Tokyo, Sep 23 (AP/UNB) — Fourth-seeded Karolina Pliskova beat Naomi Osaka 6-4, 6-4 on Sunday to win the Pan Pacific Open and deny the U.S. Open champion a win in her home country.
Osaka, who upset Serena Williams in the final in New York, hadn't dropped a set previous to Sunday's final and was frustrated from the outset by the big-serving Czech player.
Pliskova broke Osaka for a second time to go up 5-4 in the second set and then hammered her sixth ace to secure her 11th career title.
Pliskova needed three dramatic sets in each of her matches to reach her second final of the season.
"I was just happy it didn't go to a third set," Pliskova said. "Naomi was playing so good all tournament but I think she was a little bit tired today."
The frustration was evident when Osaka double faulted in the ninth game of the second set to set up Pliskova's second break. The 20-year-old tossed her racket to the ground before collecting her composure, but it was too late.
It was the second time Osaka came up short in the tournament. Two years ago, Osaka lost in the final to Caroline Wozniacki, this year's top-seeded player who was eliminated by Camila Giorgi in the second round.
Moulvibazar, Sep 22 (UNB) - Swadhinata Kabaddi Team defeated IGP Kabaddi Team by 22-11 sets with a lona in the opener of the Moulvibazar District Sports Association (DSA) Cup Kabaddi tournament at Sheikh Russel Indoor Stadium here on Friday night.
Bangladesh Kabaddi Federation General Secretary and Asian Kabaddi Federation President Habibur Rahman, who is also Deputy Inspector General (Admin) of Police Headquarters,inaugurated the newly constructed tournament venue, Sheikh Russel Indoor Stadium, as the chief guest.
Dhaka, Sep 21 (UNB) - Bangladesh trailblazing golfer Siddikur Rahman made the cut in the purse of approximate US$ 1,355,000 Asia-Pacific Open Golf Championship Diamond Cup, sharing the 33rd after second round at Musashi Country Club Sasai Course in Japan on Friday.
The two-time Asian Tour winner Siddikur aggregated even-par 142 with a one-under-par 70 on the day and stayed eight shots behind the Japanese leader Hiroshi Iwata, who took one shot lead above his compatriot Yuta Ikeda.
Siddikur shared his place with six other golfers, moving up from joint 69th spot.
Dhaka, Sept 20 (UNB)– BAF Base Bashar clinched Bangladesh Air Force Inter-Base Squash Competition beating Air Headquarters Unit team by 3-1 sets in the final at the Bangladesh Air Force Base Bangabandhu on Thursday.
Wing Commander Sheikh Sazzad Hossain of Bangladesh Air Force Base Bashar team was adjudged the best player in the competition.
Assistant Chief of Air Staff (Plans) Air Vice Marshal Ehsanul Gani Choudhury witnessed the day’s final match as the chief guest and later he distributed prizes among the winners.
Seven teams of Bangladesh Air Force participated in the three-daylong competition concluded on Thursday.
Dhaka, Sept 20 (UNB) – Scholastica Uttara made a flying start in the Polar Ice Cream 25th School Handball Tournament (Boys and Girls) crushing Motijheel Govt Girls High School by 8-0 goals in the official opening match of the girls group at Shaheed Capt (retd) M Mansur Ali National Handball Stadium here on Thursday.
The winners led the first half by 5-0 goals.
State Minister for Youth and Sports Dr Biren Sikder inaugurated the meet at noon at a simple ceremony. Shah Masud Imam, CEO of the meet’s sponsor Dhaka Ice Cream Industries Ltd (Polar Ice Cream), was also present as special guest.
In the day’s other girls competitions, Viqarunnisa Noon School & College thrashed South Points School by 17-0 goals, Kadamtala Purba Basabo School & College beat Shaheed Ramizuddin Cantonment School & College 3-1, Scholastica Uttara defeated Scholastica Mirpur 5-1, Motijheel Govt High School beat Bangladesh International School & College 2-1, Shaheed Anwar Girls College outplayed Siddheswari Girls School 6-0, Sunnydale crushed Dhanmondi Tutorials 11-0, Shaheed Police Smriti College beat Heed Internationals 6-3, Viqarunnisa Noon School & College again crushed Kadamtala Purba Basabo School & College 11-0, Shaheed Ramizuddin Cantonment School& College beat South Points School 7-0 while Heed International beat Dhanmondi Tutorials 3-2.
A total of 36 schools -- 20 teams in the boys group and 16 teams in the girls group -- are competing in the meet.