NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA – JANUARY 01: Jake Fromm #11 of the Georgia Bulldogs throws a pass against the Texas Longhorns during the Allstate Sugar Bowl at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 01, 2019 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)Georgia enters the 2019 season as a likely preseason top three team. Quarterback Jake Fromm is the unquestioned leader of the Bulldogs in his third season as a starter.With Justin Fields’ offseason transfer to Ohio State, Fromm doesn’t need to worry about his backup stealing snaps or even his job. Former Georgia great David Pollack thinks both players will benefit from the current situation.Pollack told DawgNation that he expects even bigger things from Fromm now that he doesn’t have Fields lurking behind him on the depth chart.“I think that will be a big benefit to Fromm,” Pollack said. “I think he’ll pick up where he left off, hot in the SEC Championship Game.”Additionally, Pollack feels Ohio State’s RPO-based offense is “tailor-made” to Fields’ skill set. The former five-star recruit could thrive in Columbus.“When it clicks for Justin Fields upstairs, and when he gets it up there, it’s gonna be something, and it might be Ohio State is a better fit for him offensively,” Pollack said.“Less reads, more running, so when it settles down in his head, Justin Fields is going to be an animal.”Last season, Fromm threw for 2,761 yards, 30 touchdowns and only six interceptions while completing 67.4 percent of his passes. In the final three games of the year, which including the SEC Championship against Alabama and the Sugar Bowl loss to Texas, he passed for 700 yards, 10 touchdowns and only one INT.With a strong season in 2019, Fromm could position himself as one of the first quarterbacks taken in the 2020 NFL Draft, should he enter as an underclassman.Fields showed some of his immense talents in a backup role for the Bulldogs, but was searching for more playing time when he elected to transfer. As he matures physically and mentally as a quarterback, the sky is the limit.
However, being a playoff contender seems a little ambitious. Orlovsky is right that Nebraska’s schedule is quite manageable, but in order to make the playoff, they’d have to go at least 11-1 in the regular season.That doesn’t seem likely when you consider the Huskers have to face Ohio State and the Big Ten West is projected to be a highly-competitive division with multiple teams capable of winning it. Not to mention, if Nebraska did win the West, they’d then have to beat the Big Ten East champion in the conference title game.We wouldn’t be surprised if the Huskers contend for the CFP under Frost at some point, just not this fall. LINCOLN, NE – OCTOBER 27: Head coach Scott Frost of the Nebraska Cornhuskers leads the team on the field before the game against the Bethune Cookman Wildcats at Memorial Stadium on October 27, 2018 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)Nebraska football is garnering considerable hype heading into the 2019 season. Multiple pundits have pegged the Cornhuskers as Big Ten West favorites.ESPN’s Dan Orlovsky is going just a bit further. In an appearance on Get Up! this morning, Orlovsky called Nebraska a potential College Football Playoff contender.Here’s why he feels that way, via 247Sports:“Give me the frosted tips of the Nebraska Cornhuskers, they’re back,” Orlovsky said.“They started 0-6 last year, but in that start, they had four really close games that ended up being losses. Their quarterback, Adrian Martinez, should be on the short list for the Heisman Trophy, 2,400 yards passing, 800 rushing. They got six starters back on defense.“And guys — I don’t find a tough game on their schedule on the road. Ohio State comes to them, Iowa comes to them, Wisconsin comes to them. Folks, Nebraska can be a national College Football Playoff contender.”Now, we’re buying into the Huskers making strides this year. Despite going 4-8 in 2018, Nebraska is ranked 21st in The Spun’s preseason Top 25.
“I remember when I first got there I walked around a little bit. I just have some much admiration for that place,” Meyer said. “Those are as good of fans as there are in America. Ryan Day and I had a little chat about what it’s going to be like. That’s going to be one of the top atmospheres in the Big Ten.”You can hear Meyer’s take on Nebraska’s fan base here:”Those are as good of fans as there are in America. Ryan Day and I had a little chat about what it’s going to be like.”– @CoachUrbanMeyer shared what Ohio State should be prepared for in a road matchup at Nebraska: pic.twitter.com/GrmDVwaS52— Big Ten Network (@BigTenNetwork) September 26, 2019The fans at Memorial Stadium should be fired up for Saturday’s game.Nebraska has been waiting several years to pick up a statement win. Knocking off Ohio State in September would be the type of victory that elevates the program.All that being said, the Buckeyes enter this weekend as overwhelming favorites against the Cornhuskers. INDIANAPOLIS, IN – DECEMBER 02: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes looks on as they play the Wisconsin Badgers during the first half of the the Big Ten Championship game at Lucas Oil Stadium on December 2, 2017 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)On Saturday, the Ohio State Buckeyes will face their biggest test of the season against the Nebraska Cornhuskers. Former head coach Urban Meyer gave his preview of the matchup and had nothing but praise for the fans in Lincoln.Meyer has experience going up against Nebraska. He led Ohio State to a blowout victory over Nebraska on the road in 2017.The circumstances this time around will be different. Ryan Day is now the coach of the Buckeyes, meanwhile the Cornhuskers are suddenly finding their rhythm under Scott Frost.When talking about this upcoming game between Ohio State and Nebraska on the Big Ten Network, Meyer showed his appreciation for the Cornhuskers’ fan base.
Akshay Ramesh MumbaiApril 15, 2019UPDATED: April 15, 2019 17:20 IST 2019 Cricket World Cup: Vijay Shankar has been backed to be India’s No. 4 at the quadrennial tournament in England and Wales (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSVijay Shankar has got the backing to play at No. 4 for India at the World CupIt’s not that anything that went against Rayudu, it’s that a few things went for Shankar: MSK PrasadIndia announced a 15-man squad for the 2019 World Cup in Mumbai on MondayIndia’s selection committee chairman MSK Prasad on Monday explained the rationale behind preferring Vijay Shankar over Ambati Rayudu for the No. 4 spot in the batting line-up at the 2019 World Cup. Prasad said Shankar’s ability to contribute with the bat, the ball and on the field worked in his favour.While most of the squad was expected to pick itself, the major talking point ahead of the India squad selection on Monday centered around the No. 4 spot. India have tried close to 10 batsmen with very little success at the crucial batting position since the 2017 Champions Trophy.The uncertainty around the No. 4 spot was so much so that head coach Ravi Shastri hinted Virat Kohli may drop from No. 3 to No. 4 during the World Cup in England and Wales, starting May 30.However, Vijay Shankar’s impressive performances with the bat gave India a bit of confidence in the lead up to the World Cup.”After the Champions Trophy in 2017, we tried quite a few people in that position. We did give a few more chances to Rayudu. Vijay Shankar is three dimensional. We are looking at him at no. 4 to begin with,” MSK Prasad said.Prasad also hinted India may try Dinesh Karthik or Kedar Jadhav at the No.4 spot if the need arises while insisting that KL Rahul will be a back-up opener in the initial stages of the tournament.India begin their World Cup campaign on June 5 and will play nine matches in the round-robin group stages.”We also have Dinesh Karthik and Kedar Jadhav. It’s not that anything that went against Rayudu, it’s that a few things went for Shankar. To begin with KL will be reserve opener, if need arises the team management will take a call.”advertisementVijay Shankar was handed an India recall in Hardik Pandya’s absence during India’s tour of Australia earlier this year. Coming back into the team after a forgettable performance in the Nidahas Trophy final against Bangladesh last year, the Tamil Nadu all-rounder grabbed the opportunity with both hands.Having batted higher-up the order in the T20Is against New Zealand, Shankar showcased he is more than handy with the bat. The 28-year-old grabbed eyeballs when he hit a well-paced 45 in India’s 35-run win over New Zealand in the fifth ODI of a five-match series in Wellington after a second successive top-order failure. In the three T20Is, Shankar smashed 84 runs at an impressive strike rate of 155.55.On the hand, Ambati Rayudu had received the backing of Virat Kohli for the middle-order role at the World Cup as early as August 2018 after some impressive performances in a home series vs West Indies.However, his performances in 2019 have dipped. Rayudu has scored just 247 runs from 10 matches at a below-par average of 30.87. Rayudu has been struggling to get going in IPL 2019 as well. The CSK batsman has scored just 138 runs from 8 matches at a paltry average of 19.71.Also Read | Unfortunate Rishabh Pant has missed out, says MSK PrasadAlso Read | India team for 2019 World Cup named: Rayudu and Pant fail to make cut, Dinesh Karthik includedAlso Read | India team for World Cup is well-balanced, we have covered all bases: MSK PrasadAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Vijay ShankarFollow 2019 Cricket World CupFollow India national cricket teamFollow Ambati RayuduFollow Rishabh PantFollow Virat Kohli 3-dimensional Vijay Shankar preferred over Ambati Rayudu for India’s World Cup squadAfter a series of trial and errors, India have zeroed in on Vijay Shankar for the No. 4 spot at the 2019 World Cup. Chief selector, MSK Prasad while announcing the squad in Mumbai on Monday, explained the decision to leave out Ambati Rayudu who had received captain Virat Kohli’s backing a few months agoadvertisement
T20 cricket needs players like Rishabh Pant: Colin MunroColin Munro feels that players like Rishabh Pant who can “take the bull by the horns from ball one” are just what T20 cricket needs.advertisement Press Trust of India HyderabadApril 15, 2019UPDATED: April 15, 2019 14:06 IST Delhi Capitals batsman Colin Munro says players like Rishabh Pant are much needed in T20 cricket (AP photo)HIGHLIGHTSColin Munro feels players like Rishabh Pant are an absolute must in T20 cricketMunro said that DC’s strength lay in experienced international players playing alongside youngstersMunro said that there is a lot to learn from young DC captain Shreyas IyerRishabh Pant is known for his flamboyant brand of cricket and Delhi Capitals batsman Colin Munro feels players like the dashing wicketkeeper batsman are an absolute must in the shortest format of the game.Once Rishabh gets going, he becomes a nightmare for the bowlers. The left-hander had smashed a 27-ball 78 against Mumbai Indians before scoring 46 against Kolkata Knight Riders.”Look at someone like Rishabh, he knows his game so well. Whether he is going to bat at number 4, 5 or 6, he’s plays the same way and that’s okay, we need those players in the T20 format to just go out there and try to take the bull by the horns from ball one,” Munro said after DC’s 39-run win against Sunrisers Hyderabad Sunday night.Led by 24-year-old Shreyas Iyer, Delhi Capitals have a young group as its core including the likes of Pant, Indian under-19 world cup winning skipper Prithvi Shaw and South African pacer Kagiso Rabada.”Just seeing the young guys in our team coming in and playing with absolute freedom, no fear and with clarity in the way they go on about there cricket is great. They know their strengths and weaknesses,” he said.”The beauty of our team is that we have some really experienced international players and Indian players like Shikhar (Dhawan) and Axar (Patel) alongside youngsters and the boys on the bench are working hard as well.”The New Zealander, who scored 40 off 24 balls against SRH, was also lavish in his praise for Iyer’s leadership skills.advertisement”Last year he was named skipper halfway through IPL, I think he has taken it with both hands now. He is very calm and collected on the field and that is great about him,” he said.”He is so young but you learn a lot from him. Today he was talking about fitness so it’s not just batting and bowling he’s working on, it’s all parts of his games. His captaincy is getting stronger and he and Ricky (Ponting) have a good relationship and he is definitely a very good leader.”Talking about his own innings after Delhi lost two early wickets, Munro said he tried and played to his strengths.”After two wickets down early in the innings I had to play to my strengths and that is going out there and being aggressive,” the left-handed batsman said.”Even if they bowl well I have to put pressure on them, can’t just sit there and defend the ball. I have to try and put pressure on the bowlers that makes the margin for error smaller.”Munro credited the Delhi bowlers for providing breakthrough at crucial junctures in the game.”We got off to a good start but the game got away from us in terms of the run rate, credit to our bowlers because of them we stayed in the contest,” he said.”We knew that if we stayed in the contest for every ball it would go down to the wire and we got those breakthroughs, picking up wickets at crucial stages.”Also Read | KL Rahul, Rishabh Pant await World Cup fate, India to name squad of 15 on MondayAlso Read | IPL 2019: Pant gives cake facial to Dhawan, Zoravar as DC celebrate big win over KKRAlso Read | Yeh to waise bhi chauka hai: Rishabh Pant predicts the outcome before the resultAlso Watch | KKR head coach Jacques Kallis explains why he is in awe of Andre RusselFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byRoshni Tags :Follow Colin MunroFollow Rishabh PantFollow T20Follow IPL 2019Follow Delhi Capitals
World Cup 2019: Ziva spotted at The Oval as India overwhelm AustraliaWorld Cup 2019: Ziva Dhoni had fun as India managed to register a win over Australia in their second match of World Cup 2019 on Sunday.advertisement Next India Today Web Desk LondonJune 9, 2019UPDATED: June 10, 2019 00:22 IST Ziva had made her World Cup 2019 during India’s opening match against South Africa. (Instagram: Ziva Singh Dhoni)Ziva Dhoni had a field day at The Oval in London as India registered 36-run win over Australia in their second match of World Cup 2019 on Sunday. The little bundle of cuteness was present at the London to cheer for our team and her expressions made her go viral on the internet.The picture was shared on Ziva’s official Instagram handle. As Ziva enjoyed herself in the stands, Men in blue registered their 4th win over Australia in a World Cup. Virat Kohli finished with 82 to become the 7th Indian batsman with 50 half-centuries in ODIs while MS Dhoni scored a fluent 27. After Shikhar Dhawan (117) and Virat Kohli (82) led a power-packed batting performance, India’s bowlers produced an exceptional show against the defending champions.Ziva Dhoni was also present at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton as India stormed to victory over South Africa in their opening match of World Cup 2019. She is a constant feature in Chennai Super Kings matches in the Indian Premier League. Last year, she was seen dancing and pleading for her father to come to her even as he played one of the greatest IPL knocks in history.In 2019, as CSK reached the final yet again, Ziva was all over social media with her sweet videos. Recently, Ziva Dhoni traveled to England with her mother to watch the Indian cricket team in action in the 2019 Cricket World Cup. India arrived in England later than other teams and was the last of them to play in this World Cup.advertisementAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli and bowlers shine as India wallop AustraliaAlso Watch:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySaurabh Kumar Tags :Follow Ziva DhoniFollow World Cup 2019Follow MS Dhoni
India Today Web Desk New DelhiJune 26, 2019UPDATED: June 26, 2019 12:44 IST Disha Patani nailing one-handed cartwheelThere is no doubt that Disha Patani is one of the fittest celebrities in Bollywood. The Bharat actress is a fitness enthusiast and she has time and again proved that she can hit it hard in the gym.Just like boyfriend, Tiger Shroff even Disha Patani is a regular at the gym and incorporates various forms of workout in her healthy lifestyle.She recently took to her official Instagram account to share another hardcore workout video with her fans. She captioned the gram, “Training after ages with my trainer Nadeem Akhtar Parkour.”In the video, the 26-year-old can be seen doing an absolutely perfect cartwheel with just one hand. And she nailed that landing. The internet is in awe of the cartwheel. Her Instagram fans are going to the extent of calling Disha the new Wonder Woman. Comments on Disha Patani’s Instagram postFor her workout session, Disha wore a pair of long black shorts from Jordan. With the shorts, she wore a comfy pink shirt and completed her gym attire with a pink sports bra.Apart from excessive gymming, Disha also uses dancing as a form of workout and the result is her enviable figure.On the work front, Disha is currently flying high on the success of her last film, Bharat and she has also started shooting for her upcoming film, Malang in which she will be starring opposite Aditya Roy Kapoor.advertisementALSO READ | Michael Jackson, even Khilji would have offered you his throne: Tiger Shroff in epic dance videoALSO READ | Disha Patani gets injured on Malang set. Details insideALSO WATCH | Tiger Shroff on Disha Patani, trolls and SOTY 2Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byNishtha Grover Tags :Follow Disha PataniFollow Celebrity workouts Next Disha Patani nails one-hand cartwheel in new workout video. Internet calls her Wonder WomanDisha Patani delighted her fans once again as she shared another workout video. She can be seen nailing a one-handed cartwheel in the latest gram.advertisement
Expected to be selected in at least one of the Indian squads: Shubman GillShubman Gill was ignored for national team selection for the Caribbean tour despite his recent performances with the bat against West Indies A.advertisement India Today Web Desk New DelhiJuly 23, 2019UPDATED: July 23, 2019 11:28 IST Shubman Gill made his international debut for India in the ODI series in New Zealand earlier this year (BCCI Photo)HIGHLIGHTSShubman Gill was not picked in any of the Indian limited-overs squads for the West Indies tour6 players from India A squad got picked in the ODI and T20I teamsGill was the highest scorer in the recently-concluded 5-match unofficial one-day series vs West Indies AChief selector MSK Prasad in his press conference on Sunday had stated that performances of the Indian players in the unofficial ODI series against West Indies A was taken into consideration when they were selecting the limited-overs squads for the upcoming Caribbean tour.While seven players from the India A squad – Manish Pandey, Shreyas Iyer, Washington Sundar, Khaleel Ahmed, Navdeep Saini, Deepak Chahar and Rahul Chahar – made it to the ODI and T20I teams, there was one big name missing from the list, that of Shubman Gill, which caught the attention of many and even angered some fans on social media.Shubman Gill was yet again overlooked for the limited-overs series against West Indies, despite the Punjab batsman finishing at the highest scorer in the recently-concluded five-match unofficial one-day series in the West Indies.Gill amassed 218 runs from the five matches against West Indies A at an average of 54.50 which also included three half-centuries. But despite his good show with the bat, he was not picked.Instead the likes of Manish Pandey and Shreyas Iyer, who also had a good series with the bat, made the cut into the ODI and T20I squads, leaving Gill very disappointed.”I was waiting for the Indian senior team to be announced on Sunday and I expected to be selected for at least one of the squads.”It was disappointing not to get picked but I am not going to spend time thinking over it. I’ll keep scoring runs and performing to the best of my ability to impress the selectors,” Gill told CricketNext.advertisementChief selector Prasad mentioned Gill’s name during the press conference on Sunday and explained that he is on the waiting list as of now.”Shubman Gill went to New Zealand when KL Rahul was suspended. Now he is in the waiting list. Definitely, he will be considered. He was there in the scheme of things.”We have to reward the performances of India A. That’s why we have picked them. The performances of Manish Pandey, Shreyas Iyer and Navdeep Saini’s have been phenomenal,” Prasad said.Gill made his international debut for India in the ODI series in New Zealand earlier this year in January during which he played 2 matches, scoring 9 and 7 in the 4th and 5th ODI respectively.Also Read | India tour of West Indies: Dhawan back in ODI side, Pandey and Iyer includedAlso Read | Legendary player like MS Dhoni knows when to retire: MSK PrasadAlso Read | MSK Prasad reveals why Mayank Agarwal was ignored for WI tour despite World Cup call-upAlso Read | How Shreyas Iyer and Manish Pandey are key to solving India’s middle-order puzzleFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow Shubman GillFollow India tour of West IndiesFollow Indian cricket teamFollow BCCI
Next India Today Web Desk ManchesterSeptember 9, 2019UPDATED: September 9, 2019 13:13 IST Steve Smith has scored two centuries and a double hundred in 5 innings of the Ashes series. (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSSteve Smith has scored 671 runs in 5 innings in the ongoing Ashes seriesSmith’s immaculate form has helped Australia retain the Ashes Urn on English soilSmith missed the 3rd Ashes but still has 2 centuries and a double hundred in 5 innings144 and 142 in Birmingham. 8 runs short of a third successive Test hundred at Lord’s. Double hundred (211) at Old Trafford. Out for his lowest series score (82) in the second innings of the 4th Ashes Test.Credit to the above scores from Steve Smith’s bat that helped Australia retain the Ashes on English soil for the first time since 2001. When arguably every cricket fan on the planet is terming it as indisputably Steven Smith’s Ashes, former England pacer Steve Harmison believes no matter what Smith does, his incredible feats will always be dwarfed by his role in the infamous Sandpaper scandal.”I don’t think you can forgive him,” Steve Harmison told talkSPORT.”When you’re known as a cheat – and he is, I’m not going to sugar-coat it – that’s on your CV. You’re marked and you take it to the grave.”Whatever Steve Smith does, he’ll always be remembered for what happened in South Africa.”That’s something he’s got to live with. I can’t see anyone’s opinion changing on Smith, Bancroft, or Warner – because they’ve tarnished the game.”The then Australia captain Steve Smith, along with David Warner, was handed a year ban for his involvement in the Cape Town ball-tampering incident. Playing in his comeback Test series after serving the ban, Smith exhibited a daunting form in England that saw him regain the top spot in ICC Test Ranking for Batsmen.Steve Smith has amassed 671 runs in 5 innings amid constant booing from the England fans. This is after he missed the 3rd Ashes Test with concussion after being hit by a Jofra Archer bouncer in the second match.advertisementSmith is now the only batsman to have scored 500+ runs in 3 consecutive Ashes series – 508 runs in 2015 Ashes in England and 687 runs in the 2017-18 home Ashes before his ongoing epic. Bradman scored 500-plus runs in 5 different series, but even he couldn’t achieve the feat thrice in a row.Also Read | Steve Smith recreating Don Bradman for those who haven’t seen the legend batAlso Read | Steve Smith becomes 2nd Australian cricketer to score 500 runs in consecutive AshesFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAnita Jat Tags :Follow Ashes 2019Follow Steve SmithFollow ball-tamperingFollow Steve Harmison Steve Smith is a cheat, you can never forgive him: Steve HarmisonAshes 2019: Former England pacer Steve Harmison believes no matter what Smith does, his incredible feats will always be dwarfed by his role in the infamous Sandpaper scandal.advertisement
Associated Press BeijingSeptember 29, 2019UPDATED: September 29, 2019 19:14 IST China Open: Naomi Osaka of Japan in action against Jessica Pegula (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSNaomi Osaka won 76 percent of first serves and hit 26 winners in her 6-3, 7-6 (5) winVenus Williams defeated Barbora Strycova 6-3, 4-6, 7-5 in two hours and thirty-three minutesSimona Halep also advanced, beating Rebecca Peterson of Sweden 6-1, 6-1 in an hour and 11 minutesNaomi Osaka and Venus Williams both advanced to the second round of the China Open on Sunday.The No. 4-seeded Osaka won 76 percent of first serves and hit 26 winners in her 6-3, 7-6 (5) win over unseeded American Jessica Pegula.”I just felt like this match, I was kind of living in the moment every point. I wasn’t really thinking too much in the future, too much in the past,” said Osaka.The reigning Australian Open champion won the fourth title of her career in Osaka last week. She will next play qualifier Andrea Petkovic of Germany, who beat Jil Teichmann 7-6 (4), 6-3 to advance.Williams defeated Barbora Strycova 6-3, 4-6, 7-5 in two hours and thirty-three minutes to reach the round of 32.The seven-time major winner converted three of four break points and rallied back from 3-5 down in the third set for the win.”My strategy is always basically to dominate. Basically, whoever does that usually wins,” William said.It was a promising start for Williams, who had managed just four wins in her previous six China Open appearances. Williams will face Belinda Bencic of Switzerland next.Wimbledon champion Simona Halep also advanced, beating Rebecca Peterson of Sweden 6-1, 6-1 in just an hour and 11 minutes.Halep was forced to withdraw from Wuhan last week due to a back injury, the same issue that sidelined her at the end of 2018.”I was a little bit down before this tournament because it’s happening again, like last year,” said Halep. “I’m really happy I could win. The way I played makes me happier.”advertisementNo. 3-seeded Elina Svitolina came back from a set down to beat Latvia’s Anastasija Sevastova 6-7 (4), 6-1, 6-2, while American Sloane Stephens beat Magda Linette 7-5, 6-3.Also Read | Daniil Medvedev won hearts with humility and simplicity: PM ModiAlso see:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byNitin Kumar Tags :Follow Naomi OsakaFollow Venus WilliamsFollow Simona HalepFollow China Open Next Naomi Osaka, Venus Williams and Simona Halep in China Open round 2Japan’s two-time Grand Slam champion Naomi Osaka defeated Jessica Pegula, Venus Williams defeated Barbora Strycova and Simona Halep also advanced, beating Rebecca Peterson to reach in second round at the China Open on Sunday.advertisement