articles by Deepti Patwardhan

Tennis

Wimbledon 2022: Win or lose, women’s tennis needs Serena Williams

Since her return, Serena Williams has been focussing on, “one match at a time, one day at a time.” But her presence alone may be enough to galvanise the women’s field.

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Defiant Rafael Nadal scripts one of his finest French Open triumphs

For the first time in his career, Rafael Nadal has won the first two majors of the season, putting him in a unique position to take a shot at the calendar Grand Slam.

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French Open 2022: Is Iga Swiatek the tour de force women’s tennis needs?

The 21-year-old Iga Swiatek is the new face of dominance, and women’s tennis is better for it.

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French Open 2022: Surprise stars out to stop Iga Swiatek’s rousing run in the semis

Swiatek's competition at Roland Garros now? Teenage star Coco Gauff, late bloomer Martina Trevisan and resurgent artist Daria Kasatkina, all three set for a semi-final debut.

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French Open 2022: Rafael Nadal makes it an evening to remember in Paris

In a performance that was reminiscent of his 2020 final against Djokovic, played in October due to the pandemic, Nadal came out looking to dominate. He feasted on the plentiful second serves by Djokovic and powered through both the wings.

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French Open 2022: Naomi Osaka hopes to find her feet on Roland Garros clay

Naomi Osaka admitted to battling with depression and not finding the joy in wins. She hopes to put that and knowledge of her clay record aside at the French Open.

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Racquets down: Even in retirement, Ashleigh Barty remains an outlier

Barty's retirement is like a perfectly timed backhand drop shot that no one saw coming. Not a hurried or desperate attempt, but well thought out, expertly crafted stroke that ends with a bit of magic.

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Pro Kabaddi League 2021-22: Vijay Malik’s ice-cool performance in final typifies Dabang Delhi’s title run

Dabang Delhi's Vijay Malik had played second fiddle to Naveen Kumar all season long. But in the final, he outscored Naveen 14 to 13.

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Pro Kabaddi League 2021-22 final: Can Dabang Delhi’s Naveen Kumar take on Patna Pirates' collective might?

Patna and Delhi were the most consistent sides through the season and finished as No 1 and No 2 on the leaderboard after the League stage, and it is fitting these two will meet in the season finale

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Pro Kabaddi League 2021-22: Pardeep, Pawan gun for more glory in playoffs as frantic final day headlines league stage conclusion

Patna Pirates and Dabang Delhi, who were placed first and second in the League standings, directly entered the semi-final, which will be held on Wednesday. Patna will play the winner of the match between Pune and UP.

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Pro Kabaddi League 2021-22: Patna Pirates back in the lead; Pawan Sehrawat scales new heights in Week 7

The Patna Pirates, a team who have won the Pro Kabaddi League title three times in the past, won all of the three matches they played this week. The latest win, the 38-29 hammering of defending champions Bengal Warriors now puts the team from Bihar on top of the leaderboard yet again this season.

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Pro Kabaddi League 2021-22: COVID-19 scare and Manjeet Chillar’s ascent highlight Week 6

In a high scoring week in Pro Kabaddi League, six of the nine matches ended with the winning team scoring over 40 points.

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Australian Open 2022: Defiant and determined Rafael Nadal continues to reach for new highs at 35

Rafael Nadal's record 21st major title has come at his least successful Grand Slam so far.

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Australian Open 2022: Ashleigh Barty’s poise helps her rule in an era of power tennis

Very few players on the tour know how to caress and place the ball like Ashleigh Barty does or possess her variety. She can tease open the chinks in their armour.

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Australian Open 2022: Magnet for controversies — Can Stefanos Tsitsipas rise above the disputes?

Stefanos Tsitsipas is making news as much for his game as for his gamesmanship.

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Australian Open 2022: After years of pain, fit-again Danielle Collins bringing unrelenting intensity to the court

While Collins always possessed the game to shine bright on the big stage, her resilience has been exemplary for the past few months.

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Pro Kabaddi League 2021-22: Eight-point raid and mid-table shuffle highlight week 5

From Telugu Titans finally breaking jinx to Mohammad Nabibakhsh's eight-point raid, here's what happened in Pro Kabaddi League in week 5.

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Australian Open 2022: Allez Alize! Cornet leads surprise quarter-finalists in Melbourne

Having survived the trial by fire against Halep, the seasoned French player will lead a bunch of surprise quarter-finalists at this year’s Australian Open.

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Australian Open 2022: Naomi Osaka, 24, feeling the heat from younger competitors

For the second Grand Slam in a row the former World No 1 succumbed to someone who played like they had nothing to lose.