Saina,Sindhu crash out

The Indian male shuttlers fared no better as K Srikanth and Ajay Jayram also bowed out in the second round.

Written by Agencies | Published: October 25, 2013 12:13 am

* Saina Nehwal and PV Sindhu crashed out of the French Open Super Series with second round defeats. Saina,seeded fourth,was shocked 22-10 15-21 20-22 by Korean Yeon Ju Bae in seventy one minutes. Sindhu lost 21-10 19-21 16-21 to 30th ranked to Kirsty Gilmour of Scotland. The Indian male shuttlers fared no better as K Srikanth and Ajay Jayram also bowed out in the second round. Srikanth lost to sixth seed Boonsak Ponsana of Thailand 21-15 18-21 15-21 while Jayram was shown the door by top seed Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia 21-18 21-18.

Dalglish to coach in ISL

* Liverpool legend Kenny Dalglish will soon be seen coaching one of the eight franchises in the Indian Super League scheduled to start next January. A Hall of Famer in England and Scotland,Kenny is a recent signing by tournament organiser IMG-Reliance as ‘marque’ manager. He will be joined by former Manchester United goalkeeper great Peter Schmeichel and France international Marcel Desailly. The Indian Super League will run through March. Mumbai,Kolkata,Chennai,Delhi,Guwahati,Bangalore,Kochi,Goa and Pune have been identified as the nine venues that will be up for bidding.

Federer makes Basel quarters

* Roger Federer came from behind to beat Denis Istomin 4-6,6-3,6-2 in the second round of the Swiss Indoors. Federer conceded a set for the first time in five matches against the 48th-ranked Uzbek and then had to rally from 0-40 down in his first service game in the decider. Earlier,Federer’s chances of qualifying for the ATP World Tour Finals in London next month improved when Richard Gasquet was beaten 6-4,6-2 by fellow Frenchman Michael Llodra in a first-round match. Federer is looking for a strong finish to the season.

Serena in ominous form

* World number one Serena Williams beat Agnieszka Radwanska for the eighth time in as many matches to move ominously towards the semi-finals of the WTA Championships on Wednesday. The American was again too strong for the Pole in a 6-2 6-4 victory to stay in charge of the Red Group with one more round-robin match to come against Petra Kvitova,another player to whom she has never suffered defeat. Jelena Jankovic topped second-ranked Victoria Azarenka 6-4,6-3 in her first match while fourth-seeded Li Na opened her campaign with a 6-3,7-6 (5) victory over Sara Errani.

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