Could Sindhu have done anything differently at the Rio Olympics badminton final?

I was quite apprehensive even before the match started against Carolina Marin.

Looking back at the Semi Finals with Li Xuerui, it was obvious that Marin can be a tough nut to crack. It is not that she is unbeatable, but her confidence of being at the two world Championships finals, in fact winning both, and also winning the All England Finals definitely gives her an edge in the all important Olympics finals. 

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Carolina Marin at Rio finals against Sindhu

When I look back at the Final match, I could easily say that Marin gained advantage with the attack on Sindhu’s backhand. Sindhu’s backhand return lacked pace. There was not enough pace on her return from clears on her left side, which gave Carolina Marin an opportunity to build the attack. Till the time the shuttle was on her forehand, Sindhu would look to attack, but her backhand returns against the clears especially in the first two games let her down. (more…)

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Andy Murray wins Wimbledon 2016

Andy Murray has shown class and finesse in his three set demolition of Milos Raonic at the Wimbledon this evening.

The score of 6-4, 7-6, 7-6, is enough to suggest that Andy Murray was in his sublime best. His match fitness was definitely at its best. His movement on the court suggests that physically he was quite fit. Raonic meanwhile squandered too many chances with his high number of unforced errors.

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Prince William and Kate

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Serena Williams wins 22 Grand Slams

Serena Williams scripts history at Wimbledon today when she outlasts Angelique Kerber in the finals of Wimbledon 2016.

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Kerber at the post match presentation ceremony

She wins her 22 grand slam, and now stands equal to Steffi Graff with 22 grand slam titles. Kerber was simply no match to Serena. And at 35 years of age Serena still has enough to defeat her much younger opponent, who was always looking clueless to some of the shots that Serena was exhibiting at the Centre Court. (more…)

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France wins quarters against Iceland in the Euro 2016

 

Two first half goals by Giroud and then by Pogba puts France in a very strong position against Iceland in the quarter finals of Euro 2016.

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France striker Griezmann after scoring a goal in the quarter finals against Iceland. Payet about to kiss Griezmann’s feet

However, even before the first half ends another goal by Payet in the 43rd minute, and then by Griezmann at the stroke of half time makes it 4-0 in France’s favour. Griezmann’s goal in particular has shown the loopholes in Iceland’s defence. A great through pass and Griezmann flicking the ball over the goalkeeper was a spectacular visual. (more…)

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France in the quarter finals of Euro 2016

After conceding an early goal against republic of Ireland, France came back in the second half strongly.

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Irish goalkeeper saves a shot by Gignac at Lyon against France in the Euro 2016

France scored two goals in the 58th and 61st minute. The two goals by Griezmann changed the course of the match. Ireland put up a resolute defense in the first half, but just couldn’t handle the pace after being down to 10 men, with still 23 minutes left in the match. (more…)

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Wales enters quarters in the Euro 2016

Wales have won the round of 16 match against Northern Ireland, after a Bale cross from the left prompted Northern Ireland defender to push inside his own goal.

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Gareth Bale in the post match interview Photo- courtesy a03.net

Gareth McAuley in trying to clear off the Bale pass, unfortunately puts the ball inside his own goal in the 75th minute, which saw Wales take the lead. It was a keen contest and amid tense environment, the stadium was lit up with red and green. However, the first half was dull, with both sides playing nervously. (more…)

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Republic of Ireland may find it tough against Belgium

Roy Keane has already spoken about Belgium’s Eden Hazard talent ahead of the Euro 2016 tie.

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John O’Shea

However, it’s John O’Shea who has sounded the warning bell when he says that Belgium coach has too many weapons in his armour. O’Shea has rubbed shoulders with the best in the Premier league, and he knows how hard Belgians can be. (more…)

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Spain makes a winning start in the Euro 2016

Czech defended for 87 minutes till that cross from Iniesta came on for the lunging Pique who scored a perfect header to give Spain a victory in their opening Group D encounter.

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Spain’s Gerard Pique celebrates after scoring their first goal
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Although, the stats show a possession of 67% in favour of Spain, yet, with only 33% possession, the Czech did well with 3 shots on the target, and the one was very close where Fabrigas had to make a goal line clearance to deny a header from Theodor Gebre Selasie to enter the net. (more…)

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Wales defeat Slovakia

If Northern Ireland has waited 30 years to play in a major final, then Wales have waited even more, 58 years to be precise.

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Bale celebrating at the end of the match against Slovakia Image Source independent.ie

The day, however, belongs to Wales, who somehow managed to scrape through, and finally won in the end in a group-B encounter. (more…)

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Northern Ireland fans pouring in at Nice for the opening Euro 2016 game

Northern Ireland opening fixture will be a treat to watch.

Carl Framton to watch Northern Island opening game against Poland in the Euro 2016

Carl Framton to watch Northern Island opening game against Poland in the Euro 2016 Image Sourcebelfasttelegraph.co.uk

 

It is special. And it is indeed special because they are playing in major finals after a very long time. There are at least 10,000 fans on their way to Nice, France to watch their team play against Poland. It will be a 30 years wait for Northern Ireland fans who last watched their team play in major finals in the 1986 FIFA World Cup when the team took on Brazil in Mexico. (more…)

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