SPORTS - 2017 APRIL

April 1

Sania Mirza-Barbora Strycova enter Miami Open final.
The Indo-Czech pair of Sania Mirza and Barbora Strycova defeated the Swiss-China pair of Martina Hingis and Chan Yung-Jan to enter the finals of the women’s doubles at the Miami Open.
The third seeded pair defeated fifth seeded duo of Martina Hingis and Chan Yung-Jan in a hard-fought last four contest.
Sania and Barbora will now face unseeded pair of Gabriela Dabrowski and Xu Yifan in the final, who defeated fourth seeds Peng Shuai and Andrea Hlavackova in their semifinal match.

India Open Series: P.V. Sindhu to take on Carolina Marin in summit clash.
Ace Indian Shuttler P.V. Sindhu will take on Olympic champion Carolina Marin in a summit clash in the India Open Super Series Badminton tournament at the Siri Fort Indoor Stadium in New Delhi.
This will not be the first meeting between Sindhu and Marin since their classic Olympic clash in August, 2016. They locked horns at the Dubai World Super series Finals in December last year in a group match which the Indian won in straight game.
Sindhu got a hard-fought win over World No. 4 Korean Sung Ji Hyun in the semi-finals of the tournament.

Miami Open: Johanna Konta defeats Caroline Wozniacki.
Johanna Konta defeated Caroline Wozniacki to win the Miami Open the biggest title won by a British woman in 40 years.
Konta, who had never won an elite WTA premier mandatory event, will move to number seven in the world rankings with the victory.
No British woman had ever won a premier mandatory event since the elite tier was introduced in 2009 and this was only the second time that Konta had even qualified for the Miami tournament.

April 2

Sindhu lifts India Open badminton title 2017.
Olympic silver-medallist P.V. Sindhu has defeated Carolina Marin in straight sets in 47 minutes at the India Open badminton championship 2017 in New Delhi. With this victory, she avenged her Olympic final defeat over the same opponent.
Sindhu toyed with her opponent and won the finale easily. The Spaniard could not withstand the firepower of P.V. Sindhu. This was the second Super series title win for Sindhu.
The Indian shuttler has shown character in the tournament and she entered the final after beaten Saina Nehwal and Sung ji-Hyun.

Roger Federer wins Miami Open 2017.
Roger Federer (Switzerland) defeated Rafael Nadal (Spain) to win Miami Open 2017 Singles title. Miami Open 2017 was held in Florida, USA.
A fourth straight win over Nadal was his longest winning streak in their 13-year professional rivalry which makes Federer the oldest winner of the Miami Open.
The victory was Federer’s 26th ATP Masters 1000 title, only Novak Djokovic with 30 and Rafael Nadal with 28 have won more titles than Federer.

Paes wins first title of season in Challenger Tournament.
Leander Paes won his first title of the season, combining with Canadian Adil Shamasdin to lift the Leon Challenger Tour tennis tournament's men's doubles trophy after a straight-set win in Mexico.
Paes and Shamasdin defeated Luca Margaroli (Switzerland) and Caro Zampieri (Brazil) in the title clash at the hard court event.
With this win, Paes clinched his 20th ATP Challenger title. Paes has now won at least one title every year for the past 26 years.

April 3

Sania Mirza-Barbora Strycova lose in Miami Open Final.
Indian tennis star Sania Mirza and her Czech partner Barbora Strycova were stunned by unseeded giant-killers Gabriela Dabrowski of Canada and Xu Yifan from China in the women's doubles summit clash of the Miami Open in Miami.
Sania and Strycova, aiming for their third title together, lost in a match that lasted little over an hour.
Before this tournament, she and Dabrowski had never been on the same court for a match as partners or opponents but practiced together at the BNP Paribas Open.

Jepkosgei smashes three world records at Prague Half Marathon.
Kenya's Joyciline Jepkosgei has broken the world half marathon record as well as the 10 km and 15 km marks at the Prague Half Marathon on the way to winning the IAAF Gold Label Road Race in one hour, four minutes and 52 seconds.
The 23-year-old, who was competing in just her fifth half marathon, clocked splits of 30:05 and 45:37 to improve the 10 km and 15 km world records.
Defending champion Violah Jepchumba of Kenya finished second in 65:22, with Fancy Chemutai third.

April 4

Malaysia Open Badminton tournament starts at Kuching in Sarawak.
Malaysia Open Badminton tournament has begun in Kuching, Sarawak. Rio Olympics Silver medalist P.V. Sindhu, who won her first India Open recently, and Saina Nehwal will lead the Indian challenge.
The Indian pair of Ashwini Ponnappa and Sikki Reddy have qualified for the main draw and will be playing in women's doubles event. They won their qualification game, against Indonesian pair of Afiat Yuris Wirawan and Nadya Melati.
In women's singles event, Sindhu, Saina and other Indian shuttlers will begin their campaign. While Sindhu will take on China's Chen Yufei, Saina will meet Akane Yamaguchi of Japan.

12-yr-old athlete misses world record by 2 secs in 200 metre.
Brianna Lyston, a 12-year-old Jamaican sprinter, completed a 200 metre sprint in 23.72 seconds, two seconds short of the world record set at the 1988 Seoul Olympics.
Brianna set the record in the U-13 girls 200 metre sprint at the 2017 Boys and Girls Championships.
It is the same event in which Usain Bolt won his first school championships medal in 2001.

April 5

India rise to 101 in FIFA rankings, best-ever in two decades.
The Indian football team achieved its best-ever FIFA ranking in over two decades as it jumped to 101 in the latest list
This is the team's best-ever ranking since May 1996 - it was ranked 101 then also. India have jumped 31 places from its last rank of 132nd in the previous month.
Following a couple of wins in recent times, India are now ranked 11th in Asia. The highest FIFA ranking achieved by India ever is 94, which was attained in February 1996. India was ranked 99 in November 1993 and 100 in October 1993, December 1993 and April 1996.

April 6

P.V. Sindhu reaches career-best World No. 2 ranking.
Rio Olympics silver medallist P.V. Sindhu jumped three places to achieve a career-best world number two ranking in the latest Badminton World Federation (BWF) rankings.
The 21-year-old shuttler from Hyderabad became only the second Indian woman after Saina Nehwal to break into the top-five of the world rankings by earning 75759 points.
Sindhu had recently bagged the India Open title after defeating Carolina Marin. The women's singles chart is led by Tai Tzu Ying of Chinese Taipei with 87911 points.

April 7

Davis Cup: Bopanna and Balaji seal India's place in World Group play-offs.
India sealed their place in the Davis Cup World Group Play-offs with Rohan Bopanna and N. Sriram Balaji routing their rivals with clinical precision for an unassailable 3-0 lead against Uzbekistan
Bopanna and debutant Balaji defeated Farrukh Dustov and Sanjar Fayziev in the doubles rubber of the Asia/ Oceania Group I second round contest at the KSLTA stadium.
Uzbekistan needed to win the doubles rubber to keep the tie alive but the Indians proved too good for the visitors with Balaji making an impressive debut.

Thailand International Boxing: Shyam Kumar enters final.
India's K. Shyam Kumar entered into the final of the 'Thailand International Boxing Tournament' in Bangkok in the 49 kg category.
He defeated Gankhuyag Gan-Erdene (Mongolia) in the last-four stage to make the summit clash.
Rohit Tokas had to settle for a bronze medal after going down in the semi-finals of the 64 kg category against Abduraimov Elnur (Uzbekistan). India had sent a seven-strong team for the event.

April 8

Boxer Shyam Kumar claims gold after walkover at Thailand International.
Indian boxer K. Shyam Kumar (49 kg) clinched a gold medal at the Thailand International Tournament in Bangkok.
Shyam, who won a gold at the 2015 edition of the event, was to take on Olympic champion Hasanboy Dusmatov of Uzbekistan in the final. However, Dusmatov pulled out of the bout owing to an injury, giving the Indian his second gold medal at the event.
Earlier, Rohit Tokas (64 kg) had lost in the semi-finals to settle for bronze medal. Incidentally, Rohit had won a bronze medal in the 2015 edition as well. India thus finished the tournament with two medals.

India win 12 medals at Asian Youth Chess Championship.
Indian team ruled the roost at the Asian Youth Chess Championship in Tashkent, where they finished on top with a rich haul of 12 medals, including four gold.
The gold medal were won by Aakanksha Hagawane (Under-18 Girls), Erigaisi Arjun (Under-14 Open), Jishitha D (Under-14 Girls) and Sahithi Varshini M (Under-10 Girls).
The silver medal winners were C. Sai Vishwesh (Under-18 Open), L. Jyothsna (Under-14 Girls), Rakshitta Ravi (Under-12 Girls), B. Savitha Shri (Under-10 Girls) and A.R. Ilamparathi (Under-8 Open).
S. Rohith Krishna (under-12 Open), Divya Deshmukh (Under-12 Girls) and Tanmay Jain (Under-10 Open) won bronze medals.
India topped the medal tally with a haul of 12 followed by host Uzbekistan (10).

April 9

Hamilton beats Vettel to win his fifth Chinese Grand Prix.
Mercedes British Formula One racer Lewis Hamilton defeated Ferrari's four-time Formula One World Champion Sebastian Vettel to lift his fifth title at the Chinese Grand Prix. 
Red Bull teammates Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo finished third and fourth respectively in Shanghai. Force India's Sergio Pérez finished the race in the ninth place.
Hamilton beat Vettel by 0.186 seconds for his second pole in two races, while the German edged the second Mercedes of Valtteri Bottas by 0.001 secs.

India enter final of Women's Hockey World League Round 2.
The Indian women's team stormed into the final of Hockey World League Round 2 after a 4-0 thrashing of Belarus in the semi-finals.
India now play Chile in the summit clash. Chile had beaten Uruguay in the second semi-final.
With this semi-final victory, India won a berth to take part in the Women's Hockey World League Semi-Final to be held in June/July, which is a qualifier for the FIH Women's World Cup 2018.

April 10

United States, Canada & Mexico to launch joint FIFA World Cup 2026 bid.
Football federations of US, Canada and Mexico appear set to launch a joint bid for the 2026 FIFA World Cup.
FIFA will designate a host for the 2026 edition in 2020. United States had last organised the World Cup in 1994. Mexico has hosted the event twice, in 1970 and 1986.
There has been only one World Cup hosted by multiple nations, the 2002 edition in Japan and South Korea. The 2026 World Cup will expand to 48 teams from 32.
Wrestler Sakshi at 5th spot, Tomar 7th in world rankings.
Olympic bronze medallist Sakshi Malik and Asia No. 1 Sandeep Tomar have entered the top 10 in their respective categories in the world rankings of the United World Wrestling (UWW).
Malik, who took bronze in the women's 58 kg category at the 2016 Rio Olympics, is placed fifth in world rankings while Tomar holds the seventh place in men's 57kg freestyle division.
A total of 24 international freestyle wrestlers including 13 female athletes from the Pro Wrestling League (PWL) are placed in the top 10 of their respective weight categories in the latest rankings released by the sport's global governing body.
Reigning Olympic and European champion Vladimer Khinchegashvili (57 kg) of Georgia, world champion Magomed Kurbanaliev (70 kg) of Russia and Olympic champion Erica Wiebe (women's 75 kg) of Canada are at the top spot in their respective categories.

Longest international cricketing career spanned for 30 yrs, 315 days.
The record for the longest international cricketing career is held by former England player Wilfred Rhodes, who played for 30 years, 315 days.
Rhodes made his debut in June 1899, and played 58 Tests, with his last day in cricket being April 10, 1930. He retired as the oldest player to play a Test, aged 52 years and 163 days.

April 11

India beat Malaysia to lift Asian School Hockey Championship.
The Indian School team beat Malaysia to lift the title at the 5th Asian School Hockey Championship in Bhopal at the Aishbagh Stadium.
For India Alishan Mohammad scored two goals and Pratap Lakra successfully converted a penalty corner and a penalty stroke in the goal.
Maninder Singh scored the fifth goal. Malaysia managed to score its single goal through Akhimullah Anuar Esook.

April 12

7th Junior National Hockey Championship begins in Bhopal.
Bhopal's Aishbagh stadium will host the 7th Junior National Hockey Championship (Men) 'B' division from April 14 to 22.
The tournament will witness 25 teams competing in eight pools. The finalists are guaranteed an automatic promotion to the 'A' division. The defending champions of the 'B' division The Mumbai Hockey Association Ltd beat Hockey Maharashtra in last year's final.
This year's championship occupies greater significance, India's success at the Junior Men World Cup, coupled with consistent performances by the senior men and women teams have raised the profile of the sport in the country.

April 13

India-Australia starts partnership to increase cooperation in sports.
India and Australia have started a partnership aimed at increasing cooperation in sports, in the presence of visiting Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and batting great Sachin Tendulkar.
Sports Minister Vijay Goel was also present at the launching ceremony in Mumbai.
It will advance India-Australia cooperation in four areas, athlete and coach training and development, sport science, sport governance and integrity, and grassroots participation.

Singapore Open Super Series: Sindhu, Srikanth, Sai Praneeth advance to quarter-finals.
Olympic silver medalist P.V. Sindhu, ace male shuttler Kidambi Srikanth and B. Sai Praneeth, runner-up at this year's Syed Modi Grand Prix, advanced to the quarter-finals of the singles events at the Singapore Open Super Series.
Earlier in the day, the fresh pairing of Ashwini Ponnappa and B. Sumeeth Reddy entered the quarters of the mixed doubles event.
But it was disappointing end for women's doubles pair of Ashwini Ponnappa and N. Sikki Reddy as they lost against Japanese pair of Misaki Matsutomo and Ayaka Takahashi in second round. The defeat was the only setback of the day for the strong Indian contingent.

April 14

Pankaj Advani won his 6th Asian Billiards title.
Sixteen-time world champion Pankaj Advani has won his 6th Asian Billiards title and seventh overall Asian championship.
The ace cueist defeated his compatriot Sourav Kothari in an entertaining final of the Asian Billiards Championship in Chandigarh.
The first session saw Kothari run away with a 3-1 lead before the interval. Advani, taking full advantage of the break, regrouped and came out all guns blazing to win the next frames on the trot to win his sixth Asian Billiards and seventh overall Asian championship.


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