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Rubina Dilaik Says "Never Stop Learning" And Inspires Fans With Her Training Photos From The Air

Rubina Dilaik is one of the hottest and most talented actresses in the Telly world. The Bigg Boss 14 winner is very active online and often shares pictures and videos on popular trends. The actress recently shared pictures from her aerial photo... (Author: Gardener)

Rubina DilaikRubina Dilaik is one of the hottest and most talented actresses in the Telly world. She enjoys a huge following on social media and her fans love her stunning fashion sense. The Bigg Boss 14 winner is very active online and often shares pictures and videos on popular trends. Rubina attaches great importance to her training routine and also prefers to eat healthily. The actress recently shared pictures from her aerial workouts and we're definitely in awe of her dedication. In the post shared by the actress, she balances in the air with the help of a fabric rope. She also shared pictures of herself balancing while turning around and lying horizontally with the help of the cloth rope. Rubina Dilaik rose to fame with the show Shakti Astitva Ke Ehsaas Ki. She was last seen on the reality show Bigg Boss 14 and was the season's winner. She will now star in the stunt reality show Khatron Ke Khiladi 12 hosted by Rohit Shetty. Speaking of the show, Rubina Dilaik said: "I have overcome many obstacles in life that have made me stronger and I am very motivated and excited to be part of 'Khatron Ke Khiladi'. Lots of love to all my fans and I want them to support me in this new endeavor.” Also Read: Rubina Dilaik as part of Khatron Ke Khiladi 12; Actress says she's 'very motivated and excited'

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Pep Guardiola jokes 'the plan was to go down 2-0 to Villa' as thousands line the streets of Manchester

A day after City added another incredible comeback story to their story, they shared the moment with thousands of supporters along Deansgate (Author: Gardener)

Pep GuardiolaPep Guardiola joked it had all along been part of his plan for Manchester City to lose 2-0 to Aston Villa as his side celebrated their fourth Premier League title in five years with a parade in the city center on Monday. A day after City added another incredible comeback story to their tale by scoring three goals in six minutes to beat Villa 3-2 and edge Liverpool by a single point, City shared the moment with thousands of fans along the way Deansgate. Guardiola then appeared on stage and puffed on his now-customary cigar to thank the fans. "That was the plan, 0:2, calm, calm," said Guardiola with a laugh. “Everyone knows what happened is an incredible achievement. It's the toughest league, in six years since we arrived we've had four. After Ilkay Gundogan scored two late goals on either side of a Rodri goal to give City the win, Guardiola was seen in tears after full-time as he celebrated with his staff in the back room. "It was definitely a difficult moment," he said. "The players keep showing it was incredible to come back. Three open top buses filled with City players and staff, some looking threadbare after a night of partying, made the short journey from the National Football Museum to the other end of Deansgate. Back-up goalkeeper Scott Carson claimed City's main problem when they fell behind on Sunday was that John Stones would step in at right-back after returning from injury. "They would have been better off with me at right-back," said the 36-year-old. Grealish was even more brutal when he knocked down Bernardo Silva, who was replaced by Gundogan on Sunday. "I said earlier in the coach it was brilliant to win my first title," said Grealish. "I want to thank everyone - but the main person I want to thank is Bernardo Silva, who was substituted in the 70th minute because he was miles away from yesterday." Kevin De Bruyne was far from alone in his dark glasses and admitted to being "a little bit drunk". The Belgian was named the club's Player of the Year as part of the celebrations. However, he was far from his usual high standards on Sunday before setting up Gündogan's winning goal. When asked if he thought it was all over at 2-0, De Bruyne said: "For about 10 seconds. We did it the city way I would say. The event also became a farewell party for club captain Fernandinho, who will return to his native Brazil this summer after nine years and 12 trophies with the club. "When I first came here and met someone from City, they said, 'Listen, we want you to be one of the leaders, we want you to be a champion,'" said the 37-year-old. "Looking back, all the titles we've won are very special." The article Man City title save: Pep Guardiola jokes "the plan was to go 2-0 against Villa," as thousands of people cheered on lined the streets of Manchester appeared first on Teamtalk.com.

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Leeds season review 2021-22

Sports Mole takes an in-depth look back at Leeds United's eventful 2021/22 campaign which saw them avoid relegation on the final day. (Author: Gardener)

Leeds seasonAfter Leeds United returned to the Premier League for the first time in 16 years and finished a respectable ninth place last season, Leeds United endured a more challenging 2021-22 season at the wrong end of the table but managed to avoid relegation in the Avoid final day. A 2-1 away win at Brentford, combined with Burnley's home loss to Newcastle United by the same result, helped the Whites get out of the last three at the expense of the Clarets. Leeds entered the 2021-22 season with plenty of optimism, having recorded an impressive first-half result the year before. After a summer transfer window that saw only two names permanently recruited in the form of Jack Harrison and Junior Firpo, Leeds got off to a disappointing start with a heavy 5-1 defeat at Manchester United on the opening day. Only three wins in the next 13 games followed - against Watford, Norwich City and Crystal Palace - and Leeds hovered just above the relegation zone. Injuries have been a major concern for Leeds throughout the season as striker Patrick Bamford - who had scored 17 Premier League goals the previous season - was sidelined with a number of problems. In that game, Bamford also returned from injury, scoring a dramatic equalizer in the 95th minute and then picking up another injury during the celebrations that forced him to miss the next 12 games. Back-to-back defeats by Chelsea, Manchester City and Arsenal, including a tough 7-0 win at the Etihad Stadium, kept the Whites in a precarious position above the bottom three at the end of 2021. However, Leeds started the new year on a high note with back-to-back league wins against Burnley and West Ham United, with Jack Harrison scoring four goals in those two games, including a hat-trick at the London Stadium in a 3-2 win for Los Blancos. A run of five defeats and one draw in the next six games between 22 January and 26 February, in which they conceded 21 goals in total, ended Bielsa's three-and-a-half-year tenure at West Yorkshire, with the 66-year-old leaving the club just two points clear the descent place. The 46-year-old American was aware of how difficult the challenge would be to turn the tide of the club, and it showed in his first two games in charge, in which Los Blancos defeated Leicester City and Aston Villa by a total of 0 lost 4-0. However, Marsch managed to make their mark as they picked up 11 points in five games unbeaten, including three wins over Norwich, Wolverhampton Wanderers and Watford, which put them five points clear of the drop zone. Losses to Man City, Arsenal and Chelsea followed again, with Stuart Dallas breaking a leg against City, giving Leeds another injury problem, while Luke Ayling's reckless tackle on the Gunners and a rash tackle by Daniel James at Stamford Bridge for two unnecessary first-half layoffs and gave Leeds a mountain to climb in both games. Those three defeats coincided with a rebound in form for relegation rivals Burnley and Everton, both of whom climbed to safety via the Whites, leaving Marsch's men in 18th place, a point behind the Clarets with just two games to go. After a 1-1 draw at home to Brighton & Hove Albion, Leeds went into the final round to improve on Burnley's result at home against Newcastle United to avoid relegation, which is exactly what they achieved. The Clarets lost 2-1 to the Magpies while goals from Raphinha and Harrison, the latter in the 94th minute, added the winner, helping Leeds win against Brentford and sending them to safety in dramatic fashion. It's fair to say that Leeds were the last Premier League team to suffer from second-season syndrome, but unlike many sides in previous years, they managed to avoid relegation. Nonetheless, Los Blancos finished the 2021/22 season in 17th place, eight positions behind where they finished last season and with a staggering 21 fewer points. Leeds have also won just nine Premier League games this season, half as many as last season. Leeds scored 62 goals and conceded 54 last season to finish with a +8 goal difference, but this season they have scored just 42 goals and conceded 79 – with only basement club Norwich conceding more – to finish the season to finish with a difference of -37 goals. In the FA Cup, Leeds were eliminated in the third round for the fifth straight season, with West Ham becoming the fourth consecutive London club to beat them at that point, after Crawley Town, Arsenal and Queens Park Rangers. Leeds also failed to make it to the final stages of the EFL Cup after losing 2-0 to Arsenal in the fourth round, although they improved on last season's effort when they beat Premier League side Hull City on penalties lost 9-10 second round at Elland Road. Leeds will do well to keep star attacker Raphinha this summer, who has made an outstanding showing for the Whites in their fight for survival. In a season that saw the 25-year-old make his first call-up to the Brazil national team, Raphinha contributed 11 goals - five more than last season - and three assists in 36 games in all competitions. Leeds relied heavily on striker Patrick Bamford to score the goals last season but with multiple injuries cutting into his minutes this season, Raphinha had to step in front of goal and he certainly delivered. Jesse Marsch's fourth game in charge was one he and Leeds fans will remember for years to come as they celebrated a memorable 3-2 comeback win over Wolverhampton Wanderers on 18 March by Jonny Castro and Francisco Trincao gave the hosts a 2-0 lead at the break, while Patrick Bamford, Mateusz Klich and Diego Llorente had to leave the field injured after the former had just returned from a long time and left the sidelines in tears. The big turning point in the game, however, came seven minutes after half-time when Wolves striker Raul Jimenez was sent off for a late challenge against Illan Meslier, who became the fourth Leeds player to be withdrawn through injury. Despite injury concerns, Leeds managed to take advantage of the extra man and level with two rapid-fire goals within three minutes from Jack Harrison and Rodrigo. The momentum then shifted in Leeds' favor and in the 91st minute defender Luke Ayling – an unlikely source of goals – managed to score a dramatic winner when he smashed the ball in from close range to seal all three points. That result gave Leeds their first back-to-back Premier League win in 2021-22 and put them two points clear of the relegation zone. > Click here for a full list of Leeds United results from the 2021/22 season and players when the full-time whistle blew at Brentford Community Stadium. Marsch's men were on the brink of survival when Jack Harrison scored an injury-time goal and when the news broke that Burnley had lost at Turf Moor the white fans behind goal caused chaos, knowing the football the Premier League would definitely return to Elland Road for a third consecutive season. The aforementioned 3-2 win at Wolves, Joe Gelhardt's 94th-minute home winner against Norwich and Pascal Struijk's 92nd-minute equalizer against Brighton are also worth mentioning, but sealing survival on the final day was the moment when Leeds fans have finally been able to relax and celebrate all the hard work that has gone into maintaining their top status. If Leeds are to avoid another relegation battle and move to the top of the table in the years to come, strengthening their squad should be a key priority for them this summer. Los Blancos have struggled with multiple injury woes this season, forcing both Bielsa and Marsch to call on their academy players to even out matchday numbers. Leeds' transfer business could depend on retaining star players Raphinha and Kalvin Phillips, both of whom have been heavily linked with moves from Elland Road. While both players would be sorely missed if they left, Los Blancos are likely to recoup huge transfer fees for the pair and provide Marsch with funds to target new faces. Red Bull Salzburg midfielder Brenden Aaronson is said to be one of Leeds' main targets; The American has previously worked with compatriot Marsch during their time together at the Austria team and a move to West Yorkshire could appeal to the 21-year-old now that Leeds survive. Leeds fans would not have expected their side to endure such a challenging 2021-22 season after finishing ninth the year before, but the fact that they avoided relegation to the Championship must be seen as very positive for all, associated with the club. The emotional departure of beloved boss Marcelo Bielsa was something Leeds fans couldn't have foreseen either, but now a new era is beginning under Jesse Marsch, a passionate manager who has already fallen in love with and is enthralled with the city and its supporters Potential that the club has for the future. Injuries certainly had a big impact on their season as they might have had enough quality not to slip into a relegation battle if they had been at full strength longer. Still, improvements need to be made this summer and if Marsch recruit the right players who share his same drive to succeed, Leeds can look forward to a less stressful and more hopeful 2022-23 season.

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Raducanu fights back to win in French Open debut

Britain's number one Emma Raducanu returns from defeat to win her senior debut at the French Open against Czech teenager Linda Noskova. (Author: Gardener)

FrenchEmma Raducanu showed fight and spirit to come back from defeat and win her senior debut at the French Open against Czech teenager Linda Noskova. I'm proud of the way I fought," said Raducanu. The US Open champion meets Aliaksandra Sasnovich of Belarus in the second round. Seeded 12th, Raducanu sealed a memorable win in her first Match point with a forehand winner who flat-footed 17-year-old Noskova, causing the Brit to cheer with joy after surviving what was described as one of her finest wins since winning the Grand Slam title in New York last year."Linda came out really firing and so fast when I slowed down my ball speed she was all over me," said Raducanu. "It was really challenging in the second set - I'm really proud of how I fought , but all the requisites to Linda." Raducanu has already achieved so much In her short professional career, she continues to break new ground and recently played at Roland Garros among the best in the world. The 19-year-old made her debut on clay at the highest level only during Britain's Billie Jean King Cup game against the Czech Republic last month, after th with some positive performances in Stuttgart and Madrid. Not only because she came back from a lost position against a talented opponent, but also considering a back injury that "cast doubt" on her participation in the clay court Grand Slam. Raducanu broke serve in the first game of the match and threatened to take a 3-0 lead before Noskova fended off three break points to get away with a gritty hold. Noskova, who won the 2021 girls' title at Roland Garros, equalized 2-2 after a poor service game, meaning the Brit's encouraging start didn't translate to the scoreboard. Conditions changed when it started to rain on a chilly Paris afternoon and Raducanu - due to her back problems - appeared keen to leave the pitch rather than wait for a decision. I didn't want to take any chances," she said. Despite the shower, the players stayed on the pitch and it was Noskova who coped better with the change in weather. Raducanu was 5-4 ahead after a 4-2 lead and Noskova won the tiebreak after a flurry of winners on both wings."It was difficult because the balls and the court were so heavy so it didn't do much," Raducanu said. "Then in the second and third the conditions accelerated a bit, it was less windy and less rainy, so it was a matter of adapting. In the end, it was Raducanu's experience that showed as she avoided losing to a teenage qualifier - as she did in New York itself. "She's quite young but she's in great form - and qualifiers are definitely pretty dangerous," said Raducanu. I knew that maybe if I got through some really tough moments in the second set, it would come to her. And I think I was definitely able to push further in the third set. Raducanu twice fell behind with a break in the second set, but each time immediately made up the deficit as the drama and quality increased. At 6-5, Noskova's backhand began to collapse and after the Czech saved three set points, Raducanu equalized on the fourth opportunity with a rare and perfectly executed drop shot. When she held her serve at 1-1, Noskova continued to release the pressure. She seemed to tire and not find the same accuracy in her shots. Raducanu continued to play smart, recklessly breaking twice more as she progressed to the second round.

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Emma Raducanu survives French Open scare as Brit beats world No. 185 in stirring comeback

EMMA RADUCANU went from one set to victory in her first-ever appearance at the French Open. (Author: Gardener)

FrenchEmma Raducanu avoided the worst Grand Slam defeat of her career as she fought back losing the first set to a 17-year-old Czech qualifier at the French Open. The US Open champion was in serious danger of slipping out of the tournament in the rain against inspired world No. 184 Linda Noskova as she lost an opening tiebreak. But the world No. 12 eventually took her fourth set point to level the match. The Bromley teenager, who made her full French Open debut on Court Simone-Mathieu, said: “It was an incredible atmosphere. To be honest, I don't have any expectations of myself. “I'm just happy to compete here in Rome. I've fought hard to be here and I'm looking forward to staying here for as long as possible." Raducanu added, "It was an absolute fight. I have to say Linda plays great tennis and she came out really firing. “As soon as I slowed down my ball speed it was all over me and was killing me from the end of the first set. So holding and holding my serve and breaking back a few times was definitely a big challenge in set two. I'm really proud of the way I fought but all watches for Linda who played a fantastic match. “It was an incredible atmosphere playing in front of everyone. I loved all the sounds, sorry the match is taking so long - I know you want to see Benoit! “Honestly, I don't have any expectations of myself. You know I'm really happy to be able to compete here after Rome. I've fought really hard to be here in this second round and I'm looking forward to staying for as long as possible.” The British No.1 broke last year's French Open junior champion twice in the first set before the drizzle set in . Tennis rule struck as the defending French Open champion was booed in the shock exit. Raducanu had pulled out of her last match at the Rome Masters with a lower back problem, but she reported she had recovered for Roland Garros and started a new fitness program to build her strength. In the second set, Raducanu came back to level the match after conceding two breaks, but Noskova saved three set points before the Brit clinched her fourth with a bold drop shot. The world No. 12 lost just one game in the deciding set and Raducanu took her first match point with a forehand crosscourt winner - and delivered a double fist in celebration. Next up is Belarus' Aliaksandra Sasnovich, who defeated Raducanu in Indian Wells in their first match after the US Open last year.

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Emma Raducanu survives fear of beating Linda Noskova in first round French Open

Emma Raducanu survives the fear of beating Linda Noskova in the first round of the French Open - Noskova played without fear, just as her illustrious opponent had eight months earlier on her unlikely run to fame in New York. (Author: Gardener)

Emma RaducanuEmma Raducanu narrowly avoided trying her own medicine after coming back from a loss to debutant Linda Noskova, 17, at the French Open. In a story that could have been straight out of the Raducanu playbook at Flushing Meadows, a teenage qualifier playing her first professional Grand Slam match was a set and a split and about to knock out the reigning US Open champion . It was the first time the British number one had played a tour-level match against a younger player, but the inexperienced Noskova played without fear, just as her illustrious opponent had done on her unlikely run to New Zealand stardom eight months earlier York. However, number 12 Raducanu rallied admirably to level the match and then sped away with the deciding set as Noskova conceded, eventually sealing a 6-7 (4) 7-5 6-1 victory. Raducanu had insisted she was fit to compete despite withdrawing from the Italian Open earlier this month with a back injury, the latest in a series of minor issues that have plagued her since the US Open. Still, things seemed to be going according to plan as the 19-year-old, also making her senior debut on the Paris clay, went 2-0 up with a break and a comfortable hold. But Noskova knows the red dirt - the Czech is the reigning girls' champion here - and the youngest player to qualify for Roland Garros in 13 years saved three break points before breaking back from a 40-0 deficit. Raducanu was angered by the light rain that briefly forced players off while the lines dried and the breaks were shared again before the opening set went into a tiebreak that turned the outsider around thanks to an excellent forehand down the line. A seesaw second set was decided when Raducanu converted a fourth set point on serve from Noskova with a spot-on drop shot to propel the match into a deciding game. Linda Noskova brought Emma Raducanu to the fight (Michel Euler/AP) (AP) A backhand winner on a short second serve gave Raducanu the initiative and with Noskova's head falling, she served up for a hard-fought first win in the main draw. “I have to say Linda plays amazing tennis and she came out really firing. So holding and holding my serve and breaking back a few times was definitely a big challenge in set two. "I'm really proud of the way I fought but all props to Linda who played a fantastic match. "I fought really hard to be here in this second round and I'm looking forward to staying as long as possible." Raducanu meets Aliaksandra Sasnovich of Belarus in round two.

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Raducanu reaches the second round of the French Open after enduring a major shock

MIKE DICKSON IN PARIS: Raducanu has at least one win in all four Grand Slams a year after graduating from high school - and none of them were tougher than the ones she collected here. (Author: Gardener)

FrenchA year after graduating from high school, Emma Raducanu has at least one win in all four Grand Slams to her name - and none of them were tougher than the one she picked up at the French Open on Monday night. Through rain, wind and sunshine, on a surface that still revealed many of her secrets, she had to face another teenager who belied her age with the almighty punch she delivered to the ball. Twice losing a break in set number two, Raducanu progressed through the second round thanks to a 6-7, 7-5, 6-1 win over Linda Noskova that lasted two hours and 40 minutes. Wimbledon and the US Open may have provided more spectacular achievements, but none required more physical exertion than this one. "As soon as I slowed down my ball speed it was all over me and killed me by the end of the first set." In a way, it looked like Raducanu was playing the New York version of himself. Noskova, 17 and reigning French Open junior champion, is considered the latest gem to emerge from the rich hem of Czech tennis. While there was a huge gap in the standings – 12 to 184 – there was the newcomer's shock at her opponent, which qualifying had sharpened. Raducanu later spoke about how different it was facing someone who was younger: "I just thought about the experience I got on the tour and that she's new to the tour," she said. "It kind of helps when you're brand new and you're just swinging, you're free, and I think she definitely did that. But I knew if I got through some really tough moments in the second set, maybe it would hit them. They'll be sure to meet again as Noskova grinds the ball with a rare sense of timing. The match she had to win, but it was Raducanu who showed the greater composure at the end of the second set and her opponent was deflated afterwards. There was no repeat of the last time a prominent British woman met a Czech woman at this spectacular court built in the botanical gardens next to Roland Garros. That was three years ago in the semifinals when Jo Konta missed an auspicious start against Marketa Vondrousova and fatefully missed a drive volley that would have given her the first set. Instead of becoming Virginia Wade's successor as British Grand Slam champion, it was Raducanu who now meets Belarusian Aliaksandra Sasnovich, who is still eligible to play here. The British player certainly has more to learn about clay court - like implementing the kind of dropshot that eventually secured her second set - but completing a string of wins at the Majors when she's so new to the tour is quite a one impressive performance. It took Dan Evans until his 32nd birthday yesterday to win for the first time at Roland Garros. Evans later explained that Sunday night's climax of the USPGA Championship saw him later than it should have been. Evans, frustrated at being denied a chance to improve his placement in the more appropriate Wimbledon environment, now has a chance to boost his standing when he takes on world No. 96 Mikael Ymer of Sweden. There's also a winnable second round for Cam Norrie, who will take on Australian qualifier Jason Kubler. The British No.1 had a quick turnaround after winning the ATP title in Lyon on Saturday but made it easy by sacking French wildcard Manuel Guinard 7-5 6-2 6-0. It was his fifth straight win on clay and the first part of a decent day for a British contingent without Andy Murray. On her least favorite surface, Harriet Dart lost 6-0, 6-2 to in-form Italy's Martina Trevisan, while Heather Watson was defeated 6-3, 6-3 by French wildcard Elsa Jacquemot.

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The British No.1 battles through to the second round on her Roland Garros debut

Emma Raducanu showed great determination to fight back and defeat Czech qualifier Linda Noskova 6-7 (4-7), 7-5, 6-1 in the first round at the French Open on Monday. (Author: Gardener)

BritishEmma Raducanu: British No.1 fights through to second round in her Roland Garros debut Emma Raducanu: British No.1 fights through to second round in her Roland Garros debut Emma Raducanu showed great determination to fight back and to defeat Czech qualifier Linda Noskova 6-7 ( 4-7) 7-5 6-1 in the first round at the French Open on Monday. The US Open champion broke twice in the opening set but was tied on a tiebreak by the 17-year-old. Raducanu hit back to take second place before blasting away with the deciding set to reach the second round in Paris on her debut in the main draw. "I mean, it was an absolute battle," said Raducanu, who will next play Aliaksandra Sasnovich of Belarus. “I have to say Linda plays amazing tennis and she came out really firing. “As soon as I slowed down my ball speed it was all over me and was killing me from the end of the first set. So holding and holding my serve and breaking back a few times was definitely a big challenge in set two. "I'm really proud of the way I fought but all props to Linda who played a fantastic match. "I fought really hard to be here in this second round and I'm looking forward to it to stay as long as possible." Raducanu had insisted she was fit despite her retirement from the Italian Open in Rome earlier this month with a back injury, the latest in a string of minor issues that have plagued her since the US Open for the competition. Still, everything seemed to be going according to plan. The 19-year-old, also making her senior debut on the Paris clay court, went 2-0 with a break and a comfortable hold. But Noskova knows his way around the red dirt – the Czech is the reigning girls' champion here and sits 184th – saved three break points before returning from 40-0 down. The British No1 was irritated by the light rain on Court Simon Ne Mathieu, and breaks were shared again before the first set went into a tie-break that turned the underdog's way thanks to an excellent forehand down the line. A seesaw second set was decided when Raducanu converted a fourth set point on serve from Noskova with a spot-on drop shot to propel the match into a deciding game. A backhand winner on a short second serve gave Raducanu the initiative without a return for Noskova, who became the youngest player to survive Roland Garros qualifiers in 13 years. Raducanu won five straight games to seal the contest, jumping for joy. Fellow British No. 1 Cameron Norrie, fresh from winning his first title on clay at the weekend in Lyon, made short work of French wildcard Manuel Guinard. Norrie won a tight first set and then went on to win 7-5 6-2 6-0 to set up a second-round meeting with Australia qualifier Jason Kubler. The 26-year-old, 11th in the world rankings, said: "It was a struggle in the first set and I just had to persevere." It's so nice to get my first win here this year. Dan Evans finally won a match in Roland Garros for the fifth time. Evans, a first-round loser in each of his four previous main draw appearances, defeated Argentina's Francisco Cerundolo 7-6 (7-3) 6-4 6-4. On his 32nd birthday, Evans celebrated his win with a golf swing and then revealed he stayed up too late the night before watching the US PGA Championship, although he was forced to check in before Justin Thomas delivered his dramatic win completed. So, yeah, I was a bit off this morning, yeah. “I have two friends here who stayed up and watched. I couldn't believe it when I read it in the morning. So it was a bit annoying, but I'm going to win.” Harriet Dart narrowly avoided a dreaded double bagel for the second time in a Grand Slam when she defeated Italy's Martina Trevisan 6-0 in the first round of the French Open, 2:6 lost. The 25-year-old failed to win a game in a first-round loss to Maria Sharapova at the 2019 Australian Open. Heather Watson fared little better, losing in straight sets to Elsa Jacquemot of France. The 30-year-old from Guernsey was eliminated in the second set, but still slipped to a 3-6-6-3 defeat.

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The British No.1 battles through to the second round on her Roland Garros debut

Emma Raducanu showed great determination to fight back and defeat Czech qualifier Linda Noskova 6-7 (4-7), 7-5, 6-1 in the first round at the French Open on Monday. (Author: Gardener)

BritishEmma Raducanu: British No.1 fights through to second round in her Roland Garros debut Emma Raducanu: British No.1 fights through to second round in her Roland Garros debut Emma Raducanu showed great determination to fight back and to defeat Czech qualifier Linda Noskova 6-7 ( 4-7) 7-5 6-1 in the first round at the French Open on Monday. The US Open champion broke twice in the opening set but was tied on a tiebreak by the 17-year-old. Raducanu hit back to take second place before blasting away with the deciding set to reach the second round in Paris on her debut in the main draw. "I mean, it was an absolute battle," said Raducanu, who will next play Aliaksandra Sasnovich of Belarus. “I have to say Linda plays amazing tennis and she came out really firing. “As soon as I slowed down my ball speed it was all over me and was killing me from the end of the first set. So holding and holding my serve and breaking back a few times was definitely a big challenge in set two. "I'm really proud of the way I fought but all props to Linda who played a fantastic match. "I fought really hard to be here in this second round and I'm looking forward to it to stay as long as possible." Raducanu had insisted she was fit despite her retirement from the Italian Open in Rome earlier this month with a back injury, the latest in a string of minor issues that have plagued her since the US Open for the competition. Still, everything seemed to be going according to plan. The 19-year-old, also making her senior debut on the Paris clay court, went 2-0 with a break and a comfortable hold. But Noskova knows his way around the red dirt – the Czech is the reigning girls' champion here and sits 184th – saved three break points before returning from 40-0 down. The British No1 was irritated by the light rain on Court Simon Ne Mathieu, and breaks were shared again before the first set went into a tie-break that turned the underdog's way thanks to an excellent forehand down the line. A seesaw second set was decided when Raducanu converted a fourth set point on serve from Noskova with a spot-on drop shot to propel the match into a deciding game. A backhand winner on a short second serve gave Raducanu the initiative without a return for Noskova, who became the youngest player to survive Roland Garros qualifiers in 13 years. Raducanu won five straight games to seal the contest, jumping for joy. Fellow British No. 1 Cameron Norrie, fresh from winning his first title on clay at the weekend in Lyon, made short work of French wildcard Manuel Guinard. Norrie won a tight first set and then went on to win 7-5 6-2 6-0 to set up a second-round meeting with Australia qualifier Jason Kubler. The 26-year-old, 11th in the world rankings, said: "It was a struggle in the first set and I just had to persevere." It's so nice to get my first win here this year. Dan Evans finally won a match in Roland Garros for the fifth time. Evans, a first-round loser in each of his four previous main draw appearances, defeated Argentina's Francisco Cerundolo 7-6 (7-3) 6-4 6-4. On his 32nd birthday, Evans celebrated his win with a golf swing and then revealed he stayed up too late the night before watching the US PGA Championship, although he was forced to check in before Justin Thomas delivered his dramatic win completed. So, yeah, I was a bit off this morning, yeah. “I have two friends here who stayed up and watched. I couldn't believe it when I read it in the morning. So it was a bit annoying, but I'm going to win.” Harriet Dart narrowly avoided a dreaded double bagel for the second time in a Grand Slam when she defeated Italy's Martina Trevisan 6-0 in the first round of the French Open, 2:6 lost. The 25-year-old failed to win a game in a first-round loss to Maria Sharapova at the 2019 Australian Open. Heather Watson fared little better, losing in straight sets to Elsa Jacquemot of France. The 30-year-old from Guernsey was eliminated in the second set, but still slipped to a 3-6-6-3 defeat.

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How the Spanish Grand Prix reset the title fight

With Max Verstappen overtaking Charles Leclerc in the Championship and Mercedes showing signs of a resurgence, F1 could be set for a three-team title fight. (Author: Gardener)

Grand PrixAfter six laps, only six points separate Max Verstappen and Charles Leclerc at the top of the championship and on track there is next to no difference between the performance of Red Bull and Ferrari. Meanwhile Mercedes has finally started to unleash its car's potential and open up the prospect of three teams battling for victories in the upcoming races. The reliability issues that cost Verstappen 36 points earlier in the season were partially offset by Leclerc losing 25 points to his own troubles on Sunday. Ferrari, who had enjoyed strong reliability up to this point in the season, eventually showed some mechanical weaknesses, although it should be noted that Verstappen's Red Bull remains a temperamental beast, with the rear wing's Drag Reduction System (DRS) refusing to obey his commands while fighting for position with George Russell's Mercedes. Leclerc's shortened race leaves unanswered questions about the true difference in performance between Ferrari and Red Bull, but by lap 27 it looked like he was firmly in control of the race as Verstappen had to fend off an uncharacteristic error. The result is a championship that's incredibly difficult to call between the front two, combined with the added spice of Russell and teammate Lewis Hamilton entering the fray. Verstappen's victory in Spain means he's won every race he's finished this season. With two wins - in Bahrain and Australia - his car's reliability has let him down, so it's easy to assume he's unbeatable this year. In the two events where Verstappen retired, he did so from second place after being surpassed by Leclerc. Furthermore, his last win at Barcelona was far from easy and would have been second if Leclerc's car hadn't let him down on lap 27. After trailing behind Red Bull at Imola and Miami, Ferrari brought a significant upgrade to its car at Barcelona. The new package, based on an improved floor design, was Ferrari's first major attempt to squeeze more performance out of the car since pre-season testing began. Rivals Red Bull have added new parts since the start of the season, but Ferrari have taken a more tiered approach to upgrades, hoping to squeeze a big leap in performance out of each one. In Friday practice it looked like Ferrari didn't find the performance they had hoped for as both drivers struggled with excessive tire degradation but by Saturday the team had adjusted their car setup to the new parts and unlocked a small but significant advantage over them Red Bull. Reflecting on Sunday night's race, Leclerc was convinced he would have won the race had he not encountered reliability issues. “I think it would have been difficult for them to catch up because there would have been quite a big gap and we had a very good degradation on the soft tires and we could do a few more laps compared to them. Red Bull team principal Christian Horner believes it might have been closer had the race gone ahead due to tire degradation on Carlos Sainz's Ferrari towards the end of the race and the fact that Leclerc seemed committed to a two-stop strategy while Verstappen found one "I think if you look at the degradation that Carlos has in the second half of the race, I think we actually did very well," said Horner. "I think it's a shame," said Horner. We didn't see the race between Charles and Max today because I thought it would have been very close. I think the cars are still very close.” But that ignores the fact that Sainz was struggling with a car failure after his mistake early in the race, which will not have helped his tire management or performance. It also ignores the more important fact that Verstappen struggled to overtake rival cars due to a problem with his DRS, which kept him behind Russell's Mercedes for 18 laps and meant Red Bull had to ask teammate Perez to let him pass to win the race After securing pole position and leading the first 27 laps of the race, Leclerc was optimistic about the overall progress Ferrari had made in Spain: “Obviously there is this problem with the car and I'm very disappointed, but on the other hand I think there are a lot of positive signs throughout the weekend. “Our qualifying pace, the new package worked as expected, which is not always a given, and everything worked well with our race pace and tire management. Tire management in the last two races we struggled quite a bit compared to Red Bull and today it was strong.” In situations like this I think it's good to also look at the positives and there are a lot of those today.” Since the first test, the Italian team have held an advantage over their rivals at slow speed corners and the absence of long straights, where Verstappen has often benefited from his Red Bull's lower-drag aerodynamic package, means Ferrari are increasing their lead over their rivals Complicating the battle between Ferrari and Red Bull is a resurgent Mercedes Earlier in the season, the world champions were confident they had a car with the potential to challenge for victories, but the W13's tendency to jump on its suspension, when the bottom of the car is pressed into the road surface - a phenomenon called "porpoise" since it Getting cars to mimic the motion of a bottlenose dolphin moving through water - at high speed meant the potential remained locked. To stop the bouncing, which in extreme cases damaged the car and in any case made it incredibly difficult to drive, Mercedes had to raise the rear ground clearance. Downforce and performance were traded off, and for the first five races the potential the team had seen in their factory simulations remained unattainable. Updates to the floor were introduced in Spain to reduce bouncing and Mercedes were able to find a setup that allowed the car's true power to be harnessed. Russell qualified 0.6 seconds behind Charles Leclerc on Saturday, but Mercedes engineers believe the race performance is just 0.3 seconds per lap. Hamilton's performance was particularly impressive as he fought his way back from 19th to fifth after an early puncture (having briefly finished fourth before a water leak and overheating concerns forced him to retire). At times, Hamilton was the fastest driver on track as Mercedes adjusted its strategy to allow him to return to the track after each pit stop with the road clear in front of him. If you subtract the 40 seconds he lost from his race time on the first lap, he would have been in contention for second place alongside Perez and ahead of teammate Russell. After the race, Toto Wolff said the car looked like a championship winner but took the opportunity to clarify these comments with the media later that evening. "What I meant to say is that I saw a race car today that reminded me of the race cars from previous seasons where you're more than 30 seconds behind the entire field and you get to the front of the podium," said Wolff. "But we just need a car that's capable of finishing first and second. We saw today that Ferrari didn't score many points when they should have, now that the jumping issues are better understood Mercedes hopes it can focus on improving performance."I think we're literally learning as we go," said Wolff. what we need to do to put the power back into the car.” “With Lewis we probably had the fastest race car today, he ended up being 50 seconds down and catching up all the way and he was the fast at parts of the race ste, and that shows the potential the car has. The battle for victories will force both Leclerc and Verstappen to up their games significantly. In addition, Russell's 36-point gap to Verstappen will look much smaller if Red Bull and Ferrari remain in place and Russell can fight for wins At 64 points, Hamilton's deficit looks much harder to close than his team-mates, but spread over 16 races it equates to just four points per race.

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