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Indonesia Masters 2019: Saina survives scare in 1st round, Praneeth crashes out

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first_imgIndia’s Saina Nehwal struggled her way into the second round but compatriots B Sai Praneeth and Subhankar Dey failed to cross the opening hurdle at the USD 350,000 Indonesia Masters on Wednesday.Eighth-seeded Saina, who had reached the semifinals last week at the Malaysia Masters, recovered from a first-game loss to secure a 7-21 21-16 21-11 win over local hope Dinar Dyah Ayustine, ranked 50th. It was Saina’s third win over Ayustine.The 28-year-old from Hyderabad will next face another Indonesian Fitriani Fitriani, against whom she has a 4-0 head-to-head record.National champions Manu Attri and B Sumeeth Reddy also dished out a fighting game to notch up a 14-21 21-19 21-15 win over Denmark’s Mads Pieler Kolding and Niclas Nohr in the men’s doubles.Sai Praneeth fails to cross the first hurdleIn the men’s singles, 2017 Singapore Open champion Praneeth was sent packing 12-21 16-21 by Olympic champion Chen Long of China in 40 minutes, while Subhankar, who had won his maiden title at SaarLorLux Open in Germany last year, fought hard before going down 14-21 21-19 15-21 against former World champion Viktor Axelsen of Denmark.Commonwealth Games bronze medallist pair of Ashwini Ponnappa and N Sikki Reddy also bowed out of the competition, losing 14-21 14-21 to Thailand’s Jongkolphan Kititharakul and Rawinda Prajongjai in the women’s doubles opener.Also Read | Chen Long, Son Wan Ho honour Lee Chong Wei with podium picture at Malaysia MastersAlso Read | Ratchanok Intanon beats Carolina Marin to win Malaysia Masterslast_img read more

‘It’s not like the Championship’ – Benitez

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first_imgNewcastle United ‘It’s not like the Championship’ – Benitez wants Newcastle to cut out mistakes Nino Duit Last updated 2 years ago 21:40 11/7/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Rafa Benitez Newcastle Getty Images Newcastle United Premier League Newcastle United v AFC Bournemouth The Magpies have won just once in six Premier League games and the Spaniard is looking for an improvement from his players Rafael Benitez is growing frustrated with Newcastle making easy mistakes, warning ‘it’s not the Championship’.Newcastle have suffered back-to-back 1-0 defeats by Burnley and Bournemouth to drop to 11th in the table after winning one of their last six Premier League games.Magpies top promoted club 21/20 Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Benitez had led the club to the Championship title last season and is demanding improvement from his players ahead of a trip to Manchester United after the international break.“We have to learn quickly what it means in the Premier League and what it means to make mistakes. It’s not like in the Championship when you make mistakes and you can win. If you make a mistake, you pay for that,” Benitez is quoted in the Shields Gazette.“We have to learn what we have to do and how to react if something is right or if something is wrong.”Following wins over West Ham, Swansea and Stoke earlier in the season, Newcastle have struggled in recent weeks and Benitez wants greater focus from his players after Bournemouth scored their winner in injury-time at St James’ Park on Saturday.“It seemed that we were learning quickly, but now we are making mistakes and paying for that,” Benitez said.“We have to be sure we’re more focused and concentrate, especially in the last minutes of a game. We have to keep working hard.”Benitez changed tactics for the game against Bournemouth by switching from 4-2-3-1 to 4-4-2 after pairing Dwight Gayle and summer signing Joselu together for the first time.Last season’s Championship top scorer Gayle had not featured in the starting XI since the second matchday and Benitez said: “He was training well.“I was trying to find different ways to approach the game and attack.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

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