coffeecoffee breakus openUS Open 2019 First Published: August 29, 2019, 8:16 AM IST Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. Almost everyone needs that dose of caffeine to jolt them in a sluggish afternoon at work, sometimes even during a tennis match. And so it was for multiple-time Grand Slam champion Venus Williams, a known bean lover, during her second round US Open loss to fifth seed Elina Svitolina. During the match, Williams clearly needed the coffee boost as she ordered a cup from her entourage in the stands as she lost the first set. But the delivery of the coffee from the stands to the 39-year-old former champion remained unsuccessful at first as the unfortunate ball boy who was tasked with handing over the cuppa briefly stole the show. As Williams’ entourage handed the ball-boy the cup, the former US Open winner was already making her way into the tunnel and off the court. By the time he caught up, Williams had already made her way towards the locker room.Unsure what to do, the bespectacled helper at first tried to follow Williams down the players’ tunnel during the break in play after the first set, then paused in front of the restricted area.Caught in a spot of bother, the crowd came to his aid as the spectators signalled to him to leave the cup on the player’s bench on court.As Williams returned from the bathroom break, the coffee sat there. But it did seemed to work for her, at least for a while. Williams raced to a 3-0 lead in the second set, before Svitolina fought back and took the second set 6-4, the score line identical to the first set. Perhaps, the coffee effect had worn off by then?It’s also not the first time Williams has ordered a coffee mid-match.During a changeover in a match against Donna Vekic at the Cincinnati Masters earlier this month, Williams had asked her coach to get her a cup of coffee.Players – they’re just like us!@Venuseswilliams calls down her coach and requests a midday pick-me-up ☕️#CincyTennis pic.twitter.com/86OjTgm6yW— WTA (@WTA) August 15, 2019 Her coach had come over to offer some mid-match pointers, but Williams had only one thing on her mind: coffee. He said, “OK, I’ll go and get it”.The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) dropped its ban on caffeine in 2004, but it remained on the monitoring list from 2009.
Sharma, who notched up 482 runs to end as MIs second Sharma, who notched up 482 runs to end as MIs second highest run scorer after Simmons 540 last season, said he intended to open the batting. “A lot depends on what sort of balance is needed. We have spoken about it. I would preferably open the innings. I would like to start the innings and see after 4-5 games. We had got some exciting players in the auction. “I am happy at the way things are turning out at practice sessions. Its all about getting the right balance in the team. If that means coming down the order I will do so.” Sharma also said that the teams bowlers knew they needed to be aggressive when bowling on the batsman-friendly Wankhede tracks.”When we play at Wankhede, we bowl with the new ball to take wickets and not just contain. They should be there to get the batsmen out. Theres not much offer from the pitch. Bowlers who have done that have been successful here.”Batsmen always try to come hard and so theres always opportunity to take wickets. Bowlers who have been aggressive have done well at the Wankhede. Preparation is the key when you play on a wicket which has not got much to offer to bowlers,” he explained. Sharma feels his team knows how to counter the dew factor while defending a total.”We play a lot of games with the dew coming down. Generally it does in the second half. We had played under those conditions and done well. Guys are used to these conditions, except the newcomers who will have to get adjusted. We have played here many a time and obviously this is our fortress and our home. We should know about the conditions better than others,” said Sharma. PTI SSR NRB CM CMadvertisement
Top Stories Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires ‘Tis better to have played in a Super Bowl and lost than never to have played in a Super Bowl at all. Probably. The Cardinals’ tale of woe is similar to that of Carolina above—underdog gives the favorite all it can handle, only to come up short. Arizona overcame a 100-yard James Harrison interception return and a 13-point deficit to take a 23-20 lead late in the fourth quarter, thanks to Larry Fitzgerald’s 64-yard score.The NFC champs had no answers for Santonio Holmes down the stretch, though. Holmes caught four passes from Ben Roethlisberger for 73 yards on the Steelers’ decisive drive, including a tip-toeing touchdown grab at the 42-second mark. Sounds about right.Thinking back, other options could include the Monday Night Meltdown against the Chicago Bears in 2006 or maybe even last season’s Sunday Night Football defeat to the Seattle Seahawks, a game that had the Cardinals won, would have led to them winning the NFC West. But really, it’s difficult for any game to top a championship affair that, for at least a little while late, seemed to be going in Arizona’s favor. The Arizona Cardinals have lost a lot of games over the course of their history.A lot.But as any sports fan can tell you, not all losses are created equal. SI.com’s Chris Burke sought out to identify the most “gut-punch loss” in every team’s Super Bowl-era history, and his choice for the Arizona Cardinals really comes as no surprise and with no argument.It came on Feb. 1, 2009 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, FL. Pittsburgh Steelers 27, Cardinals 23. Super Bowl XLIII. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Santonio Holmes (10) catches a fourth quarter touchdown pass in front of Arizona Cardinals safety Aaron Francisco (47) during the NFL Super Bowl XLIII football game, Sunday, Feb. 1, 2009, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O’Meara) Comments Share Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling