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Nadal crushes new No 1 Medvedev in Mexico to stay undefeated for 2022

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Last month, Rafael Nadal shocked the world when the 35-year-old Spaniard fought back from two sets down against Daniil Medvedev to win an epic five-set victory in the 2022 Australian Open and claim his 21st – and greatest – major championship. Nadal has now underlined that famous triumph with a 6-3, 6-3 straight-sets win in the rematch, crushing his Russian rival – who is about to become the ATP world No 1 – to advance to the Mexico Open final and remain undefeated in his 14 matches this year.

Medvedev learned on Friday that he had broken the five-year stranglehold of “the Big Three” on men’s tennis’s No 1 ranking, after Novak Djokovic lost in Dubai. One of Roger Federer, Nadal and Djokovic had held the top slot since Briton Andy Murray ceded it on 20 August 2017. No one other than that quartet has been No 1 since Federer displaced Andy Roddick in February 2004. Medvedev, the 2021 US Open champion, will ascend to the top of the pile when the next batch of rankings is released on Monday.

That achievement will now ring a little hollow after Nadal again outclassed and outmuscled him in Acapulco. Unlike in Melbourne, where the 26-year-old Russian surged to a two-set lead, it was the Spaniard who got off to a fast start. Medvedev was forced to defend a couple of break points in his first service game, before Nadal broke minutes later to take a 3-1 lead, which he held on to to claim the first set 6-3.

Nadal, who sat out much of 2021 with a foot injury that required surgery in September, is undefeated in 2022 and carried a 13-0 record into this semi-final. The depth of his recovery showed in the second set, breaking Medvedev’s serve early to go 1-0 up. But Medvedev grew into the contest as the set progressed and began causing the Spaniard all kinds of problems with his backhand drop shot.

Medvedev earned 11 break points across just two of Nadal’s service games in the second set. A six-deuce game was followed by a nine-deuce game at 3-2 as seven break points came and went for the Russian and Nadal dug deep, saving with equal parts aggression and patience, frequently closing points at the net following punishing serves and forehands to snuff out any attempted comeback.

Nadal’s holds under pressure eventually took the wind out of Medvedev’s sails and the Russian was broken once again as an unforced backhand error handed Nadal the win and set up a clash on Sunday against the British No 1, Cameron Norrie, in the final.

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WATCH: Victoria Azarenka taunts her opponent after straight sets win in Qatar Open

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The 2024 Qatar Open saw controversy erupt during the Victoria Azarenka vs Jelena Ostapenko’s match. The veteran tennis player was seen taunting her opponent after an easy win late on Wednesday night.

This latest win for Azarenka over Ostapenko was her fifth against her opponent. As the game ended Victoria Azarenka could be seen tapping her temple area. This was a signal to her opponent about the superiority that she holds.

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The match ended in just under 90 minutes as the veteran won the match with the score reading 6-0, 6-3. There was more drama once the match ended as Ostapenko decided to offer her racquet for a tap. This was in diversion from the regular handshake to show the right spirit. Veteran player Azarenka decided to ignore the gesture and moved to shake hands with the chair umpire.

Victoria Azarenka’s win marred by controversy

Despite posting a dominant win over Jelena Ostapenko the Tennis world wasn’t happy with Victoria Azarenka. The antics from the veteran player didn’t sit down well with many fans across the world.

Victoria Azarenka now will play two-time Qatar Open winner Iga Swiatek in the quarter-finals. 34-year-old Azarenka had spoken about her motivations during a recent interview she did with the media. “When I was young, all I wanted to do was win the Grand Slam and the number 1 and I’ve achieved that. I wanted to continue and repeat that feeling. After I had Leo, my priorities shifted a bit” said Azarenka.

The tennis star is currently ranked world number 33 and was ranked at the top in 2012. Her two Grand Slam title wins came when she won the Australian Open two times in 2012 and 2013. The last time she came close to the Championship title was when she reached the US Open final in 2020. Naomi Osaka won the title beating Azarenka to claim a famous win.

Further speaking to the media, the 34-year-old said “I had to find a way to balance myself a bit. Where I don’t feel guilty for missing out on some of the time with him and dedicate myself to the craft. I think I found a balance through understanding that I’d love for him to see how hard I work and how much I put into it”

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Shoaib Malik’s third marriage affects Sania Mirza, son gets bullied in school

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Sania Mirza and Shoaib Malik’s son Izhaan have reportedly faced bullying in his school. Following the third marriage of Malik which took place recently with Sana Javed, a TV actress and a model in Pakistan, which was her 2nd marriage, there has been bullying from the students at the school of Izhaan. The Pakistani media has reported the issue of Sania’s son recently.  

Shoaib, the former cricketer of Pakistan, took to his social media handle and announced his third marriage with Sana. Sania has been facing bullying on social media since then. It has been spread to their children for none of his mistakes. When one of the media personnel met Izhaan after the third marriage of Malik, it was reported that he was mentally disturbed. The situation looks to be worse with the latest incident. 

To add salt to the wounds of the child, the latest bullying has disturbed his peace of mind. Sania is reportedly concerned over the issue. Sources close to the Indian Tennis player claim that Izhaan is not going to school following the treatment received from his peers in the school. Netizens have condemned the act of those involved in bullying Izhaan for none of his mistakes. 

Call for awareness among children regarding sensitive topics

Sania has not reacted to the incident yet on public platforms. However, it is a growing concern to see the children of the popular personalities getting treatment for none of their mistakes. Sania will soon join the squad of RCB for the Women’s Premier League in India. She will continue to fulfil her role as a mentor of the side. Things will be challenging for the Indian Tennis player in the upcoming days. 

Following the latest reports that have claimed the bullying of Izhaan, there has been a call for emphasis on creating awareness among the children regarding discussions on sensitive issues. Malik had married Ayesha Siddiqui in 2002, a teacher in Pakistan, before marrying Sania in 2010. After nearly 14 years of being in a relationship with Mirza, Malik married for the third time in his life. 

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Serbia’s Dejana Radanovic gets criticised by users on social media for her comments against India

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Dejana Radanovic posted an Instagram story which has triggered a lot of criticism from Indian users online. The Serbian Tennis star was recently in India to play in the ITF tour which happened in major cities like Pune, Bengaluru, Indore, and Mumbai. In one of the matches, the world number 253 was beaten by a local player named Vaidehi Chaudhari. 

During her visit to India, the Serbs played a lot of matches and had to stay in different cities. Every now and then, Dejana took to Instagram and expressed her displeasure regarding staying in India. As her tour came to an end after a stay of three weeks in the country, Dejana bid adieu to the country with a controversial Instagram story, which has not gone well with Indians. 

In her post, the Tennis player said that she did not like India. Dejana added that she did not like traffic, food, and hygiene in the country. “I didn’t like India – the country. I didn’t like the food, traffic, hygiene (worms in the food, yellow pillows and dirty bed linen in the hotel, not knowing how to use roundabout etc.),” wrote Dejana in her story on her social media handle. 

Indians ask apology from Dejana Radanovic

Before leaving India, Radanovic bid adieu and added that she would never ever be in the country again. “Adios India. See you never ever ever ever ever EVER again,” added Radanovic in her story. The opinion of Dejana did not go well with the Indians. The users online asked the Serbian to issue an apology for her statement. Some of the users also considered her racist. 

Reacting to the same, Dejana asked if someone visits Serbia and does not like things, would they be considered racist as well? She questioned the users about what her opinions have to do with racism. “If you come to my country, Serbia, and don’t like all those same things, that means you are a racist?? What the hell does that have to do with racism?” questioned the Serbian after facing backlash from the users. 

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