khatun, Shobrna Aktar Surna, Najnin Naher, Misty Khatun, Fouzia Rahaman Toru, Sanjida Aktar Urme, Sriti Akter, Alpona Akter (C), Esrat Jahan Eva.
Mason, Aug 17 (AP/UNB) — Naomi Osaka felt a strange sensation in her left knee, different than anything she'd experienced. The U.S. Open champion left the court worried about whether she'll be in shape to defend her precious title.
Osaka retired from her quarterfinal match at the Western & Southern Open on Friday, unsure what's going on in the knee. She expected to get an MRI.
For now, the player currently ranked No. 1 in the world is concerned about her chances of making another deep run in New York.
"Last year, I won the U.S. Open," she said. "This year, I'm trying to play the U.S. Open."
The problem came out of the blue.
Osaka split two sets with Sofia Kenin. She felt something unusual in the knee while serving early in the third set. After a timeout to have it examined and wrapped, she played a couple more points before retiring .
"I have no idea what's going on," she said.
With that, Kenin advanced to the semifinals for the second straight week. During her run to the semifinals in Toronto, she knocked off then-No. 1 Ashleigh Barty, an upset that allowed Osaka to move up to the top ranking. She'll face Madison Keys, who beat Venus Williams 6-2, 6-3 to reach the semifinals for the first time.
Barty is in position to snatch it back heading into the Open. She beat Maria Sakkari 5-7, 6-2, 6-0 with an encouraging all-around effort.
"Still not quite there, but we're getting better and better each match," the French Open champion said. "I think that's the beauty of being able to stay alive in the tournament is to give myself an opportunity to keep getting better. I think I'm still aiming to obviously do very well here, but the big picture is New York in 10 days' time."
She needs some work on those first sets, though.
Barty got ahead 5-2 in her opening set and got sloppy, letting it slip away. It was the second straight day that Barty rallied after dropping a first set. She fought off a match point during a three-set win over Anett Kontaveit on Thursday, showing poise that she'd need to draw upon again a day later.
"There is certainly no panic, where it gets to the stage where I'm kind of overwrought or can't think straight," she said. "I'm still able to, more times than not, have the ability to relax and kind of stay clear and come back to what works."
Barty will face Svetlana Kuznetsova, who reached her first semifinal of the season by beating third-seeded Karolina Pliskova 3-6, 7-6 (2), 6-3.
Kuznetsova is playing only her ninth event after missing the start of the season because of a knee injury. On a hot, humid afternoon, she got treatment for tightness in her upper right leg after the second set and twice again during the final one.
On the men's side, qualifier Yoshihito Nishioka withdrew because of illness, sending David Goffin into the semifinals. Nishioka had a good tournament showing, beating sixth-seeded Kei Nishikori — a player he called his hero — and Alex De Minaur to reach the quarterfinals.
Goffin will face Richard Gasquet, who advanced with a three-set victory over Roberto Bautista Agut. Gasquet had groin surgery in January and fell to No. 68 in the ATP rankings on July 29, his lowest in nine years. He's back in an ATP Masters 1000 semifinal for the first time since 2013 in Miami.
Seven-time champion Roger Federer was upset Thursday, leaving Novak Djokovic as the only high seed left in the bracket.
Dhaka, Aug 16 (UNB)- Bangladesh Women’s Handball Team will participate in the 8th Asian Women's Youth Handball Championship’ 2019, scheduled to be held on August 21-30 at Jaipur, India.
The team will leave Dhaka for India on Monday (August 19), Bangladesh Handball Federation said in a press release on Friday.
This year, ten Asian nations will participate in the ten-day meet.
Bangladesh placed in Group A along with defending Champions South Korea, runners-up Japan, Uzbekistan and Chinese Taipei while Group B comprises hosts India, PR China, Kazakhstan, Nepal and Mongolia.
Dhaka, Aug 16 (UNB)- SAI (Sports Authority of India) National Sports Women’s Hockey Team will arrive Dhaka on Monday to play friendly matches against hosts Bangladesh Women’s Hockey Team.
“The Indian team will arrive Dhaka on August 19. They will play friendly matches against our women’s team. But, Bangladesh Hockey Federation (BHF) have not fixed the fixture yet,” said a BHF official on Friday.
Bangladesh Women’s Hockey team will play matches ahead of their maiden eight-team Women’s Junior Asia Cup Hockey Qualifiers, scheduled to be held in Singapore from September 9–15 this year.
The team are likely to leave Dhaka for Singapore on September 4.
Bangladesh women’s hockey team have been put on tough Pool B along with hosts Singapore, Uzbekistan and Hong Kong while Group A comprises Chinese Taipei, Kazakhstan, Nepal and Sri Lanka.
In their opening match, Bangladesh team will face Hong Kong China on September 9 and meet Uzbekistan on September 11 in the second game.
In their last match of Pool B, Bangladesh girls will play against hosts Singapore on September 12.
The top two teams will advance to the main round, slated for next year, where China, Japan, South Korea, India, Malaysia and Thailand lie in wait.
The top two teams of the eight-team fray will join China, Japan, Korea, India, Malaysia and Thailand in the Women’s Junior Asia Cup 2020 and the qualifier for the Hockey Junior World Cup 2021.