first_imgGuangzhou: Olympic silver medallist shuttler PV Sindhu eked out a hard-fought win over world number two and defending champion Akane Yamaguchi in the opening women’s singles group A match of the World Tour Finals in Guangzhou on Wednesday. Sindhu, who had finished runner-up at the last edition in Dubai, dished out a superb game, mixed with patience and aggression, to defeat the Japanese 24-22 21-15. However, Sameer Verma, who is the second Indian men’s player after Kidambi Srikanth to qualify for the tournament, couldn’t adjust to the pace of world no 1 and world champion Kento Momota, going down 18-21 6-21 in the opening group match.  Sameer, who defended his title at the Syed Modi International to qualify for the USD 1,500,000 event, will have to beat Thailand’s Kantaphon Wangcharoen and Indonesia’s Tommy Sugiarto in the other group B matches to salavge hopes of qualifying for the knockout stage. Making her third successive appearance at the tournament, Sindhu, who had a 9-4 head-to-head record against Yamaguchi, produced a controlled game in the slow conditions, never letting go despite lagging behind many times in the match.Read More | Vidit Gujrathi, India Chess GM, escapes unhurt in attack by goonsThe first game clocked 27 minutes as both the shuttlers fought tooth and nail for supremacy. Sindhu was trailing 6-11 at the first internal but she fought back to catch up with the Japanese at 19-19 with a smash on her rival’s back hand. A battle of mind and body ensued as leads changed hands but it was Sindhu who showed better mental fortitude to claim the opening game after a stretched Yamaguchi sent her forehand return at the net.Read More | Hockey World Cup 2018: India beat Canada 5-1 to reach quarterfinals In the second game, Yamaguchi tried to put pressure on the Indian’s backhand but Sindhu was up to the challenge as she made some superb retrieves to lead 3-1 initially. Persistent pressure worked as Yamaguchi levelled par and went to a 4-3 lead when Sindhu made a judgement-error and soon moved to 6-3. Sindhu however soon grabbed the lead at 8-7 after her rival went wide and then hit the net.  A fantastic rally ended with Sindhu on her knees at the forecourt.She then went long but the Japanese too erred as it was 9-9. At the break, Yamaguchi held a slender 11-10 lead after Sindhu could not properly connect at the forecourt.  Sindhu took a 14-11 lead after the break, following two mistakes from the Japanese and a superb disguised flick at the back court.  Sindhu dominated the proceedings after the break, grabbing a six-point cushion at 18-11.  Yamaguchi took two points before another long shot gave Sindhu another point. The Indian grabbed six match points when Yamaguchi hit the net again. The Japanese saved one before faltering at the net to hand over the match to Sindhu.  The top two players from each group will qualify for the semifinals, after which a knockout draw will be conducted. Only eight top players compete in the prestigious season-ending event. For all the Latest Sports News News, Badminton News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more


first_img Italian bookmakers face cruel summer as ADM sanctions shop closures July 27, 2020 Share Di Maio’s man Giacomo Lasorella takes leadership of AGCOM August 17, 2020 After decades of decline, Italian horse racing has been thrown a lifeline in the form of the country’s latest Budget Law. Most notably, the turnover-based tax regime that has been so detrimental has been replaced by a new gross gaming revenue (GGR) tax.The GGR tax regime for horse racing is based on that already implemented in the sports betting sector. However, horse racing taxes – set at 43% for retail bets and 47% for online – remain significantly higher than the 18% and 22% that land-based and online sports betting has to deal with.  The situation has been further improved by the loosening of strict laws, with this liberalisation expected to lead to industry growth. Previously, betting on horses was restricted to official betting lists published by Italian gaming authority ADM, but the Budget Law has relaxed this. After sports betting laws were similarly relaxed, the Italian gaming market witnessed sizeable growth, and it is hoped it will have the same effect on horse racing. Additionally, the Budget Law postponed the country’s proposed new betting licenses, so to allow local municipalities time to change their laws accordingly. The existing betting shop and corner licenses have been extended for the full year, against the payment of an annual extension fee of €6000 per betting shop and €3500 per betting corner. A new tender for betting shops and corner licenses also aims to take in €410 million by the end of September. New ADM chief: Italy to keep strictest monitoring on gambling incumbents July 6, 2020 StumbleUpon Share Related Articles Submitlast_img read more


first_imgShare Ninja collapse sees Global Gaming move to redefine business November 21, 2019 Global Gaming granted licence review permit following Swedish appeal January 9, 2020 Stockholm-listed online gambling group Global Gaming has confirmed the promotion of Michael Gatt to the newly created role of Operational Chief Financial Officer (CFO) based in Malta.Gatt joins Global Gaming’s senior management team, having previously served the Stockholm enterprise as Group Finance Manager (2017 – 2018).Acting as Operational CFO, Gatt will be tasked with leading the financial planning and budgetary maintenance of Global Gaming’s growing Maltese subsidiary.“I am proud but also pleased by this vote of confidence and the new responsibilities that come with the new role. I am looking forward to being part of this talented management team,” said Gatt.Global Gaming Group CFO Christoffer Tell will continue to be a part of the management team but will shift his focus more towards governance, investor relations and working more actively in M&A-related matters.“Michael has worked hard and has certainly proven his worth over the past year,” said CFO Christoffer Tell. “So I feel very confident in handing over part of my areas of responsibility to him. This new division of responsibilities will allow me to make more effective use of resources and focus on developing the company. This, in turn, means we’ll be more agile and responsive when the right opportunities arise.” Submit Related Articles Spelinspektionen rejects Ninja Casino domain transfer February 12, 2020 Share StumbleUponlast_img read more