Simona Halep retains No.1 WTA ranking

first_imgMadrid: Simona Halep of Romania maintained the world No.1 spot in the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) rankings released on Monday, despite the herniated disc back injury that has forced her to miss the WTA Finals, the eight-player, season-ending event currently being played in Singapore.Germany’s Angelique Kerber snatched world No.2 from Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark, dropping her to third, while Naomi Osaka of Japan remained world No.4, reports Efe.Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic and Sloane Stephens of the United States both jumped two places to be ranked fifth and sixth, respectively, sending Elina Svitolina of Ukraine and Czech Karolina Pliskova to seventh and eighth.Russia’s Daria Kasatkina jumped four spots to world No.10 after claiming the Kremlin Cup title on Saturday, defeating Ons Jabeur of Tunisia, who rose 39 spots to world No.62 after becoming her country’s first-ever WTA finalist.Spain’s Garbiñe Muguruza descended four places and is now world No.17 after losing to Ukraine’s Dayana Yastremska in the second round of the Luxembourg Open on October 17. IANSlast_img read more

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Ex-Manchester United defender Rafael da Silva wants Botafogo move

first_imgRio de Janiero: Lyon right-back Rafael da Silva has expressed a desire to end his career alongside twin brother Fabio at Botafogo, the team they supported as children.Rafael, who is contracted to Lyon until June 2021, said Botafogo would be his favoured destination, should the French club choose not to renew his contract. “I want to end my career at Botafogo but first I need to receive a proposal from them,” the 29-year-old said in an interview with Canal do TV, reports Xinhua news agency.”It’s not enough just for me to want it. If had the option of joining Botafogo or another club in Brazil I would definitely choose Botafogo.”Rafael has made 129 appearances for Lyon since joining the club from Manchester United in 2015.Fabio, who also spent time at United before signing with Cardiff City in 2014, is now at Lyon’s Ligue 1 rivals, Nantes.“We talk a lot and our dream is to end our careers together,” Rafael said. “Both of our contracts end at the same time. It would be amazing to play together for the team that we supported as kids. It would be a dream come true.” IANSAlso Read: dal, Kyrgios ease into 2nd roundAlso Watch: Hagrama Mohilary organizes a press-meet on Coronavirus situation and distribution of Rationslast_img read more

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