Thursday, February 23, 2017
Authors Posts by SAMUEL DEBBARMA



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When Croatian tennis player Mirjana Lucic-Baroni broke into tennis’s top level 20 years ago, her name was declared in the same breath as those of her fellow teenage phenoms Martina Hingis and Venus Williams.

Mirjana won the Australian Open doubles title against Hingis in the year 1998 at the age of 15 and reached to semi-finals of the Wimbledon singles draw.

“I think that life matures you, because here it’s a little bit unrealistic. We are all — or most of us — really successful when we’re really young. And then you have a lot of people that are ‘Yes sir, yes ma’am,’ to all your craziness. They don’t allow you to evolve as a person, or to mature. Even when you act silly, people won’t say anything because you’re a tennis star,” she said.

From 2004 to 2007, Lucic-Baroni has participated only in six tournaments, struggling to finance her anemic career. The 34-year-old Croatian tennis player Lucic-Baroni said “I wasn’t able to travel; I was stopped at the moment I didn’t want to stop. I felt kind of a little bit of unfinished business.”


“I still wanted to play on a stage like this, on a full court like this. Come out, play, have these wins, be in a quarterfinal of a Slam. Have a chance to fight for a semi-final. Those are incredible moments. Those are incredible accomplishments. I knew I’m able to do that.”

Her return has had ebbs and flows, with the distress of Simona Halep, top-five player of US Open in 2014 and also the 2015 French Open representing recent highs.

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This week, Lucic-Baroni looks to be thriving, perhaps, she said: “It was really difficult in the beginning when I started again, because I felt like I belonged somewhere at the top, and I wasn’t there.”

“I was fighting really hard, clawing my way back. This also taught me a lot, all these years coming back. Now, I’m really at peace with where I am in my life, where I am in my career. I think it probably does show a little bit on the court as well.”


Of the misuse, Lucic-Baroni says she overcame, and the lean years that followed, she said “I had a choice to cave or to grow and blossom from it. I took the latter choice, and I’m very proud of myself and my family, that we got away from that.”

“I didn’t let it destroy me. It was difficult, sure, but I believe you really have a choice in everything. You either pick yourself up by the bootstraps and you move on and become stronger from your experiences. Or you falter.”

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When asked about her holding up physically after reaching the quarterfinals in both singles and doubles, she laughed and said “Great. I’m still very much in both singles and doubles, so I’m just going to keep quiet, keep on taping. I’m not going to talk much about it. I’m still here. I’m still fighting. The heart is 100 percent, so that’s all that matters.”

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American professional tennis player Coco Vandeweghe said “Fake it till you make it” after her fourth round hurt of world No. 1 Angelique Kerber this week also if Coco is really beating her nerves under a shine of confidence, she’s doing a great job of it.

On Tuesday, the 25-year-old world number 25 annoying her way past the seventh start Garbine Muguruza 6-4, 6-0 at the Australian Open to reach the semi-finals of a grand slam for the first time.

French Open Champion Muguruza was left simply surprised; she said “I think she played unbelievably. Three times we played in the past, she didn’t show this level.”

“I have zero regrets about my performance. I think when you play with someone that has the power to disturb like this, to hit these kind of shots, and has a good day, I mean, it’s difficult honestly.”

The Junior US Open champion Vandeweghe said that the “calming voice” of her experienced coach Craig Kardon had helped her nerves before the contest.


“Maybe I play better nervous and scared. I don’t know. I think I don’t shy away from a challenge necessarily. I never have. Growing up, I’ve always just been wanting to prove people wrong in a lot of different regards.”

“I think it’s more I take it as a challenge. I take it as an enjoyable challenge. It’s what I want to do. It’s where I want to be. To face the best players is definitely an accomplishment, to say for myself that I’ve gotten to the point that I’ve beat and face these top players.”

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Coco grandfather was the former New York Knicks basketball player named Ernie Vandeweghe, and her mother Tauna was a swimmer who represented the United States at 1976 Olympics.

She said “In my family, if you think you’re too high, you’ll get put down really fast. They’re good about that. “It’s a very competitive family, whether it’s just playing cards around the table, or if it does end up coming to sports.”


“But, you know, I like to think I’m smart enough not to mess with anyone in their said sport that they like to play. They’re quick to bring me back down off my pedestal if I get too high.”

Next match for Vandeweghe in the semi-finals will be against American Venus Williams 11 years senior and seven-times champion.

Coco said “It’s a dream to play someone you grew up watching. But to do it at this stage of a grand slam is kind of crazy. I mean, I can’t really put it into words.”

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Australian skipper Steve Smith has advised the senior players of his side to pace up and take extra responsibility during the hard India tour. He wants superior player David Warner to score a great century like Karun Nair, who scored a triple century against England recently.

In the fifth Test of the series, the 25-year-old batsman Nair had scored a trump 303 in India’s innings and 75 run victories against England.

When asked about his expectations from senior players David Warner, Smith said that he should score a century in a big one.

Smith said to ‘ESPNCricinfo’ “It’s pretty important that our senior players step up in those conditions and take control. It’s something we didn’t do overly well in Sri Lanka, and we didn’t get the results that we wanted there.”


“The senior players – myself, Davey, (Mitchell) Starcy, Josh (Hazlewood) and Nathan Lyon – need to step up and really take control. I’m going to do it differently to Davey. You don’t want to get rid of someone’s natural flair and the way they play.”

“But if he gets to a hundred, it might be about knuckling down again and going big, get 200 or 300, like Karun Nair did a few weeks ago. Those are the big scores that set your team up, so just being hungry and willing to keep going and not let up,” he added.

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Smith said About India a Difficult Place to Tour

The 27-year-old Australia’s skipper stated that “India play incredibly well in their own backyard and each individual is going to have to have plans in place. Ashwin and Jadeja have been incredible for a while now. They have got a couple of good quicks who bowl good reverse swing, and their batsmen score big runs.”


Captain Smith said that England might lose both the Test and ODI series. However, the team is playing quite well. “Looking at the India-England series, England actually played reasonably well, they scored big runs, but India just went bigger and bigger. We are going to have to find ways to get them out and we are going to have to find ways to bat for long periods – 150 overs in your first innings and set the game up from there.”

“If the game is dead and buried and we can’t win, you want to see the fight to do everything you can to stay out there and get the team a draw. That is something we haven’t done overly well in the past,” said Australian skipper Smith.

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Roger Federer admired Kei Nishikori further on his tough against him; Federer said that his next opponent was handled with the same aplomb as one of his classy groundstrokes.

He in question was Kei Nishikori, who will play against Federer in a fourth-round night match on Sunday at Rod Laver Arena.

The 35-year-old Swiss tennis player said that “I’m a big fan of his game. He’s got one of the best backhands out there. I love how he can crush it down the line or cross-court. He’s got wonderful second serve returns.”


“He’s fast on his legs. Strong in his mind. I know how tough he is as the match goes along. He finds his range and his rhythm; he’s tough to stop.”

Federer said that he needs another strong service game if he likely to give some trouble to Nishikori.

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“This one’s going to be completely different to Tomas … there’s going to be more rallies, even though the surface remains fast. I said it at the beginning of the week; it’s not easy to control the ball. Today again, when you serve well, it pays dividends. I hope I can keep that up against Kei,” he said.


When asked if Nishikori should be considered the favorite since No. 5 seeding, he said “Yeah, sure, he’s the favorite. Maybe. I don’t know.”

The 27-years-old Japanese tennis player Nishikori said he watched some of the Federer-Berdych matches “Roger, it’s a big challenge for me. I’m just happy to play him because I think we needed him on the tour. Happy to see him back 100 percent,” Nishikori said.

Also ReadI Have Been Sledged By Sachin, Says Glenn McGrath, Check Out

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Australian cricket team has continually prepared headlines for their on-pitch manner, mainly during the late 1990s and early 2000s. The idea of sledging was almost made famous by the Australian of that period.

Australian former cricketer Glenn McGrath who himself has been at the center of many such events, made unexpected surprises claiming India’s cricketer icon Sachin Tendulkar of sledging him.

When asked by newspapers The Hindu, McGrath said: “I have been sledged by Sachin Tendulkar.”


He added “Every team in the world sledges. But when the Aussies do it, it makes news. When the other teams sledge against us, we keep quiet. The moment the Australians are at it, the others are quick to complain.”

“The Australian way is very upfront. We play our cricket with a lot of passion. We say a few things on the field but all is forgotten as we walk off it. It’s a part of Australian culture.”

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The fast bowler more credited that Steve Waugh is planning a new term for sledging. “He called it gamesmanship.”

When asked about the main sledger in the Australian team, McGrath said that “Matthew Hayden was probably the worst. But he was nicely hidden fielding at gully.”


The 46-year-old Australian pace legend said about the leading intelligent cricketer he had Shane Warne ever, “It would be Shane Warne, the best Test captain Australia never had. Warnie read the game very well, was a showman and loved the big moments,” he said.

McGrath also gave the statement to make on the position of present day cricketing pitches. “In my days, the tracks in Melbourne, Sydney, Perth, Brisbane and Adelaide – they were all different. There was pace and bounce at Perth and Brisbane, while the spinners would come into play more at Melbourne and Sydney. Now, all that has changed. All the surfaces favour the batsmen, are similar in nature.”

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There were instant in Swiss professional tennis player Roger Federer’s third-round win over Czech tennis player Tomas Berdych returns, rallies, passing shots and subtle drops that stood out like monuments.

On one such point, early in the second set, the 35-year-old’s wrist dropped a touch, his racket strings stroked the ball, and it flows across the court and over the net, a sweet whisper of a drop shot that fell gently into the night.

The game’s numero uno, after who this bustling facility in named, applauded in the stands. Rod Laver’s face instantly broke into a smile. Appreciation perhaps, or was it recognition?


The 35-year-old Swizz tennis player Federer won 6-2, 6-4, 6-4 in a 90-minute display of brutal beauty. Berdych put down 13 aces most of them over 200 kmph and Federer had eight, that was the only part of winning sign owned by Berdych on the night.

Federer, who has won four-time here, had 40 winners and 17 unforced errors, however importantly he won 95 percent of the points on his first serve and didn’t face a single breakpoint in Australian Open third-round clash.

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Berdych, the 31-year-old had beaten last against Federer four years ago in the semi-finals in Dubai, didn’t have significantly to show in their 23rd meeting.

Berdych said, “I was on the backfoot every single time, he showed how to play two-shot tennis.”


Czech player adding that he quite have been in ‘the stands watching him than playing against Roger’

Swiss, Federer said that he has no hopes coming in the match “I always felt that against better-ranked players you lift your game naturally, you feed off each other, today I did, he didn’t. I’ve worked very hard in practice, but I’m not the king of practice. I played tons of sets.”

“It was a great mental test to see if I could stay in the match, point for point, keep rolling. I was able to do that. That’s where I’m just really happy, that I was able to deliver from the baseline. I felt worlds better than in the first couple of rounds.”

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On Sunday, Swiss, who has won four-time in this Australian Open, is likely to play against Japan’s fifth-seed Kei Nishikori in the fourth round. Federer said “I’m a big fan of Kei. He has perhaps the best backhand in tennis, I love how he can crush it down the line or crosscourt. He’s got wonderful second serve returns. He’s fast on his legs, strong in his mind. I know how tough he is as the match goes along. He finds his range and his rhythm; he’s tough to stop.”

Federer said he hoped to display the form of Friday in the next round “I’ll be ready, there’s no turning back from here. He’s definitely played better and more tennis in recent months.”

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Bollywood stars Aamir Khan film ‘Dangal’ has released in the month of December 23, now it just to complete the month of its release. However, having said that, the film is earning more eyeballs as compared to the other releases over the period of a month.

The film has earned a total amount of Rs 721.14 crore at the worldwide box office. Since in India, the film has inched close to Rs 375 crore marks.


Weekly Income Details of ‘Dangal’ Film

Trade analyst Taran Adarsh wrote earning week detail of Dangal film “#Dangal [Week 4] Fri 1.94 cr, Sat 4.06 cr, Sun 4.24 cr, Mon 1.37 cr, Tue 1.27 cr, Wed 1.16 cr, Thu 1.04 cr. Total: ₹ 374.95 cr. India biz.”

According to, at the Indian box office, the directional of Nitesh Tewari film Dangal have collected Rs 523.47 crore. In the international market, the film has cast over Rs 197.67 crore.

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So, the starrer of Aamir Khan film Dangal is recently earning in the second highest worldwide with Rs 721.14 crore after previous film PK, which closed at Rs 792 crore.

Whereas other filmmakers struggle the demonetisation, which mostly affected film’s earning at the ticketing window, Aamir’s film handles to mint Rs 374.95 crore net in India and still going strong.


The film, which is the story of Mahavir Singh Phogat’s journey of training his daughters to become world-class wrestlers, is collecting lots awards. Since it has been a good year for biopics of MS Dhoni leading stars, Sushant Singh Rajput also earns Rs 300 crore in India.

Dangal film has become a top earning film of 2016 and also in the international market. Aamir was overwhelmed with the response to Dangal and express thanks to all fans on social media.

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Aamir is now preparing for his next upcoming film “Thugs of Hindostan.” The film will mark his first association with Amitabh Bachchan.

The actor’s next project as a producer is Secret Superstar, which stars Zaira Wasim. Zaira played the younger version of Geeta Phogat in Dangal.

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Indian skipper Virat Kohli defeats the match winning attempt of MS Dhoni and Yuvraj Singh, saying the ‘greats’ showed why they were essential to the team’s development.

Yuvraj and Dhoni smashed uplifting hundreds to help India post 381 for six after being 25 for three in the fifth over. Both shared 256 run stands for the fourth wicket.


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The 28-years-old Indian skipper said after defeats England by 15 runs “We were wondering if we had a good start were we would have ended up…it wasn’t good batting early on. Two of the greats stood up, that is what the team management envisioned (the prospect of both Yuvraj and Dhoni in the playing eleven).”

“Getting 381 from 25 for 3 was outstanding. We knew we’d get wickets at some stage or the other but we bowled at the more difficult part of the day. The guys showed really good character. We pulled it back nicely in the end.”

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Kohli added “Having won the series, just before the Champions Trophy, the key will be for us to express ourselves and work out what is the best opening partnership. Two guys who had a really good Test series (Ravindra Jadeja and R Ashwin) stepped up and had we not picked up those wickets I don’t know where the game would have gone. I’d say we are only at 75 percent of our potential. We hope to play to our full potential in Kolkata.”


“International Indian cricketer Yuvraj Singh said about the performance in the domestic season “In the domestic season I’ve been hitting the ball well.”

“Me and MS understood the situation; we had to start again. I was trying to hit the ball down the ground and once we got going I thought we started to attack at the right time.”

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Singh added “We just wanted to get one partnership going then we were able to play a lot of shots. We were thinking 340-350. It’s probably by best innings. I started as a lower-order batsman, the higher you bat the more balls you get to play – 150 was a target for me.”

“I wanted to prove a point to myself. I knew it was coming. Diet has been the key, when you pass 30 you have to work harder at your fitness.”

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Australia vs Sri Lanka

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On 19th February, Australian team faced against the visitor Sri Lankan team on the second T20I. Of 2016/17 season that match was T20I no....