Naomi Osaka, Venus Williams and Simona Halep in China Open round 2

first_img 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.advertisementlast_img read more

Attlees greatnephew suspended from Labour over CameronHitler image

first_imgPostwar Labour Prime Minister Clement Attlee  “It is absolutely clear to me it is because of my support for Corbyn.”The post they are referring to was put up over a year ago so it is extraordinary to use it now.”Someone has got paranoid and thought I am describing the Labour bureaucracy as fascist. They are making a big mistake.”I would never describe the Labour Party as fascist.” John Macdonald says he was informed that he was suspended as a result of abusive comments on social media The great-nephew of former Prime Minister Clement Attlee has been suspended from the Labour Party after he posted a picture on social media of David Cameron with a Hitler moustache.John Macdonald, a longtime Labour member who supports Jeremy Corbyn for the leadership, uploaded the image of Mr Cameron in August 2015.Superimposed on the picture was a quotation from Mein Kampf, in which Hitler outlines how to take total control by taking “a little of their freedom at a time…until past the point at which these changes cannot be reversed”.Mr Macdonald’s suspension, which occurred last Friday, came immediately after he publicly backed Mr Corbyn’s latest campaign. Mr Macdonald only discovered that he had been suspended when he contacted the party HQ to find out why his voting papers had not arrived.He is now calling for an investigation into the conduct of those who are overseeing what some are calling a “purge” of the Labour Party.A Labour Party spokesman said: “Officials in the Scottish Labour Party are consulted and informed regarding any action of this kind.”In addition, the NEC includes a Scottish member.”Ultimately, these decisions are not taken by the political leadership of the Labour Party, but by the NEC who are elected by members across the country.” John Macdonald says he was informed that he was suspended as a result of abusive comments on social mediaCredit: Deadline News Postwar Labour Prime Minister Clement Attlee Credit:Deadline News And Mr Macdonald, from Dunfermline, Fife, claims the old Facebook post is being used as an excuse to rid the party of prominent Corbyn supporters.He said: “Even if the allegation, which I refute, was proved to be true it is highly suspicious and self-evidently underhand to suspend a member during an election for the party leader, therefore invalidating their vote in the contest – particularly in such contentious times. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more