Spain's Paula Badosa left the court in a wheelchair after retiring from her quarter-final match against Marketa Vondrousova with heatstroke in Tokyo on Wednesday. Badosa lost the first set 6-3 but was unable to carry on playing after a long medical timeout. Vondrousova embraced her opponent as she sat slumped in her chair. "It was shame to finish this way. The conditions have been demanding since the first day, we tried to adapt as best as possible but the body did not hold out as needed," said Badosa. "I suffered heatstroke as you all saw and I didn't feel fit to continue taking part in the match." Badosa later withdrew from her mixed doubles match with Pablo Carreno Busta. The Spaniards were replaced in the draw by France's Fiona Ferro and Pierre-Hugues Herbert. After a rain-hit day at Ariake Tennis Park, temperatures climbed Wednesday to 32 degrees Celsius (90 degrees Fahrenheit), with the heat index topping out at 37C. Daniil Medvedev again criticised the 11am . . .
USATSI World No. 1 Novak Djokovic can move one step closer to the Golden Slam on Thursday when he takes on Kei Nishikori in a men's quarterfinal match of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics at Centre Court of Ariake Tennis Park. Djokovic, 34, already has won the first three grand slam tournaments of the year and with a gold medal at the Olympics and a win in the final major, the U.S. Open, he would become just the second player, and first male, to win all four grand slams and a gold medal in the same year. (Steffi Graf pulled off the feat in 1988.) The match will start after the conclusion of the first match on Centre Court, which is set to begin at 2 a.m. ET. William Hill Sportsbook lists Djokovic as a -1400 (risk $1400 to win $100) favorite in the latest Djokovic vs. Nishikori odds, with Nishikori listed at +700 as the underdog. Before making any Nishikori vs. Djokovic picks, you need to see the Olympics 2020 picks and predictions from tennis handicapper Sean Calvert . Calvert is the . . .
Tuesday saw heavy downpours in the Japanese capital, but the hot and humid conditions from earlier in the week returned early on Wednesday with temperatures at times going above 30 degrees Celsius. Vondrousova, who had shocked home favourite Naomi Osaka in the previous round, won the first set 6-3 at Ariake Tennis Park but her opponent was clearly struggling as she prepared to play the second set. She required medical assistance to depart the court, as Vondrousova progressed to the final four. VONDROUSOVA COMMENTS ON THE HEAT The conditions for the tennis in Tokyo have been a quite literal hot topic with both Daniil Medvedev and Novak Djokovic stating matches should start at 3pm so the majority can be played as temperatures cool. Vondrousova explained how it was playing in the searing heat, saying: "It was a big struggle from the beginning. "I warmed up in the morning and I felt it was really hot and humid. Also, I was a bit tired from yesterday because I had . . .
Medvedev beat Italy's Fabio Fognini 6-2, 3-6, 6-2 on Wednesday (July 28) in a match that was paused for 10 minutes due to on-court temperatures reaching 31 degrees, with humidity then adding to that. The ATP world No. 2 had to receive medical attention on two occasions before he prevailed to tee up a last-eight tie with Pablo Carreno Busta of Spain. Tokyo Olympics: I can finish the match but I can die – Medvedev struggles with heat It had already been a stressful day for Medvedev. The 25-year-old replied "I can finish the match but I can die. If I die, are you going to be responsible?" when asked by chair umpire Carlos Ramos whether he could carry on playing against Fognini following two medical timeouts. Medvedev's temper then boiled over in the media mixed zone when he was questioned over the contentious nature of Russian athletes competing at the Games. Medvedev hits out at 'joke' changeover times as Djokovic coasts through The Russian flag is not . . .
Natekar shot to fame when he became the first Indian badminton player to win a tournament abroad. Natekar bagged the Sellanger International in Malaysia in 1956. In 1954, he reached the quarterfinals of the All England Open. Later in 1980 and 1981, Natekar won the doubles veterans category of the All England Open. Natekar also holds the distinction of being the first recipient of the Arjuna Award in 1961 and later appeared for India in the 1965 Commonwealth Games in Jamaica. Natekar shone in Thomas Cup matches as well, winning 12 out of 16 singles matches and 8 out of 16 in doubles between 1951 and 1963. Natekar captained India in Thomas Cup on three occasions - 1959, 1961, 1963. Former India tennis player Gaurav Natekar is his son. Gaurav also left his mark in the sport when he teamed up with Leander Paes to win gold in the 1994 Hiroshima Asian Games. Gaurav also played for India in Davis Cup matches in the 90s. Comments MORE LEANDER PAES NEWS . . .
Japan's badminton world number one Kento Momota lost in the first round at the Tokyo Olympics on Wednesday, a day after Japanese tennis superstar Naomi Osaka also crashed out. Unseeded South Korean Heo Kwang-hee beat Momota 21-15, 21-19, ending the favourite's bid for the gold medal after just two games. Momota was appearing in his first Olympics, having been banned for gambling in an illegal casino just months before the 2016 Rio Games. He was almost forced to retire last year after a car crash that left him with career-threatening injuries. Momota won a record 11 titles in 2019, losing just six of the 73 matches he played that year. But his bid for Olympic gold on home soil ended quickly, with Heo sinking his hopes in just 52 minutes. Momota smiled incredulously as his shots failed to find their range early in the game, but looked ashen-faced when it became clear that he was in serious danger. Promoted Listen to the latest songs , only on JioSaavn.com He . . .
US superstar Simone Biles pulled out of a second Tokyo Olympics gymnastics competition to protect her mental health on Wednesday, raising serious doubt over her participation in the rest of the Games. A day after her shock exit from the team event, USA Gymnastics said the 24-year-old had also withdrawn from the individual all-around competition at the Ariake Gymnastics Centre. The American arrived in Japan as one of the headline acts of the pandemic-postponed 2020 Games, shouldering an immense weight of expectation as she pursued a record-equalling nine career Olympic titles. But she withdrew from the team competition after a shaky opening vault, and her struggles mean she may be unable to add to the four gold medals she won at the 2016 Rio Games. "After further medical evaluation, Simone Biles has withdrawn from the final individual all-around competition at the Tokyo Olympic Games, in order to focus on her mental health," USA Gymnastics said in a statement. The US . . .
On yet another star-studded, action-packed day at the Tokyo Olympics the likes of shooter Manu Bhaker, shuttler PV Sindhu, boxer Mary Kom, paddler Ma Long, and tennis heavyweight Novak Djokovic among others are in action. While Sindhu has cruised through her matches so far, a clash against Mia Blichfeldt of Denmark could be the first trial by fire for the Indian superstar. The legendary Mary Kom continues her quest for an Olympic gold and Long looks to add another gold to his tally. A mouthwatering clash between world number one Djokovic and Japan's own Kei Nishikori will be played out as Djokovic aims for an Olympic gold after having won all Grand Slam titles this year. Indians will also be in action in sailing, rowing and archery and the men's hockey team takes on defending Olympic champions Argentina. Here Are The Live Updates From Tokyo Olympics 2020 July 29 2021 05:37 (IST) Shooting - 25m Pistol . . .
Getty Images After years of anticipation, plus one more due to a global pandemic, the Tokyo Olympics are here. But even with a postponement from 2020, the mood around the Olympics is far from calm. As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, an atmosphere of uncertainty has gripped the Games, particularly as athletes in Tokyo and other participants have tested positive for the virus. Here is a list of all those so far who have tested positive for COVID-19, leading to the alteration of their Olympic dreams or the end of them altogether. Sam Kendricks - July 28: The American world champion pole vaulter tested positive on Wednesday, NBC confirmed live on their main Olympics broadcast. The former Ole Miss star won bronze at the 2016 Rio Games and will not be competing at the 2020 Games. Markéta Sluková-Nausch - July 23: Sluková-Nausch is a beach volleyball player from the Czech Republic, and her positive test caused the first beach volleyball match of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics . . .