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VOL.37 :: NO.38 :: Sep. 20, 2014



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Cover Story
A goddess who is so human!
Serena Williams now has 18 Grand Slam singles titles and there is already talk of her being the greatest women’s tennis player ever. The hunger is intact and the American is game for more. By N. Sudarshan.

Tennis
INTERVIEW
The hunger for success remains
The mixed doubles title at the U.S. Open could not have come at a better time for Sania Mirza. “It is the kind of victory that should help me redraw my goals on the circuit. A performance that reminds me that I can still mean business in the big league,” she says. By V. V. Subrahmanyam.

Football
KICKING AROUND
How important is a manager?
It is all too embarrassingly obvious that the 3-5-2 formation which Louis Van Gaal had so profitably employed with Holland in the 2014 World Cup simply wasn’t working at Old Trafford. By Brian Glanville.
More than welcome return
The deal that took Gylfi Sigurdsson back to Swansea from Tottenham was finalised on July 23 and he capped his first EPL game back with a late winner against Manchester United at Old Trafford on the opening day in the early kick-off.
STARWATCH
Settling in at Chelsea
Cesar Azpilicueta has cemented the left-back berth at Stamford Bridge and has played a big part in a strong start to the campaign for Jose Mourinho’s men.
INTERVIEW
Ready for an Indian adventure
Manuel Friedrich, who has played for the German national team under Jurgen Klinsmann and Joachim Loew, will soon be busy trying to acclimatise himself to Indian conditions, during the Mumbai City FC’s pre-season training at the Father Agnel Ground in Vashi, Mumbai. By Nandakumar Marar.

General
ASIAN GAMES PREVIEW
Let the Games begin
China is streets ahead of the rest in the Asian sporting arena and should comfortably maintain its hegemony at the Incheon Games. By Stan Rayan.
ASIAN GAMES/INDIAN ANGLE
To Incheon with hope
How many gold medals will India win in the Asian Games? It will be nice to put a number but then that would be risky business, writes Stan Rayan.

Badminton
FOCUS
A parting that has shaken Indian badminton
The recent break between star player Saina Nehwal and her famous coach Pullela Gopi Chand has raised a host of questions regarding the state of badminton in India. By J. R. Shridharan.

Kabaddi
PRO LEAGUE
A leg up for kabaddi
The Pro Kabaddi League has helped change the perception of the sport and its performers. People now realise that more than being a healthy pastime for the village youth, kabaddi can offer a sporting career. By Nandakumar Marar.

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