Tennis Woman’s World number one Serena Williams lifted her 3rd consecutive US Open trophy as she joined the elite club of Tennis legends Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova on 18 Grand Slam titles. In the Women’s Singles finals at US Open, the US Tennis Star Serena Williams defeated Caroline Wozniazki of Denmark in straight sets, 6-3, 6-3 to secure a record-equalling sixth US Open title.
Also, the 32-year-old Serena Williams also surpassed Briton Virginia Wade to become the second oldest Grand Slam winner after Navratilova, who had won Wimbledon in 1990 aged 33.
Sania Mirza won US Open mixed doubles title with her new partner Bruno Soares (Brazil). The pair defeated the combination of Abigail Spears (US) and Santiago Gonzalez (Mexico) 6-1, 2-6, 11-9 in an exciting mixed doubles final.
This was was Sania Mirza’s 5th mixed doubles final match at the Grand Slam level. This was her career’s 3rd Grand Slam title having won the Australian Open in 2009 and the French Open in 2012, both with compatriot Mahesh Bhupathi.
Sania had also reached the mixed doubles final at the Australian Open this year but ended runners-up with partner Horea Tecau (Romania).
Oldest surviving Test cricketer, South African fast bowler Norman Gordon (103), passed away after a year long illness due to renal complications. Gordon played 5 Tests against England in 1939 taking 20 wickets in all before World War cut short his international career.
He was best known for being one of the 22 players, who took part in the epic ‘Timeless Test’ between England and South Africa that was held between March 3-14, 1939 in Durban.
Guru Hanuman Akhara, a wrestling academy based in Delhi, has been chosen for Rashtriya Khel Protsahan Puraskar (RKPP) for year 2014. As per Sports Ministry, Guru Hanuman Akhara has been chosen for ‘establishment and management of sports academies of excellence.’ President Pranab Mukherjee will honor the RKPP awardees along with Arjuna, Dronacharya and Dhyan Chand award winners at the National Sports Awards function in Delhi on August 29, 2014. Other RKPP awardees:
- Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC): Chosen for employment of sports persons and sports welfare measures
- Jindal Steel Works (JSW): Chosen for its contribution in identification and nurturing of budding/young talent
Child Link Foundation of India: Chosen for its ‘Magic Bus’