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first_imgPV Sindhu stormed into her second straight World Championship final on Saturday after beating Japan’s Akane Yamaguchi in the semi-finals.In a match that lasted 55 minutes, Sindhu registered a 21-16, 24-22 win over Yamaguchi.Sindhu, who lost in the World Championship final last year to Nozomi Okuhara, is hoping for a different result this time.”It was a good match overall. I hope this time it would be a better result than the last time. I have to prepare well for tomorrow, so its not yet over,” Sindhu said after the match.Sindhu entered the match with a 6-4 head-to-head record against Yamaguchi, who had defeated the Indian in big-ticket events such as All England Championship this year and Dubai Superseries Final last year. The duo faced off twice this year with each registering a win.Badminton World Championships 2018: Sindhu sets up final against Marin”We know each other’s game, we play very often, we played at the All England Championship. So we needed to be patience and consistent to win. I was prepared for long matches because both Yamaguchi and Okuhara are very good players and can go on and on in the rallies,” Sindhu said.”So I had to be on the court always. In the second game when I was down, I still had hope that till the last point it wasn’t over for me, so I kept trying. I had to work hard to get each point.”The 23-year-old from Hyderabad, who also won two bronze medals in 2013 and 2014, will face Olympic champion and former two-time gold medallist Carolina Marin of Spain on Sunday.advertisement”Tomorrow is going to be an aggressive match. Again we know each other’s game, so no easy matches, no easy points, just have to turn up and give my best tomorrow,” Sindhu said.Marin reached the final after beating China’s He Bingjiao in the first semi-final of the day.The Spaniard dished out a clinical performance as she registered a 21-17, 21-10 win over the home favourite.last_img read more


first_imgTopics Australia’s Steve Smith says two more bad sessions can lose England the Ashes Sign up to the Spin – our weekly cricket round-up England cricket team Paul Collingwood, on tour as an assistant coach, has now taken over the bowlers in a mentoring capacity but ultimately the hope was that England’s two leading wicket-takers, who played their 100th Test together this week, would lead the group in terms of tactics.Anderson and Broad care one wicket away from equalling the 762 victims that Curtly Ambrose and Courtney Walsh shared from their 95 Tests played together, with the great West Indies pair the all-time seam-bowling partnership in this regard.Only the prolific seam-spin pairings of Australia’s Glenn McGrath and Shane Warne (1,001 wickets shared from 104 Tests) and Chaminda Vaas and Muttiah Muralitharan of Sri Lanka (895 from 95 Tests) sit above them. Since you’re here… … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. The Ashes Anderson responded in his Telegraph column by writing: “I bowled too short in the first innings at Adelaide. We should have bowled a touch fuller. That was an oversight from the players on the field but also from the coaches who could have had an input too, which was frustrating.”The inclusion of the coaches appeared somewhat pointed from a bowler with 131 caps and 514 Test wickets. Root countered by stating that such decisions ultimately fall back on the players and himself as the on-field leader.Root said: “I think the relationship [between players and coaches] has been really good. I think we got it wrong on the field. It’s easy to look back and say: ‘Go and try to bowl that little bit fuller’. We all knew that was the case and it’s probably slightly harsh to put the blame on to the coaches.“That might not be exactly how he wanted that to come across in the way it did but I think ultimately us guys on the field, we’re the ones responsible for what we are doing out there. We have to be smarter, react quicker. I take responsibility for that as well, as captain.”Anderson and Stuart Broad built up a strong rapport with the former bowling coach, Ottis Gibson, and often tapped into his advice during matches. His departure at the end of the summer to become the coach of South Africa left a hole.England hired the former New Zealand quick Shane Bond as a consultant for the first two Tests but he has since left the group, with the full-time appointment, Chris Silverwood, not starting until the new year after seeing out his notice period at champions Essex. Read more Share on Messenger Ashes 2017-18 Share on Facebook Share on Pinterest Joe Root Cricket Share on LinkedIn Share on Twitter Read more Share via Email Reuse this content Jimmy Anderson Joe Root moved to quell suggestions of a rift between Jimmy Anderson and the coaching staff on the eve of England’s third Test with Australia after the paceman appeared to question their input during the defeat in Adelaide.Speaking before the final Ashes Test at the Waca – and before later naming an unchanged side that sees Jonny Bairstow promoted to No6 ahead of Moeen Ali – Root fielded questions about a recent newspaper column from his vice-captain and senior bowler.England’s seamers had been criticised for failing to locate the right length on the opening day of the pink ball match in Adelaide after Root had won the toss, with just four wickets taken and Australia then ploughing for a hefty first innings total that set up their 120-run victory. Support The Guardian Share on WhatsApplast_img read more

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