From the publishers of THE HINDU
VOL.35 :: NO.20 :: May. 17, 2012
Star Poster: REAL MADRID TEAM
How does women's tennis look like this year? The stories write themselves: Serena Williams looking for dominance in her 30s to strengthen her case for being the greatest ever; Maria Sharapova looking to add to her Grand Slam collection, which stands at an underwhelming three; Petra Kvitova and Victoria Azarenka looking to usurp power and establish legacies. Women's tennis is decidedly looking up. An analysis by S. Ram Mahesh.
Some amazing finishes
RCB and Mumbai Indians produced stunning wins even as Sourav Ganguly's PWI faltered against KKR in the much hyped match at the Eden Gardens. By Vijay Lokapally.
The KKR-PWI match at the Eden Gardens had plenty of dramatic moments accentuated by the simmering sub-plot, but things finally went KKR's way. Over to Arun Venugopal.
IPL 5 lacks in quality
The consistency shown by Sehwag, Gambhir, Rahane and Dinda will delight the Indian fans but in the overall scenario, most of the players who figured in the tri-series in Australia and the Asia Cup have flattered to deceive.
Much has been made of the vast amount of money Manchester City have spent since they were taken over by the Abu Dhabi United Group in 2008, but it is one of their less costly signings Vincent Kompany who has put up a good show.
LET'S BE FRANK
Hodgson has earned England chance
The newly-appointed manager specialises in galvanising unheralded individuals and turning under-achieving teams into forces beyond what they could have imagined, writes Frank Malley.
The idea that Barca had concocted a style, a nursery and a team with such skill and success, resplendently superior to all other sides, crushing conquerors of Manchester United in last year's final at Wembley, were virtually unbeatable perished in the space of a week. Even at Nou Camp, Barca were beaten by their oldest and most bitter rivals Real Madrid. Over to Brian Glanville.
A few bright spots
The premier event at home helped Indians to firm up their Olympic spots. However, much work needs to be done if the Indians are to turn from mere participants to medal contenders in the Olympics, writes Rakesh Rao.
‘Marketing can be better'
“Although corporate sponsorship is lacking, the scene in table tennis is getting better. One needs to learn from cricket marketing and adapt on a smaller scale, although finding sponsors for TT would be tougher,” says Kamlesh Mehta in this interview to A. Joseph Antony.
Kids need access to affordable infrastructure
In a southern state's recent ranking table tennis tournament, where facilities were excellent thanks to the sponsor, there were only 16 entries for the women's singles event and 32 for the men's. In one semifinal, I was the only spectator ...
This 3G is a 3D player
“Modern hockey is very fast. The world's top sides like Germany, Holland and Australia play this way, so to stand up against them and play like them we need to train the way they do,” says Sardara Singh in this chat with Nandakumar Marar.
Life begins at 47
“It all began in 1995. I was going for table tennis to the Karnataka Government Secretariat (KGS) Club and its then secretary Krishna Kumar took me to the billiards room and thrust a cue in my hands. The rest is history,” Umadevi tells Avinash Nair.
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