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Will Nadal skip Wimbledon? Maybe not!



It looks like good news for Nadal fans!

The 22-time Major champion Rafael Nadal will be travelling to London on Monday to prepare for Wimbledon!

The reason?

Rafa has been training hard on grass in the last couple of days, and his foot has reacted well to treatment.

Rafa has had a couple of busy days at home in Mallorca, training on a grass court with Feliciano Lopez and deciding to give it a go at Wimbledon.

Thus, the Spaniard will enter the most famous tennis tournament and seek the first Wimbledon crown since 2010.

The dreaded foot injury

Rafa has been dealing with a foot injury for a year, struggling against Novak Djokovic in the last year’s Roland Garros semi-final and skipping Wimbledon and the Olympic Games.

The Spaniard needed injections in the middle of matches at Roland Garros this year.

Despite this, with two Grand Slam titles to his name, Rafa has been the best player of the season.

He has won four crowns and moved two Slams clear of Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic.

Nadal has his doctors to thank.

After his French Open triumph, he received special treatment on his foot in Barcelona.

Nadal’s record at Wimbledon

Nadal made his Wimbledon debut in 2003, a couple of weeks after turning 17.

He scored two victories and became one of the youngest players in the third round.

Between 2006 and 2011, Rafa played in five consecutive Wimbledon finals.

He won trophies in 2008 and 2010 and lost three more finals to Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic.

The Spaniard lost ground at the All England Club in the ensuing years and failed to reach the quarter-final between 2012 and 2017.

Nadal raised his level at Wimbledon in 2018 and defeated five rivals for his first semi-final in seven years.

Novak Djokovic halted him in an epic five sets in five hours and 15 minutes over a two-day battle!

A year later, Rafa lost one set en route to another Wimbledon semi-final, hoping to pass another obstacle and enter the final.

Instead, Roger Federer toppled him in four sets in their last meeting ever.

Standing half away from a calendar Grand Slam, Rafa will seek the 23rd Major crown in London, returning to Wimbledon for the first time since 2019.

Nadal might retire soon

Nadal is dragging himself through the tour using sheer will power.

However, he might decide to hang up his racquets soon as there is a big change on the home front.

Rafael Nadal and his wife Maria Perello are expecting their first child.

Maria’s recent pictures from their vacation on a yacht confirm the rumour, although the couple is yet to make the news public.

Rafa and Perello have been together since they were teenagers, and they got married three years ago.

Nadal has repeatedly stated that he would love to have kids, and hopefully, we will see him in the new role of a father at 36.

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Smriti Mandhana and Ellyse Perry star in RCB women’s comeback win against UP Warriorz in WPL 2024




Smriti Mandhana and Alyssa Healy (Source - X)

RCB women overcame UP Warriorz by 23 runs to clinch their third win of the season. The home side outperformed Warriorz in all the facets of the game and emerged victorious. A collective team effort, particularly with the bat, helped RCB women to beat Warriorz for the second time in the season. They now have three wins in their five matches in the WPL 2024.

Alyssa Healy won the toss and opted to field first. Given how things have panned out in the league so far, it needed a great batting performance from RCB to challenge the chasing side. The home side did exactly that. They were full of intent which was lacking in the last few games. Right from the start, S Meghana and Smriti Mandhana smashed the bowlers.

It was the night of the RCB skipper. The Southpaw scored 80(50) in her stay. S Meghana perished after a valuable 28(21). Ellyse Perry batted well and registered her first fifty of the WPL 2024. She was aided well towards the end by Richa Ghosh whose 21(10) propelled RCB to a score of 198 on the board. It was the highest team total in the WPL 2024.

Alyssa Healy’s efforts go in vain

Chasing the daunting total, UP Warriorz were off to a flier. The opening duo of Healy and Kiran Navgire gave a fiery start to the visiting side. When the two were batting in the PP overs, it seemed like the Warriorz could pull off an insane chase. However, Sophie Devine brought RCB back into the game with crucial wickets. At Bengaluru, the home crowd was literally behind the RCB women.

It helped the home side to stay calm and do their job with ease. Sophie Molineux and Asha Sobhana were the pick of the bowlers, who claimed 2/29 each in their spell of four overs. While Healy scored a fifty and Deepti tried her best in the death overs, ten daunting targets could not be chased down. Despite the early hiccups, RCB managed to restrict UP Warriorz to a score of 175 and won by 23 runs.

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WATCH: Ellyse Perry in disbelief as her six breaks car’s window




Ellyse Perry smashed a six in the match against UP Warriorz in the WPL 2024. It was an interesting six as the ball travelled towards the boundary ropes and fell exactly on the window of the car. As a result, the glass of the window was broken. The car is set to be provided as a reward for the player of the tournament.

It was the over of Deepti Sharma towards the last few moments of RCB’s innings. Before Perry struck, the home side was in a great position in the match, thanks to a great start provided by Smriti Mandhana. The star batter scored 80 (50) and shined in front of the home crowd. Her form helped RCB to have a good momentum towards the death overs.

Watch the viral video here –

Perry, who was struggling till that point, opened up and smashed the bowlers for fun. She went hard against the spinners like Rajeshwari Gayakwad and Deepti Sharma who were asked to bowl at the death. The right-handed batter smashed back-to-back sixes in the over of Sharma. One of those travelled towards the mid-wicket region where the car was stationed. The video of her shot has gone viral on X.

RCB teammates laugh, Ellyse Perry in disbelief

As the ball fell on the car and damaged the window, the fans erupted. There was no end to the joy of the fans who started chanting “Perry.. Perry..” and lit the atmosphere of the stadium. However, Perry was in disbelief. As she saw the impact of the ball damaging the car’s window, the Australian batter could not believe her eyes and thought about what she had just done.

On the other hand, the RCB teammates of Perry were in awe of the shot. They looked at the replays and appreciated the shot of Perry. At the same time, players like Sophie Molineux and Sophie Devine had a laugh about the car’s window getting damaged. Ellyse scored a fifty and helped her team score 198 runs with her batting in front of the home crowd.

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Praveen Kumar addresses Ishan Kishan and Shreyas Iyer’s negligence of taking part in Ranji Trophy




Praveen Kumar

Praveen Kumar has given his opinion on the preferences of Ishan Kishan and Shreyas Iyer in recent times. The duo did not take part in the Ranji Trophy matches for their respective teams despite being fit. It did not go well with the Indian Cricket Board which landed the duo without a ventral contract which was announced a few days back.

Praveen Kumar has reacted to the issue recently. The former India pacer claimed that he has been of an opinion on the issue for a long time. Praveen felt that one should definitely earn money but not at the cost of neglecting to play for domestic and national teams. The right-arm pacer felt that players today are having a certain mentality which is not good.

The former pacer claimed that the players have a mindset that they can rest for a month before taking part in the IPL, thereby bypassing playing for their national team or the domestic teams. Praveen felt that the players could not resist letting go of money which they could earn by taking part in the IPL and other T20 leagues (For foreign players).

‘Ye mentally hota hai, ki mai itne paise kaise chodun’ – Praveen Kumar

“This thing is now firmly in the mind of players. Mai ek mahine pehle rest kar lunga, fir IPL khel lunga. Ye mentally hota hai, ki mai itne paise kaise chodun,” said Praveen in the interview. He claimed that youngsters these days are spoilt and are behind money. The former RCB pacer felt that it is not fair on the part of the young players to neglect the country over the IPL.

Kumar felt that a player needs to maintain a balance between playing for the IPL team and for the country. He felt that money is an important factor, but not at the cost of playing for the national team. “But this is not fair at all. A player needs to balance things. Money is important, but this (giving franchise cricket the priority) is wrong,” said the former Indian bowler in the interview.

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