May 16 (AP/UNB) -Two-time French Open champion Maria Sharapova pulled out of the year's second Grand Slam tournament on Tuesday because of her surgically repaired right shoulder.
Sharapova announced her withdrawal on Instagram.
"Sometimes the right decisions aren't always the easiest ones," she wrote.
She said she has returned to practice and is "slowly building the strength back" in her shoulder.
The former No. 1 and owner of five major titles hasn't competed anywhere since late January, when she withdrew from a tournament in Russia after winning her opening match there. In February, she said she had a "small procedure" on her shoulder, which was painful since last year because of a fraying tendon and small labrum tear.
During a recent interview at the Italian Open, International Tennis Hall of Fame member Nick Bollettieri said Sharapova is at his academy "right now, training."
Asked whether Sharapova is contemplating retirement, the coach responded: "Not yet. I think she's going to give it one more shot."
Play begins at the French Open on May 26. The 32-year-old Sharapova won the title at Roland Garros in 2012 to complete a career Grand Slam and collected the trophy at the clay-court major again in 2014.
That was the last time she won a Grand Slam tournament.
Since then, the Russian has been only an occasional participant in the sport's four most prestigious events: This French Open will mark the eighth time in a span of 20 majors that she has been absent.
Sharapova was sidelined for 15 months by a doping suspension after failing a drug test at the Australian Open in January 2016, then returned to the tour in April 2017 with a ranking too low to get into Grand Slam events. The French Open denied her a wild-card invitation, then she planned to try to qualify for Wimbledon before pulling out because of an injured left leg.
Her right shoulder has been an issue over the years.
She cut her 2018 season short in September because of problems with it.
Sharapova originally had surgery on the shoulder in 2008 and was off the tour for about 10 months. She skipped the 2013 U.S. Open because of that shoulder, too.
Dhaka, May 15 (UNB) – Riding on the excellent bowling by Abu Jayed Rahi and confident batting by top order batsmen, Bangladesh beat hosts Ireland comprehensively by six wickets in the last group match at the Castle Avenue, Dublin on Wednesday to play the Tri-Nation Series final with an unbeaten record.
Bangladesh, which finished top in the Tri-Nation Series securing 14 points from four league matches, will play the final on Friday (May 17) against West Indies, which bagged nine points from four outings. Hosts Ireland were eliminated from the race bagging only two points from four encounters.
Ireland batted first and posted 292 for eight in 50 overs to produce a challenging target for the Tigers. Bangladesh chased it down quite comfortably with the help of Tamim Iqbal (57), Liton Das (76), Shakib Al Hasan (50 retired hurt), Mushfiqur Rahim (35), Mahmudullah (35*) and Sabbir Rahman (14*). Bangladesh scored 294 for four in 43 overs. Sabbir smashed Mark Adair for a wonderful four through long-on to finish the game.
This win meant Bangladesh remained unbeaten in the league stage games of the Tri-Nation Series which came as a huge inspiration before their assault in the World Cup in England and Wales scheduled to be played between May 30 and July 14.
While chasing, Tamim and Liton put up a solid start of 117 runs in the first wicket stand. Standing on this platform, the Tigers marched to the win with immense comfort.
For Ireland, Boyd Rankin bagged two wickets while Mark Adair and Barry McCarthy took one wicket each.
Earlier, the hosts posted 292 for eight wickets. While Paul Stirling hit a ton for them, Abu Jayed registered his first five-wicket haul for the Tigers. Later, Abu Jayed was adjudged man of the match.
Ireland won the toss and decided to bat first but they failed to make an impressive start as they lost the first wicket in just 23 runs. However, they made comfortable total of 292 runs, featuring 118 runs in the 3rd wicket stand by centurion Paul Stirling and captain William Porterfield.
The hosts lost two wickets in 59 runs. However, in the third wicket stand, Stirling and Ireland captain Porterfield added 118 runs on the board, which was Ireland’s biggest partnership against Bangladesh in any wicket. They surpassed the previous highest of 92 which was made by Porterfield and Jeremy Bray back in 2007 at Bridgetown in ICC Super Eight stage of the World Cup.
Both of Stirling and Porterfield were going to strike a ton, but Porterfield fell for 94 off 106 with seven fours and two sixes. He was hunted by Abu Jayed.
After breaking the biggest stand of the innings, Abu Jayed took two wickets conceding six runs in his eighth over. First one was Kevin O'Brien. The ball was back of the length, and O’Brien tried to clear it for six but he skied the ball to Tamim Iqbal who was riding on the boundary. In the same over, Abu Jayed bagged the wicket of Paul Stirling as well.
Stirling was the best batsman for Ireland hitting 130 off 141, which was his second highest knock in ODI cricket. Along with him, Porterfield (94), Andy Balbirnie (20) also contributed with the ball.
However, the highlight of the match was Abu Jayed’s bowling. The newbie of Bangladesh’s bowling attack registered first five-for just coming to his second game. Along with him, Mohammad Saifuddin bagged two wickets, Rubel Hossain took one.
In the last group stage game came as a change for the Tigers to test their bench strength. They grabbed the opportunity bringing four changes to their previous playing XI. Liton Das came to replace Soumya Sarkar, Moasaddek Hossain got a chance in the place of Mohammad Mithun, Mohammad Saifuddin came in for Mehidy Hasan Miraz and Mustafizur Rahman was overlooked to pave the way for Rubel Hossain.
Now, if the Tigers can defeat the Caribbean boys again in the final that will be a great boost for them before heading to the World Cup.
Dhaka, May 15 (UNB) - Dhaka Abahani Limited beat former Indian Super League champions Chennaiyin FC by 3-2 goals at the Bangabandhu National Stadium on Wednesday to keep their hope for becoming the AFC Cup 2019 Group E champions alive.
Kervens Belfort, Masih Saighani and Mamunul Islam Mamun netted one goal each for Dhaka Abahani while CK Vineeth and Isaac Vanmal Sawma scored one goal each for Chennaiyin FC.
Abahani have now seven points from four matches with two wins, one draw and one loss while Channaiyin FC have the same points from four matches with two wins, one loss and a draw.
But, Chennaiyin’s remained on the top of the four-team Group by virtue of the better goal difference. Chennaiyin FC are enjoying better goal difference with 2 plus goals while Abahani’s followed them with 1 plus goal.
Dhaka Abahani got an early blow while forward CK Vineeth opened the account for Chennaiyin FC in the 6th minute (1-0).
The Indian forward netted the ball with his right-footed shot from the centre of the box, utilising the corner of Isaac Vanmal Sawma.
Then, Dhaka Abahani starved Chennaiyin FC of possession but the Indian side thwarted all of their attempts.
The hosts wasted some good chances to level the score in the first half.
Dhaka Abahani began the second half with full domination and netted two goals in a span of only five minutes.
In the 64th minute, forward Kervens Belfort netted the first goal for the Dhanmondi-outfit with a right-footed shot from the left side of the box (1-1) while forward Masih Saighani doubled the margin by a direct corner in the 69th minute (2-1).
But the touring side levelled the score in the 74th minute as their Isaac Vanmal Sawma netted the goal with a precise strike (2-2).
However, hosts put pressure on Chennaiyin FC with their attacking football and bagged its fruits in the 88th minute.
This time, midfielder Mamunul Islam Mamun sent the ball into the net with his right-footed shot (3-2).
In the other group match on the day, Nepalese champions Manang Marshyangdi shared points with 10-man Minerva Punjab of India after playing a 1-1 draw at ANFA Complex in Kathmandu.
In the 39th minute, midfielder Thoiba Singh put Minerva Punjab ahead with a precise strike (1-0).
The Indian side got a blow just before of the half time (45+3 minute) when defender Pratheek Joshi received a red card.
Minerva Punjab started to play in the second half with 10 men.
On the other hand, hosts Manang Marshyangdi tried hard to reduce the margin in the game and bagged its fruit in the 81st minute when their Nigerian recruit Oluwashina Shaheed Azeez levelled the score (1-1).
With day’s draw, Minerva Punjab and Manang Marshyangdi remained in their previous third and fourth slot respectively.
Minerva Punjab earned four points while Manang Marshyangdi collected 2 points from their four matches.
A suicidal goal by Brazilian defender Wellington Priori forced Dhaka Abahani to concede a 0-1 defeat in their last Group E encounter against Chennaiyin FC at the Arena Stadium in Ahmedabad on April 30 last.
Abahani, six-time Bangladesh Professional Football League champions, will have to win the next match to keep their hope alive in the AFC Cup.
In the next Group E matches, Abahani will take on Manang Marshyangdi on June 19 at the Bangabandhu National Stadium and will play against Minerva Punjab on June 26 at Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar, India.
Dhaka Abahani playing XI: Shahidul Alam Sohel (C), Rayhan Hasan, Nabib Newaz Ziban, Waly Faisal, Mamunul Islam Mamun, Sohel Rana, Sunday Chizoba Nwadialu, Jewel Rana, Masih Saighani, Kervens Belfort, Saad Uddin
Chennaiyin FC playing XI: Karanjit Singh, Eli Sabia Filho, Anirudh Thapa, Ganesh Dhanapal, Jerry Lalrinzual, Laldinliana Renthlei, Mailson Veriato, Francisco Fernandes, C K Vineeth, Christopher Herd, Isaac Vanmal Sawma
Dhaka, May 15 (UNS) – The Walton 39th National Junior (Under-20) Chess Championships (Open and Girls) began at the Chess Federation hall-room of National Sports Council here on Wednesday.
Dr Md Jafar Uddin, Secretary in Charge of Youth and Sports Ministry inaugurated the meet as the chief guest.
FM Iqbal Bin Anwar (Dawn), Executive Director of Walton Group and Zahirul Islam Tutul, Head of Programme of Radia Today were also present as special guests at the function, with KM Shahidullah Vice President of Bangladesh Chess Federation in chair.
Twelve players won their 1st round games in the girls section.
They are: WCM Noshin Anjum, Warsia Khusbu, Ahmed Walijah, Kazi Zarin Tasnim, Jannatul Ferdousi, Israt Jahan Diba, Nusrat Jahan Alo, Tasnia Tarannum Orpa, Wadifa Ahmed, Shanjida Shakil, Muysfica Zannat Sawri and Nusrat Jahan Moni.
A total of 32 players including FM Mophammad Fahad Rahman, CM Subrota Biswas, Nayem Haque, Swarnavo Chowdhury, Yasir Ali Khan Evana, Sadnan Hasan Dian, Dibakar Dibya won their 1st round games in Open section.
A total of 64 players from Dhaka city and 25 districts are participating in Open section while 24 players are participating in Girls section.
The 2nd round games will begin on Thursday from 2pm at the same venue.
Dhaka, May 15 (UNB) - Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) celebrated the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Grassroots Football Day on Wednesday at BFF artificial turf in Motijheel area of the capital.
Some 185 budding footballers including 158 under-12 boys and 27 under-13 girls took part in the day long programme.
After the programme, BFF women wing chairman and FIFA council member Mahfuza Akter Kiron distributed the certificates among the participants as the chief guest.
BFF executive committee member Fazlur Rahman Babul, BFF development committee member Khandakar Rakibul Islam and Saifur Rahman Moni were also present on the occasion.
BFF observe the day aiming to develop football at the grassroots level and as well as to encourage everyone to play football.