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Yuki back in top-100

new delhi: Yuki Bhambri on Monday broke back into the top-100 for the first time since February 2016 following his-title winning performance at the Taipei Challenger as he leapfrogged 22 places to a career-best rank of 83. This is the best rank an Indian has achieved in ATP singles chart since Somdev Devvarman touched a career-high 62 in July 2011. The resilient 25-year-old has worked his way back to top-100 which, if maintained, will allow him direct entry into the Grand Slams and the ATP 1000 series Masters event. "It's only the beginning, I have to move up a lot more and I am looking forward to the challenge," Yuki said. His Davis Cup teammate Ramkumar Ramanathan too rose to a career-best 116  as he jumped 17 places after ending runner-up to Yuki in Taipei.

East Bengal through to Super Cup final

Bhubaneswar: Dudu Omegbemi struck the match's only goal as East Bengal recorded a 1-0 win over FC Goa to make the final of the inaugural Super Cup, here on Monday. After a goalless first half, Nigerian striker Dudu broke the deadlock in 78th minute at the Kalinga Stadium. East Bengal now await the winners of the second semi-final between Mohun Bagan and Bengaluru FC. The Kolkata side's coach Khalid Jamil went in with a 4-5-1 combination with Dudu the lone striker upfront and Ugandan Khalid Aucho getting his first start in midfield. FC Goa's coach Derick Pereira fielded a 4-4-2 with Manvir Singh partnering Spaniard Ferran Corominas (Coro) in attack.

Djokovic wins in Monte Carlo opener

monte carlo: Former world number one Novak Djokovic showed signs of a return to form with a 6-0, 6-1 thrashing of fellow Serb Dusan Lajovic in the Monte Carlo Masters first round on Monday. It was an impressive performance from the 30-year-old in his first match since splitting from coach Andre Agassi. Ranked 13th in the world after lengthy spells off the court with an elbow injury, Djokovic is training with Vajda for the first time since last year's Monte Carlo Masters. "I train on this court, so I feel at home," said Djokovic, who lives in Monaco. "I've had a very difficult time in the last 12 months with the injury and everything else that's happened. "I'm very happy as Vajda is more than a coach. He's more like a brother, a father.” Djokovic dominated from the outset as Lajovic struggled, and despite some nervy moments on serve in the second set, wrapped up victory in under an hour to book a second-round meeting with Borna Coric.

Haryana to honour cwg medal winners

panipat: The Haryana government will honour all 22 medallists of the 21st CWG from the state at a programme on April 26, Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar announced on Monday. The Gold medal winners will get a cash award of Rs 1.5 crore, Silver medal winners Rs 75 lakh, and Bronze medallists Rs 50 lakh, Khattar said at a public meeting in Siwah village in Panipat district. The Indian contingent finished third in the medal tally at the Commonwealth Games held in Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia, between April 4 and 15. They won a total of 66 medals, and players from Haryana — especially the women — led the medal tally with a total of 22 individual medals.

CWG medal most memorable: Shetty

mumbai: Inducted into the Indian table tennis team at the last moment, Sanil Shetty bagged a Bronze in men's doubles event at the Commonwealth Games and described it as "most memorable". "This medal will be my most memorable medal because if you win you (are) there on the podium but if you lose its nothing... So it was do or die situation for me and Harmeet (Desai)... And we did what was exactly needed to win that Bronze medal," Shetty said. Harmeet and Shetty sailed past Singapore's Poh Shao and Pang Yew 3-0 (11-5, 11-6, 12-10) in the Bronze medal match."I'm really happy to add this extra medal in the Indian medal tally and to come back to India with 2 medals.” he said.

 
 
 
 
 

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