SYDNEY: Dan Evans defeated Albert Ramos-Vinolas of Spain in a grueling match today, winning 6-3, 1-6, 6-3 to propel Britain into the United Cup mixed team tournament’s knockout phase with a 3-1 lead.
Britain started the day with a 2-0 lead in the match thanks, in part, to Cameron Norrie’s victory over Rafa Nadal on Saturday. However, Spain came back into the match when Paula Badosa beat Harriet Dart 6-7(6) 7-6(4) 6-1 despite having leg cramps.
Britain will now face the winner of Group C, which includes the United States, Czech Republic, and Germany, in the “city final” on Wednesday. Evans, who recovered from illness to participate in the $15 million prize money event, showed his fighting spirit to defeat Ramos-Vinolas, a late replacement for Pablo Carreno Busta.
The United Cup is taking place in three cities, and the two winners of each group will meet to determine who advances to the fourth round. The “city final” runner-up with the best record from their three matches will be the fourth semifinalist. On January 8, the final will be held in Sydney.
ReutersAdeliade: In the first round of the Adelaide International, Canada’s Bianca Andreescu rallied to defeat Spain’s Garbine Muguruza 0-6 7-6(3) 6-1 in a matchup of Grand Slam champions. Andreescu, the 2019 US Open champion, came back from a 0-6, 2-5 deficit to defeat Muguruza, a two-time Major champion, in 2 hours, 12 minutes.
By defeating Muguruza, Andreescu improved her head-to-head record to 3-0. Highest level Novak Djokovic is supposed to play his most memorable round of singles against Consistent Lestienne of France tomorrow.
Djokovic has returned to Australia after being expelled the previous year due to visa issues brought on by his anti-vaccination stance.
Djokovic won his third ATP title in 2007 by winning the Adelaide International when he was 19 years old. Djokovic stated, “I wanted to get a tournament before the Australian Open.” Boxers Gaurav Solanki, Mohammad Hussamuddin, and Biswamitra Chongtham recorded straightforward victories on the second day of the men’s National Boxing Championships.
AP Hisar Navraj Chauhan of Himachal Pradesh was defeated by Solanki of Haryana (60 kg). In the Round of 16, he will face Madhya Pradesh’s, Harendra Singh. Bulen Buragohain of Assam was defeated by Services’ Hussamuddin (57 kg). He will then face Mizoram’s Lallawmawma. Services’ Biswamitra (51 kg) defeated Odisha’s N Madhava. Rails’ Varinder Singh (60 kg) defeated Chandigarh’s Rahul. Ankit Narwal (63.5 kg) of Railways defeated Puducherry’s Arun Kumar in a convincing victory.
Saina Nehwal of New Delhi is one of the shuttlers who will skip the national badminton trials for the Asian Mixed Team Championships, which will be held in Dubai from February 14 to February 19. Along with Malvika Bansod and Aakarshi Kashyap, Saina was selected for the trials to select the second women’s singles player to join PV Sindhu in the team.
Malvika and Saina, on the other hand, decided to skip the trials. Ashmita Chaliha has been invited to the trials as a result. Lakshya Sen, HS Prannoy, and Sindhu, as well as the men’s doubles team of Satwiksairaj Ranikreddy and Chirag Shetty, have been granted direct entry into the squad by the selection committee.
Dallas superstar Luka Doncic scored 51 points in San Antonio to help the burgeoning Mavericks defeat the Spurs. The Mavericks needed all 51 points to defeat the Spurs. Doncic scored two free throws and two rebounds in the final 4.5 seconds to help Dallas win 126-125 over San Antonio on Saturday night, their sixth victory in a row. He is the first NBA player to score 250 points, grab 50 rebounds, and dish out 50 assists in five games.
Despite offering to resign following the World Cup in Qatar, Tunisia coach Jalel Kadri has had his contract extended for an additional twelve months until after the Africa Cup of Nations finals next year. The Tunisian team drew with Denmark and lost to Australia prior to pulling off a shock prevail upon France yet at the same time leaving after the principal round. — Agencies