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Sunday, January 28, 2018
India beats S/Africa for pride
JOHANNESBURG ---India clinched a
pride-saving win in the third Test against
South Africa yesterday, a victory on a
poor and unpredictable pitch that nearly
caused the game to be called off, but ulti-
mately gave Virat Kohli's top-ranked team
something to take from a tour of discon-
It was India's pace bowlers leaving a
trail of destruction behind them late on
the fourth day at the Wanderers as South
Africa's batsmen were subdued quickly
after showing signs of resistance, most
notably with Dean Elgar's body-on-the-
line innings of 86 not out.
Chasing a target of 241 --- a tough chal-
lenge on a cracked surface that left bats-
men often guessing, and bruised, and in
pain in Elgar's case --- South Africa was
bowled out for 177.
Mohammed Shami was the fast bowler
to deliver the inal blows, collecting 5 28
as the South Africans went from 124 1
and in with a chance to all out and in-
ished just 53 runs and 21 overs later.
Jasprit Bumrah and Ishant Sharma took
two wickets each for India in support of
Shami's match-ending spell.
India's win by 63 runs, in conditions at
the extreme opposite of what they prefer,
avoided an embarrassing 3 0 series white-
wash for the No. 1 team in the world. India
still lost the series 2 1, but Kohli welcomed
the Wanderers win as a sign of hope for a
team that has for years struggled on tour
on green, fast-bowler friendly pitches.
This one was greener and faster than
"We saw banners (in the crowd) of
whitewash, 3 0 and all that," Kohli said.
"So it's really, really sweet to win this
game. Massive. This could be a massive
milestone for us."
India's troubles with performing out-
side of subcontinent conditions means
it has never won a series in South Africa,
and still hasn't, but it's also still never
been whitewashed in the country.
That second record appeared under
threat when Elgar and Hashim Amla put
together a 119-run stand for the second
wicket in Johannesburg. (AP)
Wozniacki wins 1st major title
MELBOURNE, Australia --- For all her
success in tennis, from holding the
No. 1 ranking for more than a year to
winning 27 titles, one question had
plagued Caroline Wozniacki's career.
Did she have what it takes to win a
It took 43 Grand Slam tournaments
and two failed attempts in inals be-
fore Wozniacki ended her drought
with a 7 6 (2), 3 6, 6 4 win over top-
seeded Simona Halep in the Austral-
ian Open inal last night.
Only three woman have taken
longer to achieve their major break-
through, a list topped by 2015 U.S.
Open winner Flavia Pennetta (49).
"One of the most positive things
about all of this --- I'm never going to
get that question again," the 27-year-
old Wozniacki said as she clung to the
Daphne Akhurst Memorial Cup. "I'm
just waiting for the question 'When
are you going to win the second one?'"
So more than eight years after ap-
pearing in her irst Grand Slam inal at
the 2009 U.S. Open --- a straight sets
loss to Kim Clijsters --- Wozniacki has
inally erased the "but never won a
major" footnote on her resume.
"Obviously adding a Grand Slam to
my CV is what caps it off ... shows my
whole career as a whole," Wozniacki
She'll also regain the top ranking
next week for the irst time in six years
--- beating Serena Williams' record of 5
years, 29 days between stints at No. 1
on the women's tour --- in another ben-
e it of beating the top-seeded Halep.
Wozniacki lost two U.S. Open inals
--- in '09 and 2014 --- and Halep lost two
French Open inals before their meet-
ing at Melbourne Park.
It set up a irst major inal in the
Open era between players ranked No.
1 and 2 who had never won a Grand
Also, it was the irst time that both
Australian Open inalists had saved
match points en route to the inal.
In Halep's case, she was the irst
player who had saved match points
in multiple matches. She saved triple
match point in the third set to beat
Laura Davis 15 13 in the third set of
her third-round match. She also saved
match points in her semi inal against
Wozniacki saved match points in
her second-round win over Jana Fett
and said from then on she was "play-
ing with the house money."
So both players rolled the dice in
the 2-hour, 49-minute inal, which
featured long, absorbing rallies, some
gritty defence, a combined 65 clean
winners and 10 service breaks.
"I know that today is a tough day,"
said Wozniacki, acknowledging Ha-
lep's quest for a major. "I'm sorry I
had to win today but I'm sure we'll
have many matches in the future. In-
credible match, incredible ight. And
again, I'm sorry." (AP)
Denmark's Caroline Wozniacki embraces her trophy at a press conference
after defeating Romania's Simona Halep in the women's singles final at the
Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, last night.
South Africa's captain Faf du Plessis, center, holds the poses trophy after winning
the series during the match presentation on the fourth day of the third cricket Test
match between South Africa and India at the Wanderers Stadium in
Johannesburg, South Africa, yesterday. India won by 63 runs.
India 187 (Kohli 54, Pujara 50, Rabada 3-39)
and 247 (Rahane 48, Kohli 41, Bhuvneshwar
33) beat South Africa 194 (Amla 61, Philander
35, Bumrah 5-54, Bhuvneshwar 3-44) and 177
(Elgar 86*, Amla 52, Shami 5-28) by 63 runs
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