Tennis News Bianca Andreescu Cherishing Rivalry With Naomi Osaka, Sumit Nagal Progresses

first_imgBeijing: Bianca Andreescu is relishing an extended rivalry with Naomi Osaka after their first match went to three riveting sets in the China Open quarter-finals. The 19-year-old Canadian was upbeat despite squandering a one-set lead, Osaka reining in the US Open champion for a 5-7, 6-3, 6-4 victory in Beijing. The first instalment between two of tennis’s brightest young talents did not disappoint. “I was really excited,” said the world number six Andreescu, whose ascent into the women’s elite has been breathtaking — she was ranked 240th this time last year. “I think I was more focused than usual, it’s usually like that when I play top players. “I think we’re going to have many matches like this. Our game styles are pretty different, but they level up pretty equally.”Friday’s defeat brought an end to Andreescu’s run of 17 wins on the spin, but she said she felt she was playing better than when she stunned Serena Williams in the US Open final. “I put on a fight. Honestly, it could have gone either way,” she said. “It was just some points here and there. I really fought, especially in that last game. Holy crap, that was crazy.”Also Read | Bianca Andreescu Honoured At Home After US Open Title TriumphIndia’s Sumit Nagal sailed into the semifinals of the ATP Challenger Campinas with a hard-fought win over Argentina’s Francisco Cerundolo in Campinas, Brazil. Nagal, placed at a career-best 135 right now, knocked out 13th seed Cerundolo 7-6 7-5 to book his second last-four appearance in two weeks.  Nagal had received a bye in the first round and then in the second round his opponent Gastao Elias of Portugal retired mid way in the first set. In the round of 16, the Indian beat Brazilian Orlando Luz 7-5 6-3.Also Read | US Open 2019: Bianca Andreescu Stuns Serena Williams To Win Women’s TitleThe sixth seed Indian will now face Juan Pablo Ficovich of Argentina in the final. Earlier this week, Nagal won his second title on the ATP Challenger Tour. He notched up a straight-set win over Argentina’s Facundo Bognis to claim the Buenos Aires ATP Challenger clay court event. For all the Latest Sports News News, Tennis News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

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MLB awards 2019: Full list of nominees, winners for MVP, Rookie of the Year, Cy Young and more

first_imgBecause of the tight races, this week will be a fun one for baseball fans not quite ready to let go of the 2019 season.MORE: Mike Trout wins 2019 SN Player of the YearAwards will be announced on MLB Network from Monday through Thursday.Here are all of the nominees and award winners.AL MVPWinner: Mike Trout (Angels)Other finalists: Alex Bregman (Astros), Marcus Semien (A’s)NL MVPWinner: Cody Bellinger (Dodgers)Other finalists: Anthony Rendon (Nationals), Christian Yelich (Brewers)AL Cy YoungWinner: Justin Verlander (Astros)Other finalists: Gerrit Cole (Astros), Charlie Morton (Rays)NL Cy YoungWinner: Jacob deGrom (Mets)Other finalists: Hyun-Jin Ryu (Dodgers), Max Scherzer (Nationals)AL Rookie of the YearWinner: Yordan Alvarez (Astros)Other finalists: Brandon Lowe (Rays), John Means (Orioles)NL Rookie of the YearWinner: Pete Alonso (Mets)Other finalists: Mike Soroka (Braves), Fernando Tatis Jr. (Padres)AL Manager of the YearWinner: Rocco Baldelli (Twins)Other finalists: Aaron Boone (Yankees), Kevin Cash (Rays)NL Manager of the YearWinner: Mike Schildt (Cardinals)Other finalists: Craig Counsell (Brewers), Brian Snitker (Braves)AL Comeback Player of the YearTo be announced. While some 2019 MLB awards are obvious, such as Yordan Alvarez for AL Rookie of the Year, others could cause controversy.Take the MVP races, for example, where Alex Bregman and Mike Trout have legitimate arguments in their favor for the AL honor, while Cody Bellinger, Anthony Rendon and Christian Yelich each would be deserving winners in the NL. Finalists: Lucas Giolito (White Sox), Hunter Pence (Rangers) and Jorge Soler (Royals)NL Comeback Player of the YearTo be announced.Finalists: Josh Donaldson (Braves), Sonny Gray (Reds) and Hyun-Jin Ryu (Dodgers)last_img read more

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