From the publishers of THE HINDU
VOL.32 :: NO.21 :: May. 23, 2009
Clay is the grandest canvas tennis could ever offer Rafael Nadal. The surface allows him the space and the narrative. It has made him the force that he is now. Despite his loss to Roger Federer in the Madrid final, Nadal will still be the overwhelming favourite at Roland Garros, writes Nandita Sridhar.
The field is wide open
There is little logic to women’s tennis, especially when compared with the levels men’s tennis has reached in the last few years.
Dinara Safina is the No. 1 player, but she’s known to choke in the Slams. Serena ...
With a goalless draw against Arsenal, Manchester United have taken just five points from a possible 18 against their top four rivals. But none of that mattered a jot as United celebrated their record-equalling 18th title on the pitch at the end. By Paul Wilson.
The mark of a champion
Strenuous training at the Nick Bollettieri Centre in Florida with top quality players has helped Yuki Bhambri make a successful transition to the men’s professional circuit, writes Kamesh Srinivasan.
Warne and Dhoni are interesting case-studies
Cricket is unique in how it privileges the captain. Its duration and its susceptibility to changing conditions ensure it can’t be remote-controlled from outside. But Twenty20 short-circuits both these attributes. By S. Ram Mahesh.
Left-handers are sizzling in South Africa
The left-hand bowlers and batsmen are making waves in the Indian Premier League in South Africa. Here S. Dinakar analyses why they are so successful in the Twenty20 format.
IPL is here to stay
The IPL has helped some young cricketers to make a mark, but the most pleasing aspect to me is the fact that several Indian umpires have been given an opportunity to get a feel of umpiring in a high profile tournament.
Rajesh Choudhary steals the show
The Army Yachting Node ruled the roost in the laser standard and laser radial classes. K. Keerthivasan reports.
Waiting for a cough
After the Champions League semifinal second-leg match between Chelsea and Barcelona, referee Tom Henning Ovrebo admitted his mistakes during the match; but one of them was to expel Abidal, which surely gave Chelsea a substantial advantage.
Promise of high drama
Despite the glitter of stars in both camps, it is the current holder of the Ballon d’Or, Cristiano Ronaldo, and his likely successor, Lionel Messi, that seem primed to set Rome alight on May 27, writes Karthik Krishnaswamy.
Keen to seek new challenges
Gagan Narang is fourth in the 10-metre air rifle, sixth in the 50-metre three position and ninth in the 50-metre prone, according to the latest rankings of the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF), the sport’s governing body, writes A. Joseph Antony.
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